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As one might easily discern, although I greatly appreciate the English language, and relish some of it’s intricacies; I am not one for grammar.  Throughout my years in college I have been criticized numerous times for using commas and semi-colons so errantly.  I have suffered through countless points lost on “otherwise exquisite” papers,  since I often fall into the pattern of writing like I speak.  If you’ve ever heard me speak: it’s really enchanting, but only if you appreciate a certain timing, and a tendency to wander aimlessly throughout ideas.  Sadly I frequently cannot stop thinking ahead of what I am saying.  And honestly, there are many great writers whom toy with conventional grammar (I’m not sure I’ve seen many quotation marks in Cormack McCarthy novels)  I am prefacing my story this way so that I may have some defense.  I certainly do not champion every rule of the English language, but I do understand the basic rules.

I have a math professor this semester that is not from this country.  Having split my college career between computer science and petroleum engineering, this is certainly not a first time occurance, and it is undoubtedly not the last.  This is a math class that I don’t really need for my major at all; just sort of counts toward that magic ’12 hour’ full-time student mark that keeps me in financial aide.  Nothing exciting, and more or less I’m using it as something of a refresher course on how things work.  I haven’t been in a math class in a minute or two.  Imagine my surprise when I got my grade back on my first test.  No big deal, I didn’t study alot, and was running a fever of about 102 during my battle with the incomparible swine flu.  As I was reviewing my latest failure as an academic, I did notice something afoot. Continue Reading »