The reason I suddenly went dark (again) was due to an unexpected change in the timing of my thesis defense.  Originally my deadline was July 9th, but I found out at the end of May that I actually had to defend by Friday, June 5th, because some of my committee members were going to be taking extended trips during the summer.  Last week, the schedule was again accelerated, as my defense was moved from June 5th to June 2nd (yesterday).  Fortunately, many late nights and lots of Red Bull were all it took to wrap things up, and I am now all clear to graduate in August.  I have the usual edits to make and a few things to clean up, but I’m mostly finished now. 

I probably won’t be posting much this week as I try to finalize my thesis and catch up on all the things that have fallen by the wayside, but I will start blogging again.  I still have lots of things I want to cover: deep-web crawling (and the public release of DeepCrawler.NET), my machine learning library for .NET, Lucene.NET, object databases, and more.