Just a quick (but important) announcement: theorist-extraordinaire and friend-since-back-in-undergrad Ryan Williams reports that the Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange website is now up in beta! What is this TCS Stack Exchange? It’s a place where you can post your questions about theoretical computer science and get informed answers to them—intended as the homegrown CS theory analogue of the wildly-successful Math Overflow site. From an initial perusal, the TCSSE looks awesome. Indeed, the only small suggestion I can make is to propose a motto:
The TCS Stack Exchange. Exponentially better than emailing Scott Aaronson.
Update (Sep. 10): While I’m on the topic of announcements, the early registration deadline for FOCS’2010 in Las Vegas is September 30. Hope to see many of you there!
Another Update (Sep. 14): There’s now a beautiful talk by Ken Clarkson, Ron Fagin, and Ryan Williams looking back on the Deolalikar affair and explaining the problems with the proof, which I recommend in the strongest terms to anyone who followed this story. (And yes, I think “looking back” is the right term here.)