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Communication

Something anyone writing a paper or doing a presentation needs to keep in mind: Communication. Here’s the mouseOver text for the image: “Anyone who says that they’re great at communicating but ‘people are bad at listening’ is confused about how … Continue reading

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Input/Output Redirection in DrJava?

On the AP Computer Science mailing list, there was a teacher who wanted to do input/output redirection and who asked why the following didn’t work: java LetterCounter < input.txt The Interactions Pane in DrJava is not a DOS command line … Continue reading

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BSD License for the Reflection-Based S-Expression Parser

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a class in Java that uses reflection to create a parser for S-expressions, based on a class hierarchy. Today, a reader had found the class and wanted to use it in … Continue reading

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Photography Class

I went to a “Capturing True Emotion” photography workshop today. I’ve had my Canon G12 for over a year now, and I’ve passed my trusted Canon A610 on to my mom, but I still haven’t used the G12 very much. … Continue reading

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Seattle, a Winter Wonderland

Before I moved to Seattle, people told me it “never snows in Seattle.” In the first few months of 2011, I had already found that to be incorrect. But today, more snow fell than I’ve seen here before. It’s really … Continue reading

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People Who Crash into Cars I’m in Continue to Suck

The accident last week was the second time that I was involved in a car accident (it happened more often if you count cars hitting me on a bike). The first time, a Houston rapper rear-ended my friend’s car, with … Continue reading

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A Grammar Change Saves the Day

At work, we deployed the latest version of our code on Wednesday night. It included a new query language. We used ANTLR to do the parsing. We had never tested the new queries in a production setting, but the deployments … Continue reading

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Where Citations Come From — xkcd: Citogenesis

via xkcd: Citogenesis. Something similar actually happened with the Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who used to be the German Minister for Economics and Technology and later the Minister of Defense, before it became clear that he had plagiarized his doctoral dissertation.

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Back from SPLASH 2011

I returned from SPLASH 2011 in Portland tonight. I attended only the Educators’ Symposium on Monday and the first day of the conference proper, but it was worth it. And how could it not be, given that it was so … Continue reading

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John McCarthy Died

John McCarthy, Turing Award winner and one of the luminaries of computer science, died yesterday. I’ve spent the evening after the SPLASH Educators’ Symposium listening to McCarthy’s OOPSLA 2007 keynote speech (mp3). John McCarthy was one of the earliest collaborators … Continue reading

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It’s Not Warm on Mt. Rainier

I wanted to check if I could squeeze another weekend of camping in this year, so I went to weather.com and typed in Mt. Rainier. It looked great: 23 Celsius on Saturday (73 Fahrenheit). That did seem a bit odd, … Continue reading

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Lost My Phone

I lost my phone on the bus this morning. I stepped off the bus, went into a store, realized my phone wasn’t in my pocket, turned around and saw the bus drive away. Shoot. I immediately changed my Google password, … Continue reading

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Three Logicians Walk into a Bar

I love it. This came to me from Spiked Math by way of Language Log, one of my long-time favorite nerdy blogs.

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Registered for SPLASH 2011

Last night, I registered for SPLASH 2011. I’ll only be there for the Educators Symposium and the Tuesday conference sessions, though. It was a bit of a tough call, but I figured taking vacation days for something I’m still passionate … Continue reading

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No More NDR2 Streaming Radio?

A few days ago, something really bad happened. The live stream of my favorite radio station, NDR2 from Hamburg, Germany, stopped working for me. For the last few years, NDR2 has been the music I listen to, when I’m at … Continue reading

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Presidential Active Lifestyle Award

I just completed the PALA challenge: Five days of exercising at least 30 minutes, for six out of eight weeks. I’ve run about 72 miles (115 km), biked several times, and I’ve zumba-ed (if you just look at the instructor, … Continue reading

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PPPJ 2011 Program is Up

The program for PPPJ 2011 is available now. Of course I am excited about the Habanero Java and DrHabanero papers from Rice, but the University of Lugano paper Portable and Accurate Collection of Calling-Context-Sensitive Bytecode Metrics for the Java Virtual … Continue reading

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HengeDock Broke

I really like my MacBook Pro. I bought it to make finishing my thesis more enjoyable, and I’ve got to say, it worked. A couple of weeks ago, when I finished the last couple of chapters, I realized how nice … Continue reading

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Yes I Can, Says Android

When I use Android’s speech-to-text to enter my name, I get “Matt yes I can.” I like it! Although I’m still looking for replacements of the incredibly shoddy SplashData applications SplashMoney and SplashID, which constantly crash on Android, I am … Continue reading

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Firewall and Port Forwarding on a Netgear DGND3300v2?

My apt building was struck by lightning Monday afternoon, and that fried half the building, apparently. Power was off for a day, the elevator is broken, and it killed my DSL modem and an ethernet card, even though both were … Continue reading

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