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Subject: Re: Should You be Allowed to Record Your Professors?

Forum: Should You be Allowed to Record Your Professors?

It's actually not illegal to record someone in a public space. You can take photo, video, or audio recordings of anything that's meant to be public (like a lecture). The gray areas come in with things like private conversations in public places. So if you happen to record a whispered conversation between two nearby classmates, that could be illegal.

There's nothing illegal about recording your professor's lecture without their knowledge or permission, even if it does seem a bit cringy. Recording a conversation held in office hours, however, would have questionable legality. It varies from state to state.

Hope that helps!

- Meg

Subject: What do you think of math?

Forum: What do you think of math?
I just wanted to stop by and say a couple things.

First of all, my final CollegeNET check just arrived at my school and was processed last week. I can say with 100% certainty that, without this website and these scholarships, there is no way I would be graduating this June.

I am so thankful for all of you and to those who created this opportunity.

And now to the second thing.

I'm taking a math history class, and our professor asked us to take a survey of non math majors (sorry @Crimson, you're out on this one).

What I'm wondering is: What do you think of math?

Any and all opinions are welcome. I'll take the negative, the positive, and the neutral.

I hope to hear from you all! ♥

- Meg

Subject: Re: Posting my pup for National Puppy Day!

Forum: Posting my pup for National Puppy Day!
This is my puppy. His name is Mr. Darcy, and he's a Siamese tabby mix.

Sure, you may be thinking to yourself, "but that's a cat!" Yet I assure you that Mr. Darcy is still very much a puppy. (He never really did act much like a kitten.)

I've never owned a dog, but Mr. Darcy is pretty great. He'll even play fetch with a shiny crinkle ball if he's in a playful mood. He's pretty great.

- Meg

Subject: Re: Living to work, or working to live?

Forum: Living to work, or working to live?

I'm not really sure what I'm doing right now. I guess I'm working right now to get through school. I've got something like $35,000 in debt, and no easy way out since I don't think I'll ever feel like I have enough education.

The nice thing is that, in my field, grad school is often paid for through teaching or research assistantships. You usually get tuition paid plus a $20,000 a year stipend.

Right now I work about 15 hours a week at a job I love, while going to school. I try so hard to give myself some free time so I don't go absolutely crazy with classes. But last quarter I took three 400 level math classes, and basically shut myself away for three months. I maybe hung out with friends three times during the entire quarter.

This coming quarter, I'm only taking one class. And it will be an interesting change of pace. There's a part of me that wants to work full time to make up for all the school debt. But then I'm hoping to do paid math research over the summer, and it's hard to find a job that will hire you knowing you can only work for two and a half months.

But we'll see.

I guess I'm not too worried about my time right now because the person I want to spend my time with most lives 2000 miles away. But we're hoping to change that sometime next year. So I guess I'm okay with working away for the next year, and then cutting back again when I've got someone that I really want to spend my time with.

Also, I just noticed a message you wrote me about a month ago. I do believe you're right in thinking we're facebook friends. Only I've had my facebook page deactivated for the better part of the last six months. I think my e-mail address is still in my Cnet profile, though, if you ever want to check up on my Rathdrum connections.

- Meg

Subject: Re: When is sex OK?

Forum: When is sex OK?
@Aurora -

You're in luck! Harrison Ford is 73. So you're actually finally old enough to date him without it being creepy. I remember a friend having the biggest crush on Harrison Ford when we were in middle school. And I could just never get past the age difference. But we did end up watching all of the Indiana Jones trilogy at her house one night.

The age over 2 plus 7 thing is actually from a webcomic I used to read regularly. The comic, Dating Pools, was published by xkcd on September 10, 2007. The tagline for the page is "A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." I can understand why the site wouldn't be widely known, even though I've loved reading the comics for years.

The one problem I have with "age over 2 plus 7" is that, under 14, some weird stuff starts happening. For example, according to the formula, a 10 year old could reasonably date anyone from (10 - 7) * 2 = 6 to 10/2 + 7 = 12 . But if you ask me, a 10 year old and a 6 year old is definitely creepy. I'd say the natural cutting off point, then, would be 14. Although, I definitely remember wanting badly to date when I was 10.

The interesting thing about this is that I don't necessarily consider sex and dating to be equivalent notions. Maybe, for most adults, those ideas are heavily intertwined. But I don't think a child's dating relationship should really have anything to do with sex at all.

The problem is that there's no black and white age that makes the difference. I can't come up with some reasonable minimum age where it's okay to have sex.

- Meg

Subject: Re: Good and bad excuses for high schoolers to skip

Forum: Good and bad excuses for high schoolers to skip
Yeah, I think I'm going to have to side with Woody on this one. Sometimes you just need to take a mental health day. And, as long as it's not a regular thing, it shouldn't be a problem.

I'm pretty sure I only skipped one class in high school (unless, of course, you count leaving early for swim meets or track meets). I had one day my senior year of high school where I just needed to take a break from life. I was on campus, and I asked my friend Joseph if he would skip English with me. So we just hung out in the school theater, backstage, and we talked. The drama teacher even came in and saw us, but we were both good students who didn't make a habit of things like that. So he let it slide.

I remember my friend calling home to get permission from his mom to skip class. I thought that was so silly. But I guess most 17 year olds still put some weight into their parents' opinions. I was thinking more that it would be easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

Now in college, I'll regularly take mental health days. Sometimes I'll skip the lectures before a midterm after we've stopped covering the material for the exam. I'd rather not crowd my brain with new information that we won't be tested on for another month. Plus most of my professors record their lectures, and I can access them from home later to study.

I'll skip school if I'm sick, or if I'm excessively tired and don't think it would be safe to drive home later.

One day I skipped school to study, and I put in 15 hours of reading textbooks and going over notes. I take school very seriously. And sometimes that's why I skip class.

I've also dropped classes to maintain my mental health. I had this rough period in my life where I was trying to take a difficult computer science class. I found myself having panic attacks every time a project was due. So after a couple projects had passed, I just had to drop the class. I've taken computer science classes at other times, when I was more mentally ready, and the classes were easy as pie. Pattern recognition is kind of my thing, and computer logic is just really straightforward to me. With very minimal effort I was able to make a 4.0, just because I was in the right state of mind.

The older I get, the more I realize that sometimes its okay to break the rules. You really just need to focus on taking care of yourself.

- Meg

Subject: Re: Canadian town build a 'riskier' playground

Forum: Canadian town build a 'riskier' playground

This looks like so much fun!

I remember all the playgrounds I got to play on as a kid. Tall swings. Jungle gyms. 10 foot long slides. And cement structures to climb on, or wood fortresses to play around on. There was a park by my house that had a 15 foot fireman's pole that I loved to slide down. And there were merry-go-rounds. I don't think I've seen one of those in ages.

Then about 15 years ago, all of my favorite childhood playgrounds were taken down and replaced by steel and rubber that never made it above eight feet off the ground.

Sure, I remember kids breaking their arms when we were kids. But my parents used it as an opportunity to talk to us about safety. I remember there being a big news story when I was seven or eight about a girl who had gotten one of her hood drawstrings caught in the door of a school bus, and she was strangled as the bus started to drive away. So we talked about the safety of wearing jackets, and knowing where your drawstrings were.

We used to have a swing set in our own backyard. When I was around 10 or 11, my sister (a year younger than me) was playing on the swings when a chain snapped and she ended up in the emergency room with a badly cut inner cheek. But that didn't stop us from playing on other play sets. My sister never stopped swinging.

I agree that kids need more risk in their lives. And I imagine one of the hardest things as a parent is allowing your child to get hurt and make mistakes. But how else will they learn to be careful in dangerous situations without being exposed to small amounts of danger?

I looked at the article, and I agree the park looks like a lot of fun. I was a little nervous about the safety precautions taken with the giant tree house, so I actually did some more research. In the video the tree house looked very unsafe, with not even a railing around the outside if a kid got too close to the edge. But on closer inspection, there seem to have been even more safety precautions taken than I had expected.

If I had kids, I would definitely take them to play at this park. And it's less than three hours from where I live, so that's actually a possibility someday. Although maybe, by the time I have kids, there will be some playgrounds like this a little closer to home.

Glad to see some of your forums on here again.

- Meg

Subject: Re: Maximum classes

Forum: Maximum classes
For my first undergrad degree, there were several quarters where I took five classes. The most credits that added up to was 21, though it varied from quarter to quarter.

With my current degree, the most classes I've taken at one time is three. Unless you count labs separately, in which case I guess I was taking four classes last spring. Right now I'm taking three different 400-level math classes. I met with my advisor last week, and she called me a rock star. I guess there aren't many of us trying to get all our math electives and requirements taken care of at once.

At my school you need advisor approval to take 20+ credits, but our tuition break down has pay rates for up to 30 credits. So someone must have taken that many classes at some point.

Because my school is on a quarter system, rather than semesters, it takes 180 credits to graduate. As a post-bac, I'm only required to take 45 credits for my second degree.

All in all, by the time I graduate this spring, I'll have earned 350 college credits. That's just 10 credits shy of eight years of college! If I'd known what I wanted to do when I was your age, I would probably have a PhD by now.

But I'm more than ready for a break. I need to take some time to focus on things other than just school for a while. I want to see friends on the weekends, and not just alternate between studying and Netflix.


Subject: Re: Who do you have a c-net crush on?

Forum: Who do you have a c-net crush on?

I saw your forum yesterday, and it reminded me of when I was brand new to Cnet. I had so many "crushes" back then.

As time has gone on, and we've all continued to post and post and post, I eventually realized it would be impossible to read everything that everyone's written. But for the Cnetters that I know outside of the internet, I've tried to read all of their posts, at least. There are some people on here who write amazing things. And it would be so easy to miss the amazing if you're not looking in the right place at the right time. I guess I've gotten lucky that way. The people I've actually met are pretty consistently amazing on here.

@Pike and Marie,

Let me just jump on this small world train. I've got an aunt and uncle in Rathdrum, and distant cousins in the CDA area. I'm pretty sure my cousins went to the same high school as Pike and his wife, though I'm not big on broadcasting actual names of non-Cnetters in such a permanent place.

Subject: Re: Anti-Transgendered law on bathrooms

Forum: Anti-Transgendered law on bathrooms
@Crimson -

Have you ever actually met a trans* person? I think that, in having a conversation with someone, you'll find that they're just as human as you are, and deal with most, if not all the same problems that you deal with.

Why not try walking a mile in their shoes to try and get some more perspective?

This candidate's