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End of Second year

April 25th, 2008

I had my final exam on Wednesday. I moved out of residence that afternoon. (no more sharing a bathroom with drunk frosh! no more country music neighbor! no more watery, overly salty cafeteria food! no more shower flip flops! no more having to walk down the street every morning for breakfast!) Since then I’ve been chilling, catching up on Ugly Betty and enjoying the high speed internet and torrent access at John’s place, making my own food, going to the pool and reading non-school related books. I’ve been working out the final details of my move on May 1st, although plans seem to be constantly changing. I have a few summer job interviews lined up for Monday, and I’m fairly confident that I’ll get at least one of them. The grades I’ve been getting back for this term are so far pretty good - A- in journalism and A in Intermediate calculus. I got my hair cut above my shoulders again like at the end of last year.
And that’s the state of my life in one long, messy sentence. My level of stress has gone down now that my exams are over and I’ve got job prospects, but I’ll feel even better when I’m moved into my summer place and I have a definite source of income.

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Oh, expendable red shirts

April 15th, 2008

I have a calculus exam this evening. I only need a 60 on it to get an A, since I did extremely well on the midterm, but I’m still a little stressed out about it because it’s on much more difficult material than the midterm - Stokes’ theorem and series solutions to second order differential equations.

My final gazette article of the year was for the spoof issue, entitled “Scientists discover arts student gene”. I don’t think it will be posted on the website.

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Gazette #44 - Hadron is an awesome word

April 7th, 2008

The $10 billion experiment

I had an interesting conversation on Sunday. Upon hearing that I was a physics major someone asked me if I knew enough to understand the LHC experiments. I told them that I haven’t really studied the standard model yet, but we were taught that neat things happen when you smash high energy particles together.

# 43 was about bad things humans have done to each other and gotten away with under the guise of it being ’science’. It was an extremely depressing article to write, but I got a bit of praise for it.

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Late April Dilemma

April 4th, 2008

I’m living in Halifax this summer. Don’t know yet exactly what I’ll be doing for work, but I know I want to stay here. Almost all of my friends are staying here and I can do research at the physics department here.
I’m subletting from one of my friends for a reasonable amount and living in a house with four (4!) male friends my age. The problem is that the lease starts on May 1st, and none of us can even move our stuff into the house until that date, and Dalhousie really wants you out of residence once you’re done with the semester. I’m supposed to be out of residence at noon on the 24th, 24 hours after my Electricity & Magnetism exam.
I can’t go home to Antigonish for this week because my parents are still in Arizona and our house is being rented.
Current boyfriend John has invited me to stay in his bachelor pad for that week and has offered to help me move. Assuming we don’t break up before then, that’s probably what I’ll do. A bachelor pad is definitely the correct noun to describe his place. School, research (he recently presented a paper on evolutionary computation at a conference in Italy - and he’s only 19) and being the president of the computer science society keep him pretty busy, so he doesn’t have much time for chores. The first time he invited me over he had papers and books all over the floor, about a month’s worth of dishes in his sink and a pathetically unoccupied fridge. Don’t even get me started on the bathroom. However, I complained about it and he cleaned up his place really well. This does not bode well for living with guys my age.
Anyway, I suppose I should not prejudge my summer roommates. They may have more respect for their own place than what I have seen them to have of their residence rooms. Or maybe I’ll have to lower my standards for the next four months.
Furniture poses another dilemma. I am borrowing furniture from one of my friends who is spending her summer in Calgary. She’s leaving on the 29th, I can’t move in until the 1st, leaving me with a mattress and table to deal with for two nights. I have three options: hope that the people moving into her place don’t mind me leaving the mattress there temporarily, con a campus storage company into moving the stuff for me by paying for storage for two days, or, move the stuff to John’s new place for the summer since he can move stuff into his place for the summer ahead of time and his place is a block away from hers, and then move the furniture a block again to my place.
Oh the joys of living on my own with no car.

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Gazette #42 - explaining calculators to arts students

March 23rd, 2008

Divide and Conquer

42??? 42!!! This article was inspired by a classics major asking me how a calculator can solve a square root, and me not exactly knowing the answer. I learned a lot of interesting stuff along the way, and I only hope that the arts students reading this article also find it interesting.

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Gazette #41 - The Gazette’s intrepid science columnist

March 14th, 2008

Grand Canyon Creationism

This issue was inspired by my recent trip to the Grand Canyon. It’s funny, I thought I was going to write a stronger article about how republicans are trying to prevent the National Park service from talking about evolution in the public parks, but I found out that the information I was basing that opinion on came from a looney lefty lobby group who made stuff up. I guess you can get bullshit from both sides.

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Gazette #40 - BRAINS!

March 11th, 2008

How to use more than 10 per cent of your brain

This was a fun one to write. Aaron Newman was an interesting interview.

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Free Wifi at the Denver Airport

March 1st, 2008

As the title suggests, I’m at the Denver airport right now - about a third of my way back to Halifax. The flight from Tucson was beautiful - we flew over the Rocky Mountains. I’ve got three hours before my flight to Montreal leaves and right now it looks like I’m the only person at the gate.

I’m debating whether to blow some of my American cash on overpriced airport food. It’s about lunchtime in Halifax but I’m not hungry and the only fast food I’d be tempted to eat right now would be Tim Hortons, which aren’t overly abundant in Colorado.

For the time being, I guess I’ll enjoy the free internet and the constant announcements of “Please to not leave baggage unattended. Unattended baggage will be destroyed.” and “The department of homeland security has rated the current threat level as orange. Please report any suspicious activity.”.

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Gazette #39 - DINOSAURS!!!

February 24th, 2008

A scandal by any other name

I’m sitting in my parent’s apartment in Tucson right now.

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Gazette #38 - The Sex Issue

February 22nd, 2008

Animal Sex: Fancy penises and explosions

BIG WARNING: this article was published in a student university sex issue newspaper so you can imagine what audiences this article will not be appropriate for.

Also, I didn’t choose the image, title, or ending sentence that go along with this article - those were added by my editor. Yay picture of cows going at it right next to picture of my head. And I was not trying to say that ducks eat each other after sex.

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