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Journal Journal: Expectations 1

With the first day of the new year past, everyone has high hopes for yet another 12 months. My Friend Degrees set some pretty big predictions for this year, all seem practical in a perfect world. Our world isn't perfect though, so what kind of expectations are realistic, and which ones will be forgotton (or worse, laughed at) in the years to come?

I'm always interested in how people understand that human innovation increases at an exponential rate. Even so, the estimated rate always seems to be lower than what really happens. I'm sure there's a mathematical function to model this fact, but it probably wouldn't help anyone's understanding.

I think a more simple answer is belief. In the late 1800's people shunned innovations, thinking they would not work. In the end, 'horseless carriges', tractors, and eventually radios proved haters wrong. Now even minimum wage workers use fairly current technology either in their job, or in their home. People have been overoptimistic about new technology probably since the 1950's.
How long until this population gets apathetic about new gizmos?
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Journal Journal: State of the Calc

I haven't been writing in my journal much lately, so here's getting started again. With calculus.

After the weak performance on test 2 (Integration insanity,) I worked harder and got an A on test 3. Thanks to some nice teaching, I'm back in the class.

Mr. Teague has been helpful, and I'm optimistic about the latest assignment.

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Journal Journal: Calculus

I'm tired of loosing in calculus 2, so I brought up the intensity. Today was the next test after my 54/100 (ouch), and I feel well about my performance. From what I can guess this will bring my past two test to an average of 70/100, which is at least passing.

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