19 Sep 2002 Mondragon   » (Observer)

Doing some development...

Started seriously looking at the code base to Gnutizen today. It's a bit of a strange thing to me, since gnutella wasn't something I was particularly interested in in the past. However, peer to peer networking has become a bit of an interesting research topic for me, since it's one the few applications to come along in recent years that has seriously affected user habits and traffic patterns on networks. It's also nice to be able to help out someone who is doing their first project - I know that I certainly benefitted from having a helping hand when I was working on my first projects. It also might give me a real project for creating a GUI using Interface Builder in MacOS X - I've done a lot of work with IB, but most of it just for the benefit of playing with IB.

Also fired off an email to the lead on Seeds Of War (sourceforge) that I'd be interested in contributing to that project. It sounds a bit like WC/SC from the description, but I can't be entirely certain at this point. I've always been interested in doing work on a game engine, and hoping this is an opportunity to contribute some networking and simulation knowledge (and letting somebody else take care of the tricky UI stuff.. ;-)). If it truly is intended to be something along the lines of WC/SC, then it'll also give me chance to write all of those features I wish those games had.

Got email from Amazon today that the books I ordered on genetic algorithms and modern heuristics have been shipped, so I'm pretty psyched about that. Just in case you didn't know I was a geek.

Travel

Heading off to SJ/SF next thursday for a few days. Will be nice to get out of DC for a while, although I should probably try to do it more than once a year or so.. :-) Was kind of hoping to get to a Giants game (and see the ballpark, more importantly), but it doesn't look like that's going happen. Guess that just means I'll have to go back.

Baseball

Really want MLB to move the Expos to DC, and wish they'd realize that it really is a good idea. I know Baltimore doesn't really want another team encroaching on what they consider their territory, but I've got news for them if they think I get to many Orioles games (mostly because it's almost impossible to get to the games from DC on public transportation...you can get there, but you might not be able to get back if the game goes long). Besides, I think that having an NL team in the region isn't going to hurt. Sure, it isn't as big of a market as New York (which could really sustain a third team), but it's reasonably close to Chicago, which supports two teams, and it's certainly better than Montreal or Tampa Bay, who can't put 10,000 fans in the seats every night. If baseball truly is america's game, we should have a team in the nation's capital.

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