Okay now everyone's asking about the public restroom thing (really, why am I writing about this again?).
Anyhow, you have a few options (also remember that you can actually keep these things in way longer than normal pads and tampons - I will often go a full 8 hours - and this will usually allow you to just avoid public restrooms).
But, if you have to change one (aka, dump and replace) one in the restroom you have a few options:
-the lazy option: dump, blot w/ some toilet paper, and replace. Probably not the best/most hygienic option, but I've been known to do it.
-smart: go into the restroom, grab a wet paper towel, and wipe it down.
-incredibly on top of things: either carry one of those small packs of disposable wipes (for babies), or they even make wipes specifically for these things that you carry around... the last kind of strikes me as a waste of money, but if you're super paranoid it's the thing to do.
In general, when you want to actually sterilize the thing you just stick it in boiling water for about 5 minutes.
Some people have issues with having to reach up inside to get it... I guess my response to that is to just think about what it is that you're actually touching. There's really nothing gross or bad; it's basically some mucous and some blood - nothing toxic. Personally, I'd rather get some blood on my hands (which I can then easily get off) than bleached cotton stuck inside me. Also, after you've been using one for a little while you'll probably get good enough at usinu it that you can actually avoid getting much of anything on your hands.
...so just in case anyone reading this was not aware, there's this thing called the menstrual cup aka, the non-sucky alternative to tampons and pads. They are made of silicone, and you can even get them in color. There are many brands (Diva cup, Moon cup, Lunette, Lady Cup, etc...).
Every once in awhile I forget that the majority of the female population doesn't know about these things and keeps using either leaky pads or leaky/dry tampons just because they don't know that there's anything better out there. You can go swimming with these! You don't have to worry about leaking after only an hour or two! You can't run out of tampons while traveling! You don't have to deal with lugging tons of disposable sanitary products with you if you go hiking! They last 5-10 years = tons of money you save.
So yeah, go get one of these. Apparently they're also sold at most Whole Foods. Guys, buy one for your girlfriend or something.
They even come in a cute bag. What's not to like?
[I realize that for not writing anything in months, this is really random, but whatever. It's better than thinking about distillation columns.]
I want my grades dammit. Although this is already guaranteed to be my worst semester since I was a freshman... still, I was thankful not to get a C in 10.302.
Spending most of my time playing with my cat and reading Dresden files (I still need to track down book 2. I've read all the books around it). Break is the best thing ever, except for the inevitable boredom and fights with my mother that always happen.
About llamas. Due 7 pm today, still working away on the thing...
(for my Andean archaeology class).
Finally over the cold from last week. Procrastinating. Really don't have time for this...
Hosed. Correctly identified an unknown amino acid after showering it in toxic chemicals. Whoo.
Guess who has mono with two weeks until classes start?
Yup. Not really happy with the world at the moment.
So I'm considering switching to course 10.
This doesn't mean I'm going to do it. It means I'm thinking about it, and will make up my mind within the next two weeks. Or maybe I'll continue on my current track, take some course 10 classes, and go get a master's in course 10. I don't know.
It's also kind of late to be switching. Especially to, you know, the major with the longest prereq chains in the institute.
Any comments? I've been considering course 10 basically since I got to MIT - it's basically been a battle between it and 12.
I should get back to work on my UROP... *sigh*.
I'm covered in bicycle grease and I think I smell.
I've also finally started going on rides again, and it's wonderful.
I went on WebSIS today and got a bit of a surprise...
Apparently I'm minoring in Anthropology!
Or rather, I saw "Minor: 21A, ", wondered 1) when I'd gotten around to declaring a minor, and 2) what the hell 21A was (and proceeded to look it up).
But yeah, fixing that now... Two degrees from this institute is bad enough; I really don't need a minor as well.
Also, apparently my computer was having trouble generating a 10,512 by 16,000 matrix. Sooo we're going to try making some smaller one, running code on them to shrink them, and then combining them. Silly matrices. (For my summer job, right now I'm just learning Matlab and futzing with a ridiculous amount of atmospheric data. Like, the base data set is somewhere in the range of 400 Gigabytes. It is ridiculous.)
Going to the MFA now...
I seem to have this trend of thinking I'm close to failing (or at least getting C's in) all of my classes, and then...
doing fine afterall.
Finally got the last of my grades back today; it figures that, during my most difficult semester so far, when I'm taking six classes (albeit one of them pass/fail), TA-ing another one, manage to finally elevate in APO, and am working at the music library the whole time...
is my best one so far. I got one B. In 8.04. Remember that quantum was the class I was thinking of dropping earlier in semester when I got a 45 on an exam that had an average of 70. And everything else was a mixture of A's and A-'s, which are effectively equivalent at MIT. Plus a "P" for pass.
But really. What the hell.
I'm not complaining; I just feel like this is something that has been happening to me ever since I was in middle school - I think that I'm doing worse in a class than I actually am. Honestly, I think I half do it just to stay motivated or else I really would fail - because I totally have bombed exams, and it's ridiculously easy to do.
Eh, regardless, it's really really nice that the term from hell is over. Six classes is really not a very good idea, even if you do do reasonably well.
Summer: I live in an awesome room in pika now, and will be living there next year as well. Working several jobs, including the fact that I need to become more familiar with working in linux (kchen, you're my hero for teaching me the little I do know) plus Matlab. The Matlab help function is the most amazing thing ever, by the way. Need to write some emails, write a few documents for the radio thing later. Also pick up some Johnny Cash at the music library - keep forgetting to, and being sad when I run into Michael later and realize I forgot because there were ridiculous amounts of shelving to do. Perhaps writing it down will help me remember.
Living at pika is awesome - dinner every night (real food! including awesome vegetarian options!), no loud neighbors or traffic on Mass Ave, and a front yard to play gardener in. (I have a whole pile of seed I still want to plant... but sooo much weeding and raking to do. Sunday's job... and maybe tomorrow afternoon for a little while)
Anyhow - work tomorrow! I should send that email and go to sleep.
Basically: I apparently don't know how to not be too busy. Still, it's kind of fun :-D.
Oh, and a few days ago I put a Mac sticker on my Eee PC. Just to confuse people ;-).
"It is rather pleasing to find, in the midst of all this language of eigenstates and wave functions, that such specific and picturesque concepts as centrifugal force still have their place."
~ my quantum mechanics textbook, in a discussion of the relationship between vibration and rotation of linear molecules.
...yes, French and Taylor have some... interesting phrasing sometimes.
Gahhh finals. (At least I'm done with three of my six classes? Too bad they were the easy ones... Also done with my TA-work this semester, which I actually ended up really enjoying)
Hate this time of year. But! I'll be done with this semester of classes, for better or worse, within a week... hopefully the GPA won't fall too much :-D.
Calvin & Hobbes + xkcd! = awesome.
(I think I have summer UROP! this is also a good thing. plus I'm, errr, not failing quantum anymore. Which means I'm not dropping it, which means I have to do well on the final, but - it works.)
*sigh of relief*
it was 70 degrees out and gorgeous yesterday. The prefrosh are here. I'm very briefly not hosed, and I'm probably UTF-ing next year for Mission 2012, which Lisa is definitely the TA for (= amazing).
Basically, life decided to be (mostly) friendly to me for a few days. I'm enjoying it.
In the past week, I have...
Climbed a 35 year old mountain
Seen the northern lights (most amazing thing ever. You have no idea what it's like to watch waves of light just... ripple, across the entire sky. It's impossible and beautiful and I never really understood it until I saw it tonight).
Smelled way too many dead fish.
Not tooled at all.
Seen my 12.001 textbook come to life.
Been really cold and nearly blown off of my feet.
And run around helping radio kids.
But yeah, Iceland is pretty amazing.
...I can't believe that tomorrow I'm getting on a plane to Iceland.
Yes, this is one of the ways that MIT rocks.
(first I have to wipe 20-odd minidiscs though... *sigh*. My radio students are pretty awesome though; I'm really really excited to see what they end up doing).
Two posts in one day! What is this?
Seriously though, I happened to be talking to Sara Seager briefly yesterday and she mentioned "oh hey, we think we detected methane on this exoplanet; it's going to be published in the papers in the next day or so," and then... I happen to see a link to this: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23708164/
on the front page of livejournal. Just a bit awesome, no?
Okay, so I only have one class which I'm completely screwing up now. This is (almost?) acceptable. Got half a dev above average (aka, much better than I expected) on the 8.044 exam.
...really don't want to end up having to drop 8.04 though.
Finally figured out what was going on with the 12.001 lab earlier today.
But gahhhh 8.04 >_<.
And physics is eating my soul.
Gah, fluid physics pset. Time to fight with vectors...
Watch the video on this page:http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/162
it would be really cool to make things like that.
Otherwise, first day of 8.04 consisted of "here's a bit of 3.091, and, oh yeah, we're using CGS! *everyone cheers*" Expected to rapidly become very difficult, but the first pset (due Friday, of course) is incredibly easy... on the order of "estimate to an order of magnitude how many atoms are in a pinhead. and a human. and the earth." I approximated a human as a cylinder... wonder if I could have gotten away with a sphere.
Somewhat annoyed at a professor - I will maybe rant about this more later. Basically a case of someone doing the marginally ethical not-telling-a-lie, but not-telling-all-involved-parties-all-relevant-facts. Result: I'm working with him to help run a class this semester instead of someone else, which I think is what he wanted. BUT, I told him several times that I was going to be quite hosed this semester, and no, really, if he could find someone else he should take them... turns out there was a friend of mine who was interested, but he kind of pushed her off to the side until he got me to agree to it. Where I only agreed because he seemed pretty desperate and assumed
nobody else was interested. Gah. Did he think we wouldn't figure this out, or did this just not occur to him? I'm unclear about how to bring this up without either being rude, or sounding like an idiot. Anyway, annoyed and a bit frustrated about this.
Soon, we will resurrect the Order of the Lepton.
In other words, term's starting and the physics study group will start working together again.
(other news... I'm heading into to NYC tomorrow with some BC friends; hopefully will catch cheap opera & broadway, maybe dinner in Little Italy. Nom nom nom. And went skiing in northern NH today, which was fun despite rather icy conditions and then visibility dropping to nothing due to a snow storm.)
Wisdom from my senior year of high school:
"Evolution is crazy stuff... These little froglike creatures and squidlike creatures are all related, but the swimming ones and the walking ones all get claws at the same time. Let this be evidence against intelligent design: if we were intelligently designed, then whoever did it got drunk a few times in the process."
This was also back when physics class mostly consisted of drawing picture of partridges experiencing simple harmonic motion while suspended from a spring attached to a pear tree. What happens if you drive the pears?
There is no pear on the pear tree; it's winter.