Sunday, November 13, 2005

Four Weeks More

It isn't that I don't care about this blog, it is just that justifying the time to sit down and write something worthwhile is a bit more challenging than it has been in the past. This week marks four weeks to get to the end of Fall Semester 2005. I just need to keep my whit about me while pressing forward.

    As a brief review of the past week or so in an itemized list

  • Still plugging away at Analysis, and thinking that perhaps a math minor isn't worth finishing.

  • Learning about type systems in my programming languages class, we switched languages from Scheme to Caml. Though Caml has some nice constructs that make writing a typed language easier, I am not totally sold on it yet. This lack of happiness probably has something to do with the fact that there are a lot of other things to do, and learning a new programming language at the end of the semester feels like something of a hassle.

  • My Systems class is quite interesting right now. We just finished a particularly interesting lab in which we wrote our own simple shell with job control. Really it was a learning assignment about signals and interaction with the operating system. I think I finished 75% of the lab before I ran out of time. As Bilbo Baggins said in the Lord of the Rings movie (I can't remember if it was in the book), he felt like too little butter spread over a large piece of bread. Between now and shortly after Thanksgiving, I have to write my own MALLOC and FREE functions. I learned my lesson on the last lab, and will be starting early this time.

  • I am very glad that my employer and family understand my scholastic goals, if I had to be at work every day, I would be a total mess by now. As I keep telling everyone, only four more weeks to go.

  • The study sessions have been long and all over the place. That winter recess is looking better every day

  • I am thinking I need to get ready for this photo show in January, but haven't had the time to think much about it. Hopefully it will come together when it needs to.

  • Big Band Jazz rocks my world.

1 comment:

Michael Sarver said...

Indeed Big Band Jazz does rock! I'm glad things are going well, despite being super busy. It always seems to be that way anymore doesn't it?