I’m still alive! I’ve been busy with graduate school applications and publishing the latest issue of my school’s student news-magazine. If you haven’t had any experience with self-publishing, it’s quite tedious and not that exciting. (At least we have a new printer that can staple and fold; we used to fold and staple by hand.) The result, however, can be quite satisfying.
As a student, I haven’t written for myself as much as I have written for my professors. There’s a certain sense of freedom that comes with freeing yourself of direct association to a rubric or grade. Of course, someone always evaluates your work, even if you only imagine that person, but the experience of writing is different when the evaluation doesn’t arrive in the form of an A-, an A, or a B-. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I read a passage in the GRE about diary writing that argued the same.
The rigors of standardized testing perfectly illustrate an immersive experience, for better or worse. Three and a half hours of pure immersive test-taking! But wait, there’s more. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a subject of the panopticon? Look no further than ETS sanctioned testing facilities cum prison cells, replete with web-cam optimized inmate observation!
Taking the GRE was wierd, to say the least.
In other news, there’s another Humble Bundle, and this time the games come from Introversion. DEFCON, Darwinia, Multiwinia, Uplink, and bonus games? My mouth is watering already.
Have a turkeyful Thanksgiving, everyone. I’ll return after the break (if my upcoming application deadlines don’t overwhelm me.)