All entries for October 2005

October 22, 2005


Today's lesson: don't redirect the output of sed to the file it's working on.

For reasons I don't entirely understand, it will wipe the file!

Especially don't do this if you're doing it inside a for statement looping through all the files of your coursework.

October 19, 2005


I am human.

As a human, I require sleep.

My first lecture is "only" at 11:00, but I have long passed the point at which I should have gone to bed.

Inevitably, despite my alarm clock's best efforts, I will not be up for it.

October 17, 2005

Bread: the silent killer

Writing about web page

If you encounter bread, under no circumstances should you approach it without a trained professional.

October 05, 2005

Alan loves mongooses

What is it about statistics teachers and not being able to teach? I’m still working out which modules I want to take.

Statistical Laboratory: meant to be easy marks; dull; parts of it stuff I did for GCSE
Introduction to Quantitative Economics: lots of CATS, so they recommend I only do one other module, also means if I screw it up it’s bad; not sure how interesting it is yet

My diabolo is steadily getting shorter. A couple of times in the past few months, it has broken off at the knot. No problem: just retie it a few centimetres shorter. Unfortunately, a couple of times in the past few days, it has broken off. In the middle. This is the third time now, and I suspect it won’t be the last.

I had a small uh-oh moment about my finances the other day, but it was resolved when I realised that my student loan is £3924, not £3294.

I went to see comedy. To repeat a much abused quote from (I think) Woody Allen, which won’t make sense here: It was good, but not great.

Due to too much time sleeping, I didn’t get a good look at the societies fair. There were some interesting ones, but I’m not sure if it’s worth joining them.

Serenity is out in the UK officially on Friday, with previews on Thursday. Hope to get a “this is what Firefly is; this is what Serenity is; you’re all going to see it” post done, but I’ve been meaning to write that for weeks.

So, if I don’t: Serenity is out in the UK officially on Friday, with previews on Thursday. Go see it.

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