Posts Tagged ‘too much homework’

I’m back at Eastman! Somehow the train was actually on time. It may have been early, even — if so, then I think this is a first for Amtrak. Someone should probably be notified.

Anyway, after arriving, I went to buy my new book for next semester. That’s right, book. All of my other books carry over. (Don’t get too jealous: I buy reed tools and cane instead of books. It all evens out in the end.)
So I’m taking this class about fractals. I have some friends taking it and I figured I could get out of those pesky papers they like to assign in English and history classes. What I hadn’t accounted for was the fact that these friends are math majors, and I haven’t done real math since taking the AP test for BC Calc.
Here’s a selection from the textbook:

Thus, to understand the growth and decline of the population under this model, we must iterate the logistic function. Unlike the previous examples, this function is quadratic rather than linear. We will see that this simple change gives rise to a very rich mathematical theory. Indeed, the behavior of this function under iteration is still far from being completely understood. We will spend most of this book analyzing the dynamical behavior of this and other similar functions.

I guess that’s what you get when the textbook for your class is called A First Course In Chaotic Dynamical Systems and completely forget how integration caused not one but several tears.

So it looks like I’m going to be learning some math this semester!


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I know I rely onFacebook as a social utility far more than is safe, but still — my pet peeve is when people don’t list their relationship status. I’ve talked to people who don’t list it because they think saying they’re single makes them look desperate, and while I can sort of follow that logic, I think that clarity is superior to not appearing desperate. Some of us just don’t like asking awkward questions.

Or else I’m just super socially awkward. This is probably the real answer. (Actually, this in general answers pretty much everything.)

Today was Double Reed Christmas in the main hall, which was amazing. The bassoon choir definitely featured some crazy antics… We are a pretty crazy studio, though, so this is to be expected. And apparently we sounded good. That’s always a plus.
And we’re super cute:
Double Reed Christmas!
(This is actually the oboe choir, but shh! They can be fantastic too, right?)

As of today I’m done with all the work that’s due Friday. Too bad I have a paper and counterpoint project due Monday… There’s no rest for the wicked — or for me, apparently.

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snow showers

Today I was on a walk and the sun was shining for the first time in a week — and then, like magic, it started to snow! It was like the clouds were making their own confetti. (Then I came back to school and practiced. Need I mention this?)

There are fourteen days until break, and one of them will feature my explosion. I can feel it.

Here’s the thing: I love being at a school where academics are a very real option, and I love being in a place where I can be confident of having a conversation about the dynamic and rhythmic issues of a Milde etude, as well as the narrative style of One Hundred Years of Solitude. That said, I do not have time for all of this homework!

Or maybe I just don’t have time for sleep. Speaking of which, my bed is calling my name.

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