Latent hell

Must be amazing to live on a sea shore! A must see place in many aspects. I had some natural expectations about people though, when I moved. You know, those of southern people being usually fun, but too easy-going, or better – ignorant. Though having general image, I so underestimated them. Tonight I was not sleeping, thinking that ignorance is a forerunner of evil. How close is it? Much closer, unfortunately. It didn’t let me sleep. …That might have been a screaming car antitheft at 03:00 am that nobody cared to shut off. It died on it’s own by the morning.

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Right here, on the stage

It happened many times before, during day. Not hard to tolerate, what’s a big deal. Be patient and tolerate. Especially if you want to evolve back to monkey. If you want to live in a better society, you d’better react.

Italians envy countries like Germany, the Netherlands, because they are so correct and perfect in their eyes. They understand what the “correct” should look like. But it seems they hardly understand what they personally are missing.

My neighbours in this condo constantly complain about the gate kept open days and nights – it’s dangerous. The other night I came back about 22:00 pm, the gate was open, and a condo woman was quarreling with some guy about it, both standing in front of the gate. I left again and came back in an hour – both were still there quarrelling, the gate still open. I closed it in front of them, but left with the feeling that it remained open.

To my opinion – sacrifice just one thing. Make education free. The payback will invent itself after a while.

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Italian University inside – professors

They are particular. Could talk separately about each one of them. Here is a little about them:

Algebra and Geometry. Approximately 70 years old mathematician. Always keeps one hand in the pocket, with the other one destroys 4 blackboards in a minute. Speaks his own dialect, which is a trouble even for locals. The author of a Math student books series with mistakes. Somewhat evil, but could lead a stand-up show easily. He’d better did, frankly. Evil I say, because he constantly makes mistakes when teaching HOW TO resolve problems. I mean, when you know nothing about the subject and a guy like this teaches you, you literally believe in every word he’s saying. Later you discover that half of your copybook is a nonsense mess. The thing is that he performs all the calculus mentally and writes only if the memory can no more. This is what you practically see on the blackboard. At first, students tend to correct him, but pretty soon he beats the shit out of them. Once he was resolving a matrix where the determinant was supposed to be different from 0. He came up with -5, and one student said it should have been -1. So, he ran through the blackboard from the start, found 3 other mistakes and determinant -1. Some guy said this time it should be -3. He now turned to the classroom and said: “Did you get zero there? No? So what’s the freaking difference?”

He also mistakes the exam marks putting them to wrong names. Some people suddenly pass, others get butthurt. He is the one who makes pauses to discuss the Chinese, Africans, Americans and so on.

Calculus. A woman of 45 or so, a hidden genius and a bizarre troll. The author of several Schrodinger equations solutions. Talks almost clearly and likes creative exam tasks. I looked through examinations history (they take place 4 times a year), and they were absolutely different, even though each exam is designed for 6 hours and has at least 4 variants. Every trial about 2-4 student get lucky. I got lucky on my 5th trial. Why she is a bizarre troll: I had a function study, and it had a minimum with a smaaaaall decline, almost a straight line. I drew it curvy to show somehow that minimum, it was there! After exam at home I ran that function through a computer graph and it showed no minimum even at the maximum zoom. I thought I failed again. But when I looked at my corrected papers and there was a huge “+” above my curvy graph. Thank you.

Physics. A granny about 70 years old, dedicates 90% of the lecture to preachment and 10% to fighting with a lap-top. A member of National Institute of Nuclear Physics. Not sure why. She is pretty vivid, but evades touching the blackboard and only moves her mouth and mouse when lecturing. The two times she did touch the blackboard, I experienced new feelings. The blackboard was already destroyed by the mathematician (see number 1) and needed a good flush with sulfuric acid. But the granny doesn’t care any more. She would take the chalk and draw ON TOP of theorems and drawings… As if not seeing. “Oops, I didn’t notice” behaviour is actually typical for Italians. She is fixated on making up own symbols and definitions which you must learn.

As an example, on my oral exam she asked me to explain Pendulum. I have drawn it inclined to the right, with all arrows and forces, and set up the equation. She said no, “You inverted ALL signs. Think again and come up later”. I sneaked into Wikipedia – anyway she was doing the “oops, I didn’t notice” thing, and made sure I was right. Wasn’t able to convince her anyway. One student approached to me after and said she made him fail in the same way last year. The solution was to learn HER exclusive slides, where the pendulum is inclined to the left, so all signs in the equation actually are inverted. It doesn’t matter if you were granted a “+” for calculus.

Chemistry. Probably one of the best lecturers, a brilliant communicator aged 50. His lectures are attended even by extraneous people. His exams are not attended even by his students. They all postpone Chemistry to death to the last, because nobody is able to learn this amount in one semester. For compensation I guess, he frequently shows pictures of “The Simpsons” and explains it’s math jokes and philosophy. (Like this).

Analytical Mechanics. I attended only the first lecture, but anyway. The professor is approximately 45, he has numerous publications in mechanics of elastic and rubber-like materials. He is also made of them. In the whole semester he didn’t find the time to publish his own subject program. Me and many others sent him lots of e-mails asking for more information about exam, about any kind of program. In the end of the course he responded with a huge block of A4 paper with all lectures written by his delicate hand (Yay!). Students scanned it and uploaded on Facebook. I printed everything and spent several days decoding and highlighting whatever was readable. Sometime after students uploaded a better scan, now readable! I looked at it, the same stuff… which he bolded with a darker pen. Twenty first century, guys.

So. I think it all depends on Allah. No other explanation on my mind. Study better, guys… But seriously, how hard are you?