Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Homework at 3 AM

We all have body clocks. You know the thing that tells you when it is time to go to sleep, and when it is time to wake up? Mine doesn’t work very well. I was so very tired last night by 7:00 PM that it was all I could do to stay up until 8:30, so I gave in and drifted happily off to sleepy land. Only to wake up this morning, ready to go at 3:00AM. Life is not fair, I know, but playing with the body clock is just cruelty. Because there was no use in lying in bed until six or so I decided that I may as well get up and do something productive.

Homework.

At least I got a good start on the day. I had plenty of time to read my math book, and try to further understand the black magic of proof writing. Yes, writing proofs is black magic. I am beginning to understand, but it has not been without a fight for it. I suppose that is a good thing. When I am done with this discrete mathematics class, which should probably be known as discrete hell, at least I will know more math speak than I ever thought possible.

Java and I got along much better today. I think that the more you think about it, the easier it gets. Today in class we were discussing the basics of the Java memory model; it was a condensed review of what we went over in spring semester. However, it really helped to jog my thoughts on the process. I agree that if one understands the memory model, they will have a better idea of how to program.

One thing that I found very interesting today was the number of students in my classes that weren’t up on the reading and homework problems. This happened in all three of my classes. This seems to be a surefire way to burn your grade early in the game.

It seems I never run out of things to do now, the question is do I want to do them. It is all part of the marathon. Maybe tonight, I will be lucky and get a “normal” night’s sleep.

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