All entries for November 2006

November 30, 2006

Advent Calendars at the ready!

Doesn’t time fly when you’re studying Maths? I can’t believe that we’ve only got a week and a day left of this term, then it’ll be the Christmas holidays, which, coincidentally, are lined up to be work-wise the worst Christmas holidays ever. What with a draft of my Second Year Essay to do, an assignment for Modelling Nature’s Nonlinearity and revision for my Math Stats A exam in the first week back in January, I’ve got plenty of Uni work to do. And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve got 1-2 weeks of Tesco as well! Can’t wait…

I’m really dreading the whole essay business. I haven’t had to do any extended piece of writing since, well, my A-Levels, so I fear I may just have forgotten how to do it. And I’m also worrying that I’m just going to be sat there without a clue where to start desperately trying to avoid the temptation to just copy everything out of a book. At least I’ve got as far as the (provisional) title which is (hold onto your hats):

Single Server Queueing Systems

That is, of course, subject to my tutor’s blessing, when he gets back to me. Hopefully it’ll be OK, as I find it very hard to find any areas of Maths which I can be motivated to write about, and Queueing Theory was just something that jumped out at me in the library (not literally, of course).

I’ve got a really exciting Saturday coming up this weekend. Firstly, during the daytime, it’s the Warley National Model Railway exhibition in the NEC in Birmingham, this year featuring (I read somewhere) a whopping 75 layouts! If you were me, you’d be wetting yourself with excitement. OK, it’s not that exciting, I suppose. Then later on it’s off for a meal at Nando’s with my housemates, followed by Mitchell & Webb in the Arts Centre. I hope they’re as good as they are in Peep Show and That Mitchell & Webb Look, and I can’t wait to see Numberwang live!

Probably going an above average Saturday, at least!

Anyway, just filling y’all in on my current to-ings and fro-ings.


November 23, 2006

I know I'm losing it because…

... I tried to have a conversation with my voicemail this morning.

November 20, 2006

My faith in humanity is restored!

Finally, someone has decided to stand up, use common sense and not bow to the fair trade/make poverty history brigade and campaign for something not to be banned:


You have no idea how refreshing this is to me, when the current trend is to just jump on any bandwagon that comes along to boycott some multinational for some ridiculous reason. ¡Viva a revolución!

Note: I’m not against the principals of Make Poverty History and Fairtrade, I’m just against the attitude that people generally seem to take that these are the be all and end all and will solve global poverty overnight, when, in actual fact these are not, in my opinion, proper solutions.

November 11, 2006

Supermassively Forgetful

It’s kind of weird – I’m off to see Muse on Wednesday at the NEC, which I’m dead excited about, but I keep forgetting about it. Every now and again, it just comes back to me and I think ‘Oh yeah, I’m giong seeing Muse next week!’ I’m just worried that come Wednesday night, I’ll be sat in my room on my computer knowing that I’m forgetting something but being unable to put my finger on it, then it suddenly dawning me about 8 o’clock, promptly causing me to think ‘Oh Shit!’, followed by the fastest run to Coventry station ever. Hopefully, at least one of John and I will remember, so there’ll be no problem. In theory at least…..

Looking back at this year (and my blog), I can’t quite believe the amount of live music I’ve been to this year (which is alot by my standards, having been to almost none previously) – there was Feeder, the Chili Peppers, the Leeds Festival (inc Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand), Robbie Williams (my Mum’s birthday present) and now Muse. Quite alot really!

In other news this week, I went to the ever-excellent Reckless Moment on Monday, and an unprecedented two cinema trips in two days to see the excellent Thank You For Smoking on Thursday, and the absolutely bloody hilarious Borat on Friday. It’s very nice! Then it’s the Cooler Comedy gig again tomorrow night, with the return of Lloyd Langford as MC, which should be good. And hopefully I’ll actually remember to take the tealights for a change this week, rather than walking out of the house, then realise I’ve forgotten them and having to run back – the first time I looked like a right lazy-arse as I had to get off the bus after just 3 stops! I’ve kind of got a weird feeling something else exciting is happening this weekend, when there isn’t. Maybe it’s Muse that’s doing it…

Also, I got round to writing an e-mail to Travel Coventry complaining about there use of an Optare Solo (one of these if you’re not familiar with makes of buses) on the 0808 journey from Pool Meadow to Uni every morning. It comes past the Earlsdon Avenue stop full up every day – is it so hard to substitute a double decker off some more lightly used route, or would that be being too sensible? Curse National Express group!

I think I’ll leave this transport-related rant there before I get too worked up! And, while I’m at it, as I’ve covered just about everything interesting that’s happening in my life at the moment, I’ll leave the entry here as well.

Until next time, adieu!

p.s. The rhyming in the tags in unintentional. Honest!

November 10, 2006


Borat: Cultural Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
5 out of 5 stars

This is the funniest film I’ve ever seen – almost continuous laughs from end to end, with dozens of classic lines and hilarious scenes. Go and see it – I doubt you’ll regret it!!

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