Oh boy, was I right when I mentioned yesterday that my practical vectorial algebra class would be the hardest. I go there this morning, arrive 20 minutes earlier as usual and sit down to watch TPP and play Pokemon till someone mentions that the schedules had been changed and the evening class cancelled today, so I go check my schedule to make sure it's true and not only is true, but the room for today's afternoon class was changed as well so 10 minutes before the class starts, we all get up and go look for that other room which ends up being this average-looking room with basic computers that have no programming software on 'em and can barely run Internet Explorer, so I figure this will be an introductory class and we won't be doing maths today. Haha, I was so wrong. Ends up the practical vectorial algebra class is divided in two classes. The afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, the class is given by one teacher and it's pure theory but I swear, this teacher.. Dude's 25 years old, already has two university diplomas in mathematics and teaching which took five years to complete, plus he already has years of experience in teaching, plus he practices like a thousands sports and martial arts. Guy's a genius both mentally and physically, the only bad thing I can think of about him is that he still has zits but other than that, he just seems so flawless. Thing is, he has absolutely no experience in the video game industry so from 6:00pm to either 9:00pm or 10:00pm, the class is given by another teacher and this time, it's purely practical so since the evening class was cancelled today and we didn't have the usual room, what the teacher did is a revision of what we (supposedly) learned in highschool, to make sure we were all up-to-date and ready for the real thing next class.
I swear, some of the things he said I never learned in highschool, like trigonometric circles and radians, so after the class I stayed a few minutes to ask him questions and then I was fine.. but I missed my bus by barely a minute so I had to wait half an hour at the bus stop. Thankfully, today finally had good weather; we've had freezing winds from the ninth circle of Hell all week so even though I'm used to temperatures near -60C, I would really have suffered from staying half an hour outside if the winds were still there. I mean, the temperature itself is nice and cool at around -20C but then the winds come and it suddenly feels colder than -50C. Your face freezes, your eyes can't blink and your lips crack and bleed, though the blood itself freezes instantly. It's just THAT cold of a wind.
So I was back home around 4:30pm and figured I'd do my maths homework quickly before checking if my teacher finished updating the main.cpp so I can finalize my logarithms homework, but around 7:30pm I forced myself to stop because I just couldn't brain anymore. First part wasn't so bad, I just had to Google some things I had forgotten since highschool but then I arrived at like mid-homework and shit hit the fan; I had to solve problems by hand and without a calculator. First ones were pretty simple, like 99^0, (-3)^3, 10^3 * 0.01 * 1/10 and 36*3^-2 (I had to Google to remember how to multiply decimals), but then I hit log5(25). I didn't know what that was so I Googled it and it took a few minutes to figure out but I solved it, and then the next number was ln(10) + ln(4) - ln(20) - ln(2). Again, I had no idea what that was so I Googled it.. then I kept Googling to try and find out how the hell I was supposed to solve THAT without a calculator.
Half of the answers on Google told me I was crazy for even wanting to do something like that and the other half either ignored the "no calculator" rule altogether or gave me meter-long formulas that looked like Chinese to me. I asked friends and they didn't know, so I asked my mom since she loved maths around my age and studied finances and accountability in university for a semester, with advanced maths and everything. She had no idea either and said she wasn't even sure if she learned that, so I looked some more before giving up and sending a message to the teacher to ask what the hell I was supposed to do and how this was highschool level, before skipping to the next problem, which was (2.5)^8. I looked at it and figured it'd be simple enough, just a tad long to do by hand, so I started and around 10 minutes later with a page full of decimals, I finished and satisfied, I picked up my calculator to see if I got it right.
Of course, I didn't so then I started getting a headache and basically fuck-this-shit'd and decided to do that another day after the teacher replied. Thankfully, this is probably the only homework where I have to calculate things like this by hand and this is most likely the last time we'll see those things since this is just "highschool revision". Starting next class, I'll actually learn new things (if you exclude the trigonometric circles and radians I learned today), so I won't have so much trouble but this one? I mean shit, half of these things I haven't done since middle school and that was over a decade ago; who the hell even calculates complex equations by hand anymore?
Ugh, enough of that, I said then, before trying out a nice lil' game I downloaded yesterday. See, one of my teachers worked on The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot back when he was lead programmer at Ubisoft, so I figured I'd try it out since it went open-beta not long ago and it's surprisingly good. A bit unbalanced and plain at the moment, sure, but it's a open-beta so that's to be expected and it'll all be fixed before the full release. Some people are complaining that it's pay-to-win, but I honestly don't find anything gamebreaking you can buy, other than early-access for a class that will come out soon. Speaking of early-access, my teacher said that when the game was closed-beta and you needed to pay to have an invitation, the game made six digits of profit from those invitations alone so that's pretty impressive, especially for a closed-beta. Overall, I'd say give it a try since it's completely free and actually not pay-to-win, despite what some say; you might be surprised how into it you get!
Joined 30 September 2012