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Journal Journal: Supervisions

Lots of buggering about required today. Need to buy some Formal Hall tickets, pick up superivision work and, possibly, grab some Grad-lunch. On the other hand I'm feeling pretty bad today. Might leave the ticket buying to this evening - I still need to find someone to buy some for me.

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Journal Journal: Geek cred 1

Well now my essay has reached geek nirvana (or maybe a geek nadir) and been posted to /.. I've been having fun reading the usual slashbot comments.

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Journal Journal: Robinson 2

Oh dear... Robinson has got back to me about wandering decs. Wonder how Jennie did. Update: the 'oh dear' was me worrying that Jennie didn't get it whilst I did. That appeared to be the case so, since it wouldn't be fun without her, I'm turning them down. It seems wrong for an actor to turn down their first job :).

Right then. That out of the way (and myself awake finally) lets see what I should do today. Playing with BrookGPU seems the primary task but finishing reading Linux Journal might be good as well.

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Journal Journal: Catholics and OSNews

Just come back from the Catholic gig and the workshop. The workshop was cool, some new blood coming along to play some games and fun was had by all. Sarah (the Whose Line... organiser) was there giggling away and writing notes, so Thursday should be good.

The gig tonight was interesting. It was just Jennie, Rich F, myself and Alex on stage with the ever-wonderful Mr Chris Webb *applause*. It was the first time we've done a gig with so few people and was quite exciting. The audience were mellow Christian drunks so they were polite but not too active.

Robinson hasn't yet got back to us about May Balls which is either Good or Bad. Oh well, never mind.

Finally the exciting news. An essay I wrote has appeared on OSNews which is exciting...

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Journal Journal: TODO list 3

Grrr. Konq. just crashed half way through this entry. I really need to get SuSE up to date. This is an ancient version of Konq. here. Update: no curry tomorrow any more. Saturday is the new day...

Anyhow. Today hasn't had much happening so I'll write my TODO list. In no particular order today I must

  • Send off New Hall work DONE
  • Organise New Hall supervisions WAITING (for email)
  • Organise a hanging supervision DONE
  • Sort out something to do tonight (see later) DONE (with extreme cunningness)
  • Reply to improv curry email DONE (by Jennie)
  • Merge DM changes DONE

In addition I am taking an improv session tonight to get some practice in for the Catholic gig and for Whose Line... on Thursday. Its an Improv week this week since there is also Improv Curry (pause while I add item to TODO) on Tuesday.

Last night I also had a curry, there was a special ent on in the MCR before the film (which Jennie and I avoided). We also get to know today about being wandering decs at the Robinson Ball. TBH I just enjoyed the audition so I don't really mind one way or the other. I know I represented myself and what I do well and that it was bloody good as well. If its not what they want then so be it.

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Journal Journal: Updates

OK, Catholic gig is postponed until tomorrow which is a wee bit annoying as it might interfere with the practice we're having at Kings. OTOH it will be great to get warmed up before the show.

Just come back from the autitions for Robinson Pirates and Jennie and I at least think it went OK. Ran out of time but then I think the description of the ending was better in their heads than it could ever have been acted. We also cunningly split the 10 minute scene into 2 or 3 sub-scenes without an obvious cut so as to make it non-obvious we were treating it like Improwar!

Jennie and I were in a group on our own which we think was better because a) the stage prefers two people on it b) we're all good enough at improv to known that one person != one character and c) we known the rules of improv. While waiting in the waiting room we saw the other groups making classic mistakes, lack of chivalry, NES, blocking and over-planning 'here I will say "you scurvy knave" and then you say "I will thrash you"' and so on.

We'll see tomorrow how it goes...

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Journal Journal: *yawn* -- again

It was Girton Spring Ball last night. Yet again I am reminded that I am an old man and much prefer eating early, having fun and chatting with random people whilst sitting down to partying all night, dancing 'til I'm sick or drinking so much I turn into super-prat.

It was fairly good. All the food was in one place which seemed a Silly Thing (TM) but the ents were OK. The stand-up comedy was mixed. Basically the compere guy was trotting out the same routinge for the n'th time and the comedians themselves were often one trick ponies. One of these ponies also triggered my pet hate. Asian comics that just make 'I'm Asian and people are racist to me jokes'. Yes, OK, they are funny and yes it is probably very good for the sufferers of racism to turn it around into something positive like comedy but I couldn't help feeling that if he were to wake up tomorrow a WASP then he would totally run out of material. That troubled me...

On the plus side, looks like there might be a random comedy gig on tonight. Lots of Catholic, and probably catholic Catholic people which should necessitate a little decorum on my part. However I'm going to end up doing at least one thing that offends -- I can feel it in my water.

Finally on today's TODO list is also auditioning for Pirates for Robinson's may ball. To be honest I don't really want to get in since my experience of working at balls has been less than stellar, as has my ability to stak awake. I think I'll be using it as a practice for tonight's activities though so I think I'll be a very comedic pirate....

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Journal Journal: Arghhh!!

Guess who forgot to got to a Computing Council meeting today! *doh!*

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Journal Journal: Mmmm tea...

Not much to say at the moment. Been wrestling with arch to attempt toget some patches from other people into my DesktopManager tree. Its hard going.

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Journal Journal: Excitement

Well Jane the cleaner just had an epileptic fit in our tea-room which was quite exciting.

Anyhow, got in late today after waking up late (could there be some connection?) due to exciting parties with Jennie et al last night. We all went for a curry then some people filtered back to Jennie's house to fist some monkeys.

Everyone appeared to have a good time although one person appeared a little upset when another person entered but releieved again when a third person arrived so she wouldn't have to walk back alone with said second person. There, that's clear isn't it.

Also, I've been writing up some of the interesting Open Source and Unix experiences I've had in my life. They will, of course, all go up on my website when finished. One is already but can't go up due to some exciting reasons.

Finally, Jennie seems to be doing well on RentACoder. This is a Good Thing (TM) since she has all but given up work #2. I hope it all goes well. Also Microsfot have effectively given her 500 quid free which is also a Good Thing.

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Journal Journal: Early mornings

*need coffee*

This early morning lark is hard going. Jennie asked me at 3am this morning to make sure she work up early. As is my role, I hid the alarm and set it for silly o'clock.

This morning was hard.

Never mind. Up now and in work early. Had the nice suprise of thinking I had a supervision but finding that they are all tomorrow. As soon as the canteen opens here I'm grabbing some coffee. I could of course make some in the lab but I'm lazy.

Talking of canteens, there is a boycott of it in college at the moment to protest over KFCs. This is an unofficial boycott and mostly because I'm a bloody-minded bastard I decided to go and have brekkie. Lovely and quiet.

So today's jobs: Meet Joan, Discuss Paper (probably), work out when Supervisions are this week, have a play with non-commuting exponentiated bivectors and possibly have a further play with BrookGPU.

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Journal Journal: Fedora... discuss

OK, well just spent a merry while being pissed off with Fedora. One of the boxen here we use for motion capture runs it (mostly as an experiment) and has crashed and burnt on us -- so much I just decided to say 'fsck it' and install SuSE. I've got SuSE on my main work box and it is OK for my needs, plus CUED have a nice NFS mirror we can use.

Thats now up and running but still Jonathan is having to recompile kernels and stuff to put all the custom software on. Lucky him :)

Also, nearly forgot to tell everyone about the picture of Jennie and I that I made last night in the GIMP.

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Journal Journal: Yo-Ho Me Hearties

Yearghh. Another Monday morning. The bus was a good 10 minutes late this morning so I got frozen waiting. Luckily its not as cold as it has been but...

I got into work to find my little 4th year student sitting at my machine trying to get BrookGPU to work (a modified version of C which allows for efficient computation on GPUs). It turns out that me, the muppet that I am, when upgrading the nVidia drivers on Friday made a fsck up and was running on software rendering. Testament to my beefy work machine that I didn't notice initially :).

Aside from that the day has been pretty quiet. Just running the last few changes from Jennie to The Paper and I'll give Joan a copy tomorrow.

Improv tonight as well, which should hopefully be pretty cool.

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Journal Journal: Parties

Last night was quite fun. James, Jenni and myself went to Tim's 'I-might-be-dumped-but-I-still-have-loads-of-mates' party. A fair bit of booze and Nagi drunk. Great fun (!).

Got back about 1am and dropped straight off to sleep. Apparently Jennie got up in the night and coded away on her Rentacoder stuff for a few hours and I totally didn't realise. Probably explains why I slept so well :).

MCR brunch today too -- nice stuff but we were a wee bit late. Just had to send a load of e-mails to people moaning about them being infected with Beagle.c and tryign to educate people on the (non-technical) mailing lists I'm on. I'm constantly suprised at the cluelessness of people who open these bloody zip atachments. I'm also glad I've got a totally safe (from this PoV) Linux system.

Update: Goodness I actually used my subscription for the powers of good. I spotted dupe from the Mysterious Future and mailed daddypants and now its gone. Woohoo -- I'm almost useful!

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Journal Journal: Hacking

Just finished installing some nice traffic monitoring stuff on Jennie's firewall box. This coupled with her upgrading the house to 1Mbit broadband means the bandwidth hogs should be named and shamed soon :).

Been doing a few odd jobs today related to MCR website, etc. No supervision this afternoon either (yay cancellations!). Hence I'm working from home finishing The Paper.

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