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Professor syncronity [Apr. 11th, 2005|07:48 pm]
William
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In 1940, the Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge failed due to the amplification of torsional movements caused by 42mph winds. The winds were precisely at the speed which reflected the resonant frequency of the bridge, causing the twisting stresses to continue to hit new peaks until a joint failed and eventually many cables failed, leading to the partial collapse of the structure.



In 2005, "whizistic passing all of his classes" failed due to the amplification of professors moving due dates to force the most stress on whizistic.

Seriously, last week I had projects stretched about from tomorrow to two weeks from today. Now, all of them are due a week from today, and all the midterms are this week. This is because EVERY professor I had class in today decided to change due dates, ALL TO THE SAME FUCKING DAY! GAH!

So, of course I blog about it rather than start working my ass off. On that note, some additional tidbits:

I went to the library today to check out books for aforesaid project. The CSUS library uses old card catalogue bits as scratchpaper, in order to write down which intestine section the book you are looking for can be found in the bowels of the beast. I glance at the reverse side of the card:

Knuth, Donald Ervin, 1938-
     Selected papers on computer languages / Donald E. Knuth
Sanford, California: CSLI Publications Center for the Study of
Language and Information, c2002
     p.     cm.    (CLSI Lecture Notes ; no. 139)
     Includes bibliographical references and index.
     ISBN 1-57586-382-0 (pbk : alk. paper. - ISBN 1-57586-381-2
(hardback : alk. paper)

  1. Programming languages (Electronic computers) I. Title. II Series.
QA76.7.K63  2002          005.13-dc21     2002012119

Library of Congress 0208 MARC CIP 12/02


So that proves it; fate says I'm a programmer. Or a professor. Or a typesetter.
(I checked the next card on the stack; completely different; something about propaganda in world war II, which oddly fits another assignment I'm working on)

In other news, there isn't any, so y'all can just be on your way now, ya hear? I've got grits to cook and papers to write.
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-12 09:02 am (UTC)
Damn.

I'll be feeling the same pain in June, I already know. My prof has like 3 papers due on or around the week that I'm gonna be in Hawaii... =(

Good luck, or something. If you need me to drop a bottle of scotch off for you at lunchtime, lemme know... =P
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[User Picture]From: lawrencebacchus
2005-04-12 10:25 am (UTC)
heh, yeah, my gpa has suffered this time, too...2.8 something....mostly because I wanted to take 21 units...history right now is my lowest grade (74%) and statistics my highest (98%) german two, is )(%&#(*%^#^ing hard....can't seem to do better than a C on any test...thankfully, with extra credit, it doesn't really matter much...only one of my classes requires a paper to write...got lucky in that regard....all the rest is justmemorization,..butmy brain is getting pickled...so long as I pass everything, (namely that fucking history class) life will be good...but if I fail, I shall commit hari kari with a dull spoon in shame.
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-12 01:37 pm (UTC)
21 units? That blows. I did 17 one semester WAY back when, on top of work, and that just about finished me off.

German's easy! Drink a few pints, stick your finger in your mouth, and try to speak English. It sounds just about right... =)
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-04-12 04:54 pm (UTC)
Really? I expected you to do better in history. As for memorization, never ever take an assembly language class. You have no idea how hard it is to memorize the meanings for the conditional jump operators.[1] "memnomic" my ass.

[1] JA, JAE, JB, JBE, JC, JE, JG, JGE, JL, JLE, JNA, JNAE, JNB, JNBE, JNC, JNE, JNG, JNGE, JNL, JNLE, JNO, JNP, JNS, JNZ, JO, JP, JPE, JPO, JS, JZ. Want a hint? The J stands for "Jump if" Gah, don't chip designers know goto is considered harmful? :)
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[User Picture]From: lawrencebacchus
2005-04-12 09:53 pm (UTC)
Usually, I do really well in history...but, since my ex has the books...I'm often left holding my dick when it comes time to take a test.
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-12 05:37 pm (UTC)
... and it just happened to me, too. Damn.

I'm expected to have my CISSP by the end of the year, and we do a set of study sessions once a year on all 10 of the domains, in September/October. Well... I just found out that they're doing them early this year, starting up in a few weeks and running 2 a week, right across my vacation - and all of my papers in class - and all of the other crap I'm doing at work. And the next set won't be offered till Spring next year.

Grr.
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-25 09:41 pm (UTC)
So... did you survive the hell-week? =)
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-04-25 10:26 pm (UTC)
survive? well, physically, yes. The grades have suffered, however. And there is yet more hell for the remainder of this week. I'm swimming in burning sulfur and brimstone at this point, but the light is the oncoming train at the end of the tunnel. Or something like that.

Just got back from the school ~10 minutes ago. While there I realized there is no way in my current state of mind I'll be able to unfuck the spiderweb of method calls I created for a seemingly simple procedure. Bah, too tired to think about java right now. Will try again in the morning.

Hoping you're home safe, and not burning more midnight oil from the candle at both ends in the depths of the blue monster.

*rereads* whoo boy, definitely time for bed.

nighty night!
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-04-26 07:12 pm (UTC)
Wow. And I thought I had a bad week. =/

Sucks to hear that things aren't quite so cool at school... but you're still alive, which is a good thing (I guess). Much positive energy and thoughts in your general direction... =)

My candle being burned from the ends, middle, top, and bottom is done, for the time being - I spent 14ish hours there on Sunday, got my wiring done, etc. All that's left is to image the dev server from hell, make sure they're happy with it, and walk away. Friday's coming quicker than I expect it to, and I get to telecommute tomorrow!
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