Surfers of the web: welcome! As of December 2012, I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Computer science minors, please scroll down the page a bit.
There are many Adam Shaws on the web; I'm the real one. More
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I started programming BASIC on an Apple ][+ my parents bought around 1980, when I was 8 years old or thereabouts. I wrote programs on that machine to do things like print my name 10 times, then 50 times, then 1000 times. I thought to myself: hm, this thing has possibilities.
Here I am receiving my doctoral degree in August 2011.
Computer science minors and would-be minors, I hereby address you in my capacity as the CS minor adviser. Each CS minor needs to fill out a CS minor plan; as long as it passes muster, I sign it, then you take it to your college adviser. Each minor plan consists of a three-quarter intro sequence and any four CMSC 200s. The form to be filled out is available online here:
Are you not sure you want a CS minor? No problem: speculators, inquisitors, gadabouts and peripatetics are welcome.
I love music. A lot. This is some of the music I've been listening to lately.
- Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. These kind of ate my summer. If you have some interest in the details of each sonata, I highly and unreservedly recommend Andras Schiff's lecture series.
And these are some of the games I've been playing lately:
- Spirit Island Cool anti-colonial co-op where your team gets more powerful as the game proceeds and, if all goes well, you smash the conquering gamebots to bits.
- Scythe Area control, resources, some combat. This game is perhaps overhyped, but it is, after all, a good one. The artwork is genuinely outstanding and sets it apart.
- Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 Excellent co-op game with an unfolding story. I like this even better than Season 1. (We finished, and we won December. Final score 771 IIRC.)
- Dominion, which I play with my brother. Last time we played, because we tied, the rules told us to "rejoice in our shared victory." And so we did.