This year, I'm going to improve my English in earnest.
So today, I began to create a software to help my studying.
The only one software specification is to support the dictation of foreign dramas.
Once I prepare the subtitles of foreign dramas, It will become possible to train my hearing ability by typing dictation practice.
The development hasn't finished yet, but it's expected to be completed tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to using the software and watching foreign dramas.
At first, I tried to make the software using Java.
However, it was revealed that creating browser-like software using Java (without SWT) is not easy.
So, I began to learn the C# programming language from this morning.
I knew C# can create browser-like software easily and there are many common points between C# and Java.
To learn new programming language is exciting, but frustrating when I couldn't code as intended.
Result of the lengthy fight, the simple dictation software as follows was completed anyway.
I'm going to improve my English using this software while improving this software gradually.
And today, the TopCoder contest was canceled (server error occurred) during the round.
I got really sad.
It was heartbreaking, ahh.
From then, I have done programming all day patiently.
Since I'm slow to get work done, my work still won't end.
Although I like programming, I'm tired and really sleepy.
I must fall asleep soon.
The reason why I chose that title is its serifs might be easy to understand and listen.
After 5 hours when I started, about 3000 words were typed.
The movie progressed just half.
It was more difficult to listen serifs than I thought.
In particular, song parts and Oaken's serifs are difficult for me.
Oaken is a shop owner who speaks with a Scandinavian accent.
Because I was not used to hear it, he's serifs confused me.
Also, interjections are difficult for me to dictate, such as "Whoo", "Yeesh", "Whoa", "Yoo-hoo", etc.
But I never give up, and will keep doing the best that I can.
3 hours after I started, just 80% of the all dialogues were completed.
In other words, it took 3 hours to complete 30% today.
Also, it took 5 hours to complete 50% yesterday.
Oh, I found a beautiful linear relationship between required time and progress rate.
It can be easily estimated that I need further 2 hours to complete dictation.
But today, there was one thing that I couldn't understand even using my dictionaries.
Kristoff said "feisty-pants" to Anna.
Wha..what's the "pants"? Are the pants that pants?
I thought it means something like "feisty baby" judging from that situation.
However, I have no idea why "pants".
I would be happy if you could help me.
As expected, it took me 2 hours to complete last 20%.
Eventually, it took me 10 hours to dictate the 100 minutes movie.
Namely, I can watch a movie 10 seconds and dictate around 13 words in 1 minute.
The efficiency was not good, but I thought the dictation is very educational.
Also, I'm feeling a sense of intriguing accomplishment for the first time in forever.
I will henceforth continue to dictate English, but I will probably choose more short story such as TED talks.
(After watching this movie, I began to think I'd like to say "My Lady" someday. )
And then I went to my university.
But I have had a beastly headache since then.
It prohibited the progress of my work.
So today, I'm going to retire to rest early.
Have a good night's sleep.
The professor's study is related to the earthquake, and he is planning to insert many figures in his paper.
So, he hired me as an exclusive illustrator.
Wait, why did I say "so"?
I'm a software engineer, but not totally an illustrator.
It didn't make any sense.
But I accepted willingly the project because he said he will buy Adobe Creative Suite 6 for me.
Actually, I really wanted Adobe products, but I couldn't purchase it due to its high price.
So it was a perfect opportunity for me, hehehe.
Okay, I will start learning how to use Illustrator and Photoshop.
A student told me something like "You might be criticized by your boss because you're wasting time in such a trashy programming.".
What?! I never thought it's a waste of time and never ignored my study!!!!!!
If he were a professional programmer, I might barely understand his remark, but he's a complete beginner.
Furthermore, he spend 5 days a week in part time job and watching anime and playing social games.
I really didn't want to be said such a thing from such him.
I'm so sorry to sing the blues.
Please imagine that you toss 2000 coins.
Each coin will fall and rest with either side face up "heads" or "tails" with equal probability.
Well then, what is the probability that at least 1100 heads appear?
When I saw this problem for the first time, I thought intuitively the answer is around a few percent.
However, the actual answer is around 0.0004 percent, and it can be derived easily from a normal distribution.
This fact implies strong convergence of the probability.
I wondered the result for a while such as when I'm faced with a paradox, but people with probabilistic sense will understand without much resistance.
And I took the TOEIC test.
At first, I went well in the listening section, and the phase problem section as well.
However, I spent many time to solve phase problem section, and I couldn't answer the last 15 problems (I filled the mark sheet randomly).
I want to be able to read English statements more quickly.
Today, I want to write the bare truth.
I participated the international conference in Singapore, and after it was finished, I went to the airport lounge to go back to Japan.
And I was eating light meal alone at 3 seater table, and one couple came next to my table.
They put their luggage in the chair and trying to sit down, but they're short by one chair.
At that moment, I intuitively thought they would come my table and say something like "Can we use this chair?" to me.
Therefore, I braced myself for saying "Of course!", and then they came.
They said "Is this seat occupied?", and I said "Of course!" with the gesture meaning "Please use this.".
They were confused and I was confused too, and I didn't know what to say.
Since I just finished eating foods then, I gave them a little smile and went off hastily.
I was embarrassed.
Swing is a famous GUI widget toolkit for Java language.
Actually, I've used Swing to develop software for 5 years, and we've gone together like bacon and eggs, and I love her.
But development resources for Swing decreased significantly, and Oracle said "JavaFX will supersede Swing.".
So I learned JavaFX a little, but there were so many different points between JavaFX and Swing.
I was really sad.
It was not possible for me to determine parting with her today.
And after one month from now, I will go back to my hometown for some reason.
Since I want to give my mother a present at that time, I bought a SSD today.
Of course, my mother doesn't want such a SSD, but she previously said "I wish I could have had my laptop.."
Therefore, I decided to compose a laptop using my old PC components and the SSD.
I'm sure she likes this laptop! 😀
However, the teacher welcomed me with good cheer. Yes!
The teacher teach statistics using Python, and I wanted to learn how to use Python for statistics analysis.
In the class, the teacher spoke only English, so sometimes I could not understand his words.
However, I could get a sense of Python programming, and it was so exciting.
And now, I have a homework until next week.
Homework…it's been a really long time.
That is because national center test for university admissions will be performed at my university next two days.
I also took the exam to enter national universities.
I was 19 years old… I feel really nostalgic.
When I entered my university, I decided to grow into a competent adult in the future, but I haven't yet realized it.
In the meantime now, I have to post a paper to journal.
However, I can't go to my university because of the exam next two days, so I will study at home and sometimes play game for a change.
In fact, there is no TV and game hardware in my apartment now, so I'm mulling over buying new one.
(Actually, I wanted to play "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword", but I lent my junior my TV and Wii 2 weeks ago…)
It took me about 3 weeks.
Because I had to create it alone, it was really hard to debug it.
However, in spite of my exertions, some bugs might remained.
I think the client will report some bugs or request additional function to me within a week, and I will reply to his request.
The software development process is(maybe) referred to as the spiral model which was proposed by Barry Boehm in 1988.
Actually, I just wanted to use the words "spiral model" because I felt the sound was cool.
And after that, I've learned English words patiently.
I was happy to earn high score on that site, and I bought a New Nintendo 3DS as a reward for myself.
Now, Nintendo is doing New Nintendo 3DS campaign which allow a 40 percent discount off several downloadable titles.
So I bought "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D", and played it.
I was impressed with 3D viewing, however, it was really tiring to keep playing.
About after 30 minutes, headache occurred and I closed the 3DS gently.
Unfortunately, 3D viewing seems not suitable to my eyes…
It's about t test, and I have to make some sort of null hypothesis which would be rejected.
So now, I'm collecting X-ray CT simulation data as changing parameters of incident X-ray intensity distribution.
I thought there is a significant difference between standard deviation of incident X-ray intensity and quality of reconstruction images (CT images).
I'm looking forward to get results.
It was interesting, so I'll continue to watch it.
However, I noticed that the drama will have the plug pulled in season 6.
I think American dramas are really interesting, but I also think they are too long.
Please don't extend story just because it became a popular, please don't become strange final episode.
I don't know what will happen in future episodes of "White Color", I desperately think so.
It's only 5 minute presentation, but I needed about a week to prepare it.
And actually, the preparation hasn't be finished yet, so I will work until late at night.
However, really scary thing is question-and-answer session after presentation.
I'm worried about whether I could catch and understand questions.
Since I couldn't enough prepare the presentation, I was little nervous.
Then, it was ended in peace except the question-and-answer session.
In the session, the teacher asked to me some questions in English, but I couldn't catch all of them.
When I couldn't understand his words, I said just "Ah-uh" or "Yes, maybe" or something words in Japanese.
It was so embarrassing.
However, fortunately he can speak Japanese fluently.
Therefore, he helped me sometimes, and I was saved.
Anyway, I somehow overcame this day.
Firstly, if the abbreviation is composed of 2 characters, it should be pronounced in unabbreviated form.
For example, "i.e." is pronounced "that is," and "e.g." is pronounced "for example."
Secondly, if the abbreviation is composed of 3 characters, it should be pronounced each characters.
For example, "WHO," "TPP," "ODA," and "FBI."
Thirdly, if the abbreviation is composed of 4 or more characters, it should be pronounced literally.
For example, "NATO," "AIDS," "NASA," and "UNESCO."
However, there are many exceptions.
For example, "UCLA" is pronounced "yuu-see-el-ei," "MIT" is sometimes pronounced "mit."
I think the way of pronounce depends on its readability, understandability, and degree of coolness.
A kotatsu, it's a traditional furniture of Japan, also a satanic tool.
It's small table with an electric heater underneath and covered by a quilt.
It's really really comfortable.
Therefore, once I sit under the kotatsu, I wouldn't want to leave from there.
The aspect seems a parasite who live with kotatsu.
Those who live with kotatsu is sometimes called "kotatsumuri," which is made up of two words, "kotatsu" and "katatsumuri." (katatsumuri means snail.)
Every winter, the lazy people were mass-produced by kotatsu, so I want to deal it very carefully.
Ahhh, I must be in heaven…
By the way, the man whose car was bumped by my one contacted me.
As repair costs, He requested ten thousand yen (almost 85 dollars) to me.
Fortunately, the repair place was his car's license plate only.
I'm grateful for surviving.
However, if it rains for 15 consecutive times, the probability becomes less than being hit with a thunderbolt probability (or the lottery winning probability). Also, if it rains for 20 consecutive times, the probability becomes as probable as being hit by a meteorite. If there is such a person, he should be respected, I think.
According to the play movie, there are many funny gimmick composed of 2D and 3D. I really like such a mystery solving game. So I decided to purchase on Steam, even though I wouldn't play the game for a while. Then, I created a Steam account and just purchase it at 980 yen. However, when I watched the Steam site today, I noticed "FEZ" is sold at 75% OFF. It's only 245 yen. I became a little sad.
Git is a distributed version control system, and version control is really important for most programmers.
Until today, I've relied on a version control system attached IDE.
But from today, I can do version control for many kind of file types in variety of situations.
The messy room became tidy, however, my vacuum cleaner was on its last legs.
I couldn't finish the cleanup at that time, so I've left with such a halfway feeling.
And tonight, the new vacuum cleaner that I ordered on Amazon was delivered.
I can't wait to use it until Tomorrow morning, but I have to control myself because it might be noisy.
Whenever I open a new product, even if it was a cleaning supply, I'm so excited always.
Actually, I implemented an AR program in the past, but I forgot it.
At that time I used C++ to implement it, but this time, I used Unity and C# in order to cut corners.
Someday, I would like to apply the AR technique using X-ray CT in surgery.
There were only some eggs and some condiments.
Also, I cooked rice this morning and it was still left.
Then I decided to make a fried rice though there were no meat and vegetables.
I love fried rice and I often make it because it's delicious and easy to make.
After a while, a rustic fried rice was completed.
It not have much of a taste, but I like it.
Mogumogu… I have enjoyed the meal.
Also, when I make a fried rice, I remember the following song.
(；`・ω・） ｡･ﾟ･⌒） チャーハン作るよ！！
∧,,∧ て ｡･ﾟ･｡･ﾟ･
(； ´ﾟωﾟ）て ／／
c(,＿Ｕ_Ｕ ･ﾟ･｡･ ﾟ･｡･ﾟ･ ｡･ﾟ･
1 2 1
1 3 3 1
1 4 6 4 1
And the problem demanded the number of entries which are not divisible by 7 in the first one billion rows of Pascal's triangle. The number of elements that I have to check is about 500 quadrillion (5 times 10 to the 17th power).
I wrote a simple program code which calculates Pascal's triangle made of residue of 7 (modularized by 7?). However, this program took about 30 seconds to check 5 billion elements in my computer. This means it will take 95 years to solve this problem. I think there is a smart analytical solution because there are too many elements to solve using dynamic programming. I couldn't solve this problem today, but I like such a problem that remind me of the splendor of algorithms.
Today, I read and corrected my junior's master theses carefully almost all day. It stands to reason that every sentence he wrote is perfect, but the connections of sentences were sometimes unnatural. Also, his story was sometimes logically incoherent. I was patiently looking for his mistakes and wrote correction comments. I was a little tired, but I'm happy to feel my junior's growth.
I have to acquire at least 730 point to satisfy graduation requirements, but the result was 680 points.
Hehehe..hehe..woe is me.
My graduation is in next year March.
Until then, I'll keep trying to achieve norm anyway.
The Oatmeal is a comic website created by Matthew Inman. All comics on this site were drawn by him, and a huge variety of comics are published. These comics look like really interesting, but unfortunately, I couldn't understand almost all these comic jokes without dictionaries. I think If I can read these comics smoothly, they will become more interesting.
On the other hand, I could understand some jokes of FML without dictionaries. Every day, many people post interesting events that happened to them as their diary on FML. Almost all posts are really short and simple.
I think I can take a breathing spell and learn English by reading these sites' jokes. I will sometimes try to read these jokes for my relief and studying.
In that area, people never criticize and make a derogatory remark on the surface. Also, people don't praise others very much. Their wording is really beautiful and elegant. However, they need to understand the implication of their words each other, and it's difficult for people who live in another area. Especially, we have to be careful when they praised others too much or they look like so kindly.
For example, if they say "You're good at playing the piano. I can sometimes hear your good playing at my home," or "You have so vigorous children," the true meaning of it is something like "It's so noisy. Please be quiet." Also, if they say "May I order some meal for lunch?," it means "I want you to go back to your home soon." Of course, it's not necessarily that this rule is true. Hmm, it's a complex culture.
The lecture was about the professor's researches and history. He told us his researches as if he were children. It was very impressive. He also said something like "It's doubtful that I am adult." Perhaps he's right, because he looked very young while he was talking.
During the lecture, he gave us an advice for developing our originality as machinery researchers. He referred to the way as 4H; Horizontal, Hard, Humor, Humanity. That is, we need horizontal thinking that is not biased, opportunity to touch hard stuff, humor for enjoying our research, humanity to pursue happiness.
At the end of the lecture, he introduced a poem "A Psalm of Life" written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He said he especially was impressed the following passage;
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
His lecture brought a lump to my throat. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to him.