||[18 Feb 2008|12:42am]
Ah, reading week. A time to relax and to get caught up in all of your classes. Basically I've been needing this for a bit now, not so much for the relaxing part, but to actually have enough time to make sure I know everything in depth for midterms.
So far this semester has been going much better in almost every way than the last one. All of my courses are fascinating and the assignments are actually marked sanely. Well, for the most part at least.
Measure Theory is actually quite fascinating. For something that is essentially a giant hack, it's surprisingly elegant and is usually immensely useful for determining conditions. For instance, a function is Riemann-integrable iff all of its discontinuities make up a set of measure zero. Similarly, a monotonic function is differentiable everywhere but on a set of measure zero. Both of these statements are intuitively obvious, but the proofs for them are actually quite challenging and require some clever tricks.
So yeah, I spent Valentine's Day and Cheap Chocolate Day (otherwise known as the day after valentine's day) doing measure theory. It was immensely fun, and it kind of reflects my feelings towards romance lately. I don't like it, but I don't hate it either. It's more of a willful obliviousness to it all. I used to think of it as perhaps a nice idea, but seeing what it does to people, I'm not sure I really want a romantic relationship really. Other than the fact that I simply do not have any time lately, the idea just doesn't appeal to me at all. I much prefer friendship.
I mean I personally find pretty much the entire point of it quite silly by now. Especially romance movies, and even worse, romantic comedies. Now, I occasionally like stories of this genre, for instance Pride and Prejudice is actually decent and you find yourself actually managing to identify with some of the characters, but pretty much all romance movies are just so pathetically formulaic that there is little point to seeing any of them.
For the record, the same can be said about action movies. I watched Die Hard 4 earlier today. What the christ. What the devil. The entire plotline is essentially random badass cop movie meets Hackers, with all the predictability of both. Seriously, I could easily guess what was happening 5 minutes into the movie, despite never actually seeing it before or reading any form of spoilers. It was rather pathetic actually, it's as if the movie industry can't think of anything new so it's running the same old tired garbage by us again and again.
So in the realm of *good* movies/TV, Read or Die is awesome. Pretty much prior to this I have held the standpoint that All Anime Sucks More Or Less Universally, due to seeing a bunch of it and noting it all sucked (though occasionally watching Death Note for the colliding Xanatos Roulettes). This show changed my mind. The script is actually not crappily written, the plot makes sense, for the most part, and it's not animated at 4FPS.
Also, in the realm of things-from-Japan-that-aren't-actually-awful, I've become insanely addicted to Touhou games, specifically Perfect Cherry Blossom. It's probably due to them having surprisingly good music, but I've basically played Perfect Cherry Blossom all weekend (and also if I close my eyes, I start seeing bullet patterns). Also the music itsself is good enough that I'm making a SID version of Phantom Ensemble (I mean there are 3 distinct instruments in the Ensemble... the SID6581 has 3 voices, I mean it's ideal) as soon as I finish defining the instruments in GoatTracker.
So in my bad habit of planning out my next year of studies, next semester in 2A I plan to take:
- MATH245, MATH247 - LinAlg2, Calc3
- PMATH351, PMATH352 - Real Analysis, Complex Analysis
- AMATH250, ECE241 - Intro to DiffEqs, Circuit Analysis
and in 2B:
- PMATH354 - Real Analysis 2 (aka Measure Theory and Fourier Analysis)
- PMATH451 - Measure and Integration
- ECE342 - Signals and Systems
- ECE318 - Communication Systems
- PMATH365 - Introductory Differential Geometry
I am also pondering double majoring PMath/AMath, though I am not sure if I actually want to take all the required AMath courses (diffeqs are fine, but I suck at vector calc and I really, really, really hate computation), so that's still up in the air.
So that ends it for this update. I'll probably start posting semi-regularly from now on, mainly due to actually managing time better so I have both time and will to update lj beyond say a 2-line post.