Classes Resume

January 13, 2008

My classes start tomorrow…

Monday/Wednesday/Friday:

  • 8am – Statistics (MA2720) [Does not meet Friday]
  • 11am – Technical and Scientific Communication (HU3120)
  • 1pm – Construction Planning and Scheduling (CMG4120)
  • 3pm – Construction Project Simulation (CMG4900)

Tuesday

  •  8am – Statistics (MA2720)
  • 1pm – Construction Planning and Scheduling (CMG4120)

Thursday

  •  8am – Statistics (MA2720)
  • 12pm – IME
  • 3pm – Construction Project Simulation (CMG4900)

These short back and forth breaks are gonna suck.

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Exhausted In Da Brains

December 13, 2007

My mind really needed a break today. I got up early, went to classes, studied for exams, took an 80 question quiz, and took the Equipment Management final (which I’m not certain about, it seemed to go too fast for that professor’s typical exams, tripped me up there). Then, when I got home I started in on my Structures final exam (it’s take-home, due Friday in class). I’ve got half a question left and I have to do a technical/engineering drawing for another question. By the time I got to the question yet unfinished, my mind felt like it was trying to set a hulahoop record or something.

But, my mind is at ease to some extent. I know that my last two exams I must take next week are cake (ah snap, now I’m hungry) compared to the ones I took today. This leaves me with only the structures design project, which I haven’t touched for more than 24 hours. Figuring that taking a break from it would help me clear my mind and reset it for when I dove back in to the project.

Today (being Thursday) I’m gonna wake up around 11:30am, go to my IME meeting, and then wrap up my Structures exam. A quick hour long break or so after that to center my brain again and I’ll be working on getting the steel portion complete on the truss project. If I feel super ambitious, I’ll get the entire thing wrapped up. And if I get the entire thing wrapped up, there will be drinking. I wouldn’t mind a few pints of some KBC or Library beer after I get this finished.

Oh yeah, back to my main point which I never really outlined…

To kick back tonight, Solo and I played the original Gran Turismo. I love that game. The soundtrack is brilliant (though a bit lacking in selection) and though it isn’t really a “Real Driving Simulator” it is one of the most fun driving games. I own it somewhere, but it has possibly been stolen in the dorms or lost in the move to Chicago or KC. My goal is to find it over break.

It really goes to show that I play my old games on my PS1 and my GameCube and SNES (emulator, but I REALLY want to get one again. Donated our old one to an orphanage) more than my other systems (though I think I’m going to play the crap out of Mario Galaxy and Smash Bros. Brawl when I get them someday). Heck, I’m still playing the original Pokemon games on my DS (the FireRed version for GBA, but it is Gen I Red) and I find those games to be some of the most creative games ever.

Too much thought and effort is given to complexity, to “next generation graphics.” Screw that. Give me games like Super Mario World. Games like Crash Bandicoot. Games like the original Tomb Raider. Pokemon, Donkey Kong Country, Sim City, Heroes of Might and Magic II, Sonic 2. These games were amazingly deep because of their simplicity. It is a counterintuitive idea that simplicity is complexity, but it is absolutely true. I don’t want superior graphics, I want superior enjoyment, something that the current systems don’t offer in copious amounts like the older systems.

I suppose I’ll end my rant and head to bed. There’s some formula racing on, and I know I can fall asleep to that (Formula Atlantic? Really? Is that what Speed Channel is reduced to? Oh well, better than Unique Whips or whatever. This is actual racing).

To the Two!

April 24, 2006

Look, it is Bakke and Lackey! Their names rhyme! If you ask one of them if they want ice cream, they both say yes.

Bakke keeps me alive sometimes. Probably would've killed myself on a monitor I was taking apart had it not been for Bakke pointing out the insanely obvious sticker noting the 13,000 volts. And he would probably have messed up somthing really simple if I didn't point out something obvious to him as well. It's a pretty good system that keeps both of us alive and efficient.

I've been kinda talking out of place about him and Felicia publically. I wish them both well in whatever is going on there.

Underclassman no more

April 24, 2006

I’m a Junior. Whatever power and pride that should bring, I have not felt the effects. Nor do I believe I ever will.So, I’m in one of those indie music hipster lover moods. The kind where you just pop in some Undergrads and watch your past year go by. So I worked on my Undergrads soundtrack. Some of you (meaning Bakke) will be pleased to know that Ruckus added several missing artists from the soundtrack to their database. Yeah, we’re on the scene, we’ve got the lights down watching the screen…

Lots of stuff going on to make me feel kinda odd. Like the weather. It’s nice and all, but it also means I get allergies and that’s no good. I’m also kinda missing Jill. It’s been a while since I saw her, and that really needs to change. There are a ton of reminders that scream of her all over the place, and tons of stuff to make me fell pretty heartsick. Sometimes I think it would be nice to be able to date while in college, but then I realize that a lot of the girls up here are fickle, and I’m pretty happy with what I got.

I’ve also been kinda questioning my entire relationship with Jill, which may come as a shock to all of you. It’s not one of those “should I leave her?” questionings, but kinda thinking over why I love her, and what I like and what I don’t like about her. Also, we’ve been together for five and a half years, and some things have kinda evolved. I just wish that somethings didn’t change. There were a lot of fun times, but this current situation that we are in really limits it. I guess I’m stuck at one conclusion…

I really wish I could just restart the relationship in a sense. Like how things typically go when you first fall in love. You try everything to get her to like you. You don’t rely on the fact that you’ve got years backing up your love, you have to work for it. And she does too. So there’s flirting and stuff on both sides.

I’m watching the entire Bakke/Felicia thing from my vantage point, and it’s prodding me to think about this. No, they aren’t going out (in their eyes at least, but to everyone else around them they are). I honestly don’t know what’s going on. In any case, the point is that seeing the dating process from the beginning on makes a long term couple look at how to redo some stuff.

So one of the big things that is also on my mind is that Jill’s brother, Mike, got engaged this week. Major kudos to him. I really don’t know Amy, but I suppose she’s pretty cool. It kinda makes me feel like riverdancin’

To do:
Study Environmental Geo
Clean the place up and pack stuff in to boxes
Relax