Sigh. I injured my finger again. This time it is another finger. Sigh. Now I wonder if I should schedule my Hand Surgery appointment earlier. Maybe I should.
On another note, I have to study for my data mining test which is coming on next Tuesday. Sigh, I will probably start returning comments next weekend.
On a happier note, I am less worried for my wisdom tooth now that I discovered the technique to properly brush it cleanly. I didn’t get pain from it so hopefully no decay. I hope it will stay that way for as long as possible because I am not confident to go for wisdom tooth surgery at all.
Categories: Music, Personal life, Rants, School life, Videos, Wants, Work
I have been really busy with school (and work, of course) recently that I am neglecting my music and perhaps, photography aspect of life. Guess blogging from my laptop has taken a backseat as well. Speaking of which, I am thinking of getting a mechanical keyboard for personal use… I guess it makes typing feels more shiok? Haha. But first I need a proper mouse since the batteries in my Microsoft Arc Mouse is leaking and I can’t use it anymore…
I have also started my investment journey and is making paper loss. Well, I guess it is all about long term investment? Hopefully I am going to see paper gain soon…
It didn’t help much when USD is depreciating too. Sigh. It has been on a steady decline ever since someone has become the President. Oh well.
Joanna Dong went to take part in the Sing! China competition and her second performance for the competition is really awesome! Just watch it below.
Okay, back to school work now.
NUS SoC Summer School is finally over. Well, I used up this month’s study leave and took 1 day of annual leave to go for 2 days of summer school and it is finally over.
I was thinking of writing a review on both classes that I went for but is feeling lazy to do so. Maybe I will just summarise my thoughts about both classes here.
If you have read about it here, you would have known that I have signed up for “Cryptocurrencies: Security Challenges & Solutions” and “An Introduction to Sound Music and Wearable Computing” classes.
The cryptocurrency class is really good. I have learnt more about the technical background of Bitcoin and Ethereum like proof of work and the up and coming proof of stake for Ethereum. It helps since I am recently exposed to the world of cryptocurrencies (thanks to Alan for introducing it to me). The session makes me realised the various types of risks involved in cryptocurrencies investment such as the risk of attacks on the languages (eg. Solidity) used in writing Ethereum blockchains. I wouldn’t have known about such risks if I didn’t go for the session. After the session, it makes me think twice about investing in cryptocurrency, especially so when the attack vector seems to have increased for smart contracts like Ethereum, as compared to Bitcoin with the introduction of a code attached to the blockchain.
We also learnt about the key properties of a blockchain (which is the main technology behind cryptocurrencies).
Key properties of a Blockchain
- Cannot change existing blocks
- Only the owner of the coins can authorize the transfer of the coins
- Eg. Alice cannot transfer Bob’s coins
- Nodes “agree” on the blockchain state
- Select one, valid block as a group per round
- Failure Resistance
- Replicated checks on each block
- Different protocols can tolerate different levels: 5%, 25%, 33%, 51% and 99% failure rates
As for the music computing class, it is like a waste of time. The stuff taught in the first part of the class is rudimentary (things that you can learn in the first 2 years in engineering school). As for second part of the class, it is time spent to remix some music and seeing the recording studio. The last part of the class were for the PhD students and postdoc fellows to introduce the research area that they are working on.
The good part for the class? I met 2 new friends who just joined the MComp in CS programme. Other than that, I don’t think I learnt anything new from the class.
Hoho. It’s my last weekend before school starts. Well, technically speaking I still have 1 week of holidays before school starts but I signed up for NUS SoC Summer School and it starts next Monday. There are 4 days of the summer school but I only managed to get 2 out of the 4 days. Well, that’s not exactly a bad thing since I don’t have so many days of annual leave left after my Japan trip.
I got into the “Cryptocurrencies: Security Challenges & Solutions” and “An Introduction to Sound Music and Wearable Computing” classes and is quite excited to go for it. Unfortunately, I will have to be in school from 9am which is a bummer. But I guess I will find the motivation to go for it since I will be learning interesting stuff on topics that I am really passionate about. It is a bonus especially when I have friends who will be going for the first day with me, right? Glad that Alan and Jeffrey are going for the Cyptocurrencies session with me. Thanks to Alan for asking us to go too. I would probably have missed the announcement on the summer school in my email if he hasn’t mentioned it in the Whatsapp group chat… Hehe.
Anyway, here’s the description of the summer school sessions that I am going for.
Cryptocurrencies: Security Challenges & Solutions
Cryptocurrency networks represent an aggregated market value of several hundred billion dollars, with tens of thousands of computing machines connected to them. Cryptocurrencies promise to operate as an open distributed network with no trusted party, inviting anyone to join their mining infrastructure or as a user. The design of secure cryptocurrencies is a multi-faceted problem. It includes a number of research challenges, both theoretical and applied. In this talk, I present technical challenges involved in designing a cryptocurrency, including (a) ‘cryptonomic’ incentive structures, (b) consensus protocols, (c) operational decentralization, (d) privacy, (e) Sybil-resilience, and (f) network topology design. Our work has anticipated attacks that have occurred in practice, and proposed solutions to prevent such failures. A number of these solutions have now found live deployments and have shaped the design of large-scale cryptocurrency systems.
Students will need to bring a laptop to get the most out of this class.
An Introduction to Sound Music and Wearable Computing
The summer school one-day course at NUS School of Computing serves as an introduction to the field of sound, music and wearable computing which is multidisciplinary in nature. We will touch bases on three major areas – sound, music, and the relationship of theory to practice by way of several interactive and hands-on sessions. We will introduce the analytic and synthetic approaches of sound and music computing. The analytic approach pertains to analysis and understanding, whereas the synthetic approach pertains to generation and processing. Special attention will be given to user interaction aspects including multimodal mobile music interfaces and sound interaction design with live demos. Participants will get to record their own voice, process it, modify it, mix it with background music, to make a composition.
We will demonstrate tools we have developed to facilitate the delivery of established music-enhanced therapies, harnessing the synergy of sound and music computing (SMC), wearable computing, and cloud computing technologies to promote learning and to facilitate disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in both developed countries and resource-poor developing countries. These tools are being developed as part of ongoing research projects that combine wearable sensors, smartphone apps, and cloud-based therapy delivery systems to facilitate music-enhanced learning and music-enhanced physical therapy.
Students must bring their own laptop, USB flashdrive and earphones/ headphones.
Don’t they sound really cool? I’m so glad that I got into the music computing class and I think the prof might remember me since he is my FYP evaluator. Hehe. The cryptocurrency class is more related to my current specialisation in graduate school and it will be an insightful class.
I got back my semester 2 results for my Masters program on 29 May 2017. Well, guess how I fare?
I actually pass my law module! Like not getting D (minimum passing grade), but an actual C+. Haha. Anyway, here are my results…
Network Security: B+
Web Security: B
Foundations of Intellectual Property Law: C+
The grades aren’t fantastic but I am glad that I took these modules and learned quite a bit in the semester. It’s quite stressful and tiring due to the workload from the modules.