classes are great. do you have those mcdonald's commercials "i'm lovin' it" over there? (guy rapping, best/worst line: "i can't cook but yet i'm never hungry") well i'm lovin' it, loving what i'm learning. every now and again it's even applicable and evident in the work i do for tutor. i dig that, when i get to see in real life the theories i've been learning about. did you ever study genetic algorithms? i've got to tell you about it, it's one of those very cool ai things. basically, imagine you have a problem and you really don't even know how to go about trying to get the answer. you create some potential random answers, then evolve them by matching pieces of two of the answers and creating child answers from them. you do this for many generations, also adding in some random mutations in the child answers to guarantee you find an optimal solution. just like nature. super cool.
hawaii is still kickin, learning to catch the waves like a pro, or more like an eight year-old hawaiian really, but hey, i'll take it.
rachel is a real hit with her first grade class -- she's a teaching assistant and also runs the creative movement stuff they do once a week. her parents + sister will be out here in a few weeks, it's going to be great to have some company.