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By jacob (Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 08:21:36 PM EST) (all tags)
Did everybody in the world know about Regina Spektor except me? I think they must have. But in case it was actually everybody in the world except me and you: Check out Regina Spektor, she's got some good songs. Not the sort of music I usually go for but I like her stuff. Also check out this video on YouTube for the song "Fidelity" off of her new album. Fun!

Inside: non-music-related, conference-related report.

I went to a conference-type thing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in DC that was related to a particular grant that pays my grad school advisor to pay me. Two completely unexpected things happened:

  • At the conference, I met Fred Brooks! As in, the Mythical Man Month dude. FOR SERIOUS! For some reason I keep expecting famous computer science dudes to be, like, actually famous and have entourages and bodyguards and run in circles that are too cool for you so you never get to meet them. Turns out that's not the case.

  • After the conference, I demoed a piece of software I wrote for my advisor's advisor on my PowerBook G4. He liked it, and he jokingly told my advisor "Jacob deserves a new laptop for this." My advisor agreed. This is less crazy than it sounds, since my current laptop is technically lab equipment, it's a couple years old and I've been having some trouble with it lately, my advisor had been looking into replacing it with money out of some equipment budget or other anyway. But I didn't know that. Anyway, the upshot is I'm getting a new Intel MacBook next week. SCORE!

Other than those things, not much to report about the conference. It seems like in private every academic is always stressed about getting tenure. As if it's not enough to have to take a job at University of Northern Siberia or something, after six years you've got to make the case that you're the next Einstein just to keep your job, and in all likelihood you'll be 45 before you have any kind of job security at all. YIKES!

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3 years at a time's not that bad. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 01:23:41 AM EST
Especially if you get the payback of self guided fundamentally rewarding work. Of course, the office politics is the deadliest in existence.

Did you ask Brooks when History of the World by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 02:02:03 AM EST
Part II was coming out?

I can't wait! by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #3 Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 06:34:35 AM EST
Supposedly it details a silver bullet that will fix any software problem.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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aww... by garlic (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 06:01:14 PM EST
poor academics get job security when they're 45. The rest of us don't ever get it.

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