Jen (ylla) wrote,

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In which there has not really been studying

Why are black holes called that when they are kind of exactly the opposite of holes?
As far as they are like anything, they seem to be like wardrobes full of marshmallows playing sardines, but I suppose that's a bit long for a name.


I should be working on my astronomy assignment, which is due on Monday - but to be honest I've just about decided to cut my losses on this one and go for the second chance in April - I can do the assignment now and then set it aside until I need it.

I've done bits of this one, and love some of the questions, but there are too many other bits I just look at blankly and wonder where the answer to that comes from, because it's nowhere in the materials that I can find. The April one doesn't make me feel like that, and it wouldn't matter if I wasn't finished by Monday - the only disadvantage is that I wouldn't know my marks until June...


I'm also trying to decide what to do next.

I want to study something - apart from anything else, it's dark and miserable and studying is good distraction.

And I've decided that I want to get the Certificate in Contemporary Science - it's not that I think it's of any real practical use, but it's nice to be heading for somewhere, and being able to claim a vague interest in science may come in handy at some point.

Looking at the choices for that, there are various things I don't particularly want to do:
  • Most of the 'peoply' things (forensics, sport, nutrition...)
  • The other two astronomy courses - planets have turned out to be the thing that interested me least in this one, and the other is really particle physics, which I hear enough about.
  • Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis - I'd be interested to do a proper geology course at some point, but not particularly the dramatic bits, and not based around a Teach Yourself book.
  • Darwin - I did my evolution in the Fossils course
  • The general science and maths courses - I've come to the conclusion that I wouldn't learn much from that maths course, although again I might do a 'proper' one at some point in the future.

    So having dismissed most of it, I think I'm leaning towards Plants and People this time (and hoping there are plenty of plants and not so many people), and Neighbourhood Nature in May (which I'll get free money to pay for again, if I can find my December payslip).

    I don't really have enough options to make a poll, but please do tell me if you think I'm all wrong, and why :)
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