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October 1, 2007

Beautiful presentations: Jon Bentley's quicksort video

This is one of the best technical presentation I've seen. Which is all the more amazing because the speaker, Jon Bentley, spends nearly an hour talking about the quicksort algorithm.

This is based on a chapter in Beautiful Code , but goes deeper into the subject, and seeing Jon present definitely adds a lot to the material.

Btw there a fascinating Google/Bell Labs comment by the introducer:

There's quite a crowd - well it seems to be occuyping a fair chunk of the the front here - of people that used to occupy the Unix room at Bell Labs.

In the olden days there was one Bell system (and it worked!) and a lot of us were sitting in this place in Murray Hill, and over time more and more people have come to Google.

So now it feels like this has become sort of the home base for a lot of us.

Google has felt to me like it's the new AT&T Bell Labs. Huge monopoly profits funding a ton of great researchers, generally left alone. The analogy makes sense also since Google has actually hired so many from the old Bell Labs...

October 24, 2007


Corn maze off 84. I bought a box of organic strawberries here, they were amazing.

Straw bale maze off route 1. The maze was pretty cool...it was quiet in there. Lots of different rooms to explore, not just corridors.

"Do not throw out black thing!"

The Mystery Machine van from Scooby-doo used to be parked by Fry's in Palo Alto every time I went there. Lately I hadn't seen it there. Here I spotted it at Home Depot in San Carlos.

No cows this day on the hike up to the dish by Stanford.

My dish story:

When I came out to California to interview at Sun in 1995, my buddy Tom was driving me around so I could get a feel for the area. We were going up 280 when I saw the dish. "Holy shit, what's that?!" I made him exit the highway and find the access road up to it. It turned out it was a park and you could walk up there. Tom didn't want to walk up the hill, so he waited in his car smoking while I did the 30 min loop up to see the thing.

I love that dish. I tell my kids that we're using it to look for the aliens, even though I don't think it's part of SETI anymore.

Corn and pumpkins.


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