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Class of 2006

Today is the big day. In a few minutes I’ll don my cap, gown, and stole, and then it all commences. In a few hours, I will no longer be an engineering student, I will be an engineer. Instead of standing at the sidelines watching others go past in amusing medieval garb, I’ll be processing with them. (It would, therefore, be fantastic, if the rain stops.) It feels, for the moment, like everything is coming to an end, though I know it isn’t. That’s why they call it Commencement.

Of Sites and Sounds

And now, as promised, I bring you, the new S-S.N. I encourage you all to take peek. Some points that may be of particular interest:

  • The bootlegs page, which contains some mp3s of (surprise!) Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, and the Frames as well as links to places where I’ve found other bootlegs I enjoy. A real highlight there, though, is that I have the entire show that the Frames played in Seattle in October 2005. I’m hoping to put the LA gig up there, too, but we have to see how the bandwidth goes.
  • Lots of story excerpts. I don’t think anyone bothered to wade through them as I posted them here, and I can’t blame you because there’s around 25,000 words here. But there are some excerpts that are completely new, in the sense that I’ve never posted them or shown them to anyone before. Among those are scenes from Nandiealmae’s, Ilarwyn’s, and Jeassinae’s childhoods; a scene with Natasja escaping from Arman; and one of my favorite stories from Jeassinae’s adolescent years, which, though old, is not something I’ve shared before. Check them out, and please let me know what you think!

I have survived my first week of classes, which included tensors, NASA talks about exploring Titan, and encouragement (not least in the form of an application fee waiver) to apply to Notre Dame for graduate school. Jessica is gone this weekend while Google courts her; Eric is at Sci-Fi marathon; and Mark and I are enjoying a bit of Fry and Laurie in the form of Jeeves and Wooster, interspersed with more House because one can’t go wrong there. I haven’t any proper homework yet. It’s a good weekend.

Where Have You Been?

In site news, I have the coding for the redesigned main site finished and it’s going up a little bit at a time. The first five story excerpts have been posted and more will follow. I thought I’d give everyone’s RSS feeds (and eyeballs) a bit of a break. Here’s a run-down of my current state-of-affairs:

  • I am glad beyond belief to be back at school. I really missed this place and everyone in it. Thinking about having only five months left is depressing beyond belief.
  • Today was the first day of classes, and, aside from having a class moved to 8:30 a.m. and having two other classes (in a row) in the Most Uncomfortable Classroom Ever, things look pretty good.
  • I bothered professors until letters of recommendation got uploaded. Thank. God.
  • I have now seen every episode of House. I am thoroughly obsessed, but, on the bright side of things, I’ve got at least two other suitemates enjoying the show, so there should be no trouble claiming the television in the name of House every Tuesday at 9 p.m. I knew Mark would appreciate misanthropic sarcasm on a whole new scale.
  • The 250 GB external hard drive my parents gave me for Christmas makes me happy. I still have lots of stuff to transfer off of my laptop’s drive (mostly music), but I’m definitely enjoying the freedom to, y’know, save things.
  • Have finished reading American Gods. I nearly picked up Anansi Boys in the bookstore yesterday because it was 50% off, but I resisted. Considering that I spent almost $300 on books tonight and will be spending an addition $126 tomorrow, this is probably good. Textbooks are quite expensive, but I figured it was about time I start collecting some fluids texts that will be useful in graduate school.

There’s something a bit skeezy about writing my update in bullet format. It feels very LiveJournalish, but I think I may need more of that, to be honest. Here’s to a new semester.