Written on February 22, 2008
I AM GOING TO WRITE STUFF worth reading on this webpage. At least I’m going to give it my damnedest. Sort of uncoolâ€”yes. And I know only a few people will really read it, but that’s not why I’m writing it. By the end of the trip not only will I have amassed this wonderful body of thought and insight to look back on, but I think having been forced to do things and reflect on the experience more than I would naturally will have actually made the whole trip more cohesive and worthwhile.
Also, I think anything not worth reading isâ€”after following the syllogistic chain of reason to an early enough linkâ€”difficult to justify writing in the first place. Like writing a piece of software that does nothing: If the actual program doesnâ€™t accomplish anythingâ€”if itâ€™s not challenging to write, what could possibly be satisfying in bringing it to being? Thereâ€™s this linear relationship between what a program can do, how hard it is to write, and how all-in-all satisfying that program is to produce. Even if you are writing a sophisticated program as a school project, and it will never be distributed, you learn a whole lot from it, get attached to it, and think back warmly about it years later. And so Iâ€™m applying that logic here, to this webpage.
My guidelines are as follows:
- Iâ€™ll try to post two meaty entries a week (around Thursday and Sunday night).
- Each entry will have some sort of overarching point or theme thatâ€™s sort of abstract (i.e. itâ€™s not just how my day went or technical details), and have a real conclusion (stream of consciousness isn’t cool for meaty entries) .
- Iâ€™ll try to post one picture that doesnâ€™t suck for every day Iâ€™m abroad (grand total by the end; I might post two and skip a day, for example).
- I will be a little overwrought. Why? Because I like being a little god damned overwrought.
- I will use this webpage as a reason to see and do as much interesting stuff as I can while in Europe.
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So I’m traveling with a group of 7 CS majors including me, and a small group of photo students. I haven’t met any of the photo students yet, but the CS group so far is looking pretty awesome (though the jury is still out on Kyle, who, as it turns out, appreciates football). We’ve got a trio of really sort of outgoing old friends; hopefully having them around will help keep us otherwise deeply introverted CS majors above ground. Damn. Next quarter can’t come soon enough.
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So, on Wednesday night (3/5/08) I’ll be heading out from JFK and touching down in Frankfurt the next morning. I have 4 hours in Germany and then it’s off to Dubrovnik, where I’ll come in at about 4 pm.
Odds are if you are reading this I’ll see you there.