Well, more grad apps submitted

CMU HCII, MIT Media Lab, and the NSF and NDSEG fellowships. CMU and MIT were mostly done already, but the fellowships required me to write a bunch more essays. This was frustrating and a bit depressing, although I had two days I didn’t know what else to do with anyway. I feel like the NSF app is all about diversity, and the NDSEG app at least hopes that maybe some part of your work might be defense-related, but it’s worth applying anyway, I suppose. Getting one of these is the “golden ticket” that lets you study anywhere (because nobody has to worry about paying you, so, why not?), but not getting either is fine too.

Here’s hoping! I’m not all too worried; something will turn out.

In other news, here’s a snarky quote: I’ve been listening to the Dalai Lama talk about Buddhist stuff in the day, and I’m reading H.P. Lovecraft stories about Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, Mi-Go, and the Great Old Ones at night. Learning about both worlds seems pretty similar.

What I mean by that: you can talk about Buddhism for ages¬†without saying anything practical. Okay okay yes, we have emptiness, causality, suffering, and the four noble truths. Beyond that, we have Nagarjuna, Avalokiteshvara, Milarepa, Maitreya, the Eightfold Path, the Nine Understandings or something, Dharmadutta, Dharmakaya, Theravada, reincarnation, Karma, … which are all either nice concepts or cultural baggage, but what do you do? I guess I just want to stop talking until I gain some wisdom and have something to talk about. (which doesn’t explain why I went to hear some teachings. Oh well, check off HH on the celebrity sighting checklist.)

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