Summer Classes for the Classless

This last week I had three tests in three days. That was quite tiring. But it is over for now. One of the tests was a final so I’m now officially done with vector calculus.

But my biggest complain about these math classes is me. By the time the calculus class ended I was ready to end all three classes but I still have two weeks in the discrete class and four weeks in the differential equations class but I feel burnt out already.

Hopefully with the weekend off I can try to recharge myself enough to get these last two classes done and be ready to head back to Blacksburg.

Other than the math things, there isn’t too much going on in my life. Three math classes kind of forces you to devote most of your time to it. Now it is getting closer on leaving Los Angeles for who knows how long, I need to start deciding on the things I need to do here before I leave.

Independence Day

I’m about to celebrate my independence from Vector Calculus, my final is on Wednesday. I spent most of my day studied, and depressing myself with how much I forgot from the being of the semester you know back in May.

On better things, I went to Santa Monica Sunday. We went down to the beach and hung out there for a little while and walked around the shops in the area. There is a British pub and gift shop there and they are one of the few places in Los Angeles that sells Coffee Crisp (even though it is Canadian and not British) On our way back to the car from the metro we decided to hit up a doughnut shop in Santa Monica. They were great. 2016-07-03 19.18.54 2016-07-04 11.32.38Yes that is bacon on top of the Doughnut.

Just Checking In

I don’t post as often as I like simply because I don’t really do anything noteworthy these days. Not because I’m refusing to go out or otherwise not wanting to go out, but simply because I’m taking three math classes over the summer and my days are pretty much doing math.

Thankfully the first class is almost done. Then the second one will be close behind then I just have to finish tackling differential equations.

Well time to finish watching @midnight then bed.


I started my second of three math classes for the summer, discrete math. I am enjoying it so far since it is not that much calculations but more like theories behind math. With one exception, matrix multiplication.

Now here is where I might have to turn in my degree in History because I was able to do matrix multiplication and addition for 3×3 and 2×3 matrices in my head.

I wish I was as capable in calculus, I am doing somewhat well but it is a lot of number crunching.

Well I did get a lot of math done today and planning on knocking out  4 sections and a quiz tomorrow.

How Hard Can They Make it… to Take a Test

I’m taking three online math classes, every other time I’ve taken an online class you can do everything from home. But NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) wants you to go into a testing center. I get it, you want to prevent cheating, but I’m in Los Angeles, an older student, a veteran. Cut me some slack and trust that I’ll take my test with honor.

So one of the options was to find a professor to proctor for me, it is summer can you find a full time professor (yes it had to be a full time professor) I asked my old boss who runs the office in the History department at CSUN to ask and she could do it. She said no problem she would be happy to help me. NOVA said no.

What is the point of online classes when you HAVE TO GO TO THE CAMPUS TO TAKE THE TEST?

So my options were to drop the classes or fly back to Virginia. No community college in Los Angeles are offering the three classes I was taking.

Well after contacting the testing center at CSUN they agreed to proctor me so the crisis is adverted for now.

Humanity has Returned

Dare I say that I’m feeling better. I still have a bit of a cough but I feel like I can breathe well enough to join the world of the living again.

Now I need to go take care of my errands that I have been putting off. Mostly to the market and the bank. I’m sure there are other things but I’ll remember them when it is too late.

I also have a couple of boxes to ship back to my apartment in Virginia. Thankfully that I can just leave them at the front door for the postal carrier to pick them up.

Yesterday was the SWE-LA PDC (Personal Development Conference) I wish I was feeling better yesterday but I just wasn’t there. It would have been a good chance to see some friends in a much happier setting than at the funeral. Also SWE-LA gave a scholarship in my wife’s name at it (I think) and I would have liked to have been there. But why should I put others health at risk for that. So I stayed home.

But that is all that has been happening in the last week or so. At least I got sick before these summer classes started.

Math… My Old Foe

I lost this semester due to my wife’s passing, so I decided I needed to get back to classes so I can get my engineering degree, after all that is what she wanted me to do.

So I’m taking three math classes over the semester from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) They are all going to overlap and the first one starts May 15 and the last one ends August 8.

I’m taking:

  • Differential Equations
  • Multi-variable Calculus
  • Discrete Math

I got the Differential Equations textbook today. I was going through it and there is a part on matrices, good thing I took that already with linear algebra.  And this is the textbook.