My Computer is Full of Win(7)
The engineering SWAT team (“My comp is b0rkd plz fix!” people) couldn’t figure out what was wrong with my computer, either, so they offered a reinstall of whatever OS I wanted. Yay, Windows 7! It’s so shiny, and yes, I recommend it over XP (which is what I was using). I never used Vista, so I can’t recommend any advice for that.
My Major is Full of Win
I recently decided to switch my engineering major from Engineering Science & Mechanics (theory-mechanical engineers, essentially) to Computer Science. ESM was kicking my ass and I felt more or less annoyed by the snootiness of the major. Yes, they are very nice & awesome people, but only if you understand it like they do. The dynamics class, for example, starts out with “Hi, this is the hardest class you will take in your undergraduate career.” And they leave it at that. No “But we’ll help you, so don’t be afraid!” but more the feeling of “How can you be so slow as to not get this by reading our not-very-good textbook, which we wrote ourselves?” I was unhappy. My grades sank. It sucked.
So I switched to Computer Science, which was my second choice to go into. Not to mention I love coding. I can’t really remember the last time I was angry while coding. They were very awesome to help add me into the classes I needed on the last add day. The only bump in the road was the ENGE class I needed to switch from a MechE-like major to a Computer-like major. But, as every freshman engineer finds out, the Engineering Education dept is lacking in either one or both of its title areas, because they rather suck at cultivating learning environments through their classes.
But yeah, first day of CS classes…I felt happy and full of win. Someone asked an intelligent question in lecture and it was one of those, “Damn, that’s good!” questions. Then someone asked one of those basic coding 101 questions, and in ESM I fully expected to see half the class roll their eyes and the professor to sigh and then try to explain it. CS? “Good question, here, [explanation],” and it even reviews the concept being discussed. The professor also stops and asks if we’ve understood. It feels like being a healer with an excellent tank who stops and asks if you need to drink now. Not the tanks who ask that for the sake of asking it and then keep pulling, but tanks who are cordial to you and work with you.
It felt AMAZING. First day, I don’t know anybody and I hardly know anything, yet I’m at home in my new major. Awesomesauce. Also, I realized my majors are now (CS)^2. Computer Science & Classical Studies. Eh, eh, eh, how awesome is that?!!! =P
I Feel Full of Win
And I’d like it to stay that way. Especially since I was a dumbass over winter break and forgot to refill my anxiety/depression meds. I guess that’s what the phone was invented for?
So I won’t post the Spitfire post like I originally wanted to. Why? Well, for one, I babble & ramble on and on and on, and other people simply said it better & in more succinct ways that I can. For two, because my inner warlock gets all heated and defensive about why DPS aren’t just meat in the room. While my inner tree & bear know how stressed out they get sometimes, there are times when my warlock is uberstressed to. The point I would have made? All I ask for as a healer/tank/dps is a little respect and friendliness. WoW is an MMO, which means it’s got a great deal of socializing in it. In real life I really don’t care what you give me for my birthday or really if you give anything at all, so long as you’re willing to hang out with me and have some good times. Just as I consider my friends and guildies in WoW to be as good friends as those whose doors I can physically knock on, I expect the same out of WoW. Friends & feel-goodiness are all that matter in the long run, even if specific pieces of loot are “teh shinies and I wants them” for myself.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the new Classifieds on WoW.com–y’know, the column that replaced the drama column Guildwatch? I won’t even scroll down to the comments any more because it’s full of people whining for the nasty drama to come back. Yeah, okay, I did like to read Guildwatch back when it was nasty. Yeah, okay, it’s cathartic to read about other people’s mishaps. But…I find myself feeling more satisfied and definitely happier when I finish reading about the goodness in the Classifieds than I EVER did reading Guildwatch. Especially the Kudos/Random Acts of Uberness section at the bottom. I wish that section were longer. :)
Bit of a double-post day–I wanted to bust out some kudos to an awesome awesome PuG group I had on my belf priest yesterday. Honestly, halfway through it I was thinking about sending in the name of the tank to WoW.com for the Classified column Kudos section. Then I thought about it…y’know what? THE WHOLE GROUP WAS AWESOME. Also, no frickin way I could do it in 50 words or less. So I wrote a post about it. However, I’m on campus at the moment and don’t have the index card with the names I wrote down, so you’ll get that post later this evening.