Rohit's Realm - February 2003

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February 28, 2003

Two Equivalents Of Déjà Vu?

Excuse the chemistry pun—I know it's lame, but it is actually relevant, considering that what I speak of occurred in OChem lecture on Thursday. So I was sitting in class, learning about organic molecules and crap like that, when this girl right in direct line of my vision to the professor pulls up her hair, and quickly ties it up in a ponytail. I was suddenly overwhelmed by a strong sense of déjà vu, and after thinking about it for a minute, I realized why: I was sitting in the same seat almost one year ago, listening to a similar lecture (about organic molecules), when a girl in front of me did something very similar and the incident reminded me of that time apparently. What was weird was the instantaneous flashback of my entire freshman year sparked by such a small event. It makes me wonder more and more how the mind/brain works, and more excited than ever to take some neurology courses in the upcoming two years. OK, so that was one "equivalent" of déjà vu.

February 02, 2003

An Entirely Enlightening Experience

So, what's been going on recently with me? Well, on Thursday night, I went out and played rugby for a couple of hours. Rugby, you ask? Why yes—rugby. And yes, I know I only weigh like 135 lbs. And yes, I got crushed and now my back hurts and I have huge bruises on my shins and ankles, etc. Am I going to go again and play next week? OF COURSE! Wouldn't miss it, unless I had to do homework or something. Going outside and playing was really fun. I haven't played a fun game since... summer. But this wasn't my enlightening experience of the weekend. Read forth and learn of my enlightenment.

February 04, 2003

OChem Till You Puke

I did OChem for 9.5 hours today. Yes, that's nine and a half hours. 1.5 hours of lecture, 4 hours of lab, 2 hours of study group, and 2 hours spent doing problem sets. Yes. I feel like puking at this point. My brain is clouded with the thoughts of random organic reactions, and I can barely think about anything else at all. However, while at the library, working on problem set #2 today, I spaced out for a moment because one of my favorite songs came on, and my usual (library) tradition when this song comes on is to just listen to it, and not do anything.

February 06, 2003

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Of My Day)

I had a really interesting day today. As the title of this post would suggest, it consisted of good, bad, and ugly things—yeah, I feel the need to restate the obvious. Anyway. I'm in a good mood right now, so let me begin with the good stuff. I had my second class in 390 Hearst, because my English class was moved there (from 102 Wurster), and I must say, I really like that building. It's very pretty inside, naturally lit, and from my seat (I've already claimed one for myself in this lecture hall), I can see the Campanile, just like I could during Physics 7A Lab, in Fall 2001.

February 08, 2003

Compile, Dammit, COMPILE!

Sadly, I'm not even referring to my own code in this situation, though I have felt this same way when doing my own programming as well. But no, this has nothing to do with me at all. I just wanted to reinstall PostgreSQL because the latest port had come out and it was recommended that updates be made. So I went to the ports section, and tried to just type the usual make install clean, but then it gave me some dumbass bug about how gettext was already installed, so I would have to force a re-register or make deinstall. Fine, I went to the port directory for gettext and uninstalled it (what do I care about international support, anyway, right?).

February 15, 2003

Bored To Sleep

Last night would have been a big bust, but I wasn't really expecting much, so it was no big deal. The only thing that makes me mad is that I had to pay to get in to Cloyne (a coop), and then nothing happened, so I just ended up hanging out with other people. I might as well have not gone, and just chilled with the others the entire night, but I wanted to check it out because of multiple recommendations. Oh well, considering the amount of work for school I want to get done, and the other stuff I want to do (for fun), it's probably a good thing that the party last night didn't end up going on until 3 a.m., because then I would have inevitably ended up waking up at 3 p.m., and then I wouldn't be able to do anything today.

February 19, 2003

To Stress... Or Not?

My three day weekend concluded on a positive note, with Jim's second party, although it was rather harsh to have to go into work on Monday. After work on President's Day, two hours were spent in the computer labs in Cory, working on an EE 20 lab. I must say that I much prefer the Soda labs to those of Cory, despite Cory's computers being a hell of a lot nicer. I guess I have just grown accustomed to the Soda labs after my fun filled 40 hour weekends spent there during summer taking CS 61B.

February 09, 2003

Ding Dong! The Wind is Gone!

I suppose it seems rather pointless and trite to make a post about the weather recently, but having such sunny weather in the middle of February is bound to make everyone feel less depressed, and more upbeat, so I will justify my thoughts on the weather by saying, Look—it makes everyone happy. That has to do with feelings right? And who the hell said that blog entries must always be about feelings and all the depressing aspects of life in the first place? Focus on the good things in life—or pessimism will consume you and you will become as cynical as I once was.

February 25, 2003

No Sympathy For The Whiners Of The World!

I just started reading Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert for my Slavic 133 class, and I thought I'd share what I got from reading the first part, because it seems as though something that one would post in an (online) journal.

February 26, 2003

Engineered Implosion

Two things happened today that got me thinking a lot more about myself. First, I finally got around to writing my outline for my First Year Experience for CalSO, considering it was due today. As I tried to summarize the happenings of an entire year into a 3 page outline (15 minute speech), I realized how much I had changed in the last two years. Looking at where I am now, on a personal level, I seriously began to wonder whether people I went to high school with would even recognize me anymore, were I to be introduced to them today. Everything, from my personality, to my demeanor, to my attitude, to my outlook on life has significantly changed since my senior year in high school. In retrospect, I cannot attribute this change to any specific, pivotal event in the last two years. And considering that it just dawned on me today, it certainly was a slow transition, one which I can readily say is yet very incomplete.

February 13, 2003

Anxiously Awaiting The Weekend

Why am I anxious for the weekend? No big reason really. Pretty much nothing important planned for the three days off, but I just want to do nothing for awhile. I've been keeping up with work pretty well for the most part, and so I guess I want a small break to chill. Plus, this week's been pretty long in general—long days basically. I've been leaving at like 7:40 – 8 a.m. every day and not returning home at all until maybe 7 or 8 p.m., which is getting to be pretty strenuous. Nothing compared to the fun times last semester of course, but still I don't want to repeat last semester's physical and academic self-destruction. Been trying to sleep earlier, which has been definitely helping in terms of exhaustion. Getting to bed before 12:30 a.m. every weeknight of this semester has made the 8 a.m. classes more bearable. Also, the decrease in total hours of class and only having three 8 a.m. classes instead of five is also helping a lot! Work is picking up again in the last few days, because I want more money to buy some sweet new computer parts and stuff.