But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong […] so that no man may boast before God.
1 Corinthians 1:27, 29
Just call today Homework Saturday. Who would have expected so much work after two days of class? 115 pages of Cell Biology to read and one Cell Bio homework problem, two ECE homeworks, one ECE prelab, one ECE article to work on, four chapters of Frankenstein…Goodness, what happened to my easy term?
I enjoy reading books like Frankenstein because it offers an abundance of thoughtful quotes, in a way you never get in modern literature. Consider:
A man would make but a very sorry chemist if he attended to that department of human knowledge alone. If you wish is to become really a man of science and not merely a petty experimentalist, I should advise you to apply to every branch of natural philosophy, including mathematics. (34)
If only people could remain the generalists they once were! Last night at FNF we played Catch Phrase, and these budding engineers’ performances frightened me. They skipped supposedly hard words and their vocabularies made me want to weep. Amazingly, most managed to communicate (fairly easy) words with a minimum of description, relying instead on much frantic hand-waving. If we received half the education students did 150 years ago, the game would present no challenge at all — or they would have to include words like obsequious and principally. Try explaining THOSE with hand motions, wordless ones! (Then again, odds are I would have no planned education at all, and instead my job would revolve around running a household.)
The best part of today so far: getting the top-secret Dutch Cranberry Apple bread recipe from Mom over the phone. She used the phone because “That way only the government will be listening.” Hi, Bush!