February 18, 2005

Stuck For Ideas

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/its/elab/services/webtools/blogs/faqs/entry/ideas/?xdoplain=true

My sister had her driving theory test this afternoon (she passed, well done!) so I'm going home a couple of hours later than normal. So since I have nothing better to do (well, that I can be bothered to do) I thought I'd answer all the questions on the above site…

Oldest questions first

List your top revision tips
Listen at the time so you have less to revise. Other than that I'm probably not the best person to ask – my revision usually consists of flicking though a textbook the day before!

What was your biggest mistake in your first year?
Ask me in 5 months.

Which module would you make compulsory?
For who? All ours are compulsory, except for one maths option.

What would convince you to choose a specific career?
I'm glad to see from reading ahead that the questions get better.

What is the best moment you have had in a lecture?
Roy Simmonds getting a bluetooth message saying something like "you suck" was pretty funny, though a little unfair. Other than that they've mostly been uneventful.

What is the best thing you have done in a seminar?
Sat, listened, not contributed. That's pretty much all I do.

Which book has helped you most with your work?
The internet.

What is the best place to live: Leamington, Coventry, Kenilworth or on campus?
On campus – I can come back between lectures and not leave til 10 mins before the lecture. It's a shame we can't live here next year really!

Which union society would you make every other student join?
"Every other"? Well I'm not in any societies anyway.

Which issue would make you want to become a politician?
None, I don't get involved with debates or things like that. Selfish or just lazy? You decide.

What is your favourite artwork on campus?
My desktop wallpaper? I've never looked.

What are your strengths?
Logical thinking.

Describe what you consider to be the most beautiful view in the world
I quite like the view of the sea and a beach on a sunny day. No people, just calm.

What's your favourite time of day? Why?
Night during holidays because I get the most stuff done… mainly because I'm avoiding going to bed, so I have the motivation to do something else! During term I don't really have one – during the day I'm tired and when it comes to evening I'm no longer tired but I have to go to bed or I'll be even more tired the next day!!

What everyday item is the most well designed? (Fit for purpose and aesthetically pleasing.)
eh?

If you could invent a piece of technology that would improve your academic life, what would it be and why?
A working BOSS system right now! Of things already invented, I think Mathematica improved the maths module a lot because now I know whether I have the right answer!

If you won 5 million, how would you spend it?
I'd probably just put it in the bank to earn interest and make me more money! I'd eventually spend it, but probably not on anything really big.

What's your favourite place on campus? Why?
My room – I can listen to my music or watch films and work on the computer. Gets a bit lonely sometimes though.

Name something about yourself that people don't expect
What don't you expect?

Which other universities did you apply to? Why did you choose Warwick?

  • Southampton (second choice, slightly lower grades)
  • York (too formal open day, poor accomodation),
  • Bath (didn't like it as much)
  • Reading (not as nice, lower grades)
  • Portsmouth (nice location but grades very low)

So chose Warwick by elimination.

What mesmerises you?
Sometimes songs I haven't heard before.

Which animal do you most resemble in both appearance and habit?
Guinea pigs are shy and eat a lot, so them in habit. In appearance I have no idea.

What's your favourite cartoon? Why?
Simpsons – it's funny and not at all serious, and has jokes for both children and adults.

What's the stupidest thing you've ever done?
If I did something stupid I've probably blocked it out of my mind already.

Name a book you'd recommend to a friend. Why?
I don't read books often, I read web sites.

Have you ever won a trophy? What for?
Not that I can think of. I have a load of certificates but mainly for normal boring school work.

What's the furthest place you've ever travelled to?
America, but that was 10 years ago now.

Have you ever been in a school play? Was it good? Were you good?
Not since first school (primary school but years 1–4 only). I was the snake in The Jungle Book.

Who's funnier, Jim Carrey or Bill Murray?
I don't know who Bill Murray is, but Jim Carrey is definately funny.

What's your favourite scary movie?
The first one. Oh, "scary movie" not "Scary Movie"?! I don't like scary movies much.

What one thing would you most like to accomplish with your life?
Finally finish the PHP CMS I've been working on on-and-off for the last 4 years!

Where will you be in five year's time?
Sitting in front of a computer screen of course.

What item of your friends' would you most like to have for your own?
What ya got? If I wanted something I'd probably just buy one!

OK that's enough for now! I'll add the other half of the list next time I'm putting off working!

Dave-Miller.com - 22nd


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