Saturday, March 12, 2016

071: Hope

img_20160311_182547-01.jpegToday was a better day, not too exciting, and in fact, a little boring. Which is fine, because if every day were a roller coaster ride, it would certainly drive us insane.

I went to The Other Office in the morning and worked on some hardware problems there until early afternoon. Then I went to Ateneo for my next thesis defense panel. The rain notwithstanding, I arrived with plenty of time to spare and I managed to chat up some of my freshman students from last semester. In the evening, I had dinner with the family on the occasion of an uncle visiting from Dumaguete.

Today's thesis defense panel went better than the other day's. It wasn't perfect, but it was better. The problem, I think, is with the entire framework by which the CS cluster approaches thesis projects. In reality, many of what our students propose are not theses but capstone projects. But we go through all sorts of contortions of making them appear like theses, and so they turn out half-baked and awkward. We could fix it by first admitting there's a problem, but we're too stultified in our supposed collegiality to make any meaningful changes.

I am almost done with Hyperion. I am having a hard time classifying it within its genre. It does both space opera and cyberpunk really well, in fact, it marries the two together to thought-provoking effect. The plot is picking up speed as we head to the ending. I would like to stay up all night to finish it, but unfortunately I have a flight tomorrow.