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Lots of things happened today...

Last month, I applied to a distance-learning computer course at Oxford. It's basically designed to take you from "I can open the Internet!" to programming in two years, so I suspect a lot of it will be ridiculously easy. Well, today I got their response: I was accepted to the program. w00t! I'm not sure if I'll just take this, or apply to UC and use this as a backup, but either way it's a relief to know I've been accepted somewhere.

(There's a week-long summer school on the campus. Perhaps I'll get to meet up with vorlon010 and the rest of the MTers over there around that time...)

My grandparents took my car to a cheap body shop last week, and got an estimate around $600. Today my parents and I brought it to another one, and got a ~$750 estimate (new headlight + $500 labor). So it's not really clear what we'll do there. What it comes down to is that we can get a lease for $170/month; if the car doesn't need repairs this expensive for another 5 months or so, we'll break even. The risk of a lease is that if I (or my siblings, neither of whom can drive yet) get into an accident, we can't just get the cheap $600 workable repair done; we have to get the car back in perfect shape, which would be far more expensive. (Buying a used car isn't really an option; it'd be $400/month for a new one with a warranty, and an old one without a warranty would probably have as many problems as this car does.)

I got my own credit card today; it's linked to my bank account in such a way that if I overdraw, it automagically takes a cash advance out of the card to cover the difference. (Which would be expensive, but not as expensive as a bounced check.) Mom is suggesting that I put small charges on it that I know I can cover with my bank account, and pay the bill on time, to start building a little credit, which seems like a good idea. (I have other cards, but they're paid by my parents, and I can only use them for things like gas and books that they're willing to pay for; they have my name on them, but I don't get any credit from them.)

I made myself a new duct tape wallet. It's larger than the last one (two strips of duct tape high), and has four card slots, arranged in the opposite direction from normal because the wallet isn't wide enough to do them normally. I like it.

My grandmother apparently didn't know about this particular quirk of mine; her first reaction was to ask why I didn't put a wallet on my Hanukkah list. When I told her that I like making them out of duct tape, she seemed surprised that there wasn't anything else to it--apparently she thought I had taken a crappy "real" wallet and covered it with duct tape. Then she asked how I made it, which I couldn't really answer, because that seems to me to be a similar question to "how did you make that hot dog?"

I got two packages today, both gifts I ordered for others: the Speed Racer cars I got off J-List a few weeks ago for my uncle and cousin, and the shirt I ordered off Jinx yesterday (!) for my brother. Both are pretty nifty.

I bought a book on the A+ certification today. It's very, very thick (1000 pages without appendices), but it seems as good as any.

And I think that's it for today.


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Nov. 16th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
Duct tape wallets so rock. *.*

And IIRC, Vor goes to Surrey; I know that Psieye goes to a prestigious school, can't remember if it's Oxford or not. You might want to ask him at some point sometime.
Nov. 16th, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC)
Cambridge, IIRC.
Nov. 16th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yep, he goes to Cambridge. Want to know the name of the specific college, too? :p

(and actually, he makes so many references to it in his LiveJournal it's rather easy to know...)
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
Is A+ even worth getting? All I've heard about it is that it's fairly useless... Course, that's all I've heard about just about any certification >_>;
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's pointless to learn--if you know what a COM port is, you probably know most of what's needed to pass. (You'd just need to study the niggling little details, like default I/O address and IRQ assignments, number of pins in various connectors, etc.) But it's useful to get a job.
Nov. 17th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's worth getting if you want to make money.

Certs and degrees. That's what employers want to see.

Certs and degrees.
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