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Journal Pinball Wizard's Journal: Where have I been? 9

Wow, last journal was January 23. (pauses to sweep up the cobwebs) OK, where were we? The continuing effort to obtain my CS degree is going along quite nicely. 2 B's and one A last semester. I'm taking engineering stats now, should be another A, if I can keep it up.

Maybe my new toy will help. Any ticalc fans out there?

I can't believe this didn't get posted all over slashdot. The Real Sadaam Shady. It's pretty funny, although it would have been more funny two months ago. It's at the very least as entertaining as All Your Base or Soviet Russia jokes.

Concert of the summer(and Toronto's answer to SARS) Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto. Rolling Stones, Rush, AC/DC, the Guess Who, but what really kicks ass is that Justin Timberlake is performing! Yeah, I'll suffer through all the old fogey dinosaur rock just to be able to see JT in person. (kidding) And the tickets are only $16 USD(!) Now if only round-trip airfare from Albuquerque wasn't $1,000, I could go. Is anyone going, so that I might live vicariously through you?

Oh yeah. Here's to you, Canada!

Does anyone think the new sidebar is an improvement? I now need three clicks to read the journals, unless theres something I missed. Worse, I can't log out and see other journals easily like I used to.

I took an IQ test recently and scored a full 10 points higher than ones I took in high school. I credit this entirely to studying math, logic, and computer science. I'm not trying to brag, just posting something I thought would be interesting to some and encouraging to others. If you've never read the Bell Curve, it's pretty damn depressing unless you happen to be among the 2 percent on the right side who will inevitably triumph over life's challenges, unlike the masses in the middle who are doomed to a life of repetition, boredom, and limited freedom working for those smarter than them. I now firmly believe, at least to the extent that IQ tests really gauge IQ, that one can significantly improve themselves by studying the aforementioned subjects. I drew a distinct coorelation between the way I've learned to think and my performance on the test.

Well that's all for now, folks. I'll try to keep this thing updated more often. Promise. ;)

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  • by turg ( 19864 ) *

    From ABQ to YYZ, I came up with $328 on NorthWest or $340 on American.

    That's about the usual cost for Rolling Stone tickets, anyway, isn't it?

  • Though I may have forgotten how to integrate by partial fractions, I will never go back to the land of lesser model numbers.
  • The official IQ test that I've taken was based on words. I don't see how computer science, math, & logic would help there. I guess logic would help a little, but it seems to me, that usage & memorization of words would be the most important part.

    What was your test like?
    • There were a lot of word questions like "A is to B as C is to blank", where you had to get the right meaning and context of the words. Those kind of questions, I've always been able to do well, simply because I've always read voraciously.

      There were also a lot of logic puzzles, such as "find the part that goes with these three other parts" where you had to choose the correct part. Some of these puzzles were geometric, others involved color patterns. One of the questions I recall involved knowing simple trig
  • Heya, your local TI expert on hand. *G* I have had recommendations that I should teach an Intro to TI class at school, heh.

    Seriously though, TIs rock.

    Partial Fractions? Well shit, I've been doing those on my TI since algebra, I just though that they where some algebraic thing I had forgotten, lol, didn't even realize what they where.


    Ok some nifty tricks for you:

    You can create functions of variables. Example;


    type in y(n) and get some result. *G* saves TONS of times

We declare the names of all variables and functions. Yet the Tao has no type specifier.