Monthly archives: December, 2018

Follow Me On A Different Sort of Holiday Getaway

Over the course of the last 8 years, I’ve developed a kind of holiday tradition of traveling to Europe the week or two before Christmas. It started as a way to take advantage of an air deal, but since then developed into a full-blown habit. I’ve stayed in rented condos, taken river cruises and enjoyed …

Travel News: December 14, 2018

The Independent Cádiz in Spain has pledged to remove 5,000 pigeons after local hotel owners claimed they were “menacing” tourists and putting people off visiting. Horeca, a federation of hoteliers in the Spanish city, first brought up the issue two years ago, highlighting in particular that Cathedral Square, a popular tourist destination, was rife with the birds. …

The Tordoff Collection – Lamborghini Countach

When the team at The Tordoff Collection discovered the newest addition would be a Lamborghini Countach, the only word they uttered was ‘wow’ or, ‘Countach’. The car is named after this popular Italian slang phrase and now we know why. Idolized by many during the 80’s and being the ‘it car’ poster of many, the …

Walking or Biking to NSF

Since the National Science Foundation funds a large fraction of academic computer science research in the USA, we often end up traveling to Washington to visit the NSF. This post is just to say that if you are traveling light, if you need some exercise, if you have a bit of free time, and if the …

Benchmarking Short Codes on Modern Processors

Around 15 years ago, as a newish graduate student, I got access to a Pentium-based Linux machine. One of the coolest things about this machine was the new RDTSC instruction that measured the number of clock ticks since the processor had been reset. This could be used to directly observe cache misses, branch mispredictions, and …

Travel News: December 13, 2018

Travel Pulse Industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) announced Tuesday that it projects 45.7 million passengers will travel on United States airlines over the 18-day winter holiday travel period. This year’s holiday travel period runs between December 20 and January 6, and officials believe the busiest travel days will be (in order), December 21, …

Automatic Advising

A comment on my previous post Interviewing PhD Students suggested that advising students can and should be automated. Although at first I didn’t take it seriously, this idea started to grow on me once I realized that a person could probably be an above-average advisor by simply doing nothing that is actively harmful and also …