October is going to be a crazy month in terms of giving talks. The week of October 8th alone I’m participating in two panels, presenting a conference paper, and giving an invited talk. As a result September has been a month filled with talk planning and slide making. Such concentrated effort has meant thinking about a lot of my research interests in a short period of time, and it’s highlighted that some projects inspire more passion for me than others. I don’t generally start a research project if it doesn’t interest me, so it’s not a matter of dislike. But some research particularly excites me, like the computational thinking project that I finished last year. When I was preparing the invited talk that in part covers that project I found myself so concentrated that I had trouble seeing when I finally looked up from the screen. And I can’t wait to give it. In the middle of the too-busy month that is October 2012, it’s nice to have something I look forward to so much.