College Saga, Episode 2 (September 14, 2019): Second and third weeks of my first adventure in my second attempt at college….

Damn! Like I mentioned in my last entry, I got really sick last Saturday, so I couldn’t get my entry out on time. Thus, this post will cover both last week and this week! Aside from the sickness, though, both weeks were pretty good.

GENERAL GOAL CHECKLIST:

COURSE ONE: BASIC GEOLOGY:

EXAM 1 – DONE!

EXAM 2

EXAM 3

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 1 – DONE!

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 2 – DONE!

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 3 – DONE!

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 4 – DONE!

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 5 – DONE!

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 6 – DONE!

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 7 – DONE!

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 8

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 9

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 10

WEEKLY QUESTIONS 11

DISCUSSION 1 – DONE!

DISCUSSION 2

DISCUSSION 3

DISCUSSION 4

COURSE 2: BASIC EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

EXAM 1

EXAM 2

FINAL EXAM 1

WEEKLY LECTURE QUESTIONS

LAB 1 (All these labs are graded on the basic stuff–safety, cleanup, etc)-DONE!

LAB 2 – DONE!

LAB 3

LAB 4

LAB 5

LAB 6

LAB 7

LAB 8

LAB 9

LAB 10

LAB 11

RECITAL 1

RECITAL 2

RECITAL 3

HYPOTHESIS PAPER-DONE!

PHYLOGENETIC TREE PAPER – DONE!

DISSECTION REPORT

CLASS PRESENTATION

LAB NOTEBOOK CHECKS

COURSE 3: PRECALCULUS

EXAM 1

EXAM 2

EXAM 3

QUIZ 1 – DONE!

QUIZ 2

QUIZ 3

QUIZ 4

QUIZ 5

QUIZ 6

HOMEWORK 1 – DONE!

HOMEWORK 2 – DONE!

HOMEWORK 3

HOMEWORK 4

HOMEWORK 5

HOMEWORK 6

HOMEWORK 7

HOMEWORK 8

HOMEWORK 9

HOMEWORK 10

HOMEWORK 11

HOMEWORK 12

COURSE 4: INTRO TO COMPUTER SCIENCE

PROJECT 1 – DONE!

PROJECT 2 – DONE!

PROJECT 3

PROJECT 4

PROJECT 5

PROJECT 6

PROJECT 7

EXAM 1 (OCTOBER)

EXAM 2 (NOVEMBER)

FINAL EXAM

QUIZZES

 

WORKIN:

Sunday:

Got the first discussion for Geology out of the way, and that was the only thing I needed to do for this weekend. Spent the rest of the day just relaxing. Monday’s gonna be busy, it’s Labor Day so no classes, but a lot of fun things to attend!

Monday:

Nice day! ’twas Labor Day, so no classes, but a bunch of social organizations were doing stuff, so I hung around. I attended rushes for a couple frats…not the hazing frats you might be thinking of, but more business oriented frats. I’m of two minds about em…on the one hand, they’ll definitely be useful in forming connections for the job hunt, but on the other hand, a lot of this stuff seems geared for younger folks…I wonder if it might seem strange for me to be hanging around ’em. Maybe I ought to just stick to the job programs my uni offers…

Tuesday: Had a fun little tea-time thing with international students before heading off to math class. That went well enough, though I do have a quiz next tuesday, hmm. But then when I went home…

BACKER BUILD 5 FOR PHOENIX POINT!!!!

Wednesday: Excellent day! My lectures for both Computer Science and Basic Evobio were super fun. Then I spent most of the rest of the day chillin with various student groups~

Thursday: On a whim, applied to a local project that seemed relevant to both my computer science and history interests, then went to the UB to talk with folks about financial aid…I really do need some more cashmoneys D: After that, another fun math class. Then I watched another CZsworld vid on IT Chapter 2…maybe I shouldnta watched it before watching the movie, but oh well. Then I knocked off the math hw…how tiresome! But at least it went a lot faster than the last one though, only about 2 hours, despite having more questions. Based!

Friday:  Super busy day! Went to my classes early in the morning, then took a nap, then went off to hang out with some more of my fellow students. Then I polished off the night by watching IT chapter two.

Saturday: Damn! I musta caught something from the theater, because I was absolutely laid out all day with a really bad sore throat and throwing up ;-;

Sunday: Same.

Monday: Felt a little better, but not good enough to come into class. Well, just missing a couple wouldn’t hurt that much. I sent an email to my math prof asking if I could retake the coming quiz on Tuesday, and he said yes! So I have that to look forward to on Thursday…I was feeling good enough to get a little preparation done for my second Evobio lab, tho.

Tuesday: Feeling almost all better, but still stayed at home to convalesce, didn’t wanna risk the disease resurging. But also…BLASPHEMOUS CAME OUT! Played a bit of it 😀

Wednesday: Not the best day, but it managed to be OK overall. I thought I had kicked off the last of my illness, so I went to class, but in Bio class I was struck by a stomach cramp and had to jet. I hope I didn’t miss another of those damn in-class clicker questions, but if I did, not much to do about that I suppose. Ah, well…just gotta take the hit, along with missing Monday’s class. But I also had my first compsci lab, and that was pretty fun. Polished off my second compsci project :smirk:

Thursday: Decent day, though it had an eensy problem. I went to my second bio lab, dealt with it easy enough, though we had a lab quiz I *sorta* whiffed. I made a dumb misinterpretation on one question and then had a brain fart on another where I shoulda recognized the term they were using. Ah, well. Then I had a makeup quiz for my math class, aced it pretty easily, it was just two questions and my prof graded it there, said I got 100%. You know, I think that’s not just the first time in years, but the first time EVER, I ever got a hundred on a math quiz of any sort! I never even managed that in high school, when I was at the top of my game! Feels good man. The eensy problem with this day was that my sickness hadn’t left me entirely, oof…my stomach was cramping and I had a spot of diarrhea! Damn, my sore throat’s gone, but I have tummy troubles now. Hopefully it goes away by tomorrow.

Friday: Stayed home to put down the last remnants of my sickness, but I did manage to take out my first online test for Geology. Didn’t do quite as good as I’d hoped (B-), but good enough. Now I gotta study “Ontology and Phylogeny,” “The Structure of the Cell,” and “Evolution vs. Creation” for my bio class recital…then, before dinner, I caught another CZsworld vid 😀

Saturday: Attended an interview for an organization I might like to join, then went out and did some shopping with my parents. Got myself another printer cartridge :smirk: Also knocked out a ton more homeworks for my Geology class.

Miscellaneous Goals:

Didn’t get much of that done these two weeks due to sickness. Maybe the next will be better….

FUN STUFF:

WATCHAN:

After that, I saw the movie itself on Friday!

I thought it was very good, but not quite as good as the first…I can see why some folks thought it was overlong. The good parts were Richie Tozier, who was GREAT, and some very scary sequences with both the kids and the adults. I ESPECIALLY loved the overt shoutout to John Carpenter’s The Thing near the end of the movie! However, the bad parts were……

(SPOILER):

1: The bit with Native American history added on to the Ritual of Chud was just really bad, IMO. It worked much better in King’s original novel, where the Ritual of Chud was a separate thing from the smokehouse ceremony; where *that* was just the kids “playing pretend” (so to speak) based on Native American ceremony as it seemed in their own minds. The “in their own minds” part is important; the fact that the book’s ceremony was a “child’s version” of a native american ritual made it less unseemly and more fitting than a straight-up unironic version of it. In this movie, though, it was so silly I think it might almost be offensive to Native Americans. They should have done what the miniseries did and have the gang just kill the crap out of Pennywise physically without bothering with the smokehole thing, and certainly without gracelessly melding its Native background with the Ritual of Chud.

2: Some parts could have been excised without much loss, like the death of the little girl chasing the firefly. Didn’t really connect in any way with the rest of the film IMO.

3: At times it felt a little disjointed, like skipping from the Losers to Henry Bowers. Also, in general, as other folks have said, the “flashbacks” didn’t work very well since there was no tension–we know all the kids from the first movie would survive to become adults.

4: Finally, Pennywise’s final form…I dunno. On the one hand, it was better than the spider thing from the first miniseries, but on the other hand, it was just Pennywise on top of a spider’s body. I could credit the original monster, as poorly animated as it was, for at least looking alien. With the new one, though, you never get the feeling that Pennywise was something completely inhuman and alien, aside from the Deadlights. The design just isn’t very interesting. If they mutated Pennywise further, turning his entire body arachnoid but with a clown’s color scheme, that might have been really interesting.

Still, the good parts were enough that I was happy with It–chapter 2, that is ;D

Also watched this video from CZsworld after dat ;D

 

EATAN:

 

TIMAN:

Sent Starseeker the stuff for the next ep of Dragonar 😀

 

PLAYAN:

Phoenix Point BB 5! 😀

I gave my key away because I loathed epic, but the game looked soooo cool I couldn’t resist, and the person I gave it to let me use his account! So cool of him ;-; Anyways, I made some playthroughs of it, though it was pretty buggy. Overall I really liked it, though I have a couple of reservations–watch out for spoilers!

 

SPOILERS

 

1: The introductory missions for the factions seem to be the same every time (3 crazy dudes at NJ, fireworm extermination at Anu, etc. I hope in the final game there’s a bit of diversity in them…

2: I think there could be a few more mission types besides scavenge, defend haven, defend base, or attack alien base. Maybe defend scavengers in some ruins (perhaps gaining a recruit), capture a relic from some ruins and then escape, kill a particular mutant and then extract, etc.? XCOM 2 had a wide variety of mission objectives, it’d be nice for PP to have em as well ;-;

3: I was really looking forward to the writing and it seems a little sparse. I was hoping for more elaborate descriptions of the autopsies and so on–for instance, Randolph Symes III is only mentioned in passing as you get a message from him saying you’re the last of the phoenix project, and no more, I hoped he’d play a larger part in the game–but maybe that’ll be in the final build. Same with personnel–it’s just your 5 soldiers, no scientists and engineers as you might have had in the new XCOM games. So the Phoenix Project doesn’t feel as “alive” as the Avenger did in XCOM.

4: There are fewer interactions than I’d hoped for–no behemoths, though I suppose those can be added in later. Fuel is much more generous than it was in backer build 3, with it getting restored every time you visit a haven regardless of whether or not the haven is friendly to you, which is a bit of a loss from Backer Build 3, where you had to husband resources to build fuel silos carefully and curate your relationships with individual havens if you needed a flight base. You don’t seem to be able to steal stuff in haven defense missions, there doesn’t seem to be any nifty little notes or journal entries or other lore things you can find in a mission, and so on.

5: Inventory management is a little more streamlined than in the original XCOM–you can just pay immediately to restore used grenades or ammo mags instead of going back to base and restocking them–but thinking about it, that’s a positive change I say.

Anyways, check me out:

Bloodstained also had an update, though not much good ;-; Still delays, still people waiting for patches, not much aside from that. Well, here’s hoping for better news later this month…or at least my physical goods arriving ;D

Finally, BLASPHEMOUS CAME OUT! I’ll do a full review next week, but I’m liking the game quite a bit, though it does have some rather severe flaws. Still, its good points are strong enough to maintain it. Check me out!

READAN:

Nothin in particular, busy busy busy!

WRITAN:

Same as above, just my projects and lab homeworks and such. However, I did get a bit of wrangling done concerning the project I’ve been working on, things are moving up ;D

 

Anyways, I think I might start posting these entries on Sunday while I’m at college, since that seems to make a little more sense. See ya next time, friendos!

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