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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Being nervous, I guarantee it.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

She will be nervous?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Because not all the pressure is on me to think of something to say

The pressure you speak of is not lasting. There are differing opinions as to why.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

But won't there be a lot of pressure in the first few times we talk?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, but only because you are unsure of yourself.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I did feel more relaxed with adriana after a while. It will probably be the same with Katrina, too. I do want to meet her -- I feel that it'd be more promising than being with M.

How is your back, by the way?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Horrible, I came hope from shopping lurching like Frankenstein's monster. The parents pull their kids in when they see me coming.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Sorry to hear that. Can you order shopping online?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, I could but it is twice the price. The paper that I can order from only has the name brands and only from the most expensive store in the neighborhood. So, I brace my back up and trudge down the block...

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Is it close by?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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About a 3 city blocks and a half.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Maybe someone can offer to help?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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America is a land of the young. No one helps anyone else. Old people are treated like decayed dog food. Not that I am complaining, I had my time plus a little more.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Plus a little more?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, I was strong well past when others aged.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

How far is three and a half blocks?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Maybe about 1000 - 1100 feet.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Are there any shops that are closer than that?

I have decided not to go to my mentor's (M's) meetings anymore. I do have a legitimate excuse -- I've been trying to enrol for some extra modules, and they clash with the timeslot she's placed. They give us 8 modules for first years, that are compulsory: Analysis 1+2, Algebra 1+2, Methods 1+2, Applied Maths + Newtonian Mechanics. I've chosen a few extra because they sound interesting: Number Theory (2nd year), History of Mathematics (3rd year), General Relativity and Cosmology (4th year), Methods 5 (3rd year). I would do the computational maths module too, but it says you need to know Python and some C++, and I don't know either... so I guess I can't do that.

But of course, it's also kind of a test to see if she'd be willing to change the timeslot, just for me.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is the closest one. I do enjoy the walk, I get to see many weird people.

There computational maths course is a bit outdated but you could learn python quickly.

She might change it, it his her responsibilty.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

So the walking doesn't cause your back more distress?

You have looked at the course?

She didn't change it -- she just said thanks for letting her know...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I tape it up tight and wear a back supporter. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.

I believe that any course that any computational - numerical course that does not expose the student to a CAS early is not correct.

It would be like training architects by going out and teaching them how to make bricks from clay.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

You mean like the ones athletes use?

Hmm... they get us to use Mathematica to solve some of the problems they give us. There is a list of courses available at:

w ww . ucl . ac . uk / maths / courses / undergraduates (remove spaces)

The computing ones are all second year and beyond.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Just like the ones weight lifters wear. My mobility is severely limited but I live through it.

They should be exposing bright young people to M as soon as possible.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Do you do any exercises to help with it?

Mathematica seems to be the most popular option at UCL...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Exercises are tricky. I never was very flexible and stretching is out. The walking helps to keep my weight down. I pretty much take a chance with any type of motion triggering a spasm. Those are extremely painful.

Maple is in some ways better but not in others.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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