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China Wendel
Attended University of Oklahoma
Lived in Oklahoma City
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This is my favorite new site for SCIENCE. It's pretty damn interesting. Check out the back issues.
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New addition to the family! Say hi to Phee!
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Very pretty kitty!!
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I <3 this.

Bamford -- Yeah. I have a joke about how people don’t talk about mental illness the way they do other regular illnesses. “Well, apparently Jeff has cancer. Uh, I have cancer. We all have cancer. You go to chemotherapy you get it taken care of, am I right? You get back to work.” Or: “I was dating this chick, and three months in, she tells me that she wears glasses, and she’s been wearing contact lenses all this time. She needs help seeing. I was like, listen, I’m not into all that Western medicine shit. If you want to see, then work at it. Figure out how not to be so myopic. You know?”
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http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/ggmain/strips/ggmain20120420.jpg

If there had been princess lessons like these when I was growing up, I might have been more willing to wear pink.
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So, I know this is kind of old... But I'm currently listening to the Portal 2 soundtrack, or Songs to Test By, and I ran across this song title:

(defun botsbuildbots()(botsbuildbots))

Yes, it's a song title. It's also a Lisp command to define a function whose only effect is to call itself. botsbuildbotsbotsbuildbotsbotsbuildbotsbotsbuildbots....

You know, I really hated my professor who taught Lisp in college, because he considered it the only tool with which to solve any software problem, including software engineering. Seriously, our software engineering course required you to know Lisp, because he taught it. (((((((((the)parentheses)tried)to)end)my)life)I)swear)

But knowledge of this esoteric language has now enabled me to A)Wear out my college laptop's 9 and 0 keys, B) Get my current job, and C) Catch a joke made by Valve. So, thank you, Dr. Page. Never thought I would say that.
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http://www.womanist-musings.com/2012/02/disability-click-moments.html

Oh, but this could have been written by me. I still remember the day when I broke down and used my first grocery store electric cart. It was embarrassing, humbling, and I felt that people were silently judging me everywhere. But the last time I'd gone to the grocery store, I came out again covered in sweat and gritting my teeth in pain. Eventually something does 'click' with you when you finally come to terms with the new normal and accept it. If you can see that change as empowering rather than humbling, or the sheer liberation of being wheelchair 'bound' it can be so freeing.
Those of us who are not born with a disability, must come to terms with the loss of our able bodied status. This is something that must happen, regardless of the type of disability that is developed. ...
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I made a thingy! This thingy happens to be a polynomial strange attractor, animated over one variable.

Math: it's pretty, no?
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Chaoscope, Ani4Chaoscope, and VirtualDub.  Chaoscope is for the generation of the pretty pictures, Ani4Chaoscope is a program designed to make Chaoscope files that transition between two variables, and VirtualDub is to take the resulting cache of images and knit them all into a video.

Whole process takes about a couple hours, and that includes rendering time ^_^

I should probably write a program that runs each program for me, but I'm lazy.
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It's Ada Lovelace's Birthday, YAY!

In honor of this occasion, I found a comic that is awesome. Everything in it is totally true, especially the alien invasion.
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I post this.... for reasons.

I don't like the idea that girls have to prove themselves extra hard to qualify as geeky.

I've had to prove myself on occasion (I watched Star Trek as a kid, and read my first Asimov collection at 10!) and it's no fun.  But even so, I should also be able to be a newcomer, and still be accepted.

I mean, we're GEEKS, not JOCKS here, when did we become the type to kick people out of the club?
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I'm sure Tim appreciates that. :p
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So, some small hail just fell at home, and I got up to look at it. It was making quite a racket on the chimney of our fireplace, and I guess my cat also got up to look at it. I turned around and she had crawled inside the fireplace, and was staring up the chimney. She's an Okie cat, I guess.
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For all those of you who play Mass Effect 3 and finished the game: This is why the control ending is best:

"Stop punching yourself, Harbinger."
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This reminds me of Chris' Predator/Prey program, for those of you who know Chris. It was an arrow evolving program. The arrows had a certain amount of starting attributes (color, speed, metabolism, reproduction rate, agility) and the herbivores had a replenishing supply of little green dots to eat. Depending on starting variables (amount, spread, and replenish rate of little green dots, number of predators, number of herbivores, and how efficient each already was at their jobs at the start) the system would develop emergent behaviors.

We saw cases where the predators would hang out by clumps of vegitation, if the vegetation wasn't widespread enough. They were extremely slow in comparison to the prey, but they didn't need to be fast, they just needed to wait.

We saw other cases where the predators and prey would end up in a speed race, as well, each one trying to outdo the other so they could live to reproduce.

I just have to boggle at that sort of process taking place in physical robots though. That's pretty amazing stuff right there. Teaching robots how to swim, the old old old fashioned way.
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I Write Code for a Living!
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Hi!  I am a software developer in Oklahoma.  I went to OU, I like geeky pursuits, and cats.

Questions people always ask about my name:
  • Is that really your name?
    • Yep.
  • Why?
    • Because of all of the millions of Jennifers and Tiffanys out there.  My dad wanted something different.
  • What do you like about it?
    • I like it that people remember my name with relative ease.  Now that I am older, no one insults me because of its peculiarity.  Instead, they say it's pretty.
  • What do you not like about it?
    • It can be a confusing name, when you're working with a large enough company.  "China is doing what?  Since when were we outsourcing that?"
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Member of the Cherokee Nation, Surviving with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Math Nerd 8]
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  • University of Oklahoma
    Computer Science, 2000 - 2004
  • Charles Page High School
    1997 - 2000
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China Boling
This place is pretty awesome. After introducing my mom to this restaurant, she declared that she would drive all the way down from Tulsa just to visit this place (not me, hah!) I am not usually a spring/egg roll person, but I love theirs with the peanut sauce. They recently changed ownership, and the place is now called Pho B&B, but the food didn't change. They just added a TV, which I'm not too fond of, as it used to be more cozy without basketball playing in the background. It's still a regular weekend event to stop by and grab some pho, and then hop over to the yogurt shop for desert. There might be better pho places in the asian district, but I have never been to them, because I'm not going to trek through OKC to get food, and this place is almost next door. It's still *really good*.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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