Monday night’s pre-calc was a fantastic class. The professor seems very friendly and straightforward. The class started with ice-breaking, followed by going over the syllabus, and covering the first lesson. I got started on my homework during class, and found that we are starting with areas I am already familiar with. However, I also was introduced with terminology I was less familiar with, and received some insight into thinking in more accurate terms. An example: the term “slope” only works well with graphing linear functions. However, the focus has already shifted to nonlinear functions, and the correct term to best describe nonlinear functions is “rate of change”, as nonlinear functions do not have a consistent rate of change as linear functions do. It’s something simple, but important. Changing the way I think of things is going to help me better adapt to new ideas and pick up concepts quicker. It’s important to keep that in mind going forward.
My professor, Ed Rawlings, also focused on neatness and clarity. He’s specifically stated he will be checking homework, not for accuracy, but for completion and neatness. During our ten minute break in class, I showed him what I had so far. He approved.
I rode the bus home and got back in town around 10:30. I went to bed and woke up early, to my new alarm music. I leapt out of bed, started the day, full of energy. I then promptly sat on the computer longer than I meant to, and ended up taking the last bus possible to class, instead of getting to school earlier.
Despite that, I got to my first class, Intro to Computer Science early enough, and had a chance to try out the new program I’ll be working with for the year: Alice 2.3.
I got back home and met up with Victoria Lopez. If you don’t know who she is, her bio is here. She’s finally back in town from summer vacation, so we took the opportunity to work a bit on Project Sleeve, and then she finally convinced me to watch Howl’s Moving Castle, though to be honest, it didn’t take too much work. As was expected from a Studio Ghibli film, the movie was fantastic and inspiring. The source material was apparently lengthy and complex, and several elements of the movie betrayed that they cut corners in plot. However, it was very clearly necessary as the story’s pacing was brilliant. The plot moved briskly, but time was allowed to delve into the utter beauty of the world and fully envelope the audience into the colors, magic, and deepness of the world. What information you didn’t know served the story just as well as what you did. The art was superb and reminded me what it was like to have my heart stolen again. The music is fantastically done, and perfectly illustrates the mood of the film. If you haven’t watched this movie yet, I highly recommend it.
This is probably going to be the last update for a while. I’ll get on when I can, but schedule is going to be packed from now on. This has been Axel Bordelon, signing off. See you in the next one.