I went to town today with Joli OS on my system and came back with Peppermint OS. Funny that. No, really, I wasn’t enjoying those things I was seeing in the log and how I have to logrotate every time I turn on my computer.

Oh, and the fact that my request at the support disk just disappeared. I didn’t even get a reply of any sort.

I’m just gonna wait for the next version of Joli OS…

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The Bible describes God hanging the earth “on nothing” (Job 26:7). This was written millennia before Isaac Newton discovered the invisible laws of gravity that showed the earth truly is suspended “on nothing.”


From Vertical Thought, April-June 2012

Through selective breeding, farmers and ranchers have introduced valued traits into crops and livestock for centuries. It was selective breeding, for example, that produced two main species in the grass family, wheat and rye. Some farmers focused on breeding a grass that was rugged (resulting in rye), and other farmers focused on breeding grass with a high yield (wheat). By identifying and “crossing” grasses that exhibited the desired traits, farmers were able to breed these two distinct species.

It never occurred to me that wheat was some sort of genetically modified organism, a hybrid, or something along those lines. It just seems like something that is there simply because it should.

It’s really quite unbelievable.

From Health and Globalization, Globalization101.org, The Levin Institute, The State University of New York

In the struggle for supremacy, the microbes are sprinting ahead and the gap between their ability to mutate into resistant strains and man’s ability to counter them is widening fast.
– The World Health Organization


From Health and Globalization, Globalization101.org, The Levin Institute, The State University of New York

Fifty years ago, the average grocery store stocked about 200 items, of which 70 percent were grown, produced, or processed within 100 miles of where they were eventually purchased.

Today, the average supermarket stocks close to 50,000 food items. By some estimates, the food Americans eat has traveled, on average, 2,000 miles before it is consumed. (Sources: Boston Globe and Mander)


From Health and Globalization, Globalization101.org, The Levin Institute, The State University of New York

If there’s one thing different about today, it’s the fact that I was able to do something between 10am and 4pm. And, usually, in those hours, I am utterly useless. To myself and the rest of my pursuits that is.

About the only thing I can do during those six hours is sleep. And that’s not really productive. Not during the light of day. The heat doesn’t help. It makes my mind want to go rest even more.

Then again, I was trying to write some decent code today. I should build on that. If only, so that my days won’t be filled with sleep. Besides, six hours is really quite a lot. Even the hours between 6 am and 8 am that I spend still sleeping I consider wasteful.

You know that thing about semantic errors?

When you code something and it compiles and it runs but it doesn’t give you what you want but only because you’re not really telling it to give you what you want but you’re telling it to give you something else?

Yeah, I’d rather have errors involving semi-colons. They’re quite a bit annoying but they’re much easier to track.

And, that’s how you do it.

Of course, I am one day late against my self-imposed deadline and I can make all sorts of excuses and they will all be valid but I will not do that and instead just dwell on the fact that I’m done for the week and I can rest easy.

I want some snacks. Hey, coding a sorting algorithm and following it with a minimum 700 words essay isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Especially when you are made to do things using tools that are pretty much outdated but are nevertheless required.

So, there has been a fire in the city. It was quite big, apparently. According to the news, close to 200 families were affected. Aid is bound to pour in. The sad thing for these affected individuals is that, undoubtedly, politics will get in the way of relief.

Yes, even in disaster these politicians find it hard to set aside their differences and try and face the problem at hand together.

It’s quite pathetic but, I guess, power struggle is part of human nature.

I seem to be starting a habit of sleeping early. Like, not just relatively early for someone like me but really early. As early as 8:00 pm.

It’s happy for my body. But sad for my academic requirements.

Shellsort will work correctly regardless of the size of the increments, provided that the final pass has increment 1 (i.e., provided the final pass is a regular Insertion Sort). If Shellsort will always conclude with a regular Insertion Sort, then how can it be any improvement on Insertion Sort? The expectation is that each of the (relatively cheap) sublist sorts will make the list “more sorted” than it was before. It is not necessarily the case that this will be true, but it is almost always true in practice. When the final Insertion Sort is conducted, the list should be “almost sorted,” yielding a relatively cheap final Insertion Sort pass.

Thank you for answering. I was asking that all the time I was reading about shellsort.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that I am quite convinced of the usefulness of Shellsort over a regular Insertion Sort. Besides, the text continues on to state that:

The analysis of Shellsort is difficult, so we must accept without proof that the average-case performance of Shellsort (for “divisions by three” increments) is O(n1.5). Other choices for the increment series can reduce this upper bound somewhat. Thus, Shellsort is substantially better than Insertion Sort, or any of the Θ(n2) sorts presented [earlier].

Sure, “substantially better”. But we must accept it without proof.

It’s like believing in wholly in Darwin without looking at scientific evidence.

From Clifford A. Shaffer’s A Practical Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis Edition 3.1 (Java Version)

I lost significant time today to a minor case of food poisoning. It’s nothing out of the ordinary. I hate that part but that’s how my stomach seems to be built so I must live with it.

Thing is, I know I’ve never had the least sensitive stomach but I don’t remember having ingested anything offensive this time.

In any case, I can’t dwell on anything like that today because I still have some schoolwork to do. No time to think about what could have caused it.

OK, that’s it. I’m too sleepy already. I don’t like it but I don’t feel like fighting it. Besides, I don’t remember the last time I decided to sleep as early as this so I might as well get some extra sleep tonight.

I should say, it doesn’t help that there is the constant rumbling of the skies. Anyway, I guess, that’s it for the night. It’s a good thing I did a headstart on my other course.


Oh my sleeping child the world’s so wild
But you’ve build your own paradise
That’s one reason why I’ll cover you sleeping child

And that, just now, it what’s called thunder.

It’s definitely not building up to be a clam, peaceful, quite night. Instead, it seems as if a storm is building up and is only waiting to pour in the middle of the night.

Why am I so already sleepy? It’s still too early!

Lightning-y.

That’s what the skies are tonight. I would’ve thought that a storm is brewing but the skies are filled with clouds. I still see blue everywhere. At least, a few minutes ago when there was still enough light to see. Now, I’m not quite certain. Maybe, there will really be quite some rain tonight.

Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related, for better or worse … and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.

– Hermes, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters