Gibson speaks... I relate.

This afternoon I'm running over to the research buildings to hear William Gibson speak about something. Anything. Really, I don't care, anything. Gibson is easily my favorite author since my English teacher introduced me to Neuromancer back in high school. My teacher noted that my writing style was about as dense and cryptic as Gibson's (not exactly a compliment, but whatever).He also mentioned that I'd probably enjoy the themes in the book as well. Was he ever right (he was also right about my writing style, but whatever).

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On moving into the future...

My parents live in Dubuque, Iowa. Over the holidays it is common for me to make a pilgrimage from my home in Redmond (not far from the main Microsoft campus) to the Midwest. Typically the pilgrimage takes me from SeaTac airport to Chicago O'Hare followed by a short hop to the tiny landing strip at DBQ. This year on the four hour flight to Chicago, I decided to get caught up on a couple things going down in my little corner of the blogosphere.

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Inside the MSI file format.

I've sat down to write this blog no less than four times in the last week. Each time something has come up that has pulled me away from actually getting far enough into writing that it becomes basically self-propelled. Now tonight, I know there is at least one person out there focused on getting her homework done so I thought I'd buckle down and plow through a bit of writing myself.

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2nd cousins

Most of my family is out in the Midwest, but I do have an aunt and uncle that live here in Washington. Their kids, thus my cousins, are about ten years older than I and in very different stages of their lives than me. For example, both cousins have three kids where I have none. Three of those kids, which are 2nd cousins to me, live closer than the others and I've gotten to know Bryce (12), Chloe (8), and Brody (5) pretty well.

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