Today, I’d heard Celine Dion singing “Alone.”  The thought that immediately popped in my head was “I’ve heard this on Cold Case.  What episode was that?”  Needless to say, I was kind of surprised because it’s on her new album (since Cold Case only plays music from the time period of the cases).  Then I found out that it was originally performed by another group called Heart back in the 80s.

Overall, I find it interesting that I now remember songs in terms of what episode of Cold Case they were featured on.  For instance, “Apologize” by OneRepublic was at the end of “Sabotage,” episode 12 of season 5.  They didn’t play the version perturbed by Timbaland. (Yes, I realize he helped to gain popularity for the song… but it doesn’t change the fact that the song is great because of OneRepublic and not Timbaland.)  The episode had a very good ending, and I felt the song choice was appropriate considering what had occurred in the episode.

I think the main reason I associate songs with Cold Case episodes is because of the way Cold Case reminises on the events and outcomes while a song plays.  I guess I just didn’t realize how effective it was.  In any case, the episode ending with Heart’s “Alone” was “Lonely Hearts,” episode 9 of season 4.

Just something I found interesting about the power of television.  I wonder if they spend a lot of time picking the songs for the episodes, or if the songs just sort of come to them as they write and perform the show.

Well, I’m fairly certain I’ve messed up on all the tests I’ve had this week.  With the one today, we had another of our weekly tests (they’re only 20 minutes each and usually have simple questions on them).  I completely blanked out on one of the questions because it asked for something in a form that we’ve not used in the class before.  Of course, I realized how relatively simple it was AFTER the test was over.  But this brings me to my point: the teacher grades on a curve and this was likely a “curve ball” with the intention of catching us off guard, as several people in the class (including myself) have/had a 100 on the test average.  I knew how to do everything in the chapter (and likely many other people did as well, judging from the fact that so many people did have a 100 test average before this), but I was caught off guard by a simple equation I wasn’t used to seeing.

At least I get to drop 2 test scores in that class… (I’ve already made a mistake on one of the prior tests, though.) but it’s just nerve-wracking to have to stay above everyone else in the class.  I mean, you could make a 96 currently and likely be in the “B” range because so many people have a 100.  I’m going to have to try (once again) not to mess up at all on any of the future tests simply to stay at the top of the curve.  I can only hope that the next time he tries curve-shaping that I’ll be ready for it and will realize what simple, yet intendedly confusing, mathematics he expects us to do.

It seems like I have at least one difficult week like this per semester and then things improve from there, so I’ll just hope for that. Oh, and it turns out the internship for Cisco Systems would likely be a local one which is still fine with me.  I just hope to be able to head out west eventually, as I’ve grown tired of the place I live in.  Given this week, I’m still debating whether or not I’d want to go to graduate school.  Certainly, it opens up more options but as I’ve said, engineering is just so nerve-wracking.  I’m not sure if it’s worth it to me.

I don’t think I’ll ever understand why things have to be so hard at certain times and yet so simple at other times.  Of course, simple times are preferable.  Though, perhaps the struggles from harder times have some bigger purpose?  I suppose our lives are often shaped more by the difficult times than by easy times.

In any case, it would appear that my school’s hosting their bi-yearly Engineering Fair next week.  I’d been looking over the list of possible co-ops/internships for the summer and the one company that popped out at me was Cisco Systems.  I mean, I’d been considering specializing in communications.  Also, they’re headquartered in San Jose, California.  I’ve been to California before and it’s a great change of pace.  If I do decide to get a graduate degree, I’d love to go to Berkley or Stanford for graduate school.  So I just think it’d be a great experience to go to California and work there for a summer, but who knows what will happen.  I’ve just come to accept that what happens, happens.