BoBA Post of the Week

Fire And Ice

My university's buyback system sucks. FACT.

I gotta coerce my mom into providing a box to send a couple of books down to Beaverton, Oregon.

With a couple of classes down (one of them pending completion of the final), I try to sell a couple of my books back to the bookstore, only to find out that they have been turned back. I have yet to complete my transaction with, but it is clear that these turds who do the buyback stuff let me down. TWICE. In a row. Dating back to the beginning of the semester.

If I was Saint Peter, I would deny them access to the pearly gates, and instead send them to Satan's fun house of double hellraisers with cheese. Bloody underpaid failures. I may have to send all my books I purchased down to, but that's only if they approve what I sent them. And that's pending final approval from the man and woman of the BoBA house.

It's these things that can get on my bad side. Fast.


With that already out of the way, I like my chances of getting a grade better than a D in IS 380. The reason I went out of my way to retake the class was the semester project. In the Spring of 2007, I took this same class, with the same instructor. In the semester project, a project in which you have to create all these programs using Oracle database, I got a paltry 5 out of 100. I didn't take the time to work on this, and from the start, the program failed. Because of that, I got a D in the class. That was the first D I ever had.

Fast forward to December 2007 (this month). I sent an e-mail to Sophie Lee, my instructor, regarding my semester project. In spite of a few problems with the code (two of the same phone number, and forgetting the in one program, etc.), the programs worked without any error messages. When I received the response, she told me: "JR, you got a 91 out of 100 on the project. Hope this helps."

I think she didn't need to mention that last statement. It was 91 points out of 100. It wasn't the perfect score I was hoping for, but it was still an A. That was an 86-point change. As I got on campus to prepare for my final, I knew that the days of having that D on my transcript in IS 380 would be numbered.


Later in my blog, I will wrap up the Bowl Preview with a look at the big-money bowls: the Bowl Championship Series, and the national championship game.