I soon turn 50 in April and I can definitely be proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. I have a wonderful family, I have health, an amazing job working with incredible students at an excellent institution. Life is good, I can’t complain.
Of course there have been failures, mishaps and calamity. Life is like that but I am privileged and lucky to still be here to face the future.
Obligatory Video Clip
I just can’t resist the opportunity to include this not-really-but-somewhat-related-video-because-my-brain-works-like-that.
To many Canadians of my generation, the Tragically Hip was a big part of our youth. For me, this was the background soundtrack to my undergraduate days at the University of Victoria hanging out in the coffee shop, the pub and blaring in the kitchens that I worked in during my youth. This was part of my first 50 years. We all have the soundtrack of youth and many my age remember the hours we poured into making the #PerfectMixedTape.
A Call for Proposals
So I create a call for proposals: “What should Ken focus on in the next 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years”.
Preferably a blog post but short microblog format accepted including tweets, Instagram posts, Facebook Posts.
If you can remember, include the hashtag #KensNext50. It will be entertaining to go find those.
You can choose the medium, the format, the length. The sky is the limit, have fun. I know that I will.
I really want to thank so many of you that I see in person everyday or not so often as well as to my friends and colleagues that I have constant contact with via the wonder that is the internet.
A few years ago I went through the process of an application to be recognized as one of the inspirational professors so I know what this process is about. I was not selected and recognize the amazing competition that we have among our colleagues at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. We have incredible educators in our hallways and they should be recognized.
I first met Israel Vizcarra Varela in the summer of 2017 when we were planning our first Semester-i for the computing department. This was a new experience for a team which was dominated by professors in computing (all but Israel) and all but one (again Israel) were full-time professors on our campus. I can honestly say that I enjoyed working with Israel that semester and found inspiration in his approach to teaching, the way he connects with his students and his full grasp of his discipline. I found myself asking him for his opinion on my approaches and we developed an excellent working relationship during that semester which was an award winning project. Continue reading →
My history with Smalltalk stretches back to the 90s and I’m happy to say has come back on the scene in 2019.
My first exposure was thanks to an elective that I took with Bjorn Freeman-Benson back in (I believe) Fall 1992 at the . I should go dig up my transcripts to check but I am pretty sure it was that semester which coincided with my first OOPSLA (see below).
Bjorn offered a course dedicated to Object-Oriented Programming which at the time was avant-garde. I was definitely glad that I registered for the course. I still remember our final project (Ian, Helen, Mark and myself) implementing a card game with a full GUI. I should do some research about which version of Smalltalk we were using then. My guess is Smalltalk/V or perhaps Visual Smalltalk Enterprise.
My visits with Bjorn during this semester led to my first trip to an OOPSLA (Object-Oriented Programming Systems Languages and Applications) conference as a student volunteer. Bjorn was the student volunteer chair for that year: 1992 in Vancouver. I went on to continue as a volunteer at OOPSLA 94 and then part of the organizing committee from 1995 to 2007. That is a long story that should be told somewhere. Continue reading →
The “First Post” on this blog was back in 2013 but I’ve had a presence on the web since the 1990s. My first page would have been one that I had as a graduate student at the University of Washington (1993-1995). In fact one of the early (and extremely popular) web search engines WebCrawler was hacked on by some of my office mates at the time. I believe that our offices were in Sieg Hall 233, but perhaps some office mates (Lauren, Erik, Przemek, Rene, Ross and others that my memory fails on).
Later, I had web pages on the server under my desk which responded to queries at canuck.gda.itesm.mx before it was shut down by administrative staff. It had a long run offering services to staff and students. Some of it still lives on at the Internet Archive. My first installations of the Moodle LMS for faculty were housed there and I’m still supporting some staff (well, one) with a sibling of that original Moodle install.
edit (February 7): I deleted my WhatsApp already.
edit (February 8): I added links to the newer posts from Kashmir Hill in the text.
edit (February 21): I reactivated my WhatsApp again. Some contacts depend on it, I think that I can delete again but with more preparation to ready others.
See You (probably) in a month
I’ve seen your red [blue] door and I want it painted black
No colours any more, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes.
Paint It, Black. Keith Richards, Mick Jagger. (colour change by myself)
I have been considering this for awhile and when I heard the phrase “Facebook Free Friday” or “Facebook Free February”, I decided on the latter. Continue reading →
Today I celebrate 20 years as a full-time professor here at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara. I actually arrived here on campus for the August 1995 semester as a sessional professor and taught for 2 years before I left to join Object Technology International (at that time recently purchased by IBM) to work on the first release of VisualAge for Java which became the base for Eclipse.
I only wrote threeblogposts on this blog in 2018 and not much elsewhere. Last year was a good year but also stressful in many aspects of work and life. I keep telling my students to learn to say “no” to requests and I thought that I had learned that years ago. I still need to improve on that, blogging took a back seat to focus on many other activities.
This semester I have the honour of being the godfather (“padrino de generación”) for the graduating class of the computing systems degree (Ingeniero en Sistemas Computacionales) at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara.
This is the 47th graduating class from the campus. I arrive on campus in August 1995 and was actually able to view the first graduation ceremony which was *much* smaller.
I was invited by my colleague and friend Dora to give a keynote this weekend at the “4o Foro Educativo” in Durango. This was a wonderful day with some amazing educators and I thank them for their hospitality and bringing together a great group of people to learn together with.
I am including my slides as well as embeds of the videos that I planned to share but chose to skip over most of them due to audio problems in the room. They are much easier to appreciate with a set of headphones and time in your own favourite place for watching videos.
And now for the video embeds after the cut here, click through to see those.