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Home, sweet home.
Today was the fourth day of my 4-day trip to Iowa State for the Atanasoff Symposium.

0845-0915: Happy trails to you... I had packed my computer stuff the night before, so it was a quick visit to the maple syrup bottle and we were off.

One of my colleagues, Weiqun Wang, came to K-State from Iowa State last fall. My grandmother tells me that this back scratcher/pounder was one of his son Su-Man's preferred toys when he came to visit and play (he was two and a half when they came over to Kansas):


My dad will be staying in Iowa with my grandma until some time after Thanksgiving (probably the first week of December), when I'll come up to give a talk and pick him up.

0915-1530: May you drive in uninteresting times. The drive back was quite uneventful, though my mom and I talked about many things (mostly related to my job). We took a wrong turn onto KS-177 and wound up on a two-lane highway, wherein I discovered that the little spinning compass screen that comes up when my Sprint Vision PCS Phone is "looking for service" does not actually point anywhere.

1530-2030: Digging out - I spent about 5 hours putting out little fires that sprang up. CS research should be called smokejumping, is wot. vretallin can tell you.

2030-2230: As you can see from my posts, they're a little backdated - the 30 Oct 2003 entry is the one I was working on the first evening I got home.

Mmm, hobbit rolls. Thanks to Mr. Huang's wife, Yi-Hua Wang, for making these. My grandmother insisted on giving my mom and me a few for breakfast and a dozen to bring home. I still have 9. Nine for mortal hobbits. Yum.



Edit, Sun 09 Nov 2003: Finally, I'm finished! Well, I hope you enjoyed the story of my first trip to Iowa State this fall (which is also my first in almost 5 years). It was suprisingly relaxing.

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Banazîr

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vretallin
Nov. 9th, 2003 06:50 pm (UTC)
So that mace is what a +8 to damage ::chuckles::
banazir
Nov. 9th, 2003 06:55 pm (UTC)
So that mace is what a +8 to damage ::chuckles::
(+3, +3) [SH]
"Slay Hobbit", of course.

The boy thinks he's William Wallace!
(Not that I think he, nor nayone, could fight with this.)

I am told by my dad that he is able to unscrew a jar of pickled eggs and splat the wall in 20 seconds flat. :-)

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Banazir
deire
Nov. 9th, 2003 08:02 pm (UTC)
:grin: It's good to have talent.
banazir
Nov. 9th, 2003 08:12 pm (UTC)
:grin: It's good to have talent.

Indeed! He's great. Once, I was babysitting him and three other littleuns (his 7-8 year-old middle sister and a 5 year-old girl and 5 year-old boy from two other families) with their two elder siblings (11 and 12). He managed to take apart both my staplers, uncap half of my highlighters and markers, mummify me in Scotch tape, run over my notebook computer three times in about 10 minutes!

(Note: A 3 year-old does not know the difference between a stop thrust and a block. Take the lightsabreflashlight away before the noncombatantunarmed sproglets are trasked.)

How are your courses and exams going, BTW?

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Banazir
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