lizziec: (toys - max at work)
My new laptop (Thinkpad SL500) arrived on Wednesday, which was extremely exciting for me. As always, I got a lot of pictures :) Now I've finished setting it up and moving files around I finally got around to getting the pictures off my camera and posting them here to show off :)


My old laptop (Thinkpad R50e) was old...


...and pretty busted :/ (Yes, that is micropore holding a corner on.)


When I got back from picking it up there was some post for me :)


It was my new copy of Ramona Forever! :D

I'm not quite sure how I managed it, but I was patient enough to take pictures of the unwrappening:



The lid is shiny, but fingerprints silly easily.


Old vs New (click to embiggen).

All pictures.

The new one runs like a dream, even with Vista installed. I think I'm in love (sorry [livejournal.com profile] benc).

I'm still trying to decide what to do with my old one, which is staying with me for a few weeks at least so I'm sure I have everything I need from it and I'm completely happy with my new one. Any ideas? Any people maybe interested in taking it?
lizziec: (toys - max at work)
My new laptop (Thinkpad SL500) arrived on Wednesday, which was extremely exciting for me. As always, I got a lot of pictures :) Now I've finished setting it up and moving files around I finally got around to getting the pictures off my camera and posting them here to show off :)


My old laptop (Thinkpad R50e) was old...


...and pretty busted :/ (Yes, that is micropore holding a corner on.)


When I got back from picking it up there was some post for me :)


It was my new copy of Ramona Forever! :D

I'm not quite sure how I managed it, but I was patient enough to take pictures of the unwrappening:



The lid is shiny, but fingerprints silly easily.


Old vs New (click to embiggen).

All pictures.

The new one runs like a dream, even with Vista installed. I think I'm in love (sorry [livejournal.com profile] benc).

I'm still trying to decide what to do with my old one, which is staying with me for a few weeks at least so I'm sure I have everything I need from it and I'm completely happy with my new one. Any ideas? Any people maybe interested in taking it?
lizziec: (CAFC)
I got a call recently from a family friend, John Morris. He was the only mormon who ever really kept touch with our family after daddy died and over the years he took me and Phil to lots of Charlton games (including the memorable 1998 playoff final at Wembley) because they were the team he supported and it was something he could do for us. As a result I became practically the only child in Croydon to support Charlton. Most of my schoolmates supported Crystal Palace. Oh the stick I got for it!

Anyway, I hadn't been to a game in years when John called and asked if I would want to go to a game if he could arrange it. I replied in the affirmative and he got tickets for him, me and Phil to see Charlton at home against Palace on 8th February. I made arrangements accordingly - to stay with [livejournal.com profile] kimble and [livejournal.com profile] barakta at their place near Stratford so I could tube and bus it to Charlton.

Found my way to where I was staying relatively easily - ben has turned his free (from a competition) Nokia N770 into a tomtom like GPS toy, so it guided me once I was away from my familar territory of the Blackwall Tunnel (I can get to that easily - from there though I get lost unless I'm going to Telehouse at East India Docks).

I was made very welcome by [livejournal.com profile] kimble and shown all the shiny flashy lights and scrolly signs that they have set up. Some of the things would be so helpful in our hearing household as well as their are in their deaf one - a flashy light when a reminder comes up so I wouldn't miss it if I were afk would be amazing. I took down notes of which tubes and busses I needed to get to where I wanted to go and headed out.

Made it to North Greenwich Tube Station ok, and boarded the bus I needed for Charlton in plenty of time - there was an hour to go until Kick Off. Unfortunately, it was rush hour and I ended up in the middle of a crowd away from any windows being squished and I missed my stop. Being unfamiliar with the area, and unable to see anything because of aforementioned squish I didn't realise until the bus thinned out a good half hour later. In the end, I had to ride the bus to the end of the route and then come back on the same one. I had ben tell me where to get off (he was following my route on a bus map because I'd called him in tears and unable to cope) but the driver failed to stop at the right stop and I ended up going one too far. *sigh* Eventually made it into the ground as the half time whistle blew. Phil and John were utterly amazing and lovely and had waited for me outside even though it meant they missed the first half too.

Second half was brilliant. I'd been lucky and not missed any goals. The final score was 2-0 to Charlton and both goals were scored in the second half when I was there to see. Hurrah! I enjoyed myself very much and so John is going to see about taking Phil and I to another game in two or three months.

Going back, John and Phil escorted me to to North Greenwich incase I got lost again (or attacked, which I think at least was John's overriding concern), and made it back to Stratford where [livejournal.com profile] barakta met me to make sure I got off at the right stop for their place. Just as well - the crush on that bendy bus was as bad as the double decker earlier and I wouldn't have had a clue if she hadn't been there and would probably have ended up in Ilford!

I was taken back and fed curry and felt much more human. Then we talked and spodded until very late (I can't remember when I last went to bed that late). It was lovely and so were they :D

Coming back on Saturday was much easier than going (though I almost got my windscreen cleaned at traffic lights) and stopped at Bluewater for Krispy Kreme donuts to bring home and also had lunch. Unfortuantely, I also had a Lush shaped accident (the accident looked like this, this and this), but concluded due to general business and lack of parking (there were places being used as parking spaces that I didn't know could accomodate a car) that I am never venturing to Bluewater again on a Saturday unless it is a matter of life or death. Even then, it will depend on whose life is in danger...

Despite the fact that Kimble and Barakta had been lovely, what I saw of the football had been good, and I'd got some nice things in Bluewater, I was more relieved than I can express to get home again.

In conclusion, some notes on London Transport.
1) Busses at rush hour are horrible. Especially if you're short.
2) My foot is not the same as a brake. You have them on your child's buggy, please use them. My foot does not appreciate the fact that you apparently failed to notice the difference.
3) Bendy busses are the spawn of satan and must be stopped. I didn't know it was possible for a bus to be so crowded. It was more like a tube train than a bus (and busses jerk around way way more :S).
4) Driving may be expensive and complicated in London but I think I would rather drive in future than be half crushed and killed on a bus.
lizziec: (CAFC)
I got a call recently from a family friend, John Morris. He was the only mormon who ever really kept touch with our family after daddy died and over the years he took me and Phil to lots of Charlton games (including the memorable 1998 playoff final at Wembley) because they were the team he supported and it was something he could do for us. As a result I became practically the only child in Croydon to support Charlton. Most of my schoolmates supported Crystal Palace. Oh the stick I got for it!

Anyway, I hadn't been to a game in years when John called and asked if I would want to go to a game if he could arrange it. I replied in the affirmative and he got tickets for him, me and Phil to see Charlton at home against Palace on 8th February. I made arrangements accordingly - to stay with [livejournal.com profile] kimble and [livejournal.com profile] barakta at their place near Stratford so I could tube and bus it to Charlton.

Found my way to where I was staying relatively easily - ben has turned his free (from a competition) Nokia N770 into a tomtom like GPS toy, so it guided me once I was away from my familar territory of the Blackwall Tunnel (I can get to that easily - from there though I get lost unless I'm going to Telehouse at East India Docks).

I was made very welcome by [livejournal.com profile] kimble and shown all the shiny flashy lights and scrolly signs that they have set up. Some of the things would be so helpful in our hearing household as well as their are in their deaf one - a flashy light when a reminder comes up so I wouldn't miss it if I were afk would be amazing. I took down notes of which tubes and busses I needed to get to where I wanted to go and headed out.

Made it to North Greenwich Tube Station ok, and boarded the bus I needed for Charlton in plenty of time - there was an hour to go until Kick Off. Unfortunately, it was rush hour and I ended up in the middle of a crowd away from any windows being squished and I missed my stop. Being unfamiliar with the area, and unable to see anything because of aforementioned squish I didn't realise until the bus thinned out a good half hour later. In the end, I had to ride the bus to the end of the route and then come back on the same one. I had ben tell me where to get off (he was following my route on a bus map because I'd called him in tears and unable to cope) but the driver failed to stop at the right stop and I ended up going one too far. *sigh* Eventually made it into the ground as the half time whistle blew. Phil and John were utterly amazing and lovely and had waited for me outside even though it meant they missed the first half too.

Second half was brilliant. I'd been lucky and not missed any goals. The final score was 2-0 to Charlton and both goals were scored in the second half when I was there to see. Hurrah! I enjoyed myself very much and so John is going to see about taking Phil and I to another game in two or three months.

Going back, John and Phil escorted me to to North Greenwich incase I got lost again (or attacked, which I think at least was John's overriding concern), and made it back to Stratford where [livejournal.com profile] barakta met me to make sure I got off at the right stop for their place. Just as well - the crush on that bendy bus was as bad as the double decker earlier and I wouldn't have had a clue if she hadn't been there and would probably have ended up in Ilford!

I was taken back and fed curry and felt much more human. Then we talked and spodded until very late (I can't remember when I last went to bed that late). It was lovely and so were they :D

Coming back on Saturday was much easier than going (though I almost got my windscreen cleaned at traffic lights) and stopped at Bluewater for Krispy Kreme donuts to bring home and also had lunch. Unfortuantely, I also had a Lush shaped accident (the accident looked like this, this and this), but concluded due to general business and lack of parking (there were places being used as parking spaces that I didn't know could accomodate a car) that I am never venturing to Bluewater again on a Saturday unless it is a matter of life or death. Even then, it will depend on whose life is in danger...

Despite the fact that Kimble and Barakta had been lovely, what I saw of the football had been good, and I'd got some nice things in Bluewater, I was more relieved than I can express to get home again.

In conclusion, some notes on London Transport.
1) Busses at rush hour are horrible. Especially if you're short.
2) My foot is not the same as a brake. You have them on your child's buggy, please use them. My foot does not appreciate the fact that you apparently failed to notice the difference.
3) Bendy busses are the spawn of satan and must be stopped. I didn't know it was possible for a bus to be so crowded. It was more like a tube train than a bus (and busses jerk around way way more :S).
4) Driving may be expensive and complicated in London but I think I would rather drive in future than be half crushed and killed on a bus.
lizziec: (apod - milky-way eating)
It's a been a nice few days despite the fact that I hate my job and my computer, Aragorn, is misbehaving - it kernel oopses and locks up when data is being pushed at it over the network (but not pulled). After changing the hard disks, power supply, network card and network cable we ran memtest and a few minutes ago the screen lit up red with errors. I think we may have just tickled the problem ;) I hope it's that simple - if it's not it means an upgrade of motherboard, ram and processor we can ill afford (who can?!)

The first nice thing was that Liz and Si came to Canterbury for a rare visit and between them, me and [livejournal.com profile] benc and pao we sacrificed a couple of duck and many pork dumplings at Cafe de China which I don't think I've been to since my birthday in November. Yum.

Once the duck had been well and truly sacrificed pao went home to tend to mrspao who is ill :( (get well soon!) and Liz and Si came to our local pub, The Dog, Rough Common (which has improved immensely under new management) and played a couple of games of pool and drank beer (or in Si's case, pisswater :P).

This evening we met up with [livejournal.com profile] fooflington and [livejournal.com profile] rahslowe on the beach for some fish and chips. Rah was mad and went in the sea :P Later on Laura, Jase and Laura's sister Lizzie came along too and there was more sea-ness by Rah and Laura. A little later as it was getting cold and dark (and feeling like April again instead of June) Foo, Rah, Ben and I went to the pub where the men drank beer (Whitstable Bay and Early Bird) and we played pool. Rah and I lost badly :(

So anyway, now I smell of smoky pub, which is bad, but I've had a couple of lovely days with my friends so I really don't mind.

Thanks guys :)
lizziec: (apod - milky-way eating)
It's a been a nice few days despite the fact that I hate my job and my computer, Aragorn, is misbehaving - it kernel oopses and locks up when data is being pushed at it over the network (but not pulled). After changing the hard disks, power supply, network card and network cable we ran memtest and a few minutes ago the screen lit up red with errors. I think we may have just tickled the problem ;) I hope it's that simple - if it's not it means an upgrade of motherboard, ram and processor we can ill afford (who can?!)

The first nice thing was that Liz and Si came to Canterbury for a rare visit and between them, me and [livejournal.com profile] benc and pao we sacrificed a couple of duck and many pork dumplings at Cafe de China which I don't think I've been to since my birthday in November. Yum.

Once the duck had been well and truly sacrificed pao went home to tend to mrspao who is ill :( (get well soon!) and Liz and Si came to our local pub, The Dog, Rough Common (which has improved immensely under new management) and played a couple of games of pool and drank beer (or in Si's case, pisswater :P).

This evening we met up with [livejournal.com profile] fooflington and [livejournal.com profile] rahslowe on the beach for some fish and chips. Rah was mad and went in the sea :P Later on Laura, Jase and Laura's sister Lizzie came along too and there was more sea-ness by Rah and Laura. A little later as it was getting cold and dark (and feeling like April again instead of June) Foo, Rah, Ben and I went to the pub where the men drank beer (Whitstable Bay and Early Bird) and we played pool. Rah and I lost badly :(

So anyway, now I smell of smoky pub, which is bad, but I've had a couple of lovely days with my friends so I really don't mind.

Thanks guys :)
lizziec: (apod - milkyway)
Once upon a time (a long time ago in a galaxy far far away) there was a family with a "new" computer. To start it needed a floppy disk in its drive (built in to the keyboard) and when it did start it presented its operator with a numeric menu from which you chose options 1-*. When it started it said Hello Phillip, How is your lovely little family today? and the computer was much loved, for it came with First Choice (on a floppy - nothing on this computer ran without a floppy) to make documents on and a dot matrix printer to print the documents out. It came with a disc with games on - Tic-Tac-Toe, Chess and Frogger.

It was great.

It was an Olivetti PC1 with one floppy drive (like the one featured here). It was very light, much lighter than my PC now (Aragorn - as of last night the owner of two 250g disks [raid1] and a new PSU) because this is all there was to it.

With its (tiny) black and white screen it looked much like this:



The reason I'm talking about all this is because today I finally got round to checking on some old floppy disks that I found when ben and I were spring cleaning last week. Much of the results are very noisy and not terribly fruitful. Alas, most of these disks and the data on them are unsalvigable it would seem.

One of the disks was very old. It was called "Getting Started".

I took screenshots of what I found on them. The dates show just how old they are:





...Wow. I am of the firm believe that most of the WPK files are ones I created. Especially ones with titles like "THE_CAT" and "THE_DOG".

Of course, now I'm drowning in a wave of nostalgia.

And spending the rest of my day making models of the Starship Enterprise out of dead floppies.

lizziec: (apod - milkyway)
Once upon a time (a long time ago in a galaxy far far away) there was a family with a "new" computer. To start it needed a floppy disk in its drive (built in to the keyboard) and when it did start it presented its operator with a numeric menu from which you chose options 1-*. When it started it said Hello Phillip, How is your lovely little family today? and the computer was much loved, for it came with First Choice (on a floppy - nothing on this computer ran without a floppy) to make documents on and a dot matrix printer to print the documents out. It came with a disc with games on - Tic-Tac-Toe, Chess and Frogger.

It was great.

It was an Olivetti PC1 with one floppy drive (like the one featured here). It was very light, much lighter than my PC now (Aragorn - as of last night the owner of two 250g disks [raid1] and a new PSU) because this is all there was to it.

With its (tiny) black and white screen it looked much like this:



The reason I'm talking about all this is because today I finally got round to checking on some old floppy disks that I found when ben and I were spring cleaning last week. Much of the results are very noisy and not terribly fruitful. Alas, most of these disks and the data on them are unsalvigable it would seem.

One of the disks was very old. It was called "Getting Started".

I took screenshots of what I found on them. The dates show just how old they are:





...Wow. I am of the firm believe that most of the WPK files are ones I created. Especially ones with titles like "THE_CAT" and "THE_DOG".

Of course, now I'm drowning in a wave of nostalgia.

And spending the rest of my day making models of the Starship Enterprise out of dead floppies.
lizziec: (animals - giraffe mother and baby)
Well a week today I turn 22 :O A present from Liz arrived today to be opened Saturday when she is around.

Ben gave me my birthday presents today because I needed one of them.

He has given me the most beautiful watch which has mother of perl inlaid into the face. It's so beautiful and so me and I didn't even show him what kind of watch I wanted. I married a man with good taste :D I also got a voucher for the build a bear workshop. WIN :D *bounces around*

My Solaris open source tshirt arrived today (finally) having taken six weeks to reach me - it went through US customs on the 17th September.

Not a bad end to the day, even if I didn't get home till 7:45pm tonight.

Finally, given that this post is about my birthday I'm going to finish up by pimping shamelessly my amazon wishlist. SHAMELESSLY I TELLS YA!

Rar.
lizziec: (animals - giraffe mother and baby)
Well a week today I turn 22 :O A present from Liz arrived today to be opened Saturday when she is around.

Ben gave me my birthday presents today because I needed one of them.

He has given me the most beautiful watch which has mother of perl inlaid into the face. It's so beautiful and so me and I didn't even show him what kind of watch I wanted. I married a man with good taste :D I also got a voucher for the build a bear workshop. WIN :D *bounces around*

My Solaris open source tshirt arrived today (finally) having taken six weeks to reach me - it went through US customs on the 17th September.

Not a bad end to the day, even if I didn't get home till 7:45pm tonight.

Finally, given that this post is about my birthday I'm going to finish up by pimping shamelessly my amazon wishlist. SHAMELESSLY I TELLS YA!

Rar.
lizziec: (Lizzie-ben)
The name of the game is Lilo Vs Grub.

On your marks... Get set... Go!

[Poll #584497]
lizziec: (Lizzie-ben)
The name of the game is Lilo Vs Grub.

On your marks... Get set... Go!

[Poll #584497]
lizziec: (lightening-moon)
Well finally worked out what I was doing wrong ;)

I'm on google talk as epcharlton.

Well, it's only 10 days early and I'd have to switch eventually :P

In other news, dr's wasn't too bad. Yay! Is it normal for your dr to want to see your wedding pics? Wheeeeeee :)
lizziec: (lightening-moon)
Well finally worked out what I was doing wrong ;)

I'm on google talk as epcharlton.

Well, it's only 10 days early and I'd have to switch eventually :P

In other news, dr's wasn't too bad. Yay! Is it normal for your dr to want to see your wedding pics? Wheeeeeee :)
lizziec: (Default)
Having *finally* got an ADSL connection (albeit a very flaky one) at 6mc I have uploaded all the pictures that were waiting :)

Ph33r :P

You remember the story of me getting in contact with an old friend? Well the 29th May was her birthday so I toodled along to her house for the party. I had a lovely time, especially making use of the trampoline :P Piccies of that event (including me on the trampoline here.

My last shift with the children was on Friday morning and I got some of the most fun and beautiful presents I could ever have wished for. I got a bear and a thing full of hot chocolate and a game for two to play in the bath >:) The cards and letters were the worst though. I didn't cry when I was there but I came back home and *howled* about it all. PIctures of almost everything (including becky's letter which is by far the worst) are here.

My results were posted on the boards at the back of the library at 5pm on Friday. I swore I would not be involved in the scrum that ensues once the humanities guy turns up with the lists, but after a little encouragement from ben, there I was, right in the middle. I went back yesterday to preserve the result for posterity ;) I'm glad I won't have to do *that* wait ever again!

Samphire Hoe is where Ben and I went after I got my degree results. I was so full of nervous energy the walk did me good. It was really beautiful though Ben suffered because of the high concentration of pollen there. Well worth a visit. For more info see this.

Finally, yesterday I got round to setting up aragorn despite the lack of desk... Aragorn's new home is perched on top of two Dell boxes and another computer - see this picture for how unstable the whole arrangement actually looks ;)

Ok - all piccies done now - have a look, especially at the Samphire Hoe ones :)

*bumbles off*

Edit: I forgot to mention the lovely rainbow I saw a few days ago :) Go look! :D
lizziec: (Default)
Having *finally* got an ADSL connection (albeit a very flaky one) at 6mc I have uploaded all the pictures that were waiting :)

Ph33r :P

You remember the story of me getting in contact with an old friend? Well the 29th May was her birthday so I toodled along to her house for the party. I had a lovely time, especially making use of the trampoline :P Piccies of that event (including me on the trampoline here.

My last shift with the children was on Friday morning and I got some of the most fun and beautiful presents I could ever have wished for. I got a bear and a thing full of hot chocolate and a game for two to play in the bath >:) The cards and letters were the worst though. I didn't cry when I was there but I came back home and *howled* about it all. PIctures of almost everything (including becky's letter which is by far the worst) are here.

My results were posted on the boards at the back of the library at 5pm on Friday. I swore I would not be involved in the scrum that ensues once the humanities guy turns up with the lists, but after a little encouragement from ben, there I was, right in the middle. I went back yesterday to preserve the result for posterity ;) I'm glad I won't have to do *that* wait ever again!

Samphire Hoe is where Ben and I went after I got my degree results. I was so full of nervous energy the walk did me good. It was really beautiful though Ben suffered because of the high concentration of pollen there. Well worth a visit. For more info see this.

Finally, yesterday I got round to setting up aragorn despite the lack of desk... Aragorn's new home is perched on top of two Dell boxes and another computer - see this picture for how unstable the whole arrangement actually looks ;)

Ok - all piccies done now - have a look, especially at the Samphire Hoe ones :)

*bumbles off*

Edit: I forgot to mention the lovely rainbow I saw a few days ago :) Go look! :D

Geekery

15 April 2005 12:19 pm
lizziec: (Default)
I've updated my guide to screen and irssi and added a copy of my irssi config to my website.

A review of H2G2 (very uncomplimentary) can be found here. A longer one with spoilers in is here. Don't click on the wrong one and then blame me. :P

Mmmm - geekery :D

Zero progress on essays though :(

Geekery

15 April 2005 12:19 pm
lizziec: (Default)
I've updated my guide to screen and irssi and added a copy of my irssi config to my website.

A review of H2G2 (very uncomplimentary) can be found here. A longer one with spoilers in is here. Don't click on the wrong one and then blame me. :P

Mmmm - geekery :D

Zero progress on essays though :(

Dreams

10 April 2005 10:00 am
lizziec: (Default)
Had a couple of odd dreams last night - odd because I remember them so clearly.

The first was that Vindaloo was uberb0rk and ben was inconsolable.

The second was debian stable was upgraded overnight to debian sarge so I was helping ben upgrade the boxes running stable, but then it turned out debian fucked up and the upgrade destroyed the build of them on the systems...

I'm curious to know why they both revolve around computers... >.

Dreams

10 April 2005 10:00 am
lizziec: (Default)
Had a couple of odd dreams last night - odd because I remember them so clearly.

The first was that Vindaloo was uberb0rk and ben was inconsolable.

The second was debian stable was upgraded overnight to debian sarge so I was helping ben upgrade the boxes running stable, but then it turned out debian fucked up and the upgrade destroyed the build of them on the systems...

I'm curious to know why they both revolve around computers... >.
lizziec: (Default)


:D

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] lisaofdoom - many thanks to her (and her school newspaper :))! :D
lizziec: (Default)


:D

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] lisaofdoom - many thanks to her (and her school newspaper :))! :D
lizziec: (Default)
that I am possibly the only history student who goes to bed in a solaris 10 tshirt.

I wonder if the majority of my history peers have even heard of sun ;)
lizziec: (Default)
that I am possibly the only history student who goes to bed in a solaris 10 tshirt.

I wonder if the majority of my history peers have even heard of sun ;)
lizziec: (Default)
Term has finished now. Been a rather hectic one too, there seemed to be no time to stop and breathe. Still, hopefully the holidays should give me some breathing space. Ben and I finished most of our Christmas shopping yesterday and cos it was a Monday and term still hasn't finished for most schools it wasn't too horrid. Unfortunately will have to do the last few bits in Croydon on the 23rd - that *will* be horrible :( Still, feel accomplished that most of it is out of the way :)

For those of you interested in my academic work, my marks have jumped this year from an average of 58% to an average of 68%. I'm so proud of myself :D I hope I can keep it up, cos this would mean I could graduate with a definate 2:1, which is what I'm after. Still, I'll cross my fingers and hope quietly that I can keep it up. Have holiday work to do, which sucks :( Even worse is that all the books I need are out of the library until the 12th January, with the deadline being 5 days or so after that :| Will need to talk to my tutor I think.

Speaking of my tutor, some may recall the battle over powerpoint I had with him:

first email to tutor )

I got a reply:

first email from tutor )

So I sent him an email back:

second email to tutor )

I never recieved a reply. As a result my partner and I did a powerpoint pres and printed it to sheets of assitate instead, as they were the facilities available to us :|

After out visit to the British Museum as part of the course (piccies here), I sent him a link to the pictures I took. And got a reply:

surprising letter from my tutor )

Bwhahaha. I shall view that as a victory! :D

Anyway, this has been long and boring enough, so I shall finish up now with a meme I stole from [livejournal.com profile] red_pill.

end of year meme )
lizziec: (Default)
Term has finished now. Been a rather hectic one too, there seemed to be no time to stop and breathe. Still, hopefully the holidays should give me some breathing space. Ben and I finished most of our Christmas shopping yesterday and cos it was a Monday and term still hasn't finished for most schools it wasn't too horrid. Unfortunately will have to do the last few bits in Croydon on the 23rd - that *will* be horrible :( Still, feel accomplished that most of it is out of the way :)

For those of you interested in my academic work, my marks have jumped this year from an average of 58% to an average of 68%. I'm so proud of myself :D I hope I can keep it up, cos this would mean I could graduate with a definate 2:1, which is what I'm after. Still, I'll cross my fingers and hope quietly that I can keep it up. Have holiday work to do, which sucks :( Even worse is that all the books I need are out of the library until the 12th January, with the deadline being 5 days or so after that :| Will need to talk to my tutor I think.

Speaking of my tutor, some may recall the battle over powerpoint I had with him:

first email to tutor )

I got a reply:

first email from tutor )

So I sent him an email back:

second email to tutor )

I never recieved a reply. As a result my partner and I did a powerpoint pres and printed it to sheets of assitate instead, as they were the facilities available to us :|

After out visit to the British Museum as part of the course (piccies here), I sent him a link to the pictures I took. And got a reply:

surprising letter from my tutor )

Bwhahaha. I shall view that as a victory! :D

Anyway, this has been long and boring enough, so I shall finish up now with a meme I stole from [livejournal.com profile] red_pill.

end of year meme )
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This weekend was Ben Tanner's stag night so my ben went up to London for it. This gave me the excuse to go home for an afternoon/evening and mum and I had a nice time, and I managed to get phil a working, uptodate kernel sorted (ben fixed the remaining broken bits in the morning). This means Phil now has something better than a 2.2.* that works :) Today ben and I had a lazy morning and came back to canterbury via Folkestone and the best ice cream shop in the world ever! :D On the way back we stopped at The Jackdaw in Denton (just outside Hawkinge), a pub featured in The Battle of Britain (an excellent war film with a great soundtrack and dog fight scenes). This led to two things. 1) an excellent lunch/tea thing, with wonderful desserts :D I reccommend this to anyone with a car :D 2) us humming the battle of britain march (the theme to the movie) all afternoon and evening :)

A really really nice weekend :)

P.S. We're in full stealth mode here at franklyn road to avoid trick and treaters. It's working so far, just hope the little buggers angels haven't egged my car...
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This weekend was Ben Tanner's stag night so my ben went up to London for it. This gave me the excuse to go home for an afternoon/evening and mum and I had a nice time, and I managed to get phil a working, uptodate kernel sorted (ben fixed the remaining broken bits in the morning). This means Phil now has something better than a 2.2.* that works :) Today ben and I had a lazy morning and came back to canterbury via Folkestone and the best ice cream shop in the world ever! :D On the way back we stopped at The Jackdaw in Denton (just outside Hawkinge), a pub featured in The Battle of Britain (an excellent war film with a great soundtrack and dog fight scenes). This led to two things. 1) an excellent lunch/tea thing, with wonderful desserts :D I reccommend this to anyone with a car :D 2) us humming the battle of britain march (the theme to the movie) all afternoon and evening :)

A really really nice weekend :)

P.S. We're in full stealth mode here at franklyn road to avoid trick and treaters. It's working so far, just hope the little buggers angels haven't egged my car...
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An odd weekend all in all, but good fun :)

Saturday started very very early as ben had to be on campus for 8am because Library power had to go off for maintainance and so all the kit in the machine room had to go off too. So he went and did that, then we had coffee from Starbucks while Estates played around with the power before coming back so ben could switch all the kit back on again. Then we gathered bits and off I drove to London where I went to see Telehouse cos ben had some work to do there. I must admit it was very very shiny, but this wore off after about 10 mins and then it was just boring ;) Met some ANL people, which was quite jibbly and found their attitudes to me really good. Found people listening to my opinion on something and taking my comments on board and *that* was very cool. Anyway, after breaking some stuff (and 6 hours there) ben and I departed to have dinner with my mum and brother and *what* a dinner that was :D We had 3 courses, including Serrano ham for a first course! I haven't found anywhere in canterbury that sells this precious material :D Biiiiiiiiiig Chicken pie for main course and yumyums for dessert. It was unfortunate that we couldn't stay longer :| I like home visits.

Sunday was ben's parents where we ate yummy spag bol and chatted and had a generally nice time. I got my birthday pressies from them cos I won't be seeing them again till after my birthday. I got 21 presents and £21. I can see a theme here ;) Lots of chocolate and nice smellies and a really cool book with piccies of Britain in the World War Two. Only downside to ben's parents is their cats who are great but have such fine fur that it irritates my chest and nose, so antihistamines are always needed when we visit ;)

Hrm...I think that's about it. My life very boring ;)

Ooh - quick plug. The Comspoc website is actually back up with new content! :D

Must get dressed now and go to work...(much babysitting tonight :))
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An odd weekend all in all, but good fun :)

Saturday started very very early as ben had to be on campus for 8am because Library power had to go off for maintainance and so all the kit in the machine room had to go off too. So he went and did that, then we had coffee from Starbucks while Estates played around with the power before coming back so ben could switch all the kit back on again. Then we gathered bits and off I drove to London where I went to see Telehouse cos ben had some work to do there. I must admit it was very very shiny, but this wore off after about 10 mins and then it was just boring ;) Met some ANL people, which was quite jibbly and found their attitudes to me really good. Found people listening to my opinion on something and taking my comments on board and *that* was very cool. Anyway, after breaking some stuff (and 6 hours there) ben and I departed to have dinner with my mum and brother and *what* a dinner that was :D We had 3 courses, including Serrano ham for a first course! I haven't found anywhere in canterbury that sells this precious material :D Biiiiiiiiiig Chicken pie for main course and yumyums for dessert. It was unfortunate that we couldn't stay longer :| I like home visits.

Sunday was ben's parents where we ate yummy spag bol and chatted and had a generally nice time. I got my birthday pressies from them cos I won't be seeing them again till after my birthday. I got 21 presents and £21. I can see a theme here ;) Lots of chocolate and nice smellies and a really cool book with piccies of Britain in the World War Two. Only downside to ben's parents is their cats who are great but have such fine fur that it irritates my chest and nose, so antihistamines are always needed when we visit ;)

Hrm...I think that's about it. My life very boring ;)

Ooh - quick plug. The Comspoc website is actually back up with new content! :D

Must get dressed now and go to work...(much babysitting tonight :))
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Which Family Guy character are you?

In other news...umm... New student XP desktops getting on my nerves. Planning stuff to try and get compsoc back on its feet which is cool. Working through prelim reading for this years courses. Period pain sucks *stab* Ben is lovely and amazing *hug* Bethan has gone back to brum :( *sob*

I think that's about it for now ;)
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Which Family Guy character are you?

In other news...umm... New student XP desktops getting on my nerves. Planning stuff to try and get compsoc back on its feet which is cool. Working through prelim reading for this years courses. Period pain sucks *stab* Ben is lovely and amazing *hug* Bethan has gone back to brum :( *sob*

I think that's about it for now ;)
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Well, last night watched Flash Gordon making sure I sang along to the groovy Queen Soundtrack and then realised I was truly bitten by the bug and watched the first bit of Highlander for its groovy Queen soundtrack...

Anyway, was up early today so that I could go to Redhill to meet Stephanie. Laura was supposed to be coming but then had to go Christmas Shopping with her parents so I met her in Merstham where she gave me Steph's pressies that we'd brought in Croydon on Friday and she'd wrapped (and gave Laura HER presents [a cuddly bashful doll, a wallet, a box of pens and a joke pressie, a greek phrase book from that secong hand book shop in Reigate]) then met Stephanie in Redhill and we jibbled about stuff which was nice and then came home. Got home and on to irc where Skel announced my pc bits had arrived so I stole the car and ran off to skel's (who looked as white as a sheet like he was still ill). Had a nose bleed on the way which was interesting as I was doing 40mph at the time. Swallowed most of the blood. Highly unpleasant. Not an experience I'd want to repeat in a hurry.

Made it to skel's in one piece despite the nosebleed and getting a bit lost and as he says we needed a bit still so went to pc world in Crawley where they were about as much use as a chocolate teapot that has been kept in an oven which happens to be located in the middle of the sahara desert and left on gas mark 9 after all life on earth has been decimated by global warming. So skel remembered there was a place near Crawley somewhere that may have the bit we needed, so we departed pcworld for skel's magical mystery tour. A piece of advice to everyone here. NEVER, EVER ask skel for directions somewhere. NEVER! It was sheer hell driving with him directing, especially when he wasn't sure where he was or where he was going...

Eventually got to the place and picked up the part and then jibbled back to skel's to put it together. He did most of it cos he started and I didn't point out he was doing it...(YAY! Not a proper computer geek yet tho I don't think I can hold this off for much longer. Don't think my tactics will work when it will come to installing the os's...) then tried to get it working but it didn't like my memory chip so had to give that up (it'll have to be exchanged) but in the process of trying to sort mine out we (I think more *I*) screwed up his computer... I feel so bad. He looked...bloody hell. I hope it's cheaply fixable. FUCK!

Anyway, am back home now on Phil's computer having just had a visit from Laura to deliver my pressie and having eaten a hearty dinner of steak pie and boiled tatoes. Still feel awful about skel's pc and I miss my Pete...still! Bah! Time to finish this entry I think cos I have to go to Church soon.

Merry Christmas People!
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Well, last night watched Flash Gordon making sure I sang along to the groovy Queen Soundtrack and then realised I was truly bitten by the bug and watched the first bit of Highlander for its groovy Queen soundtrack...

Anyway, was up early today so that I could go to Redhill to meet Stephanie. Laura was supposed to be coming but then had to go Christmas Shopping with her parents so I met her in Merstham where she gave me Steph's pressies that we'd brought in Croydon on Friday and she'd wrapped (and gave Laura HER presents [a cuddly bashful doll, a wallet, a box of pens and a joke pressie, a greek phrase book from that secong hand book shop in Reigate]) then met Stephanie in Redhill and we jibbled about stuff which was nice and then came home. Got home and on to irc where Skel announced my pc bits had arrived so I stole the car and ran off to skel's (who looked as white as a sheet like he was still ill). Had a nose bleed on the way which was interesting as I was doing 40mph at the time. Swallowed most of the blood. Highly unpleasant. Not an experience I'd want to repeat in a hurry.

Made it to skel's in one piece despite the nosebleed and getting a bit lost and as he says we needed a bit still so went to pc world in Crawley where they were about as much use as a chocolate teapot that has been kept in an oven which happens to be located in the middle of the sahara desert and left on gas mark 9 after all life on earth has been decimated by global warming. So skel remembered there was a place near Crawley somewhere that may have the bit we needed, so we departed pcworld for skel's magical mystery tour. A piece of advice to everyone here. NEVER, EVER ask skel for directions somewhere. NEVER! It was sheer hell driving with him directing, especially when he wasn't sure where he was or where he was going...

Eventually got to the place and picked up the part and then jibbled back to skel's to put it together. He did most of it cos he started and I didn't point out he was doing it...(YAY! Not a proper computer geek yet tho I don't think I can hold this off for much longer. Don't think my tactics will work when it will come to installing the os's...) then tried to get it working but it didn't like my memory chip so had to give that up (it'll have to be exchanged) but in the process of trying to sort mine out we (I think more *I*) screwed up his computer... I feel so bad. He looked...bloody hell. I hope it's cheaply fixable. FUCK!

Anyway, am back home now on Phil's computer having just had a visit from Laura to deliver my pressie and having eaten a hearty dinner of steak pie and boiled tatoes. Still feel awful about skel's pc and I miss my Pete...still! Bah! Time to finish this entry I think cos I have to go to Church soon.

Merry Christmas People!
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Thursday
Well, I got up with the birdies again...really need a decent lie in. Took mum to work and Philip to school then drove to Reigate where i accidentally parked in a mother and baby spot. Realised when all my stuff was out of the car and it was locked and feeling far too lazy to move it so i left it there with a man, probably an asylum seeker or illegal immigrant or something washing it. And shopped. Wandered into a lot of shops and spent 1 and a half hours total in book shops. The majority of that time was in Reigate Galleries, the second hand book shop there. It is highly reccommended! Then i jibbled to college to say hi to people there. I met Steve, my old politics teacher with bohemian hair he has no intention of cutting and an odd goatee. Wish I could plait his hair...bah! Anyway, he suggested i come back at 12.20 and he'd treat me to a coffee while we nattereed about schtuff so I went and moved the car cos my 3 hours in Safeways Car Park were up. ALso got the Turkey - took almost 10 mins tho apparently I got the right one in the end so everyone was happy. Moved the car which had been given a warning ticket (if i do it again i'll get a proper ticket...) and parked in the station and wandered over to college where I met Nick who talked to me for 5 mins and showed me the shiny computers in the new block. Then I gave him my msn... Talked to Steve, he brought me a hot chocolate and we exchanged news. I asked him the question that had bugged our class for an entire year. Is he gay? I got a straight answer. Straight being the operative word. Which means I was in the losing half of the class. BAH! Anyway went home for an hour and fell asleep, was nearly late for picking Phil up from school but got there just before the bus so was ok. Then got mum and went home where I watched tv and played on the net and irc. Found out my friend was talking to me again and went to bed happy and fairly early iirc...about 2am...

Friday
Did all my morning driving the parked in Croyson for a day's shopping. Met Laura at 9am and spent 7 hours shopping. Was very tired by the end of it but had to go see lotr ttt with Phil so went out into cold wet again to the Grants cinema. Decided that next time I go to the cinema I'm going to Crawley. Sure it's further but the tickets are cheaper and the adverts only 10 minutes long. I had to sit through TWENTY FIVE minutes of them! grrr.... Still, film confirmed as fantastastic in my mind and before it started i had wandered into Thorntons and met an old school friend and talked to him for a bit. Got back, played on irc but was sent to bed at about 12.30 by skel with ending every sentence with "go to bed"...that's about it...bah! Friday was horrible really. Least I got most of my Christmas shopping done...

Saturday
Got up early and went to Croydon with mum, beating the crowds. Finished the Christmas shopping - YAY, joy of joys! - and brought the dvd player that i part own. £50 of mine, £50 of mums and £50 of Auntie Pat's. It's a pressie for the house really... Anyway, got back and tried to set it up excapt I found I had tooo many scart leads and not enough sockets if I wanted to keep vcr hooked up. Told the people on #jibblers about it and the lovely nert suggested I get a multiple scart thingy. I didn't even know they existed but at his suggestion I grabbed Phil and made for the Purley Way. Never been there before on my own so I got a headache trying to negotiated it but made it to Curry's where we picked up this magical device for only £10.99. Then we wandered round pc world for an hour or so and then came home where I spent 10 minutes figuring out how to connect everything so it all worked then. And now it does! Yay! Thanks again nert! Phil and I took internet play in turns then I took him to youth club and snuggled up with mamma to watch Casualty and Deizel and Pascoe tho had to leave before the end to get Philip from youth club. bah! At least it concludes tonight so I didn't miss the very end. Mum, who has read the book, told me the murder anyway! BAH! Wished pagan friends a happy Yule and then we all jibbled about schtugg on irc until gone 3am. It was really useful tho and I enjoyed it in the end. Let spill some stuff...not sure wether to regret that or not... Anyway, mutal help session and I had a glass of wine and a bowl of coco pops and a packet of chocolate coins. How glam!

That's a pretty full account of the last 3 days anyway. Just want to add some stuff however: 1)my 'pooter case has arrived apparently - yay! Just have to wait for the rest of the bits thos skel has me thoroughly worried. He says he'll watch and tell me how to do it but that *I* have to build it...eek! 2) I miss the minkees esp creature cos he hasn't been online since the end of term and 3) I miss my Pete! Talk to him on irc but not the same... :(

Anyway, a belated happy Yule to those pagans among you and Merry Christmas to those that are Christian. For those of you undecided about religion and schtuff I say hope you're enjoyining your hols. :) More soon (hopefully)...
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Thursday
Well, I got up with the birdies again...really need a decent lie in. Took mum to work and Philip to school then drove to Reigate where i accidentally parked in a mother and baby spot. Realised when all my stuff was out of the car and it was locked and feeling far too lazy to move it so i left it there with a man, probably an asylum seeker or illegal immigrant or something washing it. And shopped. Wandered into a lot of shops and spent 1 and a half hours total in book shops. The majority of that time was in Reigate Galleries, the second hand book shop there. It is highly reccommended! Then i jibbled to college to say hi to people there. I met Steve, my old politics teacher with bohemian hair he has no intention of cutting and an odd goatee. Wish I could plait his hair...bah! Anyway, he suggested i come back at 12.20 and he'd treat me to a coffee while we nattereed about schtuff so I went and moved the car cos my 3 hours in Safeways Car Park were up. ALso got the Turkey - took almost 10 mins tho apparently I got the right one in the end so everyone was happy. Moved the car which had been given a warning ticket (if i do it again i'll get a proper ticket...) and parked in the station and wandered over to college where I met Nick who talked to me for 5 mins and showed me the shiny computers in the new block. Then I gave him my msn... Talked to Steve, he brought me a hot chocolate and we exchanged news. I asked him the question that had bugged our class for an entire year. Is he gay? I got a straight answer. Straight being the operative word. Which means I was in the losing half of the class. BAH! Anyway went home for an hour and fell asleep, was nearly late for picking Phil up from school but got there just before the bus so was ok. Then got mum and went home where I watched tv and played on the net and irc. Found out my friend was talking to me again and went to bed happy and fairly early iirc...about 2am...

Friday
Did all my morning driving the parked in Croyson for a day's shopping. Met Laura at 9am and spent 7 hours shopping. Was very tired by the end of it but had to go see lotr ttt with Phil so went out into cold wet again to the Grants cinema. Decided that next time I go to the cinema I'm going to Crawley. Sure it's further but the tickets are cheaper and the adverts only 10 minutes long. I had to sit through TWENTY FIVE minutes of them! grrr.... Still, film confirmed as fantastastic in my mind and before it started i had wandered into Thorntons and met an old school friend and talked to him for a bit. Got back, played on irc but was sent to bed at about 12.30 by skel with ending every sentence with "go to bed"...that's about it...bah! Friday was horrible really. Least I got most of my Christmas shopping done...

Saturday
Got up early and went to Croydon with mum, beating the crowds. Finished the Christmas shopping - YAY, joy of joys! - and brought the dvd player that i part own. £50 of mine, £50 of mums and £50 of Auntie Pat's. It's a pressie for the house really... Anyway, got back and tried to set it up excapt I found I had tooo many scart leads and not enough sockets if I wanted to keep vcr hooked up. Told the people on #jibblers about it and the lovely nert suggested I get a multiple scart thingy. I didn't even know they existed but at his suggestion I grabbed Phil and made for the Purley Way. Never been there before on my own so I got a headache trying to negotiated it but made it to Curry's where we picked up this magical device for only £10.99. Then we wandered round pc world for an hour or so and then came home where I spent 10 minutes figuring out how to connect everything so it all worked then. And now it does! Yay! Thanks again nert! Phil and I took internet play in turns then I took him to youth club and snuggled up with mamma to watch Casualty and Deizel and Pascoe tho had to leave before the end to get Philip from youth club. bah! At least it concludes tonight so I didn't miss the very end. Mum, who has read the book, told me the murder anyway! BAH! Wished pagan friends a happy Yule and then we all jibbled about schtugg on irc until gone 3am. It was really useful tho and I enjoyed it in the end. Let spill some stuff...not sure wether to regret that or not... Anyway, mutal help session and I had a glass of wine and a bowl of coco pops and a packet of chocolate coins. How glam!

That's a pretty full account of the last 3 days anyway. Just want to add some stuff however: 1)my 'pooter case has arrived apparently - yay! Just have to wait for the rest of the bits thos skel has me thoroughly worried. He says he'll watch and tell me how to do it but that *I* have to build it...eek! 2) I miss the minkees esp creature cos he hasn't been online since the end of term and 3) I miss my Pete! Talk to him on irc but not the same... :(

Anyway, a belated happy Yule to those pagans among you and Merry Christmas to those that are Christian. For those of you undecided about religion and schtuff I say hope you're enjoyining your hols. :) More soon (hopefully)...

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