Archive for September, 2009

Capsule of a time bygone

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

I have not been able to watch any anime after more than a month.

It’s not that I don’t want to; it’s just that there are more pressing matters to attend to. My life transited from a more sedentary existence to something far more active: despite sucking at different sports, I participate in them anyway (for our intramurals). It has served well as experience and as enjoyment: I haven’t been able to do much of that during my university days, primarily because my capacity for sports was miniscule compared to most of the people in the Ateneo. I have also been returning to playing DotA, and practicing for a competitive one at that: in a few days, I will be playing my first competitive game of DotA. To top all this off, there’s also medical school to deal with, something that is tiring and enervating but is ultimately rewarding. I’m still in first-year, and yet even I recognize my knowledge regarding the human body has dramatically increased.

mmm ... purple

mmm ... purple

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Anatomy of a month

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

I was never good at anatomy. I didn’t study for it when I was still in college (I didn’t study much of anything), but I do study for it now. I’m glad to have passed the past two exams on it, especially because the only books I had were a dated reviewer on anatomy, and a 1901 facsimile of Gray’s Anatomy. I also don’t like anatomy much because I feel that it’s so disorganized: it most probably is just a personal stance, but there’s just so many things one has to learn by rote and not analysis, like the where the muscle is under or over, or how it articulates, or what nerves connect to it. There are a lot of things one has to just know, and I don’t like that. Anatomy, especially, is most unlike chemistry and physics that way. There are no simple basic formulas: there are just lots and lots of stuff to identify and then relate. The difficulty of it is quite elevated, and I’m proud of the task of having passed two exams with just those books (and a lot of resourcefulness). I’m pretty elated right now, but I still have three more exams to take care of (comprehensive exams are next week).

As regards anime, I have seen two episodes of Hatsukoi Limited in the previous month, and I must say I was pretty impressed with how J.C. Staff animated the series. There are a few episodes to go, but it’s shaping up to be one of the better series I’ve seen. 😀