This blog began for two reasons. The first reason is that I realized that I had very little chronicle of my undergraduate career. My journals largely stopped between August 2006 and Summer 2009. I feel the loss of that chronicle quite keenly–my thoughts during that time have vanished into the ether, and I will never be able to look back on them and cringe at my own stupidity. I picked up the blog when facing a year studying internationally, in hopes of producing a similar quality of hilarious observations that I had produced while living in Germany in March-July 2006. (So far that hasn’t really panned out, but you know, one can dream.)
The second reason is that I had largely stopped writing for pleasure while pursuing my undergraduate computer science degree, causing my writing skills to grow rusty and gather dust. My writing improves exponentially with daily exercise, and I needed a way to ease myself back into writing seriously.
What this blog has become is in many ways different than what I intended it to be (and really, I’m all right with that). I have discovered that I come to understand myself and the world at large by writing, and that I enjoy writing most when I have an audience. As a result, this work is in many ways a reference volume on me, written in a somewhat letter-like format. It is perhaps overly-full of self-explanation and introspection, but since we are newly come to know each other (me and you, I mean), I feel that there is still some introducing to be done. As we grow together, this blog and you and I, the content will evolve in the way that organic creatures do. (So, something involving primordial ooze. Slime mold for the win!) I hope you’ll stick around to see where it goes.