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January 17th, 2009
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  • I was invited again to the AP Computer Science reading.  And there is much rejoicing.  Seriously ... I really enjoy being a part of this community.  There's never a promise that I'll be invited from year to year, so ... getting a new invitation every year is a real thrill.  And this year, it's in Cincinnati ... which is close enough that I'm going to drive instead of fly.  It's just about a push in terms of total time, but it's a lot less hassle, and I'll have my car available if I want it for something or other.  (Not that I ever end up needing it for something or other, of course.)
  • Week one of the sabbatical ... and, well, I haven't really done anything sabbatical-ish.  It's mainly been cleaning house, fixing odd stuff, cleaning house, and stuff like that.  A certain amount of brain detox is in order, I'm hoping.  But part of it is that Jane is in the middle of grant-writing mode, which mainly means that she's hibernating while writing, and I'm running the house for awhile.  The major push should be over tonight.  Which we will all be quite happy about.
  • I seem to be a full-fledged part of Kettering's media strategy these days.  I just got a copy of a new brochure that Kettering is sending out to admitted students, showing them cool pictures and quotes from faculty.  And I'm in it.  I barely remember the photo shoot (it was, like, two years ago), and I don't remember the quote ... but it's an amazingly cool picture of me.  (I'll post a link or a copy if/when I ever see one.)
  • And, on Monday, they asked me to come into the office because they're trying to shoot video/audio for a 60-second commercial for the CS program ... and my boss asked me to come in, 'cuz I'm a "silver-tongued devil".  I'm flattered.  :)  I suppose that means I should wear a suit on Monday, even though I rarely do in real life.  Unless I should just wear one of my Kettering polo shirts instead?  Should I look cool, or look realistic?
  • You know, I've lived in this state for my whole life.  And I never really understand everyone who complains about the cold and the snow.  I mean, it's not like it's never been cold or snowy here before.    So you get used to it.  But this winter ... for whatever reason ... dang, it's cold.
  • Maybe I'm just getting old.  Yeesh.
  • Did I mention that I get to go to the AP reading in Cincinnati in June?
  • Ok, on to the next posting, which will be a little less random ...

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From:jtyost2
Date:January 17th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)

Look Cool or Realistic

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Always realistic, having gone through the college media blitz sent to students, I defiantly prefer the ads that look realistic and not totally fake. See here: http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1812947
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From:jkhuggins
Date:January 17th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Look Cool or Realistic

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Saw that ad awhile back ... it's still funny.

Problem is, even when you use real people, it still ends up looking posed, because, after all, you want to show people in their best light. Still, it's kinda cool to look through the brochure and realize that I know everyone in the brochure ... and they're all good people.
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From:darthdingus
Date:January 18th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Look Cool or Realistic

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Did I make it into the brochure? I did a photo shoot with Geske...
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From:jkhuggins
Date:January 18th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Look Cool or Realistic

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Yes ... well, at least, your profile makes it. :)
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From:wildirishrose80
Date:January 18th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
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I also vote for realistic. It'll be nice for the students to have a good idea of what to expect when they come to Kettering.

(HOORAY for going to the AP reading!)
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From:tukaro
Date:January 19th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
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Wear a polo, then add a tie. Surrealistic.

Also, I'm glad they picked you, as one of the better CS profs as well as overall profs. And you've already approved my thesis, so that's not brown nosing. ;)
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From:jkhuggins
Date:January 20th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the complement. But, to be honest, I wasn't picked as much for my skills as a professor, as my media skills. There are many wonderful faculty here at Kettering who simply don't project well on camera. For whatever reason, I manage to do ok.
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