Sunday, October 10, 2004

Nyah nyah, you can't catch me! can spam my blog no more, for my blog is now fully moved over to Blogger! :D

I've cleaned out pages of spam due to three times today! No more! I've disabled commenting on the other blog and I'll eventually delete the other blog as well! Champagne, please.

In Management Science, we study a lot of decision analysis. 437 focused on rational decision analysis and had a whole book devoted to how people allow their biased and emotional minds to make irrational decisions. If you have time to read, read Judgment in Managerial Decision Making, by Max Bazerman. This book revolutionized the way I go about making big decisions.

One of the pitfalls that Bazerman talks about is nonrational escalation of commitment. Once someone chooses a course of action, that person stays committed to that course, no matter what happens down the road. This is mostly because the person is to ashamed to say that he was wrong in the first place. Sunk costs can also play a role in that someone may be unwilling to let go of time and money investments that were already put into the endeavour. Inevitably, the person blinds himself to any evidence that may say he is headed towards self-destruction and sticks to the path irrationally (that is, without proper rational analysis or thought), in the hopes that things will eventually turn around and result in... well, a good result.

I registered for CMPT 225 because I only need two more courses to finish my computing science certificate. However, let's face it, I'm severely out of practice in my ability to code and wasn't too enthusiastic to get back into coder mode. But I had already taken all these other compsci courses and was SO CLOSE to finishing! Might as well go all the way.

Well, hold on. Given my future plans, what good would a certificate in computing science do me? To be honest, not much. If anything, CMPT 225 would only lower my GPA, which would hinder my ability to get accepted by law school. So the rational thing would be to drop it, yeah? Nah, I still should finish it, so close after all.

Then I couldn't hand in all of my first assignment due to some commitments that week. Well, it was only worth 5%, I could easily make it up later on in the semester. As well, my tuition would no longer be refunded, so what's the point? The money was spent, might as well go through with it.

Then I got the cold and everything shot to hell. I couldn't hand in two BUEC 495 assignments in a row, couldn't keep up with my readings, and the 2nd compsci assignment was due the next week. But if I dropped now, I'd get a WD notation on my transcript! So not worth it! So must stick to the path!

Who was I kidding? I couldn't handle the load and I'm not as passionate about coding as I used to be. And this certificate no longer had any place in my future plans. If I ever need to code, I'm confident in my own skills and ability to learn; I'll be able to do anything that I need to do. But the point is that I most likely would rather outsource it because that's no longer where my passions lie. Plus apps are getting easier and easier to modify or code; the event-based philosophy of Visual Basic started it all. Now we have WYSIWYG website editors, drag, drop, and join database query tools, and more. The focus for me is now on law school. Ensuring the high GPA far outweighs any detriment one little WD could give me. I was being irrational in not dropping the course. The rational part of me knew that I would do no better than a C, simply because of my inability to allocate time and effort to the course, let alone the lack of passion.

I stopped irrationally escalating my commitment to this course and to the compsci certificate. So not worth it. And the best decision I've made this semester thus far. It's like a huge burden's been lifted off my back. And I now have some time for reading some of those books in my reading queue. Thank you Max Bazerman. And Bill Wedley, my prof for 437.

Odd things I've noted this week:
  1. In CMPT 225 lecture on Monday, a girl took out a mirror and started combing her hair. Whoah. Lecture material not stimulating enough for ya? She combs for about 3 minutes, then turns to her boyfriend to ask how she looks. And they commenced flirting in front of everyone that sat behind them. Get a room, please. I wish I knew what the prof was thinking at the time. I bet it was priceless.
  2. Back at the beginning of the summer, a crow was run over on the street. Every day on the way to work and on the way back from work, I'd see this flat crow. It was TOTALLY flat. And it still had its beak and everything attached. But it seemed like some cat or something had sucked all the meat out, as if the car had turned all the meat and bones into some kind of crow smoothy. While the beak disappeared over time, the crow's feathers are still there, attached to the crow's skin. The basic shape is still there. Don't these people care that there's a dead crow's remains in front of their houses? If I lived on that street, I would have totally removed it by now.
  3. Having a cold can do weird things to you. Like cause delirium.
  4. Cleats are really helpful when you're playing soccer in the pissing rain.
  5. Every time I walk into the James Douglas Safe Study Area by Simon C's and the only person I know there is Julie, I'm never allowed to sit, due to her doing PD time. It's a conspiracy.
  6. Korean food really should be only eaten in Korean restaurants. In Chinese restaurants, Japanese restaurants, it's just wrong. Has to be Korean or else it tastes extremely different. And wrong.
Looks like this new blog is in business.

Oh yeah. We came in 2nd for Markstrat. Again. @@


  1. thanks for helping me in markstrat. second is great. i think its a great achievement. nice working with you bobby! :D

    the crow thing bugs me. i'm trying ot picture it in my head. you should've taken a picture. i wanna see what crow smoothie looks like.

  2. It was very strange. Like a suit of feathers that the crow had decided to take off because it was too hot. I saw it every day and it got to the point where I was saying hi to it on the way to and from work.