General update

October 31, 2008 – 3:48 pm

It’s update time! (are you wondering how you can tell when it’s update time? look at the last post and ask if it’s been way to long since an update, if the answer is yes then wait three weeks and check back) Anyway, I just thought I’d talk a bit about what’s going on, as much to not forget as to let anybody know.

MicroThoughts[0] is making progress at an abysmally slow rate. Not a whole lot we can do about it though — we’re totally swapped by other classes and it has started to lose a little bit of the shine. I still manage to find some really cool moments, usually involving the design of a some random subsystem. Those are getting pretty rare though as all the big bits are done now and most of what is left is tying it all together which wouldn’t be bad except for the constant desire to bash my head in based on the use of Apple products.

I ended up getting a reasonable[1] schedule which will mean I can manage to graduate next semester (this is a Good Thing). I’m in Theory, Network Security, working on my MS project, and doing the GRA thing. On the whole I really like Theory, though I’m somewhat distressed by the last test which I failed so hard I didn’t even realize I did poorly. I really enjoy the material it was over too and thought I had a good grasp of it. Either the weekend in Seattle threw me off more than I had expected it would or I need to take a serious look at this stuff again. NetSec is… mind numbing. I was hoping for a practical class but we’ve basically just done theory of stuff I already knew fairly well[2].

No real progress on any of my side projects — I still haven’t made any progress on any software bits, my quest to learn about microcontroller programming, or on building an inline qwerty->dvorak converter. All these things make me sad but aren’t all that surprising (and will likely never change, work/school always end up being just too draining).

I guess we’ll call that it for the time being. I actually have more I could say but the time limit on the public terminal I’m on is about to run out and I don’t have access to a spell checker so I’ll have to live with all my first-draft typos being public, worse things have happened.

[0] No longer called MicroThoughts but something else because some folks from MicroThought Network got scared about dilution and threatened us with a weak trademark infringement lawsuit. I don’t have enough time (or money) to argue with them so whatever.

[1] for some definition of reasonable

[2] though this hardly has meant I’m breezing through it — as it turns out when you already know about the implementation it makes it rather hard to pay a lot of attention when the prof is talking 99% about the theory bit which turns into somewhat sad test scores.

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