It’s that time of year again: I’m working on organizing !!Con (“bang bang con”), the conference of lightning talks about the joy, excitement, and surprise of computing that’s held each May in New York. This month, the !!Con team reviewed nearly 300 (!) submissions that we received in response to our 2018 call for talk proposals.
I started this blog five years ago, in January 2013. At the time, I lived in Bloomington, Indiana and was in the middle of my fifth year of grad school. I had started working on a new project with a new advisor in my fourth year — not exactly a highly recommended approach to finishing a Ph.D. — and I wanted a place to write about what I was working on. I hadn’t managed to get any papers about my project accepted yet, but they couldn’t stop me from blogging, dammit.
I’m serving on the program committee for the 2018 Workshop on Principles and Practice of Consistency for Distributed Data, co-located with EuroSys ‘18 in Porto, Portugal. This will be my second time on the PC of PaPoC, a workshop that I like a lot.
Recently I remarked on Twitter, “I should donate to archive.org more. They’re how I know that large parts of my own past actually happened.” By “archive.org” I meant the Internet Archive, the organization that runs the Wayback Machine and many other projects. Here are three stories from 2017 about what I mean by that remark.