Notes

Simple, short pieces about current events, articles, and short ideas.

Science Fair 2018

Published on: 2018-04-03

I competed in the SASEF (a science fair) with my project, “Software Techniques for Rendering Fractals”.

I won the “Reserve Grand Champion” spot, as well as two special awards (“Superintendent’s Award” and the “Intel” special award).

World Record

Published on: 2017-11-08

The L&N STEM Academy accepted a world record today, for the “largest computer programming lesson”.

Here’s the award up close:

Lizards Album Release

Published on: 2017-10-13

(Also see the post on ChemicalDevelopment’s website).

Today I released the Lizards album, which has the songs:

  1. ChemicalDevelopment Anthem
  2. Lizardcrats
  3. (I’m in Love With a) Lizard
  4. 2D Girl
  5. Bee Stung
  6. Wild Ride
  7. Innsmouth March (Chase Mix)
  8. I Want It
  9. Thumbs Up
  10. Hubert House
  11. Gut Feeling

The songs “Hubert House” and “Gut Feeling” are DEVO songs I cover, but all the others are my original composition. All other songs’ instrument parts were generated with software (LMMS).

My vocals are present in “ChemicalDevelopment Anthem”, “Lizardcrats”, “(I’m in Love with a) Lizard”, “2D Girl”, “Hubert House”, and “Gut Feeling”.

You can listen to them on SoundCloud here.

You can listen on YouTube here.

You can download source materials (songs, art, booklet, print-your-own supplies, etc) from the release on GitHub.

And now on Spotify, here

TRICK RULES

Published on: 2017-08-28

ATTENTION liberals, modernists, or any other bible-perverters:

You must understand the love of our lord. You must grasp these fundamental concepts of christianty:

  1. Do good deeds, or ask for forgiveness.
  2. You are made in God’s image, yet you will make mistakes.
  3. God is all good, and also created evil.
  4. God can do anything, but we have free will

If correctly understood, the reader of these will make it into heaven.

Read closely and avoid any confusion, sinners.

Cade v16 Released

Published on: 2017-02-17

Cade v16.0 was release on 2017-2-13, there are still some bugs being worked through, but this was a major improvement on v15.X.

With the next year of development, I can’t wait to see what Cade v17 will look like. There may be lots of changes, such as the ability to control motor vehicles, and produce income!

Also, the AI has improved! Send Cade v16 an email: cade@cade.site !

Placed Second at CodeTN

Published on: 2017-01-13

We placed second, with SyNap.

Here’s us at the event:

We had a fun experience, and as a three person team (smallest there), I think we fared well.

Happy New Year's Eve

Published on: 2016-12-31

Can’t believe the Earth is almost 2017 years old!

2017 years ago, the large bang created everything.

The United States Is Not A Christian Nation

Published on: 2016-12-28

While browsing heavily biased articles online, I found this article, which supposedly “proves” the US was founded as a christian nation.

There was not only a treaty signed, which said that “The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion”. There is also the fact that the first amendment contradicts the first commandment.

The first commandment says that “thou shalt have no other gods before me” (or similar throughout other translations), but the first amendment prohinits any law respecting an establishment of religion, which ensures there is no requirement of which religion.

If the article was correct, and that the US was founded as a Christian nation, then wouldn’t our first amendment not allow other religions? But, it does, quite explicitly in the bill of rights.

Some of my favorite lines from conservatives is that they adore the constitution, yet can’t see how people don’t accept Christianity. So, they favor the constitution, but dislike the effects of people following it?

What they mean to say is that they favor christians.

Fox News Spins SNAP Data

Published on: 2016-12-28

As noted in this article, Fox News is spinning data about wasted food stamps.

(here’s an archive of Fox’s article in case they delete it)

Perhaps the saddest part is Fox’s article’s dishonest information.

For example, they say “70 million of taxpayer money was wasted in 2016 due to food stamp fraud”. While that’s true, nowhere in the article is the total amount spent on food stamps, or the percent that is fraudulent mentioned. Now, when people hear this they hear that food stamps are stealing their money!

While this is true, it’s just out of context numbers that sound large. If you gave a friend 100$ to spend on food, and he spends 9 cents on fraudulent charges, you wouldn’t be that angry, right? And if he really needs the money, it would be wrong to cut him off, right?

Even this is a bit misleading, because not every recipient of SNAP does a small amount of fraudulent purchases, rather it is a very small minority who commit most of the frauds.

Teaching Philosophy Boosted Math and English Skills

Published on: 2016-12-27

According to research, teaching philosophy increases skills in other fields.

I hope more schools try something similar. Another idea I had is to have an online discussion where students post opinions and debate with each other.

I know that something like this could have problems, but with some basic rules of discussion, something like this could easily boost critical thinking. However, a big problem could be: students may not have their normal echo chamber they are accustomed to, such as Facebook, or their household.

Either way, something like this could be a good way to get out info, and encourage critical thinking. Even if kids do not change their opinion, they learn to defend their ideas, which means they understand them more.

Russia's Involvement

Published on: 2016-12-25

The Russians probably tried to harm the candidacy of Hillary Clinton (or at least thats what the experts say)

When questioned, he deflected the issue to the democrats.

And, on the topic of daily intelligence briefings, he said this:

I’m, like, a smart person . . . I don’t need to be told the same words every single day

End quote.

First note

Published on: 2016-12-24

Noted: I started my site this day