All entries for June 2005

June 30, 2005

Cov Half Marathon Training Underway

The Coventry Half Marathon is now less than 3 months away so with a cool breeze in the air I thought this evening would b the perfect time to start the training. My aim is to run it in under 1h30.

Although it's been over 2 years since I ran London, I thought it would be a good idea to plunge into the deep end and do the 13 mile distance straight away. As the map on the right illustrates, the run from my home in Malvern to the Powick roundabout on the outskirts of Worcester and back fits the distance perfectly. And with a cruel climb back up to the Powick Hill just after halfway, it provides a challenge which most road half marathons do not.

Well good news! I did the run in 1h39 so it seems a reasonable challenge to aim for 1h30! Letís hope I can keep the training up and I do not pick up injuries!

June 29, 2005

Ooo, It Never Is!

So today I gathered together my final few belongings, packed them into my dad's car and left uni for home (Great Malvern)! Sad? Not really! I could do with a break.

Yeah anyway the point of this entry is to say, wow! Whilst traveling home on the M5 what did we pass? Yes that's right! Nothing other than a lorry carrying other lorries! I mean you see lorries carrying new cars all the time, but yeah lorries must also have to carry other new lorries around the country to places which sell lorries! I bet that has never even crossed your mind before and if it has you are a genius! So yeah this scene was so unbelievable I just had to whip out my camera and take a snap and blog it! I suppose this is truly what blogs are for!

June 16, 2005

At last, It's All Over!

So yesterday saw the end of my exams! What a relief! The last 10 weeks have been among the worst ever. So much stress, so much hard work. Now all I want to do is forget about maths for a while. Over the next 14 weeks I am conducting a detox to clean my head of all mathematical thought! No thinking about maths whatsoever!

June 11, 2005

Light Revision Relief!

Well first of all I should say that both Vector Analysis yesterday and Metric Spaces this morning went well. Finally some exams that I have come out of feeling good!

Secondly I have been wasting time this evening by drawing beards on pictures of myself and my friends. The picture on the right is proof of why I shave every morning. It's great fun! You should try it on pictures of your friends. You can do it in almost any graphics package, even Microsoft Paint! Just use the spray can! I've been using some crappy photography software I got with my pc to do it. I think Photoshop will give the best results though.

My best result was on this picture of Dave, my housemate (left). He's looking pretty cool man. It's now hard to imagine him without a beard. It almost looks like he actually has one! So yeah that's how I've wasted this afternoon! Oh well. I've got 3 exams left now! 2moro I will be doing some hardcore Mathematics of Random Events revision for the exam on Monday as well as going for the ultimate 1 hour row 2moro morning.

June 07, 2005

As Expected

I love it when I'm right and in this case I am. Today's exams were shocking. Well Differentiation wasn't so bad although I had to think on my feet a lot. There maybe a chance that I scraped a first in that one if I am really lucky. But as expected Applied Analysis was a complete joke. I will be delighted if I get the 35% to pass it! Professor Mackay is obviously a genius. You just have to look at his website to see that. He's not stupid so he must know that the exams he sets are way above the required standard for the second year of this degree. So why does he do it? One rumor is he is trying to find the real geniuses on the course so he can wrap them in cotton wool and look after them. Another rumor is that he sets the exam at the same standard as the exams at Cambridge. Well if that's the case thank goodness they didn't want me!

June 06, 2005

I will drink my urine if 2moros exams go well for me!

Why is maths so fucking hard! 2day I've understood loads of theorems and their proofs for differentiation and applied analysis but there are so many more that I haven't had chance to look at. There is so much to learn! I guarantee that none of what I have revised over the past weeks will be helpful 2moro when I do the exam. If the exams go well I will drink my own urine in celebration! No really I will because I am that confident that they won't.

June 04, 2005

Running Out of Time!

There are only 2 more days of revision left before Differentiation and Applied Analysis exams! Oh no! However I did have a good day with the differentiation 2day! I learned how to prove the Contraction Mapping Theorem so I just hope it gets asked in the exam. If Vasili is reading this, will you be asking it? What else will you be asking?

Thanks to Charlotte for being such an awesome revision partner, and thanks to Ant and his housemates for the awesome bbq this evening!

Big day in the gym 2moro! Fingers crossed for a good result! Pray I don't pass out!

June 03, 2005

Walk or Run Through Rain?

Writing about web page

So yeah today was just another average day, revision and gym. But I must have looked like an absolute fool coz it was pissing it down with rain for most of the day and I was going around campus in shorts and shirt! What an idiot!

I spent half an hour in maths waiting for the rain to stop so I could walk home without getting soaked. Of course the rain wasn't going to stop so I consulted the internet so see whether it would be best to run or walk home through the rain. The internet said it would be best to run. I point you in the direction of the article above. This was just one example of a site telling me to run. Nevertheless being lazy I walked and didn't get that wet.

What do you think? Walk or run? Does it really matter? Surely you're gonna get wet whatever?

June 02, 2005

Sto Pro Was OK

Stochastic Processes exam was alright! I wish I did more stats modules! Plus the women on the MORSE course are way better looking! Sorry maths chicks but it just is true!

In other news progress in the gym is still going well. I'm looking forward to the 12.5km 50 minute row on Sunday. I plan to go out for a long run 2moro to prepare for it!

Also I've decided I hate the all computers in the Maths building. Mandrake is shit because I can't be bothered to learn how to use it and the windows computers are shit because they won't save any of my personal settings (and they are windows). If anyone can tell me how to get that working please tell me.

And finally what is wrong with Groupwise! I like it! I'm sure someone has come up with a good reason for getting rid of it but whatever it is they are wrong.

June 01, 2005

Alegbra II Exam and More Stuff

First of all, yesterday's Algebra II exam didn't go too badly! Question 5 was an easy JNF question so that will be 25 marks straight away. Question 1 wasn't so bad either so I reckon I will have scored between 15 and 20 marks there. I also attempted question 2. Not so easy but I think I got the right idea. Depending on the marker's generosity, if will have scored between 12 and 15 for that. I also attempted question 3. I was only able to get the first 2 parts out so I will have scored between 8 and 10 marks for that. In total I will have somewhere between 60% and 70% for the paper and with a little boost from assessed work and Professor Seymourís percentage, I will have scraped a high 2.1 or a first, so good news!

Today started with a trip to the gym. Good progress on the bench press today at last! I spent the morning revising for the Stochastic Processes exam 2moro and then went to Pizza Hut in Cov for an 'all you can eat' buffet lunch. Had a look around the shops afterwards, bought a shirt! Went back home and had dinner then this evening I have been back in Maths revising!

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