December 2nd, 2002

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Got my coursework handed in today - looks like I was the first one. The lecture today (algorithms) gave me a bit of deja vu, since it was exactly the same as the lecture from two weeks ago. Literally, same slides, same example... Looks like most of the class didn't understand it the first time round, so I sat there reading other things to while away the time. Interestingly, at the end of the class, Manal said that we've now finished the syllabus, so next week we'll just have a revision lecture. I then had a look at the handbook, which includes a few things that we haven't covered yet (e.g. Chinese remaindering). I asked her about those, to clarify whether they were actually in the exam or not. She came over to have a look at my handbook (suggesting that this was the first time she'd seen it!), and said "Oh, don't worry about those". One of the other guys sitting near me said "Don't give her ideas!", but I figured it was worth finding out whether we need to know this stuff or not. He said "It would be a bloody difficult exam otherwise!" I think I'll look the other stuff up in the textbook anyway - worst case I've learnt something new, and best case I'll be the only one in the class who knows it, which gives me a nice advantage in the exam <evil grin>. The key question would be "who actually sets the exam?" I don't think Manal wrote the slides she's been using (the spelling/grammar is too good for that), so it may be the absent professor who actually writes the questions, based on the official syllabus, rather than what's been covered in class. Ah well, wait and see...

Speaking of exams:
Sample Exam Questions from HELL. E.g. "Pre-Med: You will be provided with a rusty razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a full bottle of Scotch. Remove your appendix. Don't suture until your work has been inspected. You have 15 minutes."

Courtesy of baratron, I'm currently reading Draco Malfoy the Amazing Bouncing... Rat?. I haven't read any Harry Potter fanfic before, and I definitely avoid the slash (i.e. porn) stuff, but this really is extremely funny. E.g. "Draco tried to crush the image of Voldemort perching on Potter's chest of drawers and having a pee into the Boy Who Lived's boxer shorts."