|First Day back in college.
||[Sep. 10th, 2007|11:27 pm]
Ok, so a few points. The short ones first (if you don't understand one, just move on, you may understand others), the rest will be behind cuts.
- I'm back! So are a lot of people I know, that I expected not to be here
- TB is still in college. He may be much better on one side, but now I just plain don't like him. Seriously, he needs social skills and I'm not going to be around him enough to teach him.
- QB is still in college. In science, or hangs around in science. I keep my distance.
- Franz's course is now optional - Problem is, nobody told him until the lecture. If he was Bill Bailey, and if he was in hot fuzz, he'd probably say "Nobody tells me nuffin'".
- Joe Carthy - that lovable scamp that tells you that computers are nothing but "Woy-ares" in first year, is head of the School of CSI. (Note, which is better to call the School of Computer Science and Informatics - should I call it CSI or SCSI?)
- Mel is no longer 4th year co-ordinator.
- They gave us sandwiches, tea, coffee and 1Gb disk-keys today. Moxious!
My new classmates seem really nice. I think the year out is actually going to have helped in more than one way. Other than the classmates I actually bother to keep in touch with (not many, namely chebe and one other girl in the class), I didn't really like most of them. The atmosphere seemed mainly to be one of one-upsmanship. You didn't learn someone's name unless it was to rub their face in something, or if it was them doing the same to you. I didn't really engage in that, so I mainly kept to myself... but overall, it wasn't really a friendly class.
This time around, I seem to be in with a really cool crowd. They're friendly, and I had a friend to introduce me to the crowd. I still feel like an outsider, but I feel there's a possibility of fitting in without selling my soul. Not a bad thing, eh?
They've rearranged the timetables so that it might actually be more student friendly. First semester is 12 weeks, but the second semeseter is only 7. Exams happen in March and the rest of the time until May is set aside specifically for project work. Nothing stands in your way. This is definitely not a bad thing. I might get used to this new system after all.
Preparations: After working in Sun, I know how important proper infrastructure is for reporting status/progress and current knowledge. So I'm going to apply for a mysql account on the computer science server (not netsoc - it just shows how much I trust the setup these days), so I can set up a wiki. I also have CGI access, so I'll be writing up a nice flat-file dashboard, just like in work, just so I can keep track of what I need to do. Why CGI? Because I like doing this stuff in perl. Why not PHP? Because I dislike it... simple as. Also, I hacked a version in perl before, therefore it's familiar territory.
Hopefully within a while, I'll have a proper setup so that I can report my status effectively without interfering with the rest of my work.