Sunday, January 20, 2019

About a week ago, I went to a couple local thrift stores and bought some clothing.  Not too unusual, right?  But I didn't really look at size, color, or general style of the items I bought.  I only bought knit fabrics with a particular type of seam, and with what I deemed a "good" fiber content.

I found four pieces of clothing (two cardigans, one sweater, and a dress) that fit my criteria.  I was hoping to find more, but four turned out to be quite enough!

You see, yarn is quite expensive.  I knit quite a bit, and that requires a sizeable stash of yarn.  When the amount of quality yarn it takes to knit a hat hits about $25, the amount of yarn I would need to make a shawl or sweater makes me uneasy (hint: easily over $100).

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The birth of SpongeGuyParkFeld

I joined my college's data science club this quarter.  It's very fun so far, though I haven't done much more than pick a project and join a team.

My team's project (well, we're one big group but split into two teams for easier management) is natural-language processing.  Specifically, sentiment analysis of transcripts of TV shows.  The goal is to map character relationships, vocabulary shifts over time or due to new writers, and vocabulary richness based on target audiences.  And stuff like that.  We're planning on refining the goals more as we progress in the project, but that's the general direction.

The shows we have chosen to analyze are Spongebob, Family Guy, South Park, and Seinfeld.  We sort of mashed all the names together to create a single word to represent our project.  Hence, the birth of SpongeGuyParkFeld!

Monday, January 15, 2018

When it rains, it pours

I live in California.  You know, that one state that's constantly on fire and it never rains in?  Yeah, that one.  Rainy season is the winter, but it hasn't rained at all until a few days ago.  And it poured rain.  

Maybe I'm just not used to the rain, and it was just a normal rainstorm.  There wasn't even thunder.  But for three days, the sun was swallowed up by gray rainclouds ranging from light, gentle wisps to huge, puffy dark ones that shrouded the sky.  

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Visiting the Getty

Yesterday my family visited the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.  We're down in Irvine, staying with my grandparents, and we had never been before, so we went.  My dad being a great enthusiast of museums also facilitated this trip.

I brought along my camera and new lens (Nikon D40 and Rokinon 14mm 2.8).  I also brought a 35mm prime lens for the pictures, since the Getty's website said non-flash photography was permissible and I wanted pictures of the artwork inside.

I had never seen the museum itself, and honestly I would have been happy walking around the outside and on the grounds for the entire day.  The museum is situated at the top of a hill overlooking Los Angeles, and is a very modern-looking, artsy building.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

New camera lens (Rokinon 14mm, f2.8 Nikon AE)

Last weekend was Black Friday, and I've had my eyes on this lens for months.  I enjoy photography, especially astrophotography and macro photography.  But since I'm in college, money isn't something I can just throw around.  

The price dropped by a full hundred dollars on Black Friday for the Nikon version of the lens, which was perfect.  I couldn't resist buying it (according to camelcamelcamel, it was the lowest price it had been in two years).  

Even though finals are approaching and there are a lot of projects/tests that need my attention, I couldn't help but take some pictures with it.  

There's a highway overpass next to my boyfriend's apartment, and we walked over there to get some long exposures.  It was very, very cold and he complained the entire time.  I was too excited to be cold, I think.  I've never taken long exposures of the highway before, but I've always wanted to.