After an early morning interview on Tuesday, I accepted an offer to go on a co-op to Assured Information Security! Even though it will be tough to leave my friends (especially the seniors) as I move 2.5 hours away, and disrupt my class schedule (pushing things back a semester), I think the hands-on work experience of applying the things I’ve learned, and learning more will be worth it. I now have the frantic task of trying to find a place to live, and thinking about what I need to take with me over winter break. I will be sure to visit Clarkson pretty regularly over the weekends so I won’t become a distant memory to those at Clarkson.
Peace and Chow,
I’m taking just a few minutes from my busy day of painting, sanding, weed whacking and boat driving to update you on my past few days in Temagami. I arrived on the 22nd and spent a good sum of time trying to get the water running, and the propane working. The pipes hadn’t been drained properly last fall, and there were a few cracked valves that needed soldering. Once that was done, we headed to Langskib (the other camp) to perform the same tasks there, all of which went very smoothly. Since then, we’ve been cleaning, painting, hauling stuff, just general preparation stuff. It’s going very well and in a few days some more staff will arrive and we’ll get underway.
Hope everyone’s summer is going well and they are finding some time to have some fun,
As some of you know, this summer (and many before that) I spent paddling in northern Ontario (and beyond). This year will be my second year on staff, and I’m one of the few who will be going up early to set this up and prepare for the influx of staff, campers and parents, who will take the islands by force. I’m leaving on my 564 mile journey on Wednesday, which I’m breaking up into a few chunks. I’m going to visit some friends in Westport, and spend the night in Potsdam, visiting Lauren and some of my other friends who are there. The next day, I continue my journey north, hopefully getting picked up in a boat (otherwise it’s a long swim) where I’ll start working.
For the first portion of the summer, I’ll be cleaning up rodent scat and prying open doors to reveal… more rodent scat. After the other staff members arrive, we’ll fix canoes, and prepare the rest of camp for the campers to arrive. Once they hit the docks, I will hopefully be assisting a trip of young men out into the wilderness for 3 weeks, portaging from lake to lake, and longs days under the sun and above the water.
I’ve been going to this camp since I was but a young lad, and although I love every minute of being there, there’s no way to communicate that with people who haven’t experienced it. When I try to share my journeys, I can sense that the deeper meaning of my travels is lost, and all is left is a week-long canoe paddle around a lake.
If possible, I will try to post pictures, or keep people updated, but part of the experience is being on a remote island, so if you don’t hear from me, I hope you’re having a wonderful summer, and I’m excited to see you in the fall.
As school is starting to come to a close, for many of use, rather than a time for relaxing with friends and preparing for summer internships or jobs, it is a time of stress, studying and many sleepless nights, either working of projects, or tossing back and forth thinking of what needs to be done. I want to wish all those who are in a similar situation good luck with their projects and finals, and encourage them to take a few hours to do something not school related, go for a walk, play a game, or just hang out with friends.
For the next 3ish weeks of school, here’s what is on my plate:
- 3 exams this week: Linear Algebra, Psych and Compilers
- Formal Methods homework (temporal logic)
- Finish semantic analysis and add code generation to my compiler (shudder)
- Do a Java HashMap speed comparision
- Take a small Psych quiz
- Write up my research on AppArmor and 0-day exploits and present to the class
- Complete my paper for WikiSym 2008
- Add some substantial code to MOSS so it can be demoed
- Study for my exams: Operating Systems, Linear Algebra, Psychology
Once all that is done, I can head home (or not) and relax and work on Wiki Wide Web and other projects until I head off to Canada for the summer, returning for Lauren’s birthday then working here in Potsdam for the remainder of the summer.
Wish me luck,