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Sun, Jan 22, 2006

New taglines
Apparently it's some sort of law that every weblog must have a tagline. For a very long time mine was "UNIX, Perl, and short fuse". No, it wasn't great, but it was fairly descriptive and it was the best I could come up with.

Last year, as I was writing some example code, I changed it to "UNIX, Perl, Python, and a short fuse." For a brief time I considered adding PHP, or even "Languages starting with 'P'". Of course, I've been programming in all three for several years, but c'mon -- it's just not exciting. And despite my recent experience at work, I absolutely refuse to add VBScript to the list.

Finally, I decided I needed something brand new, and a bit more clever. I racked my brain, but c'mon, I'm a Computer Scientist, not a writer.

But then it hit me: the best taglines in the world come from the greatest comic strip in the world, Red Meat. So I'm stealing 'em.

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Availability
With class scheduled at 6:00pm, I'll be coming straight from work in Costa Mesa. Since CpSc 465 is the only course I will be teaching this semester, the only day I will regularly be on campus is Friday. Office hours will begin right after class, and will last officialy until 10:00pm.

Unofficially, office hours will continue until everyone who needs to see me has had a chance -- if you're still waiting outside my office at midnight, I will try to help you.

Hopefully, though, we won't all need to be up so late. I intend to use the last half of class (7:30-8:45pm) as lab time. I may spend a few minutes on demonstrations, but most of the time will be available to you to work on programming assignments. With any luck, we'll be able to resolve problems in that last hour, and everyone will be able to go home at a reasonable time.

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