22 Jul 2004 mmangino   » (Observer)

I had one of those mornings. I woke up, took the dogs to the bathroom and ate breakfast. Then I decided to trim my beard. I checked the little number on my beard trimmer and it was set to where I keep it. Unfortunately, the guard was not correctly installed and in one fell swoop I removed half of my goatee. I contemplated leaving it like that hoping nobody would notice, but that seemed unlikely. I alse considered having just a mustache, but that just made me look like a porno star. In the end, I decided to return to being clean shaven. I've had a goatee for all but 3 months of the last 8 years. We'll see how long this lasts.

I also stumbled on to a wiki at work that had a discussion of software for building Agent Based Computational Economics. I am really geeked by this because I have been interested in similar ideas for a while, but never had a name for them. Earlier this year, I implemented some of the models in Swarm Intelligence in python. I found that I was unable to replicate their results. (For more information on these concepts you can see this interview with the author of the aforementioned book as well as this website with more information and other links.) In doing some of this reading, I found the repast toolkit which takes care of some of the simulation details for me. I am going to try to re-implement some of these models with this toolkit and also play with some social interaction problems.

One final thing I did was to sign up to be a mentor for the youth computer training program. This will hopefully let me give something back to this community. Since at some point in the future I am interested in teaching, this will likely help me learn as well. I love win-win situations.

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