Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Geeky Habits Vol. 1

Collecting Antique Theater Books.
For instance this one: http://cgi.ebay.com/120727782410

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Chem Hath Hitteth the Fan...

  One week in to Summer Chemistry and Society, and I'm left bewildered by the fact that this is only a 3 credit course. It is, in fact, a combined lecture and lab, "chemistry basics" course. Ten grueling weeks of tests, three part lab reports, essays, and the like. Yet, unlike standard science classes where the lecture is 3 credit hours and lab component gains you another, for a total of 4, Chemistry and Society is apparently considered the bare minimum in Chemistry education. I am not very happy about this. You all know my "claim your education" mantra, never settle for what they are willing to hand you, rise up and take that which you can handle.
  Thing is, I never took Chem in high school; I skirted by with physical science and couple biologies. Looking towards an Ivy, I figured a base knowledge of Chemistry would be beneficial considering their rigorous science requirement. One week in, I'm scampering for the door after two three hour lecture sessions, so that I have enough time to muddle through pages of homework involving a level of math, I had all but forgotten. I've never felt like such an idiot, that corner of my brain a sort of rusty door hinge exposed to the elements, just opened after ages. The rules stood foggy, moving between the SI units you multiply by a 1000 or 1/1000 depending on the unit getting smaller or larger. The integer over 10, in scientific notation, looses a few if you move the decimal to the...left? Right? Left, yes...right.
  Oh! What have I gotten myself into?

  Stay tuned, this holds the promise of a fair amount of schadenfreude for all my dear readers.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Spring Finals Update Part II

Today is that fateful day grades are to be final for spring classes, so today's a big day.  I may qualify for NSCS by the end of it all, so the bated breath with which I wait is considerably loaded.

Right off the bat, Dr. Comnes' posted his this morning, here's the current standings. I'll be updating through out the day week.


Honors Philosophy: A
Acting I:

Stage Makeup: A
Honors Leadership:

GPA updated: 3.5

Updated:5/11/11 10:20 AM

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Honors Philosophy Writing Samples

On the spot short answer and essay samples from Dr. Gregory Comnes' Honor Intro to Philosophy class.
Sample #1
Sample #2

Friday, May 6, 2011

Spring Finals Update

Things below the surface seem dubious but, on the surface things couldn't be going better.

My leadership group project earned an "A" and my team evaluations a 145/150.  There are still three small papers to be graded, one of which was much shorter than the requirement of 500 words.  Admittedly, I had forgotten all about them, and so at the last minute threw it together.  In my defense, it was a reflection on the group project, and you can only write so much before it gets repetitive.  I had something to turn in, which is more than some could say.  Still a little more organization on my part, would have aided the situation.  Other than that, I'm still worried about how a number of absences from being sick in the beginning of the semester will affect everything else.  Stage Makeup, my biggest concern thus far, I have is the only grade actually posted so far: A.  My philosophy final exam went smoothly and I've been guaranteed an enthusiastic reccomendation letter by the professor.  I was really very moved and connected well to the anti- mass consumerism view of the class.   I took a lot away from it, in fact I was in angry tears by the time I had written the final lines of my final.  The convictions I took away from that class were that solid.  Oddly enough, straight from that final I went my Acting final filled with enough disgust, Tennessee Williams himself would have been proud of Maggie.  I transposed a few lines during my scene from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  This was due in part to the fact that the monologue had been cut from a longer version I learned closer to the beginning of the semester.  Once you learn a song or a lyric one way, it's quite hard to chop it up and re-memorize it, a second.  So the other lovely young lady, who performed the scene, Carmen Elia had much better memorization, but both ended up having two different flavors.

So let's look at the tot board:
Honors Philosophy:
Acting I:
Stage Makeup: A
Honors Leadership:

GPA updated: 3.500 -> 3.558