Thursday, August 19, 2010

What I Did This Summer

It's been a busy summer. Things that I did (in absolutely no order):
  1. Full-time parenting. This was by far the most interesting and rewarding activity. Eli is now talking up a storm, and Gus is almost walking. I can now sing the themes to Super Why and Dinosaur Train from memory.
  2. Went to Charlotte to visit the Bridges clan. Lots of fun, but US Airways now on enemies list.
  3. Vacationed in Dewey Beach, DE with Bridges, Hovemeyer, and Swope families. Good times! However, fantasized about formally suggesting "Drunken Frat Boy, DE" as new name for town.
  4. Continued work done by YCP undergrads (hi Ray and Brandon!) to create an RTOS for AVR microcontrollers. The kernel is 100% C (no assembly)! Planning to somehow get a SIGCSE or CCSCE paper out of this.
  5. Successfully programmed a 22V10 GAL, for both combinational and stateful logic. (I need to break down and actually learn about FPGAs sometime.)
  6. Attended Heisler/Williams wedding reception and Hoyt/Spacco wedding. Latter involved travel to Chicago. Reconnected with UMD peeps.
  7. Advised one student doing an internship for credit, and another taking a course by tutorial.
  8. Retooling of Programming Language Design course.
  9. ABET stuff (don't ask.)
  10. Read all 3 books by Stieg Larsson. Highly recommended.
  11. Got netbook. How did I live without one of these? Lenovo X61 notebook now seems hopelessly large and cumbersome.
  12. Rode bike many times. Planning to use as main commuting vehicle during school year when weather cooperates.
  13. Reviewed a book.
  14. Attended CCSCE 2010 organizational meeting.
  15. Lunch at Victory Brewing Company twice with Kate to celebrate aniversaries.
There's probably some other stuff I forgot.

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