A lot can happen in 2 months, 9 days. You can climb Everest, Watch every episode of Futurama every produced and you can slave your behind off doing work for subjects you fear may never interest you again!
I have done two out of the three since my last post.
Procrastination is fun, so what better to talk about after my prolonged period away!
A (quick) Computer Scientist’s Guide To ‘Procrastinate Effectively’
As a 2nd year undergraduate computer scientist, your daily life will consist mostly of one (or more) of the following:
- Struggling to wake up
- Struggling to attend lectures
- Struggling to grasp concept of lectures
- Struggling to understand accent of lecturers
- Struggling to attempt coursework
- Struggling to finish coursework before deadline
- Struggling to beg lecturer for more time
- Struggling to tie lead weights to your ankles whilst standing on top of a tall bridge…
Ok, so some of those might not apply to you or even me for that matter but if anything the last month has taught me, there is a brilliant new way of avoiding all of these troubles in your life. PRO-CRAS-TIN-ATE.
If you are working on a piece of code and there’s an error or exception you don’t understand. Then the Java docs are a fantastic source and whilst you’re at it, why not post a Facebook status from your Tamagotchi
to make your idiot friends think you are some kind of wizard! If you are waiting for your code to compile or finish a large batch of calculations, then it’s the perfect time to brew a fresh cup of grounded coffee OR alternatively, play each track on the front page of Line Rider
! It’s all good old-fashioned procrastination
There are some certain things a Computer Scientist amid a ‘study-spree’ should attempt to avoid:
- Special offers on Energy Drinks
- Auction sites with links to ‘Retro Games - YES I MEAN THIS ONE’
- Falling ill from food poisoning (Trust me)
- Blogging unnecessarily
Avoid these like the plague as procrastination will eventually come so naturally to you that you will actually procrastinate on your next batch of procrastination!
This is kind of like the film Inception but with more games of Bejeweled Blitz and AWFUL computer related cat pictures - Seriously, these aren’t funny. I wish people stopped making them. PLEASE STOP MAKING THEM.
You will become a professional procrastinator when you graduate (oh and maybe get a BSc or MSci too if you are decent). I wish it wasn’t true but I’m currently very stressed and despite attending 90%+ lectures I still feel overwhelmed with work!
Hopefully I will have some more tech/programming/fun related posts after I split up on the 16th December! But currently all I can think about is how efficient my washing up technique is in terms of Big-Oh and whether treating it as a Stack or as Queue will make me complete it any quicker than treating it as dirty dishes!
The joys of Computer Science!
Peace and Love,
(Obviously this post is Tongue-in-Cheek and I 110% do not endorse playing Age of Empires II till 4:30 am on a ‘school night’…)