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September 06, 2009

back in school

Hopefully this will be one of the last beginning of semester reminders to my dear friends reading this to expect little for posts. I may yet graduate.

I'm taking thirteen hours, working four or five days a week and trying to make it to ballet. I took three hours of ballet this past wednesday and it was killer. Learned a lot from Diane about Pointe, but school the next morning with all of its walking and flights of stairs was about the death of me.

Despite all this, and the wedding planning, I still feel like I need to do more. My career is in a different place than it was when I went back to school after Katrina, unemployed, off of a two year not-well-paid consultant's gig, still doing a lot of sysadmin.

I've really fallen into programming, debugging, fixing things - I still have some sysadmin work but I turn down offers for it otherwise, being responsible for one company's servers' wellbeing is enough.

I want to build something of my own but what I find that I'm best at is taking things apart. I discovered taking Golden's Reversing class in the spring that I do still like security - I just hate policy work and securing systems, which is what security work consists of down here for independents other than some forensics, which I haven't done any of.

I suppose I will leave this open ended, as to where to go from here?

candice at September 6, 2009 04:25 PM


Dunno, but I went back to school as well in 2008. Right now, I'm pursuing a Master's in Math in Taiwan and the professors are pushing me to make it switch to a doctorate, as I will be applying to one in the US after I finish here.

Posted by: range at September 6, 2009 10:42 PM

The masters/doctorate thing is odd. I'm only still finishing my undergrad - I transferred in with a bit more than half done in the spring of 2006.

I've learned some things and met more people, which I think is the point?

So you two are thinking of leaving taiwan for parts elsewhere?

Posted by: candice at September 7, 2009 06:50 PM

Not building something of your own is the one thing that really gets to me about my (net/sysadminish) job. On a good day, things are slightly smoother than they were at the start. I've done the same kind of thing for 15 years or so, and every now and then I come across an old back CD full of years of work that has all gone away since.

So how hard is sculpture, do you think?

Posted by: Howie at December 15, 2009 12:12 PM

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