Friday, July 18, 2008

Next Stop: The Matrix

So last Wednesday night we were brought into the lovely world of Matrices. Essentially this is a world I'd perfer to NEVER to visit again.

a rectangular table of elements (or entries), which may be numbers or, more generally, any abstract quantities that can be added and multiplied.

Matrices are used to describe linear equations, keep track of the coefficients of linear transformations and to record data that depend on multiple parameters.

WHAT? I will play the game and do some simple operations with them (addition, subtraction, multiplication) but that's where I STOP.

I was too busy NOT even trying to understand because it was:

a) dumb
b) too much
c) our instructor said if we "couldn't get it" NOT to worry about it because we could use any method we'd like to solve the problems
d) did you read what I just wrote?
e) & I kept waiting for Neo to sail through the room, long black coat floating behind him.

Matrix. Har har har! So, there we have it. Super genius, I AM NOT! I'm practical (and maybe just a bit bull-headed).


Friday, July 11, 2008

Ask Me About:

The Origin of Species (Charles Darwin)
Self Help (Samuel Smiles)
On Liberty (J.S. Mill)


"Angel in the House" (Patmore)-->explaining "Separate Spheres"-->
The Pankhursts-->Contagious Diseases Act (1864)


Winston Churchill as a study in greatness (according to Geoffrey Best) alongside with a history of Imperialism via The Lion's Share (as explained by Bernard Porter)...

In other words, stick a fork in me. I'm done with British/English History since 1714!!!! And after an all essay midterm and final...I am over the moon to report an A!!!!!



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