Unused Cycles

September 29, 2009

Now At Purdue University

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin @ 5:52 pm

Well, it’s been a while, and I’ve got a few posts drafted up but haven’t actually had the energy to finish them up. A few updates:

  1. Rachel and I moved out to Lafayette, IN and I’m now attending Purdue University as a grad student in mathematics. I’m taking two courses, real analysis and abstract algebra, as well as teaching calculus recitations (MATH 165 in particular)
  2. I’ve gotten a used XV6800 from Verizon and have been playing with it for the past few months. I’ve gotten things worked out so that it doesn’t try to access the data network unless it’s trying to send out a MMS message. I started typing up a post about it since it was kind of difficult to get things running how I wanted, and I’ll post this draft sometime if I ever finish it
  3. Group theory is much, much more difficult in grad school than it was as an undergrad. I’ve got a draft on a really interesting homework problem involving group actions that I’ll post when I finish it
  4. I’ve switched my Desktop Environment from KDE to Gnome. Crazy, I know. I just got tired of KDE releasing crappy 4.x versions and decided to go with something stable but yet not neglected (I still like KDE 3.5.x…but unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned…) I’ve got a draft on how the switch is going so far that might get posted sometime

I’m getting ready for an exam shortly, so I should get back to work. Later!

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October 24, 2008

Busy, busy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin @ 7:32 pm

Obviously it’s been a while since I updated. Here’s what’s been going on:

  • I got married on August 16, 2008, to my beautiful wife Rachel Nicole Rotz. Things are going quite well after two months.
  • I’m taking three (real) courses this semester:
  • Dell replaced my old Inspiron E1705 with a Vostro 1700 because the CPU went bad again, which was a huge upgrade. So much so that I sold it to my dad and bought a Dell XPS M1330. I know I said I wouldn’t buy a Dell, but the fact that they sent me a computer with a 250 GB hard drive and 4 GB RAM when I only bought a 100 GB hard drive and 1 GB RAM was enough reason to stick with them. This new M1330 had Ubuntu pre-installed, so now they can’t whine about me not having Windows installed. In fact, they won’t support Windows on this new machine because I didn’t pay for Windows support. Nice 🙂
  • I installed Gentoo on my new XPS M1330. Things are running smoothly, for the most part. The bluetooth on it is a little funny, and I can’t quite figure out why it’s not working properly. It detects the adapter, at least, but gives me errors about not supporting rfcomm. My fingerprint reader and webcam work perfectly. The only other thing that’s slightly annoying is that I can’t get suspend to disk to work, and it apparently does work with Ubuntu (from what I’ve read about the M1330 on the Ubuntu forums). The Tuxonice kernel that I installed is also funny. More to come.
  • I’ve started looking out at graduate schools. So far I’ve got at least two letters in the works, with another two that I’m sure I can ask for. I’ll be applying for mathematics schools in both pure and applied fields. If I do applied, I’d like to do some type of mathematical physics. If pure, some type of algebra, most likely something related to group theory. It’s unfortunate that many of the schools that I’m looking at, such as UMD, separate their pure and applied programs into different departments, so for those I’ll be applying only for their pure departments. I honestly think I’d be happier doing algebra over mathematical physics, but I’ll take what I can get.

So yeah, when things start dying down again, maybe I’ll get back to work on this blog. But things don’t really have any sign of slowing down, at least until I get the general GRE out of the way and applications for grad schools start becoming due.

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