Sound and Perception of Senses

This post was inspired by this article found in Gizmodo: Why You Should Never Listen to Ride of the Valkyries While Driving.

Ride of the Valkyries

How amazing that our brains work on a different level than time. When I watch a pot boil, it seems like time is crawling along, dragging me with it just barely creating enough time to get the kettle hot enough to whistle. Then on the other end of the spectrum is spending time with friends or playing a great game of Frisbee that takes hours and squishes it into minutes. I’ve been challenged by this thought a lot. How could this be? Why would the brain allow this to happen?

So my curiosity is in the brains ability to perceive and understand time, and with that goes a whole slew of sense perception questions.

In regards to time and feeling fully alive: I believe the more you are challenged in thought and decision the more time accelerates. For example, when I’m playing Frisbee I make a ton of decisions, and this decision making process is quick and low on technical consideration. I pretty much do exactly what comes naturally to me. The more I think about playing Frisbee the worse it becomes. This is the same for spending time with friends. When I’m having the most fun I forget about everything else and allow auto pilot to take over. The more I decide without reevaluation the faster time goes. I like to call those heighten decision making process times “being in the zone”.

The Gizmodo article states that I should not drive while listening to Flight of the Valkyries because it will make you drive faster, which makes sense because that song has a fast pace. Yet, why does our brain decide to drive faster when we hear a fast song? Is it that our heart rate increases, so going faster provides a counter balancing affect to the increased blood flow? Than why does our heart rate increase? Nothing about that music is physically pushing blood faster? It’s just sound. Does it come from the constant thud of our heart beat? What would music sound like if we didn’t have a heart beat?

Back on another tangent. When travelling I experience periods of confusion (where to go/how to read the ticket), frustration (waiting in line/going through security), being in the zone (following signs/being excited about your destination), and boredom (waiting at the gate, and lots of other waiting) all this contributes so much to my exhaustion. This variation in experiences especially the large bought of boredom, which makes time drag forever, leaves an impression of lots of time passing. Meaning it makes sense that people would be exhausted at the end of day of travel. How do we help people make travel a less exhaustive experience? (Clearer tickets, quicker lines, faster boarding, less delays, easy baggage, easy to and from airport, more red carpet clubs)

Very tangential: What if we had a red carpet club wholly automated. You checked into the room. Vending machine distributed snacks and drinks. Hal provided clear instructions and updates about your flight/how to get to the gate. Nice room, simple chairs plenty of outlets. It wouldn’t cost very much if you implemented good systems to keep everything clean. But I digress.

Food provides such an awesome sensory experience, and is so valuable to what I consider significant and worthwhile in my life. I am very thankful that I was included in so many different family eating rituals. If I eat a meal with any family in any context. I consider a deeper understanding into how they function as a group. Food is something everyone enjoys, so if you do it with your family your going to begin associating your family with this really good thing. At least to a very small degree, and small degrees add up! Food is something I’ll continue to address throughout these posts. Yay food!

IN CLOSING! Senses are essential to our interaction with the world and our sense of time is dependent on what we’re doing. When I want to understand what is happening, or how to improve my life or the lives of those around me. I will remember to consider the depth our senses have to our understanding of the world and its impact on the formation of our personalities.

Here’s a photo of my hand print in some ice crystals!
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The Internet and Socket Programming

 

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I’m in my second week of my second to last quarter of college. It amazing how time flies. I’m looking forward to making the most of these last 20 weeks, and part of that means learning as much as I can.

I’m in two Computer Science Electives at the moment, Software as a Service & Computer Networks. Computer networks is amazing. It’s made me think about computers and the way they are connected in some fascinating ways. The first paper weread is system design, and it makes so much sense!

We’ve also learned that the strength of the internet comes from the mesh-like ‘core’ with lots of connections that individual computers tap into. The internet is a huge network of networks, comprised of heterogeneous devices that allows the sharing of information at incredible rates! The real power of such a complex system is when we can harness this power and create things in ways never imagined. Just the idea of sharing a document, picture, or project across the sea in a split second has incredible implications for the future of the working world. I don’t think people grasp how quickly we’ve changed the realities of our world. I should probably save my ramblings for another post.

Back to Socket Programming! Our teacher explained sockets as a pseudo-file or port that allows a client server schema to share information. This is much easier said than done, and I’m struggling on a programming assignment that’s due in a week because its hard to use the c++ syntax to clearly and intuitively pass information.

The idea of a port or file system makes a lot of sense in my mind though. In Meat Space we use harbors and ports to share things with a linking system (the sea). This just confirms elevates my previous excitement. The real harbors require millions of dollars of infrastructure and resources, but in my room I can establish a connection to anywhere in the world to pass anywhere for essentially pennies on the millions of dollars!

A port, what a beautiful way to think about building a network connection, as if the internet connection was just a beautiful ocean, or even space! That led to me imagining the different parts of a network connection as if it was a Star Wars Space Port! As if Darth Vader could step out of a packet I could send to someone.

This leads to what an ideal programming world could be. If I was able to visualize this building process instead of using convoluted syntax that’s difficult to remember and use. Either way I have to do this programming assignment, and the more I think of it like a Star Wars Space port the better it is!

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Image Internet Visualization Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet
Image Space Port Source: http://www.screened.com/imperial-star-destroyer/30-45/all-images/132-1590295/shuttle1080i/131-327236/
 

Placing 8 Queens

I figure the second post I make ought to be a bit nerdy.

This is an algorithm we were working on in class yesterday, and I thought was pretty cool. It’s called the Eight Queens Puzzle. The challenge is to place eight queens on a chess board without them being able to attack each other. The solution we were taught uses Backtracking, which is slowly exploding my mind.
This little bit of code uses a helper recursive function and an isValid to check if a queen can be placed. The queens’ locations are stored in a vector of strings where “Q…….” is a queen on the first column, and the vector index is the row.

This is the recursive helper function:

Neato!

The First Post!

I don’t know what to talk about already…

I guess I should introduce myself. I’ll probably turn this into the about page soon enough.

One of the more significant things I’ve done is start this website. And the other is probably build an college level ultimate frisbee team. See photo!

Awesome GNAR Ultimate players
This was my first tournament as Captain/President, and it was a blast.

There are few things better than chasing down a frisbee on a sunny day.
I suppose that’s why I’m here. To keep track of the good days, journal about what I’ve learned, and share my ideas with anyone who cares. The website presented itself as a good platform to stand on.

But enough about me, lets talk about my past.
I was born in Portland Oregon on March 2nd 1992, and things have just been getting better since then.
I lived in Portland, went to Catholic school, and spent a lot of time playing all the sports. I was accepted to Seattle University and began my freshman year in September of 2010, and now it’s 2013! I’ll be graduating in a couple months with a Bachelors of Science and Computer Science, and am currently on the job hunt, so if you hear of anything don’t be a stranger.

Also, I’m not a great writer, and will probably make mistakes, and will probably do stuff I’m not suppose to do, if you have any suggestions or ideas feel free to comment or contact me. Help is always appreciated.