October 13, 2006

Blackboard on Ankle

So today, I can say I did something I’d never done before, and would rather never happened again: I dropped a blackboard on the back of my ankle.

If you don’t realise, blackboards, and especially this one, are very, very heavy beasts.

I now have an extra lumpy ankle, go me!


Thou who shalt remain nameless

You know who you are, you know what happened. And yes, it was quite funny, though I’d guess not for you. Just thought I’d remind you, just in case you tried to forget.


October 11, 2006

I'm Tired

I’ve not been getting enough sleep, or eating properly recently, and I knew it was coming: at about noon today, tiredness hit me like a wet badger to the face. Then I fell asleep on the bus. Bugger.


October 05, 2006

The Warwick Mathematics Society

Writing about web page http://www.mathsoc.warwick.ac.uk

From the start of the 2006/7 academic year, the society known as MathSoc, has become The Warwick Mathematics Society.

Under this new name, we hope to continue to do the things we’ve always done, revision guides, the Mathemagacian etc. But we want to do them bigger, better and with more involvement from society members than ever before. We believe that the WMS can become one of the biggest and most active student societies on campus.

I’m sorta responsible for all that jazz!

Don’t forget to visit us at Socs fair on Friday!


September 29, 2006

Packed?

No.


September 11, 2006

Summer Break

I haven’t written in a while, or at least I haven’t written properly in a while. Well I’m here to change that.
It’s not for a lack of trying I’ve written about 8 posts on my Palm but not got around to actually putting them in WarwickBlogs.

Today I’d like to talk about my summer and the impending resumption of Uni.
The latter point both excites and scares me. I’m getting to the bussiness end of my degree and I’m going to be fored to pick some modules not to do. At the same time I’m really exited because I get to do some really cool modules, especially lots of algebra!

As for my summer here’s a selection of what I got up to:
  • Working
  • Cycling to Kent
  • Redesigning the WMS website
  • Karting
  • Working
  • Getting a tattoo (sometimes I even surprise myself)
  • Working

I might blog later with some more details of other things, but maybe not.


August 11, 2006

More Joshua

Cute Joshua
Joshua in gloves
Joshua

July 21, 2006

Joshua

On Monday our family was blessed with a baby boy, Joshua:

Joshua on a blanket

Being my sister’s first born, that makes me an uncle, or “uncle maths” as some have taken to calling me.

Me and Joshua

So far everyone is okay. He feeds and sleeps, and occasionally opens his eyes, though when he does everyone takes lots of photos of him!
He’s so small and so cute, he’s just lovely.

Joshua sitting

ahhhhhh.


July 13, 2006

Cleaning up Democracy

Part of democracy committees job for next year is to clean up whats called the 'web constitution'. This is basically the part of the Union's website under the 'democracy' button. Part of this includes having a copy of the University of Warwick Students Union Constitution. Having read this document many times, I thought I'd sit down and think about what needs to be done. It struck me that the biggest problem about the constitution, and further almost all union output, is that its a word document. Now I think Word is a great program, it does have its uses, and does some things very well. But when it comes to web integration, it really sucks. Its not semantic, uses proprietary styles, and is a pain to search. Also, having to maintain, word files, pdfs and html copies of everything is really lame.

When looking over all the documents a few things are apparent:

  1. Documents are highly repetitive within themselves
  2. There are repetitions across documents
  3. They are hierarchical
  4. Only the content need be stored, not the styling

It seems clear that one format would be perfect for storing the Union's documents, XML.

It would be very easy to output to documents in a variety of formats, especially the web, where we could leverage the power of style sheets. It would be easier to maintain, as the content would be in one place, not three different files (word, pdf, html).

I think it would be great for Warwick to lead the way in this, if it ever happened.


July 07, 2006

Random Photos

Here are some random photos I've taken recently:

Weston at dusk

And some far more random ones:

Abstract 1

Abstract 2


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