Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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"The defenses have to hold"

I've been rather swamped with defenses this week and will be so for the next couple of weeks.
The following is a partial list (of my own advisees unless otherwise noted).

Courtesy of immortalvisions again:

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?
Abso-trasking-lutely not. It has been said that it's a goond thing I live in Kansas, acos the tornado-stricken appearance of my office is easier to explain here. I'm not the worst one in my department, though. Oddly enough, I'm obsessively neat and fairly organized when it comes to electronic files, directory structures, web sites, typesetting, and source code.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?
I use MS Outlook XP on my notebook computers and the PocketPC 2002 Calendar on Sting (my Compaq H3635).

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now? Organization tends to reduce surface area, and I can't remember things without the visual reminders and inboxen. Physical order trasks mental order for me - for me, a stack of papers is a "to-do" list, and an open book is a bookmarked book.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?
I alphabetize sometimes, but it's not essential to me.

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize? In the spring of 1999, I co-chaired a local half-day workshop on adaptive computation at Illinois with David E. Goldberg, Sylvian Ray (my advisor), Jesse Reichler, and Clay Holroyd, and it was incredibly difficult to schedule because we had a full day's worth of talks crammed into two miniature tracks in one afternoon. It turned out quite well, though.

[1] I was the outside chair fro this candidate. Yep, it toonk lamost 3 huors. Happily, she passed.
[2] Haipeng is in full ABD mode and made a reference the other day to "those genetic algorithm grads from the University of Sarsbrucken". #-)


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