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Entries from May 2003


May 29th, 2003 · No Comments

Finished exams at 4:30pm today; fate willing, I won’t have any more exams in my life. Didn’t manage to beat my personal record in making it to the pub by 4:33pm since we decided to go one closer to the Backs. Computer died a couple of days ago, which was a bit of hassle – [...]

Tags: adrian · cambridge

Exam Update 1

May 27th, 2003 · No Comments

One down, two to go. My brain is fried, as are my eyes and my writing hand. Should be better by tomorrow though. It turns out that I know more than I thought I did, and that it takes a surprisingly long time to write an essay.

Tags: adrian · cambridge


May 27th, 2003 · No Comments

Here’s a question: how does EasyCinema handle micropayments? I had a brief look at their website and I can’t seen any minimum charge for booking online via credit or debit card. I suppose it could be hidden away at the checkout stage, but if it isn’t, then it’s impressive – and baffling – how they [...]

Tags: tech · web

Near Future

May 26th, 2003 · No Comments

My final exams are beginning in a little over twelve hours from now. There are three 3-hour exams over three consecutive days, from Tuesday to Thursday, each counting for 12.5% of my total mark. The remaining 62.5% is made up from my dissertation (50%) and two extended essays (12.5%), all of which I plan to [...]

Tags: adrian · cambridge

A Passage To Boredom

May 25th, 2003 · No Comments

Here’s a comment I posted in a Metafilter on bad books today:
Schools should never assign books for class reading. It’s a sweeping statement, but the agony treated upon students must be stopped. I remember reading ‘A Passage To India’ at school; it was the dullest thing I’d ever laid eyes upon. Maybe it’s a good [...]

Tags: book · mefi

However… but…

May 25th, 2003 · No Comments

Someone needs to tell the BBC News Online team how to write:
“However, just a small proportion of educated people have access to IT – but the vast majority of Indians, about 70% of the population, still live in villages and the challenge is to make sure they don’t get left behind.”
‘However… but…’ – what’s going [...]

Tags: bbc · writing

The Dream

May 22nd, 2003 · No Comments

E-Ink announced their prototype electronic book display last week. Finally, the dream of a portable, long-lasting electronic book reader may finally be upon us. The contrast and resolution of the display (160dpi) look quite acceptable and I’m not really bothered about the fact that it has no colour; neither do any of my paperbacks.
As long [...]

Tags: book · future · spec · tech

Balance of Bloggers

May 22nd, 2003 · 4 Comments

I was interested to have happened upon the Professors Who Blog list today and browsed around them a bit. One observation that I made was that a startling number of them seemed to be in the field of arts (a somewhat nebulous grouping which, for me, includes economics, political science, linguistics, etc etc.) Now, maybe [...]

Tags: web

Tough love for PhDs

May 21st, 2003 · 3 Comments

Tough Love for PhDs – Brad talks about the mismatch between tenure-track positions and PhDs granted as US universities (I don’t know what the situation is in the UK). Good job I have four years to figure out what I want to do.

Tags: politics · web

The steam-powered drum machine

May 20th, 2003 · 2 Comments

The steam-powered drum machine – an astonishing extract from a journal written in 1894 about a steam-powered drum machine and a 19th century rave (yes, it’s a joke). Via the Culture List and spawned, in part, from the demented mind of Brendan Nelson.

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