Right after STOC I started experimenting with Twitter and quickly got hooked. With no fixed schedule I can give quick tweets on anything that interests me or I think important for the community to know. Sometimes I can get what would have been a post down under Twitter's 140 character limit. So now I use the blog for longer posts and tweet the shorter stuff, using Twitter as an extension to the blog.
Sounds ideal but there's a catch. Only a small fraction of you blog readers also follow me on Twitter. Some of what I Tweet would have been in the blog. So sometimes I need to repeat a tweet as a longer post or occasionally post a list of the more important and/or interesting tweets. What an excuse to do that now.
- The new and improved ECCC
- Just told that for recent stimulus-based grants: If it is determined that you are not spending quickly enough the funds can be revoked.
- Scan (11MB PDF) of shirt design from old Complexity conference (then Structures). Don't ask about the dog.
- Netflix contest over but no winner for a few weeks. Exciting conclusion (via:@ipeirotis)
- RT @statpumpkin: Bellkor's Pragmatic Chaos first place in Netflix Prize - contacted by Netflix and in validation phase. (thx @piggymurph)
- Tron returns and NYT worries about computers taking over. Coincidence?
- Iran has stopped issuing visas for US citizens including academics. The world got a little smaller.
- Rare CS article in Science Times: Destroying data with cryptography.
- Faded lines on Beamer slides only draw attention to themselves (e.g. pg 2 of this)
- Congrats to Rafael Pass and Nothwestern's Nicole Immorlica new Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows.
- Comic Sans: Yes it looks handwritten. Cute the first 100 times I've seen it. Now go use a grown up font. (See also bancomicsans.com)
- Awesome EC Keynote by Michael Moritz on innovation. "Companies whither when scientists and engineers move further away from the helm"
- Moritz: Many best and brightest mathematicians and scientists waste their lives working for private equity houses.
- And from June 3rd: Taught Moser's proof in my intro theory course today! (A comment worthy to be my first twitter post).
Maybe I can talk Bill into Tweeting too. Imagine non-stop van der Waerden numbers.
Now what about Facebook? In Facebook I can break my friends into roughly three groups.
- Friends and Family
- People I haven't seen in 25 years.
Problem is I have little to say to all three groups so I don't change my Facebook status often. Basically a few status updates about where I am traveling or some photos of the family. Facebook allows you to create groups of friends and show updates only within those groups. I need the opposite operation, creating status updates that only go out to a select group or groups. I'll likely use Facebook for my personal stuff, if you are in groups 1 or 3 and hide or unfriend me I won't be insulted.