I got the robot to do what I wanted to. It was a nifty program. Didn't work in the real world, but well, that's life.
I don't feel like much of a computer scientist, though. I'm supposed to be thrilled that I got it to work, but now that it's done, I find that I don't care about the program itself. I don't care that I got it to work. It exercised my brain, but so many things do...
Open source has gotten me hooked on making people happy. As a CS person, I'm probably not even supposed to care about making people happy, but I do. Hacking on the LEGO code was fun, but it wasn't something I would do by myself. I did it because it was fun to hang out. I enjoyed the stories, the banter, the demonstrations of particularly nifty things we'd gotten to work. I'm glad I had the opportunity to help Calum breathe life into his machine. I'm glad I got to meet Iain, Derek, Sandy, and the others.
Those who have known me since childhood know how far I've come. I find it scary sometimes. Do I need people too much, now? But I do... I'm glad that my friends at Graduate House now feel comfortable enough to give me a hug without anyone worrying about improper intentions. I'm glad that I can do nice things for people and make their day better. I'm glad that I have the warmth and love of friends and family to keep me going.
I've given myself enough time for fun. Tomorrow: work on my FIS paper. If I need an emergency shot of warm-and-fuzzies, I've got my collection of letters and good karma...
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