Has this ever occurred to you that it feels like weekends come too fast? Majority says the opposite. But I’m celebrating ’cause it’s different in my case. Celebrating it with a piece of Roman Panini, a glass of strawberry smoothie mixed with a little something and T.Rex in the background.
- Georg from The Orange Girl
Kept me giggling for a while. The book is quite a special one. I bought it from Barnes and Noble’s marketplace for a dollar or so and found a dried flower on page 40. Wonder if it were just a flower to be preserved or something more than a flower. It would be interesting if the owner(s) shows up. Would have quite an interesting conversation.
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d
― Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard
I am done with my finals. I am done writing papers for philosophy. I am done writing. Now it’s only time. Tomorrow I will be embarking on a journey. The journey involves a bus ride, walking, train ride, flying, reading, observing, eating, sleeping and a secret destination. Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! I’m done.
Why couldn’t he write an algorithm or a script and do a 3D print out of it instead?
3 AM and George go together quite well!
I don’t know why nobody told you
How to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you.
I don’t know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
No one alerted you.
A cover of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y
It is the end of my first semester in college and we have been requested to select some radio buttons on an evaluation form, to rate our professors; which brings me to this post about my first experiences with ‘Professors’ in college. When we were in high school, we used to talk about what a teacher should be and how should they teach and how should they assess us. Sometimes, the arguments were biased to our laziness, sometimes they were genuinely constructive. So one day somebody said that the professors in college would be better than high school teachers and we won’t have to complain any more. But my friend, to check the reality, go to ratemyprofessor.com.
I encountered five types of professors this semester.
1. The Silent One: He’s in charge of our lab section of the course. He doesn’t say a word. If questioned, he would point you to the instructional video posted in the dropbox. He wants all the equipment arranged in the drawer just the way they were at the beginning of the lab. He would lower his glasses and give you the “looks”. He would not do anything else.
2. The Lifeless Lecturer: He is awesome at his stuff. He is systematic. He is algorithmic. But he wouldn’t inspire you to build an Iron Suite in a desert. He wouldn’t tell you to innovate. But he’s good at his stuff.
3. The Examiner: The best way to measure a student’s progress is to take countless exams. He loves to take exams. In the beginning, you would feel very productive. But when it gets hard, you would regret taking this professor, cause he takes too many exams. You would eventually fall into the spiral of falling GPA. And he’s ruthless. He would laugh at your defeat, ’cause he thinks you can’t pass his questions. HIS QUESTIONS. THE EXAMINER.
4. The Laid-back One: He is always smiling and thinks before answers. He would give you lots of extra credit. He doesn’t take any attendance. Just make yourself visible and there you go – a 100% attendance. Or don’t even show up – still a 100%. He knows his stuff. Study the sample paper before any exam, you won’t regret it. 100% all the way!
5. The Captain: He is the definition of what a professor should be. He has hobbies and interests – he collects vintage motor vehicles. He has a “shakespearian” outlook. He has coffee in a mug. He listens. He speaks. He grades. Moderately. He’s brilliant. He inspires.
Ambiguity is richness.
Jorge Luis Borges
Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.
- Bertrand Russel
I have always promoted Mathematics and of the reasons why I do so, some are very well displayed in this video. If you know middle school goers, who have lost their interest from mathematics due to ill-written text books and conventional teaching styles, show it to them!
I won’t go on blabbering about the ‘benefits’ of IB education, ’cause they have great advertisements based on statistics, conducted on different population. But what I am going to do is post some of the works that I am most proud of. These works can only give you a hint on what IB does, ’cause there is a whole other side of it, which you can experience only after you complete IB! Enjoy reading!