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u/smitheroons · 11 pointsr/RPI

First off, Pchops is the best overall price grocery. Hannaford is your nicer but still affordable grocery. Save-A-Lot is dirt cheap but sketchy as hell. Save the farmers market for when you'd like to treat yourself. Farmers market food is delicious but you do pay for the quality. I would advise mixing all of the above to fit with your budget. I dunno if Pchops still does it but when I was still in school they had this deal where every X dollars of groceries you bought and used your AdvantEdge card for, you got 10 cents of per gallon of gas at Sunoco. I didn't drive much further than Pchops usually so I ended up racking up over a dollar between fill ups sometimes which really was awesome. Also one of the Sunocos is always cheaper but I have a terrible sense of direction so you are going to have to figure out which one it is on your own.

Here are some of my easy/solid/quick recipes:

  • Pasta with sauce: Put a pot of water on to boil and brown some ground beef in a frying pan. When the water boils, add the spaghetti (or whatever pasta). When the meat is cooked, dump in a jar of sauce. When the pasta is done to your preference, drain it. You can either mix them together or spoon out some pasta and then spoon some sauce on top. If you go with option 2, be sure to add a bit of olive oil on top of the pasta and cover it, otherwise when you come back for seconds you are going to have a giant glob of sticky spaghetti.

  • mac and cheese: boil some pasta, when it's done, drain it and add some shredded cheese (cheddar typically, but whatever strikes your fancy), stir until melted (it will be really stringy looking) then add a glug of milk and stir to smooth it out to a nice creamy consistency. I advise stirring with the fork you will eat it with because you get a delicious cheesy glob. (mac and cheese is awesome because you can put leftover vegetables, sausage, chicken, hot sauce, cajun seasoning, etc. in it to make it more interesting/nutritional)

  • lasagna: yeah I know this is kind of a pasta trend. Lasagna is a good weekend project because it does take some time to assemble. Look up a recipe if you want specifics but the main thing to remember is to make sure the noodles are all surrounded by sauce so you don't get any rubbery crap. You can by no-boil noodles at almost any grocery store too. The cool part about lasagna is that making two doesn't take much more time than making one and you can freeze the second one for easy dinner during finals week.

  • Quiche: Fancy name for an egg pie. Grab a frozen pie crust, cream of something soup (mushroom and broccoli are my favorites), cheese (cheddar is good if you don't know what you want) and meat/veggies (sausage and bacon are good meats, mushrooms, olives, broccoli, asparagus, and spinach are standard vegetables). Mix everything together and dump it in the pie crust (seriously). Then bake it. Then try not to eat it all at once.

  • oatmeal: oatmeal with various additions makes a very versatile breakfast. People are used to sweet versions (raisin, apple cinnamon, etc.) but they are also delicious with savory things (marinara and mozzarella (pizza-oats), egg cheese and salsa (nach-oats), etc.) You are going to have to trust me on this one. Oats are not sweet on their own. Also a big plus to oatmeal besides it being pretty healthy is that it is super cheap.

  • Crockpot whole chicken: You can cook a whole chicken in the crockpot. Take the giblets out (if it came with them) and season it (whatever seasoning you like) stuff it with a cut in half lemon (if you want it lemony) and cook it breast side down for about 7 hours. It's super simple and the meat literally falls off the bone. If you want to stretch it even further, put the bones back in the crock pot when they're de-chickened and fill the crock pot most of the way up with water. Cook that overnight (or all day) and then strain the bones and junk out and save the chicken broth for making soup.

  • Chili: You can look up chili recipes yourself but basically meat + beans + tomatoes + onions + spicy. Increase bean to meat ratio to lower cost.

  • Fiesta Rice: cook some rice (medium or long grain white rice has worked best for me). Dump the rice in a frying pan with a can of beans (black or pinto), a can of tomatoes (with chilies if you have them), and a can-sized amount of cheese (cheddar or a mexican blend or pepper jack or whatever) and then stir it until everything is gooey. Add hot sauce if you like. This is one of those cool vegetarian dishes that doesn't taste like it's pretending to be chicken but failing.

    That's probably way more than you needed and perhaps too simple. I don't know your skill level so my apologies if they were too easy/hard. Feel free to message me if you got any questions on anything. I strongly encourage you to try recipes you find online. Foodgawker has a pinterest-like interface but the recipes are generally good. Pinterest itself I would advise against, people put all kinds of crap up there and you can't really trust it. Some foodgawker recipes are pretty intense, so don't feel bad if you think they are way too complicated because some of them are.

    Also one thing I do advise you spend money on is a nice cheese grater. I have a microplane that cuts in both directions (well now I have two different ones, one for hard cheeses and one for stuff like cheddar). Mine was a little under $20 and it was so worth it. I got it my senior year at RPI after the $2 walmart version broke badly enough that it didn't work. Shredding cheese yourself is cheaper than buying the pre-shredded kind and spending the money on the decent cheese grater will save you from a lot of swearing and bleeding. I am serious. It is worth it. (Mine is almost exactly like this one but it has a plastic handle.)

    Other miscellaneous tips for cost effectiveness:

  • I generally advise Saran or Glad brand for plastic wrap.
  • Save takeout containers and jars and reuse them as free tupperware.
  • Buy the giant thing of olive oil and then fill an empty wine bottle with it and buy one of those pour-y tops like for booze. They are only like $1
  • The cheap ass silverware set from walmart will be fine
  • Buy a couple decent knives (steak knives, a paring knife, and a big chef knife) You can get the KitchenAid brand somewhere around $20 I think. An inexpensive knife sharpener might be a good idea to go along with that or to purchase later when it seems like it's dulling.
  • box mix cakes and brownies are just fine and often go on sale after the season (valentine funfetti at the end of February etc.)
  • You can make all sorts of stuff with bisquik (pancakes, shortcakes, waffles, etc) and you can even make your own bisquick for probably cheaper.
  • You can buy a lot of your spices at the Indian or Asian stores in Albany for a lot cheaper
  • It's cheaper to make your own coffee. Depending on what you're used to, the breakfast blend price chopper brand coffee is not bad. I've gotten to a point where I no longer like it but you may still find it palatable.
  • Freeze your leftover coffee into ice cubes and in the summer you can pour regular coffee over them and have iced but not watery gross coffee. I would advise sweetening the hot coffee before adding the ice, otherwise it's all grainy from undissolved sugar.

    Sorry for the super long post.
u/nwfisk · 2 pointsr/RPI

Well, we'll be focusing a lot on discussion, and I can promise no tests just so long as class participation is good. Right now, I'm about 90% sure we'll use Dalton Conley's "You May Ask Yourself" as a textbook, and I'll be throwing some other fun readings on the side.

The main goal is to get you thinking like a sociologist - looking at your everyday experiences in terms of the social. So, we'll be looking at race, class, gender, age, institutions - all the classic stuff.

I'm teaching it this semester - you'll benefit from the mistakes I've made - and everyone seems to be enjoying it so far! I keep things pretty relaxed, and am open to talking about (or more about) things the students are most interested in.

(Oops, my mistake. Edited the original post. Thanks!)

u/The_Old_Major · 1 pointr/RPI

Well, someone should get a prize for punking Comrade Napoleon with this level of brilliant low-cost effort.

Three local news outlets, five different posts here, and all anyone can point to is this:

This is the only image on the local news; the only image anyone posts. And yet no one seems to notice that on the far right end of that "pole" is a stand 1" rubber end-cap. Get yours today on Amazon:

Which means this "noose" is a 7" piece of twine with a loop at the end barely large enough for your thumb, attached to the bottom end of a white metal chair.

You've been punked. But, look on the bright side - you probably didn't call out the national guard to lock down the campus like Dear Leader.

u/fexam · 4 pointsr/RPI

As rpidrinkinggame mentioned, fraternities like to send people to help out on move in days. If you find a couple of them, they would love to help you, but they can't be everywhere.

If you can find one, there is a tool designed specifically for this task -- a refrigerator dolly. It should have wheels on the side so you can drag it up stairs. I saw someone use one last year, and it worked pretty well. Otherwise, you can try to borrow something like this.

u/Mr_eX · 1 pointr/RPI

I learned more from this book than I did from all of SDD, which was certainly my least-favorite course in all of CS. I strongly suggest emailing the UCC as somebody else suggested. I did the same in May, and I will reproduce that email here with names removed. I was thanked via email by 2 professors, so clearly they didn't mind that my email was entirely negative.

Dear [department head],

I am writing to you because of the problems I had as a student in Software Design and Documentation (SDD) this past semester. I wish to convey to you a comprehensive list of my concerns and, where appropriate, any action I think should be taken to resolve these concerns. I understand that revamping the curriculum of SDD has come up in the last couple of UCC meetings, so I hope my input will be valuable toward that end.

My foremost concern is that the SDD instructors and TAs did not respond to out-of-class communications reliably. Throughout the semester, it took the SDD instructors and TAs about half a week to respond to my emails, and a couple of messages were never responded to. In particular, I requested to meet with any one of the instructors or TAs to review my final exam term paper. [instructor 1] said in-class that such requests would be fulfilled by [instructor 2], but my request was never answered (the assignment was due on 5/17.) We were not allowed to discuss our term papers with other current SDD students, so I ultimately had to submit my paper despite being uncertain about several technical aspects of the material discussed in the paper. As a student, it is unacceptable to me that a request for help could go ignored, especially after said help was promised in-class.

Next, [instructor 2] was tardy or absent throughout the semester--she was 60-90 minutes late to most of the classes she attended (note that SDD is a once-weekly, four-hour class) and often she did not show up at all. I do not recall a single instance of [instructor 2] being in attendance at the start of class. Furthermore, [instructor 1]'s absence caused one or two classes to be canceled--as if he was the sole instructor of the course. Another class was delayed by nearly two hours because of both instructors' tardiness. These cancellations and delays had a dramatic impact on the class' due dates, pushing two major submissions within one week of each other at the end of the semester. I feel that all of these problems are unprofessional and a mismanagement of the students' already busy schedules. I understand that [instructor 2] has a background as a software project manager and we are fortunate to have her teaching the course, but due to her limited classroom presence I did not feel the benefit of her industry experience.

Finally, I wish to discuss the curriculum and general perception of SDD. As far as I know, SDD is universally loathed by students and having taken it myself I now understand why. In my view, the course did not successfully convey why the course material is important, making the four-hour class period very difficult to sit through even with breaks. Similarly, a lot of the non-programming work that we had to do for the long-term software development project felt like make-work rather than a legitimate contribution to the group effort. What's more, one of [instructor 1]'s presentations made comments that marginalize the difficulty of programming by calling it "monkey work" and "a purely mechanical process." I found these comments insulting because they apparently devalue the knowledge and skills I have learned during my time at RPI. [instructor 1] said that SDD is "not a coding class," but I think that is an absurd statement because the class has a high degree of programming homework in the form of the semester-long project. Ultimately, I have finished SDD having gained not much more than the idea that "waterfall development is bad" and vague knowledge of iterative software development and design patterns.

Because of these problems, I believe the biggest thing that SDD is missing is material on how to write good code from a software development standpoint, i.e. ease of maintainability, eliminating duplication and coupling, legacy support, shipping good updates to users, et cetera. At my summer internship last year, the interns all had to read the book The Pragmatic Programmer ( and in just two hours of discussing this book I feel that I learned much more about software development than I did all semester in SDD. The only advice we got about writing code in SDD was to write lots of comments, which is not necessarily a good practice.

Thank you for reading, and if you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them.


u/bayen · 1 pointr/RPI

I'd suggest MATP 4600, Probability Theory & Applications. Only prerequisite is Calc if I remember right.

Or if you're confident in your time management, maybe read this textbook on your own; it's pretty accessible:

(Neither of these will teach you a bunch of statistical tests, but those are easy to abuse if you don't understand the fundamentals ... and very easy to look up if you do understand the fundamentals.)

u/demarz · 2 pointsr/RPI

The content of the upper level math courses tend to vary depending on the professor and what they feel like teaching on any given year. I took fundamentals of Geometry with prof. Piper a few years ago. We covered most everything in this book (you can read through the index to get a good idea of what the course contained)

We also did a bit with the more computational side of things, representing geometric transformations with quaternions or matrices, did Maple projects, etc.

u/craftkiller · 1 pointr/RPI

Yeah but they're so expensive. These Pills cost $0.2695 per gram whereas this powder costs $0.0578 per gram. If you're concerned about your nose you could probably still come out cheaper by throwing it in some gelatin capsules.

u/woztzy · 5 pointsr/RPI

Johnson, Riess, and Arnold.

Source: either of the course info documents here.

I believe Prof. Schmidt announced in class that there is no difference between RPI's version and the original.

u/mjgtwo · 4 pointsr/RPI

/u/kpop5000 is probably thinking of this book, which references RPI a couple times,

u/FST · 2 pointsr/RPI

Good call. Orange Linear Algebra is an awful textbook. It's unfortunate Scheick isn't still being published. It's a very solid introductory book, imo.