Headlines for Thursday:

  1. I actually have a project (209 words)
  2. Priming my brain (69 words)
  3. Filed my taxes (56 words)



1. I actually have a project: 16:59

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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2. Priming my brain: 17:02

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.

3. Filed my taxes: 17:27

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.

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