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Re: skool

Postby soundwave106 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:00 pm

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midinut wrote:I have been flunking PreCalculus Algebra
Dude... r u me or wut? The arithmetics are totally what's kept me from going back for my bach in EE. I hate thems. I suc exponentially at thems. I squint suspiciously @ those who think they are teh funs.


Maths is not fun, no. But I never *minded* the maths personally for most of school.
Then along came calculus.
(Hurls some choice swear words at calculus.)

It's possible I might be better now at calculus since I kind of know a tad on what calculus is supposed to solve (having skimmed enough schtuff on DSP and VST programming and all of that). I think a lot of my issue with calculus was that they teach all these funny symbols and techniques and you have no clue what the hell it's good for.

midinut wrote:I'm also not sure whether the VA would approve a music degree. After all, the goal is to "get a job" when I'm done. lol


Arts degrees are fine if you are at the right university with the right connections. Elsewise, nah.

When I took piano lessons, I did learn to sight read pretty well. I've pretty much lost that ability. Lately I've been reading more Music Stuff and have kind of re-learned how to sight read a bit. Well, only the treble clef, that is. :lol:
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Re: skool

Postby ElectricPuppy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:20 pm

I liked math in school. I know, I'm weird. I pretty much slid through algebra in high school, finished off there with very basic calculus, like derivatives. Did OK with basic trig, too; I still remember which ratios of the unit triangle are sine, cosine and tangent.

Then I got to college, and the perfect storm occured: a) a really, REALLY boring math professor, and b) zero fucks given on my part. I got a C in Calc 1 (my first sub-B score in math ever), and a freakin' D in Calc 2. I just couldn't seem to get a handle on the fancier calculus or remember all the damned trig identities. BLARG.

So ended my college career until now. According to the university, I'm clear for launch on CS, even though the prerequisite includes calculus. But if it turns out that I'll actually NEED it, I may be very much screwed, and need to take a step back for some remedial math classes.

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Re: skool

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Re: skool

Postby Plink Floyd » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:20 pm

Oh I get it nao. You have two sines and you cosplay one...

But waitaminute, this thread's going off on a tangent.
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Re: skool

Postby ElectricPuppy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:44 pm

Plink Floyd wrote:Oh I get it nao. You have two sines and you cosplay one...

But waitaminute, this thread's going off on a tangent.

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Re: skool

Postby Veracohr » Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:04 pm

I've just begun the third and last term of my senior capstone project, which I talked a little about on this forum back when I started it. It's an analog audio effect unit, MIDI controlled and electronically modular. It's been a crapton of work, involved multiple things I had next to no experience with, and I'm unlikely to get it done in time. I'm not sure yet what the consequence of that will be, but I'm imagining the worst-case scenario that it negates all the time and money (6 credits' worth of tuition plus component and PCB costs) that I've spent on it. :mad:
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Re: skool

Postby BonsoWonderDog » Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:29 am

PMI-ACP is Project Management Institute - Agile Certified Professional.

Actually, doing PM would be a bit of a step down for me. I have no aspirations to be a PM - I just wanted to get more exposure to agile/scrum, as more of our projects are going that way.

I didn't mind maths at school. Maths 2 was a bit tricky.

What I sucked at was Chemistry for some reason. Could never get my head around moles.
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Re: skool

Postby midinut » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:36 pm

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midinut wrote:I have been flunking PreCalculus Algebra
Dude... r u me or wut? The arithmetics are totally what's kept me from going back for my bach in EE. I hate thems. I suc exponentially at thems. I squint suspiciously @ those who think they are teh funs.

midinut wrote:I'm also not sure whether the VA would approve a music degree. After all, the goal is to "get a job" when I'm done. lol
I dunno, someone has to teach drum n bugle corps.

When I was a chile, my brother-in-law joined Teh Guard to avoid Teh Nam. He was a kickass clarinetist and ended up leading/conducting the local Guard Band. I heard them several times & they were all pretty kickass actually. But it's not hard to deduce the source of their incentive, is it?


I picked Computer Science from the beginning because a) I'd been teaching computer classes for long time, and b) I could take a computer apart and put it back together and had a pretty good understanding of what all did what. I didn't realize I was going to have such a struggle in Math. Pretty much any major I choose will require at least College Algebra. Hopefully I can do some prep work and make it through that. But I have to choose something that the powers that be will approve as a "marketable" career path. You know, something that says there will be openings in the next 5-10 years.

I tried to get in the Army band way back when too. Couldn't pass an audition because I didn't read. Same dilemma.
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Re: skool

Postby Plink Floyd » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:19 am

Well, maybe I guess I can brag a little here. I could read musics, and even sight read, if it wasn't too virtuostical. But it was single note high school band music. For basoon.

But yeah, I too never acquired much skill in reading multi-finger notation. Entirely different skill level, if you ask me. It impresses me greatly to see someone sit down and play a challenging keyboard piece sight unseen. Our fren ePup can probably do it I betcha.
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Re: skool

Postby MetroSonus » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:23 pm

Here, there's quite a few computer science degrees. One can get one through the engineering department, which I don't think is anything like internet engineering, with the duct tape and broomsticks and buckets of water and hoi! Nice lAdy.. There's one through the business college, and I think these two take the most maths.

Then there's the one I did through the education department. which more or less makes you a technology specialist in some form.
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Re: skool

Postby christianrock » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:33 pm

I can sight read music, one note at a time like Plink. But I'm kind of untrained at this point... playing guitar and keys by chord notations will do that to you.

Also, Plink has been very successful in getting AngryBaby to show up lately. For this he gets my

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Re: skool

Postby selfinflikted » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:43 pm

christianrock wrote:I can sight read music, one note at a time like Plink.


Same. I can read right + left hand at the same time on the piano, but anything complicated I have to learn hands separately.
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Re: skool

Postby Plink Floyd » Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:06 am

Veracohr wrote:I've just begun the third and last term of my senior capstone project, and I'm unlikely to get it done in time. I'm not sure yet what the consequence of that will be, but I'm imagining the worst-case scenario that it negates all the time and money (6 credits' worth of tuition plus component and PCB costs) that I've spent on it. :mad:
I think it likely you won't suffer such a severe loss. I know of several instances of senior projects that were 'less than successful' that still garnered good grades. At least in EE circles. Profs don't deal in real world results anyway, so the most important thing is that you write a bang up report about your efforts.

True story: a good friend's final proj was adding computer controlled fuel injection to a 3.5 HP lawn mower engine. It failed, but he still got a good grade on the strength of his documentation.
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Re: skool

Postby Plink Floyd » Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:13 am

christianrock wrote:I'm kind of untrained at this point... playing guitar and keys by chord notations will do that to you.
That's not untrained, that's marketable. Nowadays pro session cats are expected to read charts at teh Big Time Recordio Studios. Not even the keyboard dude gets notation.
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Re: skool

Postby ElectricPuppy » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:07 pm

ZOMG research paper. WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO

AUUGUUGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!~1onebang holy crap.
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Re: skool

Postby ClavAnother » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:25 am

:cool:


the thing of it is....

the thing of it is....



hey plinko, is your avatar from my favourite episode of TZ where burgess meredith is teh last man standing and then brakes his teh glasses-oh-no-i-cant-see-a-thing?
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Re: skool

Postby Plink Floyd » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:59 am

Yes. You have guessed the mystery.

Or maybe it was the one where he was "Mr. Dingle the Strong". That one was teh funz, where the two headed alien gives him super strength and he spins teh Don Rickles around like a rag doll.
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Re: skool

Postby ElectricPuppy » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:37 am

Just finshed taking the final on my math class, and the next class doesn't start until next Tuesday. I have the ENTIRE WEEKEND to be school-free! I'm so excite!

Next month is a biology "lab". How this will work via an online course remains to be seen. :lol: After that, I get a great big break until next February! WOOTS
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Re: skool

Postby Plink Floyd » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:50 am

ElectricPuppy wrote:Next month is a biology "lab". How this will work via an online course remains to be seen. :lol:

1. Open froggeh.

2. Label innards.

3. Mail him in.

4. $$$ SHEEPSKIN! $$$
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Re: skool

Postby ElectricPuppy » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:20 am

Plink Floyd wrote:
ElectricPuppy wrote:Next month is a biology "lab". How this will work via an online course remains to be seen. :lol:

1. Open froggeh.

2. Label innards.

3. Mail him in.

4. $$$ SHEEPSKIN! $$$


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