Stopping in:

  1. I exist.
  2. The semester is winding down.
  3. Business is picking up.

So far this semester, I’ve had a bunch of exams (A’s on all of them), given two seminar talks (one “eh,” one worse than that), and I’ve made progress towards my advisor / candidacy situation. I still have more exams (blah), two more presentations (double blah), and some fellowship things to get done.

I’d like to say that in the midst of all this, I’ll stop by more, say more things, post more solutions, etc., but at the rate it’s going, I’ll likely not be back here until December something-er-other. 

I hope this finds everyone well and that the holidays treat you and yours particularly special.


Big changes, predictably

Well, folks, tomorrow’s the big day…

Okay, let me start over:

Well, folks, today’s the big day….

I have my first official Fall 2013 class in about seven hours. Unsurprisingly, this semester is going to be busy and hectic, but honestly, I’m happy with where I am. I’ll be taking four classes + two seminars + a potential (informal) algebraic geometry reading class, all in hopes of trying to narrow down my focus to a single advisor. As I’ve mentioned before, there are three professors I consider “the ones,” and I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t already a front-runner in my mind. I’m going to keep it open, though, and I think this semester will do wonders for helping me decide: Of the seven aforementioned student responsibilities, potential advisors will be in charge of five of them.

This is exciting.

I’m nervous, of course, because I’ve signed up for a pretty big course load. I always have mixed feelings about this particular issue because I always sign up for a big course load, and 100 times out of 100, I make it out “unscathed”, but only after working myself damn near to death and swearing I’ll never take such a big course load ever again.

Insanity goes hand-in-hand with what I do, I guess.

I spent the better part of the day out, enjoying a bit of last-minute family time before taking the plunge. This sounds like an exaggeration, but heavy course load semesters in a science graduate program is basically like a six-month prison sentence, minus the potential shower rape and gang altercations and….

You get the point….

As has so often been the case at FSU, the beginning-of-the-semester tedium has extended past tediousness and into downright misery. Though not as bad as Fall 2012, I’ve found that I’m (a) unable to get into the building which houses my office, (b) unable to renew my TECS account (which means I can’t sign into the computers in rooms where I’m TAing), and (c) unable to use the campus wifi while on campus because the campus wifi is apparently down. Each of these three items is equally frustrating. In BG, for example, we didn’t have all this keycard nonsense to worry about and so we had physical keys to our buildings, i.e. we were able to access our offices 24/7/365. Moreover, the TECS computer network is beyond agonizing because of these perpetually-recurring issues with being able to sign in, etc., and because FSU uses archaic software that has issues in one way or another with literally all three of the “main browsers” people use these days. And as for the wifi? Well, let’s just say I’d rather use wifi at Starbucks…

…oh wait, I haven’t told you guys how I feel about Starbucks yet have I?


Also: My Wolfram internship is over. I’m not really going to talk about how that makes me feel.

Until next time.