May 09, 2005

Bacon, chili and cheese Sandwiches…

…Hopefully enough to give me some motivation to finish this damn formal report (S1 for anyone who gives a damn, or feels like helping) The main problem I have is that the word limit is ridiculously low for what we're expected to put in. I've written one of these before, but thanks to a screw-up on the website, had a limit of 5000 words rather than this one's 3500.

Let's see-Experiment is 5 sections, 3500 word/5 sections=700 words per section. Seem a little low? This is then made worse by the fact that we have to write so much about each bloody section and can't lay it out in the most sensible way! I now have 391 words to write the longest results section, the discussion, and the conclusion. Whoopee!

Added to the fact that my results appear to be different to what they were when I wrote the lab book and this isn't fun. I'm also not helped by the fact that, once again, the marker for the lab book appears to have no capacity to retain information, so the comments aren't too handy. If I explain how I derive something, then use that result on the next bloody page, i shouldn't have to then put where it comes from, it's obvious! You read it 4 lines ago!

Than again, this one was a lot, lot better than the last lab book, where a table of values headed "Measured values taken from lab script" and the markers comment was "Method??"

Method!? What! Well, I opened the book, read the values and wrote them down. What the hell do you expect me to say to this. For once, open your eyes and read the damn thing!

The same experiment: "readings were taken and are shown below" was met with "What readings?" Um…the ones in the table below perhaps?! Do the physics department actually employ monkeys to mark these things?

On a slightly more positive, and less ranting note, have managed to introduce the Germans to Spaced, with the result that we watched all of Series 1 on Saturday, and all of Series 2 yesterday. This wasn't intentional, we just kind of never got round to turning it off. I apologise to everyone else who knows me, as I may well be sprinkling conversations with Spaced quotes for a couple of days. (As opposed to the usual South Park, Family Guy, Invader Zim mix) Speaking of which, where's the new Family Guy, it should be out now? Hmmm.

Ah, new Simpsons is finished though. As is my, very nice, sandwich. Should probably get back to this bloody report. It's made worse by the fact that I can't even go out and get drunk when it's done, since I have to learn Russian for Thursday. Aaaaagh!


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