Hello Travis. Thanks for adding me. I have to agree with you on what you wrote about having one potential, but I would give it a wider meaning. I would say there´s just one possible path (that each of us follow), even though we as individuals choose that path. Paradogically, in my view, we choose that only possible path for each of us.
Just a little, I'll have a course on XML and its applications in the fall and will learn more about it then. :P
So far I've mostly been stydying the linguistics side, and will have more of the "computational" stuff this year. Very interesting though. :)