I haven't posted in so long, this is going to be a two part-er!
I went to Pittsburgh last weekend, and did some radical stuff. I saw about as many friends as possible during the 48 hours I was there. I saw Wall-E. It is good. You should see it. Go early in the day, so you are surrounded by screaming kids, as we were. We also went to the Carnegie International Exhibit, "Life on Mars." They tell me this is a big deal in the world of contempo art, and it was in fact pretty rad. "Cave Man Man," while weird, is probably one of the most unique pieces of art I have ever seen. You owe it to yourself to check it out (http://blog.cmoa.org/CI08/2008/02/thomas-hirschhorn.php). Yeah, I don't know why but livejournal won't accept my links... so you'll have to copy and paste that stuff old school (or CTRL-C, CTRL-V for you power users).
In Austin I've been sort of working for two masters, doing my job at Sun during the day, but then school stuff at night. I am working on the camera-ready version of the OOPSLA paper, and I applied to the OOPSLA doctoral symposium on Wednesday. I have found that this isn't so bad, if I just do enough each night. I've found that the best way to do this is to set a timer (1 hour exactly!) and work on my school stuff until it goes off. Then I am free to read and watch "Lost" until bed time. It's a whirlwind life!