Monthly Archives: January 2010

University: An Update

So it’s been three weeks since school started for Truman students, and I’m starting to get a feel of how my semester is going to pan out. Allow me to shed some light on the subject.

Spanish 202: Intermediate Spanish 2- This is my least favourite class this semester. I actually enjoy learning Spanish (not enough to become fluent, but still), but this class is trying my patience. Spanish 202 is basically a review class. We have learned every verb tense, now we are getting used to when we use each and other fine points of grammar. But my teacher is not the greatest. She always tells us to follow the syllabus, but the syllabus does not have the homework assignments on it. But what homework we do she never collects, and she also never tells us what we are expected to know. I understand that it is a review class, but you should still go over what is expected of us. Especially when you assign work that involves grammar that we haven’t learned yet. If I wanted to review Spanish myself, I would not have wasted my time signing up for a class.

Statistics 190: Basic Statistics- This is by far my most boring class. To be fair, the material being covered now is stuff I have been able to do for the past seven years. Hopefully it will get more challenging with time. The great thing about this class is the fact that there is a pillar between our teacher and myself. This means that when I zone out, he can’t see me. This also means that I could sneak out of the class whenever I wanted. I haven’t done so yet, but it is only a matter of time.

Math 263: Analytical Geometry and Calculus II- Since graduating high school, I had forgotten how much I actually enjoy calculus. This is my one class where we are doing this the entire time, so zoning out is not an option. I can’t really explain it, but math is one of those things that I really like doing. I don’t even care that calculus has few real life applications.

Chemistry 121: General Chemical Principles II- My most challenging class, and also my most interesting. Not only am I in one of the most intense chemistry departments in the state (or so everyone keeps telling me) but I also am being taught by the most difficult teacher. This is nothing against Dr. McCormick, I really like him. It only means that I have to work my butt of to get a B. An A is basically out of the question. And the precipitate on top of the solution is lab. Labs may be a pain to prepare, and lab reports may be a pain to write, but they are totally worth it to be able to do something with my hands.

Well, I have taken up enough of both our time, so I shall leave you to your internets now.

-Ryujin

Link of the Day: http://www.daniellecorsetto.com/gws.html Girls with Slingshots. Pretty inappropriate at times, but generally a very good and enjoyable webcomic.

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Accomplished

I have just spent the last two hours working on a single project. I think that is the longest that I have focused on one thing in a long time. It’s not that I get bored easily, it is just that I think of other things that I want to do, and so I flit from one activity to the next, never spending much time on anything. But at the same time, I don’t feel like I have a short attention span; I just am interested in a lot of different things.

Here is the set up. I won’t go into the why, but I wanted to find some stationary. When I went to the only store in Kirksville, Wal-Mart, there was no stationary to be found. Thus I decided to make my own.

This required some serious software, software that I did not possess. So the obvious solution was to torrent Photoshop. This I did yesterday, and today I figured out how to get it working. And then the games began.

This project worked out better than I had ever anticipated. I was worried that I would get frustrated with my computer and stop, or that I would not be able to do what I wanted and thus would have to settle for something I was not happy with.

Basically, I made myself personalised steampunk stationary.

First Attempt at Photoshop (Pretty good, I think)

And all of this was accomplished during Asian Movie Day. With so many distractions, I can say that I am pleasantly surprised that I finished.

Unfortunately, school starts up once again. My only¬†consolation¬†is that this weekend I will hopefully be going to Columbia to celebrate one of my friend’s birthdays. So I just have to hold out until Friday.

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Steampunk and Cinema

Another day, another night I won’t sleep until 2.30. For the third night in a row, I have spent about seven hours watching movies with my adoptive house.

Lately I have rekindled my obsession with the world of steampunk. I have found a new web comic based in a steampunk world, and I will not rest until I have read all six years of comics. Also, I have been throwing around an idea for a steampunk locket, and I really like this idea.

In other news, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Asian Movie Day is tomorrow. I feel he would approve.

Not much to say today, sorry. But that might just be because I am still watching a movie with people, and I don’t like people watching me write. So until tomorrow, fare thee well.

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So Sue Me

So I didn’t get back into my room until 2.30 this morning, so looks like I forgot to post yesterday. Oh well. On the bright side, I watched three movies last night, so that was fun. I also kicked ass at LIFE.

I think today is going to be spent cleaning my room. Hopefully I will finish and not have to worry about this again until end of semester, but I rather doubt it. As much as I like to clean and organise, I am horrible at maintaining any level of organisation. Guess that’s just the INTP in me.

So sorry about not posting yesterday, I will try to be better about that from now on.

-Ryujin

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Almost Missed It This Time

Totally almost forgot to write tonight. Good thing my blog is one of my most visited sites on Google Chrome, or I would have failed early in the game.

Anyway, I had something interesting happen today, and was excited for having something to actually write about; and I have forgotten it. But in other news I have finished organising my desk. Unfortunately it is the drawers of my desk, and so it still looks like I am a complete slob. Oh well.

And I have nothing more to say to you people. I bid you farewell.

-Ryujin

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Not Much New

So it may be 11.30, but I promised to write everyday, and write everyday I shall.

I honestly can’t think of anything fun or exciting that I did today. I reorganised my bookshelf so that my textbooks actually stand up rather than sit on top of each other. Pathetic as it may seem, but that makes me feel really accomplished because that has bothered me for a long time. So now all I have left to do is reorganise the rest of my room and I will be done.

Well enough of this. Hey, I said I would write, I never said I would write a lot. I’m going to go back to listening to the Music of Glee.

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