November 10, 2014

I Find Myself Numb From Relief

Banality lurks below the fold.  

As compensation, here is some eye candy courtesy of Tobusa.

I confess that I have no idea what this has to do with soccer. 
It's been a rough couple of weeks.
Early in the semester I had the last kidney stone pass and contracted a kidney infection. I also broke a tooth. 

This put me behind in most of my classes and I was greatly stressed about midterms.
Midterms were a disaster. My english midterm consisted of an in class writing. This should have been a piece of cake, and, indeed, was actually going swimmingly until Windows Update decided that my computer needed to restart with just 10 minutes left in the class. The Japanese was rough too, however only one person actually finished the midterm, so I was hardly alone in that.

Over the last week and a half, I've been sick with a persistent flu-like ick that has come, gone, come again, mugged me, gone then come again and thrown me down the stairs. I missed a good deal of school and work. The upshot was that I'd had to drop all my classes last week.

That was not a happy moment. I haven't been down like that in many, many years. With the exception of the Japanese, all the classes I was taking this year were the remaining freshman courses that I was forced to retake because the school decided that they were not going to honor my transfer credits. Getting freshman classes compatible with my work schedule is quite hard since they tend to be in the mornings.

Well, today I signed up for Spring and Summer classes. For the first time EVER I got every class I signed up for...first choice. My earliest class is at 13:00, meaning that I have a full 4 hour window to get through the tunnel from work. I was originally taking a very light Spring semester. However, by taking a full load, I'm able to take all but one of the courses I took this semester and shift the dippy sophomore English class to the summer. 

To my utter astonishment, I'm not really any worse off, because the last course I need isn't being offered until next fall anyway, and on top of that the Honors Japanese course I did so badly in last summer is being offered this spring....this means I can actually use one of my 3 "Grade Forgiveness" passes by retaking it and taking the higher grade. All the years in school, I've never used that, but I can wipe this blot off my record.
Additionally, I'm not doing school during the UPS Christmas rush for the first time in many years...which means I get to work full time and make more money.

All in all, this could have been WAY worse. I can't really imagine any other pleasant surprises to match this popping up in the near fut....

...OH WOW!

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 06:54 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Automatic Update is evil and you should disable it. (You've already learned one reason why; it can take your computer away from you at inopportune times.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wed Nov 12 01:19:00 2014 (+rSRq)

2 You normally get lots of warning that Windows is going to reboot (as in up to two days).

Posted by: RickC at Wed Nov 12 15:56:30 2014 (ECH2/)

3 This is coming perilously close to blaming the victim. They were probably using school computers where the previous students ignored the warnings.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wed Nov 12 17:04:19 2014 (RqRa5)

4 Or his school's administrators are like the ones where I work, and don't think there is any reason to schedule updates for the convenience of the users.  They were actually shocked that rebooting the conference room computers during a presentation to the admiral caused any complaints...

Posted by: Siergen at Wed Nov 12 19:19:17 2014 (r3+4f)

5 I was using my netbook. I'd actually checked for updates on it (and had it restart) before class. However, it found another 'helpful' update. Moreover, the BLACKBOARD system used by ODU seems to conceal the Windows update box...otherwise, when it asked if I wanted to restart or delay, I'd have taken the "Do not fail" option. I generally access Blackboard via my Mac and so I did not know this I learned something...which is what college is for....and....yet.....
I've made more than my share of PEBKAC errors, but this was not one of them. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed Nov 12 19:30:34 2014 (DnAJl)

6 Pete, that was not my intent, which was why I said "normally."  Also, he did say "my machine" originally.
I used to not use auto update, but I got tired of doing it manually all the time, so now I mostly just let Windows do it--the chance a forced reboot will bother me is almost infinitesimal, but I do every once in a while expand the logoff/shutdown menu to see if it's wanting a reboot, just in case.

Posted by: RickC at Wed Nov 12 20:57:35 2014 (0a7VZ)

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