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19 March 2007 @ 11:10 pm
Now I'm getting all moved in  
Most of the stuff is out of boxes, which is calming. But now the symmetrical book-stacking begins, as I plan little courses of study for myself in the various fields which hoard my spare time. All this time has pretty much affirmed that I want to go to grad school in computer science, working on programming language semantics or computation models based on exotic logics. But that's a whole other post, and that won't happen for another four-five years, at least.
beltramgregor on March 20th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Grad school is a trap for the unwary and naive.
prof_vencireprof_vencire on March 20th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Exotic logics are great when dealing with planning a Kon-tiki expedition. Or diplomacy with ivory-merchant era China.

As for language semantics, the last thing I need is a machine adding to the glut of semnatic-based arguments that jab my eyes with their fingers.

Other than that, do it. Dooo it. For a masters or a PhD? The major change'll be the significant drop in luxuries for the lifestyle you live. Having a job, see, gets one spoiled. In essence, you're a peach... FULL OF WORMS. Silk worms. Very classy and monied.

Maybe they talk. You can have adventures. We'll call you "James"
a_simple_monka_simple_monk on April 1st, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Good for you
Grad school was a lot of fun and work for me, and I definitely thought it was worth it. But I guess it depends on what you want. I know from colleagues in computer science that publications are relatively easy to get, and funding is available (more so than for the biological sciences). That said, if you eventually want to go into industry, it's better to jump in a get your feet dirty with some internships while in undergrad. What I have heard is that once you have a Ph.D. in CS, it is very difficult to find a non-academic job unless you come up with something really remarkable.

Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on April 2nd, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Re: Good for you
I think that what I really want to do is teach Computer Science - and I have a number of areas of research I could work on. I've been in industry for about four years now, and I think I'd like to get back to the academics.
a_simple_monka_simple_monk on April 2nd, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)
Re: Good for you
If you want to teach, then definitely go for it. My doctoral thesis co-advisor was a professor in Computer Science. He ended up teaching 2 or 3 classes a semester, and really enjoyed it. There are also lots of TA and RA opportunities for CS grad students, and readily available funding for small projects.