||[Jan. 25th, 2005|08:30 pm]
I've talked to fellow legislators," Struyk said, "and haven't had anybody tell me I'm out of my mind yet.
That should tell you something about legislators. What exactly I leave to you.
So, it is the finale of the second day of the semester. I have now been to all of my classes, and will now write some predictions to laugh at in four months. Class difficulty is scored on this ten point scale:
- "A+, even if dead"
- "Complete cakewalk"
- "Child's play"
- "Dear god, what the hell am I doing here?!"
HIST 168 - Images of America. We'll say it's an arduous class, due to me not caring about the readings and requiring lots of writing (five papers, each five complete pages in length). Entertaining lecture and discussions though; eclectic mix of students, some of which are really hot.
CSC 35 - Introduction to Computer Architecture. Ballbuster. This is really assembly language programming. Lecture periods are next to useless as the teacher repeats and rephrases explanations of the simple concept we got hours ago (e.g. converting dec to hex), while glossing over the more difficult matter of, say, virtual machine stacking. Tests rumored to be filled with pitfalls for those who assume, for example, that 44 is a decimal integer (it could be in dec, oct, or hex and represent ascii code, keyboard escape code, memory address, an integer, etc). Annoying fellow student who asks long-winded and painfully (either stupid or unimportant) questions. Lots of studying and long-term memorization required. Not quite as hard as German (back in the day) but something I'm less likely to drop. Pray for me here people.
CSC 20 - Programming Concepts and Methodologies II. Filled with the same group of people I took CSC 15 with last semester. Instructor is not as good, though, and much more work is expected. Call this one an Intermediate.
MATH 29 - Precalculus. This easily gets the backbreaking moniker, due to the sets of homework that all math classes have. Furthermore, I watched the teacher totally fuckup the midpoint formula! "How do you fuckup the midpoint formula?" you ask. I answer; "By not bloody remembering to get the absolute value of negative numbers!" Take a simple number line from -2 to 5. Calculate the distance by taking the absolute value of each number and adding them together. Divide the result by two to get the midpoint. So, |-2| + |5| = 2+5 = 7; 7/2 = 3.5. Nah, she went with "-2 + 5 = 3; 3/2 = 1.5, ergo the midpoint is 1.5 spaces from each point." So now I get to not trust anything the teacher says. (Oh, and the worst part is no one corrected her. Hell, I don't know if anyone even noticed. (No, I am way to shy and timid to do such a crazyass thing.))
So, on to predictions:
- I'm going to get so stressed out I'll want to eat my own hair off my scalp to stop playing with it.
- Someone in precalculus will either get a spine and question in the future, or half the class will drop after failing the first test.
- There will be much backstabbing and bitching about the teacher in CSC 35 by the students enrolled therein.
- I will have no free time, ever. Except for two hours on alternate Thursdays.
- I will gradually starve to death as my early morning commute saps the very nectar of life out of me.
Okay, I'm prolly being a little dramatic there. But still, compared to last semesters' Cakewalk, Child's play, Fair, and Intermediate classes, this is a big step up. Wish me luck.