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Remember my portfolio website? The one I mentioned here? Well, it’s now up and accessible at There isn’t much there yet because I tried to make it a point not to link to school work1 but please feel free to look around the various things I craft. The CSS should look good for all browsers except IE. This is my first attempt at tableless layout and, man, IE really is a pain in the ass to work with. The main domain ( uses tables, unfortunately.

In other news, I’ll be doing my thesis/special problems course this year. I don’t know how much time will I be able to squeeze in for personal projects. I expect {;}2 to be as much in thesis mode as me. In any case, I can still consider my thesis as a personal project, don’t you think?

(By the way, by some turn of events, I’ll be doing my thesis alone. At least, so long as the list of accepted students released by the research lab I applied to doesn’t change. I guess that just makes my thesis all the more a personal project.)

And as for my n-puzzle solver? I haven’t had time to look into IDA*, as I planned in my previous post. The time I spent working on it the past two weeks or so, I spent on ways researching how to decrease the heat generated by my laptop’s CPU. I’ve cleaned the dust bunnies and all but it still overheats to the point of auto-shut down even when I’m just browsing the web, though so far that has only happened in Windows Vista. I’m pretty adamant continuing to force my laptop to its limits since I’ll be doing my thesis this year and being laptop-less is the last situation I would like to find myself in.

(It’s been raining real heavy the past few days though and I noticed that my laptop is going easy on heating up. Could all those auto-shut down heat-ups be due to the hot summer weather? That’s funny since I had this laptop since last year’s summer and it didn’t auto-shut down at all then. And last year’s summer was way hotter, I tell you.)

Aside from my thesis, I’m taking my Artificial Intelligence course this semester. Maybe, hopefully, there really is still something I missed from A*. Having someone explain it to you really makes a lot of difference from self-studying. Hopefully, by semester-end, my n-puzzle solver can solve a randomly-generated solvable instance.

That’d be all for now. See you soon.

  1. Okay, this breaks for GradeGrid but I invested so much time in it it’s good as personal as well. []
  2. Yep, that’s the new official spelling :D []

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