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Keepin’ it real on spring break!

Hello blogosphere! Today I’m writing from high atop Strosacker auditorium because I’ve noticed that Strosacker is about 10 degrees warmer than any other building on campus. That’s right: even though my title says its spring break, it’s about 20 degrees outside and blustery. Let’s get to some tidbits:

  • Okay, so its not quite spring break yet. I have one more class and one more assignment to turn in, a theoretical computer science assignment that five of us worked through last night. It was, shall I say, an interesting assignment. The logic went completely over our heads (either that or we did actually disprove the pumping lemma), but it’s done and ready to turn in in about an hour.
  • I guess PHYS 121 meets in Strosacker in the timeslot before this because when I walked in to start eating lunch, our favorite homeless physics professor Pete Kernan was giving some students some help after class. I’m looking at the board – looks like they covered conservation of momentum today. I remember when this was my hardest class, and looking back on it…wow. I was an idiot.
  • In case you’ve been stuck under a sports-world rock for the last few days, Brett Favre has retired (and if you didn’t know that, sorry to spoil it for you). Say what you will about him, Favre was always fun to watch, but I completely don’t blame him for retiring. I wish him the best and I hope that he does come back to football at some point to do TV work or maybe be a coach or something. I was thinking about this on Tuesday though – ESPN always joked about how Favre could be mayor of Green Bay, which isn’t actually funny because if Favre decided he wanted to be mayor, he could be mayor. My question is could he aspire to something higher, like a Congressman or even a President? He has so much widespread support I wouldn’t put it past us.
  • And speaking of sad retirements, Mike Huckabee has officially been eliminated. Watched his concession speech; you won’t find a classier guy in the political world. As said before, I hope he decides he has another run in him in 2012. Even though other blogs may have you believe Huckabee is only a religious social conservative, the fact is that he had plenty of other ideas that make a whole lot of sense, like the Fair Tax. His idea on how to stimulate the economy was better than any idea I’ve heard too, from a Democrat or a Republican: instead of borrowing money from China to finance these tax refunds, we should look for other ways to create jobs and prosperity in this country. As I said, say what you will about him, but he ran probably the first completely non-negative campaign I can remember, even though he was attacked by Romney, then by McCain, then Romney again, then McCain again.
  • On the democratic side, Hillary is back. From my calculations (and they may be off, I don’t have one of those nifty multi-touch flatscreen TVs like CNN’s John King) no candidate can win the required amount of delegates, meaning that your Democratic nominee for President will probably be decided by politicians. “For the people,” eh? I still don’t quite see the appeal of Hillary Clinton – maybe its because I have a job and am somewhat well educated (and that’s not being stereotypical, that’s according to a CNN Exit Poll).
  • But then again, Ohio is a stupid state – we just reelected Dennis Kucinich as our representative for the 10th district of Ohio. Dear democrats: What has Dennis Kucinich done for you in his 12 years in office? NOTHING! The city of Cleveland is STILL in the toilet, and yet you keep electing this guy.
  • I feel obligated to write that while I bash Democrats regularly, I’m not a hard-line Republican. Yes, I’m a registered Republican because I voted in the Republican primary, but that doesn’t mean I’ll vote Republican in November. You should vote for the person, not the party.

I’ll probably do a little more later but my battery is about to die and I have class fairly soon. Until then, that’s the news from Case Western Reserve – where all the men are strong, all the women are good-looking, and all the children… well, we don’t have children here.

Operating Systems

I’m sitting in Operating Systems right now, and I’m somewhat amused. Of the 40ish students in the class, at least 30 have laptops out. I can see about a third of the screens from my vantage point, and at least 5 are still working on homework that is due today in this class. The rest are either surfing the web or working on homework from another class.

As interesting as the subject of operating systems is, the guy who teaches it is showing how absolutely boring it can be.