April 12, 2007

I actually have a project

April 12, 2007 - Categories: school

In the middle of explaining my thesis project to a usability expert at
IBM, I realized that I *have* actually managed to build something
interesting. As I explained the problem to him and showed how this
problem would be addressed using the existing tools, I realized that
there was a real problem and that my prototype might be a step in the
right direction. And my demo didn’t fall apart, either! Whew!

When you’re too close to something, you can find it difficult to
appreciate. I tend to err on the side of downplaying the coolness of
what I’m working on. I keep telling myself: It’s just a protottype. I
don’t have the data I need to make it truly useful. It’s nowhere near
as cool as the thing that I really wanted to build if I had the data.

Well, forget that! If I can show my prototype to someone and get them
excited about the idea of Web 2.0, if the way that I visualize things
will make someone campaign for adoption even in a small group…
that’ll so be worth it.

Wow. I have a project after all!

Random Emacs symbol: mail-extr-disable-voodoo – Variable: *If it is a regexp, names matching it will never be modified.

Priming my brain

April 12, 2007 - Categories: learning

I downloaded more than a hundred research papers today to catch up on
my literature review and prime my brain for academic writing. Writing
for the technical audience of a scientific journal is very different
from writing for informal or popular audiences, and it’ll take me some
practice to get the hang of it. If my blog entries start to sound like
research papers, at least you’ll know why.

Filed my taxes

April 12, 2007 - Categories: finance

I’ve triple-checked my tax return and uploaded it to the government
website. Here goes! I should get my refund soon. The fact that the
government feels sad for me and wants to give me more money makes me
feel a little weird.

Random Emacs symbol: decrease-left-margin – Command: Make the left margin of the region smaller.