## Jedi Outcast: Echoes of a bygone gaming era

I should start by issuing fair warning: this is a post I've been meaning to write in some form or another for the better part of the last 15 years.

Commence "old mang" jokes.

But there was a group of gamers I met many years ago who, to this day …

## Resolutions for 2018

A solid three weeks late on the new year's resolutions, but still a marked improvement over last year.

(...I didn't post resolutions last year...)

I've been involved with a small faculty writing group since mid-December, with the expressed goal of helping its participants develop and sustain regular writing habits. Since …

## New year, new blog layout

Happy 2018!

I've been wanting to put a fresh coat of paint on things for awhile around here, especially since the old Flex template didn't have a really good way of supporting embedded Jupyter notebooks without completely upending the CSS (love the theme otherwise!).

Taking a page (or really, an …

Mixed bag.

## The Long Version

Something that's stuck with me from my middle school obsession with the Wing Commander books and video games was this quote:

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.


Certainly as true as ever with the admittedly extremely ambitious …

## Summer of Data Science 2017

A few days ago, while I was still in Portland, OR enjoying the last few days of PyCon 2017, Renee (@BecomingDataSci) mentioned on Twitter that she might bring back the "Summer of Data Science" she kicked off last year.

In short: use the summer as an opportunity to learn and …

## So, you want to conduct research with me?

Deviation #1: This is wholly separate from the "should I get a Ph.D." question. For that I would recommend one of numerous guides that ask all the right questions.

Deviation #2: This is also wholly separate from how to succeed in a Ph.D. program, though there is some …

My project over the 2016 holiday season was to take the Raspberry Pi 3 I've had sitting around the house idling for the previous nine months and turn it into a RetroPie-ified gaming emulator.

RetroPie is a phenomenal bit of software that combines the work of several projects into a …

## Open Science in Big Data (OSBD) Workshop

Back in May of this year, some of the other computer science professors and I put together a proposal for a workshop. The workshop would be in conjunction with the December 2016 IEEE BigData Conference, and would focus specifically on the intersection of big data and open science.

In June …

## A twitterbot for posting weekly running stats

We runners (we're a crazy bunch), for the most part, like our stats. How many miles do you log each week? Each month? How are your average race paces trending? Are your long runs both feeling good and getting faster?

Yes, we're a little obsessed with our numbers.

It's no …

## Reviewing a reviewed grant's reviews

Rejection in any context sucks. As a new faculty trying to prove himself (to himself, but most importantly, to his tenure committee), I particularly hate rejections in the context of grant proposals and paper submissions. The "nice" thing about the latter rejection is that it's marginally easier to resubmit a …