So while most of my friends listers gots snow
, we here in Canada's Icebox just gots
It is on days like yesterday that I am reminded that perhaps not all days make for ideal t-shirt weather. My office is in a building about 5 mins' bike ride from home, and while riding to school at -17 wasn't too bad, coming home at -28 got a tad... um... breezy.
Tomorrow I have to present Thesis proposal, and currently I am putting together that presentation. Funny thing, that, given that I've already been working on Thesis for a couple months now. Of course, it's not like they're going to turn it down; nor do I have any particular expectation that it will require significant changes rendering work already done moot.
, however, be nice to actually have a canned response (I have to make a short presentation and a long one; the short one is 3 minutes) that I can drag out in response to the old "so what's your thesis about?" question. Much better than my current "oh, just a lot of math, and playing around with technical stuff" response, which is uninformative, and rather more than a little condescending. Of course, the "new and improved" spiel will still only be comprehensible to (at best) other comp-sci'ers, but I s'pose that's the nature of the game. I don't see a useful response directed toward the layperson being less than 10-15 minutes.
Teaching is going okay. My students are screwed on their latest assignment
but oh well. I was also cursing the universe
when I had to do it as a student. Difference being, I started six weeks early. These guys only have two weeks before it's due, and there's only one of them in which I would put any faith of having actually started yet. Of course, their assignment is smaller than mine was—but for all that I don't think it's significantly easier. The hard part about this assignment is not programming
it, so much as understanding
it. That's what takes all the time, and takes the same amount of time no matter how much programming you have to do. And again, I strongly suspect that most have yet to start.
Those people will fail.
Not that I want
to fail them—it's just the reality. They will.