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By gzt (Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 11:14:00 AM EST) gzt, winner, chess, hobbit, numerical analysis, phd, grad student, notre dame (all tags)
Heard back from Notre Dame's program, got in, have the first year off from teaching duties, decent support package. Though, frankly, the more I looked at the program during the applications, the more "only okay" it seemed. I'll see if it looks better on the visit, because it still looks like a good program. However, it's small and it's relatively new.

Still waiting to hear from my top choices. Of the ones I could reasonably get into, OSU ranks above it.

But this means I'm definitely leaving my jorb and going to grad school in the fall. The other place left it uncertain because they haven't come through with a funding offer yet. Of course, I would get in somewhere.

There are two possible difficulties here: I suck at ODEs and PDEs and have little interest in that sort of thing and I'm not a terribly good programmer (I do want to get better, of course!). That cuts out several of the paths available there. I'm also not, at the moment, interested in anything even remotely involved with mathematical biology or biostatistics. But, hey, this means the numerical analysis class I'm taking right now could be extremely useful (instead of merely rather useful).

I'd do a happy dance if I weren't in a rush to get a bunch of crap done at work.

One of the plusses is that it's pretty close to here and we have a lot of friends and such here that the wifing unit would want to visit. There's even a relatively cheap train ($11) that runs between here and there.

I'm rereading The Hobbit. I had forgotten how much more of a children's book it is than LoTR. It has a very avuncular tone. It was the first real adult book I read in first grade and I definitely understand now why I had a much easier time going through it than LoTR. That took forever and I hardly understood what I was doing.

I left my wallet at home. Looks like I'm ordering lunch online somewhere. But where?! Where?!?

Anyway, this means I'm a winner. Except in chess, I lost a rather embarrassing game last night. And in benching, it didn't work well last night. I didn't eat enough, I don't think.

Apparently there's a local 70's Big group and they made shirts and compete in meets and everything. Sweet.

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Congrats on the admit by lm (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 12:30:50 PM EST
ND was one of the schools that rejected me.

They are a very good school but their reputation generally sits well above their actually quality in most areas.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
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They have a good math dept by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 12:50:14 PM EST
But this department is new and sprung off of the math dept, so they don't really have a ranking yet. I think they have decent funding and are trying to recruit aggressively to build up the department.

Actually, scratch that, I just looked and saw their math dept is lower ranked than I remembered.

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congratulations! by TPD (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 01:01:43 PM EST
Chess.... I am sure your "embarrassing game" was anything but when you look back at it.

I'm still on a bit of a learn chess (as in learn more than how horsey and the rest of the pieces move, which was pretty much the extent of my knowledge previously), but can happily to report I managed to win my first online game, (in fact my first game against a human over the age of 11 in approximately a decade)!

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
No, it was truly embarrassing. by gzt (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 01:13:40 PM EST
Good for you re: winning.

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess is a very good book, by the way, for both kids and adults.

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Thanks by TPD (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 04:37:19 AM EST
will check the book out! Any software you would recommend? 

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
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for kids... by gzt (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:32:58 AM EST
...i've heard good things about the "fritz and chesster" series. for people in general, i really like the lessons for beginners that come with chessmaster, and i think it's available for download for like $20.

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\o/ by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 01:43:00 PM EST
congratulations, sir.

Congratulations on the admit. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 01:47:48 PM EST
Staying in the area sounds as if it'd be a good thing for your wife, but I'm sure the university environment would be a pretty good place for her to be no matter what.

Congrats! by LoppEar (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 02:50:55 PM EST
SB is a small town but the river's pretty, and the convenience of the train back here would be nice for keeping ties. (I lived there for one year as a kid, awesome at the time and great lake effect snow opportunities!)

Same recollection of The Hobbit, loved it and then was really confused by the "next" books in the series, took me several years to come back and be able to enjoy them.

Congrats by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 08:12:32 AM EST

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