I did some early morning WoA results and went to bed at 0300. I got up at 1000 and until 2000, did WoA results. This sadly meant I was late for the party (Sarah's Birthday party, but it's not her birthday until Monday). It was a nice party and we played Mafia and also song Party Song thing (I was rubbish at it). I got back tired and wrote the blog. Hopefully tomorrow will be more intersting.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
Yes, I am now going to start making up my own sayings, if most of them happen to make no sense, blame my parents, they raised me. I had three lectures today. I managed to sleep in so late I missed the first two (the 0900 one doesn't appear on my timetable). While waiting for my 3rd lecture I did such things as contemplate sending my "Ever luvin' Uncle Brett" a sack of money, being nice I'd be giving him 0 APR. Sadly I can't do that as my room is such a mess I can't find the several thousand pounds of cash I stole from my third bank heist the other day. I also read the comments to my blog from yesterday. I went in for my lecture, took down several times as many notes as normal (woo) and then used the University's Wireless connection to download a Gigabyte of data in 10 minutes. Here are pictures of Firefox downloading the file. It at a healthy 1840KB/sec, slowed a little to a (still healthy) 1527KB/sec and finnally to 1621KB/sec. Hey! It sped up at the end! Must have been the extra browsing I was doing in the background. I later walked to Tesco with the speed of an Impatient Eagle (I'm not good at this phrase thing), got 4 items and queued for 15 minutes. On the way I'd walked right past the cash point and only remembered to go back and get cash out when I actually got to Tesco, this is most unlike me and I was wondering what was happening. I was further irritated by the queue. I got my stuff and walked to the bus. But alas, the bus left a minute early and I didn't get it. What was going on? Then God showed me, Sarah was walking home and rather than sit on a bus and shave 5 minutes off my journey, I got to walk most of the way home with a friend. For the rest of the day I wrestled with a database challange on WoA. Then I went over to Lorna's for dinner. I'm not sure what they were cooking but it was apparently ruined so we had an indian instead. After dinner I had an "interesting" time with Lorna designing the CU website. She didn't notice the little link I left on the front page. She did however come up with the "solution" to Helen and Phil's pictures on the LT page, namely putting pics of myself and herself in there. I'm trying to work out the best way to get better pictures.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Today I had no lectures. The day got off to a good start with me getting up at the timely hour of umm... 1100 ish. Shortly after getting up a repair man arrived to fix our Sink and Shower, they've been leaking a little. Telling the landlord to fix it is really good as none of us feel like dipping into our Student Loan. For the rest of the day I did WoA stuff. Another repair man arrived to fix our Kitchen light, again, I'm not dipping into my student loan for a light when I can just walk around in the dark! Dinner was a delicious Chicken and Chips (I even ate some greens!). Over dinner we watched the Blues Brothers, Pete had never seen it before! After dinner I carried on with WoA and general MSNing. So, I need filler? Did you noticed that the top two paragraphs contained the words "Student Loan"? That's because I've been doing a little research on the Google ads (by research I mean I got a mate to tell me some stuff). The basic principle of the ads is that every time they're clicked, some money goes to Google, some goes to whoever is hosting the ad. More imporatntly, whoever pays for the ad can decide how much they want to pay, the more they pay, the more money goes to Google and the host. The top terms almost all involve loans and/or lawyers. Basically anything to do with lots of money changing hands. So, I now need a plan to talk about money orientated things without being boring. Suggestions?
Yes, today was good. I got up at 0810 (again) and managed to be ready on time to leave for my Java lecture. It was a very good lecture, as it's at 0900 most of the students are too asleep to answer the questions, this means that if none of them answer, I get to answer (as in, I wait for nobody to say anything then I put my hand up, I already know most of the answers). Ionnais made many a joke and probably taught the rest of the class something. For the next two hours I did some WoA stuff and umm, I can't remember what else but there was something else I did involving my computer. I think I walked to Tesco but can't remember exactly (it's 0050 tomorrow and when you read what else I did today you'll hopefully forgive me). After the two hours I had Salem. Simply put, he speaks fast, in a foreign accent and flips through the slides at high speed. Said slides have massive equations on them. Not overly good. I went to the Prayer Lunch but sadly had to leave early for the SSCC meeting, I'm a course rep. I wasn't overly involved in the meeting but I did find out something I'm now going to pass on. If you are an Engineering student and you use computers in the A0.07 or A0.11 labs, they are now networked and you need to backup your data to a seperate USB stick or you will need the person to log in. Normally that's not a problem as they'll be there, but if they're not there (suppose they're ill) you can't get to your work. After I got home from the Meeting I did a wee bit of WoA stuff and watched some American Da over Dinner, then some more afterwards. Justin phoned me about giving out fliers at the Union for the CU's event this Sunday (Jazz and Comedy, it should be awesome), I arrived just after Ceryn and shortly after myself, Justin arrived (by shortly I mean within a minute). Ceryn and myself started giving out the fliers outside of the Union and Justin went inside to get people to sign up for a football tournament thing. About 10 minutes into giving out the fliers a bouncer came out the Union, he was about a head shorter than me but likely weighed twice what I did, was bald and wasn't smiling. Bouncer: Step onto the coloured stuff please Me: Coloured stuff? Bouncer: The Coloured tarmac, you're on private property here Me: Sure, what's the problem? *I step onto Coloured tarmac in the hope the bouncer will not do something stupid* Bouncer: You're advertising for an activity that's not at the Union We had a 30 second talk about how the Sunday Night live was going to be at the Union but it got moved, I didn't push my point too hard because I didn't need to, I Ceryn and I managed to get rid of our fliers fine, probably better like this. After about 30 minutes Ceryn and myself moved to a set of traffic lights near a load of nightclubs and met two ladies giving out fliers for strippers. I didn't realise it at first but they were doing it because they worked there (I assumed it was because they were being paid to do it). The key thing is that one of the ladies there started talking to me, likely because of my unique manner of giving out the fliers, I'd be polite, respectful and call people "Sir", "Gentlemen" or "Ladies" and smile a lot. I got a good response. Anyhoo, the lady told me... Lady: Most people think it's really easy to climb up poles Me: It is Lady: No it's not, you have to put your leg around it like this (bends leg as if sitting cross legged) and then pull yourself up Me: No, the best way to climb a pole is to put your foot against it, place your hands about a meter or so above your feet and pull on the pole, then you just walk up the pole Lady: You're meant to do it my way in the club Well, that was interesting. I don't know if she'll come to the Sunday Night Live thing but it'd be cool if she did (the more the merrier). Less importantly, I gave advice on climbing poles to a pole dancer. Ceryn found this highly amusing mentioning something about "Only Teifion would manage it". I jogged some of the way back and walked the rest, got home, watched Constantine (Pete likes it a lot), did some WoA stuff, talked to people about my day and then went to bed. In other news, I have no labs tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I awoke at 0810, not good, I was leaving the house in 20 minutes! Luckily, I was fine and even met Huw on the way. The Java lecture was "Interesting" in that we covered basic data structures such as While Loops, If statements and other such basic things I was sure we were taught last year. I answered questions when nobody else would. After the lecture I got the bus back with Aaron and enjoyed a nice rest. I was meant to have a single 1 hour lecture in the middle of the day with a two hour break either side of it. I managed to remember it 10 minutes before it started and therefore could not go. At best I'd have arrived a quarter of an hour late :( On the plus side, Google now owe me money. At the time of writing it's only £12.14 ($22.75 for you Ladies and Gents over the pond) but that's after 12 hours of the ads being on my site. The ads are also on the blog and are very simple, if at the end of a month I have $100 or more in my "account", it's sent to me, if I have less then it rolls over till next month. I stuck the ads on WoA and assuming I make £10 a day from them, after a month I'll have approx £300 (I forsee a lot less ad activity after the initial burst). In the afternoon I went to the Digital Electronics lecture that doesn't appear on my timetable and then to the 2nd lecture of Software Systems (I missed the first) and am glad I missed the first and instead put ads on my site, it's stuff I'm still familiar with (taking a problem and turning it into a computer program). After that lecture we had a lecture on Networking which wasn't overly riviting :( Aaron gave me a lift home (which was rather nice of him) and I did some WoA stuff. Dinner was chips and gammon and we watched 4 episodes of "American Dad" during dinner, it's very very funny and similar in nature to Family Guy (I think it's done by the same people).
Monday, October 16, 2006
I got up and arrived at my 9am Java Lab quite on time. I completed the lab before most people had even begun the lab. This was helped somewhat by the fact that my Mac laptop does everything the uni computers do, but faster. I then started playing around with Java a little and learnt a few things about it. That lab finnished at 1030. I walked fast to Tesco and got three Minced Beef and Onion pies for £3, they're rather big too. From 1100 till 1300 I had Formal computing, then after that I had another hour of it where we were given questions of the previous two hours. I admit that it's not overly easy to stay alert. After the lectures I walked home and had a nap. I was feeling tired. I napped until about 1745, when I got up and went to setup sound of the CU. After CU I went home because I was tired and couldn't be bothered to go to the pub. Today I wore shorts because not only are they more comfortable but because my trousers are drying after being washed. Nobody complained so I'll carry on wearing them unless I've a specific reason to wear trousers (such as going to the Mac Expo week Saturday).
Sunday, October 15, 2006
I got up and went to Church. The Morning service was about Comminion and staying together as a Church. After the service Lorna, Sarah, Hannah and myself went over to Nick and Sue Robert's house for lunch. It was really really nice and we all appriciated it. We spent most of the rest of the day there, I played with their son Mathew and found their garden had lots of spiders, for some reason only myself and Mathew found this a good thing, the Ladies were not so keen on them. The evening service was about prayer, how serious are we when we pray? Do we ever tell people we're praying for them? If not, why? How much thought do we put into prayers? They are challenging questions and are making me think about my prayers. I walked home and did the ever present WoA stuff and chatted on MSN. Tomorrow I have lots of lectures then CU in the evening so it'll be a somewhat more eventful day.
WoA, the first thing I did today was WoA. Within seconds of it being today I began Results. Basically Araith and Arakasi (Dutch and Australian respectively) said it'd be easier for them like this. Seeing as it's Lizzie's birthday party tonight I felt I could "make the sacrafice" of doing an all nighter, it's a tough life being a student and partying all the time but someone has to do it... Anyhoo, after 9 hours of working on the Results and Story I went to bed (meaning I went to bed later than I normally get up) and got up at about 1500, meaning I also had a massive lie in today, it doesn't feel like it. I got up, had some breakfast and then napped a little. Towards the end of the afternoon I wrapped up my present for Lizzie. Now, I do not have a wealth of crafting materials, specifically plain paper and duct tape. It was a real challange to turn 4 slabs of chocolate into something else but I reckon I managed it. First I turned them into a tube shaped cuboid. The I stuck on some card to the ends to give it some more shape. This was wrapped in two sheets of paper around the long sides and then everywhere else too. Here is where it gets arty, I wrapped more paper around it to cover up the duct tape giving the final result of this. All the paper is stuck down with double sided duct tape (just make a loop with the stickyness on the outside). I then did more WoA stuff, napped, took a picture of the card that Jo made for me for my birthday. I had dinner, wrote some blog, watched V for Vendetta on DVD and went to the party. The party was quite nice and we talked, talked some more and then played some games of Mafia. Turns out that I'm not a bad story teller and was Story Teller in both games I played in. Lizzie managed to unwrap my present in the space of 30 seconds and hardly talked to me for the rest of the party. I think that she wasn't overly impressed by my present, I'm wondering if Jo's advice to go with Chocolate over a 20kg bag of Rice wasn't as good as I thought. Sarah gave me a lift home and I found that my internet was playing up :(