Many large fora have threads where you can post whatever's on your mind without instantiating a new thread for every little topic you might care to bring up. I propose this thread as such ... btw, can this be stickied please
I'll kick it off
I was talking with someone from Shanghai earlier again via Skype, one 陈芳芳 (or 'Sophie' if you like). I found out it's not wise to use 'xiao3 jie' (Ms.) to address someone from Guangdong because it has a negative, obscene connotation there. I'll remember that in case I want to get along there, or in case some woman from that province really irritates me. More importantly, I was able to talk about things outside my own narrow pet interests without getting bored, which is pretty unusual and arguably ... positive.
I dreamed about my childhood earlier. It wasn't pleasant. I had the same feeling over overwhelming malaise in that dream that I do when I dream about Hell. I wonder what that means.
I just realized I'm going back to school next week. I invoked a few deities abusively when I found this out and would like to apologize to them here. You know who you are. I have grown to loathe high school++, despite liking a lot of the faculty and a few students. It's my last semester here. One more and I would chew through my arm. Fortunately, I'm taking 19 credits so I should be ... occupied.
I'm a little worried about transfer. I have gotten consistently high grades in computer science and non-major related classes, but I managed to suck at the integration / limit techniques and applications course. It just didn't make sense when I tried to learn in school. I've improved significantly on my own (example
) and I am surprised to say that I am getting the same 'feeling' out of calculus that I have out of other disciplines I'm interested in. Like you know how it is when you feel like there are new dendrites forming? The portion of my old notebook I set aside for calculus is now almost full. I always imagined abs. alg. / formal logic would fill up faster. Wonders never cease. It's entirely likely that I will move on to advanced differential equations one semester early. But I was something of a late bloomer and I'm worried that universities will reject my applications because I might appear to be mathematically weak. What am I going to do?
Anyway, good timing, because I have multivariate calculus and
data structures and algorithms with the same professor who taught my introductory comp sci course. I was really bored in that class and I passed the time by staring blankly and asking a lot of questions, so I'm pretty sure he hates me. I simply can't afford to suck at calculus anymore.
Over to you...