I am DVDKOURIL. This is my blog.

Thesis is submitted. What’s next?

A lots of stuff that’s what!

We both submitted our theses and now we just have to wait for the reviews, to see what people who didn’t spend several months looking at it think about it. But in the meantime, it’s not like we have a lot more time to do nothing. The only think that kinda changed is the pressure. In one month, we will be having our final examination and thesis defense, and that’s something you really need to prepare for. I also still need to pass an exam for my last course. And I have a lot of tasks to finish for my job at TU Wien. So no, I’m not slowing down after the thesis submission.

But it feels a little bit different. After writing something for so long, it feels good to have it printed and submitted. It’s kinda like I’m done with it (although I will have to talk about it in the defense of course). But after writing for so long, I like to get back to programming. In programming, you don’t primarily focus on making everything look perfect. You focus on getting things to work. Or at least I do. I guess I’m not a perfectionist, but I like to make stuff, see that it works, and move on.

I think I’ve already mentioned that I’m reading Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans. I really like this book. It’s pretty inspiring and contains great advice for living a life in general.

This week, I also decided that I probably should think about my goals and what I’m going to focus on in 2017. I wrote it down. The summary is something like this:

  • I want to keep myself as healthy and fit as I can. I will keep working out, maybe try new stuff. I want to focus more on my diet.
  • I want to keep writing, I want to keep blogging. This blog is primarily for me. There are several reasons why I started, but the two biggest are that I wanted to get better in writing in English, and that I wanted to capture my progress from basically nobody to somebody. I don’t know what that ‘somebody’ is, what the goals are, but I have so many things that I want to try and see what I can get out of life. I think my life is extremely exciting, I can’t even imagine where I’ll be next year, what I will be doing. But that’s very exciting for me and I want to capture this chapter of my life.
  • I want to put out more stuff. Mostly visual. I want to finish small projects—like some interactive computer graphics thingies with Cinder. I want to draw and paint again. I want to learn how to model in 3D. I would like to learn to take better pictures. I will publish all of this either on my Instagram or Tumblr. But I want to finish and publish more stuff!
  • I want to figure out how to make money other than from a job. This is a very complicated topic and I know that I’m already overcommitting with all these goals and this is a big one. But I just like to have control. Money is something that controls the whole world. My goal would be to break myself away from this. I want to make money something I never have to worry about and instead have all the time and resources to explore and experience what I’m interested in.

That’s about it. I can’t wait to get going in 2017. But first, I really need to go study for my exam…