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Check out the very amusing commit messages from this year's CMSC 23500 Introduction to Databases: http://www.slideshare.net/bsotomay/commits-cs2352015
The best commit messages from the 2015 edition of CMSC 23500 - Introduction to Databases
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I've been nominated for the Sexy Men of +The University of Chicago  Calendar! Vote for me here: http://goo.gl/forms/NSHMF9Fspn
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So yesterday was my last Networks lecture and, like last year, I prepared a selection of the best commit messages written by students throughout the quarter: http://www.slideshare.net/bsotomay/uchicago-cmsc-23300-the-best-commit-messages-of-2015
The best commit messages from the 2015 edition of CMSC 23300 - Networks and Distributed Systems.
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So, for the last couple of years, I've been working on a number of programming assignments for CS Systems courses (Networks, Databases, etc.) that have been (I think) pretty successful here at UChicago, and I've finally gotten around to putting them on a public-facing website.

Caveat: I've only fully migrated the documentation for one of the projects (chiTCP). The rest of the projects include links to our internal documentation (like assignment handouts).
The UChicago χ-Projects. About; Projects. chidb · chirc · chiTCP · chistributed · chisubmit. The UChicago χ-Projects are a collection of programming assignments developed at the University of Chicago's Department of Computer Science for majors-level CS undergraduate courses.
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The North American Invitational Programming Contest (NAIPC) is happening again this year!

Unfortunately, we were unable to raise enough sponsorship funds to hold it as an on-site contest like we have done for the last three years, and we will instead be holding it as an online contest this year.

More details at http://naipc.uchicago.edu/2015
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The Imitation Game was quite good (albeit with a fair amount of dramatic license) and, although I was already familiar with Alan Turing's life and struggles, watching the movie makes me feel like, if time travel is ever possible, the first thing I'd do would be to go back to the 40's to give Alan Turing a hug.

Wait, no, Alan Turing was probably not the hugging kind. Scrap that.

Ok, I got it. Here's what I would do: I'd go back in my TARDIS (yes, we're doing a Doctor Who / Alan Turing crossover, deal with it) to the time right before he committed suicide. As a man of science, Turing would be easily persuaded to step into the TARDIS because he would be fascinated by time travel (also, when he saw me step out of the TARDIS he would be all like "*swoon* Sign me up!")

Anyway, we would head to the present day where I would show him all the amazing things that his work has made possible. I would also show him how far gay rights have come, and how two men (or two women, or two gender-nonconforming persons, or etc.) can live together and openly and, in some places, even get married. Finally, we would also drop by an award ceremony where we would discreetly stand in the back and I would say "See that man over there? He's receiving the highest honor that can be bestowed on a computer scientist. Do you know what the award is called?" "No, what is it?" "The A.M. Turing Award". And then he'll start crying, and then I'll probably cry a little too.

Then we would go back to his time and he would say that he wants to live to see the future, but I would say "I'm sorry, I'm so, so sorry" because his death is a fixed point in time, and him not committing suicide would render the space-time continuum asunder. But as I get into the TARDIS, I realize "Wait, THE Alan Turing doesn't have die, only AN Alan Turing has to!" and (plot twist!) we replace him with a dead ganger made to look just like him. After offering him several choices, Turing finally decides to settle down in the 27th century in a planet inhabited entirely by gay mathematicians.

Steven Moffat: I await your call so I can sell the rights to this story to the BBC.

Seriously, though, after visiting the site of Harvey Milk's camera store, the GLBT museum in SF, and dwelling on how fucked up it is that Alan Turing, the father of Computer Science, was driven to suicide because of his homosexuality, I can't help but feel amazingly grateful to have been born in this time. The fight is not over yet, but we've come this far by standing on the shoulders of (very fabulous) giants.
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heh, I guess I unintentionally did. I didn't have that episode in mind when I wrote this but, yeah, the scene where Van Gogh is shown his paintings in the future is pretty much what I had in mind.
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Achievement unlocked: Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States of America
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Zorionak, Sr Borja!
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I am beyond overjoyed to announce that, effective July 1st, I will be promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and the College of the University of Chicago!
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Hey, Borja. Congratulations. You deserve it. :)
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This just arrived. Because it's never too soon to start working on making next year's CMSC 23310 - Advanced Distributed Systems an even bigger Lamport-fest than it already is.
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Wait, his LaTeX book was just a side project?!  

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Just a reminder that my birthday fundraiser for +The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, is still open for ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬!

So, if you didn't have a chance to donate on my birthday, now's your chance to have your donation count twice: I am matching the first $2,500 in donations! So far, we've raised $2,384 (including my matching donation), which is seriously awesome, but I really want to beat last year's record ($2,642). What are you waiting for? Go to http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Borja-34-Birthday and show me some belated birthday love.
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Associate Director for Technology at the University of Chicago's Masters Program in Computer Science. I have been called the "Curriculum Architect", which is really what I do in a nutshell.
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  • University of Chicago
    Associate Director for Technology, 2012 - present
  • University of Chicago
    Lecturer, 2010 - present
  • University of Chicago
    Researcher, 2010 - 2012
  • Universidad de Deusto
    Profesor Ayudante, 2003 - 2004
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Chicago, IL
Previously
Bilbao, Spain
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Enabler of computer geeks.
Introduction
Recent PhD in Computer Science, Associate Director of Technology (i.e., the academic director) of the University of Chicago's Masters Program in Computer Science, Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, FOSS enthusiast.
Bragging rights
I was item #180 in UChicago's Scav Hunt 2010.
Education
  • University of Chicago
    PhD in Computer Science, 2004 - 2010
  • Universidad de Deusto
    Ingeniería Informática, 2001 - 2003
  • Universidad de Deusto
    Ingeniería Técnica en Informática de Gestión, 1998 - 2001
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Basilio Perkins