Tags: university

hopelessness, dead

It never fails

Every year I go back to university, I manage to catch some horrible illness within a matter of days. I was all prepared to write up a long entry about going back, until I woke up this morning with what appears to be a 102.4° fever.
hopelessness, dead

Disappointment is...

Idling in a computer lab (with shiny new black 2GHz Dell machines) for an hour, waiting to see my advisor of studies to obtain my Authority to Register form after the time I was meant to register.

I was never informed of the time I was meant to register because my uni never sent anything to me other than the "you have failed" letter.

The more time I spend here, the more I want to never return. Enjoy your time at uni/college, kids; don't end up like me.

I sold my soul in return for a free popcorn maker

It's true.

The past few days have been manic, as Freshers' Week brings lots of Societies Fayres and the annual drive to recruit fresh blood to my local society/radio station. On Wednesday I spent some time in the studio before being booted over to the main societies fayre to do a lot of talking for four hours, and on the Thursday I spent five hours in the studio answering questions from the people who actually bothered to turn up.

Today was my own uni's fayre, so I took a break from manning the stall to browsing the others, whoring for freebies. I walked away with, among other things, a free popcorn maker. I was entitled to this large freebie because I signed up for a student credit card.

Yes, a credit card. My first.

My reasons for applying for a credit card are simple; some web sites don't accept my debit card, and I don't want to keep borrowing my folks' credit cards when I have money in the bank and the option of having my own card. It'll never leave the house, so there's no real security risk, and I'll never spend more than I can afford.

I know people make such promises and break them almost immediately, but I've never truly been in debt before and I don't particularly want to start any time soon.


The essay wasn't handed in today. I really wasn't expecting to have a 5,000-word essay on workplace confidentiality ethics finished in just a few days, as I only started to actually care about starting it a few days ago. Still, with three resits looming next week that I haven't really studied for either, things aren't looking bright in this here camp.

If it were me, I'd have dropped out of university just as it started to get really bad at the end of second year, but I don't really have any option other than to stick with the damned course until I get a degree out of this infernal institution. I e-mailed my counterpart asking for an extension until Monday. I've not yet had a response, but if he wants to mark me down for the delay or reject my submission outright, that's his problem. I couldn't care less.

As a basic ADC member I've recently been taking advantage of some of the member benefits, which now include six or seven free hour-long developer sessions recorded at this year's annual WWDC. I've so far learnt a lot more about what's coming in the next major revision of Mac OS X, especially on the programming side, and a lot of the code abstractions look very intriguing.

I've never actually seriously ventured into the realm of programming an application from scratch, but the overviews still fascinate me. If I could afford it, I would pay $200/year for a subscription to the latest developer and preview software. I can't wait to buy my new laptop just so I can take advantage of some of this niftiness, as I have a feeling that 10.3 won't really play ball with my current laptop as fast or as nicely as I'd like it to. Plus, I'll finally have a decent graphics card to play with, so I can for the first time in years think about spending some of my time gaming. (Last serious addiction was Unreal Tournament; I became really good at navigating Tempest with my lil trackpad and arrow keys.)

On the music side, my appreciation for the band Gob has increased by orders of magnitude upon hearing their tune on the American Pie 3 Soundtrack, "Give Up The Grudge"; I can't wait to listen to their album. (Other gems on that soundtrack include the Nu and Hot Action Cop tracks.) Alien Ant Farm have produced a great load of not very much for their truANT album, and Muse's new album is a must-buy if only for the track "Hysteria", although there are a number of great tracks elsewhere on that CD. Finally, my favourite group of the moment by far is Billy Talent, with a cracking first single - "Try Honest(l?)y" - and a storming self-titled album to back it up.

Today, I decided to go to Sainsbury's because we needed toilet roll and coffee. Mum decided to tag along, and we arrived back home with £53 worth of shopping, a fifth of which went on the coffee. On the way to the supermarket I heard for the first time on Radio 1 Nickelback's new single, which I happened to predict (with the aid of a strategically received promo compilation CD. Love those things) some time ago. Even before I received official confirmation I knew that Evanescence's follow-up to "Bring Me To Life" would be "Going Under", just from listening to the album. I really do hope that reaches the top spot in the singles chart when it's released.

Last weekend when I was up at the cottage, we had a really great skyscape, free of clouds. With a few pointers I was soon looking at a bright spot of light, which was Mars nearing its closest distance to Earth for 60,000 years. Naturally, the clouds prevented me from actually seeing Mars at its closest from the comfort of the flat.

Today I created my first community, especially for all you TCers. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you won't want to join the community. Confirmation e-mails have been sent to everybody I could think of. Also, as a final note, I'd like to welcome ig_muse to the fold. This is the first time I've posted since I invited her to LJ; she had been wavering back and forth about whether to create a journal in the first place, so her spirit is now broken it's good that she's finally around. Welcome!


I just finished my last exam of the year, not counting resits.

Now I don't have to worry about avoiding studying for exams, I can now focus on avoiding completing my remaining overdue coursework.

New life into an old system

Not much is new. Random thoughts follow.

Friday, I went into uni at 9:15am cursing and swearing, to help deliver a group presentation arguing against using pirated software in a case study. We'd had a week's notice, no meeting where the whole group turned up and a shambles of a plan. I ended up scribbling all of my notes during the first group's presentation, and speaking for longer than the rest of them combined. Went home shortly after and slept until 5pm.

Today I hooked up a nifty Marantz CD player to the decades-old hi-fi setup in the living room. It works well, apart from some distortion.

TV's going to be interesting over the next few weeks. Big Brother 4 started last week with some fun surprises, but I won't talk about that much in this journal. Angel starts on five on Monday, which I'm looking forward to. five has also been showing the Animatrix shorts (in a world TV exclusive), which I have been religiously taping save for the time last night when I stupidly forgot.

I'm really starting to hanker for Digital TV, if only for the reception. Channels 4 and five are bad enough with the decent indoor aerial, and are hardly watchable in my room. I can't bring myself to order direct from Sky after the horrific experience I had with them at the end of 2001, and I think I'd need planning permission for a dish on the roof. It's all a mess, really.

I'm starting to remember tracks I really should've played on my radio show last month, and I kick myself each time I remember one of the kick-ass tracks I previously forgot. Which brings me to my shiny new Kerrang! magazine subscription: thirteen weeks for the price of two and a half. Bargain.

Been thinking about what to do during the summer. I want a job that I'd enjoy doing, yet I'm too picky for my own damn good. Mum and I made a list of things to buy over the next year, so it'll be fun to see how that pans out. I created a new, less personal journal for use in the event that hell freezes over I finish and release my personal web site. I've discovered a neatish CSS hack that proved helpful in fixing earenwe's positioning tactics, and I'm doing bits and bobs to procrastinate further.

Computer's been up for... eleven days and ten hours since I took that pesky RAM chip out. Must find that receipt.

Enjoy this piecemeal entry: no doubt I'll come back and edit the hell out of it tomorrow.