12 Feb 2004 kai   » (Journeyer)

Life: After more then 5 years I'm now studying mathematics again, giving it a second try. I've taken 3 classes this term: analysis, linear algebra, and computational mathematics. One week (and one examn) to go and I'm pretty tired. Studying math is definitely rewarding - feels almost like getting an upgrade for my brain :^D I think it'll help me with my programming skills as well in the long run but for now it's adding to the confusion. Last time I tried to study math my personal situation made it impossible to continue and I often felt like being caught in an endless loop since then. Things started getting better when I moved to Berlin and it seems I'm back on track now. Should do more sports, though ...

Free Software: Last fall I've contributed to a PHP/mySQL/X*L portal engine project: cyx5 and learning a little SQL was very interesting (as was having my first exposure to XSL). Maybe I'll have some time to hack on it again during the next two months.
What's cool about it is that it actually started out as a distributed team project - unlike most successful Open Source projects out there. It's a way of working I very much enjoy, and I fear it's the only way that works for me at all - I'm just too unorganized to be productive in isolation for a long time. Maybe that's something mathematics is going to help me with, too.

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