Temporary exile

What a Summer

Well, yet another summer at Camp Ramah in the Poconos has come to an end. While nearly everything about the summer was pretty far from perfect, I had a rather productive year in the radio program. I got done loads of work and also learned a ton in the process. A few things I ended up doing: - SOAP: I learned how to use

[WSDL](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WSDL) files to automagically
configure SOAP drivers in order to fetch data. I tested this out on
[NWS National Digital Forecast Database](http://www.weather.gov/ndfd/)
and spent more time trying to decipher the super-contrived response
message than actually writing the Ruby code needed to fetch and
parse it.
  • Bayesian Classifiers: Figured out how to train some naive Bayes classifiers to the point where they could pick out text that discussed weather forecasts. Neat!
  • Baseball stats: As part of my continuing baseball education, I had Gnuplot spit out plots of 30 years of Phillies baseball statistics. It didn’t work so well due to some axis labeling issues I never got around to fixing. Might it be worth revisited past work with something like R)? I wish there were some higher-level toolkits for charting and plotting with Ruby. Python has Pyx

I wish I had gotten around to studying and doing more things though…then again, it’s fairly irrational to expect so much free time when running an educational radio station full time. It would have been nice to have a chance to study some additional techniques such as general heuristics or algorithmic design. Then again, there are more practical things which would most likely have been better to learn and experiment with. I should have maybe continued my explorations into Qt) or maybe even getting better with metaprogramming. In the end, I feel like I have much to learn. I have the whole year ahead of me…

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