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Facebook is the new LiveJournal

In the very rare event that I decide to write a blog entry, I will from now on be posting it as a note on facebook. I have a lot more friends on facebook than I do here, and I think everyone who reads this is my facebook friend. If you're not, fix it; and if you don't have a facebook account, get one. Actually, I think I know one person who doesn't have a facebook account. You told me your reasons but I think you should reconsider. Anyway, I just posted a note so go read it.

One Year Later

My last post was exactly one year ago tomorrow. I guess I should let you all know what has been going on.

Finals were last week, so I have now completed one year of graduate school. For those wondering, graduate school is fairly similar to college. In the Computer Science department at University of Delaware, there are 600-level and 800-level graduate courses. All the 600-level courses are also 400-level courses, so it's combined graduate/undergrad. Most teachers will do things like add an extra problem on homework or tests for the grad students or something similar, but in general it's not really different from an undergrad course. The 800-level courses are different, or at least the two I've taken so far were. They focused on much more specific topics and involved mostly reading academic papers about the topic. There was considerably less work involved than in the 600-level courses.

I was a TA this past year for Computer Science 101. It was very easy and very boring. This course is not introductory programming. The course title is "Introduction to Computers", and the course assumes that the student has never seen, touched, or possibly even heard of a "computer". My job was running the labs, but there was nothing to teach or demonstrate for the labs, since they were following a lab manual. I just sat and waited for someone to have a problem to fix or a question. And then I had to grade the labs. The labs covered exciting topics such as using the internet (or, as the lab guide always insisted on calling it, the information superhighway), sending an email, using Microsoft Word, using Microsoft Excel, using Microsoft PowerPoint, using Microsoft Access, and creating a webpage (all they learned was bold, italics, underline, lists, images, and links).

As for where I live, I am renting a room in a house off-campus. There are two other people here, they are brothers. One is graduated from UD and working for DuPont, the other just finished his fourth year and will be doing his fifth next year (he is a double-major in economics and political science with a minor in spanish). I like my roommates, but I will probably be moving sometime this summer. Both of them are moving out, and I don't want to be the primary renter, because if I can't find roommates I'd be paying more than I can afford. So I will probably get my own apartment.

That's it for now, check back next year.

Now in Florida

I am now in Florida, however we have to wait until June 13 to get our internet hooked up. Right now I am in a public library in which I can only use the internet for half an hour. I have spent most of it going through my email, so I still can't catch up on livejournal. I'll have a lot of reading to do once I get internet back up.

The cat survived the trip down to Florida, but didn't enjoy it. Now she is adjusting to the house and isn't peeing on stuff to put her scent on to it, which is good.

We got our furniture yesterday, so no more sleeping on the floor in sleeping bags. We also got our gas turned on, so we can take hot showers.

It's not as bad as I've made it sound.
Dear Gecko,

Remember when people used to accidentally call you when they were trying to call Geico? You got so mad. But now I see you are actually advertising for them. What happened? You should have stood up for yourself, but instead you were bought out by the man. Do you see bears advertising beer? No! Stick it to the man, dude, stick it to the man!


May. 10th, 2006

I got home Sunday, but my parents left Monday morning to look for houses in Florida. I am also sick. I think it's just a cold, but everyone at Earlham seems to have either had it last week or has it now.

Has anyone else noticed that livejournal pages load forever? Even after it looks like the entire page is there, it still says "Transferring data from www.livejournal.com..." and the progress bar is about 95% filled. And it stays like that forever. Very odd.

May. 2nd, 2006

I'm done with college except for a couple self-evaluations that I have to do. I need to take a shower and do laundry, but I think that might wait until tomorrow. Most of my friends who are not graduating are staying later with various excuses, except for a few who have to leave tomorrow which is sad.

I was hoping to make it through the summer without needing to get a job, but I'm not sure how possible that is considering my current funds. I think as long as I can make it to Florida, I will be ok, since I won't have to spend money in Florida (there are no friends to hang out with, only family, and they pay).
So in a few weeks I will be graduating. What happens next? I will be back in Munster probably on Sunday, May 7. I will stay in Munster for a currently unknown amount of time before I move, with my parents, to Florida where they are retiring to. This will most likely happen sometime in June, I think. In the fall, I will be going to Newark, Delaware, where I have been accepted to the University of Delaware grad school. Yep, I'm staying in school for even more years. They are giving me money to go there, so I've put off having to get a real job for a while longer.

So there's the first real update I've made in a very long time, in which I summarize the next five or so years of my life in a short paragraph. Now I have to go to a group project meeting.