As I'm up working/watching a Memorial Day weekend Arrested Development marathon (OK, I'm not working that hard), I found myself wandering over to Justine Bateman's blog. Like many teens at that time period, I surely had a crush on her during her run on Family Ties. So I had noticed that last year she had decided to go back to school to study computer science (UCLA -- college to the stars-interested-in-math-and-science, apparently; I'm talking about you Mayim Blalik and Danica McKellar!). But I hadn't been reading the blog. And it's very entertaining, if only because it sounds like a freshman college blog, albeit occasionally with some pointers you might not normally find (like interviews for LA magazines). This post, about finishing up a big project (making a computer Battleship game), is really familiar to me in tone; I hear stuff like this from students all the time (and, of course, lived through it myself as an undergraduate).
The point here -- besides that I now watch and have always watched too much TV -- is that computer science is awesome.* Awesome enough that a big star of the 1980s has gotten inspired enough to go back to school and learn how to program Battleship, and more.
*And I guess another lesson is that Justine Bateman is awesome too. Not that she'll ever see this, but Justine -- best of luck to you sophomore year and beyond!