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One of my graduation gifts was a copy of The Ashley Book of Knots, the official guide to knots and knot-tying since its first publishing in 1944.
It contains over three thousand knots depicted in over seven thousand drawings, and they're all practical in some way or another.

I'd discovered the section on "Chain Sinnet", which basically amounts to weaving or braiding ropes, and is very similar to something called "Boondoggle" (at least, it's called that in North America, in other countries it's called "Scoubidou").

I've been experimenting with variations on a square knotted variety over the past couple of days, but discovered my right forearm started to hurt.

Turns out, it was too much too soon, and the muscles that controlled my fingers' dexterity weren't used to that much movement that quickly.
I'm going to take the next couple of days off, and then resume my experiments, but much more slowly so as not to hurt myself again.

This book covers so much material, it's going to be very difficult to do any sort of thorough reading, though I'm going to be spending much of my time in the sections on sinnet, as they're quite the interesting variety of knots.
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Overall, it was a very nice ceremony, with a bit over three hundred graduands, on a very nice day.
(which was a good thing too, as there was a procession that went through one of the many garden areas on campus)

They've been performing these ceremonies for over forty years, so they almost have the whole prep-work part (cap, gown and "hood") down to an exact science.
The only part they need work on is getting everybody into lines, though they did a pretty good job up to a point.
(the point where they didn't quite get everyone's attention when it was time to line up)

This was actually a rather major point in not only my life, but almost my entire family line.
(which really stacks up quite a bit!)

I am the first person in my family to get a full university degree in any topic.
(in this case, I'm not counting the correspondence course my paternal grandfather took for banking)

My dad had tried to take a course or two in computing science at a different university, but the course hadn't been updated in a while, so was practically useless to him.
Plus, he's been having far more success by simply reading the manuals all the way through than he would have if he'd obtained a full university degree on the topic.

It was a slightly cloudy day until the procession started towards the Convocation hall, when the sun started to get out from behind the clouds.
The ceremony went fairly smoothly, though there was a fair amount of unrest in my section. Apparently, Computing Science students are not known for their patience...

Surprisingly, I felt a spiritual presence when the chancellor was giving his address to the graduands, as if, despite religion having no place in the "modern" university, it still had a spiritual mission, whether they realized it or not.
It was almost as if we were being charged with spiritual duties as well as our physical-world duties.
(I can't speak for my fellow students, as most of the ones nearby were complaining about all the speeches we had to sit through)

So, please don't ask me questions along the lines of "what's next" because I don't know yet.
As was stated several times during the speeches, the period of time right after graduating is a time of reflection, examining exactly what you want to do next, and determining the best path to get there.
(incidentally, they need a hamster with a graduation cap on...)
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Since it's been a bit of a while since the last time I posted an update on current happenings around here, so here's another update.

Part 1: Education
My graduation application was accepted, and I'll be graduating on June 17th with a BSc (Bachelor of Science, Computing).

I've confirmed that I'll be attending the ceremonies, now I just need to rent the regalia for the event.
(so far I know that they'd prefer you to use a credit card online, and it costs exactly $30, tax included)

Part 2: Open house
This Saturday (May 28th) is the nearest campus open house, and I'll be presenting a software program that I hope will get used to teach first-year students programming techniques.

So far, I have two problems that I need to have dealt with before then. The first is that the program is nowhere near done enough to present, and the second thing is that I don't know when I'm off for lunch.
(supposedly I'm off at 2pm for lunch, and have to be back by 1pm)

Part 3: Mom's birthday on Sunday
It's only a few days until mom's birthday and I think all I have is a card just yet.
(I'd picked up a CD for her of the Irish Tenors, then found out she doesn't like tenors)

I got her a $50 gift card for her favourite fabric store and a bottle of one of her favourite bubble bath brands, but I wouldn't feel right doing the same again.
(plus I don't have $50 spare for another gift card)

Part 4: Job opportunities:
As I was involved with the ACM's international programming contest a few years ago and have a profile on LinkedIn (a Facebook-like site for professionals), I was sent a message by a representative at Google wondering if I'd be interested in hearing about job opportunities.
It took me a bit to figure out what to say, but eventually I did respond in the positive and had a fairly positive phone conversation with her.

I need to send her a copy of my latest academic transcript (which states which courses I've taken and what grade I received) and a copy of my resume.

She's going to pass them along to their Waterloo and Montreal locations (with Seattle a lesser possibility), so I need to ensure my resume looks as good as I can get it.

If I do get to work at Google, I'll have to move, no matter which branch I'd work at.
This'll be rather interesting...

Part 5: DVDs recently acquired
Somehow my dad managed to find copies of all three released Animaniacs volumes in a dump bin for $12.50 each!
(ordinarily, they're around $40 each, and that's at the cheapest place I could find it at, too)

So far, I've watched the firs two disks from the first volume, and have thoroughly enjoyed it!
(I'm going to limit myself to one disk a day so I actually get other stuff done)
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I'm very close to being able to graduate, as my graduation application is currently under review by faculty, and the university senate will be having a look at it some time around May 24 or 25.

It's been a very interesting six years, but I may finally be able to add the first bit of "alphabet soup" to my name.
("BSc", I believe it was, for Bachelor of Science, Computing)

The list of topics I've studied is quite an interesting one, so I'll put it in for you guys to see:Read more... )

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