January 2012


I made a variant of this mix a little more than a month ago for a very different (and now obsolete) purpose. I recently received some mixes from very dear friends and it made me want to revisit this playlist and shift it around a bit. The old one was called “To whither, the winter storm?” I’ve de-punned it and hopefully it will get me through the winter (I’m sure we’re just in the calm before now…)

  1. Runaway – Imperial Teen
  2. Chicago – Tom Waits
  3. Fallen and Falling – The Ladybug Transistor
  4. Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out – The Antlers
  5. I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc
  6. Snowden’s Jig [Genuine Negro Jig] – Carolina Chocolate Drops
  7. Somebody Stole My Hoo-Too-Foo-To-Boo-To-Bah! – Dr. Seuss
  8. Someone Keeps Moving My Chair – They Might Be Giants
  9. No Rest For The Weary – Blues Scholars
  10. Elegy – Hey Marseilles
  11. Romance – Wild Flag
  12. Up Up Up – Givers
  13. Little Talks – Of Monsters And Men

“My hbox runneth over.”

I just got an email saying my page proofs are ready for my paper with Alex Dimakis on mobility in gossip algorithms. If I want to make the paper open access, I have to shell out $3000. I think this is in addition to the $110 per page “voluntary” page charges. Now, I’m on the record as being a fan of Open Access, but $3k is a pretty hefty chunk of change! Has anyone else had experience with this?

Network Information Theory by Abbas El Gamal and Young-Han Kim is out! I saw copies in Young-Han’s office earlier this month when I was visiting San Diego. Having been at UCSD while the book was being written, I can attest to the comprehensiveness, attention to detail, and clarity of the writing. A must-have!

In addition, Cambridge is having a sale — many books for $10 softcover and $20 hardcover. Most of them are not comm/SP/IT related, so you won’t have to spend all of your money… One warning is that the website is INCREDIBLY SLOW and there is no real search interface for the sale, so you have to get through pages of “MRS Symposium Proceedings.” Titles that may be of interest:

and others, including sensor nets titles and miscellaneous wireless comm titles. Just use ENGR11 as the discount code.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I am going to try to post more regularly now, but as usual, things start out slowly, so here are some links. I’ve been working on massaging the schedule for the 2012 ITA Workshop (registration is open!) as well as some submissions for KDD (a first for me) and ISIT (since I skipped last year), so things are a bit hectic.

Chicago Restaurant Week listings are out, for the small number of you readers who are in Chicago. Some history on the Chicago activities of CORE in the 40s.

Via Andrew Gelman, a new statistics blog.

A paper on something called Avoidance Coupling, which I want to read sometime when I have time again.

Our team, Too Big To Fail, finished second in the 2012 MIT Mystery Hunt. There were some great puzzles in there. In particular, Picture An Acorn was awesome (though I barely looked at it), and Slash Fiction was a lot of fun (and nostalgia-inducing. Ah, Paris!). Erin has a much more exhaustive rundown.

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