All entries for May 2006

May 30, 2006

Lost for words

Why is it that sometimes you can talk and talk and talk about seemingly anything, but then when you actually want to say something insightful, deep, perhaps even meaningful, you're lost for words.
The more you think about how you need to say something the more you can't think of anything, and you end up thinking about how you can't think of anything, which isn't helpful because that's boring to talk about and no one would listen.

May 22, 2006


I meant to write this entry last friday, but went home instead, so here, slightly delayed, it is:

So most people have seen a rainbow, and know that they are an optical effect caused by light reflecting and refracting through raindrops. Here's a few things to look for when you see a rainbow next. Firstly, when you spot the bright, normally coloured rainbow, look outside it for a darker secondary rainbow, now notice the way colours are orientated on this rainbow. Then if you've found both rainbows, look at the brightness of the sky in–between the two arcs, it should be darker. The science behind rainbows is quite simple, but cool too, so if you want to know more, a cursory Google search will be fruitful I'm sure.

May 16, 2006

Some advice

Lesson thirty, defending against the club attack:
Should you have the misfortune of being attacked by someone wielding a club, the best course of action is to run.
There is no dishonour in running from a man with a lethal weapon.
This is merely good sense.
–Mint Royale


May 14, 2006

Bikes, Blogs, Maths, you get the idea…

One of my housemates was talking to someone today, and happened to mention my name, he said "I know him!". The aforementioned housemate enquired as to how he knew me, and it turned out he knew me from my blog. This is both cool, and disturbing. Cool because it means people read my blog: Yey! Disturbing because it means people only know me from my blog, and what I tend to write is rather, well, crap. I'm always blogging about "Maths being cool", mushrooms or something. Well from now only top quality non–random non–mushroom based posts:

So my bike (The Missile) broke today. I'm not a happy man. The rear free–hub, now freewheels in both directions, if you don't know what this implies for the operational status of the bike do some research, trouble is its a rare wheelset and is going to be a bit of a bugger to get a replacement part for (clue: its not made by shimano.) And this comes only a week after the Missile was upgraded with GPS navigation.

Climbing! is going quite well at the moment, my arms are reaching the point where they can so something useful, like hold on while my legs do the work. I'm getting more confident in leading too, which is ace, that's real climbing, and infinitely more fun than top roping.

Mathematics (you knew it was coming) is still amazing, revision sucks but sometimes I get something that I didn't really grasp fulling in lectures, like the Implicit Function Theorem, how cool is that dude. After a brief scare, got registered for Number Theory, a huge thank you to the amazing staff at the Mathematics Dept, and the Academic Office.

That's all I have for now…

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