May 31, 2005

Personality test thingy

Disorder | Rating
Paranoid: Moderate
Schizoid: Moderate
Schizotypal: Low
Antisocial: Low
Borderline: Low
Histrionic: Low
Narcissistic: Moderate
Avoidant: Low
Dependent: Moderate
Obsessive-Compulsive: High

URL of the test: link
URL for more info: link

I could have told you that. Could have been worse I suppose. I'm going to restring my gutiar before tonight's gig or Hywel might castrate me.

May 26, 2005

New S.I. unit created ?

Ok, so I clearly started this blog at the start of revision time when I was in 'work avoidance' mode. This quickly progressed to anxiety, fear, terror, and finally actually doing some work. Hence the lack of interesting blog entries. Only 2 exams left now though, then I can start wasting time on a regular basis again.
So anyway, whilst learning some fluid dynamics I came across several marvellous mathematical models such as the plughole that never actually drains and the Jumbo Jet that had a 26m fuselage. I also came across a cup of tea undergoing spin-down as a result of Helmholtz theorem (it's boring don't worry). This made me think, clearly all physicists want to have a theorem or unit named after them, and I may have found my chance here…....
The new official unit for rate of caffeine consumption is: Dowdalls
1 Dowdall is equal to one cup of tea (made with Tesco tea bags, in a normal half pint mug) consumed every hour.
I will be submitting a paper at some point to those people in France who are in charge of the Standard Internationale crap. Until then, you may as well start using this convention because it is sure to revolutionise the relatively new field of Beverage Physics and you will all look like fools if you aren't up to date with the latest research.
[ I will also be publishing a joint paper with some very esteemed colleagues some time next year entitled: Elementary Bitch Theory and It's Applications]
If anyone would like to make a contribution to either of these fields then please leave a comment.

May 04, 2005


How convenient, just a day after promising the possibility of some kind of mild peril, I was in fact placed in such a situation. After giving blood I started to feel quite light headed and was forced to stay lying down for a long period of time (minutes) and to consume large quantities of biscuits (well, 3 packs) and squash. Annoyingly thats the 2nd time that's happened and the bloke in charge said that if it happened again I should not do it for a few years :(. Fine, they obviously don't want my blood ( O+ if you're interested). I realise that todays events we're particularly mild but no-one can deny that there was peril involved.

May 03, 2005

That's a crap name for a band.

Well, that's the first thing people say, but it was the day before the entry deadline for last years battle of the bands competition and we had to think of something.
Replica X have been called many things, some of which I may quote at some point, but we are essentially a stadium rock/hair metal band. Although I think Fretwiddlingprogrockdryiceottermetal sums it up well too.
Anyway, Replica X are:
Vocals: Oliver Curnicks – We 'stole' him from Snarf and the Flux Capacitors cause he can wail like a demon.
Guitar: Um… I like to think of myself as the sweep picking king.
Guitar: Hywel Bennet – Is essentially a git. He knows just about every Dream Theater song on guitar and owns a Jem (Steve Vai's signature guitar in case you didn't know.
Keyboards: Chris Simms – He's got a keytar, it's awesome.
Bass: Charles Gill – The latest member of the band, and something of a ninja warrior.
Drums: Alex 'Dr Lego' Wilson – Spent his PhD funding on a monster rack mounted drum kit.

After failing miserably in last years battle of the bands, we bummed around playing cheesy covers for the best part of a year before deciding to pull our fingers out and write some tunes. We were most delighted to get to the final of this years botb and even more delighted to win the whole competition :) . The prize for which includes time in a studio, awesome.
Recordings of the final can be found here
Some of you may have also seen us at Crash with the Imperial Vipers and Fire of Prometheus. That was also awesome, possibly our best gig yet.
Our next live performance will be at The Last Exit on wed 22nd june in the Coliseum, coventry.

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