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This year I resolve to give up parachuting, Bungee jumping, being a dictator and shooting cats on sight!
good for you *Plastic Smile Smilie and for the cats

buying a couch .. so i can sit comfortably while whatching star trek....
and finding a job so i can afford a couch Smile Smilie
I've given up on making New Year's resolutions. They never work, anyway... Smile Smilie
None have failed me yet, last year I gave up being a trout, and the year before that I gave up shooting myself in the foot, and the year before that it was chopping off limbs with an axe, but you get the picture...
Nooooooo! Scots! Only good for whiskey! (sorry, still a bit bitter towards the Scots for personal reasons)
Not sure I want to! Wink Smilie
I definetely don't think I want to know... Wink Smilie
This year I resolve to start shooting people who shoots cats on sight! Smile Smilie

Don't worry so much about the calculus, chika. The trick is to treat it like a nice juicy detective novel - you being the detective in this case - and you'll find that it becomes much easier & very exciting indeed. I loved calculus - it was the humanities/ lib. arts courses that really killed me Sad Smilie

So you were a Plastic Trout before? I thought that was your brother.
good idea, ungoliant...thanks...I actually really don't mind the calculus itself so much as my miserable teacher (grrr...) though if I ignore him and do the detective thing, maybe thing'll work out...Wink Smilie
I do that with my teachers, and it works!!! Big Smile Smilie
*stupid Okay, so I have to explain everything again!
I only give up things that I've never ever done, it makes it so much easier to stick to.
I loved Calculus. It was Diferential Equations that had me snowed; something about being unable to understand the Packistani Grad Student who tried to teach it. When I studied Diferential Equations a few years after graduating, using the Corp of Engineer's Manual for a refresher, it suddenly all fell into place. Never really had to use either of them in the field, they were just necessary tools to simplify phyics and the higher engeering courses. And of course they helped develop the necessary problem solving thought processes. But that was in the heyday of sliderule calculations; I'm sure engineering, like history, is much tougher now, as there is more to learn.
I never was really interested in Math's really. I'm afraid your post is a bit like chinese to me, Grondy... Sad Smilie
They's th wrds tha I's remembrin, an they's fitten th tune wha's runnen tru me 'ead whilst a readin 'em. Smile Smilie

Haha, got you, Tommy! Finally! Big Smile Smilie

Yeah, Grondie, I hardly got to use differential equations on site, since building cross-country pipelines is not exactly rocket science. Pity, really, I loved it at school - although I did tinker around with it a bit doing some offshore stuff. Smile Smilie

Btw, which branch of engineering did you end up in, Grondie? I remember you mentioning fieldwork before. And slide rules? I remember my professors talking about them back at school, but we had calculators then. Solar powered ones were the rage during my freshman years... Wink Smilie

Mechanical: Hydraulic piping, cylinders, and whatever components they were moving through a pressure hull. Lots of corrosion resistant material problems. Some new design, mostly repairs. Almost all my work has now been cut up for scrap metal, which really could damage one's self-esteam except for the knowledge that the world remains un-annihilated and is probably safer now than it was before.

During slow times I also designed sanitary plumbing lines. There were only two rules to remember: 1) S**t doesn't run up hill; and 2) Don't lick your fingers. Big Smile Smilie
Big Smile Smilie lol
Silly question: does anyone know where I can find the text of Auld lang syne? Or if you know it, can you post it here? Big Smile Smilie
Why? There must be a Rabbie Burrrns site somewhere with it on. And I really don't get maths at all. Tis all greek to me.
I can't stand math all by itself, but I actually like it a lot in physics and stuff...didn't think much of engineering, but I've been working on some projects recently and it's gotten a whole lot more interesting. I'm still more into theory and stuff, though...

I sang Auld Lang Syne for a thing a while back...this is what I remember of it...this has kind of odd words (Scottish, and all) but I don't know if all the versions are like this. Just scout around on the internet, I'm sure you'll find something...

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
And days of auld lang syne, my dear,
And days of auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine.
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld lang syne.

Sin' auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin' auld lang syne,
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld ang syne.

We twa hae sported i' the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.

Sin' auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin' auld lang syne.
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.

And ther's a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Smile Smilie
Football, hagis, or bruises?
Women I think.

Didn't know a rabbi wrote Auld Lang Syne. Very hip of him, I must say.

Oooh, you tinkered with nuclear weapons, Grondie? Lucky you! I've always wanted to go into that, but it didn't seem like a good career move when I graduated - what with Gorbie & glastnost and all that. Didn't want to stay in the office either, hence the cross-country pipelines - wish I could go to Alaska or Siberia.
Remember how earlier I complained about my math teacher?

Well, I noticed something interesting today. My teacher is a cave troll. I knew, when I was watching the movie, that the cave troll reminded me of something, but I couldn't put my finger on what it was. Today, though, it hit me. He told us he was from out of the country, but I thought he meant, like, Canada or something. I didn't know he meant Middle Earth. Oh well.
And Golly was right once more I'm afraid.
Alaska or Siberia??
but it looks like freezing or something...???

kewl a cave troll as a teacher... Smile Smilie
I have done a little presentation about harry potter at school (And my hair was rubbish that day even more then usual) so now a fewof my classmates are calling me Harry Potter, fortunately I don't like 'm Unfortunately they are on all my project teams... but.. well.. I'm quiting school anyway...
Yeah, but great pipelines.

Sorry to hear that Boring! Why? Although I remember you saying you didn't like it there so much. I left university for a while too...don't worry, hopefully things will get better, mate.

[Edited on 3/1/2002 by Ungoliant]
Nope Ungy, not the weapons, just their underwater transport and nobody was ever allowed to acknowledge if any were aboard, and mostly there never were, when or where I was. Glad my work is all scrap iron; now, if the flag ever does go up, I won't have contributed anything but tax dollars toward the destruction of mankind.
Good for you grondy! And I quit uni as well boring (didn't even pack my bags actually!) and it's not done my career any harm at all.
Well It's allright i could always do another study next year Smile Smilie it's marvellous going to school here in holland Smile Smilie

wow you did uni? wish would have chosen the right course so i would be there to.. but this is almost like uni only different Smile Smilie
I take it you mean Ungoliant did Uni, I decided not to bother in the end, I was pretty close though, i had the place, I had the room sorted, and then i had a drink and thought **** it, what am I going to do with a degree in Literature and Philosophy? I really don't need it, so I went and got a real job, and spent 3 years getting drunk without getting a shed load of student loans as well! Wasn't far off the real thing but without the dull education part or the whole huge debt thing. Smile Smilie
My parents didn't give me a choice! :P Took a year of Physics, realised that physicists get paid ****-all where I come from, changed to Civil Engineering & got bored. Decided on Mechanical in the end.

But I still managed to run away from uni for over a year plus in my last year! Wanted to 'find myself'. Smile Smilie Went back in the end though.

But Plastic's right - it depends what you eventually want to with your life. I wanted to design & build things, & couldn't do it without that piece of paper.
I want to fly. I can do that only if i were a bit better in teamplay
Have you tried jumping off of a high building and flapping your arms?
Thanks, Chika! I'll look around the place a bit, see if I can find the whole original text though, cos this ones a bit crappy, but good for a start though... Smile Smilie
Luckily I still have to go to uni. I don't know where to go, don't know what to do, don't know anything yet... Smile Smilie
I agree, you don't know anything Tommy Wink Smilie just finished all my applications...already got deferred from one school, though...on Christmas Eve - that was a bit now I've got to wait till April to find out if any of my other schools like me.
Which schools did you apply to, chika? And what do you intend to major in?
I applied to MIT, Yale, Williams College, Boston University, Tufts University, and Northeastern University. MIT's the one I already got deferred from...I actually don't really mind not having gotten in early there...I didn't get rejected, and in my mind that's all that counts for now... Big Smile Smilie For about a week I was seriously worried that they were going to take one look at my application and go "Oh god she sucks we hate her" and then they'd call all my other schools and be like "Don't let her in anywhere ever" but that was just a bit of paranoia...hahaha...

on all my applications, I put that I was going to major in physics/astrophysics and geology but I recently had a freak-out about if I wanted to be a music major, so now I'm thinking about carrying a double major. I dunno though...probably I'll figure it out sooner or later... Smile Smilie
I said: I don't know anything... YET, Plastic. Smile Smilie
Cool Smilie Wish I knew where I'd be going to though. Smile Smilie And what I was going to study. Smile Smilie
Well, if you're interested in engineering & Oil & Gas, take up Reservoir Engineering under Petroleum Engineering. Not many around, and a good one could earn around ’30k/month. Too bad I only discovered that *after* I started working. Sad Smilie

And chika, why not the double major? The Pringles professor I was talking about did Mech E & Drama. And who knows, maybe you'd go on and design a better chip? Big Smile Smilie