Might be interesting for a discussion of how teen (if that’s what he’s supposed to be) engineering is portrayed, often as having immediate and irrevocable negative effects that preclude any type of future...though young people practicing engineering often aren’t provided with the resources (math education, access to safety equipment) that would help prevent the negative effects that engineering activity can cause.
Done correctly, it can be fun! Sure, there can be emotional trauma, awkward moments, broken hearts, impetuous late-night phone calls that you wish you could take back the next day. But these are downsides associated with life, not with engineering per se.
A NIPS workshop on Topology Learning, to be held December 7 and 8 in Whistler, British Columbia, was recently announced on the computational geometry mailing list. The deadline for submitting 2-page abstracts is October 12.