Friday, July 28, 2006

Summer Week 11

I survived.

Managing Teams

We had a mid-term exam this week. He had given us an outline of all the relavent points from the book. I spent a lot of time memorizing the bullet points because I thought that he'd ask us a question and then we'd have to spit out the bullet points and then comment on them. Instead, he gave us the bullet points and asked us to explain them in detail. So I didn't do as well as I would have liked.

After the exam, we did some team-building challenges. The topic was creativity. He gave us about 25 problems and we had to figure out the solution. The problems were in a box with words in different parts of the box. For example, one of them had the word "world" repeated several times. The answer: World Series. Our team did pretty well. The next challenge was for each team to do a review of the chapter in a creative way. So we took about 15 minutes and discussed the chapter and did something creative with the paper he had given us.


We had an exam in this class too. It wasn't too difficult. I think I may have missed about 20% of the questions. He threw us a few curve balls. I knew the material very well, but I just don't do well on exams for some reason. This morning I reviewed my notes and realized that I had made a few mistakes. I'll still do well in the class. We just have two more classes with new material before the final. The final isn't comprehensive, but it will build a lot on the first exam.

Family Event Update

We had our 4th. She is doing very well. I've been catching up on my blog readings this week and it looks like a few other bloggers had new borns this week or in the last month. Heavy Lifting had a girl, Hungarian Knight's sister had a new one, and I also found out from ChessBase that Judit Polgar gave birth to her 2nd on July 6th this year.


Well, what can I say. I havn't been playing at all and I haven't been doing anything with The Quest. Now that school has quieted down a bit and that #4 has safely arrived, I plan on reviewing some chess vision drills during lunchtime. I should be ready to start the circles on August 11.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Summer Week 10

This next week will be a bit stressful.

Managing Teams

Not much of a class this week. We did an activity at the beginning of class. As a team, we were supposed to assemble a helicopter out of Lego parts. We could send one person to look at a finished model sitting in front of the room. But other than that and a picture of the model, that was all we had to work with. Our team finished 3rd which means we get one bonus point.

The rest of the class was a review of the chapters. We have a mid-term on Monday.


Tonight's class wasn't too difficult. A lot of what we covered was review. We have a mid-term in this class next week too. We got into WACC and how to derive all the parts of WACC.

Family Event

My wife is giving birth to our 4th child tomorrow, so studying for my exams and tending to her and the new one will be a bit stressful. I'm pretty prepared for the managing teams class, but I'll need a few more hours for the finance exam.

Needless to say, I won't be playing a whole lot of chess or studying chess for the next few days. As soon as life settles down a bit, then I can do my chess vision drills review before I start into the circles on August 11th.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Summer Week 9

The 2nd week of mod B is done.

Managing Teams

Not much of a class this week. We had a new team member join our group. Then we did another team-building exercise. We had to design our logo. Next we discussed Brigg-Meyers stuff and related that to last week's Marooned exercise. Then he had each group do a presentation. The topic: a chapter from the text book. After all the presentations, every had to rank the groups ... this would determine who gets the bonus points.


More note-taking. We got deeper into the topics. Nothing is "complicated" but we will have to memorize a lot for the final. As long as you know CAPM and WACC, it isn't too tough.

Quixote Update

Still plugging away. I have about 300 pages to go.

Chess Update

Not much of an update. I've been playing on and off. Not too many rated games though. I'm still working on the Quest.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

ROCKY BALBOA Official Trailer

The official trailer has been out since July 7th when Pirates of the Caribbean 2 came out in theaters. Now Yahoo! has the trailer online. Go check it out!

Also, I've updated a link to the side. There's a blog for Rocky 6 and it has lots of pictures and info.

Can't wait for this movie to come out in December!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Summer Week 8

Both my grades are finally out. My leadership class grade was posted earlier this week, but my database grade wasn't posted until late last night. I found out the grade in that class this morning.

Leadership: A- I expected this grade. I aced the paper, so the points that I got docked on were from the presentation and my participation points.

Database: A I usually get A-'s and B+'s. So getting this A made my happy. It was an easy class. I think most people in there got A's.

So now on to Mod B.

Security Valuation & Selection

Jeffery Hart teaches this class. I've heard he's a pervert. He lived up to his reputation for the first class. He doesn't hand out notes. Everything he talks about he puts on the board. I ended up writing 3 pages (front and back) of notes the first night. We're not going to really learn anything new per se, but he is going to show us some usages of all the models out there.

At one point in the class he lost his train of thought and then stopped to tell us that on Thursday nights when he gets home from a late class and his family is all asleep, he watches adult movies on cable TV. Now I don't know if he is joking trying to shock everyone or if he is serious. I tend to think he's serious but making a joke out of it. I think he personifies the typical financial, greedy, business whiz who doesn't really have a balance in life. That's my first impression of him.

Anyway, the class will be tough. We have two tests and a project. Lots of fun. At least there isn't any required reading, so I can just focus on knowing the notes.

Managing Teams

George Ritcheske (rit-chess-kee) teaches this MNO class. He's a good guy. Sitting in his class is like going to one of those Covey seminars. Lots of pro-syner-activeness and sharing feelings and thoughts and openess. It's a feely, touchy, get-to-know you kind of class. For social outcasts like me, it isn't that much fun. I did enjoy the first class. It wasn't too bad.

Our first class was on a Friday night for crying out loud! Since the school shut down for not only the 4th of July, but the 3rd of July, and since our first class would have been on the 3rd, we had to make it up by going to class on a Friday night! Not that that was bad enough, but Georgie boy kept us there the entire time. Most merciful people, in that situation, would let the class out early.

Anyway, we were placed in teams, got to know our teams and then did one of those "you are lost and have to survive so prioritize these 10 things (given) and make sure there is consensus among the group" things. Our team wasn't the best, but wasn't the worst.

I've already got names for the other five people on my team. Pigpen, MG, Emmy, Arizona and Fester. Maybe at the end of the mod I'll explain how I came up with these names.

Quixote Update

I've been reading on and off lately. I'm probably not on schedule to finish in August. But the book is really good and I'm enjoying it a lot.

Chess Update

I play every now and then. I'm still working on the quest. This month I'm going through the other chess vision drills outlined in de la Maza's book. August 11 is the day I'll start the Circles.