Summer’s over, fall is here, and everything that entails is already in full swing.
I won’t go into detail, but I will leave you with this bloopers clip I put together in the days after I left Raleigh but before arriving in Pittsburgh. It consists of most (not all, if you can believe that) of the video clips we took in filming our ExtremeBlue commercial that was “aired” in Armonk during the Expo. I can’t actually show the commercial itself (as it shows product-specific icons that are still under wraps), but as with any bloopers reel, that doesn’t really matter. 😛
I’ve already gone into great detail about the summer on my friends-only blog (yep, I have another blog…in fact, I have three blogs! and if we want to be completely technical, I actually have four, but two of them are sync’d using the prototype WordPress Synchronizer I developed), so for the time being, I want to talk about my fall lineup, dammit.
Stars and Galaxies
Don’t let the name fool you; this class is a veritable “Astrophysics 101” and not for the faint of heart. This class is a prerequisite to an advanced Astrophysics course in the spring that I’m interested in taking. And yes, this is, in its entirety, an elective for me. Call astrophysics a guilty indulgence of mine 🙂
My last required core class before I’m officially eligible for my degree. This is taught by one of the most brilliant CS professors I’ve ever worked with – he received his PhD from MIT, and is currently cross-employed by both Carnegie Mellon’s school of Computer Science and the department of Biology. His research focuses on modeling evolutionary trees, and this course will feature some of that. Definitely going to be the most challenging course this semester.
Web Application Development
Bloody awesome already. We’re using Apache Tomcat for J2EE development while learning the ropes of web applications, culminating in a final project that can be whatever we want it to be. It’s nice that I’ve already had some experience in this arena, a la ExtremeBlue.
One interesting encounter was a student in the class who claimed that “corporations, particularly business people, are afraid of cloud computing because they don’t know what it entails, so they’re not going to adopt it.” I did not hesitate in using IBM as a perfect counter-example. Her response? “But it’s IBM.” Not really sure what that even means.
However, there is some HTML/CSS design involved, and even though I’m fairly decent at it, I want to make sure my DOMs don’t turn into spaghetti while I’m “persuading” the page to look the way I want, so I may be asking eksith for his expert web design assistance…
My work with Dr Murphy in image analysis continues and picks up speed this semester. I haven’t been able to squeeze into his schedule yet, but my work will involve some aspect of his lab’s SLIF service. Several of his publications on the matter include areas that are in need of improvement – automated machine learning analysis with relatively low accuracy – so within the next week or so I should know what I’m going to be defending come next May.
In my free time (HA!), I’m still working on my CMS (though it’s entirely possible that something similar to this will become my WebApp final project). I’m also going to be assisting UGA’s infectious diseases department in aligning tuberculosis sequences. Furthermore, I’m helping UGA’s art department set up their website to showcase their projects. Finally, I am playing racquetball on a weekly basis with my girlfriend’s cousin who just started his master’s this fall at CMU’s public policy school.
Needless to say, life is good.