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Walter Mankowski
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When my Indian labmate's hometown cricket team, the Chennai Super Kings, were trailing in today's semifinal match of the Indian Premier League, I introduced him to the power of "All I Need Is a Miracle." He'd never heard of the song or its use at sporting events. Other things he was unfamiliar with: Mike & the Mechanics, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins.
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He told me he has heard a few American bands: Linkin Park, and that Michael Jackson fellow...
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Amazon announces plans for deliveries via autonomous robots, and everyone on the Internet thinks Skynet.

Not me.
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Attention car dealers: If you think that calling me up at home at 9:30 on a Saturday morning is going to make me more likely to purchase a car from you, you're sadly mistaken.
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I don't know what algorithm Apple's using to compress memory in Mavericks, but I do know that they didn't tune it on a late 2009 Macbook with 8 GM of RAM.
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8 GB. Sigh.
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All these complaints I'm reading about the changes in Pages 5.0 make me really glad of my strategic decision when I started grad school to write all my documents using emacs and LaTeX.
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It finally occurred to me today: with those thick magnifying lenses and his Fing-longer, Professor Farnsworth must own a Microsoft Surface.
Farnsworth-finglonger1.jpg · The Professor wearing the fing-longer, as shown by the What-If Machine in 3001. Inventor, Professor Farnsworth. Owner(s), Professor Farnsworth. First appearance, "Anthology of Interest I" (2ACV16) · Episode. Current status, Still in use by the Professor ...
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wish there was a -1 button :-p
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Congrats to Leslie Lamport for winning this year's Turing Award! I always forget that he's worked on a lot more things than just LaTeX.
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I just saw a young man in the Valley Forge B&N with a scruffy beard and a porkpie hat. Turns out there are hipsters in the suburbs, too. Who knew?
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Bobby Knight in the opener, Dickie V in the nightcap. Did Dan Shulman lose a bet?
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I was all set to call shenanigans on Matlab this morning, but the bug turned out to be entirely my fault! Well, mostly my fault. Their error message still sucked.
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A 5 g acorn hangs precariously from the branch of an oak tree 15 meters off the ground. Directly below the branch is a black 1997 Saturn SC2, the roof of which is 1.5 meters high. When the acorn falls, calculate the velocity and force with which it strikes the roof of the car. Ignore the effect of air friction and the screams of pedestrians getting bonked in the head as they walk to and from their cars. For extra credit, determine if the force is great enough to set off the Saturn's car alarm. Show your work.
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You're close! It is a trick question, but not THAT trick question. The correct answer is that humans do drive them, but any human still driving a '97 Saturn in 2013 will not care about the paint job on the roof.
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  • Drexel University
    PhD student, 2005 - present
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I'm a grad student at Drexel University, working on a PhD in Computer Science. My thesis topic is Canonical Behavior Patterns.

No, I don't know when I'm going to be finished, but I'm hoping it will be soon.

In my spare time I run the Philadelphia Perl Mongers.
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  • Drexel University
    PhD in Computer Science, 2005 - present
  • University of Pennsylvania
    BA in Mathematics, 1982 - 1986
  • Holy Ghost Prep
    1978 - 1982
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