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Becky's brain child goes live!    FRC arenas are BIG, so very few schools have the space or budget to create a full-size practice arena.  The article implies that ATX STEM Park is for LASA (Alex's school), but it's actually intended for all FRC robotics teams in the Austin area.  This should make them all more competitive.

The article doesn't mention her, but Becky conceived the idea, did all the work to get the space donated, lined up donations, made the website, did all the PR, and more.  You go, girl!
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Congratulations, it is a very nice accomplishment indeed.
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Very cool (to me anyway) visualization of the airspace over the UK on a typical day.
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Google Fiber finally announces a go-live date for Austin, but makes (almost?) all us IBMers cry by debuting only down south.  C'mon, those folks already have Grande -- they don't need another good alternative to TWC/AT&T!
​Google Fiber will be launch in Austin in December, when it begins accepting sign-ups from customers in South and Southeast Austin, company officials said Wednesday.
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Yea, it was pretty disappointing.
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First publicly available non-IBM POWER8 server is a single-socket 2U from Tyan... for an introductory price of only $2753 + S&H.
The opening up of the Power chip architecture by IBM through the OpenPower Foundation has produced its first tangible, practical result, with Taiwanese mot
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So, I love the Power 8 but ... 2753? yegads. 
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Everything's bigger in Texas... including the six-packs.
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If you'd like a bit of insight into my childhood, I give to you the following article by the BBC.

Technically I am not a Zonian, since we lived in Panama City rather than the Zone until after I went off to college., but I did go to school in the Zone and most of my friends lived there.  And I still (occasionally) attend the annual Panama Canal Zone Society reunions.

Most of the segregation issues discussed at length weren't visible by the time I lived there, but you could see some of its legacy in a couple of overwhelmingly Caribbean/black towns (Paraiso, Rainbow City, ...).  I imagine my black friends experienced it, but being a naive idealistic kid, I didn't really notice anything.

In many ways, living in the Zone was akin to an idealized socialist mecca.  Everybody worked for one of two employers (the Panama Canal Company or the US government, and the former was essentially part of the latter).  Said employer provided everything: housing, medicine, heavily subsidized food/entertainment (movies/golf/scuba/parks/...), utilities, etc.  They cut the grass, maintained your house, and (as the article jokes) even changed your lightbulbs.  Pretty much everybody was middle to upper-middle class.  Serious crime was largely non-existent.  A bubble in time, largely immune to what was going on in the broader world, at least from the viewpoint of an adolescent.  Think Ozzie and Harriet meets Dazed and Confused.

I can still remember clearly sitting in Social Studies class in Curundu Junior High listening live to the Senate vote on the Panama Canal Treaty.  Let's just say that having the same surname as President Jimmy went from being a mildly entertaining coincidence to something I actively downplayed for a while.  He was (and I assume remains) beloved by Panamanians, but was Public Enemy #1 to Zonians.

Panama was a pretty amazing place to grow up...
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An ongoing project attempting to explain our highly intangible, deeply disruptive, data-driven, venture-backed, gluten-free economic meritocracy to the uninitiated. With apologies to Richard Scarry.
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Stile's Switch BBQ is celebrating the Twelve Days of Smoked Meat with some great daily specials.  Why settle for (slow roasted) Partridge in a Pear Tree or (braised) Geese A'Laying when you can have bacon-wrapped smoked quail or brisket meatloaf?!?

http://www.tmbbq.com/12-days-of-smoked-meat/
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Funny!  But I shudder to think how easily something like this could have gone out with my name on it.  I know I've had similarly snarky comments in early drafts of papers (inserted by my students and co-authors, of course cough cough) and probably even in post-acceptance, pre-publication revised drafts, too.  The author of the article assumes that all final copies get a thorough additional round of reviewing, which is not the case, at least in the CS/EE community unless you are publishing in a glossy magazine venue like ACM CACM or IEEE Computer where they do the final editing and layout.
By now we all know, or ought to know, that just because something is published in a peer-reviewed academic journal doesn’t mean it’s true. But we can at least assume it's been proofread, right? Apparently not. A priceless gaffe, which has been making the rounds of academic Twitter this week,...
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+Suresh Venkatasubramanian aw man, but then what will I do with this big blob of boilerplate junk that has been passed down for decades between hundreds of papers and proposals?
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IBM named this year's most LGBT-inclusive employer in the world by Amsterdam-based Workplace Pride Foundation.  IBM has a proud history of being socially progressive going back to the beginning of the last century, including T.J. Watson's famous Policy Letter #4 in 1953 that laid out IBM's policy of equal opportunity in the face of substantial pressure from southern governors to sign on to a "separate but equal" policy.  IBM typically stays far out of politics, but I'm glad they didn't that time.  I would not have predicted IBM would come out on top of the LGBT-friendly list, but am not surprised either.
Press Release Date: 8 October 2014 IBM named World’s Most Gay-friendly Company Workplace Pride publishes 1st Global Benchmark results IBM has been named this year’s most LGBT-inclusive (Lesbian, Ga...
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Great video of a great city...
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The show Gourdough's twice. They are clearly people after my own heart. 
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This family puts out some great home-made videos.  Here's the latest -- a parody of Sir Mixalot's classic "Baby Got Back".  Way to go, Holderness family.
The Holderness family, best known for a viral video featuring the family jamming in their Christmas jammies, has released a new video in time for back-to-school season, and 'Baby Got Class' is sure to strike a chord with parents.
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  • Rice University
    PhD in Computer Science, 1990 - 1993
  • Rice University
    MS in Computer Science, 1988 - 1990
  • Rice University
    BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1982 - 1986
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