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One More Year

Dear Ryan McElroy,

Congratulations! You have been admitted into the first class of the Combined BS/MS degree program in Computer Science & Engineering.

We will contact you within a week with more details.

We look forward to working with you.


Paul Beame
Combined BS/MS Chair

The Days are Just Packed

After class yesterday, I went to the Technology Alliance’s annual State of Technology Luncheon. Google had some extra seats, and they are being nice to me right now. The keynote address was a conversation between UW CSE professor Ed Lazowska and one of the few men who can legitimately claim to be the inventor of the internet, Vint Cerf. The conversation consisted mostly of Ed asking questions and Vint responding at length. The event was enjoyable, the food quite good, and the conversation was great as well. Afterwards, I made sure to shake Vint’s hand and thank him for participating in the event. I also owe thanks to Google for the invitation.

At this point this, my day was only half over. Next came Rage Against the Turing Machine, ACM Chair Helene Martin’s brainchild superparty for the CSE department. Undergrad, grad, and faculty were all in attendance, and it was a truly phenomenal production. I helped a little by setting up and tearing down the ping pong and foosball tables, but really, this production is Helene’s seminal achievement — truly a great way to go out.

I made sure to wear my VisionUW t-shirt, and actually had a few people ask me what it was about. Being a diehard supporter of the VisionUW ticket for the ASUW elections, I of course expounded to each inquirer why they should vote for the ticket.

After clean up, I made my way back home, party winnings in hand (biking with a poster, a cup, and t-shirts must look kinda weird), and then played a bit of TF2 with Bobby before hitting the sack. Overall, a great day. Now to keep up the momentum, I’m preparing for mother’s day activities and I need to write some Capstone paper before heading off to a barbecue.

In other news, Microsoft extended their offer through the 22nd of this month — meaning I can hear back from the 5th years masters program (barely) before I tell them my decision. Amazon’s offer is good through the 23rd, and Google’s offer is good through August or something crazy like that. I now have the three offers in front of me that I was aiming for; now I need to sit down and figure out which one would be best for me in case I don’t get into the 5th year master’s program. However, only 35 people applied to the program, whereas I was expecting upwards of 60, so I feel my chances are particularly good to get in to the program now. Of course, time will tell.

As the title says, the days are just packed!



It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you that I have withdrawn from your CSE 431 class. I enjoyed the lectures and learning the material, but I felt stretched too thin this quarter, and this class unfortunately was the casualty. I feel that withdrawing now was the best choice so I can focus on my two capstone projects. Thanks for your understanding.


This is my first ever withdrawal from any class, ever, after the first week of classes. It wasn’t an easy decision but I think it was the right one.

Post # 1000

Four and a half years, four servers, three jobs, two schools, and one small sampling of a life.

Today, Checksum Arcanius celebrates its 1,000th post.

Spring 2008 Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 E E 400 B
EEB 042
  E E 400 B
EEB 042
  E E 400 B
EEB 042
10:30   CSE 481
MOR 219
EE 400 BA CSE 481
MOR 219
12:00   CSE 431 A
MGH 251
CSE 431 A
MGH 251
2:30   EE 400 BA      
4:30 BioEn 499 B      

Winter 2008 Grades

Course Course Title Credits Grade Grade
CSE 401 INT COMPILER CONSTR 3.0 3.6 10.80
CSE 421 INTRO TO ALGORITHMS 3.0 3.7 11.10
CSE 427 COMP BIOLOGY 3.0 4.0 12.00
CSE 599 SPECIAL TOPICS 3.0 4.0 12.00

Graded Credits
Grade Points
Grade Point
Total Credits
12.0 45.90 3.83 12.0

Graded Credits
Grade Points
Grade Point
UW Credits
Transfer Credits
Total Credits
133.0 494.20 3.72 133.0 104.0 237.0

That 3.72 in the last box there means that, were I to graduate now, I would be in the top 10% (cum laude), which is one of my current goals. To maintain that, I will have to do at least fairly well in my Bioengineering capstone, and not tank my other Spring classes.

Winter 2008 — Done

I just wrapped up the second-to-last quarter of my undergraduate education!

Three more months…

As for grade predictions, lets say the following:

CSE 401 — Compilers — 3.6
CSE 421 — Algorithms — 3.6
CSE 427 — Computational Biology — 4.0
CSE 599J — Neurobotics Seminar — 3.9 (missed a day, doh)
BioEn 482/499 — Capstone — Extending one quarter…