I got into the refectory at 0900 and had double helpings of a yummy fry up. I did some more packing and managed to leave at 1045 as planned. The train was due at 1130 and I wanted to be on time. I quickly found that leaving my gloves at my room was a bad idea. There was a good bit of windchill and due to having a carrier bag of stuff I had to have at least one exposed hand at all times. I got to the station 15 minutes early, as expected. My hands warmed up while I waited for the train. The train arrived promptly and I got on and sat down. I began to plan the WoA Liaison but felt too tired after about 15 minutes. My ticket got checked and I pulled out the laptop. After 30 minutes of modding the forum it decided that it'd like to have a low battery so I was forced to stop. The rest of the journey was slowed by some sort of a delay. This meant that when I got to Newport I had a nice 20 minute wait for my next train. I ended up getting off at Port Talbort half an hour after first planned. But, it could have been a lot worse so, I wasn't fussed. It was good being back home, my cat didn't miss me at all but was happy to play hide and seek, or whatever you'd call taunting a cat with a pen. The broadband wasn't up to scratch. If you start hogging it here you get complaints of 'L4GG' from the CS:S n00bs in the other room from me. Well, if they complain too much I'll actually start to use bandwidth beyond the 4kbps that I'm used to :) Dinner was a nice pasta, chickein and bacon affair with my Gran and Uncle comming over. We talked about various things. I modded my forum some more after dinner. It'll be going up soon. All WoA players that are reading this, keep it to yourself because it's a special treat/christmas present for those that read the blog. It will be up in the next few days at this address in the next few days. I'll wait at least a day before announcing it on the main website.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
The plan, to get up at 0730 and catch the 0800 bus. The reality, I spent up until 0100 this morning modding my forum and got the 0830 bus without have breakfast. There is, however, an unlerior motive for no breakfast. I was out of non-perishable food, I'm not using stuff up if I don't have to. The three hour lab was not too bad, I was half asleep for most of it but I think I did okay. After the lab I caught the bus back to Langstone and sat in the refectory talking to Tom about Monty Python. Sharon (one of the cooks) asked Tom what to do for tonights pudding. After Tom told her to make Jelly I volunteered to taste test it. I was joking, but 5 minutes later Sharon passed me the 2 Gallon bowl that they make the jelly in. I got through about 5 helpings of it before feeling too ill to continue. Still, that made lunch. After that I went back to my room and more modding of my board. I'm getting very good at it and actually improved one of the mods by a decent ammount. Dinner was excellent, Chickein pie and chips. Halfway through dinner I told Tom about my 5 hour train journey and how I was almost considering keeping my pie for then. Tom simply took one of the (limited number of) pies from the tray thingie and put it aside for me. I've gathered that Jack is ever so slightly envious of my ability to get free food... After dinner it was time to tidy up. I've even vacumed my room, I hope you're all suitably impressed. After cleaning I wrapped some presents, thanks very much to Sarah and her floormate for the paper. I'm half asleep and managed to not bodge up any mods so I'm overall pleased. Looking forwards to going home tomorrow.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
I woke up at 0720. This was as planned, what was not planned was snoozing. I re-awoke at about 0800, my plan had been to be in the refectory 15 minutes earlier. Shower, dressing and packing of bag took a whole 8 minutes, I managed to rush an extra large lunch and get the bus.
David had done some great work during some of his free-time, the clock now counted. Over the two hours we took it from counting on one digit, to counting on all of them and flickering horribly, almost counting how we want it to. We now just need to fiddle with the numbers and we've got it almost all done. My job over the holidays is to document the code so that we get a bajillion marks for it.
I got a book out of the library on
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
I got in nice and early via the 0800 bus. Aaron and I surfed the internet until the lesson in C. It has occoured to me that most of you will not know what these words or terms are, as such I am now going to start using a specail webdesgin thingie that allows you to move the mouse over stuff and find out what it means. Try it on the 'C' just a few lines ago. Chi was taking the lecture and talked on Recursion. Here's the exception to the info tags, there won't be any when I explain what something is just after it. Recursion is a very very nifty tool used by programmers. It involves running a section of code that you are already in. At first it is all a bit mind boggling but Chi explains it very well. I will not atttempt to teach you it too, if you're interested in programming, you can learn it yourself or contact me and I'll help. I took some neat notes and Chi is more than happy for me to volunteer to put them on the ECE forum. After that was some really really boring stuff about buisness. Seeing as he'd lost everybody after a minute or two (again) we got a good game of Quake going. During the games I made several very important observations.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I decided to give my 0900 lecture a miss, it's Internet Apps and the lecturer has specifically said I don't need to go (for now). I got in for the Engineering Analasys lecture. Next test is on Diffrentiation. I also found the following out. The mark needed for test 4 and 5 was not 22 (combined) but 18. The mark recieved for test 4 was 12, this means I need 6 marks to pass the module The lectuer who marked tests 2 and 3 will hopefully never mark any of my tests again, he marks harshly. After Maths lecture Howard and myself got lunch and filled in an individual Learning profile thingie, it looks like a load of rubbish. Cripps' lecture was on security so was more interesting than usual. During the break 8 of us played Quake 3 over wireless. I'd like to point out that I need a newer and faster computer and 400mhz is not able to cope with large maps and lots of players. That said my knowledge of the maps and practice at sniping kept me in the upper reaches of the scoreboards. After the lecture I went to ASK and learnt all about commas. It was very interesting, I got a free cup of tea without even asking). On the way back to Langstone I was at the top of the double decker bus with Aaron. We played a game of Quake on the bus, it was most amusing. We had to use trackpads and so couldn't shoot straight at all. I think I managed to hit Aaron about 5 times, all of which were by luck. The rest of the time I relied on the explosive nature of the guns. It's certanly the best way to drain a laptop battery. Dinner tonight was tasty, some sort of steak, and chips. After dinner I tried to find out why Marisa's CD drive was not reading CDs. I have no idea why and I'm not taking it apart to find out. While I tried to fix it Sam, Jack and Marisa watched Neighbours. I repeatedly pointed out things that were wrong in it. After that myself, Sam and Marisa watched the Simpsons. I played some Quake and modded my forum some more before going to bed. I hope you all like my current aim of writing more comprehensive reports. In return, I want to see comments, lots of comments from lots of people. Spread the word.
Monday, December 12, 2005
I got up in time for my 0900 lecture. It was astoundingly boring, UNTIL that is, Gareth gave me a game of Quake 3. While some boring person was telling us how we were killing the enviroment, I was busy fragging (and getting fragged) by Gareth. It was one of the best B101 lectures ever. After the lecture I went to computing and did some C code. After that lecture we had a fire drill. After that I did some work in the lab with David. Our program just 'stopped' working and we had to start again. After the lab session I played a little more Quake 3 with Gareth before catching the bus back to halls. I sat down and wasted some time implimenting a mod that wouldn't work. During this I got weak arms as the blood once again drained from them due to my low chair. I went down to reception, complained, carried a table and got a nice FREE REPLACEMENT swivel chair. Much to the envy of Sam, Duane, Marisa and Jack. In particular Marisa. During dinner Jack commented that the 'item for the day' could become 'Annoying Noise' for the day. Sam is now mildly unhappy with Jack as I like the idea and sam has about 3cm of plaster speperating him from me. I went to the Carol service (a Uni one) with Sarah, Briley and Lorna. It was quite good, Sarah seems to be taking on my sense of humour and keeps daring me to do stuff. There was a guy standing a row back who sung LOUDLY and out of tune. She dared me to sing louder than him. I put on my best 'macho/opera' voice and did so. She went bright red and tried to get my attention for some reason. After the service we had free mince pies and hot drinks. Being a cool sort of person I blagged a spare box of 6 mince pies. In combination with the 42 from the CU carol service I have taken to halls a total of 48 mince pies :) On the subject of my tongue. I can now touch nose hair, the challange, is that Helen from hall group can also touch the tip of her nose with her tongue.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
As Sunday's are normally similar, I figured I'd use them to recap on the week and say what the highlights were. Monday - Nothing special Tuesday - Nothing special Wednesday - SSCC meeting Thursday - Open Day Guide Friday - Math test was nasty