27 Sep 2000 Judith   » (Apprentice)

I finally made it to a local LUG meeting, which is kind of pathetic, meaning pathetic that it took me so long. I just realized that all my friends are all over the world, but I don't know anybody in my home town. Sheesh! So I walk into the room and I'm the only girl out of maybe fifty people. Not only that, but almost everybody was over forty. That was particularly weird, because at 31 I'm used to being an old lady of Linux. I wonder if it's regional, or national (does living in the Midwest of the U.S. have anything to do with it, I wonder)? Not that it makes the slightest bit of difference how old you are, or what your reproductive function is, but I wonder if most of the people who use Linux are older in Ann Arbor, Michigan, or is it just that most of the people who are involved in that particular LUG are older?

Anyway, everybody there was way cool, of course, and I've pledged to get more involved locally than I have been.

On the ed front, I'm perplexed as to whether I should go for a Master's degree in math or computer science. I'm particularly interested in AI, and it seems that in order to come up with really new ideas, one should study mathematics, and then create completely new applications to the mathematics. On the other hand, lots of people a lot smarter than me have been doing CS in the AI world for a number of years now, and I should learn what they're up to. Maybe I'll just do both, dammit.

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