Holy crap, today was the most stressful day of the entire semester. Let me tell you why.
So remember that stats test I took last Wednesday? We got that back today. What was the number on the top?
You can imagine the flip out that ensued. It was all over. Goodbye GPA, goodbye Summa cum Laude, goodbye grad school.
In the midst of this panic, I realize two things. One, he’s going over the test, and then two, my answers on the first page that were marked wrong (all of them were) matched the correct answers he was giving us. I took this up with him after class and long story short, I didn’t get a 65, I got an 80. Yes, that does make me very, very happy, but DEAR GOD I ALMOST LOST IT in class when I saw that 65. If you ever wanted to see the visual display that would accompany someone’s dreams getting crushed, you probably should’ve seen my face when I got that test back. Plus, an 80 still sucks; I’ve given myself a small 15-point window of error for the remaining 150 points in the class. Can I pull it off?
That’s a good question. I’m certainly going to do my best. There’s no way in hell I’m letting a stats class ruin my 4.0.
Second stressor of the day: I get back to my dorm at about 4:30 after research and I chill out for a few minutes, waiting for registration at 7, and am just about to fall asleep in my chair when it dawns on me that I still haven’t turned in my petition to take 22 credits—my limit is set at 20. The registrar’s office closes at 5. I look at the clock. 4:55. I don’t think I’ve ever moved faster in my life. I got there in time (barely) and got that taken care of, so that was good.
Third stressor of the day: with my credit limit taken care of (at least for now, I still have to get that other petition in), nothing was left to do but wait for registration at 7. By 6:58 I had all my little CRN numbers typed in so that I could just hit “submit” at 7 and it would all go through. No problem, right?
All my classes go through…all except one: my stats class. My graduate-level stats class. The one I was assured by my advisor that I would get into (“there are no undergraduate restrictions to get into graduate classes!”). Yeah, apparently there are. So that’s just one more thing I’m going to have to straighten out sometime soon. I’m not posting my schedule tonight ’cause it’s not complete; I’ll do it once stats works out (that is, if it does at all).
So how did I relieve all this stress? I talked to Sean and I made an album cover. Observe:
Pitchfork and little horns were added by yours truly. I can’t decide if I like this one or not.
New obsession: making album covers using that little trick I had listed on the 7th. Here are three more, ranked by how much I like them (worst to best).
Album: Limits of the World
Hit Single: Wicked Cool
Band: Technical Atmosphere (probably the best random Wikipedia search ever)
Album: Better than a Thesis (probably the best end-of-a-quote-random search ever.
Didn’t have a hit single for this one, cause I didn’t think it would look good on the album.
Album: End of the Day
Hit Single: Time to Learn
Alright. With this one, I took a little artistic license. Here is the original picture. I put the wings on myself, cause I was thinking “you know, Icarus…wings…the sun…how perfect!). Tell me if the wings look real (and did you notice how I had to bring the sky upwards as well? Betcha can hardly see the line where I matched the colors!).
I love this stuff. I recommend you try it. I’ve been lucky with good Wikipedia searches (not getting, like, “List of Olympic Javelin Champions 1888-2008” or anything weird like that). It’s fun.
Came across this little doodad whilst looking at random peoples’ blogs. So I gave it a shot. If I had any inclination to make my own music at all, this is totally what I’d call myself/my band.
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
Use the subtitle of the journal you go to. This will be your 1 hit single from the album.
5. Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result.
Result (done in–what else–Flash):
Debut album: Statuary, Tapestry, and Porcelain from the group Physician, Heal Thyself, featuring the hit single “All the Right Adjectives.”
I’m not sure I like the text on the side there on the left, but I think the rest of it’s pretty snazzy.
Good news: first test of the semester yields an A! Air of cautious optimism assumed. However, fears of tomorrow’s statistics test not yet quenched.