My latest iPhone/iPod touch app, Whiteboard Lite, is now available in the iTunes App Store.
This semester, I’m a Lab Assistant (also sometimes called a Teaching Assistant or TA) for the new ITP 499 iPhone App Development class here at USC (the University of Southern California). The most well-known iPhone App Dev class done so far was at Stanford University (CS 193P); props to them for posting some of their course materials online.
Some time ago, USC removed the list of Top Ten Professors from the Senate Course Guide. It’s old, biased, and unfair, but I’ve archived it here anyway. (Update  : Archive is gone, but it was previously located at /saved/USC-Top-Ten-Professors.htm )
Most importantly, we ranked above UCLA :)
The schools students most named were:
4. New York Univ. (previously #1 for 3 consecutive years)
9. Univ. of Southern California
I mentioned to my friend Henry today that I’d like to be a professor, and he said he could see me as one. I think it’s a lovely job, with the benefits of being part of a university community– like I have as a student now– plus the opportunity to have a positive impact on students.
I listened to an interview with YouMail CEO Alex Quilici. It’s really excellent, I recommend giving it a listen. He mentions that being a university professor today is good practice for being an entrepreneur. If you think about it, professors nowadays have to be very entrepreneurial if they’re going to be good. They apply for research grants and have to sell other people on their ideas, to get new areas to explore.
Mark Redekopp proves to me it can be done and doesn’t take forever. He’s quite young (I think) and yet he’s a highly respected professor already. Continue reading
Mike Garrett, Director of Athletics at USC, wrote an open letter to the Coliseum Commission which is intriguing and a little shocking to me. I’ve gone to only a few games at the Coliseum, and every time I noticed that it wasn’t kept up as well as it should be. It seemed outdated. Stuff was cheap. Things were broken. I’m sure this is still true today. The amazing thing is that it’s still so wonderful, even with all its extreme shortcomings. Indeed, the fans and Trojan spirit more than make up for any of the stadium’s problems. But Mike’s letter changed how I viewed the situation. Essentially, I had thought the Coliseum was basically USC’s. All of the problems that it has? USC’s fault. In reality, this is not so much the case. Here’s a brief excerpt from the letter. Continue reading
Having interned with Google this past summer, I was glad to read that USC has unveiled a YouTube channel: