Sunday, May 07, 2006

Context

It seems that we have been narrow-minded when exploring the use of context in ubiquitous computing. A system’s merits will be questioned by social scientists (rightly so) as soon as its designers label it “context-aware”. Then maybe the issue here is one of terminological misunderstanding. Maybe that “context-aware” application should instead be called a “location-aware, time-aware, user profile-aware, background sound-aware, background light-aware, …” application. All those parameters can be seen as contextual parameters, yet they are not the whole story (by far).

Machines cannot fully capture and represent context, unless they can fully capture and represent users’ thoughts and practices. After all, that’s where context comes from.


Raw thoughts after reading:

Paul Dourish, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Context,” Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. Volume 8, Issue 1 (February 2004) [PDF]

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Now That's a Resume

What kind of job candidate would put "US District Attorney" as a reference on his resume?
A) Assistant DA
B) A lawyer
C) A paralegal
D) A major marijuana dealer

Well, since I'm writing about it, it's probably D. If you had a business, wouldn't you want to hire this guy?

Friday, February 03, 2006

Pythagorean Theorem

I have 732792 things to do these days. looking at 54 different ways of proving the Pythagorean Theorem should not be one of those. But just take a look at them. They're real elegant and cute (as the professor described them).

I missed math. It just makes me feel good. I've always told myself that if I had not chosen computer science as my major, I would have become a math major.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Monday, January 02, 2006

I Pay for Music

Fortunately I live on campus, which means I pay very little for rent, don't pay for utilities, walk to school, and get free cable and internet. On the downside, all peer-to-peer traffic is blocked on school's internet. No BitTorrent, no Kazaa, no nothing. What am I supposed to do when I want to download a song? Pay 99 cents for it? Fuck that. Look what these record companies are doing. I've paid them enough during the course of my life.

All that said, I've started paying for music. How much? 2 cents per megabyte! Who gets the money? I don't know (maybe some Russian dude). I wished there was a way that this money would go to the artist. But for now, I'm happy that we have AllOfMP3.com (Wikipedia page).

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The year in pictures according to MSNBC

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Soccer skills that we all need to have

Christmas on Iranian TV

When I was a kid, every year on Christmas day the Iranian TV would show Mickey Mouse with Scrooge McDuck. What a sad cartoon! Mickey Mouse used to cut peas in half! To this day I remember that cartoon when I see peas and when it's Christmas time.
Some Christmas shopping pictures from Iran