One of the more pivotal moments was reading The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood. In it James Gleick argues that our relationship to information transforms the very nature of human consciousness.
By the time I read Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, the author Douglas Rushkoff was preaching to the choir: "Computer Programming is literacy for the 21st century."
It started small as I moved past "hello world." I began to be conscious of what was happening as I progressed into conditional statements and control structures.
But first to understand what happened next, a quick flashback even further to 2005. My senior year in high school.
Crime and Punishment lit up a part of me that had been dormant. The thrill had me furiously flipping through stacks of books and kept me chained to my keyboard, hours on end, with my heart racing. I had experienced the writer's high.
It was the realization that I had power in writing. After learning and synthesizing new ideas; every word choice can carry immense weight in the transmission of an emotion or an idea to the reader. It's a thrilling endeavor, balancing creativity and logic.
Still I continued engineering for the first two years of college, but finally gave in to my deeper interest in social sciences. I had begun a journey out of the safe pastures of hard sciences, into the mysterious wilderness of liberal arts and social sciences like foreign language, literature, and sociology. I discovered the creative drive, and began awakening to the profound and subtle beauties in art. However, the deeper I went in social sciences, the more I understood the complexity to even understand the problems problems much less having the tools to solve them. In this disillusioned and wandering state I completed my liberal arts education in 2010.
In January of 2012 I began the year as if training for a marathon. I narrowed my focus and furiously launched into a holistic computer science education; a combination of home-brewed self driven learning and formal academics at Portland State University.
So 2013 marks the beginning of my sprint towards the intersection of technology and liberal arts.