All entries for June 2005

June 26, 2005

Goodbye

Goodbye Warwick. Hopefully I'll be back next year. Hopefully I'll get some acknowledgement that I joined the WGA so I can keep this thing going.

I wish everyone a good summer, and good luck in everything you do.


My last night at Warwick


The ever-famous Koan.


The flowerbed by the bus stop.


The Arts Centre at night.


The Arts Centre again, taken from…yes…the top of that sculpture thing behind the bus stop.


The tree outside the Humanities building, which I subsequently climbed, and nearly killed myself by almost falling out of.

I may have also hopped the wall to find out what is going on with the Social Studies building, but this is unconfirmed.


June 25, 2005

Soundtrack to Warwick

Inspired by Dan, I am going to attempt to list the songs I feel have most encapsulated these last three years. Explanations will be provided where possible, and please note that the year may not always correspond to the existance of a track at that time.

Year 1:

  • New Frontier – Counting Crows
  • New Slang – The Shins
  • Oxygen – JJ72 - Fresher's Ball
  • The Loner – Gary Moore
  • Winter – Joshua Radin. Grandfather's death. Association via the ever-awesome Scrubs.
  • Tears in the Rain – Joe Satriani
  • Don't Panic – Coldplay
  • I Understand It – Idlewild. Getting a 1st.

Year 2:

  • Disconnected – Idlewild. No internet in term 1.
  • This Is The Place – Red Hot Chili Peppers. Started to realise how much I liked Warwick.
  • Globes and Maps – Something Corporate
  • Konstantine – Something Corporate. Just two great songs I listened to a lot.
  • Up All Night – Counting Crows. The only allnighter of my entire degree, on the deadline of the Software Engineering project.
  • The Bronze Medal – Idlewild
  • Summer Song – Tammany Hall

Year 3:

  • Miracle – Vertical Horizon. Required to get a 1st.
  • Honestly – Cary Brothers
  • The Metre – Powderfinger
  • Fine – Tammany Hall. Recovering from a bit of depression.
  • I'm Not Afraid – Remy Zero
  • As If I Hadn't Slept – Idlewild. Sleep deprivation in term 2.
  • Wanderlust – Nightwish. The urge to explore campus before having to leave it.
  • Breakdown – Mae. Waiting for the final results.
  • The Scientist – Coldplay. Supposedly.
  • Good Riddance (Time of your life) – Green Day. See Dan's reasons.
  • See You Soon – Coldplay. Hopefully.

All Three Years:

  • Simon – Lifehouse

Ready for the off

I leave tomorrow at about 11:30, and am now as packed as I can be before then. My room looks horribly bare:

I had to leave those photos in the mirror up, or I might have become terminally depressed.

It always suprises and slightly dismays me that the vast majority of my worldly possessions fit into 6 small flat-pack crates and a suitcase.

So tomorrow it's back to London. Back to dialup. Back to incessant parental nagging about why I haven't got a job sorted for the summer/next year/why I haven't organised anything at all/why I'm so useless…

Why can't Being Simon Brent be a profession for which one can be paid?


June 24, 2005

And now we are free, and we'll see you again. But not yet. Not yet

How can one say goodbye to 3 years?

There have been ups (friends, fun, high-speed internet connection…all that jazz), and there have been downs (mainly my course). I've learned some very important lessons (none to do with my course), even if I haven't always acted on them. I've made a goodly amount of friends, much to everyone's surprise, as I leave my room only rarely.

Regrets? Yeh I have a few. Not living in Leamington last year (Coventry is a dump), not being as adventurous as I might have been…oh, and the whole course thing. There have been many times in the past 3 years when I have said I should have gone to Durham instead, to study Natural Sciences. Obviously no one can know what would have happened in that case, but looking back I believe I can truly say that as a place, there's nowhere else I'd rather have been. Were I to start over again I'd choose a different degree – maybe engineering or chemistry or something at least vaguely applicable to the Real World – but not another uni.

And now it's over. Three years of joy, pain, fun, stress, laughter and tears. Three years of growth. Three years of life.

And so, because I am unwilling to let go, my plan is to come back next year – to find a job in the area, preferably live in north Leamington, and have another year in the company of those friends who will still be here, and there will certainly be enough to keep life interesting. Of course, being as disorganised as I am, I have yet to sort out a job, or accommodation. I don't really want to be here over the summer, so that means I have to find something starting in September, then somehow get accommodation before I start. Obviously finding a house first would be a bad move, in case there is nothing for me to do when I get back.

So hey…anyone want to employ me? I'm now Simon Brent BSc (Physics with Computing, Upper Second Class Honours). Comes with limited experience in anything job-related. Just add training and chocolate to make it work.

Oh boy, it's going to be a stressful summer.


June 23, 2005

The Breakdown

Follow-up to The End of all Things from The random scribblings of a diseased imagination

Artificial Intelligence: Predicted: 75, Achieved: 54. WTF? Sodding Scaler.
Solid State Physics: Predicted: 75, Achieved: 83. Nice.
Physics in Medicine: Predicted: 70, Achieved: 63.
Computer Graphics: Predicted: 67, Achieved: 58. Scaler again :-(
Final Year Project: Predicted: 65, Achieved: 64.
Introduction Nuclei and Elementary Particles: Predicted: 65, Achieved: 73.
Scientific Method: Predicted: 65, Achieved: 64.
The Weather and the Environment: Predicted: 60, Achieved: 70.
Magnetic Properties of Solids: Predicted: 45, Achieved: 51.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Predicted: 45, Achieved: 47.

Overall Degree Mark: 63%

A bit lower than I was expecting, due mainly to the AI scaler, but a respectable 2:1 none the less.


June 22, 2005

Judgement Day

So I got a 2:1, as I expected. Won't know the breakdown till tomorrow though.

That is all for now.


June 20, 2005

My lack of input

I haven't made that many entries since the end of exams, nor have I really been reading other peoples', or commenting particularly. It seems that the vast majority of things I write about stem from my general dissatisfaction with life (hence the posting spike during the first 5 weeks of term). Therefore I must conclude that I am happy, or at least content at the moment, for I find I have nothing really to write about. Of course, what with the complete lack of commitments at the moment I have pretty much been doing what I want for the last 4 weeks, so that's probably the cause. It's nice to know, as it doesn't happen very often.

On a side note, I was roped into doing Warwick Shootout on Friday. We filmed all night and I believe were the first team to finish (at about 11:30 on Saturday morning). Sadly I wasn't there during the editing process, as the lack of sleep hit me at 9 and I stumbled back to my room to pass out, but I have been told it looked pretty good in the end. It didn't win any awards, so it wasn't shown at today's presentation (possibly not a bad thing considering I was in front of the camera for one scene and would not have been able to bear the embarrassment).

I would like to make a couple of points about the awards. Firstly, two of the films that won – Best Film and Best Response to Brief – were made by staff or alumni – people with so many more resources than us that it wasn't fair to judge student films on the same level. Secondly…and this will only be understood by people who were at the screening…Immersion – WTF?


June 17, 2005

The last piece of maths of the year

Been meaning to do this for a while now…


June 13, 2005

Hilarity

Writing about web page http://ter.air0day.com/?script=archives

I didn't go to bed till 3:30 last night. I also nearly died laughing on numerous occasions, and this site was the reason. I particularly recommend Revenge of the Sith (yes, I'm at it again, sorry), all the other Star Wars films, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Being John Malkovich and the Matrix trilogy. Oh what the hell, and every other film you have seen on the site.

Just remember to breathe occasionally ;-)


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