GUEST BLOGGER: Bill Gasarch (I will be guest blogging this week while Lance is on Vacation.) Are you a Luddite? The original Luddites were workers who, scared of lower wages via technology, destroyed factory machines. This was around 1811. Their leader was General Ned Ludd. (Not sure if General was an honorary title) TODAY the term has come to mean someone who does not adapt to technology or does not like technology. If you are NOT one, you can use Google to find out more about them. Are you a Luddite? I offer the following questions and let you score yourselves. 1) At a conference do you use a) Powerpoint with fancy animation and pictures off the web. b) Powerpoint with nice backgrounds, but nothing much else c) pdf files d) physical slides made using latex e) physical slides made using magic markers and overlays f) physical slides without overlays g) chalk h) draw diagrams in the sand with a twig 2) Same as question 1 but for large classroom lecture (over 50), small classroom lectures (under 10), seminars (8 people who actually know something). 3) For writing papers do you use a) LaTeX (or some other package) b) Typewriter (YOU HAVE A TYPEWRITER? MIGHT BE WORTH SOMETHING ON EBAY! c) Handwritten and give to your secretary to type (YOU HAVE A SECRETARY? MIGHT BE WORTH SOMETHING ON EBAY!) d) Quill pen and inkwell on parchment. 4) When listening to talks do you a) Take notes with an e-pen that automatically puts it online b) Take notes in an e-notebook c) Take notes in a p-notebook (thats paper) c) Not take notes at all d) Fall asleep 5) When you applied to grad school did you a) Check out the website of the school b) Ask your roomate who also majored in CS and Math c) Ask your roomate who majored in Political Science d) Apply to schools you heard were good e) Apply to schools randomly (time bounded Kolmogorov Random) 6) If you need a result that is already known do you a) Goto Google b) Goto the library c) Goto your own file cabinet d) Rederive the result by yourself 7) Which of these might you most likely say? a) When is the next version coming out so I can update? b) I'll update in 2 years (and you do) c) I'll update in 2 years (but you don't) d) You can have my chalk when you pry it from my cold dead hands. 8) Do you play music on a) MP3's b) CD's c) LP's d) 78's e) Wax Cylinders (WAX CYLINDERS! MIGHT BE WORTH SOMETHING ON EBAY!) bill g. Postscript: Thanks to my collegue Jack Lutz for catching that I spelled Luddite wrong originally. I used him instead of a spell checker, and note that the error he found would not have been discovered with a spell checker.