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Love your work  , Ive been following your work since I found your blog on shantyboat life during the construction of your craft.....
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As you may have heard, the shantyboat nears completion and we are readying it for the Secret History of American River People expedition on the Upper Mississippi starting in a few days. This is a research journey to gather and present the lost stories of pe...
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Secret History is a journey to discover, present, and connect the lost narratives of working-class river communities from the deck of a recreated shantyboat that serves as both the vehicle for this journey and the project library and archive.
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Your new boat.
Free 60's era 16' runabout boat. The boat should float, but will need some work to make it operational. However if you needed it for a one-time use to, say disable a whaling ship, it would be a good...
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New website for the Secret History project.
the lost narratives of river people, river communities, and the river itself
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New Secret History trailer.
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Anyone an expert in these esoteric arts?
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Shantyboat on the Mississippi
In July, we are bringing the shantyboat across country to launch in the Mississippi River on an art and history expedition: Thanks to espressobuzz for the historic photo A journey to rediscover the lost narratives of river people, river communities, and the...
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And your new truck.
I recently bought this beautiful Ford F250 as a work truck, but it gets low gas mileage, so I'm trading up for a diesel. Here's the specs: Model: Ford F250 XLT 3/4 Ton Truck Color: White Mileage:...
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Help!
I am using A* for pathfinding, and am creating a very limited graph to make traversal and pathfinding quick and easy. How do I represent this as a data structure easily traversable from P0 to P1 by A* in python? Everything is relative to points P0 and P1 which can be mirrored or 90 degree rotation to each other. The points are at real coordinates and the other nodes are equal spaced and relative to our two points. The nodes have to remember the...
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2D numpy arrays seem likely to be the best and fastest way to store this. when you are trying to do something fast in python you don't want to keep making the interpreter build numbers just to perform arithmetic on them. Keeping them inside numpy is the way to avoid that.

Then write move_cost, estimate and successor functions using numpy's accessors. Numpy functions don't have to pull the numbers into the interpreter and instead operate directly on the underly data in C code avoiding the marshaling cost (going in and out of a python object data structure which is expensive) and being writen in C means they'll run orders of magnitude faster.

If you can't make them efficient using the existing numpy api get them working in pure python and I will convert them to a C module for you that you can import into python that will talk directly to numpy. They will look like you original python version, but they will be numpyfastified :-) 
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Come to this! I'll be speaking about my current project, The Secret History of American River People.
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    Digital Art and New Media, 2013 - present
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