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Things I might want to study in grad school [Nov. 9th, 2006|06:50 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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Things I might want to study in grad school:

11/09/2006: Things I might want to study in grad school, version 0.1

  • There are a lot of things that suck about this, but still, it's better than nothing:
    • I picked the five top-level things from Wikipedia's breakdown of fields of computer science. This is not the only taxonomy for computer science. (Do you know of a better one? Help.)
    • I think it's interesting that by starting at mathematical logic, you can get to the most stuff. That checks, because I think that of everything here, it gets closest to the core of what I think I'm really interested in, which is the study of formal systems. On the other hand, that might be because there are a lot of arrows missing. (Which ones? Help. This is important.)
  • A representation of this graph as a list is left as an exercise for the reader. (C'mon, Schemers, you know you want to. I see you twitching.)
  • You might be interested to see what OmniGraffle's autolayout function does with it.

[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-13 04:33 am (UTC)
I just tagged all the NaBloPoMo stuff, so you can use that as a handy tool to see which ones you've hit and which you haven't! I think you've done an admirable job of staying on top of things, though. (Note that if I post more than once in a day, you only have to hit one of 'em. That should make things easier.)

Really, I'm surprised how well this whole NaBloPoMo deal has been working out. I did it as kind of a joke, but it turns out that I'm slowly but surely working through a big pile of things that I'd been meaning to write about, and some of the writing has actually turned out well. (I guess that's the point of NaNoWriMo too. If you make yourself write enough, some of it can't help but be good!) Some new people have started reading the journal, too, so that's neat.

When I was taking an OS course, I often felt that it was a matter of boring laundry lists. "How does the OS know how to do thus-and-such? There's a lookup table for that. How does it know what to do with what it finds in the table? There's a lookup table for that." And so on. But it's actually a very interesting topic; I just happened to take a crappy course and now I'm ruined for studying OS theory. Ruined!
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