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27 September 2007 @ 03:26 pm
Beginnin of quarter  
These past few days!

So Monday was the beginning of my first class at North Seattle Community College, Programming II. I have it every day in the morning. Basically resumes where I left off about four years ago, so I'm rusty. In my free time this week I've been working on the first assignment, which asks me to assemble a magic square. It's fun! I'm using Eclipse on my Linux laptop.

Rushed over to UW afterwards to attend the Computational Linguistics orientation program. Met a bunch of old guys who work at Microsoft who will be in my classes! Awesome. Also learned the basics of Perl and Python. We won't be programming things in Prolog, thank god.

Got my UPASS, meaning bus for free. Also decided I'd sell my car since I don't need it. But you know about that!

Wednesday evening was the beginning of my second class at NSCC, Calculus I. I already did Calculus 1 four years ago as well, so it was kind of familiar. Problem is this class meets two days a week, so it's two and a half hours long... and the teacher mumbles. This'll be an exercise in awkeness. Maybe I should start drinking coffee or something. :\

And today was my first UW class, Syntax for Computational Linguistics! It's taught in a new building in a new room with this new software that broadcasts the professor's voice, the slides, and even a whiteboard over the internet so you can sit in on the lecture without being there. I'm still going to go and be there but if I'm sick or anything I can still attend. Awesome!

And that is all! Tomorrow I only have one class so the week's already winding down. Haven't had any real time to socialize or do much else that's fun, but some of my roommates' friends have stopped over and we've gone out to get some good food. In the next week or so I'll be going to more social gathering with my Comp Ling department and maybe I'll make some friends of my own, who knows.
 
 
Music: The Prodigy - Wind It Up (Rewound)
 
 
 
Voidlostsenshi on September 28th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
I think you might be related to this guy (the article after the girl with breast cancer or whatever)

http://www.cnn.com/exchange/blogs/ypwr/
章avancrane on September 28th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
Well... Seattle. Coffee. Starbucks headquarters?

If there's a Cost Plus, I'd totally recommend this stuff: http://www.jeremiahspick.com/jamaican-blue-mountain-blend-p-17.html
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on September 28th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
The coffee thing was a joke (hopefully). That's a total last resort. I don't even like coffee.
章avancrane on September 28th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Somehow I figured, but I couldn't help myself.

The funny thing is, even if you don't like coffee, that Blue Mountain stuff, with some added cinnamon, is incredibly good.
Same story, different iteration.soygirl on September 28th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Drink Yerba Mate, it's an MAOI and it will keep you happy and awake!

So you're doing part time at UW and community college until you're a Washington resident, or what?
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on September 28th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
I am doing part time at UW as I fulfill some prerequisites needed for my program. Most of them are available at NSCC - I am paying out-of-state tuition, but it's about equal to UW's in-state tuition.

Fortunately, my grad program is part of Educational Outreach, meaning that it charges a flat rate for tuition, regardless of where the student is from. So establishing resdency is not a high priority.
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on September 28th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh and how would one acquire yerba mate? Should I be brewing it? Buying it as a soft drink? Where could I get it?
Same story, different iteration.soygirl on September 28th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
It's available in all kinds of drinks... often iced or regular teas, just find one that's tasty and start buying it. I don't know much about adding it to your own drinks, but you might be able to.