Thinking on Paper

A very important habit that I think students should captivate is “thinking on paper”. Specially when studying, but also when planning or problem solving, we have to spend quite some effort thinking. However, our brains are dirty tricksters, and will easily lead us away from whatever we are thinking down to daydreams, digressions, and other […]

The Sprawl : Setting

This January I have begun GM’ing the “Powered by the Apocalypse” cyberpunk RPG game, The Sprawl. One cool thing about this game (and most other PbtA games) is that on the very first session (session 0), the entire group builds the setting together, based on a conversation about what each player is interested in, and […]

AI Woof

Today I started seriously working on the AI Wolf project, which got funded by the University for January and February. The basic client code is much simpler than I thought at first, although the documentation (specially in English) is seriously lacking. I should put in the effort to prepare some sample code and a tutorial […]

Back to Work 2019

Today was my first day of work in the year, and to “celebrate”, I spend 12 hours at the university (_ _);… I used my new digital paper device to keep track of my activities during the day: about 6 hours reading and following up on e-mails, writing forms, and preparing documents. About 2 hours […]

Overfitting and Undercoding

Today I continued my adventures in Neural Networks. I’m working towards a system that uses “Artificial Intelligence” to detect features from pictures of plants in a greenhouse (such as leaves, branches, fruits, flowers). The final idea is to use this system to control a robot that would automate part of the work in a greenhouse. […]

Start of a new year, 2019

New year: Time to look back at what I did in 2018, and think about how I want the next year to be different. Thinking about 2018, I can say it was a “scramble” year for me. Above everything else, my tenure examination was looming over my head. Everything that I did, at least until […]

Weak Points

Today I went to the Vietnamese embassy to get a visa for the upcoming ICPC contest. On my way there, I fell and caught myself quickly enough with my arms. However, my left arm is still hurting. This is not the first time that a relatively minor thing makes me lose my breath or hurt […]

All our online personas

I think the first time I “blogged” was back in 1999, when I was 19. I had recently joined college (UNICAMP – Brazil), and found out that I could make a personal webpage. I set up a bare bones green HTML page, added a list of favorite links, and started writing short text called “rants” […]