Friday, October 19


Pseudo-languages reveal the artistry of computer science. (Internet Archive images via Flickr)

Lost in Boelter: Speaking the pseudo-language

One of the lesser-known skills computer science students pick up in college is the ability to create pseudo-languages. I’m not talking about coding languages, but systems of interpretation, where certain words and phrases map to particular meanings. Read more...

Photo: Pseudo-languages reveal the artistry of computer science. (Internet Archive images via Flickr)

Pseudo-languages reveal the artistry of computer science. (Internet Archive images via Flickr)

Those who lack creativity in computer science are in for a hard landing. (Creative Commons photo by HackNY via Flickr)

Lost in Boelter: Code-switchable

One doesn’t usually associate staring at a computer screen with self-reflection – except for, of course, when you’re staring at a glossy screen. Surprisingly, I’ve recently noticed myself doing a great deal of both throughout my experience with computer science. Read more...

Photo: Those who lack creativity in computer science are in for a hard landing. (Creative Commons photo by HackNY via Flickr)

Those who lack creativity in computer science are in for a hard landing. (Creative Commons photo by HackNY via Flickr)

A free laptop? This could be prevented using threat modeling and a cable lock. (Visualhunt.com)

Lost in Boelter: Threat modeling

Have you ever wondered about those people who use cable locks for their laptops? Well, I’m one of them. Contrary to conventional wisdom, that doesn’t mean that I’m overly protective of my laptop or that I have something to hide. Read more...

Photo: A free laptop? This could be prevented using threat modeling and a cable lock. (Visualhunt.com)

A free laptop? This could be prevented using threat modeling and a cable lock. (Visualhunt.com)


It might be hard to update your Facebook status with this. (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Lost in Boelter: Does it compute?

When I was in elementary school, one of the weekly vocabulary exercises I had to complete was in the topic of “fields of study.” This basically meant that our class had to learn the etymology of many of those terms ending in the root “-ology,” or “field of study” – a task I’m sure we all had to complete at some point in our education. Read more...

Photo: It might be hard to update your Facebook status with this. (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

It might be hard to update your Facebook status with this. (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

(Creative commons photo by christiaan_008 via Flickr)

Lost in Boelter: Abstract simplicity

Bits of change Computer science is a changing landscape. The truths and limitations of today may not necessarily hold for the next. The rate at which new innovations in computer science are developed is dizzying, and this is an exciting yet somewhat humbling fact. Read more...

Photo: (Creative commons photo by christiaan_008 via Flickr)

(Creative commons photo by christiaan_008 via Flickr)