A non-native speaker's guide to TPC meetings and paper reviewsIn English 2010. 5. 4. 23:30
Have you ever devoted a weekend on piles of undecipherable papers wondering whether it is bad writing or your poor English that made your life as a reviewer particularly challenging? If so, this is for you. Before you are invited to serve in a program committee, you don't get to read lots of badly written papers. Most papers presented in decent conferences are well organized and reasonably writt..
You realize you're traveling too muchIn English 2010. 1. 8. 02:59
when you haven't bought a bar of soap since forever because you bring home used hotel soap bars; when you keep a separate toothbrush for traveling; when you go online and purchase train tickets for biz trips this week and next week; when you need to time the release of your passport to get a visa for the next trip; when you don't check the exact time of your return flight before leaving; when yo..
The Way Knit WasIn English 2009. 12. 28. 10:01
Human beings have a long history of using amulets and talismans: objects worn to bring luck, help, or protection to the wearer. They appear in every faith and every culture across the globe - whether in the form of a cross, a Jewish prayer shawl, a rabbit's foot, or an ancient Egyptian scarab, humans crave these anchors. I have always felt that knitting something for someone I care for is a litt..
Running or Gaming?In English 2009. 6. 28. 22:15
Junehwa, a colleague of mine, and his students developed a really cool platform that combines a treadmill with online games. The basic idea is to turn a treadmill with a display into a Wii-like or DDR-like gaming platform. But unlike DDR or Wii, this platform allows multiple users to play a game together online. Users wear sensors and have to make the right movement in synch to score. Yes, welco..
U.S. House Resolution 121In English 2007. 7. 24. 04:04
A friend in SF has been busy for the past few weeks mobilizing people to show support for U.S. House Resolution 121. Being far away, I cannot be of much help but for posting her call-for-participation on my blog. Solidarity!! WWII RAPE CAMP SURVIVOR TO MEET WITH MAYOR NEWSOM IN SUPPORT OF "COMFORT WOMEN" U.S. HOUSE RESOLUTION 121 San Franciscans to encourage Pelosi's continued support of resolut..
Karen Spärck Jones (1935-2007): "Computing is too important to be left to men."In English 2007. 6. 20. 22:38
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/misc/obituaries/sparck-jones/ Quoting from IEEE Spectrum May 2007: In a fascinating interview with BCS managing editor Brian Runciman after she received the Lovelace medal, Spärck Jones said: "I certainly think that professionalism is very important....To be a proper professional you need to think about the context and motivation and justifications of what you're doing.....
Marisa Monte in Seoul!!!!In English 2007. 6. 4. 12:10
Marisa Monte gave her first performance in Korea last Friday. To let the new audience warm up to her rich repertoire, she did a few songs from her two new CDs ("Universo Ao Meu Redor" and "Infinito Particular") and many from previous CDs. As always, her sexy, often husky voice completely mesmerized me. My first time to see her so close. At the end of the show, the whole theatre rose up to give h..