Sweet! Just heard back from my Sci-Fi TAs. I got an A- on the Midterm From Hell! Oh, the world, she is beautiful. There’s a lovely 20% of my grade in the bank!

WOO! Despite the best attempts of the universe to foil me in my midterm studying, I think I just rocked that psych exam. The winner is ME!

Now I just have to start studying like a mad thing for my SciFi exam a week from today. The “sample questions” the professor gave us made my head explode. Good gravy, the DETAIL! I’m reminded of my junior year of high school, where we would read a massive chunk of Huck Finn, and Mr. Dumaine would ask us a long series of the most random questions imaginable, like “what color was this person’s hat that was only mentioned once in passing.” Except in this case, we’re dealing with 2500+ pages of source material, rather than just a couple hundred. Mmm, academia!

So we were assigned partners for our Computer Modeling and Animation final project, based on our skillset. I was partnered with the girl who, though a competent coder, had never used Maya before. On the one hand, how flattering! Warren (the TA) must have a high opinion of my Maya skills! On the other hand, CRAP.

Fortunately, Warren later conceded and let us swap partners, and I’m now in a group of three: me, the aforementioned girl, and Matt, leader of our Siggraph chapter and generally cool guy. Win!

In my Sci-Fi class this week, we read Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars and Gernsback’s Ralph 124C 41+. I think this week’s theme is “hero protagonists I wish would die in a fire.” Oh, Disney/Pixar, what are you doing buying the rights to the former?