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Entries from January 2004


January 31st, 2004 · No Comments

(Ten minutes later). Well, scrub that, it seems like I’m going out tonight after all.

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January 31st, 2004 · No Comments

It’s a Saturday night, and I’m in my room at college listening to someone’s shared iTunes music (Queen), guzzling lots of water and watching the end of Groundhog Day for the fiftieth time. Let’s just say that my plans for tonight didn’t turn out quite as expected.
It’s a familiar tale to anyone who lives in [...]

Tags: adrian · film · oxford

It’s Complicated, It’s Complex!

January 28th, 2004 · 1 Comment

(Arrrgghhhh! Safari just crashed on me, right on the verge of finishing a long post, reconstructed below. Let no man give Apple unqualified praise now – they have erred, and they have erred greviously in allowing such a shoddy, slow, pre-beta, crash-prone piece of bug-ridden garbage such as Safari to be released to the general [...]

Tags: boardgame · games

Let it Snow!

January 28th, 2004 · No Comments

The snow has finally arrived in Oxford in force, accompanied by dramatic peals of thunder and lightning! From what I can see – which is very little, because the snowfall is very thick – the flakes are pretty large and sticky and I should imagine that if this keeps up for a few hours we’ll [...]

Tags: oxford

The Pile of Doom

January 27th, 2004 · No Comments

If you wander into the home of a book-lover, you will find books everywhere, arranged neatly on shelves, lying on tables, sitting behind the toilet and stacked beside the bed. These are the books that have been read, and they enjoy a happy and fulfilled existence.
There is a darker side to life in this home. [...]

Tags: book · review · silly

Tutorials &c.

January 27th, 2004 · 1 Comment

So many things have happened in the past week! A final success at badminton, boardgame tournaments, computational neuroscience, strange and wonderful things happening on the next planet out, lots of good new books, and tutorials. I will deal with them all in time, but first, tutorials.
One of the distinguishing features of Oxbridge is the tutorial [...]

Tags: bio · oxford · science

The Law of Averages

January 19th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Today started out well. I had a very interesting introductory lecture on computational neuroscience, and when I cycled back to college afterwards, I discovered that a whole bunch of stuff I’d ordered over the Internet had arrived, including my new TV.
Now, the TV weighs about 25kg, and the walk back home is about half a [...]

Tags: adrian · tv

Between Heaven and Earth

January 18th, 2004 · 2 Comments

About every month I visit Cambridge for the weekend to see friends and usually play lots of Counterstrike. It’s always a whirlwind visit because I try to meet up with as many people as possible during the two and a half days I’m there; on Saturday I think I overloaded on tea and hot chocolate [...]

Tags: cambridge · oxford

Work and hair

January 16th, 2004 · No Comments

My first chemicals arrived today! It may come as a surprise to many, but it isn’t the case (not entirely, anyway) that I just hang around in Oxford waiting for interesting things to happen – occasionally I do some real research. In preparation for an experiment on the mouse visual system, I’ve ordered a bunch [...]

Tags: bio · film · science · silly

Ares Express Issue 1

January 16th, 2004 · No Comments

Ares Express – I’ve just finished writing the first issue of a new weekly newsletter at New Mars that will highlight the best threads and discussion in the forums, as well as links to Mars news across the Internet. I’m hoping that the bulk of subsequent issues will consist of submissions from forum members.

Tags: mars · space