Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Utility Function

This morning, as I was painfully waking up, a voice in my head said, "Look at today. Now look at yesterday. Now back at today. Now back at yesterday. Sadly, today is not like yesterday, but it could be if you go to bed earlier."

Then another voice rang out, "NO!" The no was followed by a complaint about how hard it is to go to bed at 8:30 when you don't get back from institute until closer to 9. Everyday seems to consist of some reason to stay up late.

Once upon a time there was girl named Rie. There were only two things that made her happy: sleep and church/social activities. Her utility function looked like U=S99/100 + A1/100 where S is sleep and A is church/social activities. To optimize her utility she should only do activities on occasion and sleep all day long. The end.

(Author's note: This post was handwritten early this morning before 6. I always seem to be a bit more bitter about life before 6. The post would have been posted earlier but my computer told me it wouldn't work until I suffered a bit).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Freedom of the Press

I want to draw your attention to this article here.

The squeaky wheel gets the oil. I'm glad there are people who have voices and know how to use them. I'm also glad that no matter how loud you cry that doesn't diminish someone else' first amendments. Cry all you want. That won't change our beliefs.

Why I Like Today

Last night I went to bed at 8:30. It was beautiful. I woke up at 4:45 this morning feeling as though I had slept in. Having been fully rested, I didn't even feel a need for a nap all day. Nothing could bring me down. And nothing really did. That's not to say I haven't had disappointments, because I did. But I feel great. Sleep is the new drug. (The second new drug for me is peppermint extract... obviously not taken by itself).

It's snowing today. As cold as it is, it still kind of makes me happy.

Today in economics we were discussing the effects of working when you got paid by commission. This brought up sales-type of work. My professor decided to relate a story about his mission. "I was serving in Ladispoli..." My eyes bolted out of their sockets. He just said Ladispoli! Did he just say Ladispoli? Then he withdrew his comment and said, "I was serving in some coastal city just outside of Rome." That describes Ladispoli, but I didn't offer to help because I am well aware of the fact that there are many cities that were closed in the recent past. He also mentioned the city Sassari. Are you hearing what I'm saying? HE SERVED IN MY MISSION!!!! So you ask why economics has been my favorite class... Are you still wondering? Any subject that is being taught by an ex-Roman missionary...

And he never called on me today. That also made me happy.

Favorite quotes from Professor Lefgren: "If there is anything I can teach you, it's how to fail." "'Never give up.' That's horrible advice!" "People who never give up just end up bumping their heads over and over again all throughout their lives."

His motivational speaking might be another reason I like the class.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Elephant Effect

I'm sure there's a real name for this effect, but we will call it the elephant effect for the time being.

The story behind this is that if you tie an elephant to a pole when it is young, it will struggle and struggle and get nowhere. Then when it's older, it won't struggle because it has already given up.

That's not really related, but we will make it be related. So there are times when you get an impression on something. The impression becomes so ingrained in you that even though you keep seeing proof against it, you still see this thing in your original impression.

It's really hard to break first impressions.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Is It Worth It

Today began the second block. Hurray. This means that I got to start my reintegration into calculus class.

So, the reason I'm taking this class is because when I signed up for Econ 380, it suggested that if you have just gotten back from a mission you take the reintegration class. However, all the calculus we do in 380 we relearned on the first day of class. Now we're halfway through the semester and I'm not suffering.

Another perk to this class is that it will review calc II at which I was not very good. Unfortunately, we don't get to that point until the very end of the semester. Depending if we take extra time to do other things, we may not make it there at all.

I like my professor. Today we talked about powers and radicals. Although the problems looked complicated, I realized quickly that they were doable. My professor noticed too. He looked at me and said, "Emily, are you bored?" I wasn't looking at him, but Emily was. That's when she said, "I'm Emily." It still hadn't hit me what was going on. Then I realized he was talking to me but had messed up my name. "I'm doing all right," I responded. Was I supposed to say I was bored? Is that legal? He then had me write the answer on the board. Apparently I went to quickly because he then reexplained to the class what I did.

I have a feeling that I probably won't take this class as seriously as I should. Good thing its worth a total of 0 credits.

Monday, October 11, 2010

More Than Sad

Well, General Conference came and went and I loved it. I thought about posting some of my thoughts, but I didn't. The talk that struck me the most was President Packer's. His talk seemed to liberate me as I battled with some personal issues about obedience and rules and how to interpret right from wrong.

I had heard someone mention recently that President Packer received a lot of hate mail for it. This doesn't surprise me. He was very bold. Bold people telling what's right often get the wicked riled up. However, I just received an email from my grandma saying that it was mentioned that he has been ill as a result of these messages. I kind of want to cry. If I weren't in the library, the water building up in my eyes would probably be released.

Anyway, just in case someone happens upon this blog and has no idea what I'm talking about, this is the talk that President Packer gave. It's powerful.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ten Ten Ten

Today is 10/10/10. I have to write something.

And what do you know - I have the most awesome news to share. The Rome Italy temple is getting built after all! They're gonna have the ground breaking on October 23! President Monson is going to preside. Two years after it's been announced and now they can start building! Hmm, I might envy all the missionaries in Italy right now. Oh but what great news! Word on the street was that they would start construction this year. And look where we are.

Today I had a family dinner. I love my family.