I actually have a project

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!

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