ladymercury_10: (Leia)
First final down, two more to go.  I wouldn't say it went well, but it also didn't go poorly, and all it really had to do was not be a disaster.  I think I just needed to pass it, really.  Or get a C on it if I wanted an A in the class.  Anyway, no more epsilon-delta proofs for a while, which is good.  Ugh, that algebra final, though, I can't even think about it.  I still have time to study, I still have time to study, I still have time to study....

In cheerier news, my fandom stocking is up.  I think I may have most of yours already (at least those that have already been posted), but if not, link away. :)

ladymercury_10: (AmyRoryHug)
Countdown to finals has begun!  If I disappear...I may be studying.  I was supposed to study today, but instead I kind of slept most of the day.  I think it was my punishment for too many days of not sleeping enough/trying to live off coffee and dried fruit and protein drinks. (Sadly, that was actually my attempt at finding food that was not entirely nutritionally vacuous...yeah.  I am kind of the world's worst vegetarian.)

ANYWAY.  If you are not yet Doctor Who friending at [ profile] eve11's friending meme, you should go do that!  And [ profile] gdgdbaby is hosting a holiday love meme.  (My thread is here.)
ladymercury_10: (Oswin)
Aaand once again I appear to have fallen off the planet.  I'm actually online a lot, I just don't have all that much to update about.  Anyway, things have been all right.  I survived midterms--my algebraic disaster was averted by a generous grade curve, and I managed an A on my analysis exam.  Today's adventure was that feeling when you think you're finally getting real analysis, and then you open your book and it isn't words.  Apparently my professor has an extremely subtle plan for us that involves spending two days on uniform continuity when the book cares waaaay more about set closure, compactness, and covers.  Or, at least, I hope he does, because the problem set he assigned for this week is looking pretty darn cryptic at this point. :P  

And then there was Visit All The Libraries.  I had to pick up holds at the public library and the school library.  I've been reading a lot of Batman and Bat-family comics, as well as some regular books.  The last comic I read was one I actually bought as opposed to libraried, and it was the 0 issue of the new Batman and Robin.  I must admit that while I am still irritated by the New 52, it was really good.  I am currently reading To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis.  I think some of you guys ([ profile] eve11 for sure) told me I should read Connie Willis a long time ago and I finally took you up on it.

Also: there has been a spate of ficathons lately, so although I have posted nothing lately I have been writing.  If you are interested in this recent commentficcery, here is the linkage.  Erm, I don't know about summaries--the first two were for an autumn-themed ficathon and the other was for an Eleven/Amy ficathon, if that helps.

Amy/Rory, for the prompt footsteps in the fog, smoke on the air
Amy/Rory, for the prompt don't you know I'm not your ghost anymore
Eleven, Amy, Rory, for the prompt I didn't want to know who he was, or what you did, or that it didn't mean anything.

That concludes this update.  *end transmission*

ladymercury_10: (Default)
Internet has reached peak sketchiness, and I can no longer get online even with an ethernet cable.  Am currently in the basement computer lab of another dorm.  If I disappear, assume I've still no access in my room and am too busy with analysis homework to derp around in the lab anymore.  But analysis, scary though it's been, is getting better!  I got five problems done today, which is more than the past two days combined.  And I got a new library card and picked up some graphic novels--mostly Batman.  Have been managing to keep up with Pond Life, although if the internet doesn't come back that will be harder.

I wrote some fic last week before school started and it's just come out of beta (thank you, [ profile] arliddian !), so I will try to post that eventually when I have time to make the changes.

Otherwise, carry on!  Have good starts to your school years, or whatever you're up to of late! :)

ETA: The internet appears to have come back on.  Fingers are crossed.
ladymercury_10: (Default)
Made it to school and moved in.  Internet has been dodgy--this has been the first time I've been able to get on LJ without having to load  any multiple times to see it.  If you left me a comment, I saw it and will try to reply soon!  May need to buy an ethernet cable.  Watched some Doctor Who last night, hoping my internet will be cooperating in time for the first Pond Life mini-episode today.  And class starts today!  I ought to be off to 9AM abstract algebra and I'm not even dressed.  Cheers!
ladymercury_10: (Amy corner crop)
I just turned in my last final.  I guess this means I've passed college?  Graduation is on feels really surreal.  In some sense, nothing's really changing--I'll still be doing coursework in the fall, since I'm going to grad school.  In another sense, it's going to be very different.  While I'll still be a student, I'll be doing math all the time.  I may never have to write another paper again.  I've gotten so used to being an English major, and it's going to be strange not to have assigned reading and writing.

I can't believe it's been four years already.  I think in some ways I never expected college to end.  Of course I knew I would graduate, but it was always such a distant thing that I only really considered it in the abstract.  I've changed a lot since I got here.  If you had told me on the first day of freshman year that I would go to grad school for math, I would have laughed in your face.

I really love it here.  I'm so proud of my school, of how good-hearted and passionate and smart and unconcernedly dorky all my classmates and professors have been.  I'm going to miss it a lot.  And [ profile] ityellsback, you've been a splendid roommate, and I will miss talking about fandom and bugs and feminism when we should have been sleeping.
ladymercury_10: (rory skience)
The authors of my number theory textbook apparently like to make up ridiculous stories about mathematicians to illustrate various principles.  Right now I am reading about how Gauss was abducted by aliens from Venus, allegedly to help me learn about modular arithmetic.  I kid you not, this sentence comes directly from the book: "Gauss was surprised to find that life on Venus was similar to life in Germany--the locals worked hard at high-paying technical jobs, the beer was good, and all of the hovercraft ran on schedule."

Alternate history: check
Jokes about national stereotypes: check
Puns: check
Intermediate-level college math: also check

Other things I've "learned" from this book: 

Emmy Noether worked night shifts as a university security guard and employed the principle of induction to check IDs before a showing of "Raiders of the Lost Arctangent."
Euclid was a baker who thought that too much interest in pie was irrational.  He invented the Euclidean Algorithm to help him bake rectangular cakes using square pans.

This has got to be the silliest and most hilarious math text I've ever seen, but my professor says the mathematics is very good.  I can neither confirm nor deny this, but it is pretty clear about most things once it gets down to talking about them.  The really weird part is that these object lesson joke stories actually do sort of help.  
ladymercury_10: (Team TARDIS)
I'm not sure if LJ cuts are working properly yet, so I won't say anything spoilery about "The God Complex."  I will say that it broke my heart a little bit, but I loved it a bunch and it was an excellent episode.

I've been back at school for about two weeks now.  (If I disappear suddenly, I've probably been devoured by homework or some such.)  I'm living in my first apartment, and it's pretty great, albeit stressful in the grownup ways of having to clean and maintain things.  I like my classes so far, especially my number theory class--best math ever.  And I have, perhaps unwisely, agreed to do mildy coding-related things to help the tutoring center keep in touch with the academic departments.  (I work for the tutoring center, so despite the fact that I'm a creative writing major and have no experience coding, this is not entirely as random as it seems.  Plus, one of the CS professors said he could help me get the scripts in Python.)

And now, on to the meme!  Ganked from [ profile] plaid_slytherin:

The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.

ladymercury_10: (kaylee)
Today I read three books of poetry. Somehow, I feel mainlining that many in one day defies my professor's purposes in assigning them, but whatever.  Anyhow, when I return to college, I will be taking History of Mathematics (3 books plus a textbook), Poetry Workshop (10), and an independent study on C.S. Lewis (5-6), so I really do need to get started now.   That's like, 20 books.  Ouch.  

Which, belatedly, grades!  I got an A in Renaissance Lit, an A- in stats, and a B+ in Linear Algebra.  Man, did I work for that B+.  Linear algebra is one of the classes I dreaded taking the most, worked hardest in, and enjoyed the most in the end.  I am so glad I took it.  I really learned a lot.  

Anyway, I think tonight my dad and I are going to give Leverage a try.  He loves heist movies, so I think from what I've heard of it it may be a good fit.
ladymercury_10: (Romana)
1. So I finally got to watch the first episode of Single Father.  I thought it was very well acted, passably entertaining though not particularly gripping, and full of delightful Scottish accents.  It struck me as very slice-of-life--even though it was one of those "serious issue" dramas, it was rather focused on day-to-day life.   

I'll be looking forward to part two.  What did you think of it, dear flist?

2. I watched the miniseries of Battlestar Galactica.  It was terribly long and a bit boring, but I love the characters already.  Starbuck is fantastic, and I love the deck crew people.  I hear it picks up in season one, so that's something to look forward to.  It's a bit dark compared to my usual taste in television, but maybe it'll be an interesting change.

3.  Things are looking good for my independent study.  Got the proposal written up, so I just have to turn that in and hope for the best.  School continues to be school, but I have some odds and ends of time off this week, so maybe it'll be a bit of a break.  I did have a fun weekend.  
ladymercury_10: (Romana and Four)
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA FINALLY MADE IT TO INSTANT ON NETFLIX!  Now I can try it out without dealing with all the mailing and waiting, &c.  Any BSG fans, dear flist?  Thoughts?

In other news, midterms have arrived.  I have a horrendous math test this week, a stats test next week, and a paper due at the end of next week.  My English class is reading Book 2 of the Fairie Queene, and I think I like it, even though it's nearly impossible to read.  Writing a paper on it will be...interesting, to say the least.

I spent most of the day rereading my math book, so I'm going to go watch some Merlin. 
ladymercury_10: (Amy and Elev--errr)
So the math exam I was panicking about turned out to be much easier than expected...unless I did something horribly, horribly wrong and just don't know it yet.  But I think I feel good about it.

And I have some ideas for my [ profile] spoiler_song Christmas exchange fic!  

AND I met the first-year student I'm mentoring and she is delightfully nerdy and also likes Doctor Who.

I think things are going to be okay this term. 


Sep. 26th, 2010 08:23 am
ladymercury_10: (Doctor Crusher squee)
1. I finished my story for [ profile] girlsavesboyfic.  It's currently in beta with [ profile] light_frost.  I was worried I wouldn't have time to write it, but I managed to get the whole first draft down in one sitting. 

2. I found Never Let Me Go in the university interlibrary loan catalog, so I get a second chance at it after all.  For free!

3. I finished my application for the school's genre literature magazine.  Don't know if I'll be able to follow through or not, but applications are accepted for a few more weeks so I do have time to decide. 

4. My best friend from preschool was unexpectedly passing through my college's town on a road trip cross-country, so I got to see her yesterday, very briefly.  It was a fabulous surprise. 
ladymercury_10: (Amy and Elev--errr)
So I finally caved and pre-ordered Doctor Who S5.  So excited!  I can't wait for it to come now!  Never mind that it will be practically finals by then.

And also finally, I got around to watching the first episode of Merlin.  It wasn't as silly as I expected, and it wasn't super exciting, but it was cute and low-key, and I think I might watch again.  I like the characters and how they banter. 

ALSO, I love my house.  The other students I live with are ridiculous in the best sort of way.  :)


Sep. 21st, 2010 05:19 pm
ladymercury_10: (eleven ties)
I am a creative writing major.  Math is my life now.  I feel this is problematic.  It is all my own fault. 

You'll have to forgive me if I start speaking  in Mathematica code.  I love the math department dearly, but this is a bit of an overload. 

I have no ideas for fic!  I've got some good prompts, but I'm just not writing.  Maybe some math prompts would help? (*looks pleadingly at [ profile] eve11 *)
ladymercury_10: (Default)
This is an answered card from the comment board in my school cafeteria.  It's fantastic.  I had nothing to do with it, other than the (admittedly poor) photography. 

If you can't read it, it says, "Are you the Doctor?"  The reply is, "Doctor who?  Doctor Who!  I am, however, not a renegade Time Lord, and I'm not from the planet Gallifrey, sorry!"
ladymercury_10: (Default)
1. So I'm back at school now.  Renaissance lit/culture looks good--it's focused on travel and speculative fiction of the period, so it should be kind of fabulous.  Stats is going to be just fine.  Linear algebra....bah.  It's already eating my life.  I have no idea what's up with my homework.  And I need to take this class for my minor, so I guess I'll have to just muddle through and stick it out. 

2. My mom bought me a copy of The Book of Common Prayer.  I know there are some Anglicans/Episcopalians on my flist--what would you say one does with such a book?  I'm quite pleased to have it, I'm just not certain what its purpose is.

3.  If you haven't seen it yet, go watch [ profile] saywheeeee 's video Starscape.  It's a Doctor Who-themed song she wrote, sang, and put together herself, and it's gorgeous

4. I'm bored and going through autumn Doctor Who withdrawal.  So let's discuss it!  Leave me your favorite theory, your most beloved moment, your personal canon, or a rec, and let's have a Doctor Who party in the comments!
ladymercury_10: (Default)
1. Anybody have strong feelings one way or the other about Merlin?  I keep seeing posts about it on LJ, and I can watch Season 1 on Netflix Instant Play, but I'm so bad at making decisions.....

2. Open letter to the universe at large: When you spell "Greek" with the "squiggly e," yes, the first time, it is cute.  After that, it's more like, "Do they not know they're spelling it 'Grssk'?"  Because sigma is, after all, equivalent to s and not to e....

3. Finally finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  It takes a while to really get going, but it is really sweet, and the characters are most endearing.  Isola Pribby in particular is truly hilarious.  Definitely recommend it.  It's a little predictable but the characters are all so good-hearted that I could forgive it for that. 

4. I go back to college next week.  Stats and linear algebra--what was I thinking?  And Renaissance lit/culture on top of that!  But it should be fun, if filled with homework.  If I disappear, assume I've been eaten alive by Mathematica....

5. I started my first [ profile] calufrax rec week today!  I'm very excited, since there are some stories I've been wanting to share.  But a lot of what I want to rec has been recced already....although, I suppose, in a sense, that is a good thing.

6. I think I've finally found a default pic I really like.  It's a crop of a piece of a wallpaper by [ profile] summerdisregard, and it has space and Amy Pond and I love it!

7. Doctor Who, when are you coming baaaaaack?

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