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Hello World!

That feels like a suitably nerdy title for the first post on my first website.  That whole hello world as the first program that one writes when learning a new language seemed a little weird to me.  Is it just superstition, or is it that all the programming books teach that in the first chapter?  I took an introduction to Visual Basic course, and that was the first program taught in the book.  I think it'll be interesting to see if that holds true for other languages as I start to get deeper into programming.

It's strange to me to be writing something like this.  By nature, I'm basically a hermit.  I don't like crowds, I try to cover up whatever I'm doing if I think it might lead to a conversation that could be weird or awkward, I really just try to blend in.  It's bizarre to think that I'm going to write something that anyone could see, and just stick it out on the internet.  It's a little hard not to feel egomaniacal at the thought that anyone would be interested in this.

My goal in doing this is to help establish myself online, since it looks like this whole internet thing isn't going away.  Since I'm interested in pursuing a career in technology, I should probably embrace it.  It seems like it's getting to the point where not having an online presence will be perceived with the same instant confusion and distrust as someone who never drinks who isn't a recovering alcoholic.  Who knows, having a place to vent may even be healthy.  I'm sure my wife will appreciate it, because up until now, she's been the sole audience for my rants and pontifications on subjects I know she doesn't care about.

I'm really hoping that I have the hutzpah to stick with this.  It would be nice if people found this and read it, but I think it has a real value to me even if they don't.  It'll be interesting to see how this evolves as I get into it.  I think that's enough for now.  Until next time, world.

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