new free 7-week CS101 starts next week. It teaches python.
I not only learned a lot about Shurikens, like yourself. But I am reassured to know there are other curious people like myself who know want to and know how to "learn stuff and figure things out" . If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About..how to learn stuff and figure out things you want to know.
But what is life really all about anyway? Am I more of a success because I have a faithful wife and healthy children or is it something else?
Those are big questions...
The Harvard Grant study has tried to address those issues. Here is a recent article about the study (also from the Atlantic):
What Makes Us Happy? - The Atlantic (June 2009)
I had a path similar to the one you described - gifted high school, Ivy League college, burnout. Though instead of "civil service" I have ended up in a dilbert corporate cubicle job to pay the mortgage.
I hope this boy doesn't get Lost in the Meritocracy like I did.
Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn
I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
General George S. Patton
The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.