Report Card

Got my report card today.

Wanna see it?

It’s below the fold.

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He terminado con el semestre.

El Pais, by stttijn @ Flickr

El Pais, by stttijn @ Flickr

Hago mi examen final en español hoy. Mi profesora envia nuestros resultados ya.

Tengo cien en el examen final y en la clase español. Estoy muy contento con este resultado.


De donde es el arte:

Esta foto se llama El Pais, de stttijn. (Gracias Javier)

Crunch Time

It’s finals week. Just so y’know.

Biology final tomorrow morning.

Final test in Biology lab tomorrow afternoon.

PreCalc final tomorrow night.

Final paper in English due Wednesday morning.

Spanish final Thursday morning.

P.S. The new WP dashboard sucks worse than the last one did when they first released that one. Just about the time it became usable and almost likable, they of course destroyed it for this horrid piece of crap.


Aprendemos los Verbos Regulars y las Conjugacións

Hoy en la clase español, aprendemos los verbos regulars y las conjuagcións.

Los Verbos Regulars
ayudar to help
bailar to dance
besar to kiss
buscar to look for
caminar to walk
comprar to buy
conversar to converse
enseñar to teach
escuchar to listen
estudiar to study
hablar to speak
llegar to arrive
mirar to look at
nadar to swim
necesitar to need
preparar to prepare
regresar to return
tomar to take; to drink
trabajar to work
viajar to travel
aprender to learn
beber to drink
comer to eat
creer to believe
leer to read
vender to sell
comprender to understand
abrir to open
asistir to attend
decidir to decide
escribir to write
recibir to receive
vivir to live
Las Conjugacións
yo -o
él/ella/usted -a
nosotros -amos
ellos/ellas/ustedes -an
yo -o
él/ella/usted -e
nosotros -emos
ellos/ellas/ustedes -en
yo -o
él/ella/usted -e
nosotros -imos
ellos/ellas/ustedes -en

¿Cómo está usted?

Y tu, ¿por que le aguantas? by Ferran @ Flickr

Y tu, ¿por que le aguantas? by Ferran @ Flickr

Hoy tenemos un examen en la clase española.

I think I did pretty well, and it seemed fairly easy. Mi problema grande was that half way through el examen, my mechanical lápiz came down to the very last of the lead in it. I had another in my mochila, but I didn’t want to look like I might be cheating, so I eeked it out to the end, writing very very very softly. I stretched it to the limit, and the lead finally gave out right as I wrote the final letter of the final word on el examen.

It was kind of like Chanukah. 🙂

After the exam, I was headed for the car thinking about el examen still, when I couldn’t remember if I’d written ¿Cómo se llamo? o ¿Cómo te llamas? (the former being incorrect, but a stubborn habit I seem to be unable to kick).

There was an extra credit problema, though, and it seemed easy enough, so if I messed up on the one pregunta, I should make up for it with the extra credit.

I’m behind on posting my Bio 111 notes, I know, but I’m working on precalc (preguntas mañana noches), and I have another English essay to write before next miércoles.

From whence came the art:

That image is titled Y tu, ¿por que le aguantas? by Ferran, and is licensed by the artist under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 license.

Progress Report

studious by preciouskhyatt

studious, by preciouskhyatt @ Flickr

Just an overall update on how I’m doing thus far.

I got my first two labs and a quiz back in Precalc Wednesday night. All  100s.

I got my Spanish quiz from Tuesday back on Thursday morning. The instructor didn’t hang us for spelling (being our very first quiz and all), and I only missed a few points. I got the extra credit question, which made up for it, and wound up with a 100.

This morning, I got my Biology quiz back, and Doc didn’t crucify us for not labeling the screwy molecules (apparently I’m not the only one who didn’t RTFB). So, after all was said and done, I managed 11 out of 12 possible points.

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Spanish Characters

Just need to keep these handy, so I don’t have to keep looking them up on the web. Feel free to ignore.

Alt Codes for typing Spanish characters:

Á ALT+0193
É ALT+0201
Í ALT+0205
Ó ALT+0211
Ú ALT+0218
Ñ ALT+0209
Ü ALT+0220

á ALT+0225
é ALT+0233
í ALT+0237
ó ALT+0243
ú ALT+0250
ñ ALT+0241
ü ALT+0252

¿ ALT+0191
¡ ALT+0161
« ALT+0171 (Left Angle Quote)
» ALT+0187 (Right Angle Quote)

So, Almost Done Week One

Narnia Entry in Spring by Fort Photo @ Flickr

Narnia Entry in Spring by Fort Photo @ Flickr

College has been tough on my broken body this first week.  If you’ve been following my twitter page, you know that I’ve got a bunch of homework from my Pre-calc algebra class (my night class).  Little bit of Spanish, little bit of English, no Biology homework yet.

I’m enjoying my classes, all of them, but most especially my Biology class.  The prof is great, and the subject of course is the reason I’m there, so it’s inherently interesting to me.  He’s spending a great deal of time and effort on the Scientific Method, which rocks.  You simply can’t do Science without it.

By request of Steve Story, Moderator Emeritus at AtBC, I’m sort of pseudoblogging my Bio class at After the Bar Closes.  Please feel free to read and/or contribute there.  It’s a great place, full of Scientists, Science educators, and people just interested in Science.  Mostly, its raison d’etre is for mocking creationism and the dishonest purveyors of the Intelligent Design Creationism Hoax, so although you’ll find some heavy duty science there in places, you’ll also find a lot of mockery that might be described as “puerile”.  It’s sort of to be expected, given the target.

For English class, I have a great guy for a teacher.  Very gregarious, very boisterous, and not afraid to be fun and/or cheesy.  I like that in a teacher, as well.

I have a very young lady for PreCalc Algebra.  She nice, and she’s friendly, but seems just a little nervous or timid or something, like she could really use a drink before class.  Is is appropriate for a student to suggest such a thing?  If so, how would one go about that without implying that she have a drink with me?  My wife would probably be a little sour on such an idea, so I definitely don’t want to give that impression.  I kinda like sleeping indoors, I’ve grown accustomed to it, and would rather not find myself on the porch.

My Spanish class is a bit livelier – sometimes.  The teacher does a lot to get everyone involved and keep it light, but in a class made up of kids, well, sometimes they’re just introverted.  It’s been interesting to see the collective mood swing back and forth within each class period.

Anyway, I’ll try  to blog a little more often about my classes, but right now I have a ton of homework and my first quiz (precalc) is Monday.

From whence came the art:

That image is titled Narnia Entry in Spring by Fort Photo, and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 license.

Text Book List

The School of Athens by RaphaelI’ve begun my search for textbooks, though it’ll be a bit before I’m ready to buy them.  I’ve included the Amazon price and a link so that if you happen to see them in your travels on the cheap, or if you have a used copy (of the ones I can use used) that you’d be willing to part with for not too much money, you can let me know in the comments.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Biology 111 – Biology I – Biology 8th ed. by Campbell – $163 New, none used, 137.75 New @ Amazon, $118 Used @ Amazon

English 111 – Expository Writing – I think this is the text: Successful College Writing 3e Brief & i-cite (Paperback), by McWhorter – $70 New, $52.50 Used, $63.75 New @ Amazon

Math 171 – Precalculus Algebra- Precalculus: Enhanced with Graphing Utilities (5th Edition), Sullivan – $147 New, $109 Used, $119.46 New @ Amazon, $95.75 Used @ Amazon

Spanish 111 – Elementary Spanish I – Arriba: Comunicacion y cultura Student Edition (5th Edition), Diccionario español/inglés – inglés/español: The Oxford New Spanish (Paperback), and a CD, as a package, $156 New, no used allowed, $102.66 + $5.99 separately @ Amazon

From whence came the art:

That image is of The School of Athens by Raphael, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Public domain The work of art depicted in this image and the reproduction thereof are in the public domain worldwide. The reproduction is part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project. The compilation copyright is held by Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.