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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Birds and snakes and aeroplanes

I've been trying to get to this post all weekend. Saturday morning I made a deal with myself: I'm not allowed to use the laptop until I've unearthed it properly (not just slipped it out from under the piles of paper on my desk). Sunday evening I finally got my desk down to this state:

The yellow thing on the left is a folder containing all the original research for my last sociology essay, to go in the 2008 box when I've assembled said box. The two Spirax books on the right contain handwritten notes from last trimester to be torn out, collated, filed and boxed. The large pile at the back is Toastmasters stuff, to be stuck in a drawer for one year then thrown out. I'll free up a drawer for that purpose tomorrow.

Lectures start tomorrow for the last trimester of my undergrad degrees. This trimester I'm doing three courses - International Economics, Microeconomics, and a math course in cryptography. Only one of these courses is actually necessary to finish my degrees, but one has to keep busy somehow.

Microeconomics, ECON 314, is the closest to being a "core" paper - I'd consider my economic education to be incomplete if I didn't do this course. Consequently I choose ECON 314 as my blogging subject for the next 14 weeks or so.

In an act of organisation unprecedented in all my experience of lecturers, the 314 lecturer has already posted a handout for Lecture 1 on the web. It looks suspiciously like a decision tree. Oh well, they do say that microeconomics has been taken over by game theory.


Donald said...

According to Wikipedia:

Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was also controversial, eventually leading to the first posthumous pardon in New York history.

Those papers all sound interesting -- I look forward to your blogging of them. Also: I don't think desks are actually allowed to be that tidy.

Gael said...

Oh, really? I always wondered what he was doing in the song. Now I wonder even more.

As for my desk, this is the start of a new trimester, so it won't stay in that state for more than two or three days. Unless I adopt last trimester's technique of using my backpack as a filing cabinet, which is very good for keeping the desk clean, but very bad for the back.

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