Is Oregon State's Post-Bacc Computer Science Program Worth It?

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Every once in a while, people email me to ask whether Oregon State’s post-baccalaureate computer science program is worth it. Now that I’m nearing the end (I’ll graduate at the end of winter term), I feel like I can provide an answer. This post will serve as a long-form explanation of my answer, which is yes (with some caveats).

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Idara at Two and a Quarter

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If you wondered whether or not I’d continue writing these updates every three months, well, here’s your answer. In fact, you can look forward to reading about Idara at six and a half, at ten and three-quarters, and probably even at fourteen (which I’m sure will be a great read).

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Road Trip to the Alvord

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Rachael and Idara and I recently returned from a five day trip to Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert. In lieu of a full writeup, here are a few pictures we took along the way, plus captions.

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Idara at Two

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Shortly after Idara was born, she received a a stuffed, knit doll as a gift from one of Gordy and Suellen's friends. It sat around the house for a long time, more decoration than plaything. A couple months ago, Idara decided that this doll was a part of the family.

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Read: The Last Child in the Woods

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I recently finished one of the most thought-provoking books I've read in the past few years. I often write down notes after I finish a book. Rather than keep them to myself, though, I think it would be nice to share them here. This book seems like a good place to start.

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Insitu: Weeks Eight, Nine, and Ten

The last time I sat down to write about my internship, I was struggling through a lot of new concepts and information and trying to make sense of it all. Thankfully, that tide is beginning to turn.

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Building a Submersible ROV at SuperQuest

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On Monday and Tuesday of last week, I skipped work to attend a SuperQuest conference in The Dalles. The goal? Build a submersible ROV and test it out at a local pool.

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Tracking Wildfire Smoke

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When smoke started to descend on White Salmon a few weeks ago, I couldn't help but wonder where it was coming from. There weren't any fires burning nearby, but there were several burning in Washington, Southern Oregon, and Northern California. So which fire was supplying the smoke?

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Insitu: Weeks Six and Seven

I’m now passed the halfway point of my internship and realizing how quickly time is passing. I’ll finish up here in mid-September and then start school again the week after that. Here are some random, loosely organized thoughts on what I’ve learned.

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the rolling rock The rolling rock in the living room.

A few weeks ago Rachael and I rented a house on Bainbridge Island with some old friends from Qatar. Inside the living room we found this giant rock resting on the carpet. I immediately tried to pick it up, but it was far too heavy. It appeared perfectly spherical, as if it were made by a machine. The real story, it turned out, was even more impressive.

The owner of the house told us that she and her husband had long been searching for a large spherical rock and one day they found one. It was on a beach in Alaska, and since they were running a crab fishing boat at the time, they had the ability to bring it home. They used the crab trap lift to move it onto the boat and then contracted with a freight company to transport it back to Washington. She said it weighs about 350 pounds, and a geologist she knows estimated that it probably spent about a million years being rounded off in the bottom of a stream or river. Incredible.

Over the course of the few days we spent there, I alternated using it as a chair and a footrest. I rolled it around a bit and stood on it like a bear at a circus. I told myself that someday, when I own a house, I’ll find for it a giant, rolling rock.