The ass-kicking began this weekend in my re-education process

going back to college in your 40s is interesting. On the plus side, I am way more equipped to deal with ambiguity, and I generally don’t stress about the course.

On the minus side, my analytical skills have atrophied away thanks to 20 years of using the autosum button in excel and its ilk. So dealing with a message like the following is pretty daunting — I have to recover college calculus and physics in days.

…We’ll then move on to discuss the radioisotope powered cantilever paper. It’ll be good if you try to derive all equations in the paper and identify critical issues…