I spent the last couple days in a workshop at Columbia University. First time I remember being there, and a nice place. I’ve heard lots of stories from my parents, and it was quite interesting to see those fitted onto a physical location.
The network research community continues to be incredibly smart and exciting to get the opportunity to work with. This sort of workshop always makes me feel like there’s much too much to do, and tons of inspiring projects to work on.
Had a very nice dinner last night at Soto last night. I’m not exactly sold on the foodie thing, but that doesn’t mean the experience wasn’t enjoyable. Now it’s back to work with a couple looming paper deadlines and a bunch of coding I want to get done for the internship.
I’m living in New York this fall. It has been nice to begin to hit a routine here, although there are still plenty of places to optimize. My only other previous big city experience was in Beijing, and NYC is different in many ways, but has much of the same raw energy and constant bustling that I found there. It’s been particularly interesting to see the different ways that the huge populations show themselves, and how people carve out their own niches.
Now that I have a non-biking commute I’m excited to start reading more. I’m not sure I buy into the whole good-reads thing that Amazon is pushing on me, but the kindle form factor is nice in that it’s small enough to fit in my back pocket and pull out on the subway.
Also interesting, to setup the device I typed the first three letters of my amazon account ID, and then it logged in. Not sure if there was a race condition where it was checking it’s serial number against amazon’s registration database at the same time, but it was an interesting and vaguely unsettling experience since it has 1-click access to credit card purchases.
I am now one final away from being done with college. It’s a strange feeling.
Rather than looking back, it’s more fun to look forwards:
* I need to find a way to spend more time in China, so that the time I’ve spent studying the language can pay off.
* I need to keep working on friend.s, and need to get a publicly available release.
* I need to get deeply involved with people at Google, so that I can be connected to that community.
* I need to stay connected with Tom in the next year so that the transition to Grad. School isn’t awkward.
* I need to keep contacts at HMC, it’s been a great four years and one that isn’t worth forgetting.