December 26, 2006
2006: a year in review
It would be hard for this blog to break a larger number of blogging traditions. But, these last few days of 2006 do seem like an appropriate time to look back over the year that was 2006 and remember some of the things that have happened. So, in my best stereotypical blogging fashion, here is 2006, in review.
Number of published papers on which I was first author or a major contributor: 3
Number of papers currently under review: 2
Number of manuscripts near completion: 3
Number of manuscripts reviewed for various journals / conferences: >18
Number of research talks given: 12
Number of conferences / workshops attended: 4
Number of those at which I delivered a research talk: 4
Conferences organized: 1
Program committees sat on: 1
Dissertations defended: 1
Graduation speeches given: 1
Blog entries written: 55 (this number is depressingly low)
Number of emails sent: >1316
Number of (non-spam) emails received: >4635 (these numbers are depressingly high)
Number of fun trips with friends / family: 16
Number of movies via Netflix: 69
Number of major life / career decisions made: 1
December 19, 2006
This past weekend I graduated with distinction with my doctorate from the University of New Mexico's Department of Computer Science. My advisor Cristopher Moore hooded me at the main Commencement ceremony on Friday, and on Saturday, the School of Engineering had its own smaller (and nicer) Convocation ceremony for its graduates. I was invited to be the graduate speaker at this event, and I made a few brief remarks that you can read here.
It's been an intense and highly educational four and a half years, but it's nice to finally be done.