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so, another semester has begun and even after attending my first lectures, i am still excited about this term.

EALC J131, beginning japanese I
i love this class (and i love that jo3 a.k.a fagatron is not in it)! it's really an adventure to learn an entirely different writing system. we learned 20 hiragana characters on the first day--that's like learning the alphabet, but without having words to associate the new sounds with. (like "a is for apple," etc.) it's crazy, but cool.

there was a lot of drama about a room change during the first lecture, so i got to see the more sociable sides of my classmates while we scrambled and waited. i'm really looking forward to getting to know some of these people throughout the school year. unfortunately, i also discovered the more "anime fag" sides of several people as well. good fucking grief! they can all rot.

STAT 350, statistics for the sciences
this class is pretty boring, but the prof knows that it's boring so he tries to be interesting. apparently, he got called of retirement to teach this class, so he's pretty damn chill about everything too. he reminds me of mr. gavin in a lot of ways. he's a little taller, skinnier and let's disfigured for surgical scars though. [did anyone else ever see gavin's scar? that has got to be one of the most disgusting things i've ever viewed. not so much the scar, but gavin's naked abdomen.]

MATH 300, logic and the foundations of algebra
a lot of people from my stats class are in this class as well. also a girl from my H114 group and a woman from my calc I class. so, i think once i settle in, i will feel pretty comfortable in this class.

the instructor happens to be the first calc prof i ever had, a polish woman whom i could barely comprehend in calc. i dropped that course because i was so boggled by her accent. i seem to understand her more now, though. i guess all that time with vlad and shen really helped learn to translate better.

this class is so foreign to me as a math student. not only do we not have to take notes, we are actually discouraged from taking notes! we're just supposed to listen and watch and take everything in. it's not about learning or understanding new material, it's about making our minds familiar and ready to understand in the future.

for those of you who know me at all, you will not be surprised to learn that this KILLS me.

extra credit points are given every day for making significant contributions to the lecture (answering someone else's questions, solving a problem, etc.). i have no problem at all with understanding the solutions that people offer, but i am completely incapable of an original idea of my own. this bothers me a lot. but, perhaps i am just not letting my mind be free enough, eh?

anyway, i'm interested to see where this class goes.

CSCI 230, introduction to programming
my first lecture was canceled because my prof couldn't find his car keys. spluh! and, consequently, my first lab was also canceled because we had nothing to talk about besides logging into phoenix.

i am pretty interested in learning to program (in C), but i don't care for most of the lecture topics (at least in the first few weeks). of course, you've heard this all before!

i ran into jenny ping after my lecture was cancelled. i'll be glad to have my campus friends back this semester.

i plan to make better friends with some of my japanese classmates, but i'm going to feel them out for a few weeks before i get too involved. i'd like to have a conversation group to go out to lunch or something every now and then. i think that would help out quite a bit.

XXX

i guess i'm going to see tanny (san_yo) and danny at their new place in bloomington on saturday night. sadly, as much as i LOVE watching people get high, i don't think i'll stick around long.

katie strandmark is back in btown, so i'll be trying to get in touch with her sometime over the weekend. and perhaps i'll see little miss me0wkp too if she isn't too busy with welcome week or brasko.

XXX

the altima and i have been reunited. life is good. (she needs another bath, though!) so, the next three weekends would be primo for taking road trips with me if anyone has any great ideas. i still need to get to king's island...

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liveloveburndye
Aug. 27th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC)
wow.. that's so strange.. i really want to learn to speak japanese.

what school do you go to? i was told only u of k teaches japanese..?
shakewell
Aug. 27th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
IUPUI

for the moment, i recommend you try it someday (though i may change my mind come december). it really is just such a foreign experience all around. definitely a challenge.

IUPUI offers an exchange program to japanese language students to go teach english there. i'm very excited by that idea!
xtylerx
Aug. 27th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
CT, is looking good for a road trip, and i could
come back and live somewhere. HAHAHA.
shakewell
Aug. 27th, 2004 09:04 am (UTC)
i knew you'd say CT
but that's a little more road than i can handle in less than 48 hours. (from when i get off work saturday afternoon to when i go to class monday morning)

maybe labor day?
xtylerx
Aug. 27th, 2004 10:04 am (UTC)
Re: i knew you'd say CT
word.
damnit you are never online anymore.

You should find a house or a 2 bedroom apartment somewhere
in indy. I wanna get out of CT. Let's say working at
polo ralph lauren sure does bring new meaning to my life too.

I <3 polo. not. ohhhh snap mother fucker.
shakewell
Aug. 27th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
well SNAP motherfucker!
i'm locked into a lease at the moment (plus i love my joe-free apartment).

i think i'll be online tomorrow from 9-2 btw.
xtylerx
Aug. 27th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
Re: well SNAP motherfucker!
word.
too bad its not 2 bedrooms.

we could be roomies and hate life together.
shakewell
Aug. 28th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: well SNAP motherfucker!
well you could have the bedroom (but share the closet). and it would be like when you lived with ben and he slept in the living room. only i'm way cooler! lol.
xtylerx
Aug. 28th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
Re: well SNAP motherfucker!
hahaha.
word, and that was pretty much a big mis-happ.
me0wkp
Aug. 27th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC)
wooot!!
tomorrow i have training for my volunteer stuff from 1-4 but that's about it. sunday i dont have much either, just getting ready for class on monday....arrrg.
lemme know!!
shakewell
Aug. 27th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC)
Re: wooot!!
i'll call you (still xxx-3195?). maybe you, katie and i could go out for lunch or something? i'll probably be more up for hanging out on sunday than saturday, btw.
me0wkp
Aug. 27th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)
Re: wooot!!
yeah thas the number...i talked to emily today and she said katie is in madtown and coming back up here sometime sunday. she also said katie got your email soo yeah i dont know where i was going with that. i just got a call from my fig instructor and i have a mandatory meeting sunday at 1230 and we're eating lunch afterwards, but im up for a afternoon snack or something.
shakewell
Aug. 28th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
yeah
i just got katie's email. oh well. i'll catch up with her some other time.

i'll call you saturday night and well figure something out for sunday then (or saturday night if you wanted). i'm down for whatever.
stewbot
Aug. 27th, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)
K.I.
i love kings island! ok well really i dont think i've ever been. but i would love to!

see ya soon sbcp
shakewell
Aug. 28th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
Re: K.I.
think your keister is ready for another adventure?
badrew
Aug. 29th, 2004 09:13 am (UTC)
Re: K.I.
you're fucking kidding

never been to pki?
darkwax
Sep. 2nd, 2004 09:13 am (UTC)
Kings Island sucks...
But if you come to the Natti you've got to stop by the studio and see all this art that's going on around me. I'd be so pumped if you came and checked everything out. I've been having a lot of fun here and there is a lot of good energy. Hope you can make it here. If you are planning on coming I can give you directions. I'm usually at the studio so you call there:
513.751.3292
just ask for me and If I'm not there call:
513.off.grey
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