July 2018 note: Back to blogging?

It’s been a while since I posted here. Plenty has happened to me! I:

  • Switched my master’s degree field from media arts and science to human-computer interaction.
  • Earned a master’s of science degree in human-computer interaction from Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.
  • Sold my condo in Downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Spent a summer renting a friend’s lake house in Carmel, Ind.
  • Moved to an apartment in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Began work as a doctoral student researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

Thanks to some timely help from an undergraduate student here, I have this blog up and running again. Given I am already working 40+ hours again, I don’t know if I will be able to keep it up, but I hope to keep posting from time to time – maybe when I’m drinking my morning coffee.

Coffee and newspaper for reading roundup post
Coffee and a newspaper. Photo credit: cafemama via photopin cc

Samsung Gear VR + Edge S7 could popularize virtual reality

People often ask me why I decided to study human-computer interaction after a long career in journalism and media. For me, it’s primarily because of the chance to be on the frontlines of tech innovation and explore the different ways that computing in its current forms — social, ubiquitous and immersive — are impacting media, the law and our society.

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Paying for college: August 2015 update

It’s been a few months since I updated this blog. Partly this was because of my end-of-semester crunch after Spring 2015 midterms. I had a lot of work to complete fast. Something had to give. And then came summer classes and, you know, VACATION.

With Semester 2 about to start Monday, however, it’s time for me to get back in the regular writing habit — and also, take stock of how well my plans for paying for college as an adult returning student have played out in real life.

How am I doing money-wise so far this year? Looking at my Quicken stats this week gave me pause.

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