Aequetus Sayz

Semester 2, 2007

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As I sat at a café in the city, sipping a mocha and discussing development theory with my SRES2013 tutorial group, it finally dawned upon me that I was a ‘proper’ Uni student. Holy mungle. It only took a whole two semesters for that to sink in. Yet again, I’ve learned heaps of stuff – academic (postmodernism, anyone?), practical (just before semester 2 exams avoid being on campus, because they do lots of gardening and the fertilizer is smelly), and important (redeye is a fantastic caffeinated beverage). My crafty create-a-mascot-for-subject plan continued in full force, as did my enjoyment of learning in general. Semester two was a lot less daunting than semester 1, as I was finally used to lots of the quirks of ANU.

 

Notes from this semester weighed in at... 4.82kg

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And now for some art inspired by doodles drawn between units. Click on the thumbnail to view the full image.

 

PSYC1004 - Understanding People In Context

I love psychology. Oh, how I love psychology. Not much more can be said to elaborate on that. This unit, due to its psychology content, was made of awesome congealed into lecture and tutorial form. Fascinating. Wonderful. HOORAY. Seriously, hooray with a capital 'H'.

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More about this subject's patron character: Cyanoacrylate is the generic name for substances such as ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate, which is typically sold under trademarks like Superglue and Krazy Glue, and Bohlbe is pronounced bowl-bee (ten points to you if you can guess who I'm referring to there). An expert in her field, Professor Bohlbe pioneered research in attachment using infant wire monkeys and various surrogate real monkey mothers. She discovered that wire monkey infants preferred the bars of their cage to the surrogate mothers, and became attached to their cages in a permanent way (especially if they were glued to said cages). Following great success in examining infant attachment, Bohlbe is currently examining the effect of long-term romantic attachment, facilitated by thermoplastic glues, in adults. Though slightly less neurotic than her research associate Dr. Mnnallen, her…uh…affinity with glue and other adhesives has bemused many.

SRES1003 - Environment, Society, and Research Methods

Considering this unit contained maths, and started with counting kangaroo poo, it wasn't too darn shabby. Though lots of our tutors and lecturers broke in some way, shape or form, they compensated rather well given the amount and complexity of things being taught. I enjoyed lots of this course, and somehow managed to survive the statistics bits!

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Limblygrin, or Limbly to her friends, is the proud owner of the world’s most diverse selection of survey arrows, and yardsticks of different lengths. Several injuries (fractured Thingamewhatsit to splungled spleen) have not dampened Limbly’s enthusiasm when it comes to qualitative or quantitative measurement. You show her a field, she’ll show you a series of parallel transects. Show her a scatterplot, and she’ll give you a slope and intercept point worthy of kings (well, it would be, once the criterion for such things in relation to the monarchy have actually been worked out). Her favorite topics of conversation include survey design, regression and inferences gained from the distribution of kangaroo pellets – she may not be invited to many cocktail parties, but her friends love her rather… unusual… conversation, primarily because it comes with such enthusiasm! She hopes to one day find a correlation between number of limbs and general awesome quotient, to definitively prove her means of walking is not as impractical as it looks.

SRES2013 - People and Environment and Development

I was trepidations to say the least when approaching this unit: I'm not a second year, and it is a second year unit, and I knew very little about people, the environment, or development... But thankfully hard work paid off, and hoorah! I know stuff! This unit was challenging, fascinating, and generally spiffy.

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Iokina is Hawiian for ‘He/She will develop’. Iokina’s talents are broad indeed: four arms make juggling multiple pineapples of development theory a breeze, and multi-jointed legs uniquely able to cope with negotiating the complex landscape of participatory democracy. A soft coat makes her more vulnerable to even slight temperature rises, and thus global warming is a large issue on her “to fix” list. She’s spent the past five years living and working in Papua New Guinea (PNG), encouraging the locals to grow their own pineapples of development. The locals are dubious about the link between pineapples and development, but Iokina is adamant that their indigenous knowledge (IK) can be used in conjunction with the pineapples to alleviate poverty in third world countries. Dubbed the PNGIK (pronounced the way it’s spelled, i.e. with difficulty) strategy, the introduction of pineapples of development has caused several governments to say “what are those pineapples for?”, and then devise short-sighted policies of simply to affixing corkscrew legs of capitalism to the base of the pineapples.

BIOL1008 - Sex, Diet and Disease

Hoorah! As a complete biology newbie, I was somewhat concerned that the content of this unit would go in one ear, and straight out the other. Thankfully, the interesting subject, excellent lecturers, and generally user-friendly assessment scheme meant that everything made sense. I've learned what could only be considered a HUGE amount about many aspects of the human body. And acheived a High Distinction while doing so. Consider me enthusiastically edumacated.

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Thrombospondin scorns public transport, instead preferring angiogenesis followed by metastasis (no carbon emissions! Bonus!). The unique natural reservoir of over five hundred infectious diseases, this lass is a walking incubation tank, but thanks to an excellent dietary intake of all the important food groups, she’s not dead. Yet. Thankfully, she’s only infectious when she’s mad, so best to speak to her politely (and not share any intravenous needles of any sort with her). Last year her digestive system earned a PhD in physics, a landmark achievement for what is essentially a long, hollow tube (albeit a tube with neurotransmitters). The bacteria in her colon are currently campaigning for equal h. pilori rights, but have not had much success because nobody can read their tiny placards. The nucleus of every single haploid cell in Thrombospondin is easily compared to an instruction manual of how to build a chair, whereas each diploid cell contains plans for an attractive indoor fountain.