Paul Graham's latest post, News from the Front, was irrationally comforting.
I've often wondered if I should have taken a high school biology teacher's advice and applied to somewhere like MIT. My life obviously would have been very different, but also, obviously, it wouldn't have made me any smarter. Heck, I didn't even finish university, and I don't think that has hurt me any either. (Aside from my father's disappointment, and even he came around.)
On the other hand, I might have met different people by being somewhere more "active" than the middle of nowhere in the Saskatchewan prairies.
I don't have any regrets, but it's interesting to wonder about.