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November 17, 2005

Progress report

It's not going to be as serious as the title suggests though. I've been telling myself and folks at home that I've been working hard lately, so I thought it would be a good idea to track back what I've been up to. Things that relate studying that is.

The first week of November saw the second workshop of the Warwick Turbulence Symposium. After my poor efforts to join in last September, I actually made it to 75% of the presentations. Highlights:

  1. A presentation by Dominic Vella from Cambridge called the Cheerios effect which coincidentally is related to what I may be researching as well. All about how and why particles tend to cluster [I'll let the website explain].
  2. Another chance to see spectacular movies of vortex rings. Very colourful presentation and very clearly explained by Mark Brend. Current research in Warwick's own Engineering Department by Peter Thomas and Mark Brend.
  3. Eberhard Bodenschatz's presentation on Results from Lagrangian particle tracking in turbulence. For Lagrangian particle, read weightless fluid element - basically, you can track 'particles' which just go with the flow, i.e. they're part of the fluid, and find their mean separation. All really interesting indeed, and very important for my research. More info here!

After these meetings I got a lot more excited about my PhD and research, but also realized that just "plankton" might be a bit too wide a subject to study. My supervisor – alarmed by the little progress and the lack of small projects I can actually work on, but also triggered by my interest in some of the problems discussed in the workshop – came to the same conclusion and jumped in to point out 3 problems I could focus on. One involves the coagulation [sticking together] of particles [or algae/plankton] and the resulting sinking; another concerns the movement of bubbles [buoyancy] and the merging and dissolution of them; the last is an analytical problem which for now will be our backup.

On the other hand, my plankton interests were stirred again the weekend after the workshop [4-6 November] as Ali dragged me along to a skills session [pleasantly presented by Casey .] which was filled with biology students. One had to present his press release supposing his research had been successful, and started talking about micro-organisms in water that use photosynthesis. I learned that I should do more with my (Saturday) mornings as you might actually find someone interested in your research! Which reminds me, I've still got to email these people…

The next week was all about Hull. And tracking a book on Brownian Motion [random motion of particles]. Found the book by fortune when the maths library worker made me return 3 books that were 1200 years late [never knew there was a 2 week limit!] and someone else had just returned the much needed book. Hull was found more easily with great directions to the Deep where we met a research student working with a huge basin monitoring sediment movements due to flow. Unfortunately, the basin did not seem to be ideal for our more interesting problem [tracking bubbles] but it was quite exciting to see such a huge installation in action.

Later that day we visited the fluid dynamics lab where my supervisor's colleague and his research assistant had a whole set of small experiments set up. Got to wear goggles and look at water and dye mixing lit by lasers. There's no way I can express my excitement through this blog so I won't try. Let me just emphasize it involved lasers and colours and lots of useful results for my research. Even more useful was their excitement in our plans – especially the bubble problem. They were even so excited that they will build a small scale experiment to check our numerical and analytical results! [Indeed, that means people will depend on me and I should be modelling as I type.]

Unfortunately, I got to a complete standstill after Hull, and needed detox from too much excitement about this PhD project. If you read this blog regularly, you might understand that working every day for 2 weeks in a row is highly unusual [to be honest, I doubt I've ever properly worked more than 4 hours each day for more than two weeks in my entire academic career. Not sure if I should write that on my blog. Though the good thing you should note is that now I am reaching this state! Progress people! That's what counts!] Also, there was a Rev weekend in Bristol to attend. I did bring the book on Brownian Motion in an attempt to keep the work going - and actually read and enjoyed... and understood some of it – but my supervisor didn't buy the excuse on Monday and metaphorically kicked me butt hoping I'd start modelling.

It's Wednesday night now, and where am I? I've felt even more useful this week getting to know the other Fluid Dynamics students better and offering them help [no, I'm not really sure how I can help someone who has studied maths here for 4 years, but I thought the gesture could mean something]. Turns out my UC knowledge might be of some use, as everyone is suddenly talking about Hamiltonians and classical mechanics, for which I have a wonderful book sitting on my shelf. Which reminds me I should bring it to campus and offer it to those in need. Also had another great day in the library finding 3 useful books, one of which must be the biggest book in the world [Computational Fluid Dynamics]. Thank you to all the people supporting me in the effort to attack this literary fitness machine.

I used my Tuesday to find those books and to finish off the last major task for the December workshop (again Warwick Turbulence Symposium). I'm getting quite excited about this conference now, and hopefully I'll be ready for the next improvement: actually talking to the participants and see if I can say something useful.

Then tonight I found new appreciation for the people from MATLAB, who provide us with so many useful and varied resources on the internet, for F R E E ! I found a lovely .m-file modelling Brownian motion of 100 particles scattered around the origin and have already added a force (e.g. buoyancy) making it look like two fruitflies racing to reach the top of the domain. You should have seen my face – happiness all around! Now I've got to make them disappear when they reach the "water surface" and add a few more thousand bubbles. And make them merge when they come to close to one another. And have them in different sizes. And make them dissolve with some (low) rate. And write it all out in C++ [I assume I can make a program function better and run faster in this language than in MATLAB, especially if I have to track 10,000 particles...]. And then I've got my first project finished! Hurray!

So that's what I've been up to this side of November, apart from the Rev stuff and the supervision of freshers. In other news, I've finally tidied my room.

October 28, 2005

Life sucks and then some more

Writing about web page

I'm a bit worried that good friend Hayley's rating of life is half a point higher than mine [no offense Hayles, but I'd say a nurse encounters more stress than a PhD student; and there currently seems to be more to worry about on a National Rev level than just here at lil Warwick Rev. And more.] but then again she lives in lovely York with clean air and this is Cov with manky stuff floating in your tea and queues from Sainsbury's to campus. Not sure where the high financial score comes from, nor the low friends score, nor the high mind score, or the – anyway.

Low body score does make sense. Had a terrible headache on Monday because of lack of proper food on Sunday, and barely avoided a similar breakdown today by getting a banana from Costcutter's. Can't remember the reasoning behind the love score [if I'm single and not searching and have no kids, does that imply that my love life sucks?] or the friends and family score [if I only see my grandma only once or twice a year does that mean my social network is falling apart?] but well. Didn't really do this for anything else other than bide my time till One Tree Hill and write a new entry.

This Is My Life, Rated
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October 14, 2005


And this is where I get lost.

So I don't know where it started, but I've been reading some webcomics lately – some better than others – and this one in particular. Hopefully that link will bring you to the episode that stirred this minor rant.

Also, my apologies, for I suck at logic.

Suppose heaven exists, and that some other realms form its complement (say, hell and purgatory). And suppose that these are the places where people end up when they die.

Now, in Christian terms, I would say a man [please, let me generalize, for it makes this entry easier to write. Feel free to read woman, and she, when possible] will end up in heaven if he has lived his life trying to follow in Jesus footsteps. I say trying, in the sense of 'we're all sinners'. I would also say heaven for him would be to live amongst his loved ones, and to be close to God, rid of any other needs.

Now, suppose this man has many loved ones. His wife, his sons and daughters, his neighbours [hey! It might happen!], friends from work, friends from the pub, who knows. They might make him happy, and he could miss them if they weren't around, bringing him into a less heavenly state. When in heaven, he shouldn't have any needs, so all his loved ones should be there [resulting in even more confusion, as he could end up missing those still alive]. Obviously, his loved ones might love other people as well, who might need other people, basically making heaven one [hell of a] crowded place where everyone lives, apart from those loved by no one.

Now, the man might have a loved one who has a loved one he despises. That would make his life in heaven less heavenly. Also, the man might love someone who has been too much of a sinner to 'deserve' to be in heaven. Barring that loved one would make the man's life in heaven less heavenly, however. Maybe by loving that person, the man doesn't deserve to be in heaven himself, and by using the same hypothesis, heaven would end up a very lonely person, only inhabitated by those who don't love people who have sinned too much. And God. Barring the despised person would make the man's friend's life in heaven less heavenly, which makes this rant a bit too confusing.

Referring to the comic assuming the mother's life was saint-like, she would either end up in a heaven without her beloved son, which is a contradiction as she would miss him in a place where she should be happy. Or she would end up in heaven's complement with her son, which contradicts the proposition that she lived saint-like.

Help! How to end this seemingly endless conundrum? I'd love for heaven to exist, not in the least to make this entry worthwile. My best guess is that heaven is a state of mind. It's a place where you can be with God alone, who is your first love and which will make you forget about your loved ones. Or it's a place where you believe you are with all those you've loved. In Matrix style, you're basically hypnotized [well, you're dead anyway] and made to believe everyone and everything you've ever loved surrounds you in an ever-so heavenly fashion, with God smiling on you. An alternative of that solution would be that you are with God and those who you loved who didn't end up in heaven's complement, and that you are put in such a euphoric state that you cannot miss those absent loved ones, and that you can bear those loved ones' friends that you despise.

Personally, I favour the second option of the constructed solution. Actually, I'm too confused to state a preference. I think I want to stay on earth for a while…

Again, please note that this entry is constructed around my personal interpretation of the Christian rendition of heaven. Which [in the personal interpretation] is probably where most fallacies lie.

P.S. Seems that the most likely definition is:
An eternal state of communion with God; everlasting bliss
So basically, my whole rant just now was pointless, or mainly aimed at a more popular concept of heaven [as presented in the comic].

August 18, 2005

Change of Wind

Odd how song titles change when you rearrange the words. On another note, I decided to change the appearance of my blog. Feeling more leafy than blue nowadays.

Does this mean you're gonna write more about your PhD?
Maybe. But then I wouldn't use this blog very often which is a shame coz it's a great thing (not necessarily this blog, but blogs in general, and Warwick blogs in particular).

So then what?
I actually found another way to procrastinate, which will soon enough be combined with this blog. It will give the blog some kind of purpose, and hopefully, if I dedicate a specific amount of time to blog, there will be less scatter of thoughts and more time blocks to work on my PhD.

What on earth are you talking about?!
Current activities between lunch and dinner (tea?) (quite similar to this one actually) follow a pattern like this:

Game of sudoku – moving a piece of paper in an effort to make a room look tidy – check email – move Fluid Dynamics notes closer to laptop in effort to do some work at some point – game of sudoku – check headlines – check email and blogs – walk to Morrison's and buy something we already have – organize emails – glance at notes to see if there's anything I can quickly do before dinner in an effort to have done anything useful – game of sudoku while the TV is on

Invariably my housemates encounter me in the living room watching TV as they come home, thinking I haven't done anything with my day. Given the above schedule (which they know by heart) I can't blame them, but I actually did do some work this week! As I already mentioned in another entry. I'm quite frustrated if you haven't noticed. I also don't like the way this entry is going. Stop it! Anyway…

Proposed activity pattern (between lunch and dinner – this is supposed to be my activity peak of the day):

Collect notes and books to start working – play a game of sudoku (or do something else I'm addicted to which will take 10 minutes) – work (no, really!) – do something nerdy so that I can blog about it later – work (sic) – blog about the nerdy thing I did earlier (maybe while the TV is on)

With 10 minutes on sudoku, and an estimated 40 minutes on blog and similar web activities, that leaves me about 4 hours to work! Not just in a week, but every day! All the great research I could do…

EDIT: In the preview I noticed that the proposed plan doesn't include a trip to Morrison's. Do not worry, I will still eat. It's just that my housemates kindly suggested I suspend my daily excursions because of the products I bring back. Specifically the Kia Ora mixed fruit squash won't make it through their throats. I might still go to buy bread though. Which will cost me another 30 minutes. But I can alternate it with blog entry writing. Oh the possibilities. Somebody save me!

August 07, 2005

Before we leave

Cheesy, probably not original, and maybe even frowned upon. Nevertheless I will give you a proverb I cannot find properly when googling it. Maybe it is original? Still, it's one I need.

Loose ends should be tied, or someone will trip

And that someone could very well be you.

Feel free to correct me and direct me to an official proverb and I'll adjust the wording. Also, better wording suggestions are welcome.

July 08, 2005

What is actually going on?

I have no clue. All I know is that I watch far too much TV. And I'm not even talking about lovely mindnumbing shows such as Hollyoaks or The O.C. The problem is in the ism.


Earlier this week five showed a program on environmentalism. A Danish professor pretending to be a cool dude explained me from his side of the TV what is actually going on. Oh there you go – Google just helped me find out it's Bjorn Lomberg in Big Ideas that Changed the World. Right. To be fair, he gave a very objective and thorough overview of what happened in the 20th century. Starting with a 19th century paper on the growing population and the earth not being able to feed the population, ending with a woman writing about anti-pesticides killing birds (Silent Spring).

But then the last 10 minutes he tried to convince me that the Kyoto protocol is useless and wrong and doesn't help the world at all. For the next century, he says, it will cost 150 billion dollars every year, with the only benefit that by the end of the century, the effects of global warming will have been delayed by 6 years. Right. Lost me there. So in a world-important conference where high ministers and leaders are gathered, and probably backed by their own environmental staff, Lomberg reckons that this is the best they could come up with. Unfortunately, he didn't have enough time to explain where his figures come from (probably have to read his book - highly criticized on his own website ) hence failed to convince me.


Great. Wikipedia states there is no universally accepted definition of terrorism. I guess it involves terrifying people. I watched Question Time last night – mistaking it for the Stephen Fry programme, but intrigued by its set-up in Johannesburg hosting African (should-be) leaders – and the most note-worthy development was the deviation from the topic (how to make poverty history, get rid of HIV/Aids, save the world) due to the bombings in London, discussing fears that it will deviate attention in the G8 from poverty to terrorism. Thankfully, they did return to the original debate, but not after a few emotional arguments.

"Why is a lost Western life so much more valuable than an African life lost?" (not an actual quote, but close) the problem being that with the bombings in London, nearly the whole world shows sympathy and attention, and offers to help search for the criminals. In the case of Darfur, it took ages before observing the situation developed into a discussion of the troubles in this region, and as far as I know even now, no decision has been taken. Similarly in the 1990s, it took the near genocide of the Tutsis before any action took place. Does that mean a Western life is worth more than an African, or more generally speaking, a poor life? It's an easy but I think faulty conclusion.

Main counterexample: the Tsunami appeal. Within a month, millions of dollars worth of aid had been set aside to help the suffering countries in Asia. Now the problem is how it will be used. It seems as if the aiding countries would like to spend the money themselves, but don't want to impose their values and ideals on the ailing countries. Letting the latter spend the money, often means that a considerable part of it is lost in bureaucratic games ends up in the wrong place. In the end, the relations between countries are more important than the relations between people. The same happens when trying to make poverty history, and is unlikely to happen when aid is sent to more developed (and democratic) regions.

Why did I mention terrorism again? Oh right. Some studio audience member got up and told the west to stop complaining about terrorism, as terrorism was the dayly news in Africa for the hundreds of years of colonization. Again, that was the gist of his comment, not an actual quote. Minor point. Europeans came to Africa to explore exploit the country, and in that way exploited the people, and thus created the current situation. The word terrorism is generally used in case the actual offenders are unknown, as are their ideals, and their acts usually have no other outcome than fear. Despite all cruelty imposed by them, the ideals of the colonists were mostly clear, the outcome of their actions were a more developed land, and the cultivation of the people they encountered (or in the cruel cases, the infection of the people by European diseases, or the massacre of people in times of conflict). Some of these acts are even worse than terrorism (if there were any level of severity of offensive acts) but that doesn't mean they're terrorist acts.

It's a shame. 80% of the arguments, questions, and explanations I heard were interesting and seemed rational, but the other 20% were either besides the issue, or too much blurred by emotion making them irrational or even erroneous. I had deep respect for Mbeki's brother, until he countered the concern that Africa's development will end up in a racial war. He said that it's not Africans against white people or Indian (Asian) people, as Africans kill Africans, see Ruanda, see Darfur. Although he does counter the man's actual concern (the man being white and worried about his own interests), he unintentionally does point out the underlying cultural problems. In Ruanda, Hutus slaughtered Tutsis. In Darfur, ethnic cleansing is daily business.

So what is actually going on? I have no idea, and I have no idea how to solve it. Most hailed Tony Blair for announcing debt relief (or cancellation) as an aim for the G8, but almost as many stated that unfair trade regulations are the bigger issue. How to tackle HIV/Aids? Condoms and education, but no way that Bush will tell the Africans they have to use condoms – abstinence all the way! And what if we don't want malaria in England? Even if the USA sign up for the Kyoto protocol, apparently we only delay greenhouse effects by 6 years and lose billions of dollars (that could be used in Africa?) every year. It's complicated. It's a game of politics, and games are never fair.

June 12, 2005

What else to do on a Saturday night?

Writing about web page /jillatkinson/entry/like_you_really/

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

You are probably looking for this entry

Actually I did have a good night watching Doctor Who (which was quite disturbing as usual) and School of Rock (which generated a discussion that should never leave the two who participated). Oh and the usual crime shows on 5. But here we go.

Ten Random Things About Me

1) When my mind is idle for 1 minute it goes into a state of OCD
2) I cannot hold my hand dead still
3) When my knees are bent and I move them back they go ‘snap’
4) I used my allowance meant for clothes on CDs
5) I can set up a tent on my own, however
6) I cannot fix a flat tire on a bike
7) I have never had a holiday in Belgium, even though it’s only 15 miles away from where I grew up, and it is a holiday friendly country
8) I can’t skate on ice, but I do manage to move faster than quite a few people who can
9) I know everything about question 2 of this year’s Differentiation exam
10) I sang a song for Donald Duck when it was his 40th birthday

Nine Ways To Win My Heart

1) Be able to sing and play guitar. And then do it. The singing and the playing, that is
2) Have dark hair
3) Get along with my friends
4) Be loving and accepting, in a Rev kind of way
5) Be talkative but know when to be silent
6) Enjoy music at all times, especially when doing dishes or other rubbish household things, and enjoy singing along with them
7) Be patient. Very, and I mean very patient
8) Laugh a lot. Even if you laugh like Janice. Wait, maybe then rather smile a lot
9) Do not snore

Eight Things I Want To Do Before I Die

1) Obtain my PhD in Maths
2) See a monkey in its natural habitat
3) Sing in a gospel choir wearing a gospel robe with a soulful voice
4) Learn to play a musical instrument
5) Do a Dan Cruickshank and visit my personally selected 80 treasures in the world in one big journey
6) Build a really cool website
7) Teach
8) Meet some actor or actress who I adore at the time I meet them (for instance, Zach Braff at the moment)

Seven Ways To Annoy Me

1) Repeat what I say or do
2) Do something that doesn’t improve either your state of happiness or mine, but that will draw my attention from blogging or anything else I have set my mind on (for instance, stupid guy who just walked by and pushed the chair next to me so that it hit the table. Stupid stupid stupid!)
3) Make loads of noise when I’m obviously watching Desperate Housewives or anything similar
4) Snore
5) To follow from 3, general inconsideration (another example: smoke while someone else is eating, it doesn’t even have to be me. It’s rude and it’s disgusting)
6) Not listen to me (another example session: often at parties I don’t talk a lot, but often it seems that when I say something, people decide to change their topic of conversation, leaving me to wonder why I’ve even got a voice)
7) Invade countries just because you can

Six Things I Believe In

1) There is goodness in everyone
2) There is badness in everyone
3) The EU is the way forward
4) Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle (and all its applications)
5) What comes around goes around (both good and bad)
6) Miscommunication or (-interpretation) is the world’s biggest evil

Five Things I’m Afraid Of

1) Dying or at least in a sudden way, for me or any of my loved ones
2) Dying or actually anything drastic involving my hair
3) Wasps. I don’t want to be. It’s my dad’s fault
4) My ceiling
5) Failing to obtain my PhD in Maths

Four Favorite Items In My Room

1) My Israel Houghton CD (currently in the kitchen)
2) My goldie looking standing lamp (in Eindhoven)
3) My shelving unit (though mine has a more manly cross rather than the swirly scroll)
4) Oddly enough, my alarm

Three Things I Do Everyday

1) Have a session of: check Warwick Uni email – check hotmail – check warwickrev website – check Rev website – check blog and related stuff – check Hattrick – check Dutch newspaper – check Dutch football site – check blog stuff I skipped on the first round
2) Sing a Rev song
3) Think I should call home

Two Things I Want To Do Right Now

1) Turn off the world for just 5 minutes so I can catch up, and then
2) Go to bed. A nice IKEA bed that is the right length, and has a healthy mattress that I don’t sink into, and that sits in a nice rightly sized room with my favorite items

One Person I Wish I Could See Right Now

1) One of my friends from Holland, particularly my little (18 year old) sister. The [please read here something non offensive describing a girl but playful though showing my slight annoyance by the following fact] has only come to visit me once while I’ve been at Uni (that’s 5 years already) and that wasn’t while I’ve been in the UK (that’s the last 2 years).

Ooh that felt like a one hour long therapy session! Hmm… bed…

P.S. I do appreciate my friends here, but luckily I can see them everyday or at least once a month.

April 10, 2005

Isn't it…

Follow-up to The good old days from [TBA]

Please note that the following is (obviously) a personal account of the developments on the blog system from the past few days. As such, this is not supposed to be the truth, and any supportive criticism is welcome. Also, I highly value the opinions and valued the blog of the main antagonist and am disappointed by the decision to remove his blog from the system.

Irony is a subtle form of humour which involves saying things that you do not mean. (Collins Cobuild English Dictionary, London, 1995)

Irony is also a widely misused word, and I cannot promise it won't be used wrongly here. Look up the word on the blog search engine and you should find a brilliant entry from the early years of the system which explains it all. Right now, I'm mainly concerned about irony being used as an excuse to vent a strong opinion.

The scene starts with an honorable student with an acquired taste in many of the arts, but specifically music. A critically acclaimed student radio DJ, he takes upon the immense task to refurbish the most popular student night, i.e. Top Banana. He transforms it from an auto—pilot Now! 387 cheese CD to an interesting mix of current chart stuff of any style, and classics from any era.

Highly criticized for not playing Top Banana music, he rightly claims that Top Banana music is not a genre, but just the music played at Top Banana, i.e. the music he and his DJ partner play. (Obvious personal opinion alert) Unfortunately, he neglects the supportive criticism ("people come to Top B to dance, at least give them danceable tunes") under the assumption that if he'd have to give in to people's demands, he'd have to play Chesney Hawkes every other song.

Anyway – this is getting too long winded to get back to the use of irony. Basically, in his defense of his choice of music for the night, it is safe to assume that the DJ wants to 'educate' the people, to acquaint them with other styles than the stuff they hear year in year out. A noble deed an sich, but it's like sending a sewing machine to Irian Jaya hoping the indigenous people will clothe themselves. Education is a process and processes take time. Playing Rage Against the Machine alongside Kylie Minogue might work in a remix, but won't convert the pop lovers to Crash attendees.

A week ago, the same DJ declared a 'war against the beige', the beige being a somewhat vague collection of people who are supposedly not looking beyond the boundaries of what the popular media presents them. In this declaration, to illustrate beige and all that is wrong with it, specific people in the community were raised from anonymity and – basically – ridiculed for their lack of taste.

Whether or not this is enough reason to erase the blog is not the issue. The problem is that in defense of the statement, some say it was (uncorrect quote, but this is what it sounds like) clearly written in an ironic manner, with 'tongue in cheek'. Based on how the author had presented himself on his blog, I believe there was absolutely no reason to believe he was not expressing his personal opinion against the 'beige'. Even if the entry was written in merely a semi—serious tone, that doesn't mean it's ironic, but rather (in this case: highly) cynical.

If I were to write an entry on how rubbish R Kelly is, many might believe it to be the truth as it's their truth, but the irony would be that I wrote an earlier entry (carefully) praising one of his albums. I would be saying something I don't mean. If I were to write an entry saying how silly people are who don't appreciate R Kelly's talent, that would probably considered funny and ironic, or even sarcastic, even though it would probably be cynical for the same reason.

Whether you find this entry ironic, doesn't make it ironic, in the same way that though many thought the DJ's entry was funny, there was no reason to believe they weren't his opinions (which would have made it ironic).

Anyway – I was challenged rather than offended by the entry on 'beige' (hence the entry 'The good old days') which feeling lasted for a day. Then I couldn't care less, until the original entry (and the entire blog) was removed from Warwick Blogs. I guess there are rules for this community, and the DJ's entry wasn't its exception.

April 07, 2005

The good old days

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

This entry has been removed by the author. Since its existence was pointless, and it served no purpose to those for whom this blog is intended, it was thought to be obsolete. Add to that the current disappearance of the original entry and there seems to be no reason to keep this entry up.

To be fair, something good came out of it, as now I know where and what the SRC is. Now, if I need a movie that will increase my amount of intellectual points and that might make me want to kill something, I know where to go!

March 23, 2005

My life as an Ent (Part I)

Writing about web page

I'm a bit slow at times. Through someone else's blog I found out about this puzzle. Like an person trying to solve it, I feel like I should share my strategy with the world.

Which I'll do. I tried maths for about 10 minutes. Then got worked up about the fact that so many people felt clever as they'd solved it in 5 minutes. Then actually thought of the answer but was thick enough to make a mistake ending up with the wrong answer. Then read the comments on the guy's website which amused me for another 30 minutes. Finally, one comment clearly hinted at the answer I tried earlier so I tried it again and got the right answer ever since. Phew! Still within the hour!

While I'm at it, let me also point you at this guy who is an amazing singer with very amusing songs and a good act. Saw him in Leamington the other night while I was supposed to go and see Rev.Tom and the somethings. Okay, his website might not be working properly on my computer, but have a listen to some of his lovely songs. My friend rightily pointed out it would suit perfectly in shows such as Scrubs. Which provides me a nice bridge to Zach Braff's blog the main character from Scrubs and the acting director from Garden State actually spends time on his blog very regularly! Or maybe I'm just very gullible and mistake someone posting under his name as the actual upcoming icon. Ah well. Life is short.

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