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Working on a new video.  Apparently skateboarding around campus with a video camera doesn’t work too well unless you jury-rig a steadicam, which I plan to do later today.  If that doesn’t work, I guess it’s back to the drawing board.  Are there any particular video topics you want to see?

I just finished my statistics project that my friend Sam and I have been working on for about a month.  We presented it yesterday in class and it went a lot better than I was expecting (I guess I’m just pessimistic that way).  We culled a bunch of information from in an effort to see if there was a correlation between a software project’s popularity and its code’s adherence to program formatting conventions (comment things, don’t swear, don’t use goto, etc.). Our results were somewhat disappointing.  Based on our sample of sixty projects, we could find no correlation.  Regardless, we performed the statistics tests on the data, so as far as the coursework is concerned, we’re set.  I would have liked to have observed something definitive, though.

Course registration is in effect; currently I’ve got spots in International Affairs, an English Class (this one is a tentative backup), and Computer Network Security (”hacking class,” which I’m hoping will be really cool) I’m a bit miffed that I’m on so many waitlists for courses I want to take (as I’m going to be a Senior, I’m running out of time).  I’ve been trying to get into the Introduction to Electronic Music course every semester since Freshman year (yes, this is my sixth time on this particular waitlist).  It’s a relatively small elective class and everyone wants to take it.  They work hard to accomodate the demand, but it’s always overflowing.  Perhaps I’ll just give up on my (not-terribly-serious) dream of learning how to make beep-boop music.  I’m also on the waitlist for Introduction to World Music, which I would very much like to be the class that fulfulls one of my general education requirements.  Here’s to hoping that a bunch of people decide to drop those courses.  If not, it’ll work out some other way I’m sure.

A few days ago, Portland comedian/monologuist Rick Huddle came to Council Chambers and performed his “Spent” show.  He plainly and humourously told the story of the “current financial situation” (I love that euphemism), explaining sub-prime mortgages, credit default swaps, government bailouts, executive bonuses, and some of the governmental intricacies that had to do with all of it.  As someone who didn’t really take the time to understand all of this economics business, I found his performance very informative.  Definitely catch him if you get a chance (I also see on Rick’s website that he has an endorsement from the hilarious and insightful Mike Daisey, another brilliant monologuist who has performed at LC).
I enjoy this time of the semester especially, because it is professor-evaluation time.  It combines my loves of spending  filling in Scantron bubbles, voicing my opinions, and carrying manilla envilopes to the Dean of the College’s office.  The Dean’s Office, every semester, polls all students in all courses about the effectiveness of the course and the professor.  Some people don’t take them seriously, but as the professors will attest, these results have an effect on little things like tenure and raises, so it’s actually pretty important. I like that students have an institutionalized venue for voicing criticisms or praises and that it seems to be an effective catalyst for any necessary changes.

Anyway, I think it’s time for me to go back to work on my Computer Science project.  It’s larger than normal because Nick (programming buddy) and I convinced our professor to let us do one project for both of the classes we take from him.  So, yeah…  more on that endeavor when we actually get somewhere worth mentioning.

Still searching for a house for the Summer, which is approaching quite quickly.

Now playing in my ears: “The Cold Swedish Winter” by Jens Lekman

23 April 2009