- SODA results are out; you can find the list of accepted papers on at least five other blogs. Two of my submissions were accepted: Finding one tight cycle (with Sergio Cabello, Matt DeVoss, and Bojan Mohar), and Empty-ellipse graphs (with Olivier Devillers and Xavier Goaoc). My other two submissions will not, alas, have the privilege of being in the same conference as UIUC PhD student Ke Chen's brilliant paper on approximate clustering with outliers, or UIUC PhD student Nitish Korula's brilliant paper on approximate orienteering, or the first observation-in-the-wild of the iterated inverse Ackerman function (thanks Mihai), or Mike Mitzenmacher's forays into practical hashing or hiring in Lake Wobegon, or the latest witness complex result from the Stanford topology crowd (as opposed to the Duke topology crowd, the INRIA topology crowd, or (dare I suggest) the Illinois topology crowd), or Uri Zwick's latest two-word title.
- A NIPS workshop on Topology Learning, to be held December 7 and 8 in Whistler, British Columbia, was recently announced on the computational geometry mailing list. The deadline for submitting 2-page abstracts is October 12.
- Psst! Wanna buy a formula? (cough cough)
- By Friday afternoon, the population had risen to a somewhat alarming number.
- Bob Dylan gives a good 10-second slide talk.
And this year's Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics goes to a song by the Erik Demaine of sketch comedy and some other guy in a fake beard. Meanwhile, this year's Google Research Award was won by the Andy Samberg of theoretical computer science and some other guy in a fake beard. Neither the song nor the research proposal is likely to be performed at the Emmy's, but who knows, maybe we can convince one pair or the other to make an appearance at SODA.
What? Look, if Scott can talk about vaginae dentatae...