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November 28, 2005

Poster Woes

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I have to make a poster on a physical principle for Communicating Science tomorrow on How Tsunami Occur and it has to be printed on an A1 sheet. None of this is a problem; I set the size to be A1, created my poster with decent-resolution images, saved it as a PDF, and burnt it to a CD. The Physics department has an A0 printer, so printing wouldn't be a problem…

The problems only started when one of my friends was looking at the A4 printout I'd done and spotted a spelling mistake ('in' instead of 'is'). I just had to accept this as there wasn't really anything I could do to the PDF to correct it.
The next problem was that, after printing the poster I realised it had done it at A0 size; twice the size it's supposed to be. I checked with the guy in charge of the module and he said we'd just have to go with it as anything else would involve wasting paper and ink. An unfortunate consequence of this is that the spelling mistake is now twice the size it should have been…
The third problem occurred when I was removing the elastic band to show a couple of friends how ridiculously big the poster was and I put a small tear in the side.
Finally, when I was rolling it up after that, it got a spot of liquid on it that has blotted a small bit of the poster.

Still, at least it's done. Now all it has to do is survive until tomorrow…

November 10, 2005

There's no such thing as a free lunch

Except actually there is…

A couple of Thurdays ago, I want to Cafe Xanana ("bar, bistro, grill", but no mention of "cafe"...). According the clock in Xanana's kitchen it was 5 minutes before the advertised end of food service, but they'd already stopped serving. I got out my phone and sent an email to while I was still angry.

After an intermediate email to check a few details, Nick Seagrave (CCDO) emailed me back to say I could have a free main course for two people by way of an apology.

So, since it was still on the lunch menu the next time I happened to go there, I got a free lunch. Admitedly I also had a drink and a side order that I had to pay for, but the main course was free.

I have to compliment them on their after–complaint service…

November 03, 2005

Dammit, Quadrupole!

Spinsight keeps crashing when I try to open the T1 experiment results using Exceed.
I'm going to have to walk all the way from Physical Sciences to the ground floor of Physics, only to walk back again a few minutes later as I need a Windows machine for a spreadsheet…
You're not making my life easy!

October 17, 2005


A couple of my friends and I have come up with a theory.

It all started when we were thinking of good places to hold meetings; we all thought that it's not a meeting unless it's behind a door with a little sliding panel and a surly guard to ask, "Password?"
It grew from that into being a secret underground bunker.
We decided, since the University was built during the Cold War era, that there must be a secret underground bunker hidden somewhere on campus. We concluded that it must have been for the Vice–Chancellor and is located under Senate House, since this is where his office was before it moved, presumably, to University House.
I've long since suspected that the Twisty–Metal–Tube–Thing in the grass surrounded by Senate House and the Chaplaincy was a disguised air–vent for a secret underground bunker, and this fits in rather well with this new theory.

I've looked on the Central Timetabling website and I can't see it, so I'm not sure how we'd book it; I'm sure if we asked anyone they'd swear it didn't exist…

Getting back to your Rootes

I miss Rootes. Rootes was much better then the house I'm in at the moment…

October 14, 2005

It was like that when I got there; honest, Guv…

Follow-up to Putting on the writs from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I've uploaded the photo they sent me of the stain, so you can see it if you like:

Behold! The 15 Pound Mattress Stain

October 12, 2005

Putting on the writs

Follow-up to Warwick Hospitality Frowns on Sweating! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Here's the full list, in case you were curious:

Total deduction 117.02

This deduction comprises of:
5 to spot clean the stains on the carpet.
6 compensation to the owner for the chip on your table.
5.14 to paint over the marks on your walls.
15 compensation to the owner for the stains on your mattress.

Turns out this is some sort of spillage. I have no idea where it came from…
1.05 towards replacing the broken freezer drawer.
1.07 towards replacing two broken drinks shelf in the fridge.
1.07 towards compensation to the landlord for the chips on the garage door.

I blame Matt Ashton. I assume these are the marks left over from when he was throwing knives at the door…
1.75 towards replacing three missing grill pans.
4.16 towards replacing the missing hoover.
1.25 towards replacing the edging strip on the worktop which had been chipped and pulled off
10.00 towards compensation to the owner for the two fridge doors that we dented.
1.30 towards compensation to the owner for the broken drawer under the sink.
1.30 towards compensation to the owner for the broken kitchen door closer.
1.30 towards compensation to the owner for the panels under the cupboard that had been pulled off.
10.41 towards replacing the three broken dining room chairs.

This one really annoys me. The old chairs seem cheap and I blame perfectly ordinary wear–and–tear.
1.30 towards compensation to the owner for the missing shelf from the lounge cupboard.
1.76 towards re–fixing the cupboard door in the lounge.
1.80 towards getting the radiator fixed that was pulled off the wall in the hallway.
1.25 towards compensation to the owner for the burn mark in the hallway.

That, I believe, was an iron…
0.83 towards replacing the missing phone.

I didn't even know it was missing…
1.08 towards replacing the missing ironing board.
1.30 towards compensation to the owner for the lifting wallpaper above the radiator in the hallway.
5.00 towards compensation to the owner for the lifting wallpaper in the corridor by the downstairs shower.

I blame the steam from the shower, although I haven't really paid it much attention; it could have been intentional…
Ground floor shower rooms
0.71 towards the missing towel rail in the ground floor shower room.
1.30 towards compensation to the owner for the skirting board which was damaged behind the door in the ground floor shower.
1.30 towards fixing the shower door which had come off the rails.
0.71 towards the missing toilet roll holder in the ground floor shower room.
3.75 towards fixing the broken window vent in the ground floor shower room.
1.30 towards fixing the broken shower drainer in the ground floor shower room.
1.30 towards replacing the missing cup holder in the ground floor shower room.
1.30 towards fixing damage to the ceiling above the shower in the ground floor shower room.
First floor shower room
0.57 towards fixing the shower door that had come off its runner.

That was like that when we got there…
1.33 towards re–fixing the shower panel under the cubicle in the first floor shower.
19.16 towards extra cleaning of the house.
4.17 towards rubbish removal.

Please note that all damages in communal areas are split equally between all tenants.

October 10, 2005

The plot thickens…

Follow-up to Warwick Hospitality Frowns on Sweating! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Just got a reply back, with photos, and the stains are 'normal' stains (i.e. small and blob–shaped) and, from one of the photos, appear to be underneath, so I really have no idea how they got there, but they definately aren't me…

Warwick Hospitality Frowns on Sweating!

I recently recieved the (long) list of charges for last year. One of them stuck out the second time I read through it:

£15 compensation to the owner for the stains on your mattress

I can assure you all that the only possible thing this can be is sweat.

It therefore seems to me that the University is charging me £15 for sweating…

I just thought I'd share this with you as a warning to all those 2nd years who've just moved off campus: Sweating - Do Not Try This At Home!

September 19, 2005

Home from home

Back in Coventry and all settled in, but with no Internet yet though…

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