Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

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Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

Postby Dan Frank » Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:27 pm UTC

I only have one smug school story, and it's many years old, but I think I still remember it well enough.

Back in college, I was taking an American history class. We had three primary textbooks, and assigned reading in each one every week. For each book, after reading a chapter we were to keep a log of mini-essays, detailing our thoughts on the chapter and basically proving we had 1) Read it and 2) Had basic critical thinking abilities. Nothing too major, but we were supposed to write a lot of these little fuckers.

Halfway through the semester, we're supposed to turn in what we have thus far for grading. This was the biggest assignment in the class, as the teacher was a very out-there lady who disliked tests. So, when it's getting to about halfway through the semester, I start wondering when it's going to be due. I didn't recall the actual due date, so one day before class I approach a classmate and ask "Hey, when is that big assignment due?" He gives me a strange look, and holds up a massive sheet of papers. "Today," he says. I blink, and nervously go into class.

The reason I'm nervous is simple. Not only did I not have the assignment, I hadn't actually started it yet. I hadn't even glanced in any of the books. The class had a very unappealing political slant that turned me off, and the books shared it, but I needed the credits and didn't want to drop. Add to this the fact that every day the assignment was late resulted in an automatic -10% on the final grade. I was feeling pretty worried.

Because I was a consummate procrastinator in college, I didn't start the assignment when I got home. It was a M/W/F class, so I had two nights to do it. Why bother working on it the first night?

Instead, the second day I purchased a lot of caffeine, cracked open the books, and got to work. I didn't sleep at all before the class, and dropped off my complete 70-page collection of mini-essays the next day. I knew they were utter bullshit. I was barely coherent towards the end. I figured I'd knuckle down for the second half of the semester and try to salvage my grade.

The assignment came back the next week. Written on the top of it was "90/100", which was then scribbled out and replaced with "100/100".

Jotted along the margin were the words "I know this was late, but you worked too hard on it for me to mark it down."

Best moment in my entire school career, that.

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Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

Postby ZeroSum » Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:04 pm UTC

In high school my friend and I (we're both math/comp-sci geeks) were looking through our math textbook and there was an image of some famous mathematician from long ago. So my friend said, "That's my goal in life: To get my picture in a math textbook." I responded, "My picture's in a math textbook."

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Postby Aviatrix » Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:51 pm UTC

ZeroSum wrote:I responded, "My picture's in a math textbook."
Pix plz.

(That story made my day.)

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Postby Eschatokyrios » Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:33 am UTC

bbctol wrote:I had a meaningful conversation with a hot girl!


oxoiron wrote:I do that pretty regularly with my wife. Then we have wild, uninhibited sex. Damn, I'm feeling smug!


That warrants a "pwned!".
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Postby ZeroSum » Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:46 pm UTC

Aviatrix wrote:
ZeroSum wrote:I responded, "My picture's in a math textbook."
Pix plz.

(That story made my day.)
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Postby MFHodge » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:03 pm UTC

That is too awesome, Cody! Did they give you a free copy of the book?
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Postby ZeroSum » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:06 pm UTC

Yeah. It sits in the living room bookshelf to be brought out whenever conversation brings up the story. My brother's also in a different math book in a similar manner. (I'm not going to scan that one because it'd be a pain to set up the scanner again.)

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Postby hendusoone » Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:02 pm UTC

My senior year of college, I took Creative Writing as a filler-elective, mostly because my track coach (really awesome dude) was the professor. The course was as much about reading as it was about writing - Samuel Beckett, Grace Paley, Anton Chekov, and a few others I don't remember.

The final paper for this course (there was no final exam, just the paper) was a 20-page original creative work, plus a 10-page analysis talking about the writing process. The 20-page work did not have to be a single piece - a collection of poems or short stories, along with longer works, were permitted. The professor considered 1 page to be prose filling at least 3/4 of the page, a poem of at least 10 lines, or a full page in longer works. Most people in the course did the poems and short stories. I was the only one to do a single long story.

I was also the last to start it, at 11 pm the night before it was due.

Anyway - I wrote an epic coming-of-age story about a prince whose kingdom is burned to the ground, him being the only survivor. I finished with 19.5 pages about 15 minutes before it was time to turn it in. I think it's utter shit, and no amount of asking will get me to post it.

There was no time for the 10-page process paper. So, I wrote the following:
My writing process: I grabbed three two-liter bottles of Dr. Pepper and a laptop late last night, and just wrote.


I got an A.
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Postby d33p » Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:19 pm UTC

My new job had me cooped up in a hotel outside NYC for a month's training. I didn't know anyone, tried to make friends, spent a lot of time at the local pubs.
Out celebrating FAR too late the last Wednesday I was there, completely forgetting the essential code exam 8am Thursday morning. Everyone left the pub early, but I'd made friends with some traveling Brits & Irish and didn't get to my room til 4am.
My memory picks back up about noon on Thursday, with one of my new co-workers (one that witnessed my hijinks at the pub) nudging me harshly. "Dude... hey! Seriously, what the hell?"
"Huh?" I groggily looked at the papers in front of me. It said 100%. It had my name on it.
I just grinned. "Sweet."
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Postby Pesto » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:43 pm UTC

hendusoone wrote:I think it's utter shit, and no amount of asking will get me to post it.

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Postby MFHodge » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:56 pm UTC

Smug: I just finished reading the entire first page of General. Haven't done that in a while. Kept up with my other usuals to, but I've neglected the Media Fora a little too much.
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Postby Umlaut » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:08 pm UTC

VTHodge is one of my many illegitimate children with bookishbunny.

I'm just... so proud!
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Postby sillybear25 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:23 pm UTC

You know that new Mythbusters? The one with the gasoline trail and gunpowder trail myths? I submitted those. And I have proof. If you look at the date, it's clearly from before they did that show. </smug>
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Postby Princess Marzipan » Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:45 pm UTC

I played Dragon Warrior on my Game Boy all through a psych class I was taking for gen ed in senior year. Got an A.

I slept through a Logic class sophomore year. Got an A.

Took a writing class senior year. Instead of a final project, the instructor decided everyone could revise earlier work for a better grade. I'd gotten A's on everything, and the last week of class was to be used for peer review and editing and such. I asked if I should still come to class and he just said "Nah, don't bother. Good job."

I also ranked 8th in my high school class. I didn't...like, try...or anything...
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Postby oxoiron » Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:46 pm UTC

sillybear25 wrote:You know that new Mythbusters? The one with the gasoline trail and gunpowder trail myths? I submitted those.

Cool. Did they find out that the flames along a trail of gasoline don't advance quickly enough to catch anything moving? Personal experience (don't ask for details) tells me that is a load of crap.
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Postby sillybear25 » Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:13 pm UTC

oxoiron wrote:
sillybear25 wrote:You know that new Mythbusters? The one with the gasoline trail and gunpowder trail myths? I submitted those.

Cool. Did they find out that the flames along a trail of gasoline don't advance quickly enough to catch anything moving? Personal experience (don't ask for details) tells me that is a load of crap.


Yeah, they did. They also found out that the cliché "gunpowder trail" thing in western movies and cartoons is totally possible, provided it's a nice, neat trail.
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Postby MFHodge » Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:19 pm UTC

Today when I was paying for lunch in the plant cafeteria, the checkout lady asked me my name. So we exchange names, then she asks me if I'm married. I say that I am and then to flirt a little, tack on, "Does that disappoint you?". She giggles and says, "Oh, I wasn't asking for me. Someone else asked me to ask you."

Hodge has a secret admirer. :oops: :D
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Postby Eps » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:03 pm UTC

Sorry to reanimate this discussion, but:
oxoiron wrote:
functionally_stupid wrote:University of Central Florida.

:(

I thought all schools in Florida were just excuses to have football programs. I suppose they need to recruit a few students to maintain academic standing.

In my more cynical moments I'm tempted to agree, but there are several good schools in Florida, particularly including the 'big two' state schools, Embry-Riddle (if you want to be a pilot) and a couple of the smaller ones like New College of Florida. Note, however, that UCF is not in this list. ;)

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Postby SecondTalon » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:04 pm UTC

VTHodge wrote:Today when I was paying for lunch in the plant cafeteria, the checkout lady asked me my name. So we exchange names, then she asks me if I'm married. I say that I am and then to flirt a little, tack on, "Does that disappoint you?". She giggles and says, "Oh, I wasn't asking for me. Someone else asked me to ask you."

Hodge has a secret admirer. :oops: :D


Yeah, but she's in High School.
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Postby MFHodge » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:07 pm UTC

Since the chances of me hooking up are roughly 0.0% (see: Married), what do I care if she's underage. I just know she has good taste in men.

EDIT: Or maybe he has good taste in men . . .
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Postby Zohar » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:59 pm UTC

VTHodge wrote:EDIT: Or maybe he has good taste in men . . .


Would that be bad? I mean, considering the chances. :-)
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Postby oxoiron » Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:30 pm UTC

Eps wrote:
oxoiron wrote:I thought all schools in Florida were just excuses to have football programs.
In my more cynical moments I'm tempted to agree, but there are several good schools in Florida, particularly including the 'big two' state schools, Embry-Riddle (if you want to be a pilot) and a couple of the smaller ones like New College of Florida.
That's the problem with using facetiousness and hyperbole on the interwub; you never know where they will go.
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Postby ASmileWithoutACat » Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:58 pm UTC

Oooh, smugness. Mine's a bit old, but still one of my favorites. Understand, I was going to my local tech college at the time, so maybe not as impressive as otherwise, but...

So this was my second English course there, and I got along quite well with the teacher; he was the sort who actually liked the books (except that one godawful required one), and just had a very... interesting... teaching style- liked to threaten his students occasionally that he was going to assign a line-by-line analysis of e. e. cummings, that sort of thing.

Anyway, we had a fairly major paper due- end of term sort of thing, research and analyze a "multicultural" (read: Not-American) novel. I had already known I wasn't going to enjoy this, so I picked something fairly easy (Around the World in Eighty Days; French authors apparently count as a completely different culture now. Made my life easier, at least.). So I put it off, got caught in some other work, and wound up having done absolutely nothing the weekend it was due. I mean not even having read the book (it being one of Verne's novels I wasn't familiar with). So Sunday morning I start in on it, finish it by noon; doing okay... then I remember I have to have four sources other than the book itself. Only two or three from the internets. So the local library's still open; I run there, pick up a couple of biographies on Verne, and skim them as quickly as possible. Then I find two separate web pages about Verne, grab some information and print it to turn in as well. At this point, it was probably 6 P.M. or so, so I start in on the paper.

It went... really well. There is a very fine line between "creative theorizing" and BS, and I was right on it the entire time. Some of what I wrote made sense, I thought, but it was really ten pages or so of total panic on paper. But I finished around midnight, looked it over a few times, and turned it in the next day.

Next week, he comes to me (And this is why I'm not naming names, because I think this could get him in trouble).

Apparently, I was wrong. I was supposed to have five outside sources, not four. Because of this, my paper does not, technically, meet the requirements for the assignment, and he is, technically, required to give me a zero.

But, he tells me, I am not going to fail his class. I am, in fact, going to get quite a good grade on the paper. Although I didn't quite meet those requirements, my theory apparently quite impressed him (might have something to do with the... usual quality of students at this institution), as did my argument for it. Not only this, he mentioned that he had taken it to a friend, presumably not at the school, let him read it, and explained the situation.

The friend's response was,"$Prof, if you give the kid an F on this work, you're going to hell." (And I thought for a moment this was... uh, "seriously" meant, but as the professor was (I believe) a lapsed Catholic, I rather doubt it). But that was... possibly the best comment I have ever heard on my work. I shall always remember that as my paper that was so good, disqualifying would have been a mortal sin...
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Postby b.i.o » Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:46 pm UTC

For my intro Psych course in HS we had to find a journal article (detailing a psychology-related study), and then look at what the study found, how they did it, etc. It was supposed to end with a analysis of the things the study in the article did badly/could have improved upon, etc. Most people wrote around a page. When I started it I was planning to do a page or two--however much I could. When I got going I got into that wonderful condition where you just always have more to write, and ended up writing a 4-5 page full-fledged essay detailing not only the problems/things I would fix with the current experiment, but what other studies I'd do in the future if I were working to refine the results and learn more about them.

It's one of the two pieces of high school writing that I've done that contained absolutely no BS (that said, I didn't do a whole ton of writing in HS). My Psych teacher (who's been teaching for a quarter of a century [his words, not mine]) said it was the best piece of student writing he's ever seen, and his English teacher of a wife agreed.

The best part of it all? It took me about 45 minutes to write the thing :D.

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Postby MFHodge » Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:52 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:
VTHodge wrote:EDIT: Or maybe he has good taste in men . . .

Would that be bad? I mean, considering the chances. :-)

No, not bad. It just removes some of the fun of the daydreams. :wink:
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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:02 pm UTC

Removes? Or adds due to the fruit being so.. forbidden? Eh? Eh?
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Postby MFHodge » Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:25 pm UTC

Sorry gents, I've given the matter due consideration, and cock just doesn't do it for me.
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Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:59 pm UTC

You shouldn't be daydreaming about someone else anyway. Tsk tsk! :P

Anyway, in grade 9, we had an English assignment that was to make a game of some sort fitting a given theme. I asked if I could do a computer game; the teacher seemed sceptical, but said sure. I got home, opened up Super Mario Bros in a graphic editor, spent about 15 minutes redrawing Mario and the enemies to fit the theme, and started it up in an emulator on the class computer the next day. I not only got an A, but impressed the heck out of the girl I had a crush on. Win! :mrgreen:

I also had a VB programming class, when I already knew VB. I spent about 2 minutes on each assignment. Literally 2 minutes for making a clock - wait for VB to start, put in a timer, put a line in its routine displaying the time.
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Postby Eps » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:24 pm UTC

oxoiron wrote:That's the problem with using facetiousness and hyperbole on the interwub; you never know where they will go.

Should you imply that I am unable to pick up such subtleties on the Interwebs again, Sir, I shall be forced to stab you through the eyes with cocktail sticks. I merely had to defend the honor of Florida schools, being a resident of that fine state and its renowned beaches educational system.

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Postby Ian Ex Machina » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:28 pm UTC

VTHodge wrote:Sorry gents, I've given the matter due consideration, and cock just doesn't do it for me.


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Postby oxoiron » Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:32 pm UTC

Eps wrote:
oxoiron wrote:That's the problem with using facetiousness and hyperbole on the interwub; you never know where they will go.

Should you imply that I am unable to pick up such subtleties on the Interwebs again, Sir, I shall be forced to stab you through the eyes with cocktail sticks. I merely had to defend the honor of Florida schools, being a resident of that fine state and its renowned beaches educational system.
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Postby ThorFluff » Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:46 pm UTC

I work as a phoneswitch operator. I take allot of incomming calls for allot of companies.
I also take a ton of salesmen.
This one salesman was calling Linda, the receptionist at "Makalös", and i put him through to her, asking her if she could take it first. I litterary heard her squirm so I rapidly cut in with: "Oh I see you're in a meeting for the rest of the day! What a Pity."
She replied with a high pitched "You're SO Cool!!!!"
I told the salesman off and sat down with the hugest grin EVER :D .

Also this girl, Alex, a Netflirt saw a picture of me and commented : Wow you're beautiful, you look like Ewan McGregor, only manlier.
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Tell a Starwarsgeek he looks like an Extra Manly Obi-Wan Kenobi....
I was riding high and smug on these two comments for a week!
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Postby Fossa » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:01 pm UTC

Today.

Midterm.

Graphical Programming Class (Labview for any who might be in the know).

Not only did I finish an hour early. I got extra credit on every problem. Not only did I get extra credit on every problem, I got additional extra credit for finding a bug in Labview (a pesky rounding error) and making a functional work around without abandoning my original approach. Just texted my friend in the class, not only did I finish an hour early, I was the only person to finish the fourth problem.

I haven't taken a programming class in 3 years, and even then it was only an intro to C++ class.

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Postby eternauta3k » Sat Feb 23, 2008 1:44 am UTC

This is more like '4 months ago I was made of smug'

When school ended last November our history teacher said what he thought about us and said that he saw great ideas in my essays but it'd be great if I weren't to lazy
On the one hand, it might mean I'm smart (and not "can do physics math and chem" smart)... on the other hand maybe it's just creating more baseless hope that I am somehow special.
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Postby wing » Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:55 am UTC

This is actually my being smug on Thursday morning.

Tuesday, I'd come in late for my 8:30AM class for a test (that's what happens when you wake up at 8:05AM and live 30 miles away). Sat down, BORROWED A PEN, took the test (writing 2 word answers in huge blank spaces), and handed it in not 10 minutes later.

Came in late, again, on Thursday. The class was in the process of discussing the test and what had happened to cause such poor performance. I expected the worst. I lost 1 point.

Needless to say, I will not be changing my lateness habit.
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Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

Postby SneakyMongo » Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:24 am UTC

I signed up for an email account with hotmail. And I was automatically accepted. Presumably, they really enjoyed my name.
They have me like 3 gigs of space to store my emails because I'm THAT important.
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Postby jerome_bc » Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:52 am UTC

For five years, In secondary school, I was part of a special IT programme in which students had laptops. We also did most of the work in teams. Anyway, during my last year (roughly equivalent to the sophomore year of high school), we had to do a 50 hours work which consisted of a website and something technology-related that would be useful to the future students of the programme. We had a lot of freedom to decide what our final product would be. There was a possibility of 300 points; the evaluation grid would give points for basically anything that demonstrated that we were good in IT, including image editors, programming languages, MS excel, web design, and so on. Of course, it's pretty much impossible to include all that in a 50 hours work, so you only needed 135 points to pass. Betweem 135 and 165 points, you get a "mastery of technology" diploma, over 165 points you get "high mastery of technology". (Obviously, my school does not have the same understanding of "high mastery of technology" than the rest of the world, and this diploma is, in fact, completely useless, but anyway...)

For the second half of the year, we had one hour per week to work on this. During all that time, I did not get any work done whatsoever. As I wrote above, we had laptops, so I spent my time surfing the interwebs, playing solitaire, reading webcomics, and whatnot. I started working at 5 pm the day before my presentation, and finished at 7 am. During that time, I made a basic PHP website from scratch (knowing barely any PHP at all), including the design, which was simple but still quite decent, wrote a few pages of theory (my subject was motion at constant acceleration), made a dynamic excel spreadsheet (basically, you input the initial speed and acceleration, and the spreasheet fills in a table with data points, draw graphs of s(t), v(t), and a(t), calculate the average velocity and the instantateous velocity at any t you want, and draws a line tangent to s(t) at the t you chose), and the powerpoint presentation that I would use. Then, I lay in my bed for 15 minutes, got up, got prepared, and went to school to present. I went through the 15 minutes of the presentation by BSing the teachers as much as I could, half-expecting to fail miserably. Well, 2 weeks later, I received my result: "high mastery of technology". My good result is mostly due to the moronic way the works are evaluated, though. It was much more efficient to use a lot of different software in a superficial way than to use only a few at an advanced level, so I used as many as I could.

Also, my mom thinks I'm pretty cool. That's what she said, anyway.

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Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

Postby thedufer » Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:00 am UTC

SneakyMongo wrote:I signed up for an email account with hotmail. And I was automatically accepted. Presumably, they really enjoyed my name.
They have me like 3 gigs of space to store my emails because I'm THAT important.


Yah, well I signed up with the much more prestigious Google. And they gave me 6.4 gigs. Now whos important?

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Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

Postby hestia » Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:00 pm UTC

Pesto wrote:
libellule wrote:It kind of reminds me of the contrived and tortuous nature of 12-tone composition.

I'd like to take this opportunity to state that I absolutely hate the concept of 12-tone music.

And now back to your regularly scheduled smugness.


Aw, 12-tone is fun! It can be done really well if in the hands of a master. And once you know how to analyze it, it becomes even better!

Now for my smug moment: My senior year in high school, I took environmental studies Advanced. At my school, our classes were tracked as Honors/AP, Advanced, Regular, and Modified. I had previously only taken Honors science but I honestly don't particularly enjoy the subject (I know, a sacrilege around here) so to piss off my Father who forced me to take a fourth year of science, I took what I knew would be a sleeper class for me. It was filled with the people who barely made the cut in the Advanced level. The teacher would always have a review for the test the day before where she asked about 50 questions and you had to write down the answers. If you got all of them correct, she would give you a 100% on the test (but you still had to take the test). She told us that in 30 years of teaching, only one person had ever been successful. So we were doing the review and going over the answers, the question was something along the lines of what materials are good to burn for energy. I cannot recall exactly what I put but one of my answers was paper. The teacher told me I was wrong, that was something you should recycle. So I whipped out the book and read the paragraph to her that stated that paper was a good material to burn for energy. She was angry with me for the rest of the year for making her look stupid. In response, I took every opportunity to showcase that I > her.
All the popular kids in the class LOVED me after that. (for real, they thought the whole thing was hysterical)
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Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

Postby Azrael001 » Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:23 pm UTC

In my intro to physics class last year (1st year university course) I showed up an hour late to a two hour mid-term. The professor did end up giving me some extra time to finish, but I was pretty close to done by the end of class. This is no big deal.

I had not studied at all for the test, over half of the class failed. I got 69.5% (rather than a nice even 70% which annoyed me), I was in the top 1/4 of the class.
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