Archive for May, 2008

This one’s about programming

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Well, I think it’s about time I went off on a bit of a rant about something programming related. For those of you that don’t know, I used Game Maker back in the day and, as a result, became a member of the Game Maker Community (GMC) which is a forum for GM. Now, I still frequent the forum largely out of habit and because of some friends I’ve met there.

And now for something completely different

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Well, up until now I’d say my writing has been pretty dry and impersonal. Granted it does represent how I spend my time pretty well, something just isn’t quite right. None of it really contains any opinion. I suppose this is largely because I lack any strong opinions myself. Unfortunately I keep myself–not entirely intentionally–separated from, what you might call, the real world. I don’t follow news or politics so I never really know what’s going on.

It’s a shame, I suppose. Maybe if I had opinions, I’d have something actually interesting to say. But, when it comes to current events, I just don’t care.

Cones, Planes, and Automobiles…err…Spheres

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Ohh, something new? Well, seeing as I was out of town with essentially nothing to do, I do what I always do: math.

I was looking at an image posted earlier by KC LC with shadows cast by a sphere sitting on a plane. Something stuck out at me which I guess would only stick out if you’ve been staring at conics as long as I have (keep in mind, I’m in aerospace and conics show up big time in orbital mechanics). I noticed that the point of contact between the sphere and plane was pretty damn close to the focus of each of the conic section shadows (I explained the reason for them being conics in a previous comment). While it was easy to demonstrate that the shadows themselves were indeed conics, it’s not nearly as obvious that the point where the sphere touches the plane is a focus of the resulting conic.


Breaking the silence

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Well, I’ve been quite quiet lately. I just updated to WP 2.5.1. Hooray?

Anyway, the silence has been largely due to exams which I finished last Thursday. Naturally I needed some time to relax and just not do anything for a while so I haven’t really said anything here, either. The other part of the reason for my inactivity is I just really haven’t had any good ideas for stuff to write about. I’m not a big fan of making these short, boring posts.