7 Jul
2010

Dear Prime Minister Gillard

My name is Patrick. I am eight years old and I have an opinion on the asylum seeker policy.

I am angry and very upset because it is wrong to put people escaping war or fighting or even anything that is bad in detention. Why does this happen? Don’t you care for refugees? Australia needs to help them. Do not bring them to East Timor or Christmas Island, let them be a part of our country.

Patrick Cahill

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5 Jul
2010

Patrick’s awesome games

Here are some games that Patrick thinks are great for kids from 6-10:

Hope you enjoy playing them!

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24 May
2010

The re-digested read

My nearly eight year old son’s summary of my summary of Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum: “Honesty is writing true history”.

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23 Feb
2010

Good beans

The Coffee Alchemy order I put in yesterday afternoon turned up this morning…

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8 Feb
2010

Award photo

Here is a photo of me, holding a cardboard box containing the award…

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8 Feb
2010

Thesis

Surprisingly (to me, at least), I’ve had some requests for copies of my thesis, so here it is:

  cahill-thesis.pdf

Just remember that when I wrote it, I expected an audience of 4: my adviser plus three examiners…

If you want to check up on me, here are the code changes I made — this patch applies to a MySQL 5.1.26-rc tree with the InnoDB Plugin 1.0.1 unpacked:

  innodb-serializable-snapshot-isolation.diff.gz

As always, I’m happy to take comments or questions.

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8 Feb
2010

Rain == “bad weather”

What’s with the persistent glass-half-full coverage of weather in the media (particularly when it comes to covering glass-filling rain)?

  http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/heavy-rain-eases–but-not-for-long-20100208-nl54.html

Sure, flooding and danger are important and newsworthy, but people, we’ve been in drought for years.  Sydney’s water storage was literally half-full last week.  This rain will mean we can drink, wash, keep gardens growing, and yes, flush.  Maybe for a year or two, until the next big downfall.

It’s really not a bad thing, and it would be nice if the news coverage at least mentioned that rather than accentuating the negative.

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8 Feb
2010

Prize in the Press

The University of Sydney announced that I was awarded the CORE dissertation award for my thesis:

Database doctorate provides breakthrough for multiple users

Also picked up by Computerworld and blogged by Alon Halevy, who I was lucky enough to catch up with briefly at ACSW:

Alon Halevy’s Blog: A Trip to Australia

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8 Feb
2010

Rent-free smart home in NSW up for grabs

This seems tempting:

  Rent-free smart home in NSW up for grabs

Rachel could almost walk to work (or ride a bike), next door to the Armoury, Bicentennial park around the corner, flying electric car included.  If only I could write…

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13 Jan
2009

SIGMOD 2008 paper, personal edition

I’ve finally added the ACM copyright disclaimer to my SIGMOD 2008 paper, so I can publish it here: real-serializable.pdf.  Please refer to this version rather than redistributing.

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