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the story of an invisible girl
I should be finishing my final exam. And I will soon... But first I will sit in this chair and read for a little bit, celebrating the fact that Spring has finally made it to my backyard.

Edit at 3:40: I've completed all of the problems in my final (15 pages worth!), and I'm down to just the paper. 156 words out of 2000 done. Maybe it would go more quickly if I didn't have to keep stopping to count the words and check LJ.... but maybe not.

Right now I'm sitting on my porch working. It's a little chillier in the shade, but I can't see my laptop screen in the sun. Compromises, I guess.

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shadowriderhope From: shadowriderhope Date: April 29th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, pretty! I love weeping cherries! :)

Yes, it is a glorious day. Can you work on your final exam outside? :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's "my" tree, I planted it myself the first summer I lived here.

I've done a little bit of that yes, kind of drifting around. (: Right now I'm in my livingroom with the windows open, so I can at least still be near the weather.
ferretsofglory From: ferretsofglory Date: April 29th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Want to swap backyards??
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ummm.... I'd need to see a picture of yours first.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: April 29th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Back to work young lady!

Essays don't write themselves, although they can be written in backyards on laptops.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
So true...
ellison From: ellison Date: April 29th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's your backyard?? Wow! Super jealous! That is gorgeous!!!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I planted the tree myself when I moved in here. (:
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: April 29th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that a big flowering cherry tree like they have in D.C.? I planted a row of five fruit-bearing cherry trees in my backyard (two black, three bing), although the middle bing tree is dying. Then I planted two bigger flowering cherry trees in front along the street just a year or two ago. They're eventually supposed to get to 25 feet tall. I passed on the 30 foot trees because they would interfere with the satellite dish.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
This one's under a power line, so I can't let it get too tall. Also it's a Weeping Higan or umbrella style, so it grows more down than up. The "weeping" effect is more dramatic if you trim the upward-growing branches, so I do that to some degree. I don't want to stunt it, but I do encourage it to grow out and fill in, instead of going up too much. It's a nice size though, and flowers very well now! No edible fruit, it's ornamental.

pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: April 29th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
You were assigned a 2000 word essay for a computer science class? What's it on?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, isn't that crazy? the class is computer architecture, the required "first class". I'm hoping it's unique(ish) in its paper requirements, because if all classes end up forcing me to write papers I may just give up on this program. I don't really like papers, it's not computery!

Write a 2000 word essay on the difficultly of programming using multiple threads.
Pay particular attention to the problems that can arise in a multi-threaded
programming environment and to solutions that have been shown to be effective when dealing with such an environment.

pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: April 29th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is it really supposed to be styled as an essay, like you'd write for a humanities class? It would be clearer (not to mention less work) with headings, code samples, varying fonts, etc.

Also, that sounds like Operating Systems. Maybe they mean software architecture...
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: April 29th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, threads support can depend on a lot of things. How does the programming language abstract threads? A lot of languages do green threading, rather than native -- Java on Linux pre-1.4 did that, I believe?

Then you have to consider how the OS supports threading. Linux lightweight processes / threads are at least, in some ways, different than Windows threads (although I suppose to an application layer, it might not be that noticeable).

Then, how does the CPU and the rest of the architecture support it? There are more and more machines built now specifically for threading -- one great example is Azul Systems: http://www.azulsystems.com/

I think 2000 words on this topic could be pretty easily found, although organizing it into some essay form with a coherent message would be the hard part. Pretty easy to ramble around on something so general like this.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it needs to have references like an essay. Headers and code samples are fine, but there still need to be paragraphs and scholarliness -- I think of it more like a technical article you might read in a magazine.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: April 29th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like a fun paper! Maybe it's because I've been doing lots of multi-threaded programming lately.

Too bad you're under the gun tonight. I could recommend a few reference books -- "Java Concurrency In Practice", for one. The whole book is basically on that topic :-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
The topic is interesting, but I just rarely find research papers fun. I'd rather *code* multi-threaded stuff, not read and write about it.... heh. I guess I just prefer the challenge of problem-solving. I always like the various homework problems he's given us this class, but I always get blocked and grumpy about the papers.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: April 29th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the assignment isn't the best:

1) It's too broad a topic -- hard to narrow it down.
2) Not having a choice of topics is pretty disappointing too -- what if you're not "into" threading, but some other topics suits your interest or experience?
3) The professor sure is going to get bored after the 10th paper on the same darn topic.

Gary is working on his master's too -- but LTU is letting him basically use our work AI project as "his" project throughout his program. He just presented a PowerPoint to his professor on it, I thought that was nice that he's getting academic credit for his work. I hope you get some of that same benefit at some point!
delosd From: delosd Date: April 29th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... if you're writing your paper with MS Word, you can just go to File / Properties / Statistics tab and see the current word count.

Or am I missing the point? :)

That cherry is stunning. How long ago did you plant it, and how big was it when you did? I wish more of my ornamental trees were actually visible from the porch or house. I've got a crabapple on one corner of the house that forms a "tree arch" with the larger crabapple of my neighbor's, and when they bloom you get this gorgeous puffy while flowering "tunnel o' tree".

But I can't see it from a single window in the house!

(Well, at least it beautifies things when I pull up to the garage.)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually alt-t-w will tell you the word count on my version of Word. (On the tools menu)

My point was more that, at 156 words, it's pretty clear that I'm nowhere near 2000 so I should be writing not checking the length! *smile*

Thanks, I love my tree. I planted it in summer 2000, and it was a little taller than me.

A tree arch sounds very pretty, but that's a shame you can't see it from the house! One of my requirements when I planted mine was that it'd be visible from both my deck and my back windows.
shakespeare__ From: shakespeare__ Date: April 29th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I studied for my AP Government exam outside today and it was really nice except there was a lot of wind and it kept trying to blow all my papers away!
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: April 30th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh how beautiful!

Hey - did you ever replace the hammock? *giggles*
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 1st, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha!!! Actually I haven't yet, but was just thinking that I should do so!
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: April 30th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooooh - multithreading!!! Can I read it when it's done? :)

Hey - you can cite my talks if you want *lol* And maybe even slip in my story about my (non)multithreaded kitty!

Okay - you're probably all done by now, anyway ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 1st, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well darn it, what a great idea -- I didn't even *think* about pulling up your powerpoints. That would have added some splash... I just did a bunch of google searches.

Honestly it was a less-than-amazing paper, I was really distracted and uninspired.

But I'll email it to you anyway, why not? (: You can at least be amazed at all the other problems and stuff I did! (:

You'd better remind me of the multi-threaded kitty... I remember there was one, but not the story anymore.
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