I don't know what holds me back from doing it most of the time, maybe physical laziness, but I tend to solve most of my programming problems by putting the damn problem on paper first.

The FSM attempt in my assignment was a real confusing mess that froze my mind, until I turned to pen and paper to sort it out.

@Rovine me too

That's perfectly fine -- planning should start on paper and pencil, or a large white board or blackboard.

Things get too complex to hold in one's conscient mind. Making notes and spreading things around on the table sure helps; you can focus on a smaller piece and deal with it, then move back and look at the picture, what should come next?

Too big to chew? Take it one Byte at a time. π π·

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@design_RG @freemo Mate I would love having whiteboard walls for my room. My uni's software development lab is not filled with computers, but cubicle dividers made out of whiteboards.

But I'm on a working holiday and not staying at any one place for long, so my A4 pad will have to do.

@Rovine
LOL, there, we both see their point. π

I remember visiting a local older school, and to fall in love with their ancient, beautiful, smooth slate backboards.

Being a math teacher at the time, that was to salivate for. π
@freemo

If your into math check out the math section specifically of my blog. There is some fun stuff there IMO.

I particularly enjoyed playing with and explaining the Verhurst equation. Tweaked it a little at the end to model advertising that I used in a commercial application once.

@Rovine

@freemo @Rovine Sorry for the unrelated post above -- my clipboard had contents from a previous post, and not related to this thread. OOPs.

Here's what I had in mind...

@design_RG @freemo pure art from science

@Rovine
I learn Trig on the blackboard, when we used printed bookform Trig tables for each angle value.

The concept is in my mind, and I visualize the circle on the board, radius 1 unit, and sine and cosine being placed cleanly, one on each axis.

Perfectly rational and memorable.

Tangents were fun and intriguing, shooting up to infinity as the angle increased to near 90 degrees.

Geometry and math are lovely.

@freemo

@design_RG
I struggle to appreciate maths partly because of my Asian upbringing. It's never seen or appreciated as something beautiful. To them, if you don't get it in words and numbers, then "ur dumb".

And I struggle to learn from things that I can't associate their beauty with :/ Now I appreciate science in the forms of bite size interesting facts, but I can't find myself deep diving into it.
@freemo

I've cried over the beauty of math before. Once I started learning wave equations and realizing how it applied to almost everything in life I was brought to tears by the realization.

@design_RG

@freemo Back in uni I got this second hand book, titled something like "mathematics of line art in Adobe Flash". I wasn't using Flash, but I had an interest in 3D graphics back then and was going to learn some maths for the purpose of computer art from this book.

I eventually forgot and abandoned it. I guess I've ended up on different paths since.
@design_RG

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