Why haven’t I been blogging? Because a massive bug flew into my room and stole all the keys off my keyboard.
That’s not completely true. I did wake up to a massive bug in bed with me just a couple morning ago, but I can assure you he got nowhere near my computer in the 3 attempts it took to kill him.
I have however been keeping very busy in my finals weeks as an IBMer this summer. This coming week is my last, so I’ve been busy making final decks and reports to give presentations and debriefings.
The weekend after Yo Yo Ma: my lovely boyfriend ventured all the way to the big apple to see me. I got to act as the NYC native and show off all my favorite places and explore some new adventures since I had company. We started off in Williamsburg Friday night, one of my favorites for shopping and a delicious meal at an Asian restaurant-sushi and teriyaki salmon- YUM. We also walked along the East River getting his first glimpse of Manhattan. (See I really am learning- you can’t see Manhattan from Manhattan, ergo start in Brooklyn.
Saturday I drug him all over the city from Times Square to Belvedere Castle in Central park to the Natural History Museum. We ate a beautiful Mexican dinner at Gabriela’s on the upper west side (I highly recommend it) and finished off the night at the observation deck on top of Rockefeller Center- finally got my night view of the empire state building. Sunday we were lazy and took the time to tour New Rochelle, and saw the movie Moonrise Kingdom (which was completely gorgeous, and quite humorous in a quirky way- another recommendation.)
Monday he left- and I went on to work.
Then that week I was fortunate enough to be invited to the IBM sponsorship with Business Week. They run a series on Bloomberg called “Fix This” which was about security this month. We were given a tour of the Bloomberg studio which was extremely impressive and has me wondering if I want to go into TV. I’ve enjoyed all my video classes so far and am hoping to get into the studio class in the spring since it conflicts with my French course this fall.
Afterward we were able to attend a cocktail hour with the panelists at the Fix This roundtable. A co-worker and I approached Barrett Brown, sometimes referred to as the spokesperson for anonymous. I’d heard of anonymous but never fully looked into what it was so we were interested to talk to him. He explained some of the work he’d done in other countries using technology and social media to point out governmental flaws. Some of the ideas I think are really interesting and if pursued in a gentler manner could promote some great changes. I was taken aback with how outspoken he was. I would think if anonymous were to have a spokesperson they would have chosen someone who could take their ideas and spin them in a way which promoted belief in the group. Barrett made it hard to like anonymous or him as a person. He was a self professed “alcoholic” and “loner”, admitting to having no hobbies aside from drinking and reading political articles. At one point he turned to me to express his disappointment in the fact that only wine was served at cocktail hour when vodka would get him drunk quicker.
I would have been interested to learn more about the proactive things anonymous could do- but instead I was berated with radical information and political views. The one interesting thing I learned was about the motivation behind a potential cyber war- many people believe cyber wars to be impossible because the only motivation behind cyber attacks is to gain money. From what Barrett said, anonymous has no interest in gaining money but rather in uncovering an exposing political and governmental corruption. This then begs the question, could we be looking at cyber terrorism in the future?
The weekend following I ventured up to Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow for some shopping and a walk along the Hudson River. I ate at a really delicious restaurant called Sunset Cove on the Hudson and finished the night with the new Spiderman movie.
This weekend I went shopping in SoHo and found some great back to school items at Mango and UNIQLO- neither of which can be found in Missouri, and of course UNIQLO doesn’t have an e-commerce site yet. It seems like all my favorite clothing shops are impossible to get to. Glad I was able to pick up some much needed tights for this winter though. UNIQLO makes literally any clothing item you would want in any color you would need. There was a wall with a rainbow assortment of tights directly under a wall with a rainbow assortment of puffy coats. There was an entire portion of the store devoted to every color of jean imaginable in every style and size. This is where you go when you want basics- and I’m so sad to be losing it so quickly.
After this week I’ll give a wrap up report of the work I’ve done with IBM. It’s very interesting because every other intern I have met is in a program which will basically make them a job offer at the end- but since my position is special I’m not in that same situation… which in the end is probably ideal. I’d hate to turn down a position at IBM, but I’m also really unsure of what the future holds for me- and New York is a little farfetched for the meantime. Hoping to meet up with a Drury Alum tomorrow- I’ll keep you posted.