Another Hectic Monday

I was late by a *multiple of three* minutes today, copying notes from slides for a quite extensive exam. I am so tired. Coupling a Chemistry Exam with with a NASC3 (Physics in Everyday Life) exam isn’t so hard; it’s actually quite manageable. But couple that with a NASC 8 (Practical Botany) exam the day after the first two exams then a PI 10 (Rizal and Life) paper due on the day after that and you’ve got yourself a haggard Kit who would rather sleep in or snog a rather Schrodinger cat-ish boyfriend.

I didn’t even go home this weekend! Granted the non existence of travel time and the distractions of baking (I supposedly bake every week I just don’t have the time to actually post it here) had been very productive. It was met with approximately 4 hours of sleeping in the day and not sleeping at all at night.

I have to say, I kind of missed this. I love studying. I really do. It really is just that one gets burned out sometime when there’s so much to do and so little time to do it with. I’ve been functioning on one full night’s sleep for an approximate of three days. I only expect the number of days to add up and the hours of sleep to keep at a constant.

I am quite envious of those people who can function great on three hours of rest per day. I had a teacher like that once back in high school. He was one of my favourite teachers and was incredibly smart to the point that, even though he was colorblind he knew and could still teach us how to react reagents with which others in order to find what the chemical compound was made of.

With every culmination of the weekend there exists a Monday. I am ever so grateful to U.P. and it’s decision to make Monday a research day (we are after all a research university) and thus mostly have minimal if none at all classes on the day most loathed by students and workers alike.

With the Monday comes my one and only class of that day, IT1.

Today we relearned the Binary Arithmetic and the different representations of binary code. These representations are the following: Fixed Point, Magnitude, Signed-magnitude, and Signed-complement; the last being the one used for Binary Addition and Subtraction. Quite confusing as this includes two ways of showing and adding negatives: The 1’s and 2’s complement.

To get the 1’s complement:

1.) 10001001

the left most digit is a 1 and therefore negatively signed.

the rest of the binary digits, 0001001, is equal to 9 in decimal form.

to make it’s 1’s complement, simply exchange 1’s with 0’s and 0’s with 1’s (excluding the leftmost digit) and thus making it so: 11110110.

To get the 2’s complement

1.) 10001001

get it’s 1’s complement

11110110

add 1

11110110
+
1

_________

11110111

and thus that is it’s two’s complement.

Now to add or subtract them you may use either 1’s or 2’s complement. Though me being me I favor the simpler one and just do everything in 1’s complement

only complement the numbers which are negative or those that you are subtracting.

for the 1’s complement add the end carry (the extra digit at the left most; the ninth digit counting from the right) to the sum

for the 2’s complement discard it.

I am much too tired to redo the exercises in the handout, but rest assured I understood them perfectly. I will study 2’s complement more though at a time where I have more sleep and less scary exams to think about.

See you next monday! -with love and a really frazzled mind from Kit D.

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Last Monday Night

It is miracle that I woke up just in time to brush my teeth and run to IT 1. Sleeping in the afternoon of a Monday is a luxury few can afford. I savour each and every second of it in an attempt to shove it up peoples faces as they go and have more productive and fulfilling lives than I do. They can all feck off.

Happily reaching the doors of PC LAB 2, I come across the dilemma of ICS’ perpetually locked doors. It makes me feel a lot of the times back in Highschool when I was barely late and I couldn’t enter the class anymore because the teacher had locked the doors. Every time in ICS I am gripped with that fear. That fear of being locked out of a class so completely and utterly you can’t even sneak a peak of the lecture through the window, let alone take notes. Happily a classmate opened a door for me just as Ma’am Drio (hiiiiii) was about to enter as well.

That Monday (last Monday) we learned how to convert one number system to another. The number systems taught us were decimal (usual stuff), binary (all ones and twos yesss), octal (eights wooo), and hexadecimal (aww yes two eights together this is legit.) These number systems are used to store numerical data or addresses of data. The bigger the number, the bigger it is to write in binary and so it is converted into other number systems like octal and hexadecimal.

Finishing the handout ahead of time, I kept practising them. It was an old favourite of mine to do and re doing the exercises reminded me of that time.

We had a game with some very odd plot twists. It was way fun. Conversions in 2 minutes or less helped me inflate my ego. We didn’t win though, but a score of 23 is okay <3.

Afterwards I learned binary addition. I got kinda confused about them, and I think I'll ask about them again. I confess that in the exam I converted the binary numbers to decimal, added them, then reconverted to binary. I got an 88 percent in the exam by the way. 😀 be proud of me.

And so ends another eventful shift. I'll be back tomorrow for some more IT1 fun. 😀

A Sunday Morning

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I woke up at 6 am today; something amazingly uncharacteristic of me. The weather presents it’s early morning shower, the best weather for just curling up beside a loved one and maybe reading a book. It’s quite cool but not too cold for me to shiver: a comfortable 28 degrees Celsius. The morning light filtered through the clouds is relaxing and I kind of really want to sleep again.

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Lying down on the kitchen counter with one of our two Shih-tzus (Peachy) I wonder what I’m going to do today. Life as a student is getting harder by the week, and I am torn between baking and studying for the next exam. I also miss crocheting immensely.

The light is getting brighter; I’m not a fan of bright lights. Hope to post more coherently later. I am obviously still groggy. Goodbye!

IT 1 Laboratory Awww yiss.

Today is the the eighth of September, in the year 2013, and for the first time in an IT 1 Lab class,  I am surprisingly not late. The weather swears vengeance on me for a plight I did not commit and is switching from agonizing me with the Sahara desert, the marshy wetlands of the bayou, or the freezing temperatures of PC Lab 2. Though I admit the last one wasn’t the weather’s fault. My head has been hurting unceasingly since the day before. The best I could muster today is a slight thrumming at the back of my head and my eyes feeling as hot as if they were coals rather than gooey eyeballs. Nonetheless I am here, like the good student I strive to be, doing my utmost best trying to be the best and failing miserably.

As such, today as soon as we were all sat down, we were asked to stand and open up what I then knew as a CPU. I know better now and understand that it is thus rightly called a system unit. I am beleaguered by the thought that I have been fooled by my teachers from elementary till high school. There, I learned to disassemble a few more things, unscrewing the casing and plucking the heat sink (which till today I knew as the fan,) seeing the actual CPU (what a cute little chip it is,) finding out that the huge board thing is the motherboard (who could have possibly guessed?,) and generally having a swell time seeing many of the inside parts of the unit. 

I guess the thing that struck me the most are the ports (PCIs) with which you could add to the motherboard. The thought itself as exciting and with the AGP for the Graphics Card. One of my frustrations in life is not being able to play any games on my laptop (an old HP trundled down from my mother in her Master’s days.) I can’t even play Minecraft!! Do you understand the hopelessness of the feeling that your computer can’t even process a pixelated game? (well to be honest the graphics, or what ever graphics there are in minecraft, are pretty good) It’s a godawful thought and I am thinking if it is actually possible to change the graphics card. Otherwise I’ll live for another 5 years or so. It’s a sturdy laptop and I’ve honestly grown attached to it.

Afterwards, we were given a LaptopCatalog with which to choose a Laptop given their specifications. I admit, mostly the only thing I looked for was how good the graphics card is and if it can play Skyrim: Elder Scrolls. I did my best to look at the other specs as well, but the video card was paramount.

My head is spinning and I think I should go home and rest. Today was great fun, and I honestly want to go and learn how to build myself a desktop. Though where I’ll get the money and where I’ll put the desktop when it’s finished still remains a mystery for me. 

 

IT 1: Stuff I learned today

I was late for class today.

And yes, it is definitely my fault. 

No alien came from the sky and abducted me. There were no accidents on the expressway going here. There were no cows blocking the road because they can. I was and am just sick; literally, physically sick. So I lay in bed and slept the whole afternoon and woke up at exactly four o’clock, by which I jumped out of bed and almost literally ran to the computer room.

It was pretty good that my fever had subsided by then and I didn’t shiver my way to the front of the room where one of the few unoccupied seats were. I intently listened to the lecture and opened the site written on the whiteboard. I opened the handout and read through it and soon enough my CLI was open and I was testing the commands out. I love doing this. 

I hate to say it but yes, I went ahead of the teacher a bit. Tiny, tiny bit. I was too excited. I missed doing this and the bare to the bones setup of a CLI somehow excites me. I remember programming and setuping networks with CLI and other things back in HS and I really really really miss it. 

Commands learned: (Copy pasted from handout) 

C. CLI Commands

1. pwd – print working directory

– displays the full, absolute path of the current, or working directory

2. ls – lists the contents of a folder

3. cd – change the current location

– cd <path>

– cd ~ (shortcut to home)

– cd .. (move one directory up)

– cd – (return to your previous location)

4. mkdir – create a directory

– mkdir <directory name>

5. touch – create an empty file

– touch <file name>

6. rm – remove files

– rm <file name>

7. rmdir – remove directories

– rmdir <directory name> (deleting an empty directory)

– rm -Rf <directory name> (deleting a non-empty directory)

8. cp – copy files

– copies become independent of the original one

– can be overwritten

– cp <file name> <new file name>

9. mv – rename and move files

– if the target file is located in the same folder as the source file, it

can only be renamed; otherwise, the source file is moved

– mv <source> <target>

10. cat – displays the contents of text files on a screen

– cat <file name>

 

That should let me remember them for a good while. I loved trying them out.

And then I made this wordpress account.

All in all, quite fun for a class 🙂 yaaay.

Goodness gracious sakes, another wordpress blog

Now I understand that a lot of us have seen and read numerous wordpress blogs and are unexcited (the opposite of excited; honestly meaning pissed) that, as such, another one has appeared to document the life of yet another teenage girl.

And yes, I am as unexcited as the rest of you. But be assured, fellow men, that you are not so much required to read this thing as I am required to make it; and I AM required to make it for a subject in college named IT1 (aptly named Information Technology 1 as it teaches you all the basic things there is to know about computers in the hopes that you will not forget them within the next year or so.) As this is a requirement, I will by all means do my best to make is as enlivening and entertaining for my teacher (who will be following the posts here till the end of the semester, and after that she will chuck the bookmark of this blog and forever forget that such a thing exists) and for everyone else who would struggle to read about my inane and amazingly boring life.

As I am stupendously bored, I will attempt to organise what I will put in this thing.

  • Short stories of my life
  • Funny stories I heard from others
  • Jokes
  • Drawings
  • Stuff I need to post for IT1
  • Reflections that may or may not be deep
  • Projects! (gardening, crochet, floor plans, etc.)
  • Pictures 
  • Videos

I think that’s basically it.

 

Oh and I’m supposed to write about IT today!! (Every Monday ya’ll) But that will be on a separate post yesss.

Have fun with life. Don’t die. Live well. Use protection. Yes.