10.29.06

Left to My Own Devices

Posted in personal at 3:07 am by wingerz

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Jen’s in Chicago this weekend. I haven’t been taking the best care of myself – I stayed up until 3am last night watching Kill Bill Vol. 2 and I’m still up tonight. Between writing code and watching some episodes of The Office, I’ve basically been in front of my laptop for the past 15 hours (with a few breaks). My eyes are quite tired, but it’s been a productive day. The sometimes incremental nature of debugging and coding makes it so easy to envelop yourself in the task at hand and completely lose track of time – it’s a satisfying feeling.

2 Comments »

  1. ratatosk said,

    October 29, 2006 at 11:24 am

    Ah yes… completely losing track of time. That’s actually why I _stopped_ programming.

  2. Elias Torres » Blog Archive » Pundit’s Monitor said,

    October 31, 2006 at 2:35 am

    […] Pundit’s Monitor I was also extremely busy this weekend, mostly coding on my final project for my last class on Internet Scale Sensor Networking at Harvard. CS260r is a new topic-rotating course taught by Matt Welsh which has done a lot of work on sensor networks, but now he’s interested in the bigger picture of merging those tiny networks with the Internet. The first day of class he referred to blogs as sensors and mentioned some work they were doing at Harvard on blog aggregation so I knew right away that I could pick a project that utilized the blogosphere. Ian Rose et al. at Harvard built an aggregator using some really cool work at Harvard called: SBON, but I had an itch to scratch, so I decided to try Google’s MapReduce approach and I had to look no further than Hadoop at Apache. Hadoop is an open source java implementation of MapReduce and GFS and I was blown away by the maturity of the project. Hence, I spent the last three days coding what we set out to do in the first place: to create a political blog monitoring tool, as suggested by Matt. […]

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