It's been a busy week. I spent most of it reading papers, a nice change of pace from writing all the time. A part of me wishes I could do this full-time. Sure, it's more rewarding to write something and get it published, but that can take weeks, months, or even years. Learning something cool and new in a paper only takes about an hour.
My schedule has vastly improved since summer. I've been waking up around 8:30 or so, and getting to campus by 10. Shower, breakfast, bike ride to campus. I've been biking faster than usual, probably because I've been drinking lots of coffee and listening to music. On Wednesday, I forgot to downshift on the way up the hill and only realized it when I got to Euclid completely out of breath. Friday I was better, but still managed to shave another minute off my time. (It's still an average of less than 10mph, but there are a lot of stop signs to go through...).
Friday I spent some time doing crypto. At a talk on Thursday, someone suggested he needed a special kind of primitive, and I spent most of Friday building one. (It's no longer certain that it has a useful application, but we'll have to see.) Spent some time hanging out with theory folks at TGIF. They seemed like nice people, though there was this discussion of a super-elite theory mailing list that half the people weren't able to get onto. I meant to head home afterwards, but I finally caught a professor in his office and we spent over an hour chatting about my research and problems therein. I've been feeling optimistic about research in general, even though I still have doubts about my current research problem. Let's hope it stays that way.
Went home, collapsed for a couple of hours. Finally recovered enough to make myself black bean burritos and watch some episodes of Family Guy. Perfect end to the week...