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Comment Re:Eng. Lit is BullShiat, but fun (Score 1) 1153

Real literary analysis shouldn't be about bullshit, it should be about understanding the context in which things are written. For example, the Annotated Pratchett website gives tons of information regarding the obscure references Sir Terry makes, which I'd never have figured out on my own.

And I'd venture to say that (for Pratchett fans at least) it's incredibly interesting stuff. Much more interesting than vague personal interpretations.

Comment Re:well... (Score 1) 428

Believe me, my first 2-3 years of university were boring because I was self taught from the age of 14. It wasn't until the 400 series classes that things got interesting and new (and fun!)

That's why I ended up doing my B.S. in math and statistics instead of C.S. I'm still not sure that was the right decision in terms of impressing HR people afterward, but at least most of the stuff I learned was new to me, not to mention useful for areas like machine learning which straddle C.S. and stat.

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