Logo Change

I’m not entirely certain I’m onboard with this new logo, but I finally got around to doing something different. It’s a bit more frivolous and loose than the original and has a different color palette. Definitely busier than the original. I’ve been threatening to change it for years, and now seemed like a good time to try something.

I think I’ll just let it sit for a while and see if it grows on me or not.

Y’all take care.

A Little Twitch on the Side

I’m going to skip writing about New World for a day. Four days on the same topic is a bit intense compared to what I usually do. In the week leading up to New World’s launch, I was slowly putting a plan together to try something I haven’t in a long time; streaming.

There’s a lot of reasons I never bothered. The first was that early attempts to do something as simple as record video for YouTube proved to be too much strain on my PC. Older games and non-3D games tended to be okay, but there was a noticeable issue with trying to render graphics and encode video at the same time. I just figured there wasn’t much point in trying to stream if I could barely encode to a local drive.

The second major barrier has always been network connection. I live in the middle of nowhere, and this has consequences. There’s only a single non-satellite provider to my address, and with a low population density we tend to get passed up on upgrades. We do live on a major highway, though, and there’s a cruel irony to knowing that some of the lines that run in front of the house are fiber with no local uplink. We have had an upgrade or two in the last decade though, so I figured maybe, just maybe, the current state could handle the burden.

It only recently occured to me that with a laptop that’s almost as capable as my desktop, that I could easily play on one device and encode/upload on the other. Considering how cheap USB capture cards are, I figured it was worth at least trying. After monkeying around with cables and adapters I managed to actually get a video signal and go live. On my end, at least, everything seemed to be fine.

I had my oldest child pull it up while I was live to see if it was at least working, though I ended up inviting my best friend to watch it and see what the quality looked like while I played New World, thought it was also so he could get an idea of what the game looked and sounded like. That test at least suggested it was possible, though I had to reconfigure my sound setup a bit. My mic audio was getting lost somewhere along the way.

I don’t know if there’s any long term plan here, it was more to see if I could than anything else. The reality of my current work schedule heavily limits what I can do. I get about 40 minutes or so that can be streamed on a weekday, and that’s only because I’m actively making an effort to do so. So far I’ve spent that time on New World, because it happens to be what I’m playing.

So I guess we’ll see. Maybe it’ll be something I continue doing from time to time like blogging. Maybe it’ll just be something I did. At the very least I enjoyed the puzzle presented by getting all the various inputs and outputs sorted out and set up, and it’s nice to know it’s at least possible now.

Y’all take care. Check it out, or don’t. My best friend informed me that I sound much more “country” on stream than I do in person.

Kids – Extracurricular Activities

It’s interesting to watch how my children react to each others experiences. There is an absolute abundance of after-school activities these days, and my oldest two each tried one in fifth grade. The oldest did the robotics club and the middle child did chorus. The last one ended up getting cancelled due to covid, though they’re taking it in middle school as well.

The youngest is beginning to feel a bit left out and has been bringing me permission slips for a variety of them. First was one for dance, which hasn’t had tryout yet. Not exactly sure how that will work out, but I’ll at least let them try it. If there’s one thing I understand it’s wanting to try something new, and you can never really tell if you’ll like it till you’ve tried it.

Yesterday there was one for storytelling and a complaint that “I’ve never got to do a club before and everyone else has.” Since there’s always a chance the tryouts for dance won’t work out, I figured why not?

I suppose this is what happens you have a school that brands itself as an “Elementary School of the Arts.” I certainly don’t remember there being all of this before middle school, but I was an outcast and problem child. The last thing that school wanted was for me to be around any more than necessary.

What’s really interesting are the choices that they made on their own. I’m not one to make suggestions or point them in a particular direction. All of these were activities that they were presumably told about at school (or suggested by teachers), brought home, and deliberately asked about. Each one of them has chosen something unique and well-suited to their general demeanor and interests.

I certainly wish there had been a storytelling club around when I was younger. There’s no guarantee it would have been helpful, but I wasn’t much older than they are when I was writing fiction, and I’ve always appreciated a decent story.

Keeping it minimalist today. Y’all take care.


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Podcasts – A Snapshot of Interests

This is something of a Blaugust tradition for me now. I believe it was originally a prompt at some point, and I just kept doing it. Aside from letting people see and hear about things I don’t always talk about, it provides and interesting time to reflect on how my interests have changed over time. I think I’m going to address it in several different sections this year. The Ever Present, the Removed, and the Added.

The Ever Present

There are only two podcasts to mention here. While there have been others that lasted quite a long time, only two have never left my feed since they were introduced.

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe

This is the big one. I’ve listened to this podcast for almost as long as I’ve listened to podcasts. I wanted to learn more about science and how we know what know, so I picked a single-host science-related podcast that I don’t recall the name of. They happened to have a guest on from SGU and I looked it up and have listened ever since. It’s about science, scientific skepticism, logic, and not only how we know but how our knowing can go wrong. It was exactly what I wanted and since it covers current news as well, I find it’s been great to continue listening to.

Massively OP Podcast

Bree and Justin hardly need mentioning, as most of my readers are probably aware of them. While not on my list as long as SGU, MOP has held its own. I was already a somewhat long term listener when I began blogging in 2018. It hardly seems like it’s been that long. It was added because I wanted a reliable source of MMO related news that had a measurable level of integrity, and stayed because that’s what they provide and it’s fun to listen to. Even when it’s a 15 minute rant about SWG. Especially when it is.

The Removed

I can specifically think of two in this category as well. One was a long time favorite that just wasn’t engaging my interest any more, and the other one was just lost the in COVID weeds along the way as various time crunches and routine changes led me to skip it.

Freakonomics Radio

It’s hard to say what exactly went wrong here. I expressed concern a year ago, when it was still on the list but I wasn’t really feeling it. It occasionally provided interesting or unique perspectives on topics that were interesting or important. There are a lot of socio-political things and movements I wouldn’t otherwise be aware of if it weren’t for the podcast. Still between the frequent re-broadcasts and some subtle content changes, I felt like it was time to make some changes to check out other podcasts and this one didn’t make the cut.

Planet Money

Quite frankly this one was cut largely as a matter of time and COVID fatigue. I agree that there was a lot to be said, but it became such a constant topic across all the media I consumed that I felt like I needed a break. My podcast list is so full now that I have to make a special effort just to stay caught up, but I may consider adding this one back at some point.

The Added

Come to think of it, there are currently two of these as well. One has been on the list quite a bit longer, while the other is a recent addition only about a month ago. I got caught up and found a gap in my schedule, so I went and found something to fill it.

Paint Bravely

One of the YouTube channels that got me into miniature painting was Goobertown Hobbies. Somewhere around the six month mark Brent mentioned that he was doing a podcast and I had time to for something new in my podcast schedule, so figured I’d give it a go. I personally listen to the audio version, but it’s technically a vodcast. Much like my blog it’s a very random, rambly, and conversational affair with a loose and chaotic structure. It’s mostly about miniature painting and occasionally about the larger tabletop miniature industry and community. Unlike everything else on the list, this one is every other week instead of weekly.

Behind the Bastards

This is my most recent addition. It was actually a recommendation/mention from a friend living in London. I had some extra time every other week so I figured I’d give it a shot. The primary point is to discuss the lives and actions of relatively evil and twisted people and organizations. Some historical and some contemporary. As history tends to do, it has a habit of leaving me in a combination of stunned silence and swearing at the car radio. They do a very good job of explaining why the people and groups they discuss are bastards, including Reinhard Heydrich, a literal Nazi that even Hitler thought was a bit extra, to people with a much more positive public image like Bill Gates. It’s usually a lot of material, two episodes/week around an hour plus apiece, but morbidly fascinating.

End Transmission

So that’s where we’re at currently, SGU, MOP, Paint Bravely, and Behind the Bastards. Considering I usually only listen in the car headed to and from work, that’s only about three and a half hours of space trying to fit what can easily be 4 to 6 hours of content. I’ve been able to make it work so far my extending my listening time to other areas such as bath time. It doesn’t mix well with other mentally active tasks such as gaming or writing, though.

It will be interesting to see where I end up a year from now, but that’s enough about me for a day. Y’all take care. Don’t do anything that might get you on Behind the Bastards.


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Planning – Finding More Time

I’ve been giving a fair amount of thought to what my schedule needs to look like going forward. It’s less about finding time to write and more about finding time to do things worth writing about. Schools are starting up again soon and this places me back on a very rigid schedule.

This typically involves making sure the kids get on the bus then coming home and going straight to bed so I can cram seven hours of sleep in before it’s time to get back up to get them off the bus. This time spent waiting on the bus in the afternoon is one of my more persistent dead zones of productivity. The transportation department will not stop at the end of my driveway for perfectly valid safety reasons. This means I must drive a few hundred feet up the road to a safer location, but one that’s well outside network range. This means that my ability to play most games is limited at best.

I’ve considered getting an external extender to broadcast out to the corner to solve this problem, but I have reservations about broadcasting my local network access that far from the house. I don’t exactly consider my network insecure, but I’m mildly paranoid. Still, it’s not off the list. This would give me the ability to play games that are otherwise unavailable to me during this time. Alternatively I could just stick to titles where this isn’t an issue. The point is to simply take what is typically staring into space time and make something more productive out of it. It’s the only real block of “free time” that I’ll have to work with during the week.

Once the bus drop-offs are done I typically have to busy myself with getting dinner finished and getting ready for work. One of these days I may be able to return to a 45 hour work week, but right now that would take a housing market crash and considering how the last one went I can’t say that I actually want that to happen.

Shoplifted from owlturd.com.

I also need to figure out what to do with my weekend. I typically try to reduce my sleeping time during the day on Friday so I can take an extended nap Friday night and having something vaguely approximating daylight hours on Saturday. The real problem here is one of discipline. I haven’t been very good at enforcing my limits and instead do a lot more sleeping and a lot less anything else. Perhaps I should opt for an early morning nap on Saturday instead of a split schedule, that way I could get some things done Friday night as well.

That said, I don’t think my wife would appreciate me clickety clacking away in the middle of the night. I might sleep like the dead, but she does not.

I may actually try that last idea this weekend and see how it goes. Those are the only two opportunities I see at the moment. I have plenty of topics I could write about, if only I could get a little grunt work done up front. Spending too much time writing about things I want to do is getting slightly frustrating. Need to actually feel like I’m getting something done.

Y’all take care. Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep.


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The Loop – Beginning to Burnout

I have often wondered what level of introspection and self-analysis is healthy. I certainly spend a fair amount of time on it. Overdoing it can certainly lead to either analysis paralysis and burnout, with a tendency toward the latter in my case.

When I look far enough back, the way I normally see this working is that I would find something new or interesting to do. Two things generally needed to happen up front. I had to learn enough to make some educated choices about what equipment/material/tools/software/etc and then actually acquire them.

The first step created a tendency toward hyperfocusing on a subject. Watching and reading all the things. Since it tended to be an all consuming task, it usually only took two or three days for me determine where I thought I should start. There have certainly been times where I never got past this step. I could easily get lost in details like finding the perfect name. If I get stuck, then after spending a few days thinking about it non-stop I find my motivation and energy spent. This is the origin of my “it’s better to just pick something and get started now” method.

Many projects tended to fail in the second step. Having identified the requisite “stuff,” I would realize I couldn’t afford all that and begin seeking alternatives. This typically leads back to the previous step, but sometimes makes it as far as deciding I have the ability to use a DIY or makeshift tool. At times it has created a self-sufficiency loop where I find and attempt to pick up a different new interest in order to make the thing I need for the previous one. While this does occasionally lead somewhere interesting and productive, it also tends to leave me feel like I’m not really going anywhere.

Fortunately blogging cleared both of these hurdles fairly easily. A few days checking out platforms and picking a name, little to no financial barrier, and we were off.

The list of things I’ve dabbled in is immense. It’s also worth mentioning that while gaming as a whole is a longer-lived activity, specific games tended to fall into this same loop. It’s been consistent enough that I eventually game to refer to it as the “two week loop.” For any given interest the entire loop from beginning to burnout typically took about two weeks. I actually use it as something of a benchmark for newish things in my life. Does it make it past the two week mark? I’ve tried forcing myself to wait a couple of week before in order to find out, but that typically just leaves me frustrated. I often try to find small ways to get some progress without unloading a ton of money.

With blogging I specifically took the other route. Try to get started and see if I could make it past the two week mark. Part of the reason why I started in the first place was to try and prove to myself that I could. If I could prove to myself that it was at least possible, then that meant I could break out of that cycle at least some of time. Some of the time was enough.

The interesting side effect of proving that I could is that it’s become less of an issue overall. I’ve acquired far fewer “new interests” over the last several years. Yeah, it’s still visible in my gaming habits, but I’m generally okay with that, and it isn’t always the case. The alternative would be forcing myself to play a game I’m not interested in. While that can be useful in other contexts, it seems somewhat silly with regard to entertainment.

Among the fewer interests I have taken, they also tend to be longer lived. I can only assume this is partially due to the recognition and acknowledgement of it. Once I realize what I was doing and knew it was possible to work around it I began to actively watch myself and try not to fall into the same old traps. Slowly moving the bar forward in little baby steps. Will it ever go away? No, that’s not really how life works. Things come and go, people change, interests fade.

Okay, that’s enough of all that. Sixth post in a row. Eight more until the two week mark.

Y’all take care.

My Cup Overfloweth – The Real Neat Versatile Blogger Award

So I am aware of three explicit tags for some combination of the Real Neat and/or Versatile blogger award:

Bhagpuss – Ah! Recognition!

Tessa – The Versatile Blogger Award

Solarayo – Real Neat Blogger Award Thingy

Naithin – The Real Neat Versatile Blogger Award

I do rather appreciate the nomination. They make for quite useful prompts when I have more time than inspiration. So thank you, all three of you! If I’ve missed anyone along the way I apologize.

The (Rather Flexible) Rules:

      1. Thank the person or people who’ve nominated you.
      2. Answer the 7 questions from your nominator.
        1. I’ll actually be doing 14, 7 from Naithin and 7 from Solarayo
      3. Tell everyone 7 things about yourself.
      4. Write another 7 questions for people you tag or inspire.
      5. Tag up to 7 other people. (I won’t be doing this one.)
  • Nathin’s Questions

    • If you were to start another blog, or branch off your current blog into a whole new direction, what would it be about?
      • I would probably try to separate the more economic and research related content into its own thing. While there is some cross-over because I’m studying MMOs, they are not exactly intended for the same audience.
    • What mix of mechanics or genres would form your absolute dream game?
      • Mostly SWG with some touches of FFXIV crafting, gathering, and story and a fully open API similar to EVE. That last one is something that really helps out researchers. You could easily set up a public API to collect data without identifying specific characters or players.
    • What thing (game, book, movie, anything) have you experienced recently, thinking it should be right up your alley — only to find it very much was not?
      • It’s been a minute, but as much I enjoyed and spent time playing XCOM: EU, I have very little time in XCOM 2. Just… never got into it I guess.
    • The opposite! Have you been convinced to try anything you thought you wouldn’t enjoy, only to discover you very much loved it after all? What was it?
      • My Intro to Geology class has been surprisingly interesting. I took it mostly because I didn’t want to take Chem Principles 2 and my other “science” options were very limited.
    • What new thing do you most want to achieve with your blog this year?
      • The bar is low. I would like to change my banner.
    • What’s on your wishlist that you most want to buy, but for whatever reason you haven’t yet pulled the trigger on purchasing yet?
      • At this exact moment, Deep Rock Galactic, because Naithin. Been on my wishlist for about two years and one week and for reasons I can’t entirely explain never got bought.
    • When this whole lockdown thing is over; and the shops/services currently closed reopen, what is the first thing you’ll visit/do?
      • So, nothing that I’ve wanted or needed to go to is closed. So probably go to work, which I’m also still doing.
  • Solarayo’s Questions

    • Do you ever listen to video game soundtracks outside of gaming sessions? If so, which ones?
      • Yes. Most of them are FF and/or other SNES era RPGs, but I have a particular fondness for the Lufia II soundtrack among others. Maybe I’ll consider a more exhaustive listing in another post.
    • What’s a game that you loved growing up, but find it harder to enjoy now whether due to a change in tastes or now outdated mechanics and graphics?
      • FFVII, especially the Steam port. I could learn to live with the rather ancient character art, but I was rather thoroughly plagued by what I called the O-face glitch. All non-party characters looked like this and I couldn’t even.
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    • Which game console do you feel has the greatest library of titles to choose from?
      • Probably PS1. It had a wonderful mix of games across a wide variety of genres. This would be very closely followed by the SNES, which had an absolute plethora of RPGs that I adore.
    • Name a video game character that has made a positive impact in your life?
      • Not sure I really have an answer for this one, though there probably have been some.
    • If you could sit down to a conversation with any fictional character(book, movie, or game) who would it be and where would this conversation occur?
      • Havelock Vetinari. Patrician’s Palace, Ankh Morpork. I would probably not survive, but hey, why not?
    • If you could travel to any video game location for a hard-earned vacation, where would you go?
      • The End of Time from Chrono Trigger. Seems like the perfect place to lay down and sleep until I’m sick of solitude.
    • Quarantine Question: What’s your go-to movie or tv show?
      • I don’t really watch a lot of movies or TV shows. The one piece of media I make a concerted effort to consume each week is the Massively OP podcast.

 

  • Things About Me
    1. I am an intensely private person and actively suspicious of others, especially in the “real world.” My only real friends are my brother and my former co-worker. I take a slightly different approach with the blog and Blaugust discord, which constitute most of my online interaction.
    2. While I hail from and live in the rural US South, I’m actually not the least bit religious. I’m not really anti-religion either, I just believe that the notion of one group being correct and all others being wrong is preposterous. I say, let everyone make whatever choice makes sense for their life, insofar as the basic human rights of others remains intact.
    3. I drink almost exclusively diet soft drinks. The primary purpose is to serve as a vehicle for caffeine while containing no calories. Artificial sweeteners don’t have any strange taste or aftertaste, so I’ve embraced them whole-heartedly.
    4. I also tend to use the same few character names in MMOs. Most of them were randomly generated in EverQuest and I just kept using them. I could write a post explaining my naming conventions and you could probably find me in just about any MMO. There is one exception, Instin. It is used much less frequently than the others, but it hails from an old fantasy story I tried to write a couple of decades ago.
    5. I have mistyped blogger as blooger entirely too many times while working on this post.

Okay, that’s enough. I’ve reached the point where I’m beginning to wish I was doing something else, which means it’s time to stop. I’m not tagging anybody. I think we’ve had enough of these for a while so we’ll let them all wrap up and settle down.

Y’all take care.

 


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Determination?

So, this one got a bit… long. I’ve been thinking about it a lot over the last month or so. I spend a great deal of time analyzing the last few years of my life because they represent a very strange shift away from how I would have traditionally described myself. I’m also fairly certain I have discussed this in past blog posts as well.

I am not, historically speaking, a person predisposed to long-term interest in… anything. The advantage of this, is that I have a really broad spectrum of really shallow knowledge as I pick up something new, hyperfocus on it for a couple of weeks, then burn out and move on when the project doesn’t immediately meet my expectations. General time frame tends toward 2 weeks. Anyone that was to follow my gaming time would see a similar trend there. The overall cycle reminds me of the first two panels in a Chats with the Void comic:

I generally credit Blaugust for being part of the change shown in the last two panels because it seems to have been the right thing, in the right place, at the right time. Extra credit to Justin from Massively OP for plugging it in the podcast.

At that precise moment in time I was bored and disenfranchised not just as work, but in general. I had been in my particular position for just short of five years and realized that while I was effective, I didn’t want it to be a career. There was little left to learn and study in that context given the resources I had and some of my more in-depth work had been labeled “overly academic.” I interpreted this as meaning the business did not find it relevant and discontinued that effort slowly over time as what little interest it did garner dried up.

My motive for undertaking the Blaugust challenge was really two-fold. One, it gave me something to do that was specific and timely. An activity to focus that energy on that was new, fresh, and interesting. Two, it would help me establish a different and more diverse skill-set in hopes that I could eventually solve my career issue.

I never expected to reach the end of the month. I certainly didn’t anticipate doing it a year and half later, albeit with some holes and gaps. Not only had I finished the month with daily posts, but I just kinda… kept going, for a while anyway. Not because it was easy or effortless, but because I still enjoyed it. Most importantly, it broke the traditional activity cycle I had grown familiar with and left me wondering what else I might accomplish with my newfound powers.

Simply thinking about it provides me with a measure of energy, makes me want to do something. It is, in its way, a natural drug of sorts. Filled with that energy I turned toward the world at large and became angry. How dare it be filled with hatred and lies! What right does “life” have to keep me from my goals? If “life” doesn’t wish to cooperate, then I shall attack it and seize what I desire anyway.

I convinced myself, with my slightly tempered vigor, that the world wasn’t going to be what I wanted it to be on its own, but that I had to “be the change I want(ed) to see in the world.” Someone needed to do it, and that someone may as well be me. This isn’t to say that I expected to singlehandedly change the world or anything so dramatic, but I could certainly function as one little cog in the greater machine of change.

Front and center for me at the time was “corporate culture.” Workplace morale was low where I was and the list of problems tied to corporate culture seemed large and important. I also was beginning to realize I enjoyed talking about financial statements. I would see questions in MMO chat about marketboard taxes and inflation and the skeptical mindset from my earlier work project began to engage and wonder how factual it all was. I was also beginning to feel that dissatisfaction with my job creep back in.

All of those factors sort of blended to form a plan. If I wanted to change corporate culture and understand financial markets, I needed two things. A degree that qualifies me for management positions and organized structured knowledge to replace my piece-meal reading. The latter was conveniently included in the former.

I continued to think of myself as being motivated by righteous anger for quite some time. How else could I possibly describe this rather intense desire propelling me forward? This was not helped much by some of my early classes revolving around U.S. government and history. I found my tolerance for the indiscretions of leaders past and present to be quite low. I would often feel like I was being overly judgemental and I didn’t like that. I felt angry all the time. I felt as though I was wielding that anger as a weapon, and was growing increasingly concerned about that.

I was beginning to see changes in my behavior. I seemed much more assertive and decisive than I used to be. Anyone critical of me and my choices became an opponent. Where that was once discouraging it instead began to harden my resolve. Screw those people and the horses they rode in on.

I am, and was, keenly aware of the fact that anger is rather exhausting. I questioned how long that motivation would last and what would happen when it began to fade. Lately, I realized I seem to have established a strange balance. Dedicated enough to continue investing the same amount of effort in the things I want, but decided more patient and less angry. I was at a bit of a loss on how to describe it, though.

I eventually settled on determination. Partially because I listen to a lot of game-related music and I felt that the very Undertale phrase “the thought fills you with determination” seemed extremely fitting. The whole undertone of violent v. non-violent determination also seems appropriate, but that was not part of the original thought.

So, for now, I suppose I shall consider myself filled with determination. Even if the thing I seem most determined to do is see exactly how many activities I can spread my time across and still succeed. Something, something, productive efficiency.

Y’all take care. I hope all of you manage to find something that fills you with determination as well.

42

I’m not dead, I promise. Neither have I forgotten my blog, blogging, or Blaugust.

So, I may have slightly underestimated the workload I was signing up for. I did get the research project completed. I actually presented it last night, and it seemed fairly well received. Honestly, I’m not used to the idea of people taking interest in my weird side projects.

The good news is that my economics professor has expressed interested in working with me to turn my project into a publishable paper. That was an interesting and unexpected development.

I will, however, try to get back into a routine of making regular posts now that things are leveling out a little bit. Even still, I recently learned that my course schedule was more than full-time, and in order to synchronize myself with the intended schedule, I’ll be doing the same again for the Spring semester.

With any luck, I’ll see everyone around. Y’all take care.

Research Projects and Data Sets

So I mentioned a week or so ago that I had gathered some data under a specific assumption, a sort of psuedo-hypothesis, and was confused about why it didn’t look the way I expected. Well, y’know, that’s because my assumption was wrong. That’s fine, live and learn.

I’ve had a nice little conversation with one of the professors in the process of sorting all this out. I take science somewhat seriously and the error I made is mildly embarrassing and serves to demonstrate just how easy it is to fall into little subtle traps in this sort of thing.

Let me back up, though.

I took most of a day off work the other day to speak to a different professor regarding their “research symposium” and how I might participate in it. There are a number of reasons why that didn’t work out, but it didn’t. Among them was a difference in academic disciplines. He was a finance professor and my topic/interest was more of an economic one. I wasn’t thrilled, but I set it aside and returned to the aforementioned project and figured it would sort out in the end.

In the resulting return to my data, I ended up emailing the professor from my Microeconomics class to ask how to do what I was doing, because it didn’t match up with expectations. His response is what prompted my previous post, and that’s the conversation I was referring to at the beginning.

Of course, there were some aspects of my prior data that were… less than ideal. If I’m really serious about this, though, then I can fix that by gathering the data myself, manually. I’m prepared to do that, and it’s a contributing factor in my last post about having time to write.

What I did not expect was for him to ask if I was interested in participating in the research symposium, and an offer to sponsor/advise me. I had set that thought to the side as something to consider in the future. I don’t think it’s especially visible in the text of this post, but I’m positively over the moon. I’m attempting to exercise restraint the best way I know how, by acting like I’m not. Set that energy and drive aside right now, and come back to it later when I need it. Otherwise, it will consume me.

Now, I did respond. I mean, of course. It’s an opportunity I look forward to with great enthusiasm. If it is possible to do so, I will share it here when it comes to fruition.

I must away, however, and get some other things done. Y’all take care, keep doing what you do. Excelsior or something.


BlaugustBOnlylogoIn case you haven’t heard, we’re in the middle of an event called Blaugust. The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.