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July 23, 2005

2005–06 Draft Mathematics Lecture List Released!

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Thanks to a huge tip off from the legend that is Dr. Roger Tribe, I have found the preliminary lecture list for mathematics modules next year on the PYDC section of the department's site! I advise you to take a good look before reading further!

I'm a third year in September so I will be talking about 3rd and 4th year modules in this entry. But if any 2nd years are reading and want to know about my opinions on 2nd year courses I am happy to give them.

To be honest, I still don't really know what I'll be taking next term! I'll be staying clear of algebra though. I don't get on with that very well! It's too early to think about 2nd term modules too. So, letís focus on next term. I was considering taking Continuum Mechanics but now I'm thinking that it won't be as enjoyable as I first thought! I will definitely be having a go at Measure Theory. It's a shame they haven't yet arranged a lecturer for that. Modern Control Theory looks really interesting too! Iíll have to turn up to that. Got to take two MA4XX modules! I am so not looking forward to those. I'm no chef, (In fact I hate them mainly because my ex-girlfriend ran off with one!) but I will have a go at Mathematical Recipes. I think I'll get on well with that one. I think I'll also check out Stochastic Analysis. However, I've been told that it is a very hard module. Is there anyone out there who could give me their opinion on it? I would greatly appreciate it.

July 18, 2005

Run for your life!

Oh my gosh! No joke or a lie, yesterday I experienced the scariest moment of my life and for a few seconds, thinking that I might die dominated my thoughts! Let me tell you more!

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Great Malvern. The sky was completely clear; not a cloud anywhere. A day so perfect produces a beautiful sunset, so I walked to the top of the hills to snap it. I already knew there were cattle grazing on the hill and was determined to capture the silhouette of a cow in front of the orange sky as shown to the left. The cows were grazing on a patch of the hill enclosed by an electric fence. The fence is designed to keep the cattle in. Walkers are allowed to enter the enclosure using the gates. The cattle are meant to be docile however you are warned not to get too close to them. So what did I do? Yes I got too close to one of them. It turned around, looked me in the eye and then started to run at me. In that split second I could see that this cow was not happy. As I looked back at it I saw the rage in its eyes! This powerful beast was running towards me and wasn't going to stop. I basically started to shit myself big time. I turned around and ran as fast as I could down the hill towards the exit of the enclosure. A good fifty meters! All the time I could hear and feel the cow behind me getting closer and closer. Luckily I was able to hurdle the gate to safety on the other side of the electric fence just before the cow caught up with me. Goodness knows what would have happened to me if I hadn't made it in time. I definitely wouldn't be writing this entry that's for sure! So yeah I'm never going in that cattle enclosure again! It's just not safe in there. I'd liken it to the raptor enclosure in Jurassic Park!

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