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Mar. 16th, 2005

A few notes on my recent life:

Sometimes a wakeup call can be good, even if it's delivered in a way that is unpalatable. This is kind of applicable to everything in my life, as over the past year I have embarked on alot of haphazard exploratory experiences. I don't plan to disembark or anything, but the haphazardness can be reined in a little. In more specific terms and largely unrelated to the wake-up call I got a few weeks ago, I signed up for softball again, and am trying not to develop an ulcer over it. I'm in ten times worse shape than I was last year. Hopefully my attitude about it is proportionally better.

peril_book_club has chosen a Hunter S. Thompson book. It'll be the first time I've ever read his stuff, and I'm hesitant, although of all the things to choose I think this one is the least likely to frustrate me in predictable ways. I hope it will make me less likely to groan internally at the mention of his name, more in touch with why everyone worships him. This is also a convenient reminder to anyone and everyone that I run a book club, it's fun, and you should try it. My book club, I mean. We're holding the next meeting in my newly organized library!

It's so easy to envision enacting the solutions to your problems when ensconced in the bathroom for whatever reason you might be ensconced there for any amount of time. For some reason once I step out of the safety of the bathroom, it's less easy to envision myself walking up to the VP and talking to him about how to achieve my goals and his at the same time.

The second half of next week I will be in Springfield, VA taking a class. I'm going to want to hang out with VA people!!! the evening of the 23rd and 24th, what's up?!@? I'm still not sure where I'm going to stay, but I hope to either find a place to crash or get the company to spring for a hotel.

In other news, I'm thinking of taking a CS class or two from UMUC largely because the company might be willing to pay for it and SURELY it will be enriching. But I might have to take like, 2 pre-reqs that I have no experience in before taking the class on relational databases. Am I crazy??? I am willing to take any class anyone is willing to pay for at this point in order to get more academic chops.

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ex_midwinte
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)


I hope it will make me less likely to groan internally at the mention of his name, more in touch with why everyone worships him.

I will just continue to groan, thx.

;)
snidegrrl
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
i may do the same!! we will find out by 4/25, to be sure.
poohnnova
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
Well, if rackletang is around, we should do dinner one of those evenings.
snidegrrl
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
excellent. more on that as it develops!
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missmeridian
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
i should be available in early evening time.
snidegrrl
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
Seeing you would rock the house in.
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cheetahmaster
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
Am I crazy???

It would be a big undertaking that would eat a lot of time and cause you a bunch of stress. Would the classes be that rewarding? Do you have extra free time and not enough stress?
snidegrrl
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't take them all at once, mind you, one a semester most likely.

I dunno. I have no real concept of how hard/stressful it would be. (Just the one class, that is.)
larksdream
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
I don't know how closely UMUC tracks the regular UMD coursework, but I know in my databases class you needed to know basic programming since you had a coding project, and you wanted to be tearing your hair out over the DB stuff, not over for loops and exceptions. :P How much programming experience do you have?
snidegrrl
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
Let's just say I have virtually no programming experience. I have written router configs, which on a Juniper can look alot like programming. I have now written sql queries which I suppose technically could be considered programming. But no formal training and nothing past that stuff. :(
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jsciv
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm.... relational databases.... :)
msteleute
Mar. 16th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
UMUC offers many classes online. Some people feel they need the dicipline of class (ex.showing up a couple times a week, talking with teacher in person etc.) But online classes worked out REALLY well for me especially since I was working fulltime. I could squeeze in studying and homework whenever possible. It still took up a huge chunk of my time and I missed out on social things but it's just the price to be paid for knowledge. ALso for those who don't live close to the University it saves on commute time. I was happy not to sit in class a few evenings out of each week. Good luck with whatever choice you make! I think it's a good idea.
snidegrrl
Mar. 16th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I would totally be taking these online, despite my ranting earlier this week about wanting a prof. I prefer classroom learning, but in this case, if I got stumped, I'd at least have Jack...

I just have to decide if I need all 3 classes (likely) and if they will pay for them in advance, instead of reimbursement. :P
rakin
Mar. 16th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
"I hope it will make me less likely to groan internally at the mention of his name, more in touch with why everyone worships him."

I feel that I'm asking a dumb question but I'm going to ask it anyways. Why will you groan? Please note that the only thing I have read of his were his sports writings on espn.com

Is it the drinking? The drugs?
snidegrrl
Mar. 16th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how to answer this question except for possibly overexposure over the past few weeks, as well as a certain baffledness at excess. The anecdotes about Mr. Thompson I always here don't impress me as anything really exciting, more unfortunate. But I figure it's possible I'm missing something, having, you know, not read his writing.
I've read all his work... - choobie - Mar. 16th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: I've read all his work... - snidegrrl - Mar. 16th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
oh yeah OOPS - choobie - Mar. 17th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I've read all his work... - snidegrrl - Mar. 16th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Thanks! - choobie - Mar. 17th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC) - Expand
salami_salome
Mar. 16th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
I am about the drive home from campus the way you are about the bathroom. These days, when I leave, it's still light out, and I've just functioned so I'm still in functioning mode, and I think about all the things on my list to accomplish, and how when I get home I'm going to accomplish them. Then the adrenaline wears off, and once I take my shoes off and eat something, it's over.
angela_la_la
Mar. 17th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
This is how I am when I get home, too, which is why I stay at school as late as possible. I mean, in a way it's good that a lot of my stress just drops away when I walk through my front door, but with it goes a lot of my initiative. It's just so comfy there, how am I supposed to sit down and concentrate on something like syntactical theory?
fishy42
Mar. 19th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
Me! Me!
Must do dinner or something.
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