I am back home in Waltham after two weeks of travel and fiddledragon
After her graduation, I rode down with her family for a week at their home in Maryland. They are wonderful people with an amazing collection of quirky hobbies. Her brother juggles fire, plays the didgeridoo, and — along with their mother — collects tarantulas. There is a stained-glass studio in the basement, where I made a sea creature from leftover shards. While in the area, we arranged meals with gorgeousgary
, both at excellent local restaurants.
While there, I also finished a semester of graduate school! Yes, the previous
semester — I emailed my final project for the social-psychology-disguised-as-computer-
science course in from the living room sofa, and my incomplete is now an A. I still have an incomplete from this past semester, but that's just work I didn't get around to, not work that nearly defeated me, so I'm much less worried about it.
Lately, I've been amusing myself by watching videos online — a handful of Star Wars
fan films, none especially worthy of mention, and then Elephants Dream
, a stunning, 10-minute computer-animated phantasm and "the first open movie" — not only the film but all the software and pre-production files are available under a Creative Commons license. But you should download and watch it because it's really good, not just because it's an important free culture milestone.