“Hello world!” is the default title for a first blog post, but it seems fitting so I’ll stick with it. I’m finally starting the blog that I’ve been meaning to start for about a year now. I’m flying to Eugene Oregon tonight to attend the 2012 Oregon Programming Languages Summer School, with the intent to blog about my experiences there for a few reasons. First it will give me an incentive to gain a better understanding of the curriculum, and second when I tried to google for others’ experiences at the conference I found basically nothing, so hopefully this will help others to decide to apply in the future. Beyond that I would like this to become my research blog as I start my first year of grad school in the fall.