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Crazy Months and New Beginnings

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The month of May has raced by this year.  I spent the first two weeks frantically attempting to finish projects and study for finals in three graduate level courses.  I was skeptical of a nine-hour maximum class load when I started last fall because it was half of the max load allowed at UIUC, but this past semester has taught me that the nine-hour maximum was there for a reason.  I didn’t have a job that semester and I still felt like I just squeaked by.  In hindsight, I would’ve taken either the video journalism class or the media law and digital essentials classes.  The video class was definitely the heavy end of that semester, but I finished May 16 for better or for worse and that kicked off the next two weeks of my crazy life.

My father wanted to get my car’s registration renewed in Missouri and not go through the hassle of re-titling it and finding insurance in Virginia.  Unfortunately, that meant I had a 700 mile car-trip to start right as I finished finals.  I made the trip over the course of three days and in hindsight I could have probably done it in two, but it was the furthest I’d ever driven alone and I was thankful for the 300-400 mile sessions.  I then started a new car-trip from St. Louis to Lawrence, KS to see my brother graduate from law school before things got really nutty.

Originally, I was supposed to fly back to DC for a class and then immediately fly to Chicago so that I could help my fiancée move in with me in DC.  The weather decided otherwise and I was stranded in Kansas City until Tuesday night when I caught a flight straight to Chicago.  The move went well, but that week of packing, driving, and unpacking rounded out the end of May and we’re just finishing up the last of the unpacking.

It’s been a long month and I’m glad to see it gone.  Hopefully I can get back to meaningful projects like, gasp, actually watching and reviewing films!  I’m also supposed to be rebuilding the StarvingFilmCritic.com website because I feel to constrained by WordPress to actually post on it.  WordPress is a great blogging client, but I’ve had a lot of difficulty trying to get the website to look and run the way I want it.  My older brother is a computer wiz as well as being a law-nerd and has agreed to help me rebuild the website with the Django web-framework.  I’ve had some experience with C and assembly languages for the LC-3 processor, but Django is based on Python and I haven’t touched code or an editor in a long time.  I have a lot to learn and relearn before the website will go up.  This is going to take a while.

In the meantime, I think I’ll try to use this blog to talk about things a bit informally.  I’ll post some light movie reviews and updates on learning about Django, but I’ll also put up some straight personal blog posts and nerdy things that interest me like Minecraft, Halo, anime, webcomics, and the like.

Cross your fingers and hope for the best!

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Written by Christopher Siler

2011/06/04 at 08:19

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