Jeremy Elson's Home Page
"And it's much the same thing with knowledge,
for whenever you learn something new,
the whole world becomes that much richer."
-- The Princess of Pure Reason, as told by
Norton Juster in
The Phantom Tollbooth
An update from the current decade (2011)
I'm so terrible about keeping my home page up-to-date. It seems like
it should be easy to just add a link every now and then, yet this page
hasn't really been updated since 2003, when I was graduating and
looking for a job.
I don't think I have the time, just yet, to actually reorganize
all this information meaningfully. I will, instead, make do with
this little prologue that both acknowledges my poor home-page hygiene
and provides links to a few more recent things in my life:
Some random projects and writings that I've put on the web recently:
I now return you to the home page from 2003, already in progress.
- I graduated with a Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA in 2003.
- I've worked
in Redmond, WA since 2004. I even own an Xbox
360 autographed by Bill Gates.
- I got married in 2008!
- I very much enjoy flying airplanes, and
now own one. I've flown coast-to-coast 8
and wrote a diary about my first time.
- I've gotten into building electronics; my first major project was
designing the fake avionics for a
treehouse my friend
and I built.
It started out as some blinking lights. By the end,
we'd written an operating system.
8-page article we wrote about it!
- After 10 years of riding the same $250 mountain bike, I finally
bought a road bike.
What's in a home page?
I'm never sure exactly what I should have
on my home page. Every time I sit down to write something, I wonder
who will be looking at it and what they might want to know. I usually
spend some time looking at other people's pages, hoping to find one
that has a format I like; when I can't, I just throw up my hands and
decide to put off updating my home page until another day. (I guess
that's why it wasn't updated for 2 years.) Some people start off by
describing their current job; others talk about their research
interests; others describe their hobbies or spouses.
Somehow, jumping right in and talking about those things without any
introduction just doesn't seem right to me. I guess I'll just start
my home page with this bizarrely self-referential paragraph, instead.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, you can read up on:
- My Life Story
(last updated 25 June 2003)
(Yes, updated - can you believe it?)
- General information about me.
- My Work
(last updated 25 June 2003)
- My professional life and research interests, jobs I've held, and
the somewhat-whimsical and now-defunct business
I co-founded. Also, fun projects, like the control panel for a
- My Writings
(last updated 30 May 2003)
- Various things I've written over the years: both academic
(refereed papers, presentations), and not-so-academic (fiction, humor...).
- My Software
(last updated 1 August 2002)
- Never underestimate the importance of
free software! Free software makes the world a better place, and
I'd hate to live in a world without it. I try to make most of my
software available on the Internet -- if even a single person finds it
useful, then it was worth my time in releasing it.
- My Photo Album
(last updated 29 December 1999)
- Some pictures of me, family, and friends.
- My Contact Information and Travel Schedule
(last updated 22 November 2004)
- Different ways to reach me. Note the contrived grammatical
construct used to maintain consistency with the "My..." naming
- My Recent Updates
(last updated 19 January 2004)
- A list of recent changes to my web pages.
Last updated22 October 2004