Still More Presenting

Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in.

(Inside: pictures!)

I gave not one but two presentations in Insider Threats this week. Monday’s was my presentation on Miguel Castro’s and Barbara Liskov’s paper “Proactive Recovery in a Byzantine-Fault-Tolerant System.” It didn’t go too badly, but I don’t think it was as good as my previous one. The second was a theoretically quick 5-minute presentation on what my project will be in the class that got stretched out to several times that length by other students’ questions. It’s hard to field questions on how you’re handling potential gotchas in your technique when you haven’t really started on it yet.

What’s even better is that today I found out that we’re each expected to do three presentations on papers, instead of just the two I could’ve sworn we were told at the beginning of the semester. Outstanding.

Interestingly, I think might have figured out what felt weird in the back of my mind while presenting the past few times. Thanks to improv, I’ve gotten used to getting immediate audience reaction from my performance on stage. Hearing the audience laughing is a good thing. Now, many of the skills involved in improv apply to speaking in front of a group, but the behavior of the audience is totall different in that setting. Somewhere in the back of my head, I guess I’m thinking that I must be doing pretty badly if I don’t hear an audience reaction whenever I do something well, even if they’re silently hanging on my every word.

Given that, I suppose I’m prone to underestimating how well my presentations go.

Anyway, speaking of improv, today our group finally placed an order to get more performer’s shirts. And by “we,” I of course mean “me,” since I am both the group’s Treasurer and appointed T-Shirt Czar. Even though everyone’s paying for their own shirts, what’s left will be coming out of club funds. Naturally, we’re over-ordering since we plan on bringing in new people soon. Problem is, the current club funds won’t fully cover the extra shirts, so it looks like Me the Treasurer will owe a few bucks to Me the Me until we get some more money. Not a problem.

In other news, I hit up the PESC Industrial Roundtable job fair held the past couple of days. Helpful tip: it’s far more productive to use networking to get jobs than to walk up to recruiters out of the blue. An internship with Sandia National Labs looks promising, and there’s a couple of leads for post-graduation employment too already. All based on networking or personal referrals. I also dropped by the Raytheon booth to see if Jeff might be there. He wasn’t, but I did chat with a few guys I had worked with when I was an intern there two summers ago, both of whom are now full-timers.

Which reminds me, I don’t think I ever showed anyone the pictures I have from that internship. Here goes:

Raytheon internship 2003

Raytheon internship 2003

Raytheon internship 2003

Finding which one of those is me is left as an exercise for the reader. And one without the puny humans getting in the way of what you’re really looking at, be honest:

Raytheon internship 2003

And on a random note, I ordered some stuff from Amazon Sunday. At the time of the order, they said it’d take a week before it shipped, plus the delay associated with Free Shipping (a.k.a. shipping via Neglected Class). Yet it shipped Tuesday, via UPS, and the only thing that prevented me from getting it today was giving my presentation in Insider Treats (hey, I linked this random note back to the topic!). The question is, will the UPS guy come tomorrow when I’m at class or not? It seems he hits the neighborhood around 3:00, so it could be iffy. Worst case, I get it Friday, the day when I have no classes whatsoever.

Now, if a delivery company would let you specify when you’d be around to sign for the package, and they could schedule the deliveries accordingly, that would be fantastic. Of course, it’s utterly impractical for them, but still, one can dream, can’t he?

2 Responses

  1. Usually managers go to the job fairs and roundtables. One of them, Mark C., couldn’t go this year so Wade (top left picture) went in his place. He said he saw about 45 people. I’ll try to make it to the next one. For a change, I’ve been on a coding marathon at work, lots of C++. Soon, it will be “bring on the Ada!”

  2. Ada: the single indisputable sign that you’re doing work for the government. <g>

    From what I hear you’ve been making a name for yourself over there. Chris (second from right in the top picture), my former cubemate, told me he had heard your name mentioned several times already.

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