May: The Best Moment

May, a month of two halves. It all started with Jake coming to visit….

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It was such a great few days. We went to Rubix, had a BBQ and went to town… and there was non-stop banter all weekend.

After Jake left there was the small matter of coursework to attend to. I spent the next two weeks working very hard on two bits of coursework and finishing off a third. Come the 24th of May I was a free man… well, expect for those exams looming, but we prefer not to mention those…

Only a couple moment’s really stand out for me from May since Jake left, but that’s not because life has been boring, it’s just because it’s at such a high all the time the great moments blend in and it’s only the extraordinary that makes a lasing impact.

So what made the lasting impact this month? The runner-up is the Student Awards. MAD TV won best Special Interest Society of the Year, Mike Frazer won Best Student Media and MadSoc won Best Society. Everyone had such a brilliant evening and no-one was as impressed as I was with the ‘MAD umbrella’ walking away with so many awards!

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I guess the reason this night doesn’t make number one is because I didn’t win Student Trainer of the Year award. That would’ve been the icing on the cake, but alas, the best man won, and congratulations to Matt Clifford.

So the best moment of the month was in fact Frankie and Mike’s joint birthday BBQ. Last Saturday was such a lovely day for a BBQ and it was brilliant to spend it with loads of friends in the garden soaking up the sunshine.

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As a consequence of conversations that happened that evening, my plans for the summer could be changing quite drastically. Once the tenancy finishes on my current house at the end of June, I planned to live at home for 6 weeks before moving into the new house in mid-august. But, Frankie and Claire, the left two girls in the above picture, may have a spare room for me at their house. That’ll make it a lot easier to commute to Basingstoke and I won’t have to worry about moving all my stuff back home and back again. I’ll hopefully find out in the next few days what is happening, but I’m really excited about the possibility :D

It is customary for me to ‘pre-hash’ the coming month at this point in these posts, but since June is exam month, I’d rather not. Instead, here’s a picture I took on Saturday of a regular sight in our house… tickle time.

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Speak to you soon :) x

The Future’s Bright…

The last few days have been productive from many a standpoint. And nothing shows up more in this view than revision. Finally. Exams are almost here and my brain needs filling… and so it begins.

I also handed in my last coursework on Tuesday after demoing on Monday. Look at my last post to see how you can download my coursework and play with it yourself… honestly, it’s not as boring as it may sound!

What else? I’m going to see my sister! I booked tickets today to see my sister for a few days at the end of June. After my exams I have two weeks before my placement starts. The first week I’m spending in Guildford in the house chilling and celebrating both Anne and Josh’s birthdays! (I bought their presents today :D) In the second week I’m now going to see Becky! I can’t wait!

I’ve also found out more information about my placement from the employment agency that I’m being contracted under, so I should be signing a contract very soon… good times!

Keep enjoying your lives and I’ll catch up with you all very soon… sweet dreams.

  • Happiness. 8.5 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 4 out of 5
  • Workload. 9 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Chicken nuggets and chips.
  • Song of the day. Train – Hey, Soul Sister (good video too)
  • Thought for the day. You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.
  • What I’m Doing Now. Sleep, before day three of revision.

Special Post #33: OpenGL Model Viewer

My last coursework from second year was to design a 3D model viewer using OpenGL and GLUT. I know that probably doesn’t make sense to any of you, but maybe if you tried it out you’d get the idea.

The final program lets you place objects in 3D space and can be downloaded for your enjoyment by clicking on the button below.

A few things you should try:

  1. Right click to get the menu where you can select shapes, colours, etc
  2. Press and hold your scroll wheel (middle click) to rotate the world, or do this while placing an object to rotate the object
  3. Use x, y, z, X, Y and Z to do rotate
  4. use ‘r’ and ‘f’ to size objects and pseudo-zoom
  5. use ‘=’ to scroll through objects when in selection mode
  6. use ‘0’ to delete the selected object
  7. use w, a, s, d to move up, left, down and right
  8. use ‘1’ at any point to change your view back to the origin and reset the lighting model
  9. try loading the bunny.tri file, it takes about 17 seconds to load on my machine, so be patient!
  10. Move the light source around from the menu
  11. Select objects in ‘selection mode’ and scroll through them to get the right one
  12. Change the render mode to points, lines or phong shading

Good luck! And have fun! Let me know if you have any problems, I quite like the idea of tweaking this over time, although it’s got a long way to go in reality…

5 Days of Jolly Japes

What a week! I had such a great last week of lectures and I’ve taken it to be my last chance of fun before the hard work starts today.

On Tuesday I went to see Little Shop of Horrors being performed by MADsoc. It was genuinely amazing and laugh out loud funny. It’s great to see so many of your friends in one production, especially since they’ve worked so hard to make it so good! After the show I went out into town to meet up with a few friends for a few drinks. Very funny conversations ensued and it was a great night (as always).

On Wednesday evening Josh bought some weights and he’s now got me on a bi-daily workout schedule. It’s tiring, but really fun at the same time. Not sure how long it’s going to last, but it’s definitely about time I got some muscle :D

After the work out I went to Sophie’s house party. I’ve been campaigning for Sophie to have a house party all year, and it was great for her to finally have one!

Thursday evening was the student awards! MAD TV and MADsoc had been nominated for 13 awards, and we walked away with six! Including MAD TV as Special Interest Society Of The Year!

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And Mike Frazer as Best Media. This was obviously cause for celebration…

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On Friday I went out to the union, why not! It was Fetish night, which essentially means people are dressed up in the most revealing outfits they can find/make. I enjoyed dancing the night away…

On Saturday (and I swear this is the last one) I went to Frankie and Mike’s Birthday BBQ. It was such a perfect day and I loved chilling in the garden for many, many hours…

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I don’t know where those 5 days came from, but I can assure you that the alcohol tap is sealed for the next 4 weeks. I have no plans to distract me from the task at hand and I know I can do it.

Check out the photos from here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31306494&l=353b22f158&id=1293892814

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine as much as I am :)

  • Happiness. 9 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 2 out of 5
  • Workload. 9.7 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Birthday Cake!
  • Song of the day. The King Blues – Headbutt (new single :D)
  • Thought for the day. Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy
  • What I’m Doing Now. Coursework.

A Fine Frenzy

The weekend was a time to make lots of progress on my programming project and get it finished. Instead it turned out to be a lot of catching up on sleep, the grand prix, walks and my brother.

On Friday evening I did a quick edit for MAD TV’s latest report on the line up for the End Of Year Show.

James, my brother, came over on Saturday and we had a great walk around town. I felt like it was a great time to see James again since we haven’t really sat down and caught up in what seems like years. And with the promise of another outing in my direction this Saturday, I couldn’t be happier.

I also went for a walk with Anne on Saturday evening just to get outside of the four walls that have been home to so much programming the last week.

I went for another walk on Sunday down by the River. Such a beautiful stroll to do and I know I’ll be doing it again sooner rather than later. It was a far more relaxing way to de-stress than spending a few hours on Facebook or going to a party. And the weather was just right to not intrude on my musings.

What was I musing? Who knows what the mind thinks of when it’s unleashed. But I enjoyed the journey it took me on and I feel much better for getting some space to myself.

I know a lot of my friends are busy revising for exams at the moment, so if you’re feeling stressed out, just go for a little walk. You’ll be surprised. And don’t take your iPod or whatever with you either :)

  • Happiness. 9 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 1 out of 5
  • Workload. 9.7 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Probably strudel…
  • Song of the day. A Fine FrenzyAshes and Wine
  • Thought for the day. The best feelings are those that have no words to describe them
  • What I’m Doing Now. Lab marking tomorrow where Josh and I give a presentation on our Media Project…

Never Too Late

I can’t hear forever that is just a word
No time for sweet nothings I just don’t deserve
To pursue all my dreams when all courage is blurred
I can’t make a start before I lose my nerve

My life can begin when the comfort can end
When regret can’t be made from the smiles we can mend
Imperfection will come when the perfect arrives
And the shadows will shine on through everyone’s lives

A quicker life written when written in twos
And the words that are written my way cannot lose
Any dream can go bad when it’s thought to decay
And I’m busy too busy doing nothing today

We’ll never be younger than we are tonight
So fill all my memories without a fight
Be my Sunday morning like there’s no tomorrow
And never let our beating hearts feel more sorrow

Breathe through the oxygen take me away
Talk less and say more in this moment I pray
You can’t find yourself you’ll just have to create
Be who you can cos it’s never too late

Wake Up & Smell The Programming

I’ve been coding my heart out this week for my Computer Vision & Graphics module, which is the only module in my second year that is solely for Digital Media students. I’m having to code a 3D Model Viewer in C programming language using OpenGL and GLUT. It’s coming along OK, with a few hiccups, and I’m actually enjoying coding again. Reminds me of when I spend a summer coding the St Mary Balham church website in ASP.NET and got really into it.

Thing is, I also have tons of revision to do. But I’m taking the stance that I really want to get this coursework out of the way first and then I can concentrate fully on revision.

Other than spending literally every spare hour of my time coding since Monday, I’ve also been more sensible about my sleeping pattern. I haven’t felt this awake in lectures since before I came to university and it really helps to just be more aware of things. I think I can put a lot of my sleeping fail to Stage Crew last year, and partying this year. But I’ve stopped crewing now (mostly) and I’m not partying much these days in favour of getting my work done.

I’m feeling alright about exams at the moment, I know where my strengths and weaknesses are and I have the time to address them. It’s just a matter of focus, and that’s where I have to make sure I make the most of my time. How many times have I written that on these pages recently? haha.

I haven’t talked about MAD TV for a while. We’re still very busy with wrapping up a lot of outstanding reports and getting ready for some really exciting things coming up over the summer and next year! Last week was MAD TV’s AGM, and a whole new committee was elected. I’m sad that I’m no longer on the committee, but I’m so happy with who’s in charge next year and really, really can’t wait to see how MAD TV develops and grows next year! Seriously, MAD TV is one to watch if you have any interest in Guildford, Surrey, the university or student media, it’s gonna be BIG!

Also had a few developments on my house for next year, and I’m saving it all for another accommodation post coming soon :)

Stay safe and I’ll write another jot of conjecture in here soon…

  • Happiness. 9 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 1 out of 5
  • Workload. 9.7 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Davy’s amazing Oreo cheesecake!!!
  • Song of the day. The King BluesChimp In A 3 Piece Suit
  • Thought for the day. "Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination" – Roy Goodman
  • What I’m Doing Now. Programming and working on a few small things I’ve been meaning to do for ages