Bad Day, or was it?

0000 – Decide to get some sleep as it has been a long day and want to be awake and ready for my 6 hours of lectures on Friday.

0030 – My wonderful room-mate Mariana decides to have a loud conversation on the phone in Portuguese, whatever she was saying, her laughter made it hard to get any sleep.

0740 – A full 20 minutes before I wanted to get up, but here I am. I suppose I must’ve got to sleep after all. But why am I awake. Oh, its just that constant piercing sound of the fire alarm. OK then, dressing gown on, shoes on, don’t forget your keys. Plod, plod, plod. “What room are you in?”, so I say my address. Plod, plod, plod, Sit. AAAH. The assembly point for this drill was the court common room. If I wasn’t so tired then I probably would’ve thought that it was a nice room and the seats very very cozy, as I’d never been in there before. As it was I quickly realized that I’d said the wrong address. Feeling more the fool, I went and corrected my error.

0750 – Back to sleep.

0800 – Rise and shine.

0900 – First lecture, signals and communications. I have no idea what this guy is saying or if I should even be worried that I don’t know what he’s saying. Luckily I have a copy of the notes, so I can hope he’s referring to them as they are pretty easy to understand.

1000 – Still half asleep into the second lecture: Analogue Electronics.

1100 – Now pretty much dead from the overload of information, Again, those notes will come in handy.

1130 – Time for a snack before my next lecture.

1200 – Engineering Mechanics. Either I’m not getting something or this lecture is so easy, a 2-year-old could do it. I don’t know what I prefer: Understanding nothing and worrying you’re an idiot, or understanding everything and worrying your you’re an idiot.

1300 – Finally, lunch time. Bramble Jelly on toast, my favorite! Only 3 hours of labs to go. Unfortunately given yesterdays series of events, the next three hours are not going to be over fast enough.

(Aside: Labs are basically a torture device comprised of 30 students locked in a room with electrical equipment, components and vague instructions. They then have to follow the instructions to completion and without fault, making notes and drawing diagrams and graphs, before the end of the session.)

1400 – WOO! HOO! LAB time! I start by redoing all of the work I did yesterday.

1430 – WOW! That really didn’t take as long as I thought it would. OK, now to check if it works. AHH. Better, but still not right. Whatever could be the problem………………………. Nope its none of those 17 million things I’ve just tried.

1630 – Maybe… Ahh, yes! Eureka! Right, now for the other 2/3 of the experiment.

1635 – “It looks like you’ve finally got that bit working, if you can get all the rest assembled and working by 5pm, I’ll be able to give you a good mark”

1700 – “Time to go”. Not now! I’m on a roll! Solder, component, solder, component… Why do metal detectors need so many parts!

1725 – Beep, Beep, BEEEEEP! YES!!! It works!!! That’ll be an A+ please. Thank you very much. *Skips Home*

Metal Detector

  • Happiness: 7/10
  • Workload: 6/10
  • Last meal: Bramble Jelly on toast. Dinner is to be chilli and rice
  • Thought for the day: SLEEP! SLEEP! SLEEEEEP!
  • Ice Ice Baby

    Yesterday I went Ice Skating with Josh, how else would I have got this photo:

    Ice Skating

    Everything is fine at the moment, lectures yesterday went well and I hope that the Maths test went well this morning. Struggled a little, but shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

    Labs this afternoon were terrible. I assembled a circuit only to find it not working. Now tomorrow I’ll have to rebuild the whole thing from scratch. I’m enjoying it but it’s very annoying when even the demonstrator can’t get your circuit to work. Its not my fault, honest!

    Having another quiet night in tonight and tomorrow in time for the busy weekend. More about that another time.

    PS: If you’re reading this, don’t forget you can add comments at the end of any post just by clicking the word ‘comments’ and leaving your feedback. It would be great to hear from more people!

    The Proof Is In The Pudding

    Ah, Ha! The last thing I ate was the other half of a potato bake that I made yesterday, so there! I don’t just eat cereal.

    You can see my fabulous ice-cream making skills are improving nicely, vital stuff for any student to know about.

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  • Happiness: 8/10
  • Workload: 5/10
  • Last meal: Potato bake!
  • Thought for the day: Complex numbers are complex!
  • Dorm Sweet Dorm

    Back to university life. It was a cool weekend, really enjoyed seeing everyone again. It was quite weird, because it felt like I hadn’t left, but at the same time I knew I had left. That probably doesn’t make any sense, but I understand. Shame about the Grand Prix, but apart from that the parties were fun.

    I’m in the Launderette at the moment, waiting for the wash to finish.

  • Happiness: 7/10
  • Workload: 5/10
  • Last meal: Cereal (I know, I’m not leaving a good impression!)
  • Thought for the day: If washing machines could talk, what would they say…
  • Home Sweet Home

    This weekend i’m back in London. Why? Diggnation of course. Now that probably doesn’t make any sense to any of you so let me explain. As part of my daily life I watch several technology shows online: CNET, Tekzilla, Click, WinSuperSite, All About Microsoft and … Diggnation. Diggnation is a weekly technologty show where two guys, Kevin and Alex, talk about news stories from the past week. The show is filmed in America, and they occasionaly do live shows where they film the show infrom of an audience. Last night, the show was filmed in London! So I was there.

    I know that’s a really bad picture, but that’s all I got.I had a really great time and and enjoyerd it loads.

    Since I was ‘in town’ I thought “why not go and visit all those people I used to know, like my parents. So here I am. For 1 night only.

    Tonight I’m going to the Servers Party in church (hope to see a few of you there!) and then tomorrow I’m off, but this time to Birmingham for my Auntie’s Birthday Party. So three parties in three days, who can complain.

    • Happiness: 7/10
    • Workload: 5/10
    • Last meal: Cereal (honestly I do eat other things as well!)
    • Thought for the day: DIGGNATION!!

    Thursday Ramblings

    So the sink was finally fixed Tuesday afternoon. Finally, I can live without being surrounded by dirty pots.

    The way my timetable works is that I basically have a few lectures on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then pay for it on Thursday and Friday. Here’s the breakdown:

    • Monday: 5 hours
    • Tuesday: 3 hours
    • Wednesday: 3 hours
    • Thursday: 5 hours
    • Friday: 7 hours

    The worst part is this wonderful thing called LABS. They’re a total of 6 hours a week, 3 on Thursday and 3 on Friday. LABS ARE THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE! They are frustrating and long and boring.

    But, I can’t really complain because everything else is going really well (mostly).

    As for Stage Crew, I helped out with Comedy Night (once again, very hilarious, and this time I got in FREE!) and a gig at Rubix last night called Score.

    Score is essentially a themed DJ night for sports teams to celebrate their results from the last week of games. I use the word ‘theme’ in the lightest sense. It has a banner and an inflatable. However, the night was very enjoyable, I ended up on the disco lights again, when will they ever get boring to use?

    Score did, however, mean a late night last night, getting sleep between 3:30am and 11am. I had to get up at 11am for a lecture at 12pm, so it only figures that the lecturer would turn up 30 minutes late.

    I also went climbing yesterday, its still as fun as ever and this time I’m not aching for days afterwards.

    Anyway, can’t sit here all the ruddy day, got some food to eat!

  • Happiness: 7/10
  • Workload: 5/10
  • Last meal: Cereal and grapes for breakfast/lunch
  • Thought for the day: Bring on the Japanese GP!
  • The Sink Saga

    When you put hot fat down a sink pipe, the chances are that the sink pipe will not be too happy about it. Unfortunately, Sophie, one of my housemates, was unaware of this phenomenon. Since Friday evening we have been without the necessary functions of a sink. Washing has been piling up and up, until yesterday when I had to resort to using the sink upstairs to wash enough pots to make a curry.

    • Happiness: 7/10
    • Workload: 5/10
    • Last meal: Cereal for breakfast
    • Thought for the day: FIX MY SINK… please ;-)

    Charles