Some bookkeeping: I had 1,400 comments waiting for me to decide if they’re intelligent.
I deleted them all. You’re welcome to comment, as always, but now there’s a captcha, so you can read ancient books while you’re posting comments. And I don’t have to wade through 1,400 advertisements for Nike.
And a quick plug for a new Pillow service I rolled out this week: The Website Monitor (WebMon). What this does is it lets you subscribe to changes for a website - For example, say your CS assignment is kept on a website somewhere, and you want to be alerted whenever your professor changes the page. You would enter the URL to that page into this program, and it would email you when it changes. You can set how often it checks - the default is daily.
On a different topic, as promised I wrote a script that computes how much traffic goes through my proxy to the internet by domain. So, dlfyou.com gets the first place medal at over 3GB over the past 15 days. Congratulations.
Then I made a spreadsheet of these numbers, and sorted them so that the biggest chunk is first, the next biggest is second, and so forth. The chart below illustrates the falloff as a function of position:
The numbers on the left are the number of bytes, on a logarithmic scale. The blue line represents the sizes of the chunks. Note that it looks a little bit like a sideways logistic function. That’s because the data follows a normal distribution on a log-scale. Turns out that normal distributions actually do appear everywhere, and that’s not just a myth propagated by statisticians who want to feel useful.
But jokes aside, this shows that it really is that 20% of websites that are using 80% of my bandwidth. Now I know.
Which, it’s the end of the month, and I promised to eat a new food monthly. This month: Mushroom hamburgers. I’m still staying relatively within my comfort zone, but I’ll have to say that I don’t like the texture of whole mushrooms. It probably varies a lot by mushroom variety, I know. Saccone’s (however that’s spelled) has a good onion-and-mushroom pizza. There though the mushrooms are in thin slices - I don’t like having to eat the mushroom as an individual unit. I wonder how mushroom slices on a hamburger would taste…
This week is likely to not be very productive, but there’s a few things to stay tuned for. Notably I collected the data from the number psychology experiment and made some graphs with it. I’ll probably publish that next week.
Unrelated: A friend sent me a cool video: http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/09/box-opens-up-new-possibilites-for-visual-effects/
In the coming week I intend to do something similar and play movies on an irregular surface (like the corner of a room) without experiencing distortion. We’ll see how that works, as I said it’s going to be a busy week, especially if I start working for eProbito (they haven’t gotten back to me about what I should be doing, although they said I was hired at the interview).
Also next week: Cake! Hopefully/maybe. We’ll see how that turns out.
No story today. I need one, because my posts are getting shorter… Maybe that’s a good thing, though. I don’t know.