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Saturday, April 4th, 2009
11:07 am
Temporal void
Holy crap, I haven't updated this since last August? And, I mean, on the front page of my journal there is (or was, since I guess this one pushes it off) still a post saying I'm not working as a researcher at the CL anymore and to stop using my @cam email address? I mean, I've gone back to uni and left again since then. I guess I should get with the times and move to Twitter or something.
Sunday, August 24th, 2008
1:45 pm
Woodcraft
So, this morning, in lieu of doing useful things, such as packing up all my stuff to move house, I reread all my old Livejournal entires (202 of them—when did I ever write that much?).

Here's me in December 2003:

I'm starting to feel old, though; I'll still be only 20 next year, but for lot of my contemporaries, by which I mean those in my schoolyear, this was their last wonderland. I'm starting to worry about losing touch, not with the friends I've had through DFs for years, but with the ones who I'll have barely had time to get to know before I have to leave. Global Village 2006 is going to be incredibly timely in this respect, but unless the Kinsfolk network get their act together I'm not sure I'll be able to keep getting my woodcraft fix.

And again in August 2004:

Again and again I go without Woodcraft for a while and get sidetracked or let my enthusiasm wane, and then I go back to something like DF Camp and am amazed at how happy I am there. Woodcraft-related programme was a little light this year, but I had a great and relaxed time with both old and new friends despite the inevitable rain and mud.

It really doesn't seem like I've changed all that much.
9:38 am
Venturer Camp was totally the best thing ever.

Did anyone try to phone me at my grandparents' in the Lake District last Tuesday evening? Apparently just before I arrived, a "young woman" phoned, asking for Adam, and said she'd call back, which she never did. I'm somewhat confused, though, since I don't remember ever even giving my grandparents' number to anyone who might have been trying to call me there.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
9:35 am
So I just realised: I can use Sharks and Ladders as a probability teaching aid.
Monday, April 28th, 2008
8:45 pm
Statistics brought to life
So, facebook now has this thing called 'facebook lexicon' where you can compare the relative frequency of use of certain words in conversations over the past year. Check this out:

sex vs. chocolate

The two words have a roughly comparable baseline frequency, with 'sex' always getting just a little more talk-time than 'chocolate'. There's a tiny peak where 'chocolate' rises above 'sex' on Hallowe'en, a couple of similarly tiny ones throughout advent, a bigger one at Christmas, and then a huge one on Valentine's Day and an absolutely massive one at Easter.

Interestingly, there's no more talk of sex than usual on Valentine's Day, and a notable dip at Christmas. Guess no-one's in the mood after all those big dinners.

ETA: Also amusing is the pronounced dip in the use of the word 'birthday' on the last day of February this year.
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
4:32 pm
So they cast Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep?

That's either genius or a total disaster, and now I have to see the damn movie just to find out which.
Friday, January 18th, 2008
8:52 am
Overheard on the bus this morning
"What's the best uni in London, apart from Oxford?"

"They might as well have called it Harry Potter and the Massive Elision, because it had no plot whatsoever."
Friday, December 28th, 2007
2:46 pm
A vision of Hell
I have suddenly realised what hell is: an unending succession of multiple-choice reading comprehension questions.

Oh, and merry Christmas.
Friday, October 26th, 2007
11:20 pm
I am such a ... well, I don't know what this says about me
... but this made me laugh out loud for several minutes:


Just as liberal feminists are frequently content with a minimal agenda of legal and social equality for women and 'pro-choice', so liberal (and even some socialist) mathematicians are often content to work within the hegemonic Zermelo-Fraenkel framework (which, reflecting its nineteenth-century liberal origins, already incorporates the axiom of equality) supplemented only by the axiom of choice.


For the context, which is not sincere, see here.
Friday, October 12th, 2007
8:47 am
I don't know whether I'd be happier to think this was or wasn't intentional.

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
8:14 am
This won't make any sense if you don't know the UK education system
Ways to spot teachers #343: When they're not concentrating, they refer to the spreadsheet package that comes with Office as "Microsoft EdExcel".
Sunday, December 24th, 2006
9:56 am
Little lies
I always play up how shortsighted I am to hairdressers, because that way, when they ask me "so how does it look?", I get an extra couple of seconds to think about it while I fumble around putting my glasses back on before answering.

I got a haircut today, for the second time in three and a half years. Further updates as events warrant.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
3:18 pm
Sunday, August 20th, 2006
3:20 pm
Tracking
Right, I think I finally have movement plans for the next couple of weeks straightened out. Tomorrow I'm off up to Sheffield for a couple of days to see both my parents and also my errant sister who I've not yet seen since she returned from her gap year travels the far east. Then on Wednesday I'm heading down to Wales for some camping with mum, Naomi and family friends for three more nights, and then getting the train up to Selby for Climate Camp until September 4th. Then I'll probably swing by Sheffield for a couple more days, head on back to Cambridge and think about getting a job.

Current Mood: cheerful
12:39 pm
Ugh.
Thursday, August 17th, 2006
1:09 am
So, yeah, I'm back. I will, I guess, try to write about Global Village in the next few days, although I may fail. Imagine if this journal was actually any kind of complete record of what I did with my life.

I'm posting now because there's this bigass Climate Action Camp happening in Megawatt Valley at the end of August, and it looks like I really awesome opportunity and I'm quite jazzed about the idea of going, but I don't at present know of anyone else who's going at all and the prospect of turning up there entirely on my lonesome is just a wee bit daunting. So (and this question is aimed primarily at Woodcraft people reading this but you never know and it would be a pleasant surprise to discover others), is anyone planning on going or knows anyone who I know but who might not be reading this who is?

To those whom this may concern, I note that the camp starts a couple of days after DF Camp ends, but the start of it overlaps with the Leeds and Reading festivals.

Current Mood: intrepid
Monday, July 24th, 2006
12:32 am
Global Village time!
Goodbye, internet, see you in a few weeks!

Current Mood: anticipatory
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
2:35 pm
Question
Should I cut my hair?

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
12:42 am
more from me
What's the name for that cinematic (or, I guess, narrative) device where you start out by showing a scene from near the end, then rewind to the beginning and show events playing out up until that point? The best my brain can do is "flashforward", but I'm sure there's a more appropriate term for it. (One could argue that it's just a very long flashback in the middle of an otherwise rather short story, but that's just splitting hairs.)

If you don't know what I mean, the last big film I remember doing this was Mission Impossible 3, although what I'm actually thinking about at the moment is Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (and, sort of, the opening few episodes of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but that has more than just this going on).
Monday, July 17th, 2006
5:23 pm
anime (also, rpg)
For a series that was originally described to me as "It's like Last Exile, but with an added flimsy excuse to show lots of girls kissing", Simoun turns out to be totally awesome. Particularly, it has that same awesome thing with relationships and war that totally sold me on Bliss Stage (see this teaser, like, right now).
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