Wednesday, March 14, 2012

It's funny how this blog keeps becoming a dream journal. The important stuff is either too private or maybe with age I'm more concerned about who might discover it. On the other hand, dreams are quite private, right?
Anyways… I had a dream two days ago. I dreamt that fb was testing a new phone app. Shared dream technology, using my phone as interface. They were doing secret experiments to discover if that could be the next best thing to top Hangouts. Unfortunately they didn't anticipated that people don't behave in dreams like in real life. Even if you don't know you are sleeping, you simply don't have access to certain areas of your brain. So it was not a pleasant surprise to chat with your friends. You think the internet allows us to be jerks, wait until you see how people treat people in dreams.
Also, there was this small problem of nightmares roaming free of their sleepers, and that guy that sublimated frustration by killing strangers. Good news is that you just wake up if you die in that experiment. I remember knowing that I was in a dream, but that it was quite different than usual with my lucid dreams. FB had setup a small pretty village for the experiment. I never dream about villages, hehe.
I remember feeling good knowing that Karina was not in danger as she doesn't have an smartphone. I remember trying to outsmart the killer. Usually in my lucid dreams I can summon powers/magic. Something was preventing me from controlling my dream. So I couldn't hide, I needed to discover what was going on and tell the people about this dark project. I noticed policemen appearing, obviously fb guys. Who uses those colors? hehe.
FB was trying to capture the killer, people were tweeting about their strange dreams. They wanted to cover it all. I was this close to finding out how they managed to maintain a shared coherance when they turned it off. I remember waking up in my room. And then I knew I was still dreaming, hehe. Stupid nested dreams. I was in a lucid dream now.
It always amazes me the kind of dreams my subconscious can spin. The way we play. I need to point out that before going to sleep I was complaining. The previous dream had been quite dry. Only math. I don't rest when I dream only math. I can see my subconscious saying, 'ah so you think I'm loosing my touch?'. =) I love me, there I say it. Happy?

ps. I know it was just a dream, because david was there, he's in qatar, it's not night over there while I sleep :p

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Obligatory disclaimer: I'm not defending the guy nor condemning him. It's just an interesting question that I want to answer.
What are the three books that marked your life?
I'm the kind to be stumbled by the question. It will take me a while. Too many to choose and I'm bad with names (languages in general, I blame my lack of musical sense).
Anyways my answer is Sandman, Answer to Job, and Guns, Germs and Steal. (Thanks oxford comma.) They changed the way see life in different ways; all of them represent a facet of myself. Sandman is my young/alternative self. Answer to Job made me Bright. No, I don't remember the author, I think it's Jung. I'm not googling it to be as real to life as possible. GGS changed how I see history, society and is the kind of change I would like to make in the world.
I'm not gonna do a huge/deep analysis, but I had to find the answer, at least once. I wonder what will be my answer in some years…

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Here's how I would do a Dominion AI.

I would have 3 subsystems, Priorities, Economics and Tactics. Priorities would be in charge of bookkeeping, judging in which phase we are and breaking ties between the other two. Economics would be thinking in the long term how to get as much Victory Points as possible. Tactics on the other hand would be about the now and how to have the advantage in the short term.

Tactics only cares about what I have in my hand, the table and what little we know about the other's hand.

Economics is analyzing the probabilities of the deck, should we start buying? If I add this card the expected money per hand is incremented?

Priorities is the head-heart of all. It assigns the weight to its two arms. It has two read the available cards and decide if it will be an attack heavy. It should also be able to say, screw this strategy, it's not working, come up with something else.

Economics should be an ensemble of strategies ruled by the weighted perceptron algorithm. Tactics should do alpha beta prunning. Priorities should use adaboost.

Why those algorithms? I'm still learning but seem to be the best options in my limited repertoire. The "boost" to Economics by Priorities of removing the weak and reseting the counters should be studied with more detail.

ETA: 4 months :S And it might be weak against the expansions as I have never played with those cards.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Being in this country is different. The novelty has wear off, but things aren't normal. Today I smiled when I saw a cop giving candies to random kids in a store. Not an image I'm used to. Cops inside a store? Where I come from, they are not allowed. Private security guards do the job. If they have to call the cops, then something serious is happening. Second, giving candies? Salesmen would be doing that. Third, asking the parents if he could do it? Salesmen wouldn't do that. On the other side of the border, it's parents responsibility to watch over their kids.

I won't judge which scenario is best. That's not my point. Little things keep reminding me I'm not from here.

Do I want to be from here? That's a question not yet to be answered, but definitely in the air.

Monday, November 01, 2010

I'm such a bad blogger, but hey, I'm a firm believer that good is better than perfect. I'm married. I will not forgive me if I didn't pause to write this. I have a wife. I don't have the energy to do a respectable post, but there it is. Wow...

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

You know something is off when I want to listen music. Today I wished Trova. Music in Spanish. Let us see if there's any luck with Pandora.

In other news, I have been in SF for almost a month! It's nice to buy your own toilet paper. To know if you don't mop, no one will. For years I didn't bought things to avoid problems with my brother. Now I'm free to have whatever I like. I think I will buy 20 equal socks.

I organized among many a party for Padilla. A late late suprise bday :) He liked it. That's a small way to payback his good vibes, hehe.

I went to Berkeley. It feels strangely like the movies. Full of potential. A playground for students changing the world. On the other hand its game store... I'm not impressed.

The thing I enjoy the most of my new job: the size of the operation. I mean, my new toys are huge, both in complexity, size and manpower behind it. I'm old enough to not expect groundbreaking software behind the curtain; nonetheless, this place should have an award for its ambition. I cannot give details but I'm glad of being part of this. Connecting the world through games, more true than people might think.

I'm one step beyond missing Karina. This might be just like being thirsty. A bubble of no more feelings just the hanging memory, but you don't want to actually remember it.

I'm liking Vegan food a lot. I won't be that, but I will eat it, as often as possible, just for the flavior. Yes, I said it. I love Seitan :p So yes, I'm a 100% environmental vegetarian! At last.

Friday, August 06, 2010

The other day I dreamt my teeth were falling. For a long time I hadn't had recursive dreams. That is "waking up" but still being dreaming. So, in this dream I was loosing all my teeth and waking up just to again loose them all and so on. I was concerned and disoriented, "why is this happening?". As the wake up progressions happened I realized I was dreaming. So I kept loosing them but my mind was just "why am I dreaming this?".

I woke up for real and my mind kept asking me. Dream dictionaries are bullshit so I just started a free association chain. Teeth are white. No, that's not a clue. Teeth are bones. Nop. And so on. I know myself so after a while I let it slip. Let my subconscious work with it.

I get tons of ideas while bathing so it's natural that my subconscious sprouted then. Teeth change when you grow up. :D

I knew it true when I consciously thought it.

Bottom line, some part of myself thinks SF will grow me up more than I expect. So the lesson is "don't be shy, this is a huge step, accept it!" :D You win, I mean, I win! This is huge, it's a big deal and I don't fraking know what will happen, but I want to be there NOW.

ps. This Polloday I want to tell all my friends how much I care for them. The positive influence you are for me and that you are not taken for granted.

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