My plan to be fascinated by everything is progressing well, my young apprentice. Four hours of lectures this morning back to back actually turned out to be quite interesting. I didn't start daydreaming at all, nor did I have to buy any items of dubious nutritional value to get me through it.
There was a lecture on braaaaaain anatomy, another on how pain and other sensation yoick their way up your spinal cord and into the brain (fact: pain does the big switcheroo and travels up the other side of the spinal cord to other sensations), a lecture on epilepsy including a simulated grand mal seizure sans bladder emptying by the lecturer, and a lecture all about pain which included a free bonus supersize upgrade to an ideological rant from the lecturer comparing euthanasia to Nazi death camps. That last bit was a shame because it marred an otherwise really interesting lecture. I was going to argue the point with him but meh, it was lunchtime.
There were a couple of moments of even greater excitement though. During the lecture on epilepsy, shortly after being told of the hallucinatory states that can be induced by focal epilepsy, I heard a disembodied voice call out, "Testing testing! Testing testing!" I thought that perhaps I was experiencing a Visitation, but it turns out that everyone else could hear it too. I think someone in the next lecture theatre over had their radio mic on the wrong channel.
The second moment was only exciting for me though - the epilepsy guy started talking about Fourier transforms! My honours project and several years of postgraduate research used Fourier transforms (and other more arcane tools) extensively, so I listened attentively, hoping to catch the lecturer in a mis-statement, enabling me to ask a "clarifying" question, correct him and thus display my intellectual mojo so that my Esteemed Colleagues might Esteem me back a little. But he didn't say anything wrong so I couldn't. Oh, I suppose I could have pointed out that his so-called Fourier transform was actually a discrete Fourier transform since it wasn't defined on a continuous aperiodic time series.
But let's face it - I would have looked like a dick if I'd said that.