Over the past weeks I have had really close contact with a few of my media idols—people whose work I love. First was George Hart coming to my school and giving a workshop, interviewing Ben Pieratt for my web design class, then last weekend I got to hug Dan Deacon when he played a house party in Providence. And last night I shook Casey Neistat’s hand. Cool!
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I’ve been really inspired by jackets with straps on them recently and wanted to try making one myself. I got this lightweight chore coat in Sweden and figured it would be easy to modify on the sewing machine. Most recent cool thing found via Brandon.
Tested a bunch of lengths and strap attachment point arrangements before getting it right—112cm from the top of the right arm hole to 4cm below the left arm hole did it right. Even without wearing the strap it is not dangling beneath the jacket.
Photos by my friend Minsoo. Wearing an apron because I have a part-time job as a shop monitor.
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Photo by my friend Haley Adams.
Had a blast this past weekend with some of my best friends in the world and some good live music. Decked out in WCF.
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Almost 8 months after the initial idea, I brought mathematician/sculptor/professor George Hart to Brown University and orchestrated the installation of a sculpture in the entrance hall of the engineering building!
Couldn’t have done it without RISD+Brown STEAM, the Division of Applied Math, the Brown Design Workshop, and the Departments of Engineering and Physics. Thank you! Now I gotta make a plaque.
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YES! Finally got my code working.
I am in a class on chaos this semester and part of our deliverables for the class are reproducing results from papers we like and then building on their theories. I chose the paper “Chaos Control and Schedule of Shuttle Buses” by Nagatani (Physica A 2006).
Basically, even with two buses going in the same loop, if the buses speed up and slow down based on where the other bus is, their behavior can get funky (“chaotic”).
And this is me finally getting things working! Nagatani was very vague with some of his definitions and didn’t provide any code, so I’ve been kinda shooting in the dark until my results look like his. Success.
On the subject, it should be outlawed to publish technical papers with data-driven results without the supporting code alongside. This took maybe 250 lines of MATLB code, nothing huge (and could probably be shrunk in half once I start the editorial process).
(This is called an “orbit diagram” and is a representation of where iterative maps go with long timeframes—steady, periodic, or chaotic.)
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Crowd’s a bit annoying in this, but good homework groovefest.
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physical artifacts of digital products.
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DFA and Frankie Knuckles (RIP) ? Instant Lukas repost. Groovy.
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A Brief Interview with Ben Pieratt, a little project for my experimental web design class. Got to talk to Ben, a web idol of mine, which was awesome.
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more content generation. back in the states!
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Life Hack: Lie To Yourself
I follow a blog called Hack The System because, I dunno, I like stuff like this? I by default think a lot about time management, life experiences, and living inexpensively…
Anyway the most recent post reminded me of something I’ve been doing for a while—lying to myself.
I mostly use this trick to get myself to go for a swim. I never want to go for a swim but I always enjoy it during and after. So I tell myself I’m just going to go into the gym building and get a drink of water. I’m already there, might as well go into the locker room. I guess I should go stand at the edge of the pool with my bathing suit. Well, gee, now I’m here, might as well jump in. And now I’m cold and need to start my laps to warm up. Before I realize it, I’ve swam my miles and I feel great. I’m not allowing my brain to fully materialize the idea that I’m about to go for a swim—I handle it in chunks, lying to myself about what comes next.
This feels annoyingly life hack blog-ey, but it works for me.
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Some Lukas Self-Improvement Thoughts on 24.3.2014
- I need to get back into my exercise routine. It is more important than I make time for. And now it’s beautiful biking weather!
- Time to quit more extracurriculars. I am enjoying my schoolwork right now but I know that to love it I need to be fully immersed. I think I’ll whittle the list down to just my paying job. I am preparing for my senior thesis and grad school applications in the long-term.
- I have a not-very-healthy way of looking at many romantic relationships in my life, and for the first time in my life I think I am self-aware enough to start tackling it.
- Too much crap in my room! My hoarder habits save me money but then they get in my way. I want to have a little garage sale of mostly clothes and art supplies.
- I have been progressively phasing fruit juice out of my diet because most of it I was drinking was ridiculously high in sugar content. No more!
Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden! My travel companion Erik is napping and we talk a lot about this stuff.
Man, grad school things! This is taking up a lot of brainspace for me recently. As of now, I think an applied math masters fits my needs best. I just want to deepen my knowledge, make it more rigorous (Brown is not a rigorous education as I’ve made it thus far), and find a focus area. Undergrad is just scraping the surface here, which is a bit scary.
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