Well, my job search is over. As of today, I've accepted an
offer from Google for a summer internship. I'll be in New York City
from June 1st through August 21th, working at
Google's 9th Avenue office. I'm not sure where exactly I'll be living (I'm looking to
apartments, student housing, etc., but haven't settled on anything yet),
but I'll try to keep you, my loyal readers, up to date.
It was a hard decision (I had a few offers, including DreamHost and
DirecTV, plus more interviewers interested), but, I mean, it's sort
of hard to say …
A Beautiful Day To Be Outside
Today was an absolutely beautiful day. Clear blue skies,
mid-70's temperature, low smog, completely perfect. So, like any other
sane human being, I decided to take a walk. Specifically, I hiked up to
the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, which is a nice little place a
few miles north of campus. On the way there, I was really struck by
life in California. Here I was, walking along on one of the most
beautiful days of the year, and I didn't see more than a half-dozen
other pedestrians on the two-and-a-half mile walk up to the park. Of
course, I saw several hundred cars, trucks, and SUVs. I saw people
driving from their homes on Mills down the street to Vons and back
again. It's so weird here – on the one hand, a lot of people seem to be
"fitness freaks" and very concerned with "wellness", but on the other
hand there's this overbearing car culture…
Back at Mudd
Well, break's over. I'm back at Mudd. Hopefully, I'll keep updating as
the semester goes on.
So, I'm currently in San Clemente for a couple of days before going back
to Claremont. As usual, the trip cross-country was fun. Lots of hours
in a tin can. Anyhow, something amusing happened at T.F. Green when
I was leaving. TSA got confused by my backpack in the X-Ray machine
(understandable, since it's got a zillion wires and such in it). So they
start going through it and they find that I brought a copy of Mohsin
Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The guy then ignores the rest
of my bag, pulls out the book, and runs it through …
I just had a fun day. For some value of fun, at least. I spent most of
the day fighting with CMSs for the Narrows Center for the Arts,
which is considering moving away from their antiquated website that some
guy hacked together for them. I mean, not that tables-based layouts
aren't still cool and all. Oh wait, they're not. So I was playing with
Joomla and Drupal to see if I could cobble together something
slightly less ugly. I ended up spending most of the day withing with
Drupal, the Drupal Content Construction Kit, and Contemplate.
Joomla's admin …
Here's the rules, as I've seen them on the Internet:
- Grab the nearest book.
- Open it to page 56.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these
- Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual
one: pick the CLOSEST.
And my result is,
"But this concept of nature is confirmed by experience and must
inevitably be presupposed if there is to be possible experience, which
is coherent knowledge of the objects of sense in accordance with
Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals …