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I am currently a software engineer at Google, where as a member of the Android platform team I build frameworks and user interfaces.

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Archive for September, 2005


September 29th, 2005

So the AMC Studio 30 is showing Serenity at 12:01 am. It would be totally ridiculous to go (especially since I would be going, ahem, alone), but ooh, SHINY.

Blue Powerade tastes like kiwis and feet

September 28th, 2005

…and other things I learned during my first college lecture

I lectured our intro computing class for the first time this morning. I picked up a few tips along the way.

  1. Bring your own whiteboard markers. This one’s a gimme.
  2. Bring your own energy. Even after almost a week off (thanks to the hurricane) most of the class was quiet; hey, at least they weren’t totally asleep. Hence the Powerade: a steady supply of simple sugars helped me keep my own energy up. By the end I had students murmuring answers and asking occasional questions, which I consider a victory against first-class-of-the-day somnolence.
  3. Energy is fine, but don’t be an ass. I accidentally gave a student a Family Feud buzzer when I really meant to give it to myself, which was rude and unhelpful. I had said, “Is this [code on the board] enough?" and, expecting no one to respond, I started to shout "AANGH!" ... but not before a student said, "Yes, it's enough." Now it seemed like I was buzzing him. Bad move.
  4. Printed notes are fine, but make sure you can read them. I eschewed PowerPoint slides (which I run through too fast and which are almost impossible for an audience to absorb meaningfully) in favor of whiteboarding the whole lecture, and printed some lecture notes for myself. I wrote out a lot of details I didn't need to refer to; scripting the lecture was helpful for me while practicing, but all I really needed during the lecture was a list of topics (and listings of correct code for the board). What I did, however, was print out my entire notes, 2-up front and back; whenever I lost my place or wanted to make sure I had covered everything before moving on, I had to squint at 7pt type on a folded-up piece of paper. I'm sure I looked stupid (and blind) doing this.
  5. No class runs under time. About 2/3 of the way through the material, I was about halfway through class, so I was really worried about running under. (I seem to be fundamentally unable to fill the time alotted when presenting material, so this was a legitimate concern.) Suddenly it was 45 after, and I still wanted to do a little exam review before the students all got up and left. We finished about a minute over; several students had already stood up and were walking out the door by that point. Hell, this class is usually at least 5 minutes or more over time; I managed to finish up pretty close to on-time. Where's the gratitude?

Eat any good books lately?

September 27th, 2005
Recently, in dinosaur linguistics comics: the sapir-whorf hypothesis (that conscious thought is shaped and even constrained by available language constructs). Whee!

Can openers: scarce in Austin this weekend

September 26th, 2005

Originally uploaded by jason.parks.

Canned food’s no good if you can’t open the can.

The boys are back in town.

September 26th, 2005

(The girls, too.)

There’s still a lot to relate, but it turns out the rest of the world didn’t stop turning while Houston ran and hid, so I’ve got a lot to catch up on first. Exhibit A:

Palm Inc. is teaming up with Microsoft Corp. to launch a Windows-based version of the Treo smart phone, marking the first time the handheld computer pioneer will sell a device based on its former rival’s software. [...]

“In terms of the level of importance, this would be — in this space — the same thing as Apple announcing they were going to be using Intel processors,” Enderle said.

Correction: This would be the same thing as Apple announcing they would start shipping Macs running Windows instead of the Mac OS. (Hey, PalmSource: what’s that on the wall?)


September 24th, 2005
We were only barely grazed out here, southwest of town. Still breezy; no more rain. Hoping to adventure up into town today.


September 24th, 2005
Heavy gusts every minute or so, scraping trees against house. Still no real rain.
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