Getting started: 60 seconds to Underworld

As the old truism states, the best way to learn is by doing.

This is terribly unhelpful since, really, you can't 'do' anything until you learn. This is a Catch-22 that every grad student encounters; doubly so when it comes to anything involving code, where daily life provides very little in the way of intuition.

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