January 26th, 2005

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Hum! What is this strange, eggy flavor? Why, it's egg! On my fucking face. All over. Arg.

I was sent instructions back in November to resubmit the LFM paper for further revision (the people in charge of the workshop, i.e. Carsten, decided to put off the detailed review and revision process until after the conference) and somehow I don't remember anything about it. I got the "Hey, you, send me your paper asafp" email from Carsten yesterday and I was all, like, man, why is he so suddenly impatient, this is the first I've heard about this since (sorting inbox by sender and then date, thinking the answer is going to be "june") OH SHIT.

Anyway, I uploaded it now. Hopefully they won't have me put in stocks in the public square or anything. I feel so stupid, though. Did I not see the email at all in the first place, somehow, buried under the daily pile of LJ-generated emails and spam? Did I think, "oh, I'll do this tomorrow" and completely forget about it thereafter? It could have gone either way, but I have absolutely no memory of it.
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Saw this blog linked from BoingBoing, which let me to this This American Life program that features Chris Ware recalling childhood anecdotes, among other things.

If you listen to the piece, (it's absolutely great) you might want to read this: Jennifer Aniston as Zora?? Nooooo!

Bonus!
Also, what the hell is this? Google finds strange things.

From Language Log, a bibliography on conditional random fields that features some familiar names from JPRC/WhizBang: McCallum and Cohen and Pereira and Lafferty at least.
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Jon Kleinberg on hearing about Napster for the first time:

Jon: "Sharing files? Like, what kind of files would people want to share?"
Unnamed interlocutor: "Oh, you know... files..."
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Hung out with jen gibson again for a while today, discussed various major life issues as well as trivialities, drank tea. She needed to go write grad school statement-of-purpose-like things, so I'm back home now.

I am really liking this "structure of information networks" class Kleinberg is teaching. I hope by the end of the semester I'll be able to say what it's about. For now it seems to be a weird blur of the theory of chain letters, gnutella, and K-nearest-neighbor, but somehow inexplicably made extremely exciting.