Saturday, January 28, 2006

It is hard to tell I'm taking a class

After making it through a course on parallel numerical algorithms last spring -- a course I should have taken four years ago in order to learn anything from it -- I swore that I wasn't going to take another class. I've finished my course work and have four classes extra to boot. While there are a couple of new courses in the department I am interested in I don't have time to put into them. I'm finished with classes... or am I?

Enter my advisor. He has to teach two courses this semester to fulfill his contract for the year. He offers Supercomputing, a course I've already had -- one bullet dodged. Then at the end of the first week of classes his Special Topics course, where he teaches on a subject not regularly covered, is approved and I am instructed to register. I check the title... "Special Topics in Runtime Systems for Parallel Computation". Damn, haven't had that one from him. I've taken a direct hit and been sucked into a class with my advisor. Not something I like to think about, but since the format will likely be student presentations after reading current research papers on a topic it is something I will survive.

The course has been tolerable thus far because it hasn't met yet, here, after the second week of classes. It wasn't approved until the end of the first week, and my advisor was in Germany attending a workshop this past week. So Tuesday afternoon will be the first meeting. I'm sure when that time comes I'll be wishing I wasn't there, but this course too shall pass.


Blogger katielady said...

Are you sure you're not just skipping, Timmie? I mean, there are so much better ways to spend your time, like hanging out with your cute-as-a-bug little munchkin!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Timmie Smith said...

I may be skipping, but I would hope that after two weeks my advisor would notice I wasn't there and at least send me hate email.

8:03 AM  

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