A guy got on the bus awfully pissed off about something. Currently, every second word heâ€™s saying is sh*t or f*ck or some other profanity. I wonder if it makes him feel good when he disses his cell phone over and overâ€¦
Yes, Iâ€™m on the bus for the first time in quite a long while, hence the absence of these â€˜bus notesâ€™. Iâ€™ve been going home every other week or so with a friend who also lives in Niagara Falls. He has a car and as a result, I havenâ€™t had to put up with these overly lengthy trips. But this time Iâ€™m actually only going to Hamilton where Iâ€™m meeting my parents with an eventual destination of Mississauga.Â While at university, my parents went and checked out a place for me for when Iâ€™m on my co-op at Bell Mobility. Iâ€™m just going to have a final look at the place and weâ€™ll probably sign the contract there. My parents already told me the place looks pretty good. I trust their judgment enough so Iâ€™m expecting a decent place.
This past week has been quite frustrating. This was the last full week of lectures; weâ€™ve got only 2 days next week and itâ€™s exam time (uh oh). It seems like to top off an already difficult semester, they laid on the hurt with some of the most difficult assignments/quizzes Iâ€™ve seen so far this semester. For example,Â I spent 3 hours on a CDT yesterday (itâ€™s supposed to be only a â€˜quizâ€™) and before that, we had a long-ass calculus assignment on double and triple integrals. How enjoyable. Iâ€™ve still got two assignments to hand in before the end of lectures. One is physics, which I heard is very simple and the other is accounting. I read through the assignment and itâ€™s definitely going to take a while to set up properly in excel. It sure gets confusing as hell when you start combining interest, inflation, taxes, uncertainty and all that into a financial analysis. I can just see how simple it would have been for companies to make one little error and have to restate earnings. Sometimes I sit there reading earnings reports from various companies. Iâ€™ve stared in awe at the disgusting amount of profit or appalling losses, but never have I wondered how long it would have taken to prepare the earnings report itself. Definitely not childâ€™s play. No wonder those CAâ€™s get paid the big bucks.
Oh right, this was a frustrating week. Well, itâ€™s getting very close to exam time and these difficult assignments and quizzes have definitely done nothing good for the confidence levels. Itâ€™s really difficult to feel too good going into your exams after getting violated by an inanimate object. And they wonder why we have such low morale in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Fortunately I do have time to prepare for these exams. Itâ€™s great that our exams are at least spaced out rather nicely. While I only have 5 exams, theyâ€™re spread out over just about two weeks.
After the 3 hour â€˜quizâ€™ yesterday, I decided to take it easy since my brain was absolutely fried in every way. I had been planning on working on that accounting assignment, but I havenâ€™t counted on that CDT to be so difficult or lengthy. As a result, I spend the night watching some TV and surfing the internet. Around 10:30pm I decided to have a look at what services the wireless providers in this country offer. (This reminds me, Iâ€™m supposed to have a look at the wireless data services available fromÂ the various telecoms in Canada before my work termâ€¦) I ended up making an excel sheet with all of the features I need and the monthly contract Iâ€™d need to get from the four providers in Canada. (Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility, Bell Mobility and Fido) I priced up something along the lines of 150-200 anytime minutes, at least 1000 evening and weekend minutes, 100 long distance minutes, unlimited (essentially, or like 1000) text messages, Caller ID, and a voice mailbox. Itâ€™s looking like somewhere around $60/month for any of the above mentioned service providers, which is a little steep, but this would be my only phone since I move around too much to get a land line. Iâ€™m just waiting for these consumer-ised BlackBerries to drop on the Bell Mobility network. That way I can pick up an awesome device while retaining my current number. I can hardly wait for something like the current 7130s but with an MP3 player and a camera.
Anyways, thatâ€™s all for now. I think Iâ€™m going to start those posts on â€œTheatre of the Mindâ€. Iâ€™ve really been putting it off since I always think itâ€™ll take too big of a chunk of time. Iâ€™m going to at least jot down some point form subjects I want to talk about.