- 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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