All entries for January 2006

January 31, 2006

The power of blogs

Writing about Newly found glory from [TBA]

If it wasn't for Thor's entry on Sunday, I would have told you:

  • About busking for NAGTY in Ramphal building
  • About my trip to Foleshill to buy material for the banners for the Rev concert on the 4th March.
  • About my inability to hear talking/melodies when loud music/noise is playing
  • Buying lifelong supplies of tumeric, bay leaves and lentils from a supermarket in Foleshill
  • Not managing to find Tesco Extra for the 5th time in my life, but for the first time not worrying about it (or running out of petrol) as we had already bought the essentials in Foleshill.
  • Taking 30 minutes to buy my "cute grey coat" from Central Six due to returning 4 items (some with and some without receipts), getting student discount, and faulty discount and having a stressed shop assistant – no matter how much I apologised and was nice she still looked like she was going to cry :(

However, what Thor left out was that:

  • My 'cute grey coat' was £60 reduced to £30, then £5 off as there was a hole in the arm (that I successfully sewed up) minus NUS discount of 10%. Leaving the bargain price of £22.50!
  • The woman in Gap, where Thor brought his stretchy, small, black long sleeve Tshirt thought he was my boyfriend (although it was fair enough considering I said, 'I thought you were buying frog pants not a Tshirt' to Thor whilst he was at the till)
  • Losing Rich in Next and arousing suspicion with the security guard whilst looking for him.
    Security Guard: "Are you ok?"
    Me: "Yes, I'm fine thanks. My boyfriend disappeared when he was standing at the till"
    Security Guard: "Hmmm"
    Me: "Oh, there he is" (pointing at Rich's reflection in the glass door)
    Security Guard: "right" (security guard looks at me strangely - guessing that the angle he was at he thought I was pointing at the glass door and nothing else...Rich takes me away…)
  • Having a conversation with another security guard in Morrisons. I was wondering whether he was cold standing by the door all day (apparently that's a strange thing to do…Thor takes me away…)

Also, do you ever get the thing where you say something and then realise that you shouldn't have said it?

It happened to me in Next.

I was (yet again) returning a pair of trousers) and she said, "Were there any problems with them?", however, it was cold outside and what she said turned up in my mind's subtitles as, "tboiugwoitb them?" so I repeated it back to her. She, as you would imagine looked at me very strangely and laughed as I tried to dig myself out of the hole with such phrases as, "sorry, - couldn't hear you, my ears are frozen" and "no they didn't fit - they made me look like a pepperpot"

That was Saturday


January 26, 2006

If you get lost…

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/its/training/courses/location/

…on the way to ITS training suite – then there's a video clip to show you how to get there!

It's slightly patronising as it spends quite a few seconds focussing on the enormous signs that direct you to IT Services every few minutes…

so, procrastination or a useful tool?


January 24, 2006

Lyrics, Lists and Logins

Follow-up to Tasks, Tshirts and tea from 1129 - Ali's () blog

Lists

I've now done everything on last week's list, hurrah!

Lyrics

For any Revvers reading this, Lyrics of the songs we've done so far this term are on the website, as well as photos from our concert last term. If anyone has any more, please email them to me :)

Logins

Has anyone been watching 'My Name is Earl?'

Unfortunately, when Groupwise (and H:/ drives) died last week my department (Centre for Lifelong Learning) was one of the last to be restored. Yeah, it was a bit annoying as we couldn't email any students to remind them to come to courses, and couldn't reply to any email queries, but we made the most of our times by planning things, like Skills Certificate courses and Warwick Shootout.

When the problems were fixed, I phoned ITS helpdesk to get a new member of staff access to a forwarding account and, made the mistake of mentioning 'Groupwise' in my query. I could hear (by way of my subtitles ) the guy at the end of the phone cringe and I'm amazed he didn't hang up on me! Anyway - after sorting my query out, I decided to have a chat with him (I've worked on an IT helpdesk - it's horrible and people forget that you have feelings!) so, anyway to cut the story short - paid ITS a few compliments for sorting stuff out when things did go wrong. Come on, who of you would want to go in to clear up the mess caused by someone purposely trying and suceeding in breaking things on a weekend / late at night?!!! I know I wouldn't want to be on the end of a phone to half the people whining on their blogs at the moment!!

So, this time when all the logins messed up, all of our department are having no problems at all.

karma anyone?


January 17, 2006

How do you think?

Apparently I'm quite strange in the way I think – I never thought it was until I mentioned it in a Revelation rehearsal and after it, getting asked lots of questions by the pyschologists in the room, so…

does anyone see subtitles when people talk? (I can't really say whether the subtitles are a particular colour but they do include punctuation and sometimes have pictures above the words.)

In most of my life it comes in useful. For example, I tend to remember what people say word-for-word and freak people like Jill out when I remember conversations or blog entries from over a year ago, and usually the subtitles rubberstamp over the surroundings of the conversation.

However, and this is where it falls down:

  • I find it really hard to understand play-on-word jokes and to understand foreign languages as my head automatically spells words as I hear them in English.
  • It's also hard to understand maths lectures when lecturers talk about symbols by spoken words, divide, psi, alpha etc. as I have to 'translate' them in my head to the specific letters.
  • I can't follow lecturers who ramble with never-ending sentences as my subtitles buffer until a full stop is 'heard'.
  • I can't make sense of song lyrics unless they are written down

And yes, I do have to watch TV (esp. West Wing) with subtitles, and if I'm reading and someone else is talking, either one gets ignored or subtitles overlay!

So, does anyone think like me, or am I just an oddity?


Tasks, Tshirts and tea

hmmm….I have a busy day ahead of me!

So far I have managed to wake up, get dressed and carry an amp to my car and proceeded to get it stuck under the parcel shelf and then got myself stuck in the traffic jam between Earlsdon and campus (grrrr – people who want to turn right at the Canley roundabout but go in the middle lane)

I've written a few blog entries over the past few days plugging Skills courses – yes, it is blatant advertising (wait until I start plugging Warwick Rev's concert*) but personally I think the courses are beneficial, even if I didn't do them when I was a student, and unless anyone has got any other ways of letting everyone know…

So, that's work until 5pm.

After work, I've got about half hour for some food before going to a Rev Exec. meeting, Media team meeting and Rev itself, followed by the social and somehow getting enough sleep before I have to come to work again tomorrow :(

Hmmm…and I'm meant to be meeting my supervisor at some point today!

Mental (now typed) list currently is:

  • Organise more of Warwick Shootout
  • Find out Tshirt prices for Warwick Shootout
  • Speak to Dan about Rev Hoodies
  • Play with SPSS
  • Advertise Skills courses
  • Email media/concert team to remind them to come to Media/Concert team meeting at 7.15pm tonight.
  • Think of a good name for the concert*
  • Write National Rev website report for Edinburgh Forum on Saturday.
  • Recruit media/concert team members whenever possible
  • Publicise concert*!!
  • Label photos in Rev photo gallery

Owch - I'm going to be busy!

*4th March 2006. Methodist Central Hall (title and ticket price to be decided)


January 04, 2006

If the University could…

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/skills

…run any course, what would it be?

I've been sitting at my desk, making sure that all the online signups are working and was considering which courses I'd do as an undergraduate.

Obviously there's the great for your CV courses, like Communication Skills and Problem Solving and Teamwork

but there's also the graduate employers will love it courses that show you're an round person like Creative Writing and Introduction to Enterprise

Although, I still think there's some space for life skills courses, alongside courses like Personal Finance

I was thinking something like 'Healthy food on a budget' or maybe a course in writing and interpreting technical manuals for things like flat-pack furniture (had a bit of a disaster building a chest from IKEA yesterday) or a course on how to sort out heating problems, 'You and your boiler' starring in-house case studies, such as Jill and Casey

So, if you could do any course in the world, what would it be and why?


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