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I am the danger

Ma left on Tuesday for her five weeks of vacation in the US, so I'm stuck watching Faylin (the dog). It's... not that bad. I'm decidedly not-keen on dogs, but I'd rather watch the dog than have Ma waste a million Euros on having someone else do it. Poorly. And I do a good job watching dogs. Again, not because I enjoy it, but because it's a job and any job I do is subject to certain standards of quality. For example, when I dogsit for Christa, I time our walks in order to run into as few other dogs as possible, since her dogs
I do the same when I have to watch Faylin. It's not really necessary, but Faylin's training is nominal, so I'd rather avoid confrontation. She's not mean to other dogs, but always wants to go play, so I walk her at times to avoid confrontations. It's pretty simple really: morning walks should be around 0600 or after 0800, afternoon walks around 1600, and evening walks as late as possible. I do a long walk in the afternoon, taking a long out-and-back course instead of a one that loops around. These techniques are generally pretty effective... except for yesterday.
In the afternoon, I took Fay and went out past the trainstation and into the woods. There's only one path out that way, but it's way closer than the other forest entrances. So I'm walking along, thinking about mushrooms or something, when I see a woman. And her dog. Off his leash. The dog sees us and gets attentive, which gets the woman's attention. "[Dog's name]! Sit," she says. "Siiiit. Siiiii--" and the dog takes off towards us. Y'know, this is the same thing that usually happens when I go running. I'm not sure why people walk their dogs off the leash when said dogs don't obey commands, but I guess that's why she was doing it way out where no other dogs should be. Ah well. Her dog just wanted to play, so it was fine.
But later! Later, I took Fay out around 0030 because I was Skyping with my sister Doosey. I didn't mind though, since it was super foggy. I really like the fog. While walking towards the train station, I heard someone talking. I wasn't really sure what she was doing out in the fog in the middle of the week, until she appeard. With her dog. Off her leash. "Daisy! Sit," the woman says. "Siiiit. Siiiii--" and the dog takes off toward me and Fay. They smell each other, and everything's cool... until the dog starts losing it and rough-housing with Fay. Jeez. So I grabbed Daisy by her scruff, then wiggled my hand up to grab her collar. The woman comes up and apologizes (she wasn't expecting to see anyone out this late) and is like "Daisy, what the heck?" and gave Fay some treats as a peace-offering. Fay didn't seem botherd, so I wasn't bothered. The woman scolded Daisy some more as they walked off into the fog and I realized: I'm the danger other dog walkers don't want to meet. I'm not mean or anything, always tell people it's okay and smilie understandably after their dog rushes me, but I do have the habit of traveling briskly and quitely, so I tend to just... appear. I'm running while alone in the woods, so the dogs seem to get extra excited, and the Fay/Eli combo is low-visibilty at night. She's black, while I'm brown and wear subdued colors.  I could wear my reflective sash, but there aren't cars to watch out for so I don't bother.


I'll make a liar out of me yet

Whoops, I haven't been updating.  It's okay though since, as usual, there isn't much going on.  Less than usual, actually.  I just laze about at home.  I feel mostly fine, but I'm not 100% yet.  For example, I walked to the store a week ago, and it wiped me out.  Or maybe I just hit a... uh... sleepy patch?  I don't know if there's a proper word for it, but sometimes you just suddenly sleepy.  Right?  Just me?  Oh.  I like to blame it on my energy levels being wonky since I can't go running.  Some days I can't fall asleep, then sleep nine hours once I do; other days I sleep six hours and feel fine.  Sometimes I lie in bed for half an hour, then get up and play video games.  I've been playing Dungeons of Dredmore recently (even though I should be finishing some other games).  It's a rogue-like.  A proper rougelike, though not hardcore.  You can change the difficulty, toggle permadeath, and change into a mode with smaller floors but increased experience gains.  I really enjoy it.

Hm... I haven't cut my hair recently.  I usually keep it short for ease of cleaning, but since I can't go running I wash it less.  Maybe I'll keep it a bit longer?  I dunno.  Ma is like "long hair for winter!" but I prefer short hair for winter since it makes caps easier to wear.  And I run just as much during winter.  But yeah, it's longer now.  It makes me look more boyish.  And maybe more approachable than my standard utilitarian haircut?  Nah, probably not.

Oh!  TV!  My shows don't come back for another month or so.  I think.  I should look up the premiere dates, but they don't actually matter.  They'll come along some time.  The current anime season is just about over, so I'll probably talk about that once I'm sure it's done.  But TV: I'm watching some shows.  They're a mixed bag.
Legends is enjoyable.  It's not an award-winning show—and I wouldn't buy the DVDs—but I don't feel like I could be spending my time more effectively while watching it.
Haven started back up.  The main plot is pretty weak.  At least it's not the kind of plot that can last all season, so they should change it up.  Hopefully soon.  I like Duke's plotline.  I hope it gets fleshed out.
Doctor Who... could be better.  I like Capaldi, but it's about time for Clara to go.  Hopefully soon.  Mid-season!  Yeah, let's shake things up a bit!  Mid-season she's out.
Z Nation makes me want to crack open my DS.  Only two episodes have aired, but that's probably the only two I'll watch.  The zombies are too magical; the skript, not magical enough.  DJ Qualls is barely in it either.  And Harold Perrineau! *shakes fist*
Chasing Shadows is... fine.  I came for Alex Kingston, but I like DS Stone.  He's weird, but not Sherlocky.  It's a nice change of pace.  The first story was put together well, but the side characters were kinda dumb.  The second story has better side characters (so far...), but was presented way worse.  Oh, I like the housekeeper lady.  Even though she is just a device, characters like Stone usually need one.

I haven't showered in over two weeks

Hey guys, I'm back from hospital.  I got back on Saturday.  Last Saturday.  I'm a bum though, so I'm only updating now.  I've been catching up on my shows and sleeping a lot since I'm still recovering from surgery.  Like, I go to the doctor, she changes my bandage and checks the status of my wound, then I come home and lie down for a bit since I'm surprisingly worn out.  I've been writing a proper, long post, but it's taking a while.  Wait until you see it though!  You'll skip right over!  I was going to include this bit as a tl;dr, but now it gets to be it's own post so I can stop avoiding LJ and start talking about Doctor Who.

When I visited the doctor on 12.08 about my shortness of breath, she listened to my lungs (they were a little quiet) and had me breath into a spirometer (my score was low) then sent me to get a chest x-ray.  It was pneumothorax!  So I went back to the doctor to a get a referral for the hospital, then went to the hospital.  They laid a chest tube the next day, but it was constantly draining air from my thorax, which suggests my lung had a leak or something.  The "or something" turned out to be two fleshy bubbles (8-10cm diameter) which were preventing my lung from re-inflating.  So I got operated on Thursday 14.08 and they fixed everything.  The holes for the surgery tools were sutured, but I kept the chest tube for another six days while it drained assorted fluids from my thorax.  The doctor removed it on 20.08.  There's no time to sew such chest holes closed, so it was just plugged with some brown goop the doctor liked using.  It healed well enough over the next few days so I got to go home last Saturday.

The wound is still slightly oozing and a bit raw, but that is to expected since it was deep and kinda just left to heal on it's own.  I had to go to the doctor every other day to get it checked on, but it's looking good so now Ma can change my bandages.  I have to check in again overnext week though.  I'm supposed to take it easy for the next 4-6 weeks, and no flying or mountain climbing for the next six months.  I'm doing okay day-to-day.  I get fatigued faster and sleep a bit more than normal, but I guess that's to be expected.  I don't have any real pain, but there's a numb area on my right.  It's fairly sizable.  From the bottom of my breast to the bottom of my ribs, and from my sternum all the way out to my side.  It's usually numbish but sometimes gets a bit tingly.  The doctor at the hospital said they probably hit a nerve while cutting and it'll take 3-4 months to go away.


Summer 2014 Anime

I checked out a lot of anime this season, so now I'm going to talk about it :D I know people like to make these kinds of posts early in the season, but I like to wait a month. You can really get a better feel for a series after watching four episodes, particularly because the pilot usually isn't a useful indicator since they have to spend some time establishing the setting and probably introducing characters. I usually don't even start watching any shows until the first four have aired. I'm too lazy to link to actual summaries, so I'll give one-sentence reminders instead. This stuff is the current hotness, so the both of you have probably recently hears about these shows anyway.

[Spoilered for length]Barakamon - A calligrapher gets in trouble, so he moves to an island town in order to cool his head and step up his game. Since I've been following the manga for a while now, I was excited to hear it was getting an anime adaptation. The manga is good, so I expected the anime to be good too unless the producers really put effort into screwing it up. Thankfully they didn't, so the anime is good. One of the things I particularly like about this series (aside from the jokes) is the lack of romance subplots... aside from the fujoshi's delusions. But those count as jokes anyway XD
Fran♥cesca - Let's promote Hokkaido, and dress it up as a gag comedy(?). The show is moderately enjoyable, but only two episodes have aired so far, so I'll have to see if anything comes of it.
Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yatte Mita. - Cute girls trying to be local idols (Locodols). It may sound like that means "small-time idols," but this isn't a music show. Locodols are more about promoting the community and stuff like that. So far, the only songs they sing are the town's theme and the town mascot's theme, and those aren't every-episode occurrences. This show is quite enjoyable. It's cute and has acceptable joke density.  The title is unwieldy though.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun - Girl fumbles when confessing to the boy she likes, and ends up becoming an assistant on his manga. It may sound like and claim to be a romance, but is almost purely comedy. The manga is actually a 4koma, albeit with extra-wide panels which allow for more dialogue. All the characters are likable and useful to the story. I really enjoy it
Glasslip - High-schoolers: friendship and romance, with a little bit of supernatural stuff thrown in. I'm not really feeling it. It's not a bad show though. I think if you liked Tamako Market you'll like this, but I felt Tamako Market was merely okay, as is this. I may finish it eventually, but we'll see.  The love-pentagon means no one will end up in a relationship, because that's how shows like this work.  Who can see the future now, David?  HUH?
Haikyuu!! - Hotblooded shonen volleyball anime. I'm liking this season too. It's a tournament arc to boot. I sort-of wish I had more to say; I really like this show.
Hanayamata - Cute girls do yosekoi dancing. Eventually. The message seems to be "find what you like and do it," though this is not a heavy show. I'm liking it, and imagine I'll be liking it more once the team has been assembled. I like the OP.
Himegoto - Boys cross-dressing. The joke density is way too low for a 3-minute show, and it's a slave to it's theme. Seriously. Cross-dressers everywhere.  They don't add anything to the show, and actually detract from the selling-point of "dude has to dress like a girl throughout HS because debt." It seems like the manga may be okay, but the I'll have to pass on the anime.
Jinsei - The Second Newspaper Club is apparently limited to only the advice column. The characters are kind of flat and the fanservice is forced. And, y'know, present. The beach/pool/hotsprings episode is a given, but butts are not a substitute for substance.
Majimoji Rurumo - The witch and the pervert-with-a-heart-of-gold. It's nothing ground-breaking, but I enjoy it. It's funny.
Rail Wars! - Despite the title, this show isn't about trains. I was hoping it was, but it's just an action show. The characters are some sort of train-cops, but could have just as easily been regular cops. I also feel like they pulled a bait-and-switch. They were like "I know you came here for trains, but you're a dude right? How about some breasts?" Seriously. Every female main character is stacked. The rich-girl? Okay. The teacher? Fine, you can have that. But the aggressive one? Even her? Forget this; I came for trains >:( Even Kuragehime had more train-talk than this show does. In fact, just watch Kuragehime instead.
Sabagebu! - Cute girls are in the survival game club. It's a comedy which doesn't take itself at all seriously. A thing I particularly like about this show is how the main character is rotten. Usually she'll be a cutesy girl or the straight-man, but here she really fits with the silliness of the other characters. It's great. The narrator is also easy going. The ED is fun.
Shin Strange+ - A 3-minute gag comedy about a "detective agency." The first season was kind of average, the so far the second season has been great. They even finally got around to telling us the backstory in the first episode of season two XD The humor in this show is kind of particular, so it may not be for everyone.
Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? - An assortment of girls want this guy's apartment because it's magic. I suppose they're trying to mix up the standard harem formula, but it's pretty meh. It may just need more time to develop (there way too many characters, so only the ghost girl has any personality), but I'm not waiting around to find out.
Space Dandy 2 - He's a dandy in space! Season two has been enjoyable. You'll like it if you like Dandy, and won't if you don't. There haven't really been any stand-out episodes yet this season, but there haven't been any particularly bad ones either.
Tokyo ESP - Suddenly: psychic terrorists. I read a few chapters of the manga and it seemed okay, so I checked out the anime and the first episode is wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling spoilers. Explicit spoilers which render the series unenjoyable. I mean, it was already average at best, so now it's not worth my time. It doesn't help that the main villain full of crap. You're better off watching Railgun or The Unlimited if you're in the mood for psychics.
Yama no Susume - Cute girls go hiking. For the second season, they changed the runtime from three minutes to twelve, which greatly benefits the show. You can't fit much into three minutes, but twelve is a perfect fit for this kind of show. There aren't many jokes and not much really happens, but this is a cute show one can simply watch.

Honorable Mentions
Ao Haru Ride - Highschool shojo romance. Has nothing to do with bikes. I started reading the manga when the show was announced and am enjoying myself, though it feels like the anime would be a bit slow-paced for my liking. Anime adaptations also tend to end without any resolution, so eh.
Free!: Eternal Summer - Highschool boys swimming. I haven't finished season one yet. I'm not sure why. I think I got busy with uni and never got around to finishing it. I really should. I enjoy the show. It's not hot-blooded, but there are sufficient jokes.

Eli OP

Guysguysguys, I had a running buddy yesterday!  I was excited!  I haven't had a running buddy since... since... ever!  Kinda when I did cross country in high school, but I wasn't actually a runner then so it doesn't count.

His name was Lars.  He's younger than I, but I'm really bad at ages so we'll leave it at that.  I first saw him at the top of The Wall, but he was coming from the Direct Course so I didn't pay him much mind.  Other runners tend to be slower than I am.  Which sounds like bragging... and it should!  I am magnificent!  But seriously: most of the runners I encounter are running in the opposite direction or take a different path after I pass them.  I figure the faster runners are evening runners.  I think people tend to prefer running in the evening?  I strongly prefer morning running.  But I digress.  I saw Lars at the top of The Wall, but continued on my course.  I could hear him behind me and was waiting for him to pass, but he was running at about the same speed.  After [triple-digit] meters he pulled up alongside me and asked where I was headed.  It told him the castle ruins, and he asked if he could come along.  Of course!  He was wearing fancier shorts and one of those serious-athlete jerseys with the lower-back pockets, so I figured he could hang.  He didn't have any water, but I've heard of people who don't use any for <10k runs, so I figured he was just more hardcore than I.  We made good time.  It turns out I'm more fit than he, so I ended up setting the pace.  We walked for a bit during the Beilstein Approach since I started rattling and am not foolish enough to run through it.  Ah, I wasn't actually rattling though.  That's just what I call it.  I'm sure there's an actual term for the sensation, but it feels like there would be something rattling if I were a proper machine so that's why I call it rattling.  We talked sporadically during the run.  Lars was recovering from an injury a few months back, and I was coming of semester lazy-times, so neither of us are at the top of our game.  He cycles around the mountains, so he's familiar with a lot of the trails.  He also reminded me of a word: Leichtathletik.  Wikipedia translates it simply to "athletics."  It's an umbrella term for all sports based around running, jumping, and throwing.  Like, track and field and stuff.  I need to remember it for when I talk to people.  I shared my water, because runners are nice people :D  I usually only drink half a bottle during the Beilstein Course anyway.  Lars was pushing it to keep up with me.  When we split at the end he had unzipped his jersey and was quite red.  I may not have looked much better, but it's not like I can see my face when I run so I guess we'll never know~~  Having a running buddy was fun, though I don't know if Lars would be up for another run with me anytime soon.  He probably thought I was less fit than I turned out to be, which is understandable.  My clothes say "dude who decided to go running" and my gait is non-standard, so I don't usually look like the lunatic I am.  Y'know, unless it's totally raining or I'm in the woods 7k from the nearest town.  I don't see any people way out in the woods though.  The occasional dog-walker, maybe, but they cheated and drove there.


Often visits Don Cheadle's Wikipedia page

I was clicking around the Internet earlier, and apparently there's a thing going on?  Some "The Day We Fight Back" stuff.  About wanting to end Internet surveillance by government types.  I... don't really get it.  I know people have been cross with the NSA recently, but I'm not sure why I should care about them watching me?  It's not like they're Anonymous or identity thieves looking to steal all fifty of my dollars.  For that matter, it's not like anyone is actually reading the information they harvest.  Even if they were, spending two hours reading about cryptids then looking at magnesium prices on Alfa Aesar doesn't make for very enthralling reading.  And my Facebook messages!
"Can you dogsit for me this weekend?"
I'm serious.  That's what the majority of my messages are.  I dunno, maybe it's just my normal shamelessness, but I can't really bring myself to care about a government watching me since it's not like a I live in an evil communist dictatorship or do/plan anything seriously illegal/malevolent.  Besides, my ISP already knows about all the sites I visit  :x


Oh, er... Happy New Year!  I know, I know, super late, but I've been away dog sitting all week -_-;  Anyway, I'm always excited around New Year's.  "Understandable," you may be thinking, "seeing as how New Year's is one of the few holidays celebrated with EXPLOSIONS."  True, but that's not the reason.  I haven't even shot off fireworks in years.  They're just... so expensive!  I'm pretty sure I could make them for cheaper.  Except that's probably illegal.  Manufacturing explosives?  Yeah, probably illegal.  Also, I'd never hear the end of it from my mom.  She seems to think I have savant syndrome or something.  She'll freely accept that I can convert liters to tablespoons in my head, but somehow thinks I don't have enough presence of mind to not blow my arm off.  Seriously guys, it's been over a decade since I exploded something accidentally.  Besides, that ashtray totally should have been able to handle the heat of a toothpick-and-paper-towel fire.  She probably just bought a shoddy ashtray.  Too many air bubbles in the glass or something.

But anyway, complaining about my mom isn't what has me excited.  I'm excited about...

[Vrijdag parties?]NEW CALENDAR!
Yeah!  Steam engines!  I wanted trains or raptors this year, so I'm glad I found this one.  Since it's steam engines, that still leaves a slot open for modern trains in a future year.  Maybe next year, but we'll have to see what gets printed.  This is what it looks like inside:
I really like this style of calendar, with a large picture on top and grid of days on the bottom.  My last calendar made better use of the space, but this one has Sundays in red and lists all the holidays (it has Australia Day, even though this is clearly marketed towards Europe) so that's okay.  It also lists the days of the week in Dutch, so just looking at my calendar is fun.  Ahhh, I should learn Dutch.  Later.  It's not that useful since most Dutch people speak German and/or English, and even if they don't, Dutch is similar enough to the languages I know that I can figure it out.  I should at least learn the pronunciation though, since my current technique of "pretend you have a stuffy nose" is probably offensive :3  Nah, the Dutch are cool, I doubt they mind.

Oh, this even came with a bonus:
Aw yeah, steam train for next year.


I recently got into the works of H.P. Lovecraft.  I figured I'd start reading them eventually, but then I learned that he lived a waaaaay long time ago, so all his works are in the public domain!  Well, the European public domain; I hear matters are a bit grayer in the US.  I quite enjoy his work.  I suppose it would be considered a bit boring by today's standard, but I like the passive narrators and the way the stories aren't about good vs evil.  Sure, the horror of the story is trying to eat dudes, but not out of malevolence.  It just wants to eat everything and humans are, conveniently, made of meat.  I also like that Lovecraft wrote primarily short stories.  Novels are appealing, but sometimes I just want something that can be read in one sitting.  An actual sitting, not  a12-hour reading binge.

I know I mentioned reading Lovecraft's stories, but I've actually been mostly listening to audio books.  I was never really into audio books since it's faster just to read it myself, but audio books are actually quite good for when I'm doing something monotonous such as cleaning.  I've primarily been listening to Youtube rips of an audio book that probably shouldn't be on Youtube, but y'know, whatever.  The reader's voice really fits the mood of Lovecraft's stories and he does a good job reading, so much so that I've actually become excited about cleaning since I means I get to listen to more audio books.  Aside from the Youtube rips, I also listen to some Librivox recordings, but those are a little more hit-and-miss, much like the random recordings Google finds for me.  I should find some audio books of proper novels though, since Lovecraft wrote a finite amount of stuff and I'm starting to run out.  I suppose I could start looking into Derleth's work, but at that point I might as well just check out fan works.  Sure, Derleth's work is legitimate, but I hear he expanded the mythology by including the endless struggle  of good vs evil, which is generally kind of bleh.  In Lovecraft's stories, it is often mentioned that the cosmic entities are so alien as to have an incomprehensible morality.  They're not (all) evil, just so different humans can't really understand them.

So far, my favorite story is At the Mountains of Madness.  It wasn't what I was expecting from a story with that title, and also developed in a way I didn't expect.


Blast of Cleverness

Uni has started.  Bleh.  But more on that later (4realz, I'm 75% done with that post already); this post is about how I've been feeling exceptionally clever in the past 48 hours.

So: my mom is vacation, which means I have to take care of the animals.  I could split the jobs with my dad, but it's easier to just do it myself.  I mostly take care of the cats anyway, so it only really means adding the dog.  Like, okay, I have a dogsitting job, I can do this.  I don't really want to, but I can do this.  It was fine last-last week, but got a little annoying last week since I have to squeeze walks into my schedule before class.  I could just let Faylin out in the yard in the morning, but she doesn't always want to come in and doesn't respond well to commands so that's risky.  At least, it was risky.  Cleverness #1: I started using carrot butts as bribes dog treats.  I've been eating a lot of carrots lately (seriously, have carrots always been this tasty?), and feeding the ends to the dog saves from having to throw them away.  They've also proven to be more effective than actual dog treats.  I don't know if it's because they're bigger so they're easier to see in my hand or if Faylin just prefers them, but I'm not complaining.

Faylin, like most(?) domestic dogs, gets lonely or whatever.  So she barks at dumb things while inside.  It's particularly annoying in the morning.  I'm sure the neighbors don't appreciate her barking at 0600 when she hears me get up to use the bathroom, and I sure don't appreciate her barking early on the weekend.  So I had an idea!  Cleverness #2: I'd let her sleep in my room.  I know, I know, "Eli, why don't you just let her sleep in your room anyway?"  I don't want my room to smell like dog :(  And since my bed is just a mattress on the floor, I really don't want my bed smelling like dog.  But I thought I'd risk it.  Turns out I don't have to: Faylin really,  really doesn't want to go up the extra flight of stairs to get to my room.  Which is kind of weird since we haven't established the third floor as a Forbidden Zone.  Ah well.  Bonus: my mom wants to move up to the third floor next year, but she may have to rethink that plan if her BFF isn't on board :D

One of the cats has been pooping in Ma's bathtub.  Gross, I know.  And it's a recent development!  I don't know why she decided litterboxes were suddenly only for urine, but Sophie seems to prefer pooptubs now.  And I know it's Sophie doing it because I SCIENCED.  At least, Sophie is for sure doing it.  Someone else might be too.  We have a lot of cats, but I stopped after figuring out it was Sophie.  Cleverness #3: I decided to put Sophie out during the day, so that way I only have to maybe clean poop in the morning.  Except... Sophie doesn't want to go outside anymore.  She used to always want to go outside, but now she just complains.  I guess because there aren't any bathtubs out there.  I tried Stay-Off spray and chili powder, but those only worked temporarily.  Until... Cleverness #4: Fill the tub with water.  Well, not fill-fill, but like 5cm?  That's above kitty ankles.  I'm hoping that works and Sophie stops being gross or we'll have to get rid of her.  Isolating her from the other cats might work, but we don't have space for it since we already have Balthazar in isolation and can't put Sophie in with him because she doesn't really like him.


uni uni uni uni rockin' errywher

The semester started... in mid-April! I've been such a bum about updating, but oh well. I figure I'll write for half an hour and what you get is what you get until I get around to part two or whatever. Wooo!

My schedule is pretty okay:
Monday: Inorganic Chemistry 1000-1130, Physical Chemistry practice 1145-1230
Tuesday: Organic Chemistry 0815-0900, Math 1000-1130
Wednesday: Physical Chemistry 0810-0940, Math 1000-1130
Thursday: Physical Chemistry 0810-0855, Organic Chemistry practice 0900-0945
Friday: Organic Chemistry 0815-0945

I also had Lab every day from 1300 until "1830". You simply left after completing whatever task you were working on that day, but the lab closed at 1830. Lab stories will be its own post. Lab only lasted six weeks.

One of the nice things about study Chemistry here is that attendance isn't mandatory. There's no real homework (your grade in each class is determined by your score on the final exam), but doing the homework can earn you up to three free points on the exam. In Math you earn the points by doing exercises in class, in OC and PC you get points by solving the exercises before class and solving them on the board, and in IC you complete and turn in a whole exercise sheet to get a point. You don't have to get the answers right in IC (I seriously doubt anyone wants to read the same answers 100+ times), just show that you actually worked on it.

There's not really much to say, in general. The lectures are not particularly exciting. I sit in the front, since people like to talk during lectures. Ugh. There are parties, like, every other weekend on campus, but that's not my kind of thing. There was a gaming "convention" during one weekend, but I was sick. Ugh. I even went through the hassle of building a Commander deck. Oh well, there is supposed to be another con around November I think.

And my thirty minutes is up ^o^