Week in Review

Oh great, another one of those “one big post to cover a bunch of largely unrelated things that happened over the past week” sort of things.

Last Tuesday the Ship of Fools held its final performance for the semester at Hillel, the Jewish center on campus, as a replacement for the murder mystery night they had originally planned. We premiered a new game that we stole liberated from the Tower Players: Last Action Hero. It’s a game centered around coming up with the cheesiest action-movie-style puns based on some object. Also, it turns out Ryan can do a frighteningly good Spongebob Squarepants impression.

The three projects I have due this week are coming to a close. I figure I’m a good 80% done with the project for Programming Languages, where I need to write a type inference engine for a toy subset of ML. It’s mostly testing corner cases that’s left.

The Access Controls project, wherein I’ve tried to come up with an improved language for SELinux policies, is slowly wrapping up. I presented on my progress last Thursday and the professor was impressed. He even suggested I try submitting my work to a conference. But first, I need to finish up the prototype policy compiler and, you know, write that big fat project report that’s due Saturday.

The Cryptography project, where we’ve studied the applicability of BLS aggregate signatures for securing Internet routing protocols, is about twelve hours away from being history. Late tomorrow morning, we present our findings: BLS is very slow, aggregation doesn’t give you much speedup, and it doesn’t really solve any problems that the existing proposals for securing the routing protocols don’t already deal with adequately. My role there will be mainly showing the implementation we have for BLS signature aggregation and the benchmarks we’ve collected for it.

The end is in fact in sight for all three, though there’s still a good chunk of work that needs doing this week.

But it hasn’t been all work and no play make Homer something something. Friday Ashley threw a We Can Sexy party. There, I played Mao for the first time in years, and quite badly, I might add. I blame luck. On the plus side, those who played drew some concerned looks from the other partygoers as a result of some of the chanting and shouting.

This weekend, I saw Sin City with some friends. It’s a much better movie than I though it would be. It took maybe a minute to get used to the visual style: predominantly black and white with only a few things colored, and every visual looks like a direct transation from a graphic novel. But once you get settled in, it works very well with the stories being told. Yes, it’s loaded with violence, but most of it is so ridiculously over-the-top it’s more comical than anything else. The scene where that one guy gets shot through with an arrow is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a movie in a while. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out.

If all goes well I’ll go see Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on Friday. Hopefully it turns out to be as good as it ought to.

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  1. Can’t wait to see Hitchhiker’s Guide…. especially with you my Paul-ie Paul-ie Paul Paul.

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