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By gzt (Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 10:42:34 PM EST) gzt, toodles, enough for tonight, chess, desprez, gre, cheap wine, cheap win, gilbert, sullivan (all tags)
from both Walgreens (right by my house) and CVS (right by my office), and at both it's on sale for 2.99 right now.

May stock up? A friend of mine observed that the truly important thing for wine is that it not be bad. This is truth. I mean, yeah, it's much better to be good, but not being bad is sufficient much of the time.

I took the GRE today. It was rough. I got a 170 verbal and a 168 quantitative, I'll know later how I did on the writing portion - they have to grade that by hand or something. I don't know or understand the new grading system. It's easier to understand out of 800, you know? I'm surprised I did so well on the verbal section. On the old GRE which I took more than 5 years ago, I had a higher score on the quantitative than the verbal, though, embarrassingly, I didn't ace it that time, either. I got like a 780. This happened on the ACT as well back in high school. I had a higher score on the English or whatever section on it than the math, but overall it worked out, like a 35 or something.  The SAT was in the proper order with aces and everything.

I'm out of books to read on the train. I grabbed a random Aubrey/Maturin. I'd prefer to read a chess book, I miss rocking out the chesses, but I just can't play over a game on the commute these days.

I've been listening to a lot of Gilbert and Sullivan lately. Mikado, Penzance, and Pinafore. It's corrosive.

Anyway, having obtained okay scores on the GRE, I think I'll go ahead and rather seriously consider sending off apps to the graduate schools and make sure to chase recommendations starting maybe tomorrow or something. Will send notes to current "adviser", the adviser at my undergrad school who might actually know something - both of those just to get advices and thoughts on the matter - and the one undergrad prof who might remember me and has a low Erdos number (even a bad "did well in class" recommendation might go far there). And then of course a couple random people I took courses with or something at this crappy school I've been taking courses at.

Had a test yesterday in that data mining class. There were, just as the prof indicated, four relatively easy questions and annoying long one, basically doing the RIPPER algorithm by hand. Mehhhhh. Algorithms by hand always kind of blow.

I like my wife.

I'm behind in that machine learning Stanford class. Having no free time at all that one week sort of ate into that. And then this week I was busy studying for that test or something in my sparse free time. I'll try to catch up this weekend or something, but my only "obligation" is watching lectures and doing the quizzes, not the programming assignments (though I'm trying to do those, too), so I'm not behind what I signed up for.

The wifing unit is almost done with season 5 of Doctor Who (1st Matt Smith season). She likes it.

All right, won't need to rent a car for Thanksgiving. Esp. good as medical bills can apparently be big?

Listening to Desprez's Pange Lingua. Dude.

People across the hall are moving out. Drat, they were, like, totally adult. The people below them seem like stoner douchebags, the people above us play music late at night occasionally. Can't complain about the people below us, though they seem "frat boy"-ish, but not in a bad way. Above and across, don't know anything about them. That's a good thing.

There's not much wrong with being a stoner, it's the stoner douchebag thing that gets old.

That's enough for tonight. Toodles.

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i hear statistics departments are deadly dull. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 12:00:35 AM EST
my recommendation to you, if you decide to go back, is to get into as a good a place as you realistically can given your recommendation situation and so forth, go for a year, decide whether you like it, and all the while work on finding your way up the ladder -- try to figure out some of the politics of the field, who're the big shots in your department, etc. no reason you can't transfer after a master's (if you want, i mean).

of course. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 07:55:36 AM EST
or go back to the workforce after the masters.

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I'm very pleased by garlic (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 12:22:15 PM EST
with how personalized the ai class seems, even though there's 10s of thousands taking it. I got an email this week from them that had to be a form letter, encouraging me to keep up the good work that was still very satisfying even though I know it has to be a form letter. Watching the lecturers write out their notes on paper makes it feel like I'm sitting with them in office hours, looking over their shoulder to learn what's going on. I'm also very pleased to be taught well by two giants in the AI field. The whole thing is pretty awesome.

I feel the same about the ML class. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 01:24:01 PM EST
I don't know if he's a giant in ML (prehaps he is), but he's definitely a high quality lecturer. I'm glad to hear that about the AI class as well. I wonder what they're offering next semester...

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i was about to post "condolences" by nathan (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 05:27:41 PM EST
But 170/168 is actually a friggin' intense score, according to authority. So weird how the new scoring works, especially b/c those new GRE scores look low to LSAT-habituated people.

I recommend stocking up on cheap, drinkable wine. How can this ever be a bad idea?

Here's some music you might like: Nuper rosarum flores; Rose, liz, printemps, verdure.

FWIW, I wrote one of my GMAT essays on Kant's "Perpetual Peace," and they gave me a 6, so I think you'll be fine on that front. Unless they graded mine on the b-school curve?

I'm never quite sure what to do with those essays by gzt (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 05:38:40 PM EST
So mine always come off lame. Nobody cares about the essay score, though.

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lame is good by nathan (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 05:45:16 PM EST
The computer grader doesn't care about anything beyond coherence, readability, grammar, and organization. The content itself can be anodyne, or even absurd.

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No one? by lm (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 10:01:51 PM EST
Maybe not for mathemeticians.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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