Well, today started finals week. I didn't have any finals today, so I woke up around 8:30, got breakfast, showered, then just worked on some probability for a while. I also did some packing. Today's goal was to get clothes packed, which I did so successfully. And I made brownies this morning!
There was a luncheon for the math department. I saw with Jacob, Erica, Kathryn, Timbo, Alex, and Mr. Dean. It takes most of us a while to get into a good conversation... so we just sat in silence for a while. After we got our food we talked some about how awesome Muncie is (ha), the surprising diversity in Richmond, Indiana (Mr. Dean has a sister who used to live there and some of us have friends who live there), and (of course) exams. Alex recently took MFE (Modeling Financial Economics) and was telling us how disheartening it is to think that you'll get a result back when the test is over... and then you don't. He even called SOA (Society Of Actuaries, one of the governing bodies who administer the exams) to ask if there had been an error. The assured him that it was not an error, but that since this is one of the first times MFE has been given computer-based instead of pencil-and-paper, that they had not yet included the unofficial pass/fail that some of the other exams have. So.. hopefully they have that when I take MFE, which will hopefully be in the next year or so.
Here's a picture we got with two of our professors.
|Back (left to right): Jacob, Prof. Frye, Prof. Dean, me|
Front (left to right): Erica, Kathryn
Go go gadget INTERNET-
Yeah... they're interesting.
When I got back... I had to study. Gross. Well, I studied after I read this awesome article about how linguists have studied speed daters to determine how their language patters can predict the likelihood of finding a partner. It got into other things... it's a good read if you're interested.
Then I studied. I studied for life contingencies for a while, then started making dinner. Today was sloppy Joe's. I also called mom and we talked about my coming home plans, upcoming events, and things of that nature. So on Thursday I'm going to a baseball game with some people in my program down in Cincinnati (totally thought it was Fort Wayne until today), then heading up to Findlay! That means I need to be all packed by Wednesday night. Got it. I'll be leaving most of the things I don't need at home here in Muncie... may as well make use of my $400 a month third floor storage unit!
Ok, one more awesome link that I just found: the largest photo in existence (272 gigapixel). You can use your scroll wheel or the on-screen + or - buttons to scroll in an out. And you can scroll in really really far.
Yeah. I made sloppy Joe's for dinner. And oven fries. Kathryn came over to partake in the eating of that with me. We talked about our upcoming finals, the exam, plans for the summer. Apparently this summer she will be going to her first two weddings. But her first wedding will be on the Florida beaches... so I don't know whether mine can top that. I guess we'll see. We also talked about fighting and arguing and how we do those. When I get in fights or arguments, I generally try to find the source of conflict and suggest a logical settlement. To some this is welcome, but to most it simply makes them more upset because fights tend to be a more emotional battlefield. Kathryn on the other hand just wants everyone to be happy, even if her view isn't being fairly represented. I want everyone to be happy, but clearly everyone would be happier if they just saw things my way! That's how it works, right? :)
After dinner Kathryn went back to her apartment and I studied for probability. I did that for about an hour, but then I just started making dumb mistakes and deduced that my brain was just too tired to be effective. So I stopped. And now I'm going to bed. Good night everyone. Thanks for reading this nonsense every day... or however often you read it.