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EEEEEEEE I’m nervous about stuff. Let’s pretend I’m going back to undergrad at the U of I this coming semester. What would I take?

JAMM 323: Sports Reporting – 15:30 – 18:20

MATH 555: Groups and Fields I – 8:30 – 9:20
CS 121: Computer Science II – 10:30 – 11:20
GEOG 390: Cartographic Design and Geovisualization – 12:30 – 13:20
MATH 575: Graph Theory I – 13:30 – 14:20

GEOG 313: Global Climate Change – 9:30 – 10:45
FS 110: Introduction to Food Science – 11:00 – 12:15
ENGL 419: Writing for the Web – 12:30 – 13:45

Yes, I know I’ve done this like ten times. I don’t care, it’s fun.

Also, that set of classes is 24 credits total, but we all know I gave zero shits about credit caps when I was actually in school (and in fact had one semester with 25 credits), so…


UI schedule for next semester. Because that’s just what I do.


  • HIST 379: History of Science II: 1700 – Present
  • MATH 480: Partial Differential Equations
  • STAT 535: Introduction to Bayesian Statistics


  • CS 460: Database Management Systems Design
  • CS 479: Data Science

I miss undergrad.


I’m super late in doing this, but I finally remembered to make my fake UI class schedule for next semester.

Y’know, like I always do.


CS 470: Artificial Intelligence (9:30 – 10:20)
PHIL 325: Historical Figures in Philosophy (11:30 – 12:20)
STAT 516: Applied Regression Modeling (12:30 – 1:20)

ENGL 582: Techniques of Fiction (3:30 – 6:20)

PEB 106: Wall Climbing (9:30 – 10:45)
CS 479: Data Science (12:30 – 1:45)
GEOG 401: Climatology (2:00 – 3:15)

Will I ever stop doing this?

No. The answer is no.

Twas the night before blogmas

Who wants to make a fake Fall 2017 UI class schedule with me?

No one?


HIST 350: The Age of Enlightenment: European Culture & Ideas, 1680 – 1800 (11:30 – 12:20)
PEB 106: Cardio Blast (12:30 – 1:20)
CS 328: Introduction to Computer Game Development (1:30 – 2:20)
MATH 438: Mathematical Modeling (3:30 – 4:20)

THE 441: Foundations of Screenwriting (11:00 – 12:15)
THE 471: Directing (3:30 – 5:20)

Man, what’s happened to the UI’s philosophy department? It’s dead.

Also, this is getting harder and harder to do without repeating classes I’ve picked in previous fake schedules.



So it’s time for that semi-annual joy of joys event: making a fake UI schedule for the upcoming semester.
Because even when I’m no longer in school, I’m always in school in my mind.

Let’s do it!

PEB 106: Road & Trail Running (8:00 – 9:15)
CS 210: Programming Languages (9:30 – 10:20)
STAT 504: Introduction to Bayesian Statistics (10:30 – 11:20)
MATH 536: Probability Theory (11:30 – 12:20)
PLSC 205: General Botany (1:30 – 2:20)
MATH 476: Combinatorics (3:30 – 4:20)

PLSC 205: General Botany Lab (9:30 – 12:20 T)
MUSA 121: Concert Band (12:30 – 1:45)
GEOG 401: Climatology (2:00 – 3:15)

This is a few more credits than you’re allowed per semester, but since when did I ever pay attention to that even when I was actually in school?

Fake It ‘Till You…Fake It, I Guess

Do you know what time of the year it is?


Let’s do it.

HIST 411: Colonial North America (10:30 – 11:20)
MATH 310: Ordinary Differential Equations (11:30 – 12:20)
BIOL 120: Human Anatomy (12:30 – 1:20)
MATH 579: Combinatorics (1:30 – 2:20)

CS 360: Database Systems (12:30 – 1:45)
GEOG 301: Meteorology (2:00 – 3:15)
MUSA 121: Concert Band (4:30 – 5:20)

BIOL 120: Human Anatomy Lab (8:30 – 11:20)

ENGL 582: Techniques of Fiction (5:00 – 7:50)


Best Part of the Year



Okay, so…good news! I don’t have to take Stochastic Methods: U of C Version! I get to take two classes I REALLY am excited for!

Next semester’s classes include:

STAT 517: Practice of Statistics
This is technically for senior undergrads, but we can take up to two 500-level courses as grad students and have them count. This one is taught by my supervisor, Dr. Chen, and he recommended I take it, so there ya go. Apparently this is like a “real world stats” class intended for students going out into the work force as statisticians. Says the official description: “The emphasis is on how to address real world scientific and social issues by applying the various statistical methods acquired in the earlier years in a unified and appropriate way. This involves method selection, data handling, statistical computing, consulting, report writing and oral presentation, team work, and ethics.” Apart from the teamwork aspect, YAY.

STAT 621B: Research Seminar
This is a year-long course, so I’m already in it and know what it involves. It’s actually a cross-listed seminar required for all the statistics, pure math, and applied math students, and we all have to give a talk on a research topic of interest. This semester all the math people are going and it’s actually been really interesting stuff so far. I can’t wait ‘till I get to tell them about MEASURING MODEL FIT!

STAT 625: Multivariate Analysis
I’ve had like forty* multivariate analysis classes, but according to Dr. Chen, this one will focus more on the theoretical side rather than the applied side. Which will be super cool. If we get to do factor analysis, I’m going to pee my pants from joy.

U of I schedule is out!!!! Time to make my fake schedule for Spring 2015:

MATH 386: Theory of Numbers (9:30 – 10:20)
HIST 350: The Age of Enlightenment (11:30 – 12:20)
STAT 516: Applied Regression Modeling (12:30 – 1:20)
MUSA 317: University Chorus (2:30 – 3:20)

ENGL 492: Advanced Fiction Writing (5:00 – 6:20) (I don’t care that I’ve already taken this)

ART 241: Sculpture 1 (8:30 – 11:20)
PHIL 325: Existentialism (12:30 – 1:45)

Why does UI start offering the badass classes AS SOON AS I LEAVE? A lot of other good ones overlapped with these though (Concert Band, for one, which is why I’ve got University Chorus on there. I haven’t sung since elementary school but WHO’S GONNA STOP ME?!), so it would be hard to do this for real.

*Two. I’ve had two multivariate analysis classes.

Fake Schedules are Just as Fun

Hello friends!

To distract myself from the craptastic summer this is becoming, I made myself a “fake” schedule for next semester. This is what I’d be taking if I were to stay at UI in the fall:

HIST 404: History of Science – 9:30 – 10:20
MATH 315: Topics in Pure Mathematics – 10:30 – 11:20
PHYS 103: General Astronomy – 11:30 – 12:20
MATH 388: History of Mathematics – 1:30 – 2:20
STAT 565: Computer Intensive Statistics – 2:30 – 3:20

MUSA 321: Concert Band – 4:30 – 5:20

PHYS 104: General Astronomy Lab – 5:30 – 7:20 (T)

Yes, I would choose History of Mathematics over Intro to Analysis I, which is required for the “general” math degree option but conflicts with History of Math. I WANT TO TAKE THAT CLASS SO FREAKING BADLY.

Also, I’d take Astronomy because I would like to take that class. It doesn’t do anything for any degrees I would (likely) be trying to pursue.


Okay, duders, I’m changing my spring schedule around. ‘Cause I always do that. ‘Cause I’m me.

Reason: I’ve wanted to take STAT 453, Stochastic Methods, ‘cause my knowledge of such things is pretty much zero. I knew that it was offered in the spring, but I thought that I needed both 451 and 452 as prerequisites. However, I randomly decided to check the course catalog (again…) and it turns out that only 451 (which I’m in now) is the prereq. So Stochastic Methods is in! It knocks out poetry and leaves me with just Advanced Nonfiction as my only English class next semester. Kinda sad, but I’m excited about Stochastic Methods.

Updated schedule (as if anyone cares):



The Best Part of the Year



We’ve got:

  • ENGL 291: Beginning Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 492: Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • MATH 395: Analysis of Algorithms
  • MATH 420: Complex Variables
  • MUSA 321: Concert Band (of course)
  • STAT 452: Mathematical Statistics

Plus two sections of STAT 251, which are represented by the little red boxes.

PARTY TIME! I’m super excited.



*Spends an hour perusing all pages*

The good:

  • Nothing conflicts with my teaching schedule! (I already knew that, but it’s good nonetheless.)
  • I can pull off a Writing minor if I want to.
  • If I miraculously don’t botch things up, I can graduate in the spring.

The bad:

  • No History of Math. (I already knew that too, but it’s bad nonetheless.)
  • To pull off said Writing minor, I have to take Beginning Poetry. *gags in iambic pentameter*
  • Since I’m “off” by a semester (I took calc III over the summer), I have to take Advanced Calculus I via Engineering Outreach. That means that it’ll cost me about $800 for that single class.
  • I don’t think I’ll be able to pull off one of my signature “all my classes are in one solid block and my week is symmetrical, look at all this sweet, sweet homework time” schedules.

So yay?



*Deep breath*

I’m back, bitches! Here’s the rundown:

Probability (STAT 451): This is the class I’ve been waiting for. I think this will be the one where calculus and stats will finally mate in a glorious orgy of bell curves and integrals.

Linear Algebra (MATH 330): I really think I’ll get more out of it this time, especially since Dr. Abo is awesome and I like the way he teaches. Plus there were three of us who got there early and we kind of bonded into a “let’s study together” group, so that’s cool.

Advanced Fiction (ENGL 492): After writing non-fic almost exclusively for quite some time now, it’s going to be interesting to switch back. But I’m excited! I love writing and I love reading others’ stories.

Numerical Linear Algebra (MATH 432): Hmm…not sure about this one. Today we just talked about some of the problems we were going to solve, including ones involving least squares methods and singular value decomposition. I’ve used both of those things in the context of multivariate stats, but never in depth. Though our professor did ask us what were some characteristics of a non-singular matrix and we all kind of hesitated before answering, so hopefully that means that we’re all at least on the same page as far as our familiarity with (or memory of) linear algebra goes.

Intro to Higher Math (MATH 215): Why are 200-level classes the most difficult ones? I’ve never understood that. Anyway, I foresee this being similar to Symbolic Logic (that’s code for insane amounts of work). I’m excited, though. And if I can make it through, I can take advanced calculus (Math…471? I think?) next spring! *flailing*



Alright y’all, my “for fun” class has been decided!



But Claudia, you say, you already have taken Linear Algebra!

Indeed! But here are some reasons why I want to take it again:

1. It’s IMPORTANT. And I’m about 99% sure I could get a lot more out of it now than when I took it back in 2009. Now that I know I want to go study multivariate statistics—probably SEM specifically—I need to know my linear algebra. I need to know it very well. I knew it decently when I took multivariate stats and SEM, but now that I know how it’s used in those types of analyses, if I go back and take Linear again, I think I’ll be able to better pick out the really important stuff. At least to a greater degree than I did before.

2. I’m also taking Numerical Linear Algebra this semester as well, which (surprise, surprise) has Linear Algebra as a prereq. Since it’s been so long since I’ve had the prereq, I figured a little in-semester refresher could only be a good thing.

3. Calculus, trigonometry, and geometry are my friends. Algebra and I still spread dirty rumors about one another and glare hatefully at each other whenever we pass. This needs to change.

4. It’s being taught by Dr. Abo, the professor I had for Discrete Math last semester. Dr. Abo is very intelligent, very awesome, and very good at teaching. He’s also hilarious at times.

Yeah so anyway.




Check out that Tuesday/Thursday, eh? Depending on when I end up teaching, I may  just have band on those days.

But I do want to add something else somewhere…not sure where…but somewhere. I don’t like this 12/13 credit thing.


Maybe I’ll shove an art class in there if I can. Or another stats class. Though I’m not sure if anything that I haven’t taken/aren’t already taking is being offered.


The Fisher-Yates Shuffle is not a dance

So I’ve been screeching for like the past five minutes because THE FALL CLASS SCHEDULE IS UP ZOMG!

The bad:
Agh, the ONE CLASS I really, really, really wanted to take (History of Math) is not offered.

The good:
Well hell, everything else looks good, though. Regardless of which section(s) I end up teaching of STAT 251, none of them will conflict with the other classes I want to take.

Tentative schedule:

STAT 451: Probability Theory (8:30 – 9:20)
ENGL 492: Advanced Fiction Writing (12:30 – 1:20)
MATH 432: Numerical Linear Algebra (1:30 – 2:20)
MATH 215: Intro to Advanced Mathematics (2:30 – 3:20)

MUSA 321: Concert Band (4:30 – 5:20)

I also really want to take HIST 404: History of Science until 1800, but I can’t find the prerequisites anywhere (it’s a special topics class, so who knows) and it also conflicts with Advanced Fiction.


Throw one (or two?) sections of STAT 251 in there and we’re good.

But DAMMIT I wanted History of Math.



So I’ve got good news and bad news.

Bad news: due to scheduling conflicts, I had to drop my “for fun” class, Engineering Physics, this semester. Perhaps I’ll be able to fit it in next fall.

Good news: room has opened up in Intermediate Non-Fiction, the next class for me in the Non-Fiction track. So I added that today as my “fun class” at the last minute (literally 11:59 PM).

And in the long-term (’cause I’m all about the long-term), this is probably a better class to take right now anyway. It actually pertains to either a Writing minor or an English major depending on which I decide to pull. And I’ve been itching for another writing class. I love being “forced” to write for homework and I love to read other peoples’ writing.


It’s tiiiiiiiiiiime…



MATH 176 (Discrete Math): I still dig that we’re going to talk about the pigeonhole principle. Totally excited about the material in this class.

PHYS 211 (Engineering Physics): There are like five of us in there who aren’t physics or engineering majors. This’ll be a lot of work, I think, but it sounds like it’ll be really fun as well. And my prof is awesome.

CS 120 (Computer Science I): Programming in stuff other than R and SAS! I see myself getting really obsessive about this class.

AND my class, which is super late in the day, especially for a stats class (3:30). I’ve got about half the students I did last semester due to the time, but hey…at least I’m not teaching the 8 AM section. I hope my students will like the class (and me).


Are all Culligan men Aquarians?

Now this is a schedule.

I’m going to drop either applied regression (STAT 516) or discrete math (MATH 176) because even with my insane credit-taking, I’m not sure if I can pull 19 credits while teaching. Plus, I’ve heard that calc II is the bear of the calc trio.

But WOO! I love making schedules.

I teach MWF 3:30 – 4:20, by the way. So if you know anybody that still needs to take STAT 251…

It’s that wonderous time of the year of hypothetical semester schedules!

I’ve forgotten the joys of next-semester’s-schedule planning. Yayayayayay.

MATH 175: Calculus II
PHYS 211: Engineering Physics I
CS 120: Computer Science I
STAT 516: Applied Regression Modeling
[Teaching STAT 251: Statistical Methods]

CS 120: Computer Science I Lab
MUSA 321: Concert Band

PHYS 211L: Engineering Physics I Lab
MUSA 321: Concert Band

It’ll be weird teaching 3 days a week. But I can’t WAIT.

If two hotels from the same company sleep together, is it considered inncest?

I’m at work right now writing this. Decided to take a short break for my sanity’s sake. This damn PDF I’m working on keeps crashing Adobe Acrobat so I’ve had to read this 50-page chapter on bowel movements like ten times.

Anyway, after screwing around with my schedule a bit this last week, I’ve finally got next semester all in place. Behold!

I’m beyond excited. I’ve missed school so much.

That is all.

You say tomato, I say existential crisis

Hello for the 2,178th time! Wow, that’s a lot of blogs.


Due to reasons that are still up in the air in terms of whether or not they’ll actually be reasons, I might—might—be coming back to Moscow in the fall.

Yeah, yeah, I know, “make up your damn mind already.” I would if I could, man. This “up in the air” stuff isn’t good for a planning, goal-oriented, future-focused person like myself.

But anyway.

If I come back, I’d like to go back to school (while working, of course) if at all possible. So in order to be able to implement that plan should it become a feasible option in the future, I reapplied for admission and subsequently signed up for just a few credits in the fall.

Better safe than sorry, no?

And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy making a schedule that might actually happen.

Happy birthday, grandpa, we miss you!


Here’s what I’d take. Clicky clicky.

Purely hypothetical, of course…or IS it?!



Some Days I Miss My Sanity. Other Days I’m Just a Toaster.

So my first week of Grad School: Take II has passed. I’m taking three classes and TA-ing an undergrad course. REVIEWS!

PHIL 9276: Philosophical Foundations of Modern Physics
Word for word on the syllabus: “Week 2: Newton vs. Leibniz.”

PHIL 9606: Hume and Reid on Mental Representation
Next to the veritable demigod that is Leibniz, Hume is my favorite philosopher. I really like the way he tackled he idea of causality and how simply observing a “cause” action and then an “effect” action doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the cause actually CAUSED the effect.
Anyway, this class will involve reading a metric crap ton of Hume plus many of his critics, including Reid.

PHIL 9889: Environmental Philosophy
This is going to be a near exact repeat of my philosophy senior seminar at UI. Which I’m okay with, ’cause it was interesting stuff.

PHIL 2020: Basic Logic (TA)
Yay, logic! This is an undergrad class full of non-philosophy majors and is taught by a PhD student. Once we get to PhD level we’re allowed to actually teach classes; at the MA level we’re just graders/office-hour-holders. I’m hoping that since I’m TA-ing logic for both semesters now that I’ll be able to ask them to actually let me teach it next year, ‘cause I think it would probably be one of the better classes for me to teach given my background.

Cool, huh?



Here are the classes I’m probably going to take at Western this semester and next. The MA is only a year-long thing there, so at the end of next summer I’ll be done with that and going onto the PhD, assuming everything goes well. For the MA, we need to take six half-courses in total.

Here are the ones I’m wanting:

Fall semester:
Philosophy 9276A: Philosophical Foundations of Modern Physics
“This seminar will examine the background to contemporary physics, particularly emphasizing two aspects: the philosophical views of space, time, and matter that were part of classical physics, and the views of the nature of scientific theory in general– in particular, of the roles of theory and experience, and the relations between mathematical structure and physical reality– that informed, and were informed by, developments in physics. Authors to be discussed include Newton, Leibniz, Euler, Kant, Helmholtz, Maxwell, Duhem, Mach, Poincaré, Einstein, Heisenberg, Schlick, Carnap, and others.”

Philosophy 9606A: Hume and Reid on Mental Representation
“This course will focus on Hume’s and Reid’s contrasting accounts of the foundations of knowledge and the workings of the mind.”

Philosophy 4993F/9889A: Environmental Philosophy
“This course in environmental philosophy explores some ethical and epistemological issues that arise in the contexts of conservation and restoration ecology. We commonly ear that we ought to preserve biodiversity. What are the moral justifications for such a widely accepted normative claim? Finally, this course will also look into the issue of unpredictability. Scientific and applied ecology were for a long time deeply influenced by an equilibrium paradigm in which nature was conceived of as balanced and predictable. But in the 1970s, ecologists started challenged this view and now endorse what some call a “non-equilibrium” view of nature. We will reflect on this new ecology and how it can affect the way in which policy makers and ecologists approach ecological management.”

Spring semester:
Philosophy 9277B: Philosophy of Probability
This course is an introduction to philosophical issues connected with probability. Emphasis will be on the strengths and limitations of a probabilistic approach to confirmation in science. Topics will include interpretations of probability, Bayesian reasoning and its relation to classical statistical inference, how to understand conditional probability, and application of probabilistic reasoning to case studies in science.”

Philosophy 9279B: Science and Values
“This seminar considers the roles of values in science from four angles: (1) Values in scientific epistemology: heuristics and pragmatics; (2) Whose science is it?: authority, governance and ownership in science; (3) Scientific communication and moral life: trust, testimony, and obligation; (4) Choices: goals, risks, and the aims of science.”

Philosophy 9608B: Consciousness
“We will consider several philosophical theories of consciousness, including the HOT theory, AIR theory, multiple drafts, and dual aspect theory. We will also consider the role of science in explaining consciousness.”

Cool, huh?

UI schedule fun

So I should have been born in like 1991, because the U of I has had some really great classes these past two years. Here are the 25 credits I would like to take this semester, if I were there (click on image to bring to full size):

These plus MATH 452: Mathematical Statistics, which is a video course.

Nice, eh?