I forgot the punchline of last week. Last week, one of seth's students (second most senior, I believe, and my third officemate) formally left the ECE PhD system. This was not terribly unexpected -- he only worked in my office for a week or so of the summer before he left for a summer internship in Boston... which got extended to the fall semester... Anyway, he got an offer he liked, to move to San Diego. He left CMU ECE for Sun Research Labs.