Academic Depression + Eating Dessert Before Dinner = Slightly Less Academic Depression, At Least For The Moment. And Ben & Jerry’s widely-sold “American Pie” is close enough to my lusted-for “Appley Ever After” that an outpouring of singing and dancing may be expected as soon as I rid myself of this excessive quantity of homework.
Anyway, I’ve already cancelled on Tuesday’s SIGGRAPH mini-lecture, and unless I make some major headway in my computer science project in the next few days, I’ve decided not to attend the Gaiman/Hodgman event in New York this Thursday. The stress it will create far outweighs the fanglee. Besides, John Hodgman is coming to Philadelphia October 5th, and I’ve already met Neil twice. It would have been fun, but it just wasn’t to be. I might also drop Battlestar Galactica this semester, if time remains tight. Nightly viewings of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are already gone.
An academic update:
After working on Math for about 6-7 hours yesterday, I’ve finished two of the four sections due on Monday. Hurrah! I’ve emailed my TA, asking if these past two weeks are indicative of the workload we can expect throughout the semester, because it’s frankly ridiculous. His response? No, it’s not indicative. The course may actually speed up. Excuse me as I rend my hair and garments and pierce my throat with a wail of agony. I’m definitely going have a chat with the professor after class on Tuesday. [Edit: As of approximately midnight, I’m done! I also sent my professor an email. Jolly good.]
After a couple hours of banging my head against the wall yesterday trying to get the latest release of JOGL (a system that allows one to use Java with OpenGL) to work, a fellow student advised me to try the 2003 release. Yay, the test code actually compiles! Now I only have to learn an entire programming language in a week and implement an architectural layout system! Norm may be a great guy, but he has no grip on what a person can sanely ask of his students.
I finished my bulk-pack reading for my Fairytales class, and I’m half-done reading White as Snow. I’ve scratched the surface of my Film readings, but they’re a lower priority. My film paper is looking promising, but I’ll be seriously hard-pressed to keep it under 6 pages.
And Physics? I haven’t even cracked the book this weekend. I am so far behind it’s ridiculous, and it will be interesting to see if I can cram enough knowledge to not fail Wednesday’s quiz, as I failed the two before. They only drop our three lowest quiz scores, so I need to get my act together, STAT. Now if only there were enough hours in the day that this was physically possible while still allowing me time to sleep, so that I might recover from my cold.