Nah...half-elf is very different from Human. Humans get an extra skill point per level, and a bonus feat (Which are scarce for every class except Fighter), while half-elves get a static bonus to two skills, the Skill Focus feat, and some meager racial abilities. I learned optimization, though, so that stuff probably doesn't matter to casual players.
And gotcha. I tend to have my characters carry around chalk and marbles, if that's okay?