Monday, December 14, 2009

New personal webpage

I've finally gotten around to remaking my personal/academic webpage. The previous version was made around the time that I applied for the Goldwater scholarship, but it has since worn my eyes down. The current version is basically a carbon-copy of Tony Hosking's homepage, minus the rugby, professional service, and other meat and potatoes. The template is actually trivial to use in iWeb, so i'm not sure why I didn't do it earlier.

The content is about the same, but I am now able to fill in some of the vague paragraphs with actual projects. Of course, it will still be a while before I can pick and choose what projects to list.. but it will come soon enough. I'm not keen on the old-style personal page. My hobbies are probably none of your business online, unless i'm on a hobby-specific website or you've met me online.

I should write a post about my changing views of facebook publicity-cum-voyeurism, but it won't come out right tonight. Hopefully I can do some writing over the holiday season.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Application Extravaganza

Just a short update.

I was not picked as one of this year's CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award winners, runners-up, or anything honorable to mention. Apparently less experience is better? I admittedly had a weak application, but that was largely not my fault.

As duly noted in my previous post, I planned to apply to five graduate schools. In fact, I applied to five graduate schools (though I substituted UCLA for Purdue), and almost all parts of my application are submitted and out of sight. Most of the hard work of applying was done mid-November, with GRE scores and transcripts handled right after Thanksgiving break. All that's left now is to finish the NDSEG (due first week of January), and shoo the remaining letter-writers towards the letter-collecting website before Wednesday.

I remain fairly confident about my chances of admittance to these graduate schools. For the Cambridge-related things, I have no clue as to the strength of my applications and nominations, but should hear back some sort of news within a months' time.