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December 30th, 2005
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I went to bed around 9:30 last night. Woke a few times before waking up at 4:30. I woke up from a dream where I was visiting my university, and so I was lying there thinking about various professors I'd had. I got to thinking about one professor in particular. He taught CS, and I did a research project with him on robot programming one summer. I'd tried to look him up earlier this year because I found out that the company I now work for was the publisher of the book we used for that research project. I was unsuccessful; it looked like he didn't teach at my university any longer, but I couldn't find him. So, lying there close to 5:00, I couldn't get back to sleep, and I couldn't get this professor out of my mind, so I got up to google him. It looks like he's working at Intel, working on a project called Personal Server. I thought about emailing him, but I wasn't sure what I'd say, so I decided not to. Googling also turned up that he'd written a Java patterns book in 2000. So I suppose I could email him just to say hi and let him know that I work for a book publisher now. I really liked that professor, and I had a lot of fun with the research project. He'd designed this language for programming mobile robots, and we wrote a compiler for that language. We also built the robot, but the soldering and stuff wasn't all that interesting to me. Writing the compiler was where the real fun was. I should do more stuff like that.

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From:missdimple
Date:December 31st, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)

Email him...

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I know my former professors get a kick out of hearing from me out of the blue. You should do it. I don't think he'll think it's creepy at all, if that's what you're worried about.
From:burnthappiness
Date:January 1st, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From the other side of the fence, I always enjoyed running into former students and chatting about what they were doing. What I did find kind of problematic were the few situations where a student clearly had a lot invested in the interaction (particularly young female students). So I'd suggest writing the dear a friendly but somewhat offhand note, on the order of "Hi: we're publishing your book, and I think that's kind of cool".

Happiness,
Andrew
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