Creative Writing

Since it’s the new year, it’s allegedly a new me, and starting this semester, I’ll have the opportunity to take a few English classes. I’m starting with Intro to Fiction writing, and I’m thinking of publishing a few of the things that I write in that class on here. Although a lot of the coursework is going to be composed writing exercises that don’t have, y’know, plots or character development, I do know that I’ll be writing a couple short stories at some point this semester.

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Finally (heh) Over

I’m done. I’m finally done with finals. It’s been a heck of a semester. My classes were… well, meh, for the most part. Computer Engineering was a challenge, as was Computer Science. I didn’t do as well as I would like in Linear Algebra (retrospectively, I could have, but I slacked off a little too much at the beginning of the semester). UNIX was a joke, as everyone told me.

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Please Stop Using Weighted Grades

This is just me screaming into the void. You can totally choose to ignore this if you want.

Please stop using them. Your students will thank you. Since I’ve entered college, this has been something of a pet peeve of mine. I understand why teachers do it; it’s a very useful tool for structuring how much a particular group of homework, quizzes, or tests affects grades. It’s really very predictable when you calculate grades at the end of the semester. But when you’re checking grades over the course of the year, weighted grades can be very frustrating for a student, because new grades added to a weighted average system can’t affect grades across assignment groups.

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Switching to Hugo

I’ve been using Jekyll to host this website since I’ve started it. I originally started using it because it’s what Github Pages provided, but since I wanted to use a custom theme, I had to use several hacks to publish a compiled version of my site to the master branch. I’ve finally switched to Hugo, since I figured that if I was going to have to roll my own publication tools, I might as well use a site generator that fit with my mental model.

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Internship Post-Mortem

On Friday I finished my internship at CBOE. Quite honestly I’m going to miss working there; I learned a lot, both from my coworkers and from the codebase. In this post I’m going to go over what I liked (and disliked) about my summer internship. The Known Unknowns Going into this internship, I knew that I would have to learn how to properly develop software with others. Most of my prior experience involved me writing a program to solve a problem or complete an assignment.

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