Saturday, April 21, 2007

Done?

Imagine my surprise when I read this article. It was one of things that were overdiscussed at my house when I was a kid. It really used to frustrate me that we had an available resource at our hands that could replace various other resources, but that no one was doing anything about it. Dad tried to tell me that the costs of having equipment made would be crippling amongst other things. I wish we had technology institutes here that would teach us how to make equipment like that and more. I don't see that wish happening anytime soon though; what with them cutting out the math and computer courses at my uni, then the day for paving the way for sophisticated technology would never come.
I just sat through a funny episode of Johnny Bravo with my 5 year old brother. His mother was making him see little Suzy (supposedly a shrink now) about his nightmares and he sprouts off this 'Johnny has problems with intimacy' - and I think he said commitment. I remember watching the show as a kid, but for the life of me I can't remember the things he said. I doubt my little bro understood much, but I finally found the show funny (I used to abhor the show).
I read 'Flowers for Algernon' a couple of weeks ago. I've had the book for nearly 2 years but didn't even try to peek at it. A novel that talks about genes should be one of the first things I devour; after all, I had wanted to major in genetic engineering. But I've been shying away from my passion, mainly because I didn't want to dream again about things that would never happen. Algernon woke me up, its one of the books that makes you wish you had read when you were younger. A question I once heard about blindness (what do you think is more painful: being born blind or becoming blind after an injury?) is mainly what the novel is about. Only substitute blindness with intelligence. After finishing the book, I had to make sure that it was merely fiction. I almost believed it.
I finally have a free weekend. I'm done with pretty much everything that was stressing me, and next week will be my last in teaching. I know more projects are lined up, but for now, I'm happy with how things are. And I only have 9 weeks of school left, something to look forward to.
Aim for the sun!

Monday, April 16, 2007

To Infinity and Beyond

Maple has always been on my black list. Ever since day one of our inevitable meeting, in one of my first math courses in the bless-ed zoo. Basically, I didn't like the fact that it did all the work. I felt like it robbed me of, and you may laugh/snort/stare here, the fun in math. I dabbled a bit with it only when forced and didn't try to dig for any more uses. That, I am happy to announce, is history. Twenty minutes ago, maple and I reconciled and are the best of friends now. We both share the dirty work, and the satisfaction of getting an answer right is distributed between us equally. I spent an hour trying to draw a couple of graphs by pencil and paper. They ignored me completely and just didn't want to be drawn. Maple v10.0 heroically stepped in and stopped me from flinging my book on some unsuspecting 11 pm freej walker. I have to admit it that I was near tears when I saw that my two paged scribblings lead to the right answer. That, I felt, was certainly an experience worth blogging about. It is not every day that I make friends out of long sworn enemies. Even if I fail my final tomorrow, I'll have the satisfaction of befriending maple to be happy about.
Oops. I shouldn't have said that. According to the 5 or so minutes I watched of 'The Secret', my last line sent out negative frequencies that would make my fear happen (yikes!). Apparently, the whole universe is just about attraction, and negative thoughts attract negative behavior/attitude. I would agree with that, but I wouldn't say that the universe was only about that. Kinda too extreme. Anyway, I can't judge, I've only watched a couple of minutes of this documentary. Will leave it for the weekend. Everyone had been talking about the video so I decided to nab it off a friend. Someone told me Opera talked about it. Not that I like her or her biased show. I honestly tried watching her show once or twice, but I couldn't stomach it. Her attitude in the show striked me as being forced and very artificial. I suffer when I have to talk to people like that in real life, so I wouldn't go out of my way to listen or watch something as phony as that.
Well, it's time to hit the books again. Maple, you'll help, won't you?