Right about now I suspect everyone is learning what a lot of postgrad computer science students learn in their first week: A computer network is a system where your work can be completely buggered up by a computer you’ve never heard of, in an office you have no access to, run by someone you can’t contact, but which you can’t replace or route around 😀

Well, that or they’re learning to use mutt and IMAP and reading their google email that way, which still works fine 😀… Read the rest

The markov diffusion process has an induced metric, and (Darling, 1998a) gives a connector; and Metric + Connection = GEOMETRY!!! Finally figured out what the hell he was talking about. This is a Good Thing™.

Ahem.

It may not actually make a lot of sense put that way though, I suppose 😀

Basicly, RWR Darling wrote a few papers on a kind of filter called the Geometrically Intrinsic Nonlinear Recursive Filter in 1998 and for my PhD thesis I’m applying it to a specific area of robotics; but I’ve been having some problems with decyphering the maths (it’s somewhat past where engineering maths left off).… Read the rest

Wow. Talk about low-probability. An Iridium phone satellite (an active one) and a defunct soviet Cosmos satellite, both in polar orbits which were nearly perpendicular to one another, smacked into one another on Tuesday afternoon. That’s never, ever, ever happened before (no active satellites, or even defunct ones, have ever collided before). I mean, there’s a lot of room up there.… Read the rest