So, I suppose an update is long overdue! After all, I didn't write a single journal in 2013!
Well, first off, the greatest geek holiday you've probably never heard of is upon us! March 14th is no less than -day (since in the United States we always put the month before the day, March 14th is 3.14), "Talk Like a Physicist Day" www.preposterousuniverse.com/b… and Einstein's Birthday en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein ! So let your nerd flag fly free today! Learn something new about physics, math, and/or astronomy. Make a reference to your wave-function en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_fun… , or virtual particles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_… . If you'd like to keep it simple, you could just have an iced coffee and think deep thoughts, as Einstein liked to do. It's all in the spirit of March 14th! Apparently, I won't need to do anything out of the ordinary!
Secondly, I've recently passed a number of important milestones in my life. As of last June, I've been out of college/university for the first time in 8 years, having finished my most recent pair of degree programs. Life has been very interesting in the last year, to say the very least! There have been a lot of ups and downs, but I'm definitely enjoying the added freedom of not constantly being in either class or at work.
Lastly, it appears that I'm becoming a writer, of sorts. When did this happen?! It just kind of happened! I've never experienced inspiration to draw or paint or sculpt, but I have been struck with the inspiration to write several times. On a few occasions the urge was so strong that it keep me up at night, and I had to get out of bed and just write! Now I understand what artists mean when they talk about the need to create. I also understand what they mean when they talk about the flaws in their own work, the flaws others don't see because they only see the finished product and not your original intent. I've experienced the bizarre sensation of starting with an idea, only to have it turn into something else entirely. So, all of my artist and writer friends, for the first time in my life I have an idea of what it's like to see the world through your eyes. It really is a different way of seeing the world.