Over Christmas, I read a technical paper on a subject I knew nothing about in an unfamiliar computer language. To be honest, I was fairly lost and rather challenged intellectually.
When I returned to StL, I signed up to give a talk on said topic: the ever-esoteric monads. (click here)
Most of my friends have suffered countless monad references and jokes lately. I have really restricted my social life so that I can prepare, much like I did when I was in school (which is unfortunate really).
I'm not afraid of public speaking but the bar is high here in terms of the people attending. Wish me luck!