All entries for January 2005

January 28, 2005

Jobseeker

Intelligent, good-looking and vaguely normal male with 5 As at A-level, due to get a Masters degree in a numerate subject soon, does way too many extra-curricular activities it's silly, seeks interesting and suitable job that pays at least £25kpa.

Can't be too much to ask…


January 27, 2005

Back to grammatical errors…

Until I can get a continuously varying number of characters on my computer screen I will always find the following very annoying:

"Entry title is too long, must be 100 characters or less."


I need a job

See subject.

January 14, 2005

Degree maths (the 2nd Edition)

Following on from my last entry about Algebraic Curves, I thought I'd just express my anger at the course's lecturer.

He's Russian. This isn't an immediate disadvantage or A Very Bad Thing at all, it's just that it's sometimes very hard to understand what he's saying (especially when he misses words out of sentences or pluralises something that shouldn't be – because the number of things makes quite a big difference in mathematics) and even harder to understand when he writes stuff on the board. Sometimes he just misses random letters out; this I can cope with. It's when it loses all grammatical sense I just can't work out what it means. It might make a little more sense if I knew what he was talking about in the first place, but how am I supposed to do that if I can't understand him? See what I'm getting at?

That's one thing. The other thing is equally silly but easily rectifiable. He told us about the book that he is basing the course on; Complex Algebraic Curves by R. Kirwan, I believe. The library has 2 copies of this book and they're both out. HE HAS ONE OF THEM. Given that he is also in possession of his own Complex Algebraic Curves by R. Kirwan this strikes me as a little daft. In fact, very daft. Who are the library books supposed to be for? Hmmm?

And they still expect me to get a 2:1.

My God.


January 07, 2005

Degree maths

I've just come out of Algebraic Curves. We've now supposedly had 3 lectures, although the maths department can't organise a piss-up in a brewery and so didn't tell us about the lecture yesterday, so, to summarise, have only been to 2. Either way, I still don't know what an algebraic curve is. I feel this is an error.

I never thought Riemann Surfaces would be so appealing…


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