Bubbles: The Official Blog of HCS

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We have a blog now. Obviously, if you're reading this, you know how to find it. We'll be updating it once a week or maybe more with our thoughts on technology at Harvard, the projects we have underway, and the systems we support. Occasionally, we might also comment on technology outside of Harvard, the evolution of the internet, developments in computer science and engineering, and anything else that's on our minds.

If you're in HCS (or were and are an interested alum), contact us about contributing to the blog if you are so inclined.

Check back often. We promise to keep it interesting.

Datamatch 2011 Reflections

Dear HCS,

Datamatch 2011 was an astounding success. This year, Datamatch had 878 males and 1382 females participating. In case you don't have a slide rule handy, this works out to a total of 2260 participants, making this the most successful Datamatch in memory. Good work, Harvard!

Here are some fun/interesting stats from the answers that we saw this year:
1) For Question 16 ("Your love life in 2010"), both members of ~18% of the couples who took the survey answered "Just the Way You Are." The most popular combination of answers (~22%), however, was "I Just Had Sex" and "Just the Way You Are." In the majority of these couples (~70%), the males answered "I Just Had Sex." Surprise, surprise.
2) It gets even better: when the bed intruder comes, 29% of the men (versus 15% of the women) said that they would "Hide their browser history." More than half of the women (51%) simply hide.
3) When asked which Harvard Department best describes their love life, the plurality of women (~42%) answered "Special Concentrations: I make the Rules."
4) 28% of the women who took the survey said that they could best relate to Christy of scarf-burning fame from the Social Network. A little scary.
5) Nearly half the women (47%) thought that the most enticing proposition was "Baby, Baby, Oh Oh." Gentlemen, it's officially time to get your Bieber on.
6) In general, people agreed that:
- "Swindling investors out of $20 billion" would be a deal breaker in a relationship.
- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt constitue the ideal date.
- jeans and T-shirts are good date attire.
- wine is a good first-date drink.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this year's edition of Datamatch. HCS members new and old dedicated time and energy to writing questions, publicizing datamatch, and ensuring that matches were sent out. This would not have possible without all your contributions.

Datamatch 2012 Summary

Dear HCS,

Datamatch 2012 was a huge success!

This year, we had 2129 people participate, which was slightly down from last year. However, fun was definitely had by all.

Here are some aggregated raw Datamatch statistics.

The first column contains totals, the second, percentages.

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Total Participants: 2129.0
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Males: 867 0.407233442931
Females: 1262 0.592766557069
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Freshmen: 524 0.246124941287
Sophomores: 497 0.233442930953
Juniors: 511 0.240018788163
Seniors: 579 0.27195866604
Grad Students: 10 0.00469704086426
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Adams: 158 0.0742132456552
Cabot: 119 0.0558947862846
Currier: 118 0.0554250821982
Dudley: 8 0.0037576326914
Dunster: 117 0.0549553781118
Eliot: 123 0.0577736026303
Kirkland: 151 0.0709253170503
Leverett: 138 0.0648191639267
Lowell: 106 0.0497886331611
Mather: 113 0.0530765617661
None: 10 0.00469704086426
Pforzeimer: 123 0.0577736026303
Quincy: 172 0.0807891028652
Winthrop: 150 0.0704556129638
Yard: 523 0.245655237201
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Total answer choices:
A: 13200 0.206669798027
B: 14173 0.22190386723
C: 13773 0.215641146078
D: 13635 0.21348050728
E: 11028 0.17266322217
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Favorite Day:
A: Friday 613 0.287928604979
B: Friday 437 0.205260685768
C: Friday 503 0.236261155472
D: Friday 339 0.159229685298
E: Friday 237 0.111319868483
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Describe your sex life using a social networking platform:
A: Twitter: Short and meaningless 421 0.197745420385
B: LinkedIn: Career opportunities, business deals and consulting offers 537 0.252231094411
C: Facebook: Grandma, stop poking me! 265 0.124471582903
D: Google+ Not sure if nobody interested, or still in Beta 682 0.320338186942
E: LiveJournal: More exciting when you were 15 224 0.105213715359
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How do you impress that special someone?:
A: Hand him/her your resume 158 0.0742132456552
B: Put on your birthday suit 627 0.294504462189
C: Sail too close to the shore in your $570 million cruise ship 250 0.117426021606
D: Sort a list in O(n) 166 0.0779708783466
E: Bake an 18ft x 15ft birthday cake and have Yo-Yo Ma play for him/her 928 0.435885392203
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Favorite pickup line:
A: Is it hot in here? Or is it just my CPU fan malfunctioning? 193 0.0906528886801
B: Are you Wall St? Because I want to Occupy You. 864 0.405824330672
C: Are you from Tennessee? Or is that just how you normally talk? 466 0.218882104274
D: Are your legs tired? Because it's a pretty long walk from the quad. 411 0.193048379521
E: Did it hurt? When you got rejected from your top med schools? 195 0.091592296853
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Which website is most like your ideal partner?:
A: Facebook: Open and Connected 979 0.459840300611
B: Staples.com: That was easy 222 0.104274307186
C: Tumblr: Hipster 358 0.16815406294
D: Reddit: Goes down all the time 409 0.192108971348
E: Baidu: Asian 161 0.0756223579145
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Best Dating Advice:
A: Be attractive. Duh. 419 0.196806012212
B: Do cute, small things to surprise them; small fires are a good place to start. 705 0.33114138093
C: Train yourself extensively so that you can defeat your partner in physical combate. 268 0.125880695162
D: Embark on 'coupley' activites other than 2am hookups, such as 1 am hookups. 571 0.268201033349
E: 69. 69 69. 69. 69. 69 69. Do 69 166 0.0779708783466
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Spring 2013 Projects

Hey HCS! Take a look at our new project line up.

Mailman
Summary:
This project will focus on creating tools for searching and subscribing to mailing lists based on interest categories (eg. tech, music, arts, sports). We will also give the ability to filter by other features such as size of group, activity of mailing list, etc. The goal is to make it super easy for students to find organizations that match their interests and learn more about what they do.

Related technologies:
Systems work -
We'll need to get our systems up and running with the new version of Mailman.
Django development -
Postorius is the new Mailman UI build with Django. It's currently in alpha so it would be nice to build some cool tools and contribute back to the community.

Datamatch Revamp
Have some big ideas for Datamatch? Join the team in making Datamatch better than ever. A big component of this project will be automizing the process of running Datamatch. We'll spend some time optimizing our super secret algorithms as well as making the user experience better than ever.

Related technologies:
Systems work -
We'll need scripts to automate getting Datamatch live.
Rails / Ruby -
We'll need to port Datamatch to the latest version of Ruby and Rails
Since Datamatch is a Rails app, updating it will involve heavy Rails development.

Voting App
Summary:
Currently, HCS has an app that gives student groups the ability to hold secure elections online. This project will involve expanding the the app, making it more user friendly, and publicizing it.

Related technologies:
Rails / Ruby -
The current voting app is powered with Rails. But that can change if you want to try something different!

HCS website revamp
Summary:
The HCS website looks a little 1990's. No good. The goal of this project is to modernize our website that gets thousands of visitors a day.

Related technologies:
Design related -
HTML, CSS
Drupal -
We use Drupal to run our site. If you're used to Wordpress, this might be an exciting chance to look at how WP and Drupal differ.

If you are interested in one of these projects, but completely unfamiliar with these technologies, don't be afraid to sign up! This will be a learning experience as well as a chance to build something awesome for the Harvard community!

Spring 2013 Projects

Hey HCS! Take a look at our new project line up.

Mailman
Summary:
This project will focus on creating tools for searching and subscribing to mailing lists based on interest categories (eg. tech, music, arts, sports). We will also give the ability to filter by other features such as size of group, activity of mailing list, etc. The goal is to make it super easy for students to find organizations that match their interests and learn more about what they do.

Related technologies:
Systems work -
We'll need to get our systems up and running with the new version of Mailman.
Django development -
Postorius is the new Mailman UI build with Django. It's currently in alpha so it would be nice to build some cool tools and contribute back to the community.

Datamatch Revamp
Have some big ideas for Datamatch? Join the team in making Datamatch better than ever. A big component of this project will be automizing the process of running Datamatch. We'll spend some time optimizing our super secret algorithms as well as making the user experience better than ever.

Related technologies:
Systems work -
We'll need scripts to automate getting Datamatch live.
Rails / Ruby -
We'll need to port Datamatch to the latest version of Ruby and Rails
Since Datamatch is a Rails app, updating it will involve heavy Rails development.

Voting App
Summary:
Currently, HCS has an app that gives student groups the ability to hold secure elections online. This project will involve expanding the the app, making it more user friendly, and publicizing it.

Related technologies:
Rails / Ruby -
The current voting app is powered with Rails. But that can change if you want to try something different!

HCS website revamp
Summary:
The HCS website looks a little 1990's. No good. The goal of this project is to modernize our website that gets thousands of visitors a day.

Related technologies:
Design related -
HTML, CSS
Drupal -
We use Drupal to run our site. If you're used to Wordpress, this might be an exciting chance to look at how WP and Drupal differ.

If you are interested in one of these projects, but completely unfamiliar with these technologies, don't be afraid to sign up! This will be a learning experience as well as a chance to build something awesome for the Harvard community!