not a lot of posts

I feel I should explain why I haven’t posted at all this week. Towards the end of the summer I decided to return to school (BYU) to finish my undergraduate degree in Computer Science. I only had two semesters left, so the idea of finishing in eight months was appealing, but the set of classes I need to take this semester has proved more time-consuming than I expected. In other words, I feel like I’m spending every waking hour on class projects and homework.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some of the classes are covering very interesting topics and I’m learning a lot, but I don’t expect the situation to change until finals are over.

For those of you who read on a regular basis, I apologize. I really enjoy blogging, and have missed posting more regularly, but school is the top priority at the moment. For the next several months, posts will be few and far between.

See you in April!


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  1. Good luck with your studies! Hopefully from time to time you’ll find a way back to post something. :)

    Comment by danithew on September 12, 2005 @ 4:23 am
  2. Good luck this semester, Dan. Well, every semester, I suppose, but in the spirit of current-incity (currentness? contemporariness? nowhood?), I’ll just say good luck *this* semester — makes it more sincere or something. I think. Anyway, yeah, break a leg. ;)

    Comment by Karalyn on September 12, 2005 @ 6:46 pm
  3. Thanks, I appreciate it.

    Comment by dan on September 13, 2005 @ 1:08 pm
  4. How long has it been since you were there? Is it infinitely better (or worse) being married? Don’t setting up keystroke logs in the labs, k? ;)

    Comment by NeeNee on September 13, 2005 @ 8:10 pm
  5. It’s been about 5 years since I was there, so it took a bit of getting used to. It is much better being married. It’s nice not to be distracted by the whole dating scene.

    Don’t worry, I don’t have time to do any nefarious things like that ;)

    Comment by dan on September 13, 2005 @ 10:09 pm
  6. Do you have to commute to get to class or is it a local extension? The commute can contribute to your exhaustion as well.

    Comment by whaleman on September 14, 2005 @ 4:11 pm
  7. I do have a commute, but I take the bus so I’m able to work while I’m commuting.

    Comment by dan on September 14, 2005 @ 4:16 pm
  8. That’s fantastic, Dan! Well, not that you are not posting, but that you have decided to finish your degree. Good luck (not that you need it) and we’ll see you when you can.

    Comment by Babs on September 15, 2005 @ 7:45 am
  9. Congratulations on going back to school! But you will indeed be missed.

    Comment by Meredith on September 17, 2005 @ 7:27 pm
  10. Thanks for the well wishes.

    Comment by dan on September 18, 2005 @ 3:36 pm
  11. Hey Dan,
    How hard was it to make the decision to go back to school?
    I’m currently a ‘working man’ with an IT college diploma, but I have hopes to take a university degree in journalism at some point in time. The thing I’m concerned about is the whole transition from the working world back to the academic world and the timing. Did you draw a line in the sand and say this is when I’ll go back or was it more of something that came about because of opportunity? Is this something that has been in the works for a while?

    Comment by Kevin on September 19, 2005 @ 8:55 am
  12. Kevin: I had planned to get my degree eventually, and as I looked at my options with doing night classes and/or transferring to different schools, it became clear to me that the best option was to go back full time to finish. Things just fell into place when I began to investigate the process of returning, so that made it easier to take the plunge back into the world of academia.

    Comment by dan on September 19, 2005 @ 9:35 am
  13. When I started working full time, I started going to school part-time. At the time, it seemed like I had been becoming worse of a student anyway. But when I decided to go back full time, it was amazing. I was a much better student. Granted, it was the first time I had even not worked and gone to school, but I did much better than expected and retained more information (whereas before, all info would be sucked from the brain as I left the Final).

    Comment by Cameron on October 10, 2005 @ 9:39 am
  14. This is the first time since 1994 that I’ve gone to school full-time and not worked at all, so I understand what you mean. I feel like I’m a better student, but I didn’t follow the recommendation to limit the number of concurrent CS classes taken in a single semester. I believe that’s why I’ve been (and continue to be) so dang busy.

    Comment by dan on October 10, 2005 @ 9:47 am
  15. I didn’t take a lot of classes my first semester back, but the ones I did were pretty tough. I think I had CS 462, EE 451 (intense – Even the teacher admitted it was about 3 classes), Stat 321 and CS 324. Anyway, good luck.

    Comment by Cameron on October 12, 2005 @ 9:10 am
  16. Thanks. Your schedule sounds similar to mine, with just one more class added in for good measure, but so far I’ve been able to manage. I hope that remains the case.

    Comment by dan on October 12, 2005 @ 9:22 am
  17. in your business did you get to see Wallace and Grommett?

    Comment by whaleman on October 13, 2005 @ 5:18 pm
  18. I did, thanks to an invitation from Jason and I enjoyed it. If anyone hasn’t seen it, I recommend going.

    Comment by dan on October 13, 2005 @ 7:06 pm
  19. Can you just make a new post about something, just so I won’t have to keep seeing the same top post everyday I come here? Lol. I come here just about everyday to see if there is anything new…

    Comment by Chad on October 14, 2005 @ 10:26 pm
  20. Please update. I am so addicted to your site. I come here daily.
    Why God!! Why !! Why Us?

    Comment by Jai on October 24, 2005 @ 1:55 pm
  21. Congrats! I always say the first thing I would do with disposable income (if I every have some) will be go back to school. Keep up the good work. Thank you for the entertainment and new found knowledge here amidst a tangled web.

    Comment by Crisy on October 30, 2005 @ 10:32 am
  22. Hey there! Love this site!

    Comment by Hailee on November 8, 2005 @ 8:47 pm

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