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Title of post (27 Mar 2006 at 12:09)
Open house weekend (where we try to recruit, I mean, see if CMU is a good match for, the admitted CS graduate students) was a blast this year. I went to a bunch of activities (including a nice dinner at Church Brew Works), and gave a talk on Saturday morning (one of two student research presentations) called "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Logic." This was "just-in-time" lecture style, as I was finishing my slides while the first speaker was giving his talk, but I think it went pretty well. Everyone seemed entertained, and I got a bunch of "how'd you do that??" questions after the talk. (They were of course all about my ostentatious presentation style using Flash, rather than the actual content of the talk, but you gotta make points somehow!)

This week I'm making a t-shirt design for the Random Distance Run again. Therefore, I am soliciting bad computer science puns in the style of previous years fake sponsors (browse the directory of previous designs for examples). Please, my well of wit runneth dry after 3 years!
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jcreed (cmu-177829.wv.cc.cmu.edu) – 03.27.06 15:57:33
Nice slides, as always!
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Max (mheath.stu.wesleyan.edu) – 03.27.06 16:45:36
I like how logic is just a big lump.
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jcreed (cmu-177829.wv.cc.cmu.edu) – 03.27.06 16:55:01
It is a MODAL SPHERE of LOVE
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Kirima/mm (6.151.203.62.cust.bluewin.ch) – 03.27.06 17:53:53
That's a wonderful and exciting slide-show, I'm kind of sad that I could not assist to your lecture, I'm sure it was exciting and just fun and everyone liked the way you play with logic and programming and computer sciences! That's how it should be, science should be fun! You seem to be such a wonderful teacher and I'm sure, people just LOVED to listen to you. Congretulations!

Your manner to play with these so called higher maths and stuff is just great and wonderful, keep on going!
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mike (robot.me.cmu.edu) – 03.27.06 18:19:18
Did you wear that shirt?
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 03.27.06 18:52:07
Naturally!
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kathy (dhcp-57-59.dsl.telerama.com) – 03.27.06 23:01:17
Nice talk, Mr. 7! I even understood it. It makes me want to convert to the Way of Flash badly... and did I recognize that 'great colleague'? The one who hasn't had a haircut in a while?
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jcreed (pool-70-20-88-120.pitt.east.verizon.net) – 03.28.06 00:36:51
I thought he looked spoonsish
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Tom 7 (h-68-166-177-146.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 03.28.06 09:15:03
It was supposed to be a generic great colleague so as not to favor any of my friends particularly. I actually had drawn that slide with nobody in it the night before and then five minutes before leaving for the presentation, I realized that it was really bad to talk about colleagues and show an empty corner. So I just put hair on my self-portrait and changed his clothes. ;)
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Jessica 8 (c-67-171-71-227.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 03.28.06 11:10:30
perfect shuffle casino?
algo rhythm dance studio?

http://www.nist.gov/dads/
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Cortney (chiggins.ce.cmu.edu) – 03.28.06 12:58:03
follwing J8's link,
all simple paths Dog walking service
binomial tree trimming
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Adhesion (adhesion.rh.rit.edu) – 03.28.06 14:25:44
Dijkstra's Taxi Service
the shortest path, every time.
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 03.28.06 14:50:45
Well, I did "Manhattan Taxi Service" last year, and also "balanced tree landscaping" so those are out... but some of these others may be winners; keep 'em coming, geeks! =)
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Cortney (chiggins.ce.cmu.edu) – 03.28.06 17:07:26
fathoming pigeons?

oh, animaniacs.
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Moira (c-67-186-34-158.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 03.28.06 19:54:29
Turing singles chatline
- Just like talking to a real person

Dining philosophers buffet
- Now with finger food
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Pikaphreak (adsl-70-130-193-138.dsl.stlsmo.swbell.net) – 03.29.06 03:03:16
I loved the great artwork and the enthusiasm of your presentation. Will your next presentation have the great colleague in it too?
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kathy (dhcp-151.wireless.telerama.com) – 03.29.06 15:59:07
there's a unix/plumbing | joke somewhere, but i can't quite find it...

something about csh's by the cshore?

WXOR (KXOR?) "Your <emph>exclusively</emph> disjoint station on the FM dial!"

a knapsack problem ad? sometime spoons was talking about 3SAT and i thought it had something to do with picnics, because i was thinking of the knapsack problem. maybe the ad would offer to pack our knapsack for you properly.




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Anonymous (cpe-24-95-51-184.columbus.res.rr.com) – 03.29.06 16:59:29
S-T-R-E-T-C-H
Your Dollar in a Higman Stretch Limo
"Your ride always terminates!"

Tau Florists
For when you need the MOST irrational packing!
(sunflower or appropriate spiralled blossom)

Fully Faithful Since 1952
Come to Hodge's Cycles for more varieties

Toric Painters:
Sometimes Four Just Isn't Enough

Ackermann Computing
For When You Have More Than All the Time In the World
m → n → p

Surreal Fencing: We Contain Your Field
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jcreed (cmu-177829.wv.cc.cmu.edu) – 03.29.06 20:18:30
I love the Turing singles chatline one...
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Tom 7 (h-68-166-177-146.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 03.29.06 22:32:59
now knapsack
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Jessica 8 (c-67-171-71-227.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 03.30.06 10:31:33
Travelling Salesman Inn
One in every city -- lowest cost possible!
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Nels (gs5048.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 03.30.06 10:40:51
Do they have to be theory related?

Rapid Prototyping Pizza Parlor -- We bake one and throw it away.

Silver Bullet Pharmaceuticals -- Purveyors of fine panaceas for 50 years.

Demeter's Law Firm -- Blah something about talking only to your friends...

That's the best I've got.
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Tom 7 (h-68-166-177-146.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 03.30.06 11:06:09
Thanks everyone, these will be useful! (No, they don't have to be theory related.)
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Janto (ten-cache1-vif-3.tenet.saix.net) – 03.30.06 19:09:45
Very cool slides! Can you expand on your philosophy behind using Flash? Or a link if you discussed it somewhere? Your blog needs a search engine :)
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Tom 7 (lolo.wv.cc.cmu.edu) – 03.30.06 20:16:51
Janto, I'm not sure I have a philosophy, but if you have questions I'm happy to answer them. You can use google to search my blog; just make a query like:

search terms site:radar.spacebar.org

... and it will restrict the search to this site. =)
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mjn (pool-70-107-148-11.ny325.east.verizon.net) – 03.30.06 22:24:52
Huffman's Cafe
prix fixe unique
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mjn (pool-70-107-148-11.ny325.east.verizon.net) – 03.30.06 22:33:51
...or prix fixe-free, I guess, since free beats the hell out of unique in a Google fight
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Janto (ten-cache1-vif-1.tenet.saix.net) – 03.31.06 06:40:45
Very cool slides! Can you expand on your philosophy behind using Flash? Or a link if you discussed it somewhere? Your blog needs a search engine :)
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Janto (ten-cache1-vif-3.tenet.saix.net) – 03.31.06 06:49:01
I was wonder why you decided to use Flash instead of the alternatives (like ...uhm Powerpoint). I assume you had to buy a copy of dreamweaver.
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Moira (c-67-186-34-158.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 03.31.06 10:45:00
I like the pizza parlor, Nels!
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Tom 7 (h-68-166-177-146.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 04.02.06 12:15:49
Janto: Oh, I just dislike Powerpoint's drawing tools (I always want to make little drawings and stuff, and that's so much easier in flash) and the size and incompatibility of the files. Flash doesn't have as much pre-cooked animation and presentation stuff (like bullet-pointed lists), but it's much better in pretty much every other way. It is also scriptable so I can customize the way the presentation works (like adding the timer and slide counter and procedural animation), which is nice for programmers. ;)

I think Dreamweaver is their web design software; I'm using the application that's just called "Flash" to make these.
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Sridhar (gdead.weh.andrew.cmu.edu) – 04.03.06 18:30:44
You seem to have liked "dec/5" (?) enough to have included it on the T-shirt every year, but, I must ashamedly admit, I have no idea what that refers to. Could someone clear that up?
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Tom 7 (128.237.247.177) – 04.03.06 19:21:41
Dec/5 is the SCS grad student organization; they organize TGs and the coke machine in the lounge and help organize the Random Distance Run. We also now have FreeCSD, specific to CSD. They're both actually "real" sponsors in some sense.
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Sridhar (cmu-155125.res.cmu.edu) – 04.04.06 02:56:45
Ah, that explains it.

Assuming mathy puns in general are suitable, how about "Quick Stop Ultrafilter Repair -- If it's not fixed in one hour, it's free"?

I imagine there's also something to be done with direct products/free products, though I can't pull it together at the moment.
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Tom 7 (h-68-166-177-146.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 04.04.06 10:23:52
Isn't "ultrafilter" just the most ridiculous name for a mathematical structure?
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Sridhar (cmu-155125.res.cmu.edu) – 04.04.06 14:46:51
Second only to the related "ULTRAPOWER!"
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Tom 7 (h-68-166-177-146.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 04.06.06 12:35:55
mjn, I finally got the Huffman one... nice!
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Goodman (65.98.39.145) – 12.24.06 10:54:21
Well..good site! and Happy New Year! )))
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