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Shriram Krishnamurthi
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She did it! (Though I wish the article talked a little bit more about the mechanics and other details.)
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Gaaah. Fricking van Dam is again teaching graphics with the back wall open and talking about composite matrices and homogenous coordinates and I again can't get any work done. I'm beginning to get worried that computer graphics might actually be interesting.
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Cyclists and frequent flyers: do you have a goal ratio of miles ridden:miles flown each year? I realize the ideal would be 1:1 or even 1:0, but in reality… (And of course the fewer of the latter, the easier it is to hit the former, but maybe this puts a brake on your flying.)
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Kid: Daddy, what is squirt?
Me: Huh?
K: Squirt!
M: Er…oh, it's a function. Domain is a number. Figure it out.

Several minutes and some help later…

(Separately: I've never called it that before, but I will never be able to call `sqrt` anything else again.)

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TIL: JAWS and NVDA, two popular screen-readers, disagree on indexing a set: 0-based vs 1-based. Making software accessible is hard enough; it's like reliving the HTML wars. If anyone knows of systems to bridge these differences, let me know. (HT +Emmanuel Schanzer)
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Achievement level unlocked: Kid generates first bug report on +Bootstrap materials.

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I was wandering around my building and came across what I think is an immunology course, whose material perfectly meshed with a book I'm reading ("Between Hope and Fear") and 10 minutes later had to remind myself "Yikes, I have three hours of teaching today, starting in ten minutes". #THISISWHYIWORKATAUNIVERSITY
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TIL there's a term for this ("the tendency to start treating all other fields as somehow being sub-categories to your own field").
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The best thing about CS being too big at Brown is that people teaching in CIT 368, just outside my office (whose door is always open), have opened the back wall and taken over the atrium. This means their classes essentially stream into my office.

I get, e.g., to listen in on Andy van Dam's graphics course. Every five minutes he says something that makes me drop everything and run out to look. (He's talking right now about when he was one of four people doing graphics research in the world. He's rightly a damned legend.)

It's the worst thing to happen to my "productivity" and the best thing that could happen to me overall. People waiting on email/letters/etc. from me — sorry. I mean, THIS IS WHY I WORK AT A UNIVERSITY.
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Kid: Can you teach me how to program a videogame?

Me (externally): Uh, sure. I can do that.

Kid: You can?

Me (externally): Yep, probably.

Me (internally): OMG OMG ZOMG NEVER THOUGHT MOMENT WOULD COME +Bootstrap WORKBOOK WHERE IN THIS MESS IN MY OFFICE OMG!!1!1!

In related news, she's fine with Circles of Evaluation and converting them to Racket. Over dinner she had to close a nested expression and asked, "I have to close off ALL the parens, right?" with a look that said "you better say yes or I have no idea what crap you're teaching me".

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