CS4100 #3 thru N

So here's all of the blog posts I should have written for CS4100 during the semester, but didn't, for various reasons:

Make a final blog post describing the three most important things you learned this semester and offer one piece of advice to students taking the class next semester.

I don't really have any advice. Frankly, I found the class almost intolerably boring, but this is more a result of having had one or other variation of this class every year since I began High School in 2002. Essentially 13 years of learning how to write and give a presentation is a trial on anyone's soul, and I got more enjoyment paying only partial attention to the presentations and lectures whilst reading then I otherwise would have. The three most important things I can say I've learned are: teeange boys are essentially psychopaths, Edward Snowden is definately a psychopaths, and patent examination sounds a lot more interesting than one would suspect. To this end, I would reccomend all students come caffinated and with prepared distractions on presenation days.

Did you learn anything new watching the documentary about the genesis of Silicon Valley? What do you think about the way the 8 guys left their good jobs to start Fairchild? Would you ever think about doing something like that?

While I would never feel secure enough to start business of my own, I must respect the way that these men left behind comfort and security to create something which they had no idea would succeed. Theirs is a remarkable success story, but I cannot help but remember all those who fail trying to do the same. I suppose I must also chide them for creating the Boys' Club mentality I'm now forced to suffer through, but on the whole I enjoyed the film.

Write a blog post reflecting on your experience in the class session where students presented their final topics.

For many of these, I geneuinely worry about my classmates' sanity. There will be no AI singularity, HAL9000 was a fictional computer (which came out in 1968, not 1956), and a class of ubermench is probably not going to arrise from genetic modification of embryos. A few others seemed to have learned nothing about presenting anything in their whole lives. But, for the most part, the presentations were tolerable, if riddled with gramatical errors.

What is your reaction to the information presented in the documentary Citizenfour? Did the documentary have an effect on your opinion of Edward Snowden?

I found the documentary interesting until Snowden actually appeared. That guy strikes me as a psycopath, or someone with a similiar mental profile. He looked far too pleased with himself to have been genuinely concerned with freedom of speech and infromation, and in all likelihood intended to make the biggest news splash possible and twisted things to make himself the most visible aspect of it all. I could go on, but my disgust with Snowden has only increased with this documenetary and I'd rather not get so angry during the day.

Describe your experience trying to uncover information about your classmate and the followup discussion in class.

I enjoyed it, but am frankly offended my person didn't find anything more about me, as my whole life can basically be acessed thru this blog. I think I'd have enjoyed it even more if we were given a credit voucher to use on some of those background check websites, as that would be a facinating thing to discover how much information is actually available about you.

What did you find most interesting about the articles presented and associated discussion?

Frankly, the response to the Ashley Madison scandal is just insane. While I personally find adultery abhorant and would never place myself in that position, so long as all parties involved are consenting adults, I don't see why its anyone's business who may or may not have used the website. More interesting to me is the way the website worked to draw customers in and failed to remove their profiles even after being paid to do so. That, to me, is more criminal than what the users may or may not have actually done. Also, teenage boys are probably the wrong people to ask for coherant arguements about anything relating to sex.

Ethics case study blog post. Share thoughts about the presentation and discussion of the Hive Tracks case study.

I personally have sat thru the bee lecture so many times that its hard to stay tuned in, but I find myself facinated with Bee "Big Pharma" and bee-naping. I can't say whether it speaks to the essential nature of human greed or if nature itself absores a vacuum, but the business concerns would interesting as well. There are too many things people fail to take into account when starting or operating a business.

Make a blog entry giving the most important take aways from the presentation by Erika Cary from Career Development and the discussion that followed.

Again, I've sat thru one of these lectures once a year for the last thirteen years. There remains nothing new under the sun to be said about resumes, save that everyone has a different opinion on them. The world is run by nepotism more than merit, as Erika's networking suggestions reminded us, and a good resume is less likely to help us than knowing the right person. Call me a pessimist.


Was never any good at expressing myself. I give you a lot of credit for being able to do it.
Thanks bb. We had to blog some questions for class and, as you can probably tell, I did not enjoy it so much.