Skip to main content

Oh hell...

I just came home from a pathetic excuse for an exam. I didn't study, and I will deserve whatever grade I get for the exam. The exam doesn't even encourage you to answer the questions... Why? Because it's an all or nothing exam. See, if you don't answer it correctly, there goes the item. And it's an exam on computation. Computation, not analysis or identification, or true or false. It's an all or nothing exam on computation.

Who the hell makes an exam like that? For a numerical analysis/scientific computing class, it's just unacceptable. It could be, if you really know what you're teaching and that you really teach -- and teach well enough that students actually understand what you're teaching. I could have imagined an all-or nothing take home exam, but one in two hours involving just you, your pen, your calculator, your 2 blue books, a proctor with sore eyes, and 5 questions involving computations -- down right stupid. I wouldn't wonder why people flunk the course so much. I wouldn't wonder why I flunked the course in the first place -- I learned more from reading the book than actually listening to the guy.

But in fairness to him, he knows what he's talking about (sometimes). He also knows that he makes mistakes. He also has the balls to admit it in class. That should count for something. But an irritatingly unreasonable setup for an exam is inexcusable. Pasalamat sya hindi ko sya inevaluate.

I should chill...

Comments

  1. Who the hell makes an exam like that?

    apparently, HE does. hehehe.

    let it go...

    ReplyDelete
  2. If I were a teacher, and I were gay, and I broke up with my boyfriend, I would, in my darkest mood, try something like that.

    Not that I'm any of those things... And not to imply anything at all.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh My God, you're so right on the button Cel... I didn't think og that... Now I'm starting to *hypothetically* pity the gay teacher who lost his lover you just described.

    hehehehehehehehehehehehe! :D

    ReplyDelete
  4. it's called computation. some questions on bs chem are all about computation. very little brainwork; just pure computation.

    pasalamat ka. may isang teacher dati sa humanities, kung magbigay ng removal (read: REMOVAL, as in, da saving tres or da killer singko), gagawa siya five minutes before the time, then he'll tell us would-be flunkees "Okay, discuss all the elements of theater that we have talked about this sem in relation to the play 'Miss Julie', and how you could incorporate these elements. You have one hour." BA-DUM-CHA!!!!

    masarap po maging estudyante ng isang science course at isang arts course. malay mo, ganyan talaga bs comp sci. science siya, pero alam naman nating lahat na elegant programming is an art. it's an art! parang... "the art of cooking" ... o kaya ... "martial arts" ... BA-DUM-CHA!!!!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Writing Again

It's 2019 and I just realised that I've not written on this blog for a long while. I feel a little bad about this so I'm picking it back up again. More importantly, I've limited my social media to just Twitter (I've deleted all my Facebook-related accounts) and will be writing more on the blog instead of engaging in other social media sites. If you want to reach me directly, you can also reach me through my keybase.io account for encrypted communication. If you have my phone number, you can also contact me through Signal. Quite a number of things have happened in the past few years and here's a quick update on things that I can share:

I've been working on XRay, a function call tracing system now part of the LLVM project. This took a good two and some years of my time at Google.Most recently I've moved to the Chrome Operations Team still here in Google Sydney. I can't give specifics yet of what I'll be working on, so stay tuned.There've been c…

A Passion Project

I was so moved today by the prospect of a passion project that I took some time on a Friday night to get it done. Let me present the #RedJeans project over at redjeans.org. I've found myself wanting to work on a project that came purely from the heart and one that was very dear to me, something that is personal, and connects with a larger community of people in the world.
The idea for redjeans.org came to me as a hint when I was writing up my reflection for 2018. I realised that I didn't spend quite as much time identifying with and working with a community. I did a bit of soul-searching and found that one of the activities I really enjoyed and cherished in years past is donating blood -- and I keep wondering why not more people do it. It was an idle thought but then a conversation with someone where I described why I wrote down "donate blood more often" in 2019 became an idea where instead of just me doing it, how about if I get my friends to do it too?

I left it a…

Appreciating Rizal...

Nope, this is not an academic post. More of a reflective and wrote-because-i-was-enlightened type post. Anyway, I just passed a paper on Rizal's notion of a nation according to Quibuyen (a local writer who devoted a book -- A Nation Aborted -- on his treatise on Rizal). Chapter 6 was an interesting read, and a definite eye opener. Rizal all of a sudden became interesting, especially to someone like me who could care less.

It seems that most of what Rizal aims for and wrote about is still evident in today's Philippines as I see it. I wonder why I didn't get to appreciate Rizal and his work when I was still in high school -- might be the fault of the high school and the curriculum, or might be because I was still considerably immature then. I wasn't able to understand most of Rizal's writings though even if I got to reading them basically because they translated from Spanish to Filipino/Tagalog. I don't have problems with Tagalog, until you put it in writing. I p…