Pi Day!

No, it’s not March 14th, but it’s still PI DAY!!!  Today, my Raspberry Pi and user guide arrived in the mail! I’m super excited about this one…I know it uses Python and I’m hoping that this will be a good way to get some practice.  The Comp Sci program I’m in does not have a python class, but I know that a lot of animation companies look for it, so I definitely want to stay sharp.

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Now I just have to get it hooked up and get going! 🙂

…And Then There Were Twenty-Seven

At the start of the semester, there were 59 students in my math class. Today is the last day to drop, and we are down to the final 27. Wow.

The second test *felt* better than the first test, but there was a big-O notation problem worth 9 points that I probably missed entirely and who knows how many partial credit points are going to be taken off (I’m sure there were more than a few mistakes in there since my strategy for the logarithm problems revolved on prayer and guessing), so I doubt I did as well as the first test. Honestly, the first test really was a surprise. I walked out of the first test feeling like a zombie that had been hit in the face with a brick, and I would have been happy to get anything above an 80. I don’t share out graces but it was higher than an 80 and I was shocked and thrilled. Actually, I checked the grade site half a dozen times just to make sure it wasn’t a mistake.

Post-test, I hung out with my friend who lives near campus and then chilled out in a very Parks and Recreation-style “treat yo self” evening at a hotel with wine, bubble bath, netflix, and no studying. <3

This class is definitely hard, but it doesn’t seem right that HALF of the class would drop. It kind of freaks me out. Hopefully they didn’t wise up and make the right choice while I’m chugging along headed straight for disaster. Choo choo, mother duckers.

Back home, I sort of took today off and vegged out and caught up on laundry and other things I’ve neglected since going into full study mode. Tomorrow it’ll be back to Java projects and math. 🙂

BIG TEST

Tomorrow,  I have my second test for Discrete Math, and I can’t help but feel woefully unprepared.  I’ve always done well in math, but nothing like taking a 10-year break from sitting in any sort of math class to really shake your confidence, you know?  I’ve been studying a lot recently, and am simultaneously very proud of myself for developing some semblance of a study strategy and also very terrified that I’m doing this wrong.  Should I be spending more time studying the lectures?  Should I be focused on what’s in the book?  Do I need to go back and relearn logarithms because those seem to be all over the homework and I really don’t remember much about those except for alog(b) = log(b^a) and that log(x) < x.  Thank goodness that I decided to buy an old calculus text book for $15 this summer, because I’ve probably spent a quarter of my study time for this test just trying to scramble back through the hazier calculus concepts.

Seriously, though, these are the prettiest notes I've EVER taken in my life.
Seriously, though, these are the prettiest notes I’ve EVER taken in my life.

Still, no matter what happens with this test, I am still pretty proud of myself, because the alternate to this is somewhere in the less desirable side of Queens, New York trying to convince myself that getting harassed in the subway at three in the morning on the way to work is just part of paying my dues to work in broadcast journalism while blowing all of my money on Starbucks because in a strange way, it’s corporate consistency was the most comfortable thing I really could cling to– that Caramel Macchiato tastes just like it did back in Charlotte.  It was a single constant in a chaotic world and it kept me sane.  So yes, knowing what the alternate is, I’d rather be crying over a calculus book in my room than being licked by a drunk stranger on a subway platform* at 3am.

Alright, enough procrastinating.  To the Induction Proofs!!

 

 

*That really happened and maybe someday I’ll do a post of New York Stories and tell you all about Drunk Sebastian.

Steve Jobs

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On October 5th, 2011, Steve Jobs passed away.  I remember where I was when I found out…living in Florida, having just started my job at Walt Disney World the day before, and I remember being sad.   He had been responsible for some of the products that defined my generation– the iPod, the iPhone, and even this MacBook I’m using right now to type this post.

In the five years since his death, we have seen some pretty incredible things.  Siri, who is personally responsible for me not being lost most of the day, was released the day before he passed.  We’ve seen tablets get smaller and phones get bigger.  We’ve seen a watch make us feel like secret agents.  We’ve even seen the return of Jobs’ least-favorite thing, the stylus (now chicly named the Apple Pencil ), and we’re about to meet the end of headphone jacks.  As Tim Cook continues to navigate the company through rough waters, fans of Steve Jobs’ innovative legacy can only watch and wait to see what happens next, always looking forward to that one more thing.

Rest in Peace, Steve.

Hello, World!

1  public class Hello{
2      public static void main(String[] args){
3          System.out.println(“Hello, World!”);
4      }
5  }


Hello, World!  

If the title hadn’t tipped you off, I’m a coder, and I’m a lady.  My path to computer science has been a little convoluted, but one of those things where the journey was necessary.  I didn’t study computer science when I was an undergraduate.  Instead, I fell in love with computer animation and chased that dream as far as I could– studying media production and graphics/animation.  Five years later, I found myself in a fairly successful career trajectory in broadcast journalism, but that’s not really what I wanted.  I wanted to be an animator.  And what do computer animators need?  Computer Programming.

So I packed up my stuff and left New York City.  It was a terrifying decision but ultimately it was the right one.  A few months later, I started taking classes to earn a Computer Programming Certificate from NCSU.  It’s been a wild year, and so far I am loving my classes.  Will this lead to an animation career?  Maybe, but even if it doesn’t, I know it’s going to take me someplace wonderful.