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October 31, 2006

small things make the day

Work welcomed me today with a thickening carpet of leaves, it looks like Autumn is finally here.

The ‘VC’ must be reading my blog ‘cos he’s started getting in even earlier to avoid me, just saw him sliding into the back of University House as I passed a moment before 8.

I couldn’t concentrate today, I don’t know why but my thoughts wouldn’t come together. I did various bits and pieces but nothing that was very satisfying. I did some literature searching on a new subject for me: did you know that there are 3 basic types of traffic modelling: Macroscopic, Mesoscopic and Microscopic. Apparently my interests are in the microscopic domain…

... no, not very intersesting.

Rant of the day, a recuring theme this, is to rail against the waste involved in funded research, so little of your and my money that is headlined going into this or that research actually ends up in the hands of those who could make a difference – its all used to grease the wheels of the REMFs. Rather than this I thnk we’d all be far better off if we said:


”...Lets accept that 20 or 30 percent of all funding will be embezzled, wasted, spent on junkets or whatever; that will still leave 70 to 80 percent of the original funding to be used to add value and we dont need to spend any on administratium.”

Later on I made real progress, I got the SmartBoard working and went home happy, small things make the day.

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