Finals are coming up fast, but this week was something of a breather. No quizzes that are unexpectedly dropped on us, no surprise extra homework, and most(note, MOST. I'm looking at you, Writing 227) of my classes are lightening up on homework.
So, I figured I'd write an update of some sort.
Worn out as I have become, I am enjoying my classes a great deal. Every now and then it occurs to me just how much I've already learned in just one term, while I have five more to go before I'm "done." The only class I'm not enjoying is my writing class, mostly because it's taken one of my favorite hobbies and turned it into a chore. My one solace is this is the LAST writing class I have to take for my program. Technical writing is rather tedious in a classroom setting, and with a teacher who has shoehorned everyone into some oddly broad-yet-narrow topics to write about, it's not exactly exciting or fun. Not to mention, I've already learned everything the class has to offer, so now I just have to slog through the remaining work until I'm done.
Everything else is going great though. My electronics classes almost always leave me excited or at least with a wider perspective on the world. Yesterday my instructor took us all into one of our labs and showed us a tiny little chip(it was maybe, MAYBE four mm long...) under an electron-beam microscope. It's incredible how absolutely tiny things are these days. There were extremely fine, but very easily made-out under the microscope, components on these chips that aren't even visible to the naked eye. And these components had details that were even tinier. Just as an example, one of the details on one these components measures in at 4 microns wide. To compare, the average human hair is about 17 microns thick.
This stuff is way too freaking awesome.
On a slightly less-fun note, I had another car accident this week. The roads were slippery on my way coming home from school and I lost traction in a sharp corner. I was able to maintain reasonable control of the car but wasn't able to stop my slide in time to take the second half of the S-curve I was in without potentially flipping the car, so I wound up jumping a ditch and plowing into a field. I wasn't badly hurt but my car's front bumper got ripped off on the lip of the ditch and the airbags deployed, so she's totaled. So, I'm without a car again for the time-being, which means my long-suffering and self-sacrificing mom has been driving me to school the last few days and will have to keep doing so until we can possibly get a rental car through our insurance until school is over and we can go car shopping.
Pay attention out there, my friends. Winter is upon us and the roads are becoming more and more treacherous, even ones we consider to be old "friends." Make sure you check your tires, and if the treads are getting worn, replace them. Don't wait until they're bald. My tires were getting worn but weren't "dangerous" yet, and I think that contributed to my loss of traction that day.
On to a less scary note! OryCon is this weekend! Originally I hadn't planned on going. Between my injuries from my accident earlier this year keeping me from working over the summer, and my college-student-level poverty, I wasn't able to afford my membership fee, nor my share of the room fee, not to mention lacking any spare cash for any fun things to bring home from the artists corner. My friends, however, had other plans and paid for my membership and are allowing me to stay with them even though I can't contribute to the room costs. All because they wanted the whole squad of us to be there. I'm not sure if this speaks of how much my friends like me, or just of how pathetic the lot of us are on our own... ANYWAY, I'm looking forward to going and it's a welcome distraction over the weekend from school(even though I'm taking homework with me).
Because my writing teacher isn't a very good classroom teacher(she does great one-on-one, but when she's teaching the class as a group she struggles) I've been doing a lot of doodling in class. I plan on uploading these copious drawings as a sketchdump at some point during winter break. Other than those drawings, however, I haven't had a chance to work on anything art-wise. I have ideas, and I'm trying to save up to buy a drawing tablet, so high hopes for that, perhaps over the summer.
Listening to: Ulf Söderberg
Playing: Guild Wars