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June 29th, 2006

a brief note about vmware

apparently, you cannot use XFS as your file system when installing Linux inside of VMware - the installer will get really close to finishing then die

a word to the wise from the VOE

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June 20th, 2006

receiving lines

Ah the joys of Shodor in the summer: capers and odaa.

Unlike home when I was growing up, Shodor doesn’t out and out call the random extraneous chores they have interns (and to a lesser extent apprentices) do chores, per se. Nope, here they’re capers. Shodor capers are (often rudimentary) tasks that need to be done to keep the whole operation running smoothly (take care of recycling, answer the phones, check kids in, watch kids at lunch and break, etc.

Today I got pegged to handle the reception desk. Answering the phone, receiving packages, making sure kids get checked-in and -out correctly, ordering pizza for a workshop lunch - it was fun. Unfortunately, since I’m only in the office on a once-a-week basis, I don’t get to do this again all summer.

Being on reception desk duty also makes for no odaa calls, or ‘other duties as assigned’. Really, the capers are odaa, but it’s planned ahead of time, rather than a ‘I need help moving these shelves and boxes from the lobby to the office, emptying the boxes, and then schlepping the cardboard to the recyle area’ type of last-minute request.

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June 3rd, 2006

summer has begun

Or at least it has approximately begun. Shodor’s summer season starts the first week in June and runs through the end of August. I will be in Tuesdays, and some other random times throughout the summer.

And to kick everything off will be Shodor’s orientation week for interns and apprentices running from 5-9 June. Looks like a good summer.

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May 18th, 2006

missing updates

In bringing my old site into WordPress, I decided that several of my updates were no longer relevant, so I have not inserted them into WordPress.

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May 13th, 2006

back at Shodor

Yet another long pause in updating this site, for which I apologize. I’m working on a total redesign, based on PHP and ditching the tables-based approach I have used here since I started in October of 2003.

I will be working at Shodor this summer 1-2 days per week, with duties as yet not fully understood, or assigned, but it should be fun. I will also be working nearly full time at Elon with systems administration on a few large summer projects, which should get a lot of experience with ‘real’ administration tasks - beyond the typical escalated PC Support-type questions and creating/maintaining user accounts.

Since I am back at Shodor this summer, this site should receive a lot more attention than it has in the past several months. Feel free, also, to check out my homepage and xanga.

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November 1st, 2005


I have just launched a new volunteer-run homework help site. Please check it out when you have a chance: Homework Help Question & Answer.

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December 4th, 2004


Today is the second of three days of meeting with the United Nations Scientific Experts Group on Climate Change, discussing both mitigation and adaptation possibilities with the expectation of creating a succinct report to the UN in a few months.

The first day of the meeting went well yesterday, though my presentation on Rice’s Connexions tool was pushed to today. I began the day by giving a short tutorial to the two student assistants and the writer for the group on how to use Connexions, and they all love it. After lunch, I gave my intro presentation to the full group of scientists (around 16), and then tried to launch into about the same brief tutorial that I gave this morning, but it didn’t go as well. Unfortunately, at least for now, the group as a whole didn’t see some of the benefits of the tool, as they are used to using Word’s ‘track changes’ feature.

There seemed was some resistance to learning the new environment, and so, for now at least, most of them will not be utilizing the tool. Rather, they will be shipping us their documents, having us post them to our site and to Connexions, and making remote comments via email. Oh, well. Hopefully, as time goes on, they’ll come to get used to the idea of Rice’s tool, and begin to use it on their own.

In the mean time, I am still working on the Computational Science Education Spotlight newsletter. Dave Joiner will be the first spotlit individual in the newsletter. I’ll post here again as soon as it is ready for viewing online.

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October 12th, 2004

new schedule

I have switched to a TWR schedule, which is nice. I love driving, but cutting out 67 miles rt from home to work is a nice bonus. I have been working on building a bridge site at Sigma Xi where former, current, and future NCSI workshoppers and presenters can exchange ideas, techniques that work well, workshops they would like to have in the future, etc. I am also testing the teacher/volunteer database to make sure everything is in working order for its official roll-out in a couple weeks.

The last 1.5 hours of this afternoon, I finished my first article (module) for Connexions. It is being proofread right now, but I was able to get a good handle on the markup requirements, and the feel of online editing. The folks at Rice have done a fantastic job with the tool, and I look forward to using it more as time goes on. When proofreading is done, I’ll post a link to its location here.

I had a meeting with Jay and Dr Grimley at school yesterday, and have a much better idea as to what PLU wants their website to accomplish. The database I had been envisioning was quite different from what they want, so I am redesigning it. I expect to have that done in the next couple days, at least on paper, and then to build the first draft on the server in a week or two, after they have had a chance to verify what it is that I am trying to do.

A few days ago I received a letter from the school indicating I am once again an Elon student, as of spring semester 2005. One interesting bonus of not having used any of the available loan for this fall, is that I get to use all of it for the spring. That combined with the institutional grant they have authorized means I should be a full-time student, for the first time since the 00-01 school year, when I graduated HVCC. I’m looking forward to a bunch of gen ed classes, and one in my major. Yippee.

Preregistration begins the first week in Nov, so I have a couple weeks to wait before I can set up my schedule, but I do look forward to getting back into the student swing of things.

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October 4th, 2004

first day

Not a bad way to start off a new job. Last Friday was the Sigma Xi staff picnic, so I worked for a few hours, then went downstairs for food and meeting some of the other people who work there.

Today I spent more time going through the CNXML language specs and turorial available at the Connexions website. I am now in love with XML. After having gone through several tutorials on XML, CNXML, MathML, and QML, I have come up with a bunch of places I could use XML for my own apps. It’s kind of exciting.

I’m also working on the back-end database for the professional chemistry society Phi Lambda Upsilon. Another student at Elon, Jay Loden, has been working on building most of their brand new website, but hasn’t done database design and implementation, so I’m doing that for the site.

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September 3rd, 2004


I also wrote an array data type for C++, which you can download from me here. This little gem extends the concept of an array in C++ to a class. You can access every item in the list using array ([]) notation, but it checks to make sure you are not trying to access elements in the array that don’t (necessarily) exist. It also maintains its own size, and has a couple other feature I’ll let you discover. There’s a full interface reference listed at the top of the file, so you should have no problem figuring out how it works.

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