I’m writing this the day afterward – you’ll see why.
Yesterday I woke up on time and took the normal route (R -> D) to Hacker School. There was a lady on the train writing what I could only describe as indecipherable scribbles on a page of paper, but she seemed to know what it said. I thought that was interesting and tried to figure out if I could decipher her code, but I think it was actually just really loopy cursive handwriting.
Hacker School started a bit slow after morning meeting, and I went to Jazzy’s for lunch, the usual egg cheese and ham sandwich, this time on a toasted roll, which was even more delicious than a bagel.
I had a short meeting with Mary around noon – the facilitators had requested that we all sign up for short meetings with them to just chat about how hacker school is going, etc.. I basically said that Hacker School is being amazing, but I’m finding it hard to be social since normally it takes me a while to come out of my shell (about 6 months) in a new social situation, but I’m “cramming” socially since I only have 3 months of Hacker School, and one of those is gone! Still, it’s being an extremely positive experience for me.
On that note: they’re accepting applications for the next batch! https://www.hackerschool.com/apply?r=top
At 2pm I met with a rather large group of people to start building an AI system for the game Risk. Rather, an AI competition for anyone interested. Essentially, there will be a central server which will run the games, and people can register a URL which points to an AI server which the game server will poll on each turn. Erik and I are the main leaders for the project, which is in python. I’m super excited about it. Ian, Matt, and Alex are the other main contributors to the project so far.
I ended up staying late with Ian, Travis, and Alex, and someone bought a bottle of Makers Mark, so we sat around and drank whisky out of the coffee mugs that are at the office for a few hours, watching bad Youtube videos and working on the Risk AI.
Eventually I took the subway home, and found that Levi had a guest from Boulder – Ian – over at the apartment, who will be staying with us for about three weeks. Levi’s girlfriend Broghanne (who is from somewhere British), Levi, Ian, Imogen, and I all hung out in the living room chatting about American history, science, and astrophysics until about 3am – hence the waking up late and not writing this blog post on time. It was very enjoyable to sit and chat with people about whatever topics came to mind.