Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Falling

Fall is my favourite time of year. It has something to do with cool breezes, fiery leaves, getting to wear cords and turtlenecks but no coat, classes starting... But after a four-month leave of absence from the university, I'm feeling a little anxious about getting back into it.

I know that the fall term is going to be demanding. First and foremost, the dissertation needs to be submitted. So many good ideas have been shelved in order to comply with formal rules and informal expectations that some days I barely recognise my own project. Nonetheless, I think I've finally found a way to satisfy them and me, so now I just have to do it. I also have a TA position - only 10 hours of work a week so that I can concentrate on my own research and writing before teaching two courses in the new year. And I'm looking forward to two conferences: in October I'll be presenting a paper called "Virtually pervasive, actually local: mobile & context-aware computing" at the Insides, Outsides and Elsewheres conference, and in November I'll be in Berlin for Design Engaged 2005.

Hmmm. It seems that writing this all out has already made me less anxious. Good.

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