Posts Tagged ‘CMU’

CMU Studies Grammar

A new study from Carnegie Mellon shows that using using proper grammatical structure in passwords, actually makes them easier to crack.

Guess I’ll need to make some changes.

You can check out the report here.

What I learned at CMU

I recently headed down to CMU.  I was getting the beta version of Tiramisu installed on my Android phone.  The team behind the app hopes to have it available in the next few weeks.  I was away for work, but I’ll be testing it some more and recording trips all this week and next to help them out (I ran out of things to test without actually riding a bus or watching them go past me, so I became useless for a few days).

Anyway, here are some observations from my trip, again, in no particular order.

I might have out-geeked some of the CMU students.  I have the R2D2 phone, which makes noises like it’s namesake when I get e-mails.  Which perked up some of the engineers from their coding work (it also plays sounds from Myst when I get a text, but that didn’t happen.  Yes, I have serious nerd/dork-cred)

There was a coffee pot sitting on a bench outside of Dougherty when I walked to the office.  It was still there when I walked back to my car.

I totally parked in the wrong spot.

But in doing so, I got to see a lot of campus.  I’ve been to their campus numerous times, I was the adviser for a conference held there a few years ago, which was nice, since most of the meetings were at night, I got to park for free, which sadly, does not translate on a Friday afternoon.

Campus is really, really big.  I went to Saint Vincent, which is a pretty compact campus (also, must smaller enrollment), surrounded by corn fields.  CMU seems to go on forever in all directions, and is surrounded by concrete and Oakland traffic.

I did not see Batman, the Batmobile or Catwoman, even though I was secretly hoping to stumble into Gotham City and need saving.

Coming up on Metblogs

Couple fun things coming up.  First up, later this week, Quantum Theatre invited me out to see “Twelfth Night,” so once more, I”m going on an adventure!  I always look forward to trips to Quantum, as it lets me explore Pittsburgh a little bit more (even though I get a little nervous about finding a legal place to park), and this time is no exception.  I’ll have more about that later this week.

Also, I’m helping out CMU (when will I ever be able to type those words again?!) with the beta test of their new Tiramisu Transit app for Android (already released for iOS).  I’ll be making my way to Oakland later this week, as I try to avoid the Batman filming, to get it installed on my phone.  But I’m really excited to try out a new transit app, esepcially one that utilizes crowdsourcing.  RouteShout doesn’t always like to work, and of course, is based entirely on the time tables, not actual conditions.

I have a couple other things in the works as well, so keep an eye out as I ramp back up after my light summer schedule.

Bus Stop Opera (maybe) performs again this weekend

Bus Stop Opera is slated to perform again this weekend (I’m guessing here, but possibly the last performance, unless the cast and crew are sticking around after the semester ends).  However, no route is posted.  So if you’re on the bus or at a bus stop around Oakland and the East Busway between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. tomorrow and see people spontaneously breaking out into song and dance, don’t worry, it was supposed to happen.

The Waffle Shop Show

Have you ever been hungry for waffles in the early hours of the morning?  CMU to the rescue just once again!  The art department, who created Tent Show, are back once again, this time service waffles from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Fridays and Saturdays only) on South Highland Ave.

Customers are interviewed and episodes are slated to come out weekly, but I don’t think they’ve quite hit that mark yet.

I haven’t had a chance to check it out, but their channel on youtube has a couple videos already.  The project started last semester, but continues during this semester as well.


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