food and films

Redolent of youth,
Concocting with Dad, now I
Strike forth with my friends.

In the grand tradition of Thursday cooking night, Georgia and I whipped up a heart-shaped pizza last night. She has pictures of it, and I hope she posts them. *nudge, nudge* But it was delicious and super-easy. I still don't have my dad's dough techniques quite down, but it would be hard to really get them exactly since he doesn't measure and I don't measure and it, er, wouldn't really work.

The flick of choice was Porco Rosso, one of the Ghibli movies I hadn't seen yet. It chronicles the adventures of Porco (formerly Marco): an Italian seaplane pilot who has been turned into a pig and now lives as a bounty hunter. It was cute! I think my favourite part was a scene between a quietly beautiful Italian woman and an obnoxious American man, during which she laughed gleefully at his claim that he was the best pilot in the Adriatic, defending her giggling with, "I find your humility to be quite charming."

In other news... well, there isn't much other news. I am signing up for classes. I kind of hate the permissions systems for signups, as I discovered and elaborated on during a discussion with Evan. I mean, it's cool that IU wants people in the classes who are capable of doing the work, but I'm pretty sure that it's a fairly good self-correcting system, no? I can't think of many people who would stay in a class that they were failing or that they had no idea what was going on in. And it's a massive hassle for people like me who learned stuff outside of school and who need to go through ridiculous administrivia just to end up in the proper place. >:| Oh well. At least this is the last time I'll have to jump through those hoops (hopefully)!


  1. Sometimes I think that the math department should have MORE prerequisites, since every class ends up spending a week reviewing linear algebra, since they can't assume you've taken it. Diff eq spends two weeks teaching linear independence and determinants.

    It is annoying sometimes to get into a class you ought to be able to take, but I've never had any problem convincing the math, CS, or physics departments to let me out of a prerequisite.

  2. Also, I definitely have had classes where a large portion of the class was in incredibly over their heads due to lack of familiarity with related subjects, but stayed in anyway. It just slows the class to a halt because the prof shouldn't leave half the class behind.

  3. I've noticed this also. Ridiculous! And, no, it's not a problem, but it *is* a hassle, especially with this whole "you get charged if you take more than 3 days to pick your classes once you start" thing. People drag their feet on stuff, and it's obnoxious.

  4. Also aaaaaaaaaaarggggggggggghhhh for people like that