As is probably typical, it seems that everything wants to happen at the same time. And so it's gotten to be a pretty busy time.
On the school front, classes are definitely up to full-speed now. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is occupying quite a bit of time. ERBA is continuing onward and I am continuing to enjoy doing the problem sets, even if they take some time. Being able to get back into some math, though, is nice and I had actually kind of forgotten how much I enjoy taking problems, getting some equations and just cranking through them. I do sort of wish that the problems had more applicability for me as opposed to being nuclear engineering based. But I can kind of squint and make it work. I'll have to look at some of the other courses available to me, though, and make sure to get some good math-y ones 🙂
In PDD, we've moved on and are starting to really get into defining our target userbase as well as some concepts. There's still a lot more to go towards developing a product, but I think that we're going to end up with something that's at least interesting and fun. We've decided to target the market of tea drinkers and (probably more specifically) tea drinkers on the go. After spending a lot of time with users, we're also now to where we have some ideas for products, but I'll keep those under my cap for now. The class is pretty good, though. The material is well-thought on and is definitely applicable across a variety of fields where products are built from our tea drinking type user to software products.
Eric von Hippel's class continues to just be fun. I need to get on the ball, though, and work on the papers as they're due (and the class ends) in a week and a half. I'll be sorry for it to end as I think there's a lot of useful information there. I need to do some more thinking, but I could easily see my thesis coming out of an area that would interest him. Which is a good thing to start on too.
In addition to all of that (it's not enough?), next week is the SDM Spring Business Trip. It'll be good to see the distance folks again even though it really hasn't been that long. The week is pretty jam-packed with things to do, though, so that'll just add to the already high load. One thing that I'm really looking forward to is the session with Lou Gerstner on Thursday because his success with IBM is more than impressive.
And then, there's also the Fedora beta freeze. The added week is a good and a bad thing. It's making it so that I can shore up a few things that would have either only very roughly made it or not made it at all. But at the same time, it puts freeze resolution at the same time as the business trip. Somehow, I suspect I'm not going to be sleeping much over the next week and a half.