Haven’t been updating in a while, but that’s because life’s been too exciting. This summer is finally shaping up, or maybe I’m finally growing into something. Have a quiet sense of confidence now, boistered by the host of things that I have planned, the things that I’ve catalyzed, brought into motion. Business cards and emails are powerful tools, and so is a smile, and the willingness to approach anyone.
Let’s do a little recap: Since the end of last week, I’ve worked at the lab Saturday and Sunday,
Sunday night i went to Stanford to answer a grad students’ offer to eat dinner and discuss art. Met a cute girl at pinkberry with her mom, or maybe that’s an excuse. That’s the problem, right, the perception shift of everything to to be an opportunity to game.
Met Dan Maas, wizard of CG graphics. Funny how these connections work, how I mention I’m working at NASA and he tells me he animated the Rover mission. Everyone is in one small world, and we are connected so closely. Dinner with Yanshuo and Kunyang and Yutian and Wenying, a tasty Chinese dinner and some discussions on art. How I missed symposiums.
Stayed too late at Stanford, sleep on Eli and Julius’ floor, wake up early in the morning and get back to Ames, in preparation of last minute things for sending iGEM HQ our outreach email. At work, get in touch with Adam from Microsoft, get an email from Alicia of her past project in transformation of S. pasteurii, offer of launch stickers from Jen.Toastmasters meeting at lunch, apply for membership.
Experiments of drying S. past on nitrocellulose paper and reviving them on plates work. Kan resistance kills B. subtilis. It’s just one thing after another, domino blocks, can’t stop.
An overview of what happens this next week:
Tues: Running in the morning. Drupal tutorial with Adrienne. Lunch with Pasha? Maybe. Work work, dinner with Esther (leftover shui zhu yu from Trend), salsa dancing
Thurs: Startup Grind Meetup.
Friday:Lunch with Derek? Maybe.
Weekend: Berkeley, Linkedin hackathon
What is funktionlust? The feeling of pleasure, in which one does what one does best. I sit down tonight and I realize with surprise that that’s what I’ve been feeling these past few days. And its not the same pleasure as you would get from filling a hedonistic need, be it food or sex, but something more. Instead of a burst of euphoria that quickly fades to indifference (or maybe even a shadow of fear- of boredom), funktionlust is a quiet sense of things working right, the feeling of well-oiled gears. Of precision, imagine steepled fingertips. But still, its a still a funktion, as its name belies. Its a function of everything in your life working out right. It’s being able, now, of juggling multiple things.
The most brilliant thing I’ve discovered, though, is probably meetup. I think my sense of well being is supported largely by all of the new people I meet, every time I go out to do something. Strange, reading social group theory, and being told that the norm in human society is form cliques. I guess I must be wired differently, because I’d rather hop in and out of cliques than be stuck in one. There is just so much to do, I dont have the time to sit around and be bored. I refuse.