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December 2011


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personal Brand Audit

Personal Brand Audit

The Burghard Group Suggests:Simple steps for a personal brand Audit. Good set of straightforward ideas.


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

An Exciting New Year

An Exciting New Year

2011 was special, particularly with the arrival of our daughter Molly.  But 2012 is looking pretty great, too!Although I wasn't able to get an NSF grant application in for Gram's House as planned, one of the researchers I was…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wearable Computing

Wearable Computing

A topic we followed.. Not an unexpected direction. Integrated computing and clothing. We are not far off today, with buzzing devices in pockets altering us to every sensing whim. I doubt m will stop at the clothing, skin deep…


From BLOG@CACM

We Needn't be Malevolent Grumps in 2012

We Needn't be Malevolent Grumps in 2012

I propose that 2012 is the year to solve the nastiness problem in Computer Science. Zero tolerance for rude reviewers starts from midnight tonight.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Continuous Revisions

Continuous Revisions

By Nicholas Carr: A consequence of e-books: the ability to continually revise. Yes, I agree ... If we want that, but the same technology allows us to specifically identify a book as unchanged. Technology books already suffer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Finding New Customers

Finding New Customers

In Mashable: Intriguing thoughts on how to get new customers. Not an obvious set of examples." ... The subject of finding customers is one of the most mysterious in business development. I


From My Biased Coin

New Year's Thanks

New Year's Thanks

There are many things I'm thankful for this year.  Perhaps most notably, the new year marks the halfway point of my 3-year stint as "Area Dean for Computer Science".  Not that I'm counting.  I'm very thankful for that.Strangely…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Let

Let

I was watching an episode of Mythbusters the other day. I always enjoy that show and while most of the attention goes to the two main stars my favorite is Grant Imahara. On this particular episode they were trying to determine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leveraging Semantics in 2012

Leveraging Semantics in 2012

Excellent post by Mark Montgomery: Strategic IT Alignment in 2012: Leverage Semantics ... read it here


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Explaining Why Computing is Important

Explaining Why Computing is Important

IBM Fellow Grady Booch, co-creator of UML and object-oriented programming, has launched “a transmedia project” seeking to engage “audiences of all ages in the story of technology that has changed humanity.” He’s hoping to put…


From Schneier on Security

Studying Airport Security

Studying Airport Security

Alan A. Kirschenbaum, Michele Mariani, Coen Van Gulijk, Sharon Lubasz, Carmit Rapaport, and Hinke Andriessen, "Airport Security: An Ethnographic Study," Journal of Air Transport Management, 18 (January 2012): 68-73 (full article…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology Evolution

Technology Evolution

In ReadWriteWeb. A look at Kevin Kelly's new book on technology evolution. Makes me want to read it. "... It's a highly ambitious and expansive book, which looks at technology from an evolutionary perspective. Over 350 pages…


From Computational Complexity

Complexity Year in Review 2011

Result of the Year goes to the new bounds on Matrix Multiplication by Andrew Stothers and Virginia Vassilevska Williams. It's not every year that we see progress on an important problem where we've had no progress since the 80's…


From Schneier on Security

Tying Up Phone Lines as a Cyberattack Tactic

Tying Up Phone Lines as a Cyberattack Tactic

There's a service that can be hired to tie up target phone lines indefinitely. The article talks about how this can be used as a diversionary tactic to mask a cyberattack, but that seems a bit odd to me. I'd be more concerned…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Top Ten CSTA Blog Posts of 2011

Top Ten CSTA Blog Posts of 2011

10. January 12, 2011- A Joint Call for Research Why Computer Science Education is Important for K-12. This post is well worth a second look to provide a good reminder that we make many statements about the necessity of CS for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Grace Hopper Interview

Grace Hopper Interview

An interview with computer pioneer Grace Hopper, who I met while working at the Pentagon. A reminder of how far we have come.


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Marconi's Wireless in 1903

Hacking Marconi's Wireless in 1903

A great story:

Yet before the demonstration could begin, the apparatus in the lecture theatre began to tap out a message. At first, it spelled out just one word repeated over and over. Then it changed into a facetious poem accusing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

WiFi Vending Machines

WiFi Vending Machines

In Japan, the home of universal vending, machines that will provide free registration-less WiFi and product. Assuming they will sell advertising for companies that want local exposure. The combination of smart phones and local…


From My Biased Coin

Cross-Cultural Learning Curve: Sending a Paper to Science

Cross-Cultural Learning Curve: Sending a Paper to Science

We decided to submit our paper on MIC and MINE to Science it's a venue that my co-authors were familiar with and very interested in applying to.  I was happy to go along.  Moreover, it seemed like the right venue, as we wanted…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

2011:

2011:

…became “the center of your world.” So says technology writer/editor


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sands Research Nails VW Ad

Sands Research Nails VW Ad

An interesting result that starts to connect new ad analysis methods with classic methods:------Wall St. Journal and AdWeek Agree with


From The Eponymous Pickle

Telling a Business Story with Slideshare

Telling a Business Story with Slideshare

Telling a business story. Simple advice overall. " ... Because presentations are generally about very specific topics, companies use SlideShare for inbound marketing, to generate traffic through clients


From Schneier on Security

Butt Identification

Butt Identification

Here's a new biometric: how you sit:

...researchers there developed a system that can recognize a person by the backside when the person takes a seat. The system performs a precise measurement of the person's posterior, its…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

My favorite posts from 2011

My favorite posts from 2011

January: Innovating without permission Not even eventually consistent February: Taking scientific publishing to the next level Ten things Computer Science tells us about bureaucrats March: Know the biases of your operating system…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

msnbc.com’s Cosmic Log is out with its list of the top 11 scientific twists from 2011 this morning: The past year brought us the supercomputer that trounced


From Geeking with Greg

Quick links

Quick links

Some of what has caught my attention recently:

  • Security guru Bruce Schneier predicts "smart phones are going to become the primary platform of attack for cybercriminals" soon ([1])
  • If, next, Amazon does a smartphone, I hope it[1]…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Visualizing the Flavor Network

    Visualizing the Flavor Network

    A flavor network. From FlowingData. The different relationships of flavor and location. An interesting example of visual relationships.


    From My Biased Coin

    Some of The Fun of Collaborating...The Other People

    Some of The Fun of Collaborating...The Other People

    One of the things I enjoy most about working in algorithms is the breadth of work I get to do.  And while I've worked on a variety of things, almost all have been squarely in Computer Science.  (If one counts information theory…


    From Computer Science Teachers Association

    Computer Science Entrepreneurs

    Computer Science Entrepreneurs

    During the last few weeks I have been fondly reminded of the joys I experienced when teaching and working with a student organization and encountering that rare student who has a passion, as well as the initiative to see that…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Common Statistical Mistakes

    Common Statistical Mistakes

    Very common examples. I have seen variants of all of these. Still, should be well known to all saavy managers. If you see anything that is similar to these examples, call your local statistical resource.

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