Ok – so Cortny is actually responsible for this, but here is our video Christmas card 🙂 (QuickTime is required)
So, while most people just think of me as a “computer guy,” I actually do peer-reviewed research. It’s been a little less since going back to industry (although I’ve got a few things coming up in the next 12 months).
Anyways – one of my publications has recently been cited by other works.
First, I was cited in this paper: “ tablet-based paper exam grading system” (Bloomfield ‘08) http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1384271.1384295. They cited my paper “ Interface-based programming assignments and automatic grading of java programs” (http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1268784.1268805).
This paper was also cited in someone master’s thesis (http://homepages.cwi.nl/~paulk/thesesMasterSoftwareEngineering/2008/HiddeBaggelaar.pdf). They actually discuss my work a bit (few paragraphs).
My largest research project “Integrated online courseware for computer science courses
“ (http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1268784.1268828) was also cited (I was a co-author on the citing publication) in “ Using the inverted classroom to teach software engineering” (http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1368088.1368198).
Anyway – it’s cool to be not only a published author, but a cited author as well 🙂
I can’t take credit for any of this, but our new tree arrived yesterday and is now all set up. I did get it out of the box – but Cortny really took care of the rest 🙂 She put up the lights and picked out the ornaments (we had to use a much reduced selection). Cortny even bought me cupcakes today! Thanks sweetie 🙂
We’re a little later in normal then getting the rest of our decorations out, but that’s mostly because they hadn’t been unpacked since we moved here. Being decorated for the holidays is helpful for us feeling like Christmas time is here. The weather has been so mild that it feels more like Halloween is right around the corner. Of course we have a change in store, there is actually snow in the forecast for this weekend. I’ve been told that Seattle looks good in the snow, maybe we will see.
As many of you probably know, I have been very busy with work lately. This past Monday we announced public availability for SimpleDB ( http://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2008/12/01/amazon-simpledb-now-in-unlimited-beta/ ). For those of you who don’t know, I work on SimpleDB 🙂 Of course, this don’t make me any less busy at work.
We decided to head downtown today to “wrap” up some Christmas shopping. We started by me going to yoga, and Cortny sleeping in. After arriving downtown we went to one of our favorite breakfast spots, Bacco. Then we spent some time at the “world famous” Pike Place Market. The market is always fun, and we were able to pick up some Seattle and Pacific Northwest goodies to give as gifts. I don’t think I every once did Christmas shopping in downtown Cincinnati, but shopping in downtown Seattle is fun. There are lots of decorations (and lots of LED lights). We followed up the market with Pacific Place and Nordstrom. Nordstrom is based in Seattle, so it is the main store, and they have lots of fancy designer stuff there.
Also new this week. Killer Bunnies and the Journey to Jupiter is finally shipping. There was a few months of delay. We haven’t played it yet, but probably tonight. And of course it looks awesome. You can pick up your own copy by clicking the link to the right.
And, starting Monday we will have our new downsized Christmas tree. It’s actually the same height as our previous tree, but it sort of went on a diet. The tree is skinnier than before. We have also replaced our lights with LED lights. Now being a computer scientists, I used the provided lifetime hours for the lights, and figure we can get about 68 years of usage out of the lights. This means that we will probably physically break the lights before they burn out.