Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics Unit 1

Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches is an (excellent) online course offered by Complexity Explorer. Unit 1 provided a general introduction to nonlinear dynamics and maps covering the following topics:

  1. Introduction to nonlinear dynamics
  2. Maps and difference equations
  3. Transients and attractors
  4. Parameters and bifurcations
  5. Field trip: Boulder Creek

Fitness Log August 2018

Starting to move again This year has been a difficult year as far as my strength and fitness are concerned. I had a few 100 mile and 100 kilometer milestones in the last few years, but when I injured my hip last winter, it all fell apart. Last January it was particularly bad - I couldn’t even walk or stand for more than half an hour. I started to build up my fitness slowly again with a daily half hour routine or stretches and light strength exercises, and eventually I was able to ride the bike again in spring.

Flexagons and the Math Behind Twisted Paper

Below I’ve collected my notes taken during the FutureLearn 3-week online course “Flexagons and the Math Behind Twisted Paper” presented by Dr. Yossi Elran of Davidson Institute of Science Education, Weizmann Institute of Science. This was a fascinating introduction to Flexagons and symbols to describe them, Möbius band, Catalan numbers and more. These are pretty rough notes at the moment, probably not very meaningful to those who haven’t taken this course.

Night at the Museum

Introduction Night at the Museum is my final project in the second term of Udacity’s VR Developer Nanodegree program. This term focused on VR design and development process, VR platforms and the industries impacted by VR. This term introduced me to an incredibly wide range of applications I wasn’t aware of previously. My last thought-experiments (part1, part 2, and part 3) also helped me realize that there’s so much more than just ‘VR’ and that the future may really lie within the full spectrum of realities ranging from augmented reality, augmented virtuality, mixed reality to fully virtual reality.

My Favorite VR Experience(s)

This post is my response to a discussion prompt in Udacity’s vr-developer nanodegree program. I may be easy to impress, but I honestly haven’t found a VR experience I didn’t find amazing. It seems impossible to review just one favorite experience. I picked three of the most memorable experiences in games, art, and education: My Favorite in Games Eleven: Table Tennis VR is the ultimate Table Tennis simulator. One of my first VR experiences, and still my favorite game experience.

The Puzzler VR Project

Introduction Welcome to my Puzzler project writeup! This project is part of Udacity’s VR Developer Nanodegree program. The second term of this program focuses on VR design and the development cycle from the initial statement of purpose, definition of a user persona, to the iterative process of creating a usable mobile app. This process involved multiple user tests to ensure that the experience is comfortable and clear to the player.