Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I drew the above figure of a little student being crushed by a pile of work to reflect my current mental state. On the plus side, at least arches are generally fairly strong structural elements; unfortunately, the construction of this particular arch appears rather flawed so our student may well be smushed shortly.

There's nothing quite like midterms. They induce about 20 to 40 percent the stress and sleep deprivation as final exams (figures based solely on grade weightings), while also being right in the middle of classes. It's easy to get into a situation where you feel like studying one subject will cause you to fall behind in all the others; you'll note that the student in the drawing doesn't actually have an open book in front of him, but removing a book will cause the whole setup to collapse.

However, midterms come and go... and with enough sleep they even usually go well enough that understanding and grades can be salvaged by the end of the course. There's also life after midterms: an hour after my last midterm this Friday I'll be headed off on an engineering jazz band trip. Wee! So on that note, I'm off to bed.

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