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April 28, 2006

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April 14, 2006

Questions on Christianity, part 2

Subtitle: Curiosity converted the cat

The last one of these did quite well: my Livejournal got 43 comments over a week or so, and my Warwick Blog is (just about) still alive now, with 164 comments at present.

For Christians:

What convinced you to become a Christian?
What is the biggest change it has made in your life?

For non-Christians:

What do you think it would take for you to be able to believe? Is there a certain level of proof that you would want?
What is the biggest problem you see with Christianity?

Ethical question (for both):

If you had the ability to change someone's mind about the existence of God, would it be ethical to use it?
If you were able to do this to just one person, who would you choose?

[ This post on my Christian-filled LiveJournal ]


April 11, 2006

Random thoughts

Bra'tac was a schoolteacher in the Legend of Zorro.

"What happened to the letter G?" makes an okay April Fools joke, but would have made a better short film.

My hair is either just too long or just too short. Or much too long. I wonder what I'd look like bald...

It would be cool to have a house with only one room. You could have rope ladders allowing you to move up/down, and curtains to give some privacy to bedrooms and bathrooms. And you could have chairs attached to the walls on long poles. Potential downside: falling out of bed could be painful.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an excellent film.

By this point in the holidays, I should have at least found the pieces of paper which tell me what work I have to do.

Do I let "me" define me? I should try to do something new or unusual at least once a week [during next term]. Only I can't really think of anything.

I should juggle more.

I seem to be incapable of going to bed before 2:00, or getting up before 12:00.

Google Local has better maps than something using the Google Maps API. Apparently though, if I use the next version of the API, I might get the better maps. I definitely think this needs to be done. Perhaps not until I'm back at university, though. Sidenote: you can just about see the pink caravan in our back garden at the highest zoom.


April 10, 2006

Famous Jon

Writing about web page http://www.thomhutchinson.com/

All this talk about famous Thom reminds me of Famous Jon, another person on a quest to become famous. He had several things going for him that Thom does not:

1) He didn't limit himself to only 7 days.
2) He had T-shirts.
3) He had flyers.

Alas, Famous Jon's website has disappeared and can only be found on the Internet Archive.

Can Thom Hutchinson do better?


April 09, 2006

Term 2 recap – what I learnt

Design of Information Structures

The lectures varied from useful to uninteresting to ancient Babylonian, but mostly uninteresting. I think I understand the concepts well enough, but they went over a large number of abstract data types that I'm not sure how we'll be tested on.

The coursework was easy enough. It was less interesting than the Programming for Computer Scientists coursework, but it made up for that a bit by not walking us through every step.

Mathematics for Computer Scientists II

I cannot remember what we covered in this module. A bad sign, I suspect. But at the time, it made sense, so I'm sure it's just buried at the back of my head.

Professional Skills

Why should computer scientists have to write essays? It's silly and ridiculous. Almost as silly and ridiculous as teaching essay skills in the same module as Unix. I've so far handed in a suprisingly good factsheet, an absolutely appalling article critique, and a persuasive essay of unknown goodness (probably not much).

The lectures were dull, but I went to them all, so that means that all the knowledge is hiding away in my brain, ready to be accessed at a moment's notice.

Introduction to Quantitive Economics

Macroeconomics is like Microeconomics, only with a different lecturer. And less maths. There were lots of weird graphs.

Computer Organisation and Architecture

The lectures remained mysteriously sleep-inducing, but we had practical labs this term. They were more interesting, especially when sleep-deprived. The last three weeks of labs required me and James to work together to make a game of Pong, using an oscilloscope as an output device. The first two weeks involved a lot of blunders, a lot of confusion, and a lot of doubt as to our ability to finish. The final week involved a miraculous last minute victory over the hardware by me, and an excellent game of Pong created by James (all in one night, without any way of testing it).

There was also some coursework due on the last day of term, but that was easy.


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