Linear Algebra is my favorite math subject. It’s a required course in our Computer Science program (and all others I’ve seen), but I often meet students and peers that do not want to take it, or feel that they don’t need to know how to “draw arrows” (vectors) to get by in their career. If you want to get into game development (which most students I talk to say they want to do), linear algebra is very important.
Time to stop hating math if you want to do the fun stuff, babes.
Jimmy and I lucked out with Hurricane Irene. We live on one of the higher points of town, and on an incline that causes water to zoom on past us. The one thing us Montclair folks always worry about in a storm, though, are trees falling. Big trees falling. A good friend of mine lost nearly everything (apartment and car) to a tree falling in a storm not too long ago, and we’ve experienced two tree-ripping microbursts in Montclair since moving here.
This was the most prepared we’ve ever been for a storm, probably because it was the biggest storm anticipated to hit the area in as long as I can remember. Tangential hurricane story: I remember living on campus as a freshman when the remnants of Hurricane Isabel hit. The day before, my best friend Michelle’s dorm, downstairs, had water flowing from the ceiling and my ex-boyfriend made an awful surprise visit. It was worse than the hurricane that followed.
This time around, I had more to lose, like anything that came in the path of the huge frightening tree that has taunted me from outside our window for over two years now. Jimmy did a great job of making sure we had everything we needed. And when I woke up to him telling my dad over the phone that we went completely unscathed, I was finally relieved of all the media-created stress. By 11am the sun was out, and we went out for a much-needed walk around town (much to the chagrin of our mayor, who would later issue a warning to stay inside regardless of the sun being out…oops).
Here are some photos from our forbidden walk. Continue reading
It has come to my attention that a hurricane is on its way, reaching New Jersey as early as tomorrow. Evacuations are being called, the NYC Subway system is scheduled to shut down tomorrow, and I can only imagine how my post-work trip to Whole Foods is going to be like today.
I’ve never been caught in a bad hurricane, from what I can remember, but I did work prep cook shifts at a steakhouse on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day about seven years ago. To make matters more hectic, my dad Jack was the boss.
Those two 4:30am shifts have blessed me with a dozen lifetimes worth of experience/Jack-isms when it comes to all hell breaking loose in New Jersey, so I’d like to impart some wisdom on you. Continue reading
Please excuse me dear Aunt Sally while I launch 3 projects and redesign pancake theorem before all hell breaks loose when the Fall semester starts.
I think this is my favorite of the ipsum-sites made so far:
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<p>Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show.
That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the
people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show
they decide if they're going to make more shows. Some pilots
get picked and become television programs. Some don't,
become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that
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