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Slowdown

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

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 [...]

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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

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

Static

December 16th, 2003 · No Comments

After you’ve lived in Cambridge and Oxford for three years, you begin to appreciate two things. One, they’re really, really small. Two, nothing ever changes in those cities, and doubly so for anything related to the university. There’s a ‘joke’ that goes:
Q: How many college fellows does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: “Change? Are [...]

Tags: cambridge · oxford

Introspection

November 25th, 2003 · 7 Comments

Lately, I’ve been thinking about why I go to sleep in lectures so often. It isn’t because I’m tired, or because I’m bored; there are plenty of times when I am both tired and bored and fail to fall asleep with the kind of dependability that I do in lectures. Nor is it because I’m [...]

Tags: adrian · bio · lecture · oxford · spec

Perfect Circle

November 20th, 2003 · No Comments

One of the more annoying aspects of my PhD course at Oxford is that I have to go to these ‘Personal Development Course’ events every so often, which are about as bad as they sound. In fact, all new biology graduates have to go to them, perhaps fifty in total. The first one, held some [...]

Tags: adrian · oxford · science · silly

Vignettes of an active lifestyle

November 18th, 2003 · 4 Comments

After I got back from Australia in August, I started doing an awful lot of exercise so that I might develop some good habits that would last in Oxford. I hadn’t been to the gym for about a year or so, and so when I went there and did my usual workout, I basically felt [...]

Tags: adrian · oxford · running

Delivery

November 10th, 2003 · 1 Comment

I spent the weekend visiting friends in Cambridge and fully expected to come home to Oxford to pick up my new laptop, which I ordered a while ago. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t at my college. When I checked the TNT website to track the package, it said that it didn’t have a correct delivery address for [...]

Tags: apple · oxford

Cursed by Dust

November 5th, 2003 · No Comments

So Philip Pullman will be at two events in Oxford in the next few days to promote Lyra’s Oxford. The first one is a signing at Waterstones on Saturday, conveniently at the same time I’m going to be in Cambridge. But no fear – the second one will be a presentation organised by Borders at [...]

Tags: book · oxford