Arthur De Belen

One must imagine Icarus happy.

Hello, and welcome to my site! I’m Arthur, an MEng student at MIT studying computer science, looking for work as a software engineer in August 2024, and also considering entering grad school in some distant future. General things I find interesting and/or enjoy include programming languages, logic programming, computer-assisted proofs, musical and non-musical theater, horror movies, and many other misc. things. Check out my resume to learn more about my past work experience.

Why the subtitle “One must imagine Icarus happy.” ?

The demo Hugo theme that is the basis for this website, Hugo XMIN, has a subtitle “Keep it simple, but not simpler”, so I decided to substitute in something more applicable to myself. It’s a fusion of “One must imagine Sisyphus happy” from Camus, and a reference to the myth of Icarus and Daedalus. Something there resonates with me, both with the idea of Sisyphus’ unending punishment/goal to keep pushing a boulder up, only to lose everything at the precipice of glory, and trying again, and with the idea of flying towards the Sun on wings built by a metaphorical progenitor, blinded by the ambition and only being able to be that ambitious through someone else’s dreams. If I were able to articulate this more clearly, I’d be a writer instead.

All pages not under the root directory of the website are listed below. You can also visit the list page of a single section, e.g., posts, or notes. See the About page for more background about me and this website.