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Aug 22

Lots Of Things On The Horizon

This is that time of year for a professor when hopeful anticipation abounds. It’s the start of a new year and a new semester. In my computer science 2 class alone I will meet 225 new people. This is one of the best parts of this job: meeting lots of new and interesting people.

Besides e new year/semester, I have a lot of personal things on the horizon. The first is that I sent five choral pieces to the Ithaca College choral composition contest. If I am one of the finalists, the piece in the finals will be performed on November 14. This would be an honor and a thrill.

I also am writing a fiction novel aimed at junior high/middle school kids. So far, four chapters are complete. I have sent them to my high school buddies so that they can give me a reality check on the material and the facts. This is the first time that I have seriously written fiction, most of my writing is technical. But it has been really fun.

I am also wrapping up a data compression algorithm that gives an advantage over deflate/LZW/etc without a noticeable performance degradation. I should have the final demo and empirical result data ready for presentation sometime soon. As a computer scientist, it is exciting to think that I can make a contribution such as this.

There are lots of exciting things on the horizon. Now we are off to the races.