After my long-winded programming rant yesterday, I'm happy to say that I've made a decision.
I happened to do some searching on programming competitions. I had kicked myself that I hadn't found out about the node.js knockout in time to actually register. Knowing what I know now, I probably would have dropped out somewhere in the 2nd hour of the competition, but still.
So I was wondering when and what the other build-a-site-in-a-weekend competitions were. Turns out that the Rails Rumble was right in the middle of registration.
See yesterday I decided two things:
Well, the Rails Rumble happens in about a month. And it seemed like the perfect combination. I was already committed to spending a month with whatever I picked and then it would be a huge motivation booster to know that I was preparing for something specific.
I did experience both regret and guilt after registering. Regret because, hey, I'm gonna make a fool out of myself with my lack of skills (not to mention that I'll probably end up competing solo when up to 4 people are allowed on a team). And then a bit of guilt because, what business do I have competing, I should let someone more serious take one of the slots.
I didn't know at the time I registered, but you can choose to delete your team before the competition and then whoever's next on the wait-list will get in.
But I'm totally going to go for it.
Or at least that's how I feel today.
I've got a whole month to panic and delete my account.