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Faculty Senate

I gave my CIS 560 (Intro to Database Systems) final yesterday morning and CIS 636/736 (Intro to Computer Graphics / Advanced Computer Graphics) final this afternoon.

This afternoon, I also went to my first Faculty Senate meeting. Not much to it; it was just an orientation. I got to vote in the election for the President-Elect (who sits in office for one year before assuming the post). I also met the Senate President for the first time, just as he is becoming Past President.

It's a nice learning experience. I can see that there are more quorums and caucus functions than on the Graduate Faculty. For now, I've been put on FSCOUP (the Faculty Senate Committee on Planning); I only heard there was a chance for us to submit preferences last Friday, and as I mentioned, I've been swamped. I could probably contribute more as a member of FSCOT (the Faculty Senate Committee on Technology), but it will be a year before I can switch.

Also, I just called kaladhwen on Skype for an hour. It's free, and it had been ages since we caught up, and I'm of the opinion that people should stay in touch with their clones. Good talking to you again, Kal, and thanks!

Edit: 11:55 CDT Thu 18 May 2006 - Later, I made the icon shown here from a "Jonathan Kent for Kansas State Senate" banner. Smallville may be a silly show sometimes, but I could love it just for the Kansan political references. Also, I got swapped from FSCOUP to Faculty Affairs.



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May. 19th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
You gave an open note final?!!!!!!!!!

No faiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiir. I wanna take a class from you, most I've ever gotten is a sheet of paper or a notecard!
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May. 20th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
"This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject."
In Wikispeak, this could (and in this case, does) mean that it needs a complete rewrite. It is not so much technically inaccurate as incomparably poorer than most decent DB textbooks (Silberschatz, Korth, & Sudarshan 5e; Elmasri & Navathe 4e; Ramakrishnan & Gehrke 3e; Ricardo). Examples are lacking in representativeness and comprehensiveness; and carefully-worded explanations are just not there.

There are places where Wikipedia is a lot better and more detailed than the 1911 Britannica, or a lot more timely than any print reference; others, like this, languish because there are so many good textbooks in the field that are much, much richer. I did think about contributing, but I'm a little low on time right now.

BTW, thanks for reminding me of my responsibilities as a DMOZ editor! It's been a few months since I logged in.

May. 20th, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)
Open-note midterms, open-BOOK finals
Most of my midterms are open-notes with 2 pages (front & back) so people don't feel obligated to play Reducto as I did as an undergrad (shrinking notes down with a xerox machine). Most of my finals are open-book.

Anyhow, my courses are: DBs (CIS 560), Intro AI (590/730), Graphics (636/736), Data Mining (690), Machine Learning (732), and Advanced AI (830). I teach DBs every semester, Intro AI and Graphics every fall and spring, and the rest in the summer or every other year.

BTW, I haven't forgotten about reviewing those Java books, though you're surely on to more advanced courses now. I am also reviewing a trio of discrete math books - just thought you should know. ;-)

May. 20th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Open-note midterms, open-BOOK finals
None of my tech courses have ever been open anything (expect the time I begged Crystal to allow an index card for our CS200 final...which I wound up not using).

I plan on taking CS314 and CS370 next fall. That's Software development and Uberhardware stuff (I think). Personally, I feel that I should be allowed to waive CS314 because of my internship.

But yessssssss, you should still review those books :P
May. 19th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Let me know how Skype is. Tis one of the things I've contemplated trying, though my current laptop lacks the sound capability to use it.
May. 20th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
Skype is quite good
Computer-to-computer, its sound quality is far superior to 8KHz (analog phone). Computer-to-phone (SkypeOut), it cuts out a little bit, but is generally better than most free VOIP systems.

For phone-to-computer, I use Lycos Phone, which has a free Gold version if you sign up for it. This gives you a virtual phone number that anyone can dial - if your party has a cell phone, it works pretty well.

I would rank the quality of various telephony systems as:

Sound quality: Skype > Analog ~= Google Talk > Mobile (I have Sprint PCS) ~= Lycos ~= Vonage & iTalkBB
Reliability: Analog > Mobile > Google Talk > Skype ~= Lycos > Vonage & iTalkBB
Value: Skype (free PC-to-PC and PC-to-phone) > Lycos (free PC-to-PC and phone-to-PC) > Google Talk > Vonage & iTalkBB ($25 a month long distance domestic calling, 20 other countries for iTalkBB) > Analog > Mobile

Jun. 2nd, 2006 08:35 am (UTC)
Heee! Nice talking to you too! :)
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