Archive - Apr 2006

April 4th

code balance



iBooks to ship in June?! You expect me to wait for two more months? This is the longest I’ve waited for anything. Yikes. Dear Mr. Jobs, can you please give me a 12-13” Intel ultraportable, so that I don’t have to resist buying the X60 Thinkpad every single day?


April 3rd

phdcomics at umich

Jorge Cham giving talk! Jorge Cham signing books!

PhdComics creator Jorge Cham was at school today giving a talk on every grad student’s favorite topic, procrastination. Got my books signed, and did the usual fanboying that is expected of me getting my picture taken with him! Really enjoyed the talk — it was almost like standup, although I did feel it was a little too simplistic for the audience. I know it’s hard to put a lot of serious content into a light hearted lecture, but it would have been nice to hear about related things such as structured procrastination and other such topics that usually haunt the “advice” section of eminent faculty’s homepages.

Some interesting things from the talk:

* Average annual stipend of a grad student in the U.S.: $14055. Average annual salary of a McDonalds employee in California: $14040. Which means we can afford an extra $15 CD once a year. Whee.

* It is not important that Isaac Newton was sitting under an apple tree when he discovered gravity. The important point is why was Mr. Newton sitting under an apple tree, slacking off, instead of working hard at his desk?

* A person in the audience shared an anecdote about how he ran an experiment five minutes before coming to the talk, and found out that he’s invalidated his advisors theories, etc. Jorge hears that and says, in a fearful voice: RUN!!”.

April 2nd

trivial junk food

Pringles for Kids: clearly a product of the “Fat Nerds” research program.


April 1st

leaving drupal for

Frustrated with the never-ending betas of the imminent Drupal 4.7, I have decided to switch to a better project,