Thank you, Carmina Burana. Story of my life.

O Fortuna (Chorus) English Translation

O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
dissolvit ut glaciem.

Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.

Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

O Fortune,
like the moon
you are constantly changing,
ever waxing
and waning;
hateful life
first oppresses
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;
and power
it melts them like ice.

Fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
you are malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
and veiled
you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy.

Fate is against me
in health
and virtue,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me!

RIP Sal and Francis. O, Fortuna, indeed.


1. Cell biology–fine. Review photosynthesis and that RNA/DNA/protein stuff.
2. Genetics–passable. Figure out double punnett squares, how to use probability rules, codom/multi-alleles.
3. Ethology–roxorz.
4. Ecology–barely passable. Learn various tree-hugging ways of surveying (line/belt transect), popular bug killers, definitions of organizational levels, and nitrogen cycle.
5. Biosystematics–fine. Annelids have chaetae, or little hairs that let them move.
6. Animals and Plants: HOPELESS. Henle, to me, is still a publisher.