Sunday, December 27, 2015

Post SODA Workshop on Multidimensional Problems

David Mount and Rasmus Pagh are doing Post-SODA workshop on multidimensional proximity problems at UMD, College Park. Enjoy!


Saturday, December 26, 2015

How NY does Miyazaki

A toothsome monthlong buffet of Miyazaki, from early days with unbridled darkness and soaring visions to Disney years of tamed and tamped disasters to possibly the finale work of his career ("Dreams are hard work. They require blueprints, scaffolding, and a lot of man-hours." and the dream ends with this quote from Horikoshi: "All I wanted to do was to make something beautiful." but that has consequences far too dark), Ghibli thrives. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Holidays homage to "Shouts and Murmurs"

New Yorker has Shouts and Murmurs, an 1-pager of humor by some amazing writers, Woody Allen included. I dont have time or talent for the 1-pager, so here is a 1-paragrapher.

I am a CS researcher. In the past people like me use to set up a bio entry or in more recent times, a webpage to tell people about ourselves. Not any more. In post-Apple era (Apple seems to follow you even into Post-Apple era), I am going to set up an app for myself. People will not browse to my homepage, but will download and install MyApp. It will ask them permission to track their location and if they dont give me permission, they wont be able to access me. Once they download and setup MyApp, they can browse to my papers, and with each paper they view, MyApp will show  helpful recommendations like "if you like this paper, you will also like..." or "If you like this formula, you will also like Gauss's..." and link to papers, ads, and other products (if you are a researcher, you can set up an ad campaign with MyApp to show papers to other researchers at suitable times, and in an inexpensive way, reach a highly targeted audience!). Once in a while, based on their location and their facebook friends, MyApp will pop up notifications about nearby talks, conferences, and ongoing Tenure meetings, PC discussions and even impromptu cafe meetings between fellow researchers which might be of interest to them. In the future, as researchers share their Eureka moments on MyApp, one can immediately and instantly know when a researcher of interest gets hit by an apple on their head or is witnessed running naked from the tub or dies of wounds from a duel

Monday, December 21, 2015

NY Area CS and Econ (NYCE 16) day

NYCE (NY Area CS and Econ Day) will be held at NYU, Jan 29. Thanks to organizers Panos, Nitish and Edo, the program looks great. See you there!


Saturday, December 19, 2015

What of ...

People asked, "And what of the little one .."

I held her in my arms: She pointed to the apple, a gleaming gala, that she wanted.
I carved out the skin and sliced it with a senzen knife from Shigeharu and offered her a piece.
She rejected it, unyielding, she pointed gleefully to the knife, now something she really really wanted.

And people asked, "And what of the big one..."

She asked for a living Christmas Tree and got one,
so trees are not hurt, cut and eventually pulped.
Then we found a Christmas Tree on the sidewalk,
Abandoned before its day.
She insisted we save it,  I hauled it on my back.
And installed the 10ft, big boned pine in the living room.
Now it sits sipping water and looking over the living tree.

And people asked, "And what of Tribeca..."

It is the Palo Alto of Manhattan.
3 Bdrm 2.5 bath houses replaced by 2500 sq ft lofts with terraces. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Nonprofit Center for AI Research

This is an interesting development: