Saturday, September 15, 2012

Status Update

It's been two and a half years since I created this blog, and I haven't really touched it since then.  Now that I'm starting my fourth year of graduate school, I've decided to start it back up.  Time will tell whether I actually keep it up....

So, I'm taking stock of where I am in life and looking at where I'm moving forward.  I'm definitely happy with my research, and feel that it validates my decision to pursue a helping-other-people direction in my career aspirations.  If I can, I'd like to continue pushing commercial development once I graduate; if not, I'll go for a position in industry in a related field. Hopefully, if everything goes according to schedule, I'll be able to get my PhD by spring 2014 (edit: not 2013).

Recreation-wise, I've been doing a lot of custom map-making for StarCraft 2.  Unfortunately, it's rather time-intensive and takes time away from other recreational activities.  Right now, the plan is for me to quit SC2 map-making when Mists of Pandaria comes out in 10 days; I've missed playing WoW and I'm pretty sure that Clara is tired of leveling alts by herself.

Apart from that, I'm sure that I'll continue to be very busy.  Apart from working on my black belt, I'm hoping to find some time to write some useful apps for my new Windows phone.  Coincidentally, the SC2 HotS beta has started, and I was just admitted yesterday.  I'm sure that will test my resolve on taking a break from SC2 and quitting map-making altogether.