May Contain Blueberries

the sometimes journal of Jeremy Beker

I can’t believe it has been almost 6 months since I last posted an update. Our vacation to Atlanta does not seem that it was that long ago, but such is life when you are having fun or when you loose time through the frustration of banging your head against a wall repeatedly. So lets cover the major topics, shall we?

School. School is good. I am taking Advanced Compiler Construction this semester which is no really as exciting as it sounds. I know, sounds thrilling, something that you would think would be on the top of everyone’s list of “must take” courses. It is no way a bad class; the professor is one of the more senior members of the department and has a great attitude towards the class. He knows exactly what he wants to talk about each day and if it takes 80 minutes, fine; but if it only takes, 40, well he is done. Being a seasoned CS guy, he intersperses many amusing anecdotes within his lectures that keep things amusing (for me at least).

Work. This has eaten up more mental energy than I thought possible. Much I could say, but I won’t. Progress still seems to be being made, but much is left to be done. Change is harder for some people than others. It amazes me that the human spirit attaches so much fondness to the comfortable, the known that it is unable to let go of outdated information or processes even with overwhelming evidence that they are detrimental to their own survival. I realize that this is somewhat ironic coming from me and my tendency to avoid change in the mundane items of my life, but I like to think my love of consistency in simple things does not impact my ability to be flexible based on persuasive argument.

Life. You mean there is something outside school and work? Right. Elizabeth, with the help of others who shall not be name (KT, Justin, and I’m sure others), convinced me to start playing World of Warcraft, and as I expected, I am now hooked. I won’t start talking about it here; you probably don’t care. It has been a rough couple of months for me as the work items have not stayed as contained in the work “box” as much as I would like. Lots of stress is never good and requires that one be flexible and open to change in one’s life to smooth things back out. Elizabeth has been great especially given that she has taken on a lot more responsibility at the office too.

So that is the quick and dirty update. At the rate I’ve been posting, another will be September. Until next time.