The first leg of the journey back into academia has passed. It was a good four months. I had a great time learning coding, design, and organization. I look forward to developing on these skills and learning even more. I entered this second journey with some trepidation. I had had some professional success in the past. Maybe the best path for me would be to stay the course. But with this first leg behind me, I am much more confident that my choice to change directions was the right one.
The next leg of my journey is the four weeks of the interim term. My course for interim is called “Playing with MUD”. MUD stands for Multi-User Dungeons. In this course, we will do online roll playing. We will create and design fictional characters, give them abilities and write stories. I feel like a 1980’s D&D nerd, but this should be fun and a solid experience in computing capabilities.
However, before I return to the pressures of academia, a little R&R has been planned. My wife, Rose, and I are headed to Memphis, Tennessee and Tunica, Mississippi for a week. We plan to take in some Blues and BBQ, the Liberty Bowl Game (Go Dawgs!!!), New Years Eve on Beale Street, and some gambling at the Casinos. I am really looking forward to it.
Of course, this next week is all about getting ready for Christmas. My 11 year old son is getting a Sunl 150cc Utility Vehicle (above). I am sure he will have a lot of fun with it, but it should also be a lot of help for him on his two paper routes. My three year old is getting her own digital camera, and lots of Dora stuff. My wife and I got her parents a 50″ Plasma TV. My wife is getting an I-pad and I bought myself a new set of tires for my pick-up. On my wish list is a 250cc Kandi Spider Trike (see below). It is a knock-off of the 900cc Can Am Spider, I know, but it is a lot less expensive. (Note: From a design perspective, this web-site isn’t too bad either, however, the content could be more developed. I have a lot of questions that the site wasn’t able to answer for me.)
After interim, my spring semester includes Operating / Network Systems, Data Base Structure, Intro to Statistics, Intro to Computer Tools, and Managerial Accounting. I hope to pick up some additional IT or graphic design classes this summer and next academic year will include Advanced Computer Tools, Structured Programming, Accounting Systems, Web Communication, Web Design, Data Base Concepts, Systems Analysis and more. I expect the academic journey will be fun, but I almost want to skip ahead to see how it all turns out.