I have been involved with environmental groups and committees on campus at Cornell for a while now. There’s been some friction recently between various factions, and the net result has been to decrease my interest in the matters. I’m still a staunch environmentalist, but I’m just not so interested in working with the groups that I have been working with. Combined with my recent decision to decrease my extra-curricular activities, it seems time to let it all go. The spate of emails I received in political arguing today simply cemented my resolve to bow out. Furthermore, this afternoon I informed the Lights Off Cornell! executive committee that I’ll be easing my way out of this project as well. It felt good to make these decisions, so that I can focus on my work. It’s time to get serious.
This evening, I had dinner with my friend. It had been almost exactly a month since we’d sat down together and just talked, and we both had stuff to confide in each other. It helped to lift a load that I had been carrying, and it was a lovely evening to boot. So, thankyou. You know who you are
Tomorrow, classes start in earnest. I’m taking two courses this semester, essentially. There’s an undergraduate course in the use of Mathematica in physics; given that I have only a basic proficiency in Maple and almost no working knowledge of Mathematica, I figure that it should be kind of fun. There’s an associate professor who is also sitting in on the course, so I figure we can have fun sitting up the back making snide remarks. I’m also sitting in on the graduate level general relativity course that my advisor is teaching. I should know the material well, so I think a refresher is a good idea. It’s easy to forget stuff when you don’t use it all the time. He’s also planning on doing different specialised topics this year, so I should learn some new stuff too. Finally, I’m a half-time grader for the course (along with another student in my group), so I really won’t have any excuse