Friday, January 23, 2009

Let's get you caught up...

Hey all!  If you've noticed that I only have like 2 articles up for the entire month, there are some reasons.  I hate letting a blog go slack, but life's been crazy.  If you wanna get caught up on ME, here it is.

First of all, I'm in the process of applying to graduate schools.  I'm looking at PhD programs in Microbiology and Immunology and I've already shipped out 6 apps.  They took me forever to fill out because some of the schools have the MOST CONVOLUTED APPLICATIONS EVER!!!!  Some were actually very well organized, but others just drove me crazy.  I'll let you know where I applied and who I heard back from in a future post, just for the sake of clarity.  If you REALLY wanna know more, bother me on twitter.

That aside, the ThinkGeek post/video really went wild.  It took a long time to get everything straight and we were plagued by audio problems when uploading to YouTube (which is why it was originally on Vimeo).  Between all the video locations and syndications, we got over 150K hits on that video.  It's very exciting to make something that prolific.

What else?  Well at the moment I'm taking two steps back from my freelance blogging, just because I think I needed a little breather.  It's not hard to write good stuff, but it's hard to do it consistantly.  At the moment I'm only a contributor to MakeUseOf (was a staff writer before) and I'm still working for Yan over at GeeksAreSexy.  Hopefully I'll remember to keep this blog going with the lighter workload.

My other main hobby, performance magic, has become bigger and bigger recently.  I have done some small shows for parties that I've been to and my karate school in Richmond.  Now I'm even beginning to work on some mentalism, which is a whole lot of fun.

Lastly, I'm in my last semester of classes here at Mason.  I really wasn't expecting my courses to be that much fun because they are mostly stuff I had put off, but I have been surprised by the quality so far...

Hope everybody has a great end of winter/beginning of spring.  Keep checkin The Beat for my random stuffs.  Also, a new blog should blossom out of this one later in the year (leaving Mason heralds the end of Mason Tech Beat), so look for the eventual post on that too.

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