All entries for November 2005

November 27, 2005

A motto to live and work by

"There are two groups of people in racing – those who make victories and those who make excuses. Don't be the latter"

So said the guy taking our weekend seminar on racing dynamics. And he's got a very good point. "I was too tired", "We didn't have enough time", and "We didn't have the budget" are all bad excuses for a lack of dedication, poor organisation and a lack of dedication to finding the sponsorship. As he said, we live in one of the ten richest countries in the world. The money is there, we just have to find it and then work out ways of getting it, which may require creativity. The rest is just plain hard graft and good organisation.

I've decided that I don't really sign up to our charter to try and finish in the top 10 universities for Formula Student. I want to win it. I don't care if other teams have more background, more budget etc. If we don't set out to win, what the hell are we doing this all for in the first place.

"Racing is everything. Everything else in between is just waiting" – Steve McQueen

November 24, 2005


Following a number of hours of being obstinate with Matlab, I have what appears to be a working 190 line program for my ES480 Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems coursework. That is, the answers it's producing seem entirely reasonable and smooth. I haven't checked it against the assignment test data yet (next task to do), but as it's nearly half 1 I think I shall retire from the computing rooms and go back to bed for some sleep. I need to be in the workshops for 8AM anyway…

Formula Student CAD work has unfortunately not been so successful. Not a complete disaster either mind you, but I haven't got all the drawings I need produced unfortunately. So that's another job to do for tomorrow – oh the joy.

If anyone who knows me well is good at job applications by the way and wants to earn some money, I'm seriously considering employing someone to fill out some application forms for me. I really must get round to sending my applications for Rolls Royce, Caterpillar, Quinetiq, Ricardo, JCB, Jaguar/Aston Martin and BP off but I can never find the time. Damnation :-S

Red bull consumption will shortly be on the increase methinks…

November 15, 2005

Unexpected chortle

Today, I've mostly been feeling like this again, as is often the case of late. However, whilst browsing in misery and anger, I stumbled across an old article in the Times. Now I warn you of a Guardian disposition in advance that it's not really at all politically correct, so don't read it if you're offended/against such things. And if you do go and read it anyway, then don't bother posting some stupid comment here because I've warned you in advance and you should have either taken my advice or gone and gotten a sense of humour. For the rest of you, read and have a laugh. It managed to put a smile on my face and ignite a small flicker of cheer in me.

November 14, 2005

Physicists are great

I love the wackiness of Physicists. I met with a friend of mine today who does maths and physics, and we ended up discussing his project, which is to get to a star 100 light years away and back in the span of a human lifetime. I shall now include some extracts from the conversation:

George: "We've optimised it down to 10,000 or 100,000 kilograms of fuel per kilogram of payload"
Me: "Is that including the rocket's mass?"
George: "The payload is the rocket"
Me: "So you need to confine 10 tons of antimatter in less than a kilo of rocket just to make a usable rocket?"
George: "... That's the least of our worries"
Me: "Surely automated lasers firing at manned rockets is pretty unsafe?"
George: "Well if the laser goes wrong, you destroy the rocket. If the antimatter rocket goes wrong, you destroy the solar system"
George: "I'm fairly sure we can optimise the the rocket to maybe 1,000 tonnes of antimatter fuel for the whole rocket"
Me: "So that won't destroy the solar system then?"
George: "Oh no… Probably just the Earth"

I have come to the conclusion that Formula Student by comparison is very dull and I want to go do his project instead… It sounds much more fun!

I know Kung Fu

Writing about Hell yeah! from Et tu, Bloge.

You scored as Neo, the "One". Neo is the computer hacker-turned-Messiah of the Matrix. He leads a small group of human rebels against the technology that controls them. Neo doubts his ability to lead but doesn't want to disappoint his friends. His goal is for a world where all men know the Truth and are free from the bonds of the Matrix.

Neo, the "One"


James Bond, Agent 007


Batman, the Dark Knight


The Terminator


Indiana Jones


The Amazing Spider-Man




Captain Jack Sparrow


Lara Croft


William Wallace


El Zorro


Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
created with

Can I just add woo and hoo :-D

Oh and some more I found:

You scored as Special Ops. Special ops. Your sneaky, tactful, and a loner. You prefer to do your jobs alone, working where you don't come into contact with people. But everyonce in a while you hit it big and are noticed and given fame. Your given the more sensitive problems. You get things done, and do what has to be done.


Special Ops






Support Gunner


Combat Infantry








Which soldier type are you?
created with

You scored as personality. Hopefully whoever you end up with will be attractive, but you choose your women based upon how funny they are and if you can talk to them on the phone for hours and feel like you only just started talking except that your hand is tired and your ear is sore from pressing the phone so close.



Mouth man


an eyes person


Breast Guy


Ass man


The space between the legs


What are you attracted to in a girl
created with

You scored as SMG. Small, lightweight, deadly. SMGs are not very accurate, but contains great punch and lot of ammo. Enjoy.



Assault Rifle




Sniper Rifle








What Firearm Fits You Best?
created with

You scored as luke. You are Luke. You are generally a good guy, other then the whole crush on your sister thing. You're powerful, but be careful which battles you choose- you wouldn't want to lose another hand.



darth vader






the emperor




Which Star Wars Charectar Are You?
created with

I can't believe I came out as Luke :-( I'm so obviously more of a Han Solo!

November 06, 2005

Light pollution: Yet another reason to not live in or near built up areas

For a number of reasons, I decided to take a walk this evening. I love evening walks – cool crisp air, peacefulness etc. However, one of the things I really hate about living here is the amount of light pollution we get, living near an urban area. Unless you've been to the countryside and looked up, you won't know what I'm on about. Back home, on a clear night like we have tonight you can see thousands of stars decorating the night sky; it's magical. Here, you can see maybe 50. And one of those was a planet. The amount of energy we waste just lighting up empty streets of an evening and throwing immense levels of light skyward pointlessly and irritatingly for those who like to stargaze is just ludicrous. Grrrrr I want to move back home :-(

On a more positive note, I saw a shooting star. I know they're quite common, but I don't see them very often at all and it kind of made my evening. Just thought I'd share.

November 05, 2005

The library and why it sucks

I would like to state here publically that the library is a complete waste of everybody's afternoon. Or whatever time you spend there. In my case, most of the morning.

What, pray tell, is the point of having a huge building full of books if none of them are actually any use? I've spent most of the morning trying to find books to help me with my fourth year project, and not one, not a single book was any use. There are no books in the library on motorsport, brake design, suspension design, upright design or anything related to these areas. There are, of course, endless books which discuss unapplied theory in abundance, but what is the point of all of this, really? Learning for learning's sake is all well and good if that's what you're into, but some people have practical concerns and wish to actually do something in the world instead of umming and ahhhing at lots and lots of theory that is impossible to use in any meaningful way on complex real-world problems. That is, unless you have the intellect of Stephen Hawking and have a few years to write computer programs to perform immensely complicated calculations to then make some sense of the theory translated onto your specific problem. Which I don't. Therefore, I am giving up permanently on the library and going to go and buy a couple of good books myself instead, and use the internet and forums to find out information when I need it. Which is infinitely more helpful in the first place.

Library funding: don't increase it. Scrap the whole bloody building.

November 02, 2005

Wanted: someone to sleep for me

Following the first 5 1/2 weeks of term, which have been ludicrously crammed with far too much to do, I have taken the decision that I need to employ someone with not too much to do who likes to sleep and stay in bed a lot to do some of my sleeping for me. Admittedly this is one of my most bizarre ideas ever, and probably born out of the fact that I am in fact losing (or have lost) my sanity from sleep deprivation. I have no idea how this might work at all. But somehow, scientifically, sleep must do something to the body's levels of chemicals and things – either remove ones that make you tired, make more of ones that keep you awake, or both. So if any superbly bright young person has ideas of how I might make this work, please get in touch in order that I can feel more awake, be more productive with my days and attempt to get through more of my horrendous to-do list, and generally not look like someone has given me two black eyes.

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