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Poor owls...

Jan. 30th, 2011 | 01:01 pm
mood: busy busy

KIERON: (doing linear algebra homework, to himself) "Does it look like the owls are going to survive?"
ME: (next to him, doing number theory homework) "Does it?"
KIERON: "Noooo. Look, the graph goes down."
KIERON AND ME: (together) "Awwwww, poor owls."
KIERON: "... Don't worry. I can save them by changing a variable."

MORAL: If you change your variables, you, too, can save the theoretical owls!

... This was probably funnier at the time, which was about ten minutes ago.
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I haven't posted in about 5000 years.

Jan. 23rd, 2011 | 07:34 pm
mood: wheeeee... wheeeee...

I have been lurking! Lurk lurk lurk. Let me know if you want me to leave stalkercomments on your posts. I try not to be too creepy. No unwanted comments on your posts! Welllll... as few as possible. It helps if you publish your comment policy.

I won't promise I'll update more. I'm carrying 19 credit hours. (I probably need to drop a class.)

On the bright side: I am not dead! As it turns out, vast quantities of homework aren't lethal, just painful and embarrassing, kind of like bowel malfunctions.

... If I could drop the class called "Omega Lambda Tau" without causing the organization to self-destruct, I might do that. Bids go out this week, so hopefully I will have more time for my home warks. Hopefully I will also get the hang of writing math proofs.

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So my boyfriend wrote a video game...

Jul. 12th, 2010 | 07:37 pm
mood: tik tak tik tak

You should check it out and vote for it starting on Wednesday, July 14 (two days from now) so that he can win a scholarship and pay the rent at college, since our school decided that it would be a remarkably good idea to hike the tuition by six thousand dollars!


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The Secret to Surving Academia

Dec. 2nd, 2009 | 12:47 pm
mood: procrastinating procrastinating

catenate linked to this article over at Facebook, and I wanted to point some things out about why the article makes a number of good points while being completely wrong about everything.

What the article missing is some base-level postulates. If you stipulate that you are living in order to do as many things that you find valuable as you can, everything becomes much clearer. You can conclude that the path to your own valuable things is in creating valuable things for other people, and that's an achievable course of action.

This is why, about four and a half semesters into my higher education, I abruptly decided that I needed more math, science, and engineering in my life.

All the humanities do for me is give me existential crises and complicate my world. All I need to know is that I should treat every human being as a person just as I am a person and that I shouldn't be a douchebag. If I'm spending all my free time worrying about how powerful, rich, heterosexual white males subjugate everyone who isn't a powerful, rich, heterosexual white male, I'm (a) not happy and (b) not fixing the problem.

Iin other words, the trick is to learn how to be happy while fixing copiers.

I sent the author an e-mail. It probably wasn't helpful, but I can hope.

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And now back to work on the project that's due in just over three hours. You know, the one that's worth 15% of my grade, the one of which have so far completed roughly 40%.

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Gah, Clarkson

Nov. 17th, 2009 | 10:04 pm
mood: grumpy grumpy

So, a while back (right in the middle of midterms, if you were wondering), Clarkson "resolved" my ongoing roommate conflict by moving me "temporarily" to a handicapped single in the middle of a floor of freshman boys in the dorm furthest away from my upper-class peers. As it turns out, by "resolved", they meant "we will do nothing whatsoever to help you" and by "temporarily", they meant "for the second half of the semester".

Well, okay, I thought at the time. It is an improvement, and it appears that no one is going to to anything else to ameliorate the situation, and they'll find me a real place for next semester.

So, once I got out of the wave of three tests that characterized last week, I followed up with Residence Life. It went a little bit like this:

ME: "So, Res Life, when are you moving me out of temporary housing?"
RES LIFE: "You should look off-campus."

In the meantime, I'm stuck in this room, and while it is more livable than an environment with three openly hostile ass-bitches...

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Generic Dating Advice for Everyone

Nov. 4th, 2009 | 10:35 pm
mood: busy busy

Because people keep asking me.

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Am I right?

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End-of-the-Semester Crunch

Nov. 4th, 2009 | 09:04 am
mood: grouchy grouchy

Well, I made it almost 70% of the way through the semester without getting hella behind in any of my classes. It's an improvement! And once again, the problem class is Physics. I'm doing fine on the tests somehow, but homework is increasingly difficult and just flat-out long-- and the worst part is that I can't really complain because there is no substitute for doing Physics problems in terms of actually gaining a deep and intuitive understanding of the material. (I can and will complain about the online component of the homework, though. Seriously, what the FUCK, I paid $80 for some shit thing that's hard to use and doesn't get me partial credit. This is my angry face.)

Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning Systems is a joke class, and the joke is no longer funny now that it's taking some of my time if I want to pass the tests. At least 35% of the points are total gimme points: if you show up and do the labs, you'll ace them. It's not even homework: you just show up during the scheduled block and you can pretty much finish it-- that is, IF Clarkson's network is up. (Come on, Clarkson. Fix your network; you have a ridiculous amount of downtime for a tech school where students rely heavily on technology for coursework.)

Project Management is still fun, but it's also turning into work! I haven't been working on the major project that's due at the end of the year because I've been juggling Physics, and there's one assignment due this afternoon and

I feel like there's something I'm missing in Diff EQ because it's so incredibly easy, but I can't find it anywhere. (Seriously, who came up with this subject? You just fit the equation to the form for any analytic solution. I guess it's a good refresher of Calc I & II before Calc III?) There's a test tonight, though, and AAAAAHHHHGGGG I am nervous even though it looks like positive SIMPLESAUCE. However, if I bomb it, I can just retake it during the final slot. My first two test grades are good, so it shouldn't be a huge deal.

Finance is easy and the workload is pretty much constant. Thank god there's at least one.

I register today at 12:30. Next semester looks something like this:

Calc III
Chem II
Operations and Supply Chain Management

That's in order. The first three are MWF, the latter two are just MW. There are labs and recitations on TuTh.

In short, ouch, but hopefully next semester there will be less of a peak on Wednesdays where EVERYTHING IS DUE AT 5:00 AND THERE IS A TEST AN HOUR LATER.

This post was brought to you by Wednesdays. I'm completely overloaded with work, so clearly I am not working on ANY of it.

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Oh, Business Majors

Sep. 30th, 2009 | 04:46 pm
mood: amused amused

According to the manual that goes with my financial calculator: "Few people ever get to work with money amounts that exceed 9,999,999,999.00, but, if you are one of those people whose assets exceed ten billion, you may be interested in how the EL-733A handles large numbers like these."

Or you can buy a better calculator.

Always look on the bright side of a business major: there may always be unintentional hilarity in unexpected places.

On the flip side, there are also simplified explanations of (for example) the difference between Newtons and pounds of force.

Just remember: Y2K was a major impetus for companies to update their technology resources. I learned that at college.

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In Which Clarkson Deals Poorly With Housing Situations

Sep. 22nd, 2009 | 07:24 pm
mood: enraged enraged

My roommate situation is still slightly ridiculous. I'm trying to work with an RA to make things work, but...

ROOMMATES: "You wake all three of us up when you come in at 2AM! We have ROTC scholarships!"
ME: "I have academic scholarships. I need to study."
ROOMMATES: "Well stop waking us up! You can sleep on the couch!"

Dear Roommates:

Not bloody likely. I pay $3400 a semester for this bed. I am going to sleep in it.


Apparently, it is a common Clarkson exploit to be a total douchefuck to your roommates until they leave you with a single. I blame in part whatever genius came up with the idea of having an apartment with three single-sized rooms (with only one ethernet port per bedroom! what the fuck) house four students, and in part whatever administrative agency doesn't have adequate controls to keep roommates from fucking with you.

Because, even if my housing situation is extremely uncomfortable, it's better than my friend's situation.

It's time to start figuring out how to get the fuck off-campus, I think, because this is beyond ridiculous.

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Food, Math, and the Semester So Far

Sep. 4th, 2009 | 05:01 pm
mood: competent competent

*Considering a math minor. I have thoughts in my head, and I need a better vocabulary in order to describe them! Sub-areas if I start considering this more seriously:
-Talk to Diff EQ prof to try to quantify what classes I'd ideally like to take.
-Talk to advisor.
-Will this completely screw up my graduation timeline?

*Thinking about food is weird, given my vegetarian bias. I need to try more things and be less picky! Who has thoughts about what a "meal" should be? What do you like to eat?

*Roommate situation remains weird. They're polite(ish), but chilly. I can sort of understand why they're put out that I'm there (our room is tiny! and I am not one of their social group!), but there is no call to be talking shit at 7:15AM about how I shut down my computer and the lights as soon as my RM went to bed, and then took an additional half an hour to get ready for bed (brush teeth, change, etc.). I walked around, folks, and then I had the audacity to blow my nose while I was in bed. So you're ROTC and have to wake up at 5:15AM? Well, I'm not, and you snooze six times when I'm trying to sleep. Sorry it sucks, but now it's time to cope.

*A List Of Things I Have Accomplished So Far This Semester (to be updated)
-Resumé updated and posted online
-Set up ongoing support services to see me through the semester
-Physics HW x1
-Diff EQ HW x1
-Project Management HW x1
-Finance HW x1

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