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November 26th, 2006
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Charlemagne pulls street-corner scams / Gideon's got a pipe made from a Pringles can
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.

It will, 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.


I has snow.

Current Location: T2N 1N4
Current Mood: discontentdiscontent
Current Music: The Hold Steady -- First Night
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Date:November 26th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
i envy your hardy skin. though it seems i still break a hefty sweat riding my bike to work even if it's cold out.
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Date:November 27th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
I really like the picture.
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