Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Statement of Purpose

I think for a long time I've had a kind of magical thinking surrounding the engineers that I admire, like +Linus Torvalds or +Guido van Rossum. I attributed their success and general awesomeness to some sort of difference in their character or genetic makeup from me. Only recently have I started to realize that perhaps they were not born the great engineers that they have become, but rather they became great over a long time of working very hard on topics of interest to them within our field. They earned their credentials, admiration, and expertise. I would like to do the same.

I'm out of school and really have no interest in returning. My education is my responsibility now, in fact it always was, even when I was in school, I just didn't realize it then. I am making new educational goals for myself which have little bearing on advancement in academy and are entirely for the purpose of bettering myself as an engineer and as a person in general.

I would like to use this blog to help hold myself accountable to these goals, to share what I have learned, and to start a dialogue with like-minded professionals in my various areas of interest for the betterment of all. I hope to have a lot of fun doing this work, and I put myself into everything I do, so you may see the occasional off-topic post on matters related to my personal life or outside interests such as blacksmithing, motorcycles, life in the San Francisco Bay Area, etc.

Feel free to drop by anytime and say hello. Thanks for reading.

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