Monthly Archives: October 2016

Deeper Research

This past week has been a bit more difficult for me. I have not been able to find specific information on what I need. I have many books and resources to look at which are giving me a ton of information, almost a bit too much. There is a lot of information on the conflict in general along with politics regarding British rule but I have not been able to find bias on my specific 5 key events. I talked to Teacher Margaret and she advised me to reach out to some organizations through universities or relating to South Asian studies. I reached out to the Center for South Asian Studied at the University of Michigan (http://www.ii.umich.edu/csas/)  along with Villanova University. I hope to hear back from them at some point soon so I can continue my research on what I need for my film.

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While it has also been frustrating not finding specific information for my project, I have learned so much about India and Pakistan’s relation with each other. In general, I am learning more about India which was one of my goals for this project. That being said, I have been thinking about extending my project to a full year so that I can focus this entire semester on research and get a good handle on the material and topic. I want to have as much knowledge as I can, even drawing away from the partition itself, though it is still my focal point. If I were to execute this new plan, I would be able to focus the entire second semester on film making which would then give me time to genuinely learn about film and how to make a history film.

The Importance of the Moderate Voter

It’s hard not to think about the upcoming election looming just three weeks away. I spend hours each day, talking about it in history class, refreshing 538, the best election blog, or just checking out Donald Trump’s twitter feed. But, instead viewing this as a distraction, I remembered an intriguing way to tie game theory into the upcoming election. So today, I’m going to take a break from the Nash equilibrium to introduce the Median Voter Theorem. Continue reading

Stock Market 101 (Part 1) – Ricky Yu ’17

This week, there wasn’t much progress with the competition, so this week’s blog post is going to be focused more on the academic side of my independent project. My online course this week focused on the stock market, so I thought that it would be good to write the blog post to inform you guys about the different types of stocks in the stock market and some basic knowledge on it.

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The Snag of Beginning a Story | Sophie Xi

In this blog post, I am going to illustrate my thinking process when I formulated the opening of my short story. Over the past week and half, I had a difficult time in finding the optimum way of storytelling. I want to give the readers a unique perspective in looking at the history while feeling connected with the messages. Therefore, it has to be somewhat personal as well as informative. In addition, I faced a dilemma in which I needed to balance the portion of reality in a fictional writing – I want to bring those hidden family stories under public exposure, but at the same time, I want to protect the feelings of those who are involved. I have drafted three different versions of telling the story, and they are listed as below.

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Playing Tetris with Cyborgs and Other Assorted Problems in Neural Network Development

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I have spent a large part of the last few months haunting the same couple restaurants in blind meeting after blind meeting.  It’s part of playing the game– shaking hands and networking occasionally plays off. I often find myself explaining what I do for TrackYourDisease, and after months of hushed explanations over the same Baja tacos, I have given up on any truly satisfactory answer besides:

“I make computers think for me” 

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The Lake Project: Saturation, Is It Lying?

Down at the lake this week there was not a lot of wildlife to photograph, but there was more fall foliage to take in than I could handle. Because of this, I focused a lot of my time on fiddling around with my camera settings. One setting in particular caught my attention: saturation. In this week’s post, I am going to delve into my use of saturation, and how I feel about it as a whole because, if I’m being honest, it embellishes pictures in a way that makes them far nicer than they otherwise would have been.

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