Article
Tweaking Scooty Puff Sr., The Doombringer to 83,000 requests per second
Continuing on my quest for absolutely blistering web service performance (after repairing Doombringer’s settings and drives), i had always been wondering why my NginX performance was topping out at 15,000 requests per second (RPS) on Doombringer, with 18,000 RPS each on {Amy, Fry, & Leela}. Even though SR isn’t hitting anywhere near this cap, and as an aggregate, it is at the... Read more →
Article
OkCupid, Profile Photo Advice
At the recommendation of Mark and Yen, I rejoined OkCupid, having deleted my account long ago. As I work on my okcupid profile to find the best photos, it asks me to rate the photos that others have uploaded for their profile as well. In so doing, I’m astounded that people upload these things, if they are clueless or if they think... Read more →
Article
Experiment 3: Oxygen Generator ; (pre-setup)
Purpose: This is another experiment principally aimed at improving my life and overall physical performance somehow.  Obviously experiments on one’s self are subject to huge amounts of bias, which is why I am not assessing (yet) the “benefit” (or placebo-nefit) of my experimental results.  The motivation though for this particular experiment comes from the observation that when I am able to breath... Read more →
Article
Sweet! New Post Format
I’ve been trying to figure out how to make my posts more like a photo-blog / experiment journal, so that I can refer to images, figures, or calculations adjacent to the text, and it turns out with a little late night, pointless messing around, I could make minor hacks to WordPress to do it.  So as a demo, I give you exciting... Read more →
Article
Personal “Experiments”
A long time ago, much longer than I care to remember, I used to run lots of seeming random experiments on all sorts of things — whatever piqued my curiosity.  In the past 4 or 5 years, I had suspended pretty much everything, along with many of the other things that make Beracah “Beracah” in the almost insane attempt to complete a... Read more →
Article
Everybody Likes to talk about
how great free software is, but it isn’t. it sucks. All I’m trying to do is use mencoder to crop the movie Cutthroat Island (GREAT MOVIE! I Really Recommend!) of my dvd, so that when it plays on the tv, it plays at the full resolution. Apart from wasting 10 hrs trying to figure out the right flags to do it, mencoder... Read more →
Article
Re-Evaluating Life Goals (Part 1)
Over the past N years at MIT, a number of things in my life have changed — lots of problems, successes and the like, but one thing that I haven’t done in a period is to rethink what I want out of my life, what I want in the next “N” years, and how to get there.  In many ways, this is... Read more →
Article
We are living in the F’n dark ages
of computing. Why is it that I cannot write symbolic math expressions on my stylus, have them converted into a nice math form, then draw arrows connecting symbols and have them stick in those sub-equations, expanding them, or expanding the inequalities if necessary. Or better, stick in a nice little range showing the domains of the inequalities. And if I draw 3... Read more →