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# Random Musings

## About the Undergraduate Experience

- I have started to compile some (unsanctioned) recommendations for ECE undergrads.
- Do you have the knack?

- A short overview of undergraduate research and graduate studies opportunities for ECE sophomores in 18-200. Undergraduates, from CMU and elsewhere, interested in summer research at CMU/ECE should apply here.

- A short overview of ECE for pre-college students attending CMU's "Sleeping Bag Weekend" events.

## About the Graduate Experience

- I have started to compile some (unsanctioned) recommendations for ECE MS students.
- I do not have any specific recommendations to offer to PhD students because (1) if they are not my students, my recommendations have no bearing on what they should do; and (2) if they are my students, they shouldn't be browsing the web.
- An unsanctioned talk about graduate schools I used gave to ECE undergrads annually (hosted by the CMU IEEE student chapter). Since 2010, it has been integrated into an 18-200 lecture.

- At the start of each semester I give a pep talk to the ECE TAs.

- This is an unexpected good source of information about life as a PhD student.

- Don't let these change your mind

- Your research should not remind you of
- Speedfit's mobile treadmill (not to be confused with the treadmill bike)
- Wenger's Giant Swiss Army Knife (see a brief demo video)
- Optimus Maximus keyboard (Order one from Amazon for $2400.)

- Cargo Cult Science (Transcript of a talk by Richard Feynman on the importance of integrity and honesty when doing research) (See also Pathological Science)

- Can't bear the thought of leaving graduate school, change your thesis topic.
*(Just in case: this is also a joke.)*

## Good stuff on the net

- Google Translate for those of us who are language limited.
- The Mechanical Universe at Annenberg
- Feynman Lectures at Microsoft

## Stuff on the net

- Do you suffer from Wikipediholism? If you read enough random pages daily, you may one day encounter the following rare gems of codified human knowledge.
- BASIC English (Check this out)

- “A hundred prisoners are each locked in a room with three pirates, one of whom will walk the plank in the morning. Each prisoner has 10 bottles of wine, one of which has been poisoned; and each pirate has 12 coins, one of which is counterfeit and weighs either more or less than a genuine coin. In the room is a single switch, which the prisoner may either leave as it is, or flip. Before being led into the rooms, the prisoners are all made to wear either a red hat or a blue hat; they can see all the other prisoners' hats, but not their own. Meanwhile, a six-digit prime number of monkeys multiply until their digits reverse, then all have to get across a river using a canoe that can hold at most two monkeys at a time. But half the monkeys always lie and the other half always tell the truth. Given that the Nth prisoner knows that one of the monkeys doesn't know that a pirate doesn't know the product of two numbers between 1 and 100 without knowing that the N+1th prisoner has flipped the switch in his room or not after having determined which bottle of wine was poisoned and what colour his hat is, what is the solution to this puzzle?” – heard on Car Talk