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New Glass [Feb. 22nd, 2011|12:55 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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This weekend was more of a bombshell than I imagined it could be, but there may be a silver lining in the cloud.

I was supposed to go to @FatherPhoenix's house to do some hard-core studying. The plan was that I could even crash at his place if need be. Well, I got out there Saturday afternoon two hours after I intended to arrive. We shat the shit for a bit and I went over some Java with him. We then went out to dinner and afterwards I ran the Bolivian Special from Top Gear which he and @jeepcat shared my enthusiasm for, though I was worried about FatherPhoneix's reaction to a early part of the film.

Sunday they slept in way late whereas I didn't sleep much at all. We listened to No Agenda which was a particularly superb episode.

When we did work on Chemistry, I think we spent no less than three hours filling out one chart, but there's a column that we don't know how to answer. This, of course, was after I had ridden my blood sugar up and down all weekend long. I mean I really want to throw in the towel on this one, but I refuse to let myself give up. Unfortunately, I haven't driven myself to action yet.

I was given too speeches today about motivation and drive and action. The first was telling me that I simply had to do what I had to do to get through this class and that if it meant only getting four hours of sleep a night, that was the sacrifice I had to make. The other speech was an examination of the fact that my ambition drives me to despair because I'm not where I know I can be, so the goal is to channel that frustration into getting to where I want to be and beyond.

So I'm pulling a Bridge on the River Kwai: "Today we rest. Tomorrow, we begin again."

I'm scheduled to meet with my tutor tomorrow after class for two hours. I'm going to make the most of it and get as much work done as possible. I should add that last session was very productive but was only three-fourths of the time that we will be able to spend together tomorrow, so I expect to get even more out of tomorrow night. The only bummer is that when I get home, I've got to turn around and study for my first photography test, which I must say I'm not too thrilled about. I think I'll do ok, but because I've been letting everything go in lieu of getting caught up in chemistry, I think that everything will suffer. For instance, I apparently only made a B on my History test when last semester i made all A's.

I wonder if it's worth challenging that grade. I know that there were a lot of questions that I wasn't familiar with and that there were some softballs that I missed because I took the test at 1900 on a day where I had to be up at 0600. I wasn't thinking too clearly. I can pull the grade up with the remaining two tests if i do an outstanding job on both.

The Fellowship is Breaking or I Get Cheep Glass
So I've been grousing about the fact that I want a macro, zoom and wide angle lens for the Nikon D70 I bought off of my buddy last year. When he sold me the camera, he also sold me a 50mm prime. That's the only lens that I have for the camera and while it has done quite well for the little bit of shooting I've done with it, it does have it's limitations.

I've been looking at Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens for about a month now, but because it was going to cost $565 for a two year replacement warranty, I decided that I could do without the glass.

Well, today, I got an email from the guy that sold me the D70. He is selling the other two lenses that I didn't buy off of him when I bought the camera. Why he hung on to them so long is a mystery, but he offered to sell me a Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF, Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF AF-S DX, lens caps, UV filters for both and the hood for the zoom lens. I sent him my photog wishlist and he told me that the only lens i should keep my eye on with what he was offering was the Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF.

The best part? I got all of that booty for significantly less than I would have paid for the one zoom lens. The plan is for his package to arrive by Friday.

Maybe I'll actually get out and shoot something…right after i get caught up with school.
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[User Picture]From: newmistakes
2011-02-22 07:59 am (UTC)
I hope you have another productive session with your tutor PT and I'm looking forward to seeing the results of your shooting some time in the foreseeable future!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-02-22 12:10 pm (UTC)
I think the tutoring will be productive. He's a good egg.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-02-22 12:11 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to seeing the results of your shooting some time in the foreseeable future!
Don't hold your breath waiting. I hear that oxygen is import to that whole living process thing I keep hearing so much about. I'll post something when I can, but I don't know when I'll have the time.
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[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2011-02-22 06:16 pm (UTC)

Photography

I wondered where that was going, and I'm glad that you're going to get a couple more of the lenses so you can experiment a bit more. Like you've indicated, let's not hold our breath on seeing your test shots, but I'll still be interested in seeing your work. From the little I've seen, it seems like you have a pretty good eye. Yay for buddies and quality secondhand goods!
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[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2011-02-22 06:18 pm (UTC)

Chemistry

You'll get there! Just keep persevering and you'll get there. It should be worth it in the end, and it sounds like you have a pretty decent tutor so that'll be all the difference in the end, I'm sure. Just don't burn the midnight oil too much and if you feel like you need to get some significant rest, DO SO. You'll be better off in the long run, I can assure you of that much.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-02-22 06:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Chemistry

Time will tell.
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[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2011-02-22 06:24 pm (UTC)

Other College and Weekend Shenagins.

How close off of an A were you on that history test? If it was only a couple of points or so, I'd say it wouldn't be worth challenging it. However, if you just scrapped a "B", then I would challenge - or at least talk to your instructor to see where/what you missed so that on your next two tests you know what s/he's looking for and you can make sure to cover those type of points in the future.

That's the problem with hanging with friends/planning on working with them: you often get sidetracked and ultimately don't get as much done as you'd hope you would. It really takes dedication and a strong personality to push through, but at least you got some done. Just keep it up, and hopefully you'll be able to turn 3 hours into 6 hours, then into 9 hours and perhaps even 12 hours over a weekend... and that should again really help you out.

Have you ever watched/have an interest in Dr. Who?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-02-22 06:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Other College and Weekend Shenagins.

I made an 85. If I make a 90 on the remaining two tests, I will end up with an 88. Since the tests are 50 questions, that means that I can miss a total of nine questions combined on the remaining tests. The next section covers the New Deal and WWII, which I should do fairly well on given that's a period of history that I've thoroughly studied.

I knew I was going to get sidetracked when I went to FatherPhoenix's, I just didn't think I would take it To infinity and beyond.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-02-22 06:34 pm (UTC)

Dr. Who

Have you ever watched/have an interest in Dr. Who?
No and no.
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[User Picture]From: lord_ukko
2011-02-25 06:03 am (UTC)
Sorry. I did try to keep getting us on Chem earlier. I honestly expected to spend pretty much all of Saturday and a large part of Sunday hitting the Chem. I know I'm enjoying it even though I am learning it as I go. Thankfully I'm a fast study.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-02-25 12:58 pm (UTC)
It's not your fault that we didn't focus on Chem, that was all me. I wasn't game for it then and I'm still not game for it now. Maybe now that I'm "caught up" (LOL!) the next time will be more agreeable for me and thus for you. I'm owe you an apology for being such an ass.

Yes, you are an amazingly fast study. I'm glad that one of us learned something useful from the endeavor.
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[User Picture]From: lord_ukko
2011-02-25 08:52 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed it. Of course I love to learn. And you were not an ass in any manner. Moody yes but not an ass. I'm sure next time will be much better. And maybe between now and then I can find a way to learn it on my own rather than via group method.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-03-01 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sure next time will be much better.
I had that same thought this weekend. I'm starting to feel better about Chemistry. I'm not expecting to ace any tests, but I feel like I can pass the class if I stay up.

It would also help if I worked problems out of the book.

Can I put time on hold for about three weeks?
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