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The Coolness Meme, Part 4

Cool people 001 - 012 and the original meme
Cool people 013 - 024
Cool people 025 - 036
Cool people 037 - 048

Continuing where I left off...
In decreasing order of how long I've known these fine folks:


049 - jellybeanzulu is cool because:
1. He is a good tronkie and he is very non-pansy. Yes. Very yes!
2. He is the Johnny Appleseed of detenteIT zaniness. Around the same time in 1999 that Peter Johnson was inciting me to return to alt.fan.tolkien and rec.arts.books.tolkien, where I met a new group called "TEUNC", jellybeanzulu was introducing me to User Friendly. The rest is history! (Somebody please remind me later to tell jellybeanzulu's story about the 600-year old Swedish.)
3. He is not shy about showing you mouth-watering photos of labs with multiple G5, dual G4s, and dual flat-panel monitors. No, not just any labs: his lab. Wheeeeeeenh.


050 - barahirion is cool because:
1. He is steadfast in his Christian beliefs, and, as carida_46 noted, he has the guts and diligence to go out and do something about them: I've seldom been blessed to know someone as motivated and diligent in charity and mission work as he and yodge are. Hats off (well, I'd doff my hat if I wore one) and kudos to you both!
2. He is a minstrel! Dude! <BILL>Excellent! *air guitar riff*</BILL> Seriously, he can be trusted to know what's cool in music. Again with the good taste in bands! Also, like many minstrels, he's done a lot of that wandering of late. Welcome home!
3. He is one of the tallest people I personally know (6'6"). It makes it hard to reach things in the Blue Tower he entrusted to my care a couple of years ago, but what's the Force for, eh?


051 - starfish82 is cool because:
1. She founded lotr_msting, one of the funniest LOTR communities on LJ in its heyday. (Hey, we need to get that going again, eh?)
2. She knows a lot about Orthodox saints and martyrs.
3. She also knows a lot about Neopets! Yay! A little teunceing sproglet named Rachel recently introduced me to the wee things.


052 - spaced_oddity is cool because:
1. She is the epitome of "girl geek chic". From trick-or-treating as The Bride to making emo blood-tears icons, she's just got fun dorkiness coming out of her ears. Also, she is a trove of fandoms: the movie hobbits (especially Pippin), Jude Law, etc. I forsee great tronkieness in her future.
2. She is a Canadienne, which is cool enough in its own right, but she lives in Toronto, which is hella cool city.
3. She has (had?) a band! 'nuff said.


053 - angelfate/kissmyascii is cool because:
1. She is honest.
2. She's responsible. (Honest and responsible: a one-two punch!) Moreover, she is a loving mom and takes good care of her daughter. When someone is willing to make an icon of her (nearly) teenage kid without adding any demonic features (not that there's anything wrong with those! ;-))... well, then you have to give her props.
3. She is zany, smart, and a really good music-hound. She introduced me to Vienna Teng's music, for which I am forever grateful.


054 - cretaceousrick is cool because:
1. Look at that icon, dude! Not just a T-Rex... a rAR T-Rex. Raise the roof! He makes you want to take a Cretaceous tour... (ooh, if I advertise them for you, can I get one for me and a few TEUNCs?)
2. Despite some difficult family issues, he seems a very well-adjusted, admirably balanced and good person. Considerate, thoughtful, the works.
3. I can actually talk about Hyperion with him, which is just so cool - and until very recently, all too rare.


055 - marm is cool because:
1. She's a goddess, pure and simple. Well, pure. Simple, not so much.
2. She is the slayer of slugs - all mollusks that crawl on the earth, behold her sword and tremble! Um, or wobble. Or something.
3. It takes a smart cookie to play a grumpy Jedi!


056 - consilience is cool because:
1. Despite all the setbacks, quotidian and significant, she actually manages to make graduate school look interesting and cool. Bravo! What's next, having fun writing research papers? ;-)
2. She ranks high on the banazir scale of Ultimate Sproglet Cuteness. We're talking somewhere between Cynthia Lee and Shirley Temple. Aww, lille ickle soy nut!
3. She's a demiasian! W00t! As if being at Harvard wasn't prestigious enough! :-)


057 - idigital is cool because:
1. I'll just come out and say this first: he adapted the Refried Paper theme and brought it to LiveJournal, for which he deserves much bowing and scraping.
2. He is technically very competent and willing to help. Usually, people in IT are either one or the other, traskably so.
3. He has a good eye for the funny and the ridiculous in online news. Get off teh intarweb, n00bs! Or you may be scoped and blogged about by idigital, and endure great shame and ridicule...


058 - neadods is cool because:
1. She writes informative reviews that are always worth the time to read.
2. She's funny, warm, sharp as a tack, and keeps a worth while blog.
3. She will show you the meaning of bleeprin! Yay! (No, not badfic... teuncette-like TMI humor. Yay! Ahem.)


059 - megruder is cool because:
1. She has a compassionate and caring nature.
2. More than a lot of our technically excellent graduate students, she is not afraid to go out and have adventures. Whether it be crossing the country to go to a conference or crossing the great invisible barrier in the hall to go see a play, she doesn't hesitate to Just Do It (tm). This is a quality that real M.S. and Ph.D. candidates should cultivate - nay, that any CS should, that any scientist or engineer should.
3. She has a voracious reading appetite. What have I told all you grads about reading more, and more, and yet more?


060 - grain_king is cool because:
1. He often has something meaningful to say about culture, prejudices, science, systems of beliefs, and the tronkie perspective.
2. He is generous with his time, open, and very humorous. I frequently look forward to getting his comments in my LJ.
3. He knows wherefore he r0><0rs. Numerically. In different bases, even.


In other news: I gave my final exam in CIS 730 (Introduction to Artificial Intelligence) today. It seemed a little long for 2 hours, though I had one student turn it in 15 minutes early (and finish). We'll see.
ETA: here's the PDF. Mean: 166.21 / 300 = 55.4%, stdev: 43.94 = 15%

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Banazir

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megruder
Dec. 16th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
*blushes*
She has a compassionate and caring nature.
Thanks

More than a lot of our technically excellent graduate students, she is not afraid to go out and have adventures.
I think I can blame thank a liberal arts education for that.

She has a voracious reading appetite.
If only I could read fast enough to keep up with my book purchasing.
banazir
Dec. 16th, 2004 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: *blushes*
She has a compassionate and caring nature.
Thanks
It's true. I don't say these things if I have any doubt.

More than a lot of our technically excellent graduate students, she is not afraid to go out and have adventures.
I think I can blame thank a liberal arts education for that.
:nod: Well, did I ever tell you my HS guidance counselor tried to get me to go to St. John's instead of Hopkins? Similar traditions, actually, it's just that JHU has the traditional Engineering college (the G.W.C. Whiting School). I remember giving him a smarmy little speech about how I understood what he was getting at but that I could be an independent thinker while still seeking the rigor of a "full" engineering curriculum. (Hey, I was 13, whaddaya want? :-P)

She has a voracious reading appetite.
If only I could read fast enough to keep up with my book purchasing.
I know!
Kenaf + recycling == finally realizing the promise of "paperlessness"

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Banazir
jadziadax
Dec. 16th, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
*Reads the final*

*snickers*

You like star wars a ity bity too much ;).

But that's okay, it probably brought a smile to their faces.
banazir
Dec. 17th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
Credit where credit is due
*Reads the final*
*snickers*
You like star wars a ity bity too much ;).

Actually, the idea is due to Tom Mitchell</i> (author of Machine Learning), who gave it on an exam a few semesters back. I think it was fall, 2003. I gave a variant of it in the spring on an CIS 830 (Advanced Topics in AI) midterm.

Oh, that reminds me: Tom wanted to see my lecture slides, which I adapted from his and Dan Roth's.

But that's okay, it probably brought a smile to their faces.
Noooo, I don't want them to smile! Tears, only tears...
(J/K... >;-))

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Banazir
kaladhwen
Dec. 19th, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC)
LOL! I loved it. Now see if I was a teacher, I'd make learning fun like that.
banazir
Dec. 19th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
Making learning fun
LOL! I loved it.
Great! :-D
I always do a song lyric for the "English to first-order logic" problem. This year it was the Sheryl Crow one, but I'm always open to suggestions, for both midterms and finals.

Now see if I was a teacher, I'd make learning fun like that.
Aww, you made my day.

I hope you get your chance.
Do you like teaching your Sunbeams?
FWIW, I think you'd make a good primary schoolteacher.

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Banazir
kaladhwen
Dec. 19th, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Making learning fun
Do you like teaching your Sunbeams?
FWIW, I think you'd make a good primary schoolteacher.


Wai... primary schoolteacher? You gotta rephrase. Primary is the kids' program in the church. Do you mean like grade/elementary school?

*gag*

NO WAY! BORRRRRING! Not to mention that teaching elementary school ONLY MEANS that you are baby-sitting someone ELSE'S brats!!!!

No no. If I ever get my teaching license after all, it's secondary ed all the way.
banazir
Dec. 19th, 2004 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Making learning fun
Wai... primary schoolteacher? You gotta rephrase. Primary is the kids' program in the church. Do you mean like grade/elementary school?
Yes. (In North America) primary == elementary; secondary == middle/(junior and senior) high; tertiary == university

*gag* NO WAY! BORRRRRING! Not to mention that teaching elementary school ONLY MEANS that you are baby-sitting someone ELSE'S brats!!!!
Oh, I dunno about that. Preschool and kindergarten, yes, for the most part. But I would rather enjoy teaching 4th - 6th grade gifted and talented (GT) curricula.

Did you ever have that exercise in upper elementary school (4th - 6th grade) where students are broken into groups and asked to plan a set of print books and recordings in various media that can be taken on a spaceship that is leaving a moribund Earth? Nowadays I think of that as the Hegira Puzzle or the "Earth got used up" scenario from Firefly. At any rate, I think elementary school is a great place to exercise creativity and imagination - if it is properly fostered and faciliated.

No no. If I ever get my teaching license after all, it's secondary ed all the way.
Cool. Now, you know what that means, though: you'll have to specialize, and take additional coursework in languages, math, information technology, or other sciences. Have you any subject area preferences?

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Banazir
kaladhwen
Dec. 20th, 2004 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Making learning fun
Did you ever have that exercise in upper elementary school (4th - 6th grade) where students are broken into groups and asked to plan a set of print books and recordings in various media that can be taken on a spaceship that is leaving a moribund Earth? Nowadays I think of that as the Hegira Puzzle or the "Earth got used up" scenario from Firefly. At any rate, I think elementary school is a great place to exercise creativity and imagination - if it is properly fostered and faciliated.

Never did that, but it sounds like fun. No matter what grade school is used for or can be used for, you're still baby-sitting someone else's brats!

Now, you know what that means, though: you'll have to specialize, and take additional coursework in languages, math, information technology, or other sciences. Have you any subject area preferences?

Um, did you forget that I was a history teaching major for awhile?

Got in the program but decided by then I wasn't gonna teach HS for two years after I graduted college. So dropped the teaching license idea and am just pursuing history now.
banazir
Dec. 20th, 2004 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: Making learning fun
Never did that, but it sounds like fun.
Oh, it was. I did it twice: once in 4th grade at a Christian school, and once in 6th grade at a public school.

No matter what grade school is used for or can be used for, you're still baby-sitting someone else's brats!
lolol. Well, perhaps, but some of us happen to like the idea! :-p
I'd rather teach sproglets than run a nursery, though.
Occupy their time and their minds with something "toward" or "advancing" (qiu2 shang4 jing4), ya know?

Um, did you forget that I was a history teaching major for awhile?
I remember you quit the teaching part (when did you decide that? it was a while back, right?) Didn't know you might still want to teach. So, are you thinking about doing a certification later on?

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Banazir
kaladhwen
Dec. 21st, 2004 04:20 am (UTC)
Re: Making learning fun
I remember you quit the teaching part (when did you decide that? it was a while back, right?) Didn't know you might still want to teach. So, are you thinking about doing a certification later on?

Might as well, because you have to keep yourself actively certified if you're not teaching and that's just BS. So if I decide I want to teach later, I may as well just go get my Master's.
chaosinaskirt
Dec. 17th, 2004 02:56 am (UTC)
love love love the star wars question!
banazir
Dec. 17th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, but it's borrowed
Please see my reply to jadziadax above. :-)

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Banazir
spaced_oddity
Dec. 17th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
Awwww, I like what you said about me. :DD

And about that band? XD Yeaaaah, it kind of failed. We're just too lazy to hold meetings. Clearly we rock!
banazir
Dec. 17th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
Awwww, I like what you said about me. :DD
:-D

Feel free to pass mirabehn's meme along, with whomever you wish! (You don't have to do your whole friends list as I'm apparently doing. :-))

And about that band? XD Yeaaaah, it kind of failed. We're just too lazy to hold meetings. Clearly we rock!
Ah. Well, there'll be other bands in other times, I'm sure.

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Banazir
twinbee
Dec. 17th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC)
Don't feel bad about the long exam. Here, the grad level AI class is open book. There is no textbook--you just bring books that you think might help you, and you have to cite your references. There is no time limit, but I some people went in at 6 pm and didn't leave until 4 in the morning!
banazir
Dec. 17th, 2004 10:48 pm (UTC)
Exam formats
Don't feel bad about the long exam.
:blink: Feel bad? Never. Well, I'd feel bad if my exam were like Pravin Vaidya's was one semester in 1994: mean of 17%, standard deviation of 14%. People came out expecting 30% and got 3%. I think 40% was a medium B in that course (CS 373 Combinatorial Algorithms, the analogue of CIS 775 Analysis of Algorithms at K-State).

I'd complain that we mollycoddle them wrt theory of computation here, but truth to tell, Rod Howell does not brook much pansyness. He whops them into the ground, and lo, it is good.

Here, the grad level AI class is open book. There is no textbook--you just bring books that you think might help you, and you have to cite your references. There is no time limit, but I some people went in at 6 pm and didn't leave until 4 in the morning!
I wonder if I can do that.
My students keep asking for take-home finals, which I'd be willing to do, if everyone would stop plagiarizing.

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Banazir
twinbee
Dec. 18th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
Re: Exam formats
whats even crazier is you have to leave your sources with the professor until he has graded all the exams, and you are allowed to pass things around during the test (cheating is strictly honor system).
banazir
Dec. 21st, 2004 06:38 am (UTC)
Honor system
We have an honor system that applies to both undergrads and (recently) grads, but as Maarten van Swaay recently said, "ethics begin where the rules end".

Yes, they are only cheating themselves, but that's in the long run. I do believe in removing certain extreme temptations.

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Banazir
grain_king
Dec. 17th, 2004 10:43 pm (UTC)
Base 10 is still my natural language, although I've been taking correspondence courses in binary. I really do wish I was better with math, but as my algebra teacher once told me (earlier today), it takes some time to get acclimated to thinking in mathematical terms. Or maybe I'll just end up as a really overeducated Soda Jerk.

At any rate, I dl'ed your AI final and shall peruse it shortly. (Although I suspect I shan't understand a damned thing.)

Good luck with grading your finals! =)
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banazir
Dec. 18th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC)
Re: :)
Yer welcomb.

Whatcha up to this Christmas?

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Banazir
consilience
Dec. 18th, 2004 11:50 am (UTC)
What's next, having fun writing research papers?

Yes, in fact. :)

Aww, lille ickle soy nut!

Aww, thanks!
banazir
Dec. 18th, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
Little teuncy sproglets
What's next, having fun writing research papers?
Yes, in fact. :)
Woohoo!
Raise the roof!

Aww, thanks!
That pic really is the personification of "teunce"!

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Banazir
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