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Oh yeah! Take THAT, 6.002! Who's laughing now?

... Granted, "now" is after six hours of frustration on a lab that was supposed to take 3, but still. I win!

And better yet, I feel like I actually got something out of wrestling with the goddamn breadboard for ages upon ages -- in addition to the general triumphant joy, it's possible that this has drilled some vague knowledge of ridiculously basic circuits into my brain. Which would be really nice.
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Things I've gotten done: shopping for pizza feed, prep for pizza feed, execution of pizza feed (relatively smoothly, hurrah!), cleanup for pizza feed (mostly) -- these all as half of the killer indomitable [livejournal.com profile] beat_the_beaver/[livejournal.com profile] godream team. Also obtained dish soap for a small army (for the kitchen, will be gone within a month), a 36-pack of Mountain Dew (will hopefully last me two months at least... but with 6.170 I'm not holding my breath), and 36 packages of cream cheese (for the cheesecake feed, and by the way watching the expressions of fellow shoppers as you choose three dozen blocks of cream cheese and load them into your cart is a priceless experience).

Things I still need to do: psets (6.042 due Monday, 6.002 pre-lab supposed to be done by Monday, 6.002 pset due Friday, 6.002 lab to deal with probably on Tuesday afternoon, 6.042 online problems due Wednesday, 6.170 due Thursday and boy is that going to take ages), kitchen cleaning (tomorrow morning sometime, probably focusing on cabinet-top scrubbing), financial aid begging, D&D backstory prep, room cleaning.

Things I want: a good long hot shower, sleep, courage, and a long back rub. In approximately most-to-least likely order, though the last two are pretty much equally out of the question, I fear. [ETA: Goals 1 & 4 accomplished, hurrah!]

I sorta wish there were more hours in the day.

Optimism!

Sep. 7th, 2005 10:03 am
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People are back -- the lounge was packed last night for our first cocoa. This is awesome.

Classes are going to be awesome. It's possible that my ass will be generally kicked, but they'll be awesome. And even if I end up totally consumed by keeping up with coursework I'll have a much better idea of what I can handle for future reference.

New frosh seem fairly awesome. Haven't talked to any nearly as much as I should have, but they seem cool.

Things are [hopefully] going to be awesome.
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We have frosh!

Okay, not all of them, just the early-arriving ones, and okay, I've only talked to a few so far. But we have some, and there are more coming, and the hall is clean and the courtyard is full of construction and general awesomeness and enthusiasm, and I'm totally remembering why I adore East Campus.

Utterly unconnected strange, random contemplation: so I'd been discussing with -- argh, I can't remember who, someone on 4e -- with somebody the fact that home has a smell and you don't really notice it much till you leave and then come back, and walk in the door and all of a sudden: aha! I'm back! And. )
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Yesterday morning it was proven to me that canned cream of mushroom soup (unlike canned spaghetti) can be eaten at least two months after the printed expiration date. Go figure.

I'm thinking I'm going to bake cookies tonight, and they're going to be everything-that-I-have-kicking-around kind of cookies. Currently debating if I can get away with loads of chocolate and cinnamon in the same cookie -- it sounds like a good idea to me. Anyone with brilliant recipes, feel free to share...

Carbon Leaf was pretty awesome, in spite of arriving too late to hear What About Everything, my favoritest song. (I cried. On the inside. In my bitter, angry heart.) The band's performance was interesting to watch in a couple of ways: for one, I've gotten used to watching lead singers who also play an instrument at the same time, generally guitar, and Carbon Leaf's lead singer whose name I can't be bothered to look up doesn't do that (though he did kick out the harmonica and a wind instrument I wasn't close enough to identify -- maybe electronic?) and by contrast with what I'm accustomed to, the just standing in front of the mike looked a little odd. Which of course says more about my concert habits than the band itself. :P The bassist had an interesting acoustic bass -- oddly proportioned, like an anorexic cello, but I think it was some sort of upright bass. And although the banter left something to be desired (that other city in Massachusetts is pronounced wusstah, not wor-ces-ter, and it got less funny every time, and there was a whole bunch of dead time to fill 'cause the humidity and temperature were all over the place -- if you don't like the weather in MA, wait a minute -- and kept messing with the instruments' tuning) the music was fantastic, which is really what it's all about anyways. I thought one of the guitarists in particular was really incredible, but the whole band was awesome and made me extremely happy.

One more week left at work, then maybe I'll go home for a week or so, then back here probably just as the huge wave of incoming frosh show up. Which I'm actually really looking forwards to -- it'll be weird for us not to be the frosh anymore, but it should be fun. And people will be coming back from their various summer things, and it will be Good, 'cause I miss everyone. I'm looking forwards to the school year starting (although also panicking a bit, 'cause omigod suddenly it's so soon.)

Aw.

Jul. 27th, 2005 08:21 pm
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One of the slugs who'd left for the summer came by tonight to visit -- he was in the area doing some training thing for his job -- which of course has kicked me off to new heights of "aww, I miss everyone". Most of the gang won't be back till the end of August, but that's not stopping me from (somewhat-less-than-)secretly thinking "c'mon people, get back to slugfest already."

In other news, I read the latest Harry Potter and was unimpressed. On reflection I think it's because this one seemed to be very much a part of a series -- a few tricks picked up from the last book and tons of setup for the next one -- but I haven't read the other books in ages and it'll be ages before I read the next one (obviously, just like everyone else), so looking at it all by itself it just didn't do it for me. *shrugs* It's possible I just read it too fast. But I don't even feel the need to comment or speculate on INSERT HUGE SPOILER HERE. Huh.

On the other hand I did enjoy it more than Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver. I've really liked everything else I've read by him, but I couldn't bring myself to care about most of the book's huge, sprawling cast, and so it took me more than a month I think to slowly progress through the hundreds of pages till the end. I won't be reading the sequels.

This is where I should comment on a book I've really adored lately but none is coming to mind. Oh! I know, I read Cory Doctorow's three novels a week or two ago, and found all of them engaging and interesting both in terms of characters and ideas. Free downloads here -- yup, free, you can read about why there too -- go read, they're fantastic.

whew

May. 18th, 2005 03:20 pm
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Three exams down, one to go. Fairly sure 18.03 [differential equations] kicked my ass this morning, though hopefully I'm still passing. Got my score from yesterday and I kicked 8.02t's ass [physics]. And I think 7.013 [bio] and I have a sort of violence-free agreement, though I haven't heard yet. Only 6.001 left to go and then relaxation!

Also.
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So, classes next semester. Right now I'm leaning towards 6.042, 6.002, 6.170, and 21W.772 (Digital Poetry). Which adds up to 54 units which seems like something I can handle, though from what I've heard units and hours spent on a class per week don't necessarily line up as neatly as they're supposed to...

Further details for the curious &/or non-number-loving. )

So... opinions? Older & wiser folk, am I going to go insane by November?
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In the last 24 hours, the amount of time I've spent doing math outweighs the time I've spent sleeping by at least a factor of 3. This is not a recipe for sanity. Why didn't I just go to some nice little liberal arts school?

(Oh yeah, that's right. This whole MIT is the coolest place on earth thing. Just gotta keep remembering that...)

But this week's almost over -- just a tiny biology p-set and an 8.02 pset of doom which I might punt part of and the 6.001 project which I have until Sunday night to finish because I begged for an extension, and okay, maybe it's not quite over, but getting there. Phew.

aaargh

May. 4th, 2005 08:59 pm
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So it's the second last week of classes & the last week for professors to have assignments due in classes with finals. It's sort of interesting. I know I should be working but at the same time I just can't fathom how I will get everything done so I'm sort of sitting here deer-in-the-headlights style and panicking in a totally unproductive manner. Whee!
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Lobby 7 is my new favorite place to tool.

And oh, do I have tooling to do.

... non-beavers among you may be slightly less confused/scandalized if you know that "tool" is MIT slang for doing work.

idea?

Mar. 8th, 2005 03:04 pm
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Hey, so I was whining earlier about the supreme un-prettiness of the weather around here. So those of you who are also in dark dreary climates, let's share the pain, and you lucky bastards who have actual sun can gloat while you share it. Cheer me up: take a picture out your window (or wherever) please and show me?

I'll start... )
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I'm once again laptop-enabled. But I haven't been reading my friends-list for the last week, though I may scan through it depending on what else I have to do tomorrow. We shall see. If for whatever reason you want me appraised of interesting stuff from then, tell me, though I don't know why. (Of course if I did know why there'd be no reason to tell me. Huh.)

Tests started up at the end of last week -- [livejournal.com profile] liz_factorial and I discovered we both have tests nearly every week till the end of the semester, which is a little depressing but unsurprising and probably something we share with the rest of the school. Three or four classes giving tests, two to four tests per semester (gross overgeneralizations and estimations here, by the way), fourteen weeks to the semester minus two for the beginning of term before there's enough material to test on and one for the week before exams where they're not allowed to give tests... it works out. speaking of which. )

Home for a day or two, seeing friends and family and doing laundry. It's always so odd when I come back, sitting in dead silence at midnight except for the whirring of the dishwasher. How come nobody's awake? Oh yeah, this whole thing with normal people and normal sleep hours...

classes!

Jan. 24th, 2005 01:32 pm
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Still a little shaky as to when everything happens, but I've got what I wanted, yay! (Not a surprise, but still.)

6.001 - Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - lecture T/Th 10-11; recitation W/F, section 3 10-11
7.013 - Introductory Biology - ESG so I don't know yet
8.02T - Physics II (e&m) - M/W 12-2, F 12-1 - likely to change because the MAS program people want us all in the same lecture
18.03 Differential Equations - also ESG & unknown
MAS.111 - Introduction to Doing Research in Media Arts & Sciences - lecture F 3-5

Here's hoping that the ESG class times don't end up before 6.001, because if I have to go do bio at 9 I think I'll cry. -- Wow, it's amazing how quickly I've gotten spoiled by this whole college thing. Six months ago I was in the car by 7:30 at the latest every weekday and barely whining about it at all...

oops.

Jan. 21st, 2005 04:56 am
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I seem to be awake again and doing physics that's due tomorrow. Whoops. I wonder if it would work just as well if I just didn't sleep tonight -- hm. I should quit making dumb choices. :P

What's really frustrating is that I can *almost* eavesdrop on the conversation down the hall, but not quite. So it's thoroughly distracting but not interesting. I can hear tones of voice, the occasional word, laughter, but no coherent sentences. Rats.
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So I'm sure you all have been waiting with bated breath to hear how I did on exams, really. Passed everything, hurrah! Don't know all the actual grades yet, but for now I'm happy with just the line of Ps.

How come all of us who just got home from our first time away, at college, are all so completely unhappy to be back? Seriously. I'm feeling the same way too -- much more upset and stressed, and my sleeping habits are getting even more screwed up, to the extent where I'm pretty sure I've spent more time asleep than awake over the last several days. Part of it's probably the normal Christmas stress, shopping and crowds and money and plans and obligations and everything, acting on me and everyone around me as well. For me, I think there's three big places this is coming from. One, being reminded again of all the places I've always messed up, everything I spent high school arguing with my parents about (keeping my room clean, getting my license, dealing with my grandparents) -- I feel like I'm almost expected to solve all this crap that's been hanging around for years in the space of two weeks, as well as deal with all the Christmas stuff, and what happened to going home over vacation to relax? And at the same time there's the whole temporary loss of independence: I can't just randomly decide to go places anymore, there's no T at home and there's not a lot worth walking to in fifteen degree weather; I don't decide when and where and what I want to eat; all that stuff I learned to take for granted awfully quickly. And then there's the obvious not seeing all my college friends for a while -- we'll pause here for everyone to go "awwwwwwwww". ... Okay, got that out of your system? Yeah. So, for those of you who forged through this entire paragraph: think that about sums it up, or are there other factors I'm forgetting about?

(A disclaimer, for family members who may be reading this: I love you all to death, I'm glad to spend time with you, please don't kick me out. It's really not your fault, I think it's just one of those pesky growing-up things. You know?)

In other news, everyone else was doing it. [meme!] )

hm.

Dec. 15th, 2004 11:57 pm
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So here's an interesting question: if I'm having this much trouble concentrating on multivar calc now for fifteen minutes, how the heck am I going to take a three-hour test on the stuff?

ETA, post-test: Okay, I think that test just absolutely murdered me, but I'm *not* *sure* and that's what's really killing me...

whee!

Dec. 14th, 2004 02:00 am
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Figured out UROP stuff, mostly. Registered for classes in spring and 8.20 over IAP, which should be interesting even if it totally murders me in every way. (Hey, that's what pass/no record is for, right?) Studied 18.02 some and 8.01 more, have a vague superficial understanding of what thermo stuff we need to know. Calculated minimum grade on final needed for me to pass 3.091, which really wasn't motivational at all. Yay for getting stuff done! I should get some sleep now though, probably, seeing as I have a final in seven hours... wish me luck. :)

pieces.

Dec. 13th, 2004 12:36 am
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Note to self: do not ever, ever try to make meringues without a mixer again. (An hour and a half and an aching wrist and i ended up with little flat meringue disks, but they taste okay.)

Have been feeling horribly jealous of friends lately, about stupid things mostly, which is a really ugly thing and I need to try to cut it out.

I went to visit a friend staying at the medical center and I think she ended up cheering me up as much or more so than vice-versa.

I have exams on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I should be studying or sleeping but I'm not.

When my hard drive died I lost a bunch of pictures and poetry and all the archived e-mail at my MIT address, which makes me unhappy. Some things I have online, some is just gone. I should back-up stuff more often (duh). I have to re-e-mail about IAP UROP possiblilities, which I feel really embarassed about.

I love winter except for this whole darkness thing, which really makes me more unhappy than I have any reason to be.

We had Formal Cocoa and gift exchanging and stuff on Friday, and everyone was dressed up (or down), and there was much food and silliness, which made me really happy.

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