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 100 times. I thought to myself: 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 200s.) Once I have signed the form, any subsequent changes to the plan can be approved by email. If you haven't met with me yet, please contact me directly to set up an in-person appointment. Minor appointments always fit comfortably in a half hour.
Are you not sure you want a CS minor? No problem; speculators welcome.
I love music. A lot. This is some of the music I've been listening to lately.
- Maurizio Pollini, Chopin Études and Preludes. I'm taking a stab at playing some of these myself these days. Young Maurizio Pollini nails 'em.
- Walter Gieseking, Debussy's Images. I wonder if Hank Jones ever heard these recordings. They sound like Hank to me. They're delicious.
- Alfred Brendel, Mitsuko Uchida, Krystian Zimerman, Schubert Impromptus. More music I'm trying to play myself. Perhaps listening to virtuosos never missing a note is a strategic mistake (dispiriting), but, oh well.
- Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin, Hush. So great, and also hilarious.
And these are some of the games I've been playing lately:
- Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 Excellent co-op game with an unfolding story. I like this even better than Season 1.
- Galaxy Trucker An entirely ingenious board game that pushes the limits of the form. Lots of different kinds of components and devices but ultimately it all fits together and makes good sense. Speed and experience help, so it's worth playing this one many times. It also teaches you to be a good sport, because very unfair things happen and sometimes to you. A test of sportsmanship!
- Orléans Resource gathering, action selection, area control game with great components and notably smooth play. The medieval goods-trading theme is dry but at least it's not zombies. Thanks to simultaneous play, the game is not too long and doesn't wear out its welcome. Recommended.
- 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.