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Call for talk proposals: !!Con West 2019! [Nov. 29th, 2018|09:33 pm]
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New blog post, in which I keep trying to squeeze mileage out of this "enthusiastically embracing the physical and human geography of the west coast" verbiage I came up with, even though I'm still not exactly sure I know what that means.

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An introduction to replica conflict resolution [Oct. 31st, 2018|11:42 pm]
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New blog post, in which I mostly just gush about how great UC Santa Cruz undergrads are.

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Course announcement: Languages and Abstractions for Distributed Programming [Sep. 20th, 2018|04:05 pm]
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New blog post, which was delayed until I settled on a naming convention for course repositories.

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Understanding the regression line with standard units [Aug. 31st, 2018|12:58 pm]
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New blog post, in which I bust out some Small Data.

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Trying Stitch Fix [Aug. 18th, 2018|10:04 pm]
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I need some better clothes, but I never seem to make the time to go shopping. So I just signed up for Stitch Fix, a service that picks out clothes for you (after you fill out a fit and style survey and specify what price range you're looking for) and sends them to you at regular intervals. You can try the clothes on at home, buy what you like, and easily send back anything you don't. The first box arrived yesterday, and I was stoked to see what I'd been sent and try everything on!

In the box were five beautifully packed items, complete with a personalized note and suggestions on how to wear each piece. For this first shipment, Britta was my stylist, and she chose a skirt, a pair of jeans, two tops, and a blazer.

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The verdict: I decided to keep everything Britta sent me! I probably wouldn't have kept the blue top, except that there's a 25% discount if you buy everything you're offered, which more than made up for the cost of the top, so it was actually a better deal to just keep it all. That's how they get you, I guess.

Overall, I'm feeling pretty satisfied with the Stitch Fix experience. I'm already looking forward to the next box! If you decide to give it a try, here's a handy referral link.

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You don't need a 4.0 to go to grad school [Jul. 31st, 2018|02:45 pm]
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New blog post, in which I dredge up the remains of my undergraduate career.

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To explore strange new worlds [Jul. 10th, 2018|01:59 pm]
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Growing up in the late eighties and early nineties, I was aware of Star Trek: The Next Generation and sometimes watched with my parents when it was on TV. I liked it fine, but I didn't really follow the show, and throughout my adulthood, people have made references to the show that I didn't get.

Sylvia was born last July, and while I was still on maternity leave, the idea came to me of watching all of TNG, start to finish. I think having a child made both Alex and me a bit nostalgic for media from our childhoods. In his case, it was The Muppet Show; for me it was TNG. My Netflix viewing history reveals that I started watching on September 20, when Sylvia was just eight weeks old, and that it took me until December to get through season one.

Starting in January, I picked up the pace a bit as we began to settle into a regular bedtime routine with Sylvia. Around 7:30pm, it's Bedtime :: Maybe Bath -> Pajamas -> Reading -> Nursing -> Bed. Most nights, she's asleep or nearly-asleep by 81, and then I watch an episode or two of TNG.

So, I've been watching the show (having now made my way through most of it) and enjoying it quite a lot, and there's a lot I could say about that, but right now I want to tell a different story. One night this spring, it was getting toward 10pm, and Sylvia just couldn't seem to get to sleep after repeated attempts. So I held her in my arms and sat down to watch TNG with her on my lap. She stared wide-eyed at the screen as the iconic title sequence ("Space: the final frontier.") came on.

About eight seconds into that title sequence, a bright light, a star or comet or something, passes by the camera. By this point in my TNG-watching adventure, I had seen the title sequence lots of times (although Netflix offers an option to "Skip Intro", I generally don't, preferring to have an Authentic '90s TV Experience™), not to mention all the times I saw it as a kid, of course. So I wasn't especially paying attention to it. Then Sylvia suddenly flinched backward into me as that bright light hit the camera.

It's hard to explain all the feelings and thoughts I had just then, all at once:

  • Oh, my God. She thought that was going to hit her!
  • She is having this experience for the first time ever. For her, every moment is a strange new experience.
  • She doesn't know that things on TV aren't really there. I mean, why would she know that?
  • What does it even mean for something to be "there", anyway?
  • She's more perceptive than I am; that was a totally reasonable human(oid) reaction. I should be worried if she didn't flinch.
  • Oh, my sweet baby, I love you so much. I'll protect you from the giant burning space rock barreling toward us.

Every day is magical.


  1. Lest you think that our child is a particularly good sleeper, please know that even now, at eleven months old, she's still waking up a couple times a night every night to nurse -- usually around midnight and 4am. She usually only wants to nurse for five minutes or so each time and then it's right back to sleep, but I still have to get up and deal with it.
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Where and when should you go to PLMW? [Jun. 29th, 2018|11:35 pm]
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New blog post, snuck in just before the application deadline for the next PLMW.

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Back to school [May. 13th, 2018|01:00 pm]
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New blog post, in which I break the big news about my new job!

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Call for talk proposals: DSLDI 2018 [Apr. 29th, 2018|11:35 pm]
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New blog post, in which I put off writing the post I really want to write, but can't yet.

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