Wow, I can't believe this is my final semester at Vanderbilt! Where did all the time go?
I'm also sorry I haven't updated my journal in freakin' forever. I want to get back into the habit of updating because how else am I going to remember my thoughts during these periods of my life as anything other than a blur if I don't update my nice stream of consciousness blog using lots of run on sentences.
I also find it amusing how the top reason people visit my website (ariwilson.com) is because they did a search for a piece of software that doesn't exist other than as a set of specs and a few technical diagrams I have on my computer :).
So what's new? Uh, what's not new?
Got a beautiful blue Honda Civic thanks to the generosity of my grandmother. Drove it cross country twice and up to Chicago and back once. How did I put 10k miles on it in a year?
Did some research last summer on garbage collection. Met some awesome people, had a great time at HMC. Almost makes me wish I had gone there. Certainly a humbling experience seeing how many people know their shit cold.
Took a bunch of graduate classes at Vanderbilt. Passed Spinrad's algorithms class. Stressed a hell of a lot the last three semesters. Worked half-heartedly on my MS thesis.
Applied to graduate school. Didn't get quite the GRE scores I wanted. I guess more review other than reading a practice test the day before would have helped. Got into UCLA's CS PhD program. Decided I didn't want to go to grad school immediately.
Applied to jobs. Interviewed on campus with Echostar, National Instruments. Visited National Instruments HQ in Austin, TX. Had a great time, got a job offer. Also had two phone interviews with Google. This semester, I had my on site with Google in Santa Monica as well as an on site at Microsoft. Got job offers at both, decided to work at Google: it's closer to home.
So anyway, I've got a job and thus I'll be back in California this summer and next year (probably from then on, too: the South isn't that great). I'll probably be going to Europe this summer in June, probably first on one of those packaged tour type things (17 days). Maybe I'll get a chance to ride the Trans-Siberian Railroad with Li too :).
Anyway, I wanna know how my friends are doing in their lives as we all approach the end of college. Is everyone taking a job or going on for more school? Leave some comments folks!
The Tao that can be described is not the enduring and unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.
(Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things.
Always without desire we must be found, If its deep mystery we would sound; But if desire always within us be, Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.
Under these two aspects, it is really the same; but as development takes place, it receives the different names. Together we call them the Mystery. Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful.
Anyway, it's been a fun summer here at NASA, but I'm heading home soon to see my beautiful girlfriend and all my friends. If you're home, leave me a message and I'll try come see you :). I'm only going to be home from August 12-21, so my time is short. Then I'm headed off to school. Oh, if you're one of the few who've missed out on it for the last 9 years, definitely check out this. It's really a great comic. It's definitely kept me real busy at work ;).
Anyway, speaking of work, things are beginning to wrap up. You can check out my informative poster here (warning: uses Calibri font, so text boxes might look messed up if you don't have this font installed). I've written a 18 page single-spaced technical report on this stuff which is currently in the review process.
On the personal side, I've had a lot of fun here in VA. My roomies have been pretty cool and we've gotten to do lots of cool stuff. We hit up Virginia Beach and Kitty Hawk, NC. Grilled a lot, ate out a lot, saw a lot of stuff, had good times. Anyway, I'll be glad to be home. Hoping to see some of you guys soon!
Rerunning step: (INDUCT-AND-SIMPLIFY "n") square rewrites square(0) to 0 sum rewrites sum(0, square) to 0 square rewrites square(1+j!1) to 1+j!1+(j!1*j!1+j!1) sum rewrites sum(1+j!1, square) to 1+sum(j!1, square)+j!1*j!1+j!1+j!1 By induction on n, and by repeatedly rewriting and simplifying, Q.E.D.