Wednesdays often end up being my busiest days in a given week. For every semester that I’ve been at NYU, they’ve always been the one day of the week that goes from start to finish without a break (I define a true “break” as one where I go back to my dorm and chill out). I’ve got a late class tonight (Electronic Music Performance), and then a friend’s birthday dinner – the combination of which is compelling me to write in the small break between the halves of my Recording Tech class. It’s been a busy two-day week so far – I’m becoming more and more addicted to the MIT OpenCourseWare Computer Science lectures, which take up a decent amount of time and brainpower. It’s sort of an accellerated version of what I’m doing in my own classes, which means that it works as a great counterpart when it’s paired with an in-person lecture and homework assignments. I’m learning a lot. Watching those is increasing my interest in gaining experience with popular algorithms and languages (I wrote binary search in Perl last weekend); this weekend I plan to write something in Python and something in Ruby, somewhere in the realm of the basic sort algorithms (bubble, selection, and merge). They’ll be interesting, and possibly a little tougher than the Perl one was, since I’m even less familiar with Ruby and Python. C++…I’ll get to that eventually. I’m honestly a little bit intimidated. Once I’ve got a few minor projects in a decent amount of other languages under my belt, then I’ll probably face the challenge. It’s a summer thing, since I’ll be taking a class in assembly language in the fall, and C++ is just one step closer to that.
I’m getting really close to the end of Chrono Trigger; after 21 hours, it’s about time. I’m done six out of the seven sidequests, many of which were pretty tough. But it appears as though I may be close to powerful enough to finish the final boss; last time I tried it, I was completely demolished, but that was before doing any of the sidequests. It’s a fantastic game – absolutely one of the best SNES games I’ve ever played. Remind me, tomorrow or later tonight (probably tomorrow) I’m going to put together a semi-definitive “Emmett Butler’s Top 40 video games” list. That’ll be great fun. And then I’ll go see My Morning Jacket for free ninety nine.