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Mostly because I'm waiting for ArcGIS to buffer my map.

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Dec. 3rd, 2009 | 01:17 am
mood: irritatedYour mom was a shapefile
music: On the iPod, but ... M.I.A. remixed to Disney World

But also because Katharine said she wanted more blog content to read.

Cue me being hit in the face by academia. I said I was overwhelmed at some point earlier in the semester, and it was true at the time. But that passed. I don't feel overwhelmed right now, but socked in the face by work that is just plain hard.* I'm overly prone to dramatic statements, but this time I may actually be correct in saying the current GIS lab is the hardest school assignment I have had, ever. I put work into it Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and today (er, Wednesday) and I'm 80% of the way through (it's due at 1:15 p.m. Thursday). I'll make it, and probably not even at the expense of attending Legal class in the morning, but. I am just so challenged and frustrated. There's no doubting that this is a valuable assignment, unlike some of the poop I (and probably everyone) had to do in undergrad; knowing ArcGIS from front to back will certainly be useful in the future, even the near future. Right now, though, I want to call the ESRI helpline and curse at them for ever making this software. Jerks. The primary issue is that there are a hundred places where I could have made errors, and when something appears awry in my assignment, it's a tough call whether to backtrack and try to find an error, because there might not be one, and/or I might make two more in the process. I do think I'm about to stop the Buffer I just applied and redo it another way, because it's been going for 7 minutes and the progress bar is still at 0%.

My other classes, though, are not so bad. I feel I have Theory in the bag, because my paper and presentation went well and there are no graded assignments until the final on Christmas Eve Eve, and I'm actually looking forward to and confident about preparing for it. Legal will be okay but not great (still two assignments to complete before the sucky final), MM class is going golden so no need to elaborate at the moment, and Stats. Oh, stats. That is going to be my vindication for my undergrad woes of studying (see above), because I did so poorly in a nearly identical class in 2004 (D) and I can top that by far this time, even accounting for mega-differences between the two cases. The two instructors do sort of look alike, though. Creepy.

Today was not a good day for news, but avoiding the news isn't working so well. I will also have to cut out blog reading and Facebook and Twitter to achieve a complete news vacuum, and I'm not yet willing to do that, both because I'd feel isolated and because I like some of the nifty authors of said social notworking. So I'm going to try venting instead. In short: fuck the New York Legislature and the whole misadventure of rights chosen by courts, legislatures, or electorates. Fuck this military-obsessed nation that's proven to be more about grudges and looking badass than anything that matters, like the lives of said military members.** Fuck the Wisconsin men's basketball team, even though I didn't mind that much and the late Duke rally improved my mood quite a bit. This sounds mega-bitter, but I actually am okay. Venting works, perhaps?

On the side of blessings, I am with it in life otherwise. Yesterday I ran 5 miles at the gym, and had brought a fully charged iPod, a clean towel, and deodorant with me. That's adulthood, y'all. Also, Tyler sent me a Christmas text with polar bears in it at 7 a.m. and I thought it was a really good dream because I was asleep before and after getting it, but it's still in my inbox. Also also, I win at managing my $ this month, which allowed me to partake in Black Friday sales for needed winter things. I have a puffy jacket, and good gloves, and a sweater (I haven't owned a real sweater in years!), and all of these were 60% off because I bought them on an arbitrary retail day. I was confused but also amused that 19-year old boys were aggressively cruising/trolling the maul at 4:30 a.m. What. Little things = the best things.


*I hasten to add that it's not "too hard," which is what I might have called it as an undergrad and either muddled through with mediocre results or not turned in the assignment and swallowed the grade dip. My theory about how I assign levels of difficulty to tasks used to be: if I can do it, it's easy; if I'm struggling to the point of wanting to give up, it's hard, but if I figure it out, it suddenly becomes easy. Not sure if that's valid anymore. Which is a positive development. Also, this is the longest footnote I've ever written. FLANDERS SUCKS. FLANDERS SUCKS. FLANDERS SUCKS.***

**Not that I have four cousins on active duty or anything. Sigh.

***I had to. Sorry.


Edited to add: It's 5:12 a.m. and I just finished the lab. The folder holding the raw contents contains 130 files. Yeesh. I created a neat package with one Word doc and one PDF to turn in to the TA. All in a day's work for the grad stude--*falls out of the chair*

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all these flavors & you chose to be salty

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from: cheesecaketart
date: Dec. 3rd, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
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You footnoted a footnote. So mad at you right now.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 3rd, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
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The MLA would be too, if they knew. :]

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deco_lounge

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from: deco_lounge
date: Dec. 3rd, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
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I was sitting at a friend's bar watching said Wisconsin Men's basketball game last night, while also enduring some particularly awful karaoke. I think I might have rather been doing something productive.

By the way, I'm going to adopt the use of "maul". Love it.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 3rd, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Go for it! That's how it makes me feel.

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