In today’s luncheon lecture, Eliot mentioned that we didn’t really know what it meant to work hard. It’s a bit of a provocative statement, but I think it’s mostly true in my case; it’s dispiriting to realize how little I accomplish in a day of work. I can work hard, but if there’s no tangible results, I don’t think I can actually claim to “work hard.” I still don’t understand swarming, and after meeting with Glenn and trying to sniff out the ports on these drones, things seem worse (the IP addresses and connections are more jumbled than what I previously thought). I know that we will be able to complete the project with a readily available worst-case scenario, but I don’t want to resort to that, yet. However, I’m wondering if my time would be better utilized writing.
Luncheon lectures usually compel me to think about grad school. I often feel like the grad-school advice proferred by our lecturers is largely irrelevant to me, since (I think) it’s more likely that I pursue an MFA. All the MFA students I’ve talked to don’t discuss research- they talk about developing an artistic practice. Furthermore, getting a stipend/ being a fully-funded MFA student is nearly impossible (or at least, extremely difficult). There are some parallels between getting an MS and MFA, but the two paths seem strikingly different to me.
It seems like Ilan and Gabe are doing cool stuff with shaders. Proud of them! 🙂
Things happening outside this program: We all went to a yoga class, today. I think it added onto my stress. I officially decided to be a peer mentor for the systems class. I also registered for the Grace Hopper conference today- I’m very excited to visit Houston again. I’m going to go on a bike ride, now.