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Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Today, I had my graduation advisement appointment, wherein the advisor just verified that I met all the requirements for graduation. I’m almost out of this school, and ready for my academic life to catch up with the rest of me.
Later on, I ended up reunited with my friends from Miami. The four of us, during the time when we all worked at the same Starbucks store years back, were tight, and through some confluence of events, we all ended up at the same place at the same time today.
Pretty cool to be back.
Saturday, August 1st, 2009
It’s a shame I was turning a corner when I shot this, because if this had been shot in different circumstances, it would’ve been fantastic. I couldn’t have gotten people to pose better than these two girls on their cellphones. Apparently, they’d hit someone (the car’s front bumper was on the floor). Oh, teens and their shit driving.
I didn’t get anything especially important done today, but it’s a Saturday. So what? I did end up traveling from bookstore to bookstore in search of a CLEP book for Spanish&mdashlI’ve got to take a CLEP exam in Spanish in two weeks, and although I’m sure I’ll pass, as I do speak Spanish, I don’t want to take any risks, because it’s the last thing I need to get done in order to graduate, and there’s no way I’m going to not graduate because of a simple foreign-language test.
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Getting outside is great. Getting errands done is great. I’m realizing that pretty much anything that doesn’t involve me sitting on the couch in front of the computer all day is great.
I knocked out some unpaid fees that were hindering my graduation status, and found out that I can (only) submit my intent to graduate online. As soon as the fees I paid are processed, I’ll be able to do that. I still have to go in person to register for the CLEP exam (Spanish). And once I pass that test, all I have to do is wait.
I figure, given a year or two, and a move to Seattle, and I’ll be able to find a Masters degree in the degree I’m getting a Bachelors for, but in Orlando in 2009, such a degree doesn’t exist yet. Translation: I’ve got a solid excuse putting off grad school for a bit.
Sunday, July 19th, 2009
I’ve got to travel a little farther than usual tomorrow, out to UCF (about 40-miles round-trip) to get some paperwork through for my graduation. My tires are bald, so I’m going to have to borrow my dad’s car to get out there. I’m getting new tires (hopefully) as soon as I get back. Safety trumps money problems.
I didn’t expect to get this shot, or that any shot of someone taken while driving would ever come out half-decent.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
I discovered that I’ll be delaying my Bachelors a little further, because the last course I have left won’t be offered over the summer. So, I’ll be getting it at the end of 2009… ten full years since I graduated high school. And what a long decade it’s been.
This was shot outside UCF on the way out after the single class I’ve got this semester. And I’m still surprised at the shot itself. I aimed the camera at weird angle and hoped my aiming was right. And it was; this was exactly how I was hoping the shot would look.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
Day Seventeen. I think I’m almost done with school. Not because I’ve gotten all the degrees I wanted, but because I’ve been worn down by all the tedium one has to sit through in order to get just a few moments of transcendence.
What I mean is, yes I have learned a great deal over all these years, but for every piece of useful data or experience inside me, I’ve had to sit through loads of nonsense. It’s not just money I’ve spent, it’s time. And when I’ve spent the so-called best years my life sitting through hours of bullshit, at my own expense, I’m not sure the nuggets of information I’ve gained were even worth the trouble.
The system just isn’t built for people like me. People who don’t need to do busy work and take exams and listen to the same information countless times in order to “get it”. If it were, and courses were boiled down to weekend-long lecture/workshops with no filler material, I’d probably have a degree in everything from art history to economics by now.
I wonder if it’s any better on the west coast. I remember learning a lot more when I was a kid in California, so much so that I was way ahead of everyone else when I moved to Florida. And was forced to stay at their pace, despite this. That was probably my first dose of reality, and my first helping of cynicism.
But, maybe it’s different out west. I can’t wait to be back out west.
Friday, March 18th, 2005
Mr. Mankiw was until recently George W Bush’s chief economic advisor. He also wrote the texbook for my applied macroeconomics class, obviously titled Macroeconomics, 5th ed.
I’m reading through the textbook right now, and I cannot help but think about his position while reading it. The textbook is great, well-written for the most part, pretty concise, and easy to understand. But I can’t help but think that Mr. Mankiw is preaching “do as I say, not as I do” in this textbook. Either that, or he really needs to read his own book.
This is the same guy made famous for his report praising the trend of “outsourcing” of American jobs to foreign countries and partially responsible for the Bush administration’s perennially sunny economic forecasts.
In the few mentioned of George W Bush I found in the textbook, one implies his tax cut was sound Keynsian economic policy, and another blames the bleak economic picture on 9/11, but the book is pretty free of Fox-News-Syndrome (e.g. too much political commentary). I look forward to reading one of the textbook’s last chapters, which is exclusively about government debt.