Saturday, December 20, 2008

Err... Yes, It's Been Awhile

Finished with what is hopefully my final fall quarter at Stanford, I figured I'd return to writing some stuff.

Sadly, the hope that after working for a year and a half I would return to school with the discipline to sit down and work eight hours every day on my homework was a bit misplaced. I quickly returned to the old time stand-byes of violently oscillating sleep schedules, periods of binging of work followed by avoiding it and the like. This led to me crashing one class, getting a bit burnt out and having a few of those depression symptoms I thought I'd largely shaken. You'd think I'd learn to avoid that. Ah, well. Life continues. Now on vacation and trying to clean up after that. We'll see if I can avoid/postpone future problems of a similar sort through New Years resolutions. Ah, and goodbye to Kira, a girl who added a lot to the keeping me sane.

In the background of all that, of course, watching the interesting times we've been living in. Quite happy with Obama winning, though somewhat miffed at some of his cabinet appointments. Hopefully his going somewhat moderate is more a sign of his 'ruthless pragmatism' than a sign of the direction his presidency will go, but we'll see. Though with my political views, I suppose I'll never be perfectly happy with a President in America. I keep hoping for another Sixties style sea-change in American political culture. On the other hand, I wasn't alive in the Sixties and really have no experience what that was like. And I'd like to avoid the riots and assassinations.

Adding to that possibility of sea-change and interesting times is the economic collapse that's been going on. We'll see how that affects my ability to get a job in the next, but fortunately it doesn't look like the software industry will be too badly hit. Of course, I'm still not really sure what I want to be doing for money, but software engineering is certainly the default option. Good luck to my friends with English majors and the like. Anyways, with the world being overturned I'm generally in favor. The world needs a shake up. I'd like to avoid protectionism and agricultural subsidies and worse, but we'll see.

But all in all, that's the world I'm facing as I try to get out of college and move onto the next stage. Going to have to throw myself into the unknown sooner or later.

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