Busy Week: Monday

Looks like I’m in for a busy one this week. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Monday: Stage Crew AGM. I’m going to go for the post of Video Equipment Officer. I’ll tell you how it goes.
  • Tuesday: MAD TV meeting. Looks like I’m going to start helping out with the University’s own video channel, as a technical helper of course. Video editing and filming, post-production and stuff. Looking forward to it.
  • Tuesday: Can’t forget the usual climbing!
  • Wednesday: Plan the epic 3 week project that I have to start work on next week!
  • Wednesday: Media labs. A new club where media engineers get together and play with the cool equipment the uni has!
  • Thursday: My favourite brother is in town!
  • Friday: I guess this is the day I have to catch up on the work I should have done during the week.
  • Saturday & Sunday: A whole weekend of Stage Crew Training, learning how to do loads of things and organising an entire gig from the ground up.

All of this and the usual lectures and assignments to boot! I love being busy!

  • Happiness: 7/10
  • Workload: 8/10
  • Last meal: Soup and baguette for lunch (not a whole baguette, that would be crazy!)
  • Thought for the day: Why is texting so hard?

A word from the sponsor

The journey to Oz was uneventful with us arriving pretty much as planned on Saturday morning. Our friends Karen and Ken met us the airport then took us immediately on a whistle-stop tour of Sydney before getting to their house for breakfast. A quick tour of the house, a walk around the neighbourhood of Lilyfield a trip to the beach and a visit to the Olympic Park for a concert saw out the day and it was time for our first night in a bed since Wednesday night.
As Karen (our host) has to work during the week we opted for a day out in the Blue Mountains together on Sunday so it was off in the car to enjoy the magnificent sights of the mountains fully covered in mist. Undeterred we did the mandatory bush walk, marvelled at waterfalls and generally were soaked in the rain.
Monday promised more of the same but was much better weather as we explored the delights of Sydney proper with a wander around the Opera House, Harbour and George Street.
The boys at the Met are saying that we will, have rain again tomorrow before the normal summer will return. I think we may be ready for it by then.

Happiness: 9/10
Workload: 0/10
photos: 258
Thought for the day: Just when will it stop raining?

SPECIAL POST #2: Cookery 101

Experimentation in the kitchen is the theme of this week’s special post. I know that last week was food as well, but who doesn’t love food.

Food (1)

Chilli con carnie is the food of God’s, loving it!

This week I had chilli con carnie with rice on Thursday and chilli con carnie with baked potato on Friday. Why am I telling you this? I have no idea.

Today (well yesterday by the time I finish writing this) I tried my hand at making a chocolate cake. And not just any chocolate cake, the biggest chocolate cake you’ve ever seen!

Food (7)

Food (6)

Hungry yet? I know I am. And I’ve still got half of it left to eat.

30 seconds later…

Food (8)


  • Happiness: 8/10
  • Workload: 7/10
  • Last meal: Baked potato with baked beans and tuna. Then CAKE!
  • Thought for the day: If you ever want to make women happy, make them a chocolate cake!
  • Video: Comin’ Atcha!

    G’day! Here I am, in the northern hemisphere without any parents…

    Sorry for not posting sooner, it’s been the usual hectic few days. Programming is coming on and labs went OK today.

    Tuesday was, obviously, comedy night and it was really good. One act was a magician/comedian who was particularly funny. Also got a bit of climbing done on Tuesday, managed to do a fairly hard wall which was great.

    On Wednesday, I Stage Crewed for Cleopatra. I did video, as usual, and it was really good. They’re really nice people and they asked me if I could record the video for them to have a copy. They seemed to like it, and it was good to see their reactions to how the video looked. I can now add that video to my collection (currently only S Club 3 and Cleopatra).

    Also on Wednesday I went to the first of what is going to be an on-going thing where first year media engineers (like myself) can spend Wednesday afternoon in the media labs. I got shown round and got to play with some of the equipment, it was so great to finally get to touch some of the equipment I’d heard so much about. This is something that should happen every Wednesday, and I will definitely be making an effort to go.

    Today was a bit of a blur. I have 7 hours of lectures on Thursday’s, and this time I’d only had 4 hours sleep.

    What’s happening in the days to come:

    • Heroes episode to watch
    • Programming assignment to do
    • Chilli con carne
    • Assessment questions
    • Stage Crew Annual General Meeting (I’m going to try and be elected as Video Equipment Officer)


    • Happiness: 8/10
    • Workload: 7/10
    • Last meal: Soup (for lunch!)
    • Thought for the day: e^{i \pi} +1 = 0.\,\!

    Programming & Viva La Vida

    You may have noticed (in the playlist on the right) that I seem to like Viva La Vida by Coldplay at the moment, it’s just a good song.

    Yesterday was the usual busy Monday, nothing I couldn’t handle, actually I quite enjoyed having lectures on a Monday for a change. I’ve started my first programming assignment which it actually really fun to do.

    Today is 3 hours of lectures (starting now!) and then programming this afternoon. comedy night awaits this evening, and I’m thinking about joining a new society that has started its own “TV channel” on campus (it’s just one video at the moment).

    Got to go, speak to you soon!

    Being Home

    This weekend I took a trip back through time to the place where I used to sleep. It wasn’t the first time back, not at all, but it was different.

    When you go home it’s amazing how quickly you fall back into your pattern. As soon as I walked in James said “Hi Charles” just as if I’d got back from school. It takes you back for a moment.

    Getting breakfast just like I used to. Everyone is still the same. It’s like a small time capsule I can go to, it’s nice to know it’s there.

    I’m sounding as if I miss home, but that isn’t the case (sorry mum). Why did no-one tell me how great university was, I mean, what is there not to like? It’s so great to always be slightly outside you’re comfort zone, to meet new people, to do things you’ve always wanted to do… feel so great.

    I love what’s happening to me. I can only hope that this is only the tip of the iceberg, the start of the journey and the face of things to come.

    I don’t really know what’s brought this on, but I thought I’d share that with you. Share the smile. Go on, you know you want to.

    • Happiness: 8/10
    • Workload: 7/10
    • Last meal: Tuna pasta (ole student favourite)
    • Thought for the day: Cock up your beaver!

    SPECIAL POST #1 : Lunch

    This is the first of what I hope to be many “special posts” where I can focus on particular thing I’m thinking about or something I want to share with you all.

    One of my “new year’s resolutions” is to have a different thing for lunch each week. Last semester I just had “… on toast” every day. This was good for a while because it was cheap, quick, easy and tasty. But it wasn’t exactly variety:

    • Monday:      beans on toast
    • Tuesday: spaghetti on toast
    • Wednesday:    jam on toast
    • Thursday:    beans on toast
    • Friday:    spaghetti on toast
    • and so on…

    So this year I thought it would be a good idea to try something different. Specifically, try something different every week.

    So far I’ve tried a few things:

    • Week 1: Sandwiches
      • with cucumber, ham, coronation chicken, lettuce
    • Week 2: Wraps
      • with cucumber, ham, coronation chicken, lettuce, carrots
    • Week 3: Pita Bread
      • with cucumber, ham, tuna & sweetcorn,  lettuce, carrots

    OK, so not that much variety, but still in a different shape!

    But, I need some ideas for the future. Here are some ideas I’ve had:

    • Soups (this week)
    • Baguettes
    • Omelettes (I’ve never made an omelette before!)
    • Ciabatta

    What do you think? Have you got any ideas?

    • Happiness: 7/10
    • Workload: 7/10
    • Last meal: Cereal (that’s enough of the jokes now)
    • Thought for the day: Being home is getting weirder every time