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December 18th, 2005
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One Degree Down, Two to Go...
Well, there we have it.

It's all over except for the waiting. Convocation doesn't take place until June, so I don't officially graduate until then, but for all intents and purposes, it's a done deal. About the only thing that can prevent it now is if they discover about those 5 final exams I cheated on back in Winter '04.

Just kidding.

So far it's been a bit of a non-event. Given that I'll be starting grad school in 3 weeks, the transition will be pretty seamless, and this will be little more than an academic (excuse the pun) milestone.

But I'm glad it's over an' all. This way, if I decide in a couple months that I've had enough of academia, and disappear into the mountains, I'll have something to show for it. Not, of course, that a piece of parchment will do me much good in the mountains. But you get the point, I'm sure.

And now it's time for a bit of a break. Heading off to the land of fun 'n' sun tomorrow for a blissful and relaxing 3-week holiday. Wherein I will likely be conned into going out drinking with dubaiwalla . But no wandering into strangers' houses and sleeping in their beds for me. I s'pose I'm just not quite so adventurous in that manner.

As one might imagine, I'm very much looking forward to the trip. After the disaster that was my Winter semester, I pretty much pulled out all the stops to bring my GPA back up to a 4.0 this time. You know, good for funding 'n' all. I'm still waiting for the final marks to come out, so I don't know if I managed it, but I think I've got a pretty good shot. At any rate, since September this has meant forgoing pretty much anything and everything other than school, setting aside a few hours a week for work (gotta pay the bills somehow).

In other words, the sort of crap I've been posting to LJ recently is, sadly enough, actually a pretty good representation of my life recently. Preoccupied with reduction strategies, term rewriting, probabilities and data encodings. Punctuated by the odd drunk roommate. Absolutely nothing in the way of... anything else. I loaded up on those staples of student nutrition, Kraft Dinner and Ramen instant noodles, at the beginning of semester, and haven't really even done much in the way of shopping since, I've had so little spare time & energy.

So I know it's been a pretty dry and boring read here recently... I apologize for that, but I just haven't had the requisite source material to vary the content of my missives much. Maybe things will change in the new year?

Although probably not. Y'all will likely just be inundated with category theory nonsense instead.

O well. I s'pose it bodes somewhat well that I actually like this stuff. As dry as the reading may be (and as much as I curse at LJ when it's three in the morning and I'm suffering from a headache borne of inability to understand what Dr. Incomprehensible is trying to get across), I am actually really having a lot of fun. Which is something that it's been hard for me to say through much of my undergrad career. Many of my courses have been bureaucradic hurdles to navigate, a task from which I took little joy. But it is with no small amount of relief that I realize that this last semester, despite its trials, has been one of the most enjoyable. I really do like this mathy stuff, and I really have liked that amount of category theory to which I've been so far exposed.

I've already received my text book for next semester...
    (a couple weeks ago:

    Me: "so I'm considering what courses to take next semester..."
    Dr. Incomprehensible: "oh yes, I'm glad you came. here. take this book"
    Me: "uh, okay"
    Dr. I: "you will read this book"
    Me: "okay..."
    Dr. I: "you will understand this book"
    Me: "okay..."
    Dr. I: "there will be a final exam"
    Me: "I see"

    and that was that.)

...so anyway, I have my book, and I'm totally taking it to the UAE; will be reading it on the plane. Like, leisure reading. For enjoyment. I've been reading little snippets, and I've enjoyed it that much. Which, as I said, bodes well. So you can probably expect to see a bunch of commutative diagrams on my LJ, and little else, for the next... oh... couple of years.

But hey. That's my life. If you wanna chat about computer games or about politics and religion, or about sports or cars or music, then I can patiently indulge for a while, but my heart won't be in it, and I'm sure you can find other, more eager, participants. However if you want to chat about math, categories, or compilers, then you'll have an interested audience for hours.

'Cuz like I said, that's my life. And I think I'm happy with that.

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Date:December 18th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
congrats on being done. :)
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Date:December 19th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
Feel like checking out my picture problem on your server? =)

I tried to get the most recent bios thing for my router but that's what I already had on.
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Date:December 19th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
i like math sort of! :D sort of. not really.

but hoooooray on graduating! ^__^
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Date:December 19th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
if I decide in a couple months that I've had enough of academia, and disappear into the mountains
Does this mean Bihar is off now?

Heading off to the land of fun 'n' sun
Sun, yes, but this is the first time I've heard you (or for that matter anyone) refer to Abu Dhabi as a land of fun.

I will likely be conned into going out drinking
I don't know about 'conned' being the right word for that sentence. The word you are probably looking for is 'coerced'.

If you wanna chat about computer games or about politics and religion, or about sports or cars or music, then I can patiently indulge for a while
I hope so, cos undergrad degree or not, I certainly don't know nearly enough about computers to hold a conversation with you for very long. Also, if you have lost your interest in movies, I will hold that your brain has been taken over by hostile aliens and have very little hesitation in shooting you. For the good of humanity, of course. On an unrelated note, do you know where I could find a gun?
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Date:December 19th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
> Bihar is off

Yeah. Passed the expiry date. I just threw it out. Sorry... did you want some?

But seriously. Just keeping my options open.

> know where I could find

My local Wal*Mart. Oh. Where you could find one...?
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