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SIGBOVIK 2018 (31 Mar at 22:39)
Hi team,

Thursday was SIGBOVIK 2018, held on April -2, the earliest it has ever occurred, due to various holidays and weekends. I don't have any grand project this time, but I did write one paper and coauthor another. The latter was with the SIGBOVIK elder Jim McCann (and was mostly his work); it's The fluint8 Software Integer Library for processors that only have floating point instructions. My other paper was a basically real (but not that rigorous) analysis of a huge database of academic papers to demonstrate that authors with alphabetically earlier names get more citations. That one's called Academic Advancement Advice: Author Articles as A. A.. It also contains some other related study, like the title words most and least likely to get you cited. I wish I had finished some more things for the conference, but on the other hand it is nice that it has so much independent momentum!

My neck has been getting better so I've been doing some running and physical-universe projects, which are not too interesting to describe here. But I have also some fun stuff underway, in particular for two speaking engagements in Seattle in May: PoCSci which is like UW's version of SIGBOVIK, and Deconstruct which is a more serious—if still tolerant/encouraging of weird stuff—event. The project is going well so far but it's a bit stressful, since you never really know if it will even be possible until you're knee deep in it, you know?
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Scott / Graue (104.193.170-14.public.monkeybrains.net) – 04.01.18 22:43:54
I've really Folin in love with your writing.

I looked for the Grid grid grid grid grid... paper and only found this - maybe it's a data issue? “Leigland, James; Russell, Henry. 2009. New Needs for Technical Assistance : Responding to the Effects of the Financial Crisis on Private Participation in Infrastructure. Gridlines; No. 49. World Bank, Washington, DC.”
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Anonymous (107.77.97.107) – 04.05.18 20:47:21
Do you have the date for PoCSci?
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Tristan (nkugateway.nku.edu) – 04.19.18 15:16:07
Tom,
I have very pressing news regarding your Academic Advancement Advice: Author Articles as A.A paper. I don't want to shock you, but I'm afraid to say that you've submitted a paper into a prestigious academic conference without proper copyediting. I've found a typo in section 3: The Data, paragraph 1, sentence 5. You've seemed to invented a new type of byte, called "nul-byte". Now I would never accuse you of missing such a grave mistake, this was probably the fault of the copyediting agency you hired to look over this paper before publication. Here I will provide some other, highly reputable agencies that would never make such a mistake. I hope you find their services useful in the future.
Agencies:
Enago
The Proofreaders
Laurel Copyediting

Best of luck,
Tristan
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Tom 7 (pool-108-32-43-250.pitbpa.fios.verizon.net) – 04.21.18 19:51:47
Scott: hehe thanks :) I have no doubt that it's some data error, since that of course would be a ridiculous title for a paper. (In my mind it's a bad scan of some graphic design that has the word "grid" repeated over and over, like in a grid.) Since the one you mention is from "gridlines", one could imagine that (maybe their logo is like a bunch of copies of the word "grid" in a line :))

Anon: PocSci will be May 25, although I don't have any official info!

Tristan: While I certainly appreciate (and very much deserve) pedantic corrections, I think this is not a mistake. Long ago when I learned C programming, the book I was reading insisted on a difference between "null" (i.e., the null pointer) and "nul" (the byte 0). You can see for example in a table of ASCII that this byte is usually abbreviated "NUL." That said, writing it with one L is rare in the modern era, and maybe it should have been capitalized as NUL in this context. No doubt there are many incontrovertible errors in the paper, should you wish to dig.
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