All entries for April 2005

April 27, 2005


It's struck again. Possibly something to do with having to write somewhere between 7500 and 9000 words by next Tuesday, or the reading I have to do for my philosophy essay, or the ridiculously short period of time I have to revise 5 exams. Basically my life is spiralling the toilet, because I can't bring myself to care. 100 words a day is not enough. One hour spent on studying computer graphics is not enough (although it is enough to reduce me to near catatonia). If I could be bothered I would be doing more work, but I can't.

I challenge anyone who reads this to find a finalist who is not unmotivated and jaded by their degree, and if you do, please tie them up somewhere and let me know. I'm sure I can find people to donate weapons…

I would also like to apologise, as this apathy has extended into my participation in WB. I haven't been writing, commenting, or for that matter reading what anyone else writes. For that I am sorry – I'm sure what you write is worthy of attention, but I can't bring myself to provide it at this moment.

Finally, I would like to add this to the previous entry about my essay (sorry to anyone who can't log in, I locked it to avoid being crucified by nasty Creationists). Pro evolution, geddit?

April 24, 2005

Shameless Plug

I've just got back from seeing fantastic Irish comedian Dara O'Briain, who was fantastic. I nearly fell out of my chair from laughing a number of times, and I think my ribs will never be the same again.

Did I mention that he is fantastic?

If you ever get the chance in the future, go see him.

April 20, 2005

"I have never…

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…done so little work the evening before an exam."

No doubt anyone who saw the paper aeroplane post will be unsuprised by this, but hey. Today has consisted of doing 5 back-to-back Solid State Physics 1 papers (1.5 hours each) in just under 3 hours, and, unless my lecture notes all lie hideously, getting 1sts on all of them, and then explaining some stuff to friends.

Double edged sword that. On the one hand, it makes me feel good to know that a) I can explain it so that other people can understand and b) I know more than other people. On the other hand, what with normalising of examination results, I always feel as if sharing my precious knowledge is therefore devaluing it, helping to lower my mark in the exam itself. Am I the only one who has this mean little thought kicking around in the back of my head?

Since about 6:30 however I've just been wasting time. The feeling that I could possibly learn some more before 9:30 tomorrow morning has been outweighed by the lack of caring, and the confidence in what I do know. Hopefully it will be enough, but it could all go horribly wrong. I guess I'll find out tomorrow…

April 19, 2005

The Stat From Hell

I have just worked out that the next 5 weeks are worth 48.39% of my degree!

I just thought I'd announce that fact as I have been here nearly 3 years and it seems a bit ridiculous to me that all that time has counted for so little.

April 18, 2005


Yes, those are paper aeroplanes. Yes, they are on the Humanities building roof (well, 2 of them). Yes, I was standing in the Library Group Study room and the second floor when I threw them.

I rock.

Incidentally, for anyone not already comatose with boredom, the ones on the roof were thrown over the window, and the ones on the ground, which nearly made it – bouncing off about half a metre too low – where thrown under it. So there is your paper aeroplane throwing tip of the day.

April 17, 2005

Awful Physics Joke #1

Yes ladies and gentlemen. And Sam. It's that time of year…

Fermi Sphere, Fermi Sphere! Wherefore art tho Fermi Sphere?
Deny thy k-state and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not be, be but sworn my specific heat capacity, And I'll no longer be a classical model.

I'm sure there's more to come, so I apologise for it in advance.

April 15, 2005

My Nightmare

The exam timetables are up on the Arts Centre Wall of Death. My timetable for the coming term now looks like this:

  • April 21 – Solid State exam
  • April 22 – Weather and the Environment/Physics in Medicine exam
  • May 3 – Project Final Report deadline (5000 words)/Scientific Method essay deadline (2500–4000 words)
  • May 17 – Introduction to Nuclei and Particle Physics exam
  • May 18 – Computer Graphics exam
  • May 21 – Artificial Intelligence exam
  • May 24 – Magnetic Properties of Solids/NMR exam

I have not started revising for the 5 exams in May because of the 3 in April, and because of the foolish assumption that they would be at the start of June. Those missing 2 weeks are going to kill me…
I also haven't started on the philosophy essay, although I have done a tiny bit of reading, and my project report is only 1/4 done at the moment, due to copy/pasting my interim report.

I short, I am screwed, as no doubt is everyone else in their final year. Welcome to the worst month of my life.

Edit: For added irony, the particle physics revision lecture is on May 20th. Useful.

April 14, 2005

I crack myself up

Writing about Something's afoot from Syncspeed


Because I am a sheep (take 2)

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Yes, I hacked the picture. It was messing with my formatting :-(

create your own visited countries map

or vertaling Duits Nederlands

April 11, 2005

On How It Is: Episode II – Attack of the Revision

The days have blurred into one. I measure the passing of time as a single number, counting down. Each time I wake up, that number has decreased. It will get to zero all too soon, then be reset instantly to 11, the period of bonus stress where I try to write 9000 words before collapsing from exhaustion. And after that? Well…it starts all over again, for another 6 or 7 weeks.

The life of a student during the summer term is never enjoyable, as David VandeLinde would know if he was ever on campus.

Excuse me…I'm off to find a piece of rope and a chair with an unstable leg.

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