Monday, August 29, 2005

Warming Up

I am trying to get used to this new schedule. It seems that my summer vacation may have made me soft. If I was to work before 10 and in bed by 10 I was a happy boy. Unfortunately, a student who wants to keep a job can't work those hours. In the mean time, while I get used to the rudeness of my alarm clock and force myself to stay up later than I am accustomed, I will just be thankful that I have the opportunity to go to school and have a job at the same time. A bit of gratitude can go a long way toward fixing my outlook on this roller coaster we call life.

Today was the third meeting for the classes that meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Assignments are coming out, and most of us are settling into the classes quite well. At this point in the program, many of us have been following each other for two years now. This gives way to some comfort, if not with the subject, then at least with the people in the room. I found the CS undergrad Linux lab today, and was very pleased with the facilities. Not only was it cleaner, brighter, but filled with new fast machines. This afternoon after class, a small group of us spent some time working over optional exercises dealing with how to detect memory allocation for basic types in the C programming language on different platforms. Though it sounds completely insane to admit it, the assignment was actually fun. I don't know a lot of C, but get the feeling that I will learn quite quickly.

Tomorrow will mark the second day in my Tuesday class. Tuesdays and Thursdays are hard because I should put in a full 8 hour day at work, with a break in the middle of the day for a class. Just typing it makes me tired; I haven't tried the 8 hour deal yet. Tomorrow will be the first run.

I may be somewhat on top of the CS stuff I have on my plate right now, at least until new assignments come out on Wednesday, but in the meantime it is time to hit the Analysis books again.

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