Mark.s: {Mis;}Adventures into CS

his Travailing and Prevailing

— Forewarning —

As the first webpage I've ever coded entirely on my own, this has taken waaay more time than I originally expected. But amidst the multiplicity of mistakes, the steep learning curve, and frequent referrals to Google or I have learned one crucial piece of information:

                    /* CODIN' AIN'T EASY!! */

In fact, it's absolutely astounding how much content exists on the web considering how long it takes to produce! Sure, developers and their tools can certainly get things done much faster than I can even dream about in my n00b-ness(1), but it's still impressive nonetheless.

Despite my obvious inexperience, I feel quite pleased with what I finally produced (or what I am producing, since it feels like this'll never be absolutely done!

— Introduction —

Mark's a-mazing photo!
"Who's this guy?" you may incredulously ask—well, read on to find out! ↓

  • Name: Mark Pederson
  • Major: BioMedical Engineering (with some integration of CS)
  • Personal Statement: "I'm Mark Pederson, darn it!" This is a statement spoken personally by yours truly about four versions of Windows® OS back. It had nothing to do with computers and for a time there, neither did I. After several more Windows® releases (and and something like 1 × 10π "security updates"), I have now come full circle.
    • In my future career, I'm certain that I will be involved in the creation of electronic medical devices. I will learn the fundamentals of electrical engineering and signal processing in the bioengineering program, but I am taking CS 1410 as my first step into programming because I would like to at least understand (if not direct) the creation and execution of the required code — from UI to machine instructions.
    • Although I've never been one to say, "I wanna glom a globba files!", I have on occasion engaged in the Star Wars v. Star Trek debate — even to the point of parsing differences within their respective genres.
  • Finally, I would not consider myself to be all that artistic. As fascinating as computer animation can be, I unintentionally enrolled in the EAE section because it best fit into my schedule. However, I'll try to find something I might be able to pass off as "art" to post here, much to your probable amusement.

— My Schedule —

As collaborative as programming can be, it would be downright silly of me to avoid seeking the skills and knowledge of my peers. If you are interested in working together, please refer to my weekly schedule to find a time that will work well for you:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8:35-9:25a       Chem 1225
9:40-10:30a CS 1410 CS 1410 CS 1410  
10:45-11:35a Math 2210 Phys 2225 Math 2210 Math 2210
11:50a-12:40p     CS 1410 lab   Phys 2215
12:55-1:45p Bioen 2100 Bioen 2100 Bioen 1010 Bioen 2100
2:00-2:50p Phys 2220 Phys 2220 disc Phys 2220 Phys 2220 disc Phys 2220
3:05-3:55p   Chem 1225   Bioen 2100
after 6:00p      
Click on a time to request a meeting via e-mail (NOTE: '@'-symbol is obfuscated). Times in green usually are best.

— The Artifice of Artificial Art —

Ultimately, I decided that photos of my family could qualify as art — either in the sense that I created the images or several of the subjects therein. You're lucky I didn't drop a home recording of me rockin' it to John Denver or something! Also, since it might be useful to someone and I am that kind of nerdy, I'll include a PDF document containing essential formulas used in Physics 2210 that I wrote in LaTex.

Mark's hot wife!
Mein Frau: There is no more enjoyable way to spend time than with this gorgeous woman!
Isaac, my boy!
"Mini-me": Although there are variations in some features, my son Isaac is almost an exact duplicate of me when I was that age...and he can be just as precocious!
Adorable Alena
My daughter Alena: Her name is the Russian derivation of Helen, the same whose "beauty launch'd a thousand ships" — and this endearing little lady will do the same! (Much to the chagrin of her father.)
Oh, don't you love kinematics?
Physics Card: To print — click on the image, download the PDF version, and print on both sides (long-edge binding) of standard letter size card stock (recommended). You should produce two identical cards.

(1) Interestingly, the spell checker didn't "decorate" the term 'n00b' with a squiggly, red underscore...leading me to wonder what other technophile vernacular is embedded deep within the software's dictionary and code?