Game of Life in Excel – Final version

—– 2006-12-12 UPDATE ——
Finally turn in the Game of Life project for MS&E 207 – Interactive Management Science class. Despite the class not being too difficult, I do feel that the materials is very much practical, namely the various useful modelling techniques and Excel skills. I am glad I selected this class.

Click here for the final version of Game of Life.

The final version is a big upgrade from the previous version, with improved interface, additional user-controlled parameters, more and better arranged information, and user error preventative measures. To reiterate upon what I’ve said, this project is my first extensive use of Excel+VBA, and I have to say it’s gratifying and result is satisfying. Last word, Excel+VBA can be quite a powerful tool with the to build models for presentation and convey important messages to audience (and perhaps even impress superiors), if used correctly. Hopefully I will make use of them in the future.
—– 2006-12-12 UPDATE ——

As I just wrote, I spent sometime on homework. The piece of homework I done is called the “Game of Life”, which is based on the concept of cellular automaton. The concept involves a set of cells, which based on some mathematical rules, will live, die, or spread. It is interesting to see how the pattern develop. And in the original “Game of Life”, the rules are…

  • If a cell is alive…
    1. and has 1 or less neighbors, it dies of loneliness
    2. and has 4 or more neighbors, it dies of overcrowding
    3. all other cases, the cell survives
  • If a cell is dead…
    1. and it has exactly 3 neighbors, it’s given life
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So about what I did: I created an Excel spreadsheet that does just what the game says, AND a little bit more. My excel spreadsheet allows users to modify the numbers in the rules, adding a layer of fun! haha, j/k, I actually just think it’s a pretty neat spreadsheet to share, and I learned some VBA in the process. You can download the file below, enjoy!

Download “Game of Life” excel file here

What’s Going on These Days

Approaching the end of the quarter quickly, I can’t wait to finish!
I’m already in vacation mood, haha. Gotta hang in there until Friday the 15th!
Good luck to everyone battling their final projects and finals out there!

Several things on my mind:

  • Do I really want a roommate? If so, who? Despite this place being two bedrooms, it’s not that big, and to share with a total stranger in such tight space, and there’s also the problem of finding a trustworthy person to share room with.
  • Whether I want to pay off my car. The interest of the loan IS higher than what the online saving’s paying me, so I’m actually losing out money…but it’ll take a huge chunk out of my saving *sigh* But long term speaking, it’s costing me more if I don’t pay off now…hmmm…
  • Depending on my saving, I want to look for a small place to buy. Paying off my car may take me a little to save longer for down. Finding a roommate will help me save more. I will need to make some calculation once I get my 1st pay check to see where I position. Now you see how these are all related :P

Well, things will become clearer after the new year. Patient, I shall be.

There is Light at the End of Tunnel

Monday 11/27, marks the beginning of 3rd last week of school, and thus concluding my master degree – a long anticipated day personally. I’m finally reaching the end of the tunnel.

With all the homeworks needing to finish and group projects also, this will be a busy week. And due to a group meeting, I have to cancel my piano lesson again this week. I’m pretty bumped by this – I’ve had to call off lessons so often lately (well, a few of the lessons were called off by my instructor…)

Knowing where I will be staying and working in the recent future makes me feel a little more secure. However, for a better future, it’s obvious that I need to find different things to try outside of my regular work to accomplish, be it more investing, starting a biz, freelance…who knows. I’m also talking to different people about their views/plans/ideas and reading more books/online and plan to read a lot more once I’m out of school. Objective, learn all I can. There are just too many possibilities out there. I have to find something that works for me, works for my style.

I bought and dropped off a balloon for a friend’s birthday, and later I got a call from someone who sounded so happy. This reminds me how small thoughts go a long way to generate so much happiness for people around us and the great feeling of giving than receiving :)

Oh yeah, I’m pondering if I should add “diaper changing” as a skill on my resume now…heh

Happy Thanksgiving

Despite all the hecticness lately, things finally are starting to calm down. A new sense of reassurance is reached as the decision is made to stay in the area after graduation. In a way, I’m very glad because of family (esp. my sister and little Alinda) and friends in this area, though I did feel compelled to go somewhere, afraid I may get too comfortable, all the while believing change is what makes one better. However, it’s okay because I believe it all lies in my mind and the strength of the mind empowers us to bring changes upon ourselves no matter where/what we do. We just have to make use of our minds – we are what we believe. Anyways, no deep talk today… I’m on break :P

So what have I done on this thanksgiving day?

casino-royale-daniel-craig.jpgI went to see Casino Royale with a group of friends. A decent typical Bond movie I’d say, but just a tad bit too long…there are several parts in the last half hours when I thought it’s ending already but not. Overall, still a movie worth watching, including the fact that the bond girl, Eva Green, is quite gorgeous (I should be thankful for this? hehe).

At night I got to eat with the whole family, which hasn’t for a long time, so it’s pretty special. Parents came over and cooked. The food was delicious, which is something to be thankful for becuase I noticed their cooking has evolved for the worse from their many years living in Michigan. Several times I felt I’d I rahter eat my own cooking.

Besides those, it’s the usual, a bit of work/hw, spend time w/ the baby, piano, read…

ps. Tofu, hope you have a good time in town. Glad you get to come home for break, look forward to seeing you during winter break :)

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