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School is much easier the second time around. I’m enrolled in University of Salford’s distance learning program for an MSc in “Audio Acoustics.” The great majority of the material I’m learning is all stuff I was taught as an undergrad. Yet somehow, I am really getting it this time. I’m sure it’s partially due to things I’ve picked up since I started working. But I realized it’s also due to the relaxed pace in which the material is being served. I’ve taken 3 courses so far over an 18 month period. In college, we were given the same material (plus much more) in 10-12 weeks!
There’s a lesson to be learned here.
Off to Tamp to start up removed in the interest of national security.
I used to say I didn’t do it but I did it
Telling everybody that I wasn’t with it
Though it brings tears to my eyes I can feel it
And that voice inside says I’m gonna be alright
Jennifer was talking about walking away from a relationship. But today these lyrics seem very familiar to me.
Today I walked away from my life.
But like the song says: “I’m gonna be alright.”
I just got back from the TRB Annual Meeting (link probably won’t work after mid-2003) in Washington D.C. where I gave a talk about our Maglev measurements from 2001. Our graphic designer was even kind enough to post some Quicktime movies I took during the trip (I haven’t posted them because at 20 MB, I didn’t want to pay for the bandwidth). I think it went well, and I got to meet the on of the inventors of Maglev at a gathering of MIT Alumni later that evening.
Washington D.C. seemed much nicer than I remember…
There’s an article up on Slate that suggests we should Put the Compact Disc Out of Its Misery. I still believe that the author is attacking the wrong side of the problem. Sure, we can probably squeeze some better performance out of digital audio, but your speakers (and your room) do a whole lot more to mangle the sound we hear than the source material.