The end is nigh!

Posted on 2015/07/06

semester 12 Started the final semester of coursework to for my doctorate. I’m finishing up my last elective course (covering virtual commerce systems), completing my data analysis, and concluding my dissertation. If all goes well I will defend after the end of this term, and be Dr. Moon before the end of the year.

Another term down, two to go!

Posted on 2015/03/21

Term11I survived my tenth term as a doctoral student. Great progress this last term, having completed exploratory research to validate my research methodology, defended my proposal, and begun the “real” research for my dissertation. If all goes well, I am only two terms away from defending my final dissertation and finally being “Dr. Shannon Moon.”

Two weeks off (spent working on my dissertation in my spare time from work), then the eleventh of twelve terms begins!

A Doctoral Candidate Haiku

Posted on 2015/02/03

Destiny for Play Station 4 shrinkwrapped on shelf. Too busy for fun.

Data Science

Posted on 2015/02/02

I’ve started work on a Data Science Certificate through John Hopkins University. There are nine courses total. The first is “The Data Scientist Toolbox.” I’ve been meaning to get more up to speed on R and R Studio, this should help.

Reading RFCs for Fun

Posted on 2015/01/16

IP Pigeon

IP Pigeon

Whenever I am having a bad day, I like to read RFC 1149 – A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers which describes how “Avian carriers can provide high delay, low throughput, and low altitude service.” It contains gems like “Multiple types of service can be provided with a prioritized pecking order” and “An additional property is built-in worm detection and eradication.”
This RFC was actually implemented and tested by the Burgen Linux Group (read more here), although the ping log seen below does indeed show it is a high delay implementation. If you are technically inclined, read it here for a good laugh and the implmentation details here.

Script started on Sat Apr 28 11:24:09 2001
vegard@gyversalen:~$ /sbin/ifconfig tun0
tun0      Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol  
          inet addr:  P-t-P:  Mask:
          RX packets:1 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          RX bytes:88 (88.0 b)  TX bytes:168 (168.0 b)

vegard@gyversalen:~$ ping -i 900
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=255 time=6165731.1 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=255 time=3211900.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=5124922.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=6388671.9 ms

--- ping statistics ---
9 packets transmitted, 4 packets received, 55% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 3211900.8/5222806.6/6388671.9 ms
vegard@gyversalen:~$ exit

Script done on Sat Apr 28 14:14:28 2001

Semester ten of twelve begins…

Posted on 2015/01/01

Semester ten begins
Semester nine complete. Semester ten starts Sunday. Three more to go, plus dissertation defense. I am ready to be done with this now. The shiny has worn off.

Entering the third year

Posted on 2014/09/20

Third year Begins
Eight terms down, four to go. The second year as a doctoral student is over. What a ride! After many discussions and much advice from committee members and mentors, i have finally committed to reducing the scope of my dissertation a bit. This next term will be all about getting ready for my proposal defense….and a fun elective on mobile development theory.