Since I came to the Open House in March 2017, I found that CMU is a nerdy but cool space. I’m writing down things I find interesting here. Hope this blog can tell you more about CMU.
Congratulations to Jeremy and Squares Lab whose paper ``COBOLd: Gobblin’ up COBOL bugs for fun and profit’’ has won the Test of Time Positive Record Award (whatever it means) in 12th SIGBOVIK conference at CMU! There work demostrates that by randomly replacing or adding or deleting code from COBOL can make you super rich! By super rich I meant being able to buy a huge island. By a huge island I mean some country in the south hemisphere. Jeremy also gave a wonderful demo at the conference (pic 2). The paper can be found here (page 138-143).
A SCS Trivia Night style question: Where was this photo taken?
In case of fire, do you use elevator.
His heart is at work.
While most people were away last week because of the spring break, this guy sat at the teaching common the entire week. Apparantly, his heart is at work. A typical CMU student.
Physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76 on Pie Day
When the east coast was entering pie day, I heard that we lost Professor Stephen Hawking. Pie day is special not only because it is 3.14. It is also Einstein’s birthday. This year, it has also become Hawking’s death date. I still remember, when Professor Hawking’s books were translated into Chinese, TV programs were repeating over and over again that Profssor Hawking was born on the day on which Galileo Galilei died. Maybe great minds are always connected.
Speaking of Professor Hawking’s science, I thought of a comic sticked outside the office of Professor Thomas Ferguson, who helped construct Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in Wean Hall.
Harry Potter Shabbat
I was surprised by how often I could spot a Harry Potter related thing on CMU campus. I was even more surprised when I found out that there would be a Harry Potter themed shabbat at Hillel Jewish University Center.
When I arrived at the front desk, there was a “sorting hat” from which you can draw an image of a house’s badge. This “sorting ceremony” decides which table you will sit at. I was “sorted” into Ravenclaw, although I was wearing Gryffindor gears. All three other houses’ tables are quickly filled, except for ours. By the time dinner started, we only had 3 people. The organizer said, “Maybe Ravenclaws are still studying.” That sounds like what CMU students are doing all the time. No wonder most students in our Harry Potter course identify them with Ravenclaw.
I can never forget how delicious their bread was!
And here’s a trivia:
Name a jewish student at Hogwarts.
Valentine’s Day @ CMU
My office mate told us if you brought your laptop to the bookstore, they would clean it for free.
People celebrate Valentine’s Day with their valentines. Same here at CMU. However, CMU might have defined valentine slightly differently. It expanded the concept beyond human beings. Apart from your collaborators, people usually interact the most with their valentines. If we count objects as well, one’s laptop is definitely the number 1 valentine of most CMU students.
Why are there rice noodles on the roof of Newell Simon Hall
You konw spring is coming when the snow on Newell Simon Hall’s rooftop becomes rice noodle (image on the right).
Image source of the second photos http://img64.foodjx.com/2/20140613/635382652704010391624.jpg
Computer Science at CMU is not just for boys
You can find interesting things in restrooms! Here’s what I found in girls’ restroom on 5th floor in Gates:
Although it sounds great, I think they should have put it in boys’ restroom or on a public wall. I believe the intention was to encourage women to pursue computer science if that’s what they have been wanted to do. But the point I wanted to make is that women, maybe especially female graduate students, here at CMU are already brave enough to make it this far. We should not only focus on encouraging women, but also educate our male colleagues and build a friendly environment where woment don’t have to be encouraged to pursue their favourite subject. If CMU CS is gender inclusive, women can feel it. We don’t need to be reminded by a sign in a single restroom. If gender inclusiveness is something that CMU CS is proud of, then I wish to see this sign in a public space.
How to pull an all-nighter in 5 minutes?
Hey, have you pulled an all-nighter? NO?? You were too busy sleeping and forgot to stay awake all night pretending to work hard? Well, when you walk into the classroom, everyone will look like a panda except for you. You will look like an outsider!
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. If you go to the girls’ restroom on the 4th floor in Gates, you will see everything you need. Free of charge.
Happy smiley’s 35’s birthday!
Do you know who invented :-)? Where was :-) first used?
On 19 Sep, 1982, way before the emoji era, Scott Fahlman at CMU decided that people should use :-) for happy feeling and :-( for sad feeling. When they could only communicate through plain text, this was the cleverest idea. Now we have emoji, but I’d say text emoticons are still very useful and efficient. Here’s a list of text emoticons. (^o^)/ (◕‿◕✿)
BTW, do you know why CMU’s computer science ranks 1st? Because we invented bug swatter that can help our students quickly identify bugs so as to accelerate our research progress!
CMU is hiring!
Job description: clear the steep, overgrown hillside between the Gates Center and Purnell Center for the Arts.
Job compensation: tons of fress leaves!
Do you know who got the job? A group of goats!
For some unknown reasons, there was also a donkey.
First day in my new office! May the source code be with you!
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