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There were many things to attend to today. After chatting with miyeko on the phone and printing slide handouts for the afternoon talks, I hopped to it:

  • 1. 12:55 - 13:35: The Engineering Summer Science Institute (ESSI), a summer workshop for secondary school students. Every year we get about 70-80 local high school students, prospective university goers, and talk to them about what we teach in our department. zengeneral doth rock, hardcore, yo. He gave a demo and repeated my talk (whose slides he revised to good effect) three times. Students were primarily concerned that American CS majors will have their jobs outsourced to East Asia, but zengeneral and Andrew gave a reasoned argument to allay concerns about that possibility. To wit: most really skilled research and development (R&D) in IT requires understanding of cutting-edge technology - which is not only still being developed in greatest abundance in the USA, but is often proprietary intellectual property that companies such as Microsoft, ORACLE, IBM, and even Sun do not wish to outsource. What is being sent over to India consists primarily of "factory" development and technical support.

  • 2. 13:35 - 13:55: The annual report presentation to FIBR (featuring what part of eckypecky's work she's finished, and items to be completed within the next 10 days, i.e., by 12 Jun 2005

  • 3. 14:00 - 14:25: Office hours and a meeting with my summer interns in the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP - who comes up with these acronyms?).

  • 4. 14:30 - 15:25: Lecture in CIS 690, Data Mining in Bioinformatics

  • 5. 15:30 - 16:15: Lab for CIS 690 (which is supposed to last 15:25 - 16:00)

  • 6. 16:15 - 16:30: Scrambling to get accounts set up for students


I'm mildly tired, which as you may know, means it's been a long day. You'd think I could stay on my feet for longer than 4.5 hours without feeling bushed. Even if I was up until 05:15 the night before finishing that FIBR report with eckypecky. I'ma Jedi hobbit, traskit!

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