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1  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-02-07 19:11:58
I think I improved in cubing, got 1:14 as my best solve today - with only F2L. Other than that, I did a quick implementation of a CPU like program to present in CO (Computer Organisation) class.

Good job! If you're in the US and have the ability to travel to oregon, you should go to nationals this year! It's a great experience and nobody really cares about your times, plenty of people with barely sub 2 minute averages attend.
2  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-02-06 19:12:34
You, my friend, have no life! Smiley
I remember building an 8-bit adder and a multiplexer. Took me ages!

Regardless... how did you make the redstone light up only a single lamp when they are surrounded by other lamps?

Well 1 pixel is 4 lamps, and I'm using this tileable circuit: http://imgur.com/a/ioRkz

This allows me a vertically expandable 2 wide space for circuits in the back.
3  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-02-06 00:26:42
Built a 256 bit monitor in Minecraft, it works on a per pixel basis currently. However I'm planning out a bresenham line circuit to hook up to it. I then plan to extend it to a kind of mini GPU that has some memory and line, rectangle, and ellipse drawing functions. Then I'll probably upgrade my current computer to 16 bits and upgrade the RAM to use scoreboards instead of redstone circuitry. Hook it all up, manually code in some programs one bit at a time, Huh, profit?

http://imgur.com/a/ZawKV
4  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-02-04 02:45:40
Congratulations and hope you get into the top. How do you solve your cube for speed? I mean, OLL & PLL or is there some other technique? I think I should start learning OLL & PLL now.

I use full OLL and PLL, along with COLL. Also a few winter variation cases mixed in there, as well as 30 or so ZBLLs for funsies. It's mostly just fast F2L though. But yeah definitely learn 1 look PLL and 2 look OLL. I'd say learn full OLL when you're sub 20.
Edit: I also know a few 1LLLs when edges aren't oriented (therefore they're not ZBLLs), for certain OLL cases that are slow for me. I'm currently working on learning full Pi and H ZBLL though. I might switch to the ZZ method, I'm having loads of fun with it. I suggest you check it out, as it's very promising. EO line might take a while to get the hang of, but it's a really cool method.
5  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-02-02 23:14:53
Started working on a game for the first time in over a year.. This is fun! Hoping to get to nationals this year in the TSA game design competition.
Also averaging low 13s-12s on 3x3 and 3-4s on 2x2, hoping to secure a top 75 place in cubing nationals come summer.
6  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-01-26 05:17:55
Wow, that's awesome. I just got into the 2 minutes range with my Dayan Zhanchi 3x3x3 cube, where my best is 1:42. You'll be my inspiration.

Hey everyone starts somewhere! I'd suggest a bit of an upgrade. The zhanchi was good when it was released (really good) but now there are much better cubes out there. I personally am a fan of the Moyu Aolong and Congs Design Meiying. I've tried a dozen or so cubes and those three are the ones that have really stood out to me. If you're looking for a bit of a cheaper alternative, the QiYi Thunderclap is really good for $9. It almost became my main. Keep practicing and you'll be sub 20 in no time Smiley
7  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-01-26 00:58:41
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Wow! Congrats on getting in there, that's one of the colleges I'm looking at. Right now my top picks would be Duke, MIT, Berkeley, UVA, and Cal Tech. I have such a small chance of getting into all of those I have a lot of backups, but I'm hoping that I can get into one of them! Been working hard to get my GPA above a 4.0 before my junior year ends, and I think it's gonna happen.

As a sidenote, solved this monster today, as well as got two 9 second solves:

8  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-01-25 04:13:05
Hell yes, SATs were delayed because of snow. Hoping to get a 2000+ this go Smiley got a 1890 something last time.
9  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-01-22 19:23:55
Started highlight outlines on the hair, finished the basic face, now I have to finish highlights on the hair and face, and then perfect contrast thingies.

10  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-01-14 21:04:23
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Ah, I was thinking you were going for a realistic drawing (damn, that sounds snobby, I mean as in trying to perfectly model the shading of real life. Still doesn't sound good... dammit. No ill meaning implied there, ok?). In that case, to refine your style that you like, maybe try making your lines a little less 'sketchy'. Do it first with a hard pencil (so it's soft and thin), then go over it once with a darker pencil. This will give you a clean look, with the thick lines you like.

And about the shading, I highly suggest not smudging your drawing. This pushes it into the paper, and makes it difficult to erase later if you want to change something. Instead, use light circling, or cross hatching, or just one directional shading with an ebony pencil or something similar. It looks cleaner, doesn't dirty your finger, and allows you to introduce finer detail.
11  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-01-14 01:40:41
Drew my left hand:


Turned out pretty solid - now on to the right one for a challenge - it will probably hold a pen, though...  Wink

Looks good! I'd suggest focusing on contrast in shading, and smoothing it out a little bit. Don't draw in the lines so thick, remember that a shape is defined by light, not dark. A sudden change in darkness of the graphite denotes a sharp edge. You've definitely got the shape part down though!

For the bits that are a little more awkward to draw, look at the shapes they make. Don't think 'this is a finger', think 'ok this here is a triangle of these proportions, which is overlapped by this line here', etc. It'll help with those fingers in the background.
12  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-01-09 15:49:37
Progress on self portrait, still very much a work in progress. I need to redo my right eye a bit and heavily refine the shading. Also haven't finished the lips at all, they look really goofy. Giving myself some limits this time, can't use any blending.


13  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-29 03:57:45
It's confirmed! I'll be going to cubing nationals this summer in Oregon Smiley
Super excited, I'm sure it'll be a blast.
14  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-26 02:36:13
How many people do you think got their information stolen? From what I've heard, people had access to credit cards and stuff :/
15  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-22 16:52:16
Would you believe me if I told you I worked on this for 3 days?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/NB6GMsxu7tY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/NB6GMsxu7tY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=</a>
16  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-17 18:34:27
snip

I have to say it... dat noise on the shadow.
Looks good though!
17  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-16 03:22:51
This. THIS is what I do with all the years I have spent learning. Edit: I also apparently can't spell potato.

18  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-13 04:52:54
1 year with the girlfriend! It's been a great year, I can't imagine being more happy.
19  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-12 02:55:20
I didn't even go to college, all my friends are there right now so I go visit them almost every weekend but that's the height of experience Tongue Don't worry about it, enjoy where you are now. It's going to go by fast, my four years of high school disappeared seemingly overnight...

Why didn't you attend college?
20  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-07 20:57:31
What am I doing with my life

21  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-05 22:29:39
Finished the SAT. Feel pretty good about it, but man am I mentally drained.
22  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-02 03:47:01
I like it Archive! It's incredible how similar your style is to mine as it was about a year ago. I'd post some examples but I'm not home currently.
23  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-12-01 04:09:00
WIP


Progress pics:
http://imgur.com/a/KCUSH
24  Game Development / Game Mechanics / Re: LWJGL 2D Lighting & Shadows on: 2015-11-23 23:16:16
So yeah a basic form of normal mapping? Not really sure of any other ways to do this other than normal mapping.
25  Game Development / Game Mechanics / Re: LWJGL 2D Lighting & Shadows on: 2015-11-23 20:58:38
Oh. I think you're talking about normal maps. Something like this?

http://www.java-gaming.org/index.php?topic=27516.0
26  Game Development / Game Mechanics / Re: LWJGL 2D Lighting & Shadows on: 2015-11-23 01:55:14
render the background, then the shadows, then your foreground.
27  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-11-22 15:11:43
Was on a long bus ride, so decided to try to program some boids, in Python. Hate the language, but it was easy to get up and running at least.

Code can be viewed here: https://github.com/CMatri/Python-Stuff

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/aB_uAsVaKJw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/aB_uAsVaKJw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=</a>
28  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-11-15 19:31:30
Programmed some boids in Python because I haven't messed with it in a while. Now I remember why.

I also just got back from talking with the IT director at Duke University, it was really neat. We talked about what courses there were and stuff, and I got the feeling I was pretty well off in terms of my knowledge compared to other applicants. Hopefully this'll help me in my interview when I apply!
29  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-11-09 20:04:55
14.992 average of 100 solves, also got a 13.77 average of 12. If I got that average while competing at Worlds I would've placed in the top 100.

Smiley
30  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-11-06 01:33:02
Got my first sub-10 second solve, at 9.91! Very very exciting moment for me, as I think this is really the defining moment of me passing from a regular speedsolver into a nationally competitive one.

Also going in to have a talk with the director of the IT program of one of the top IT schools in the country in a few days!
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