Archive for February, 2007

STEM Club Impresses Me

February 26, 2007

The SJSU Technology and Emerging Media Club (STEM) had a great meeting on Wednesday. Andrew Venegas gave a talk about tagging and other issues related to blogs. His talk was excellent. Even though most of the stuff he talked about was nothing new to me, it was interesting to hear his perspective on things. That’s why I think it is great for me to be involved in this club. I’m hearing ideas and seeing how people interact outside of the Computer Science Department. There has also been a flurry of activity online. Andrew Venegas created a Blogger page for the club and also a cool promo video. We have a google group now, and you can see pictures and read about the meeting on Jessica Drnek’s blog. So far I am very impressed and I look forward to our next meeting.

On the way to class after the meeting I caught this picture of the Event Center and Spartan Complex.

Spartan Complex during Winter evening

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Free Barbecue Courtesy of A.S.

February 26, 2007

On Wednesday I enjoyed a free hotdog, drink, and chips courtesy of Associated Students. I’m honestly glad my A.S. fees are being used to feed me and my fellow students. This event did raise my awareness of some things that A.S. will be doing for the benefit of students this semester. Every Wednesday they will have a free event; either a barbecue, noon concert, evening concert, or moonlight movie. The schedule can be seen on the A.S. website here.

Associate Students Barbecue

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Linux Installfest at SJSU

February 20, 2007

Keith Callenberg wrote on the SJSU Linux User Group discussion page that there will be an installfest on Saturday February 24 in MacQuarrie Hall 227. If you want to install Linux on you computer or laptop, they are willing to help. The LUG also has a pretty informative page up here that explains more of the details and even provides a map to MacQuarrie Hall. You should read about my previous experience with their installfest as a reminder to back up your system before trying to install Linux. They do have a 200 GB hard drive for backup purposes, so go ahead and ask to use it.

Linux Club Officers

Picture of SJSU LUG officers (left to right) Andrew Tomlinson, Keith Callenberg, Evan Luine, Jeffrey Thompson.

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Good Week to Ride VTA

February 18, 2007

This week actually started out with the potential to challenge my desire to take the bus to school. It was raining and I had to carry around my umbrella at all times. But on Thursday the sun came out and now I’m very glad to be taking the bus. It’s been a beautiful weekend and I’ve done a lot of walking to and from the bus stop (taking the long route). That’s one of the great things about being a student, having the time to enjoy a walk on a Friday afternoon.

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IBM Mashup Talk

February 8, 2007

On Wednesday Dr. Volker Markl, from IBM Research, talked about project MAFIA (The Mashup Fabric In Almaden). I found it interesting because I didn’t know how seriously IBM was taking mashups until this talk. One of the things they are working on is how to create mashups in a more declarative manner, which would make them faster to create and possibly easier to search for. From what I understood, one of the problems with declaring mashups declaratively, is the ambiguity of the data sources. Dr. Markl mentioned that he believed that localized semantic standards might arise that would allow more data sources to be used in a uniform way. On behalf of SJSU Computer Scientist students, thanks for the talk.

Dr. Volker Markl giving talk

The picture above is Dr. Markl (left) and our Department Chair Dr. Kennneth Louden (right).

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SJSU Computer Science Club On WordPress

February 8, 2007

The CS Club at SJSU redesigned their webpage recently and it looks really cool. They are hosting a WordPress instance, and one of their members, David, created a custom theme.

Another cool thing they have which is probably more common and a lot easier to create, is a Google Group. It would be nice if more clubs had an online forum so you could contact them and find out about meeting times.

CS Club Webpage

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Souper Meal

February 6, 2007

Today I had something different for lunch. I had a giant Cup of Noodle called Souper Meal. You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s about twice the size as the regular Cup of Noodle that most people are used to seeing. The Souper Meal is 4.3 ounces versus the 2.5 ounces in Cup of Noodle. The soup was filling and tasty and I was satisfied at the end of the meal. I liked it a lot better than cup of noodle; it’s more flavorful and the noodles are better. The downside is that the Souper Meal is extremely salty, so I don’t recommend drinking the left over broth at the end.

Souper Meal

This meal only cost me 75 cents because the Computer Science Club sells it in its soda mess which is very nice. I checked out the Spartan Bookstore price for a regular Cup of Noodle, and they sell it for one dollar and they didn’t have the Souper Meal. So unless you are in the CS Club you’ll probably have to go off campus to a grocery store to try get this meal.

For a second, more negative and health conscious opinion, see here.

Wikia Approves SJSU Wiki

February 6, 2007

I mentioned before that I was working on a wiki for SJSU on students.wikia.com. As I was hoping, the people at Wikia have granted the community a private wiki and domain. The new domain is sjsu.wikia.com. In order to edit the wiki you need an SJSU email account which you can get by filling out an application here and picking it up at the Academic Success Center Help Desk (First floor of old Clark Library). So please, if you find this idea at all interesting, get an SJSU email account and start adding content.

SJSU wiki on sjsu.wikia.com

There are some things to consider before participating in this wiki. Wikia is a private for profit company and the wiki they created for us is in no way directly associated with SJSU. Also, I’m not sure about the details, but if you submit content, you are in effect associating it with an open source type license, meaning that although you may be attributed, you may not own that content in the traditional way. However, if someone puts your content on this wiki without your permission you can contact me or someone from Wikia and it will be removed.

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SJSU Technology and Emerging Media Club

February 3, 2007

I went to the first meeting of the SJSU Technology & Emerging Media Club (TEMC). I was kind of nervous because I came late and I’ve never met any of the people there before. It turned out they were all very friendly and it was a good time. The thing I liked most about the meeting was seeing people in person who I previously had only seen online before. I think people come off as friendlier in real life than they do online, so it’s good to have face to face interaction.

Everyone there was pretty enthusiastic and excited about the way new technology and media can be used at San Jose State. Andrew Venegas has already posted the next meeting time here, which is Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 4:00PM at the Academic Center’s conference room. If you’re interested in the subject at all please come. Hopefully we can all learn something from each other.

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Value Menu at BK

February 2, 2007

One thing I like about having a Burger King on campus is the ability to buy lunch for a dollar. I get the Whopper Junior which costs exactly a dollar (no tax) during lunch. I’m not going to even try to convince anyone that the Whopper Junior is good for you but its not nearly as bad a getting an entire meal, and a lot cheaper too. Check out their nutritional page here. Another thing you can get there for a dollar is a salad. So you can get a sandwich and salad for two dollars, and ask for a glass of water too, which is free. It’s a pretty good deal and I don’t think you can beat it anywhere on campus. That is if you really need your dollar to go as far as it can.