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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
11:59 am
I always enjoy reading peoples descriptions of their old clothes for sale. "Gorgeous detailing..." For some reason I find it hilarious. I think its normally cause the clothes are so underwhelming and then have such elaborate descriptions.

Hand in massive essay today. Boring deadline in on Friday* then last placement on Mon, followed by last essay at start of June. Done.

*Why do courses always insist on including at least one piece of pointless mindnumbing balls, is it an academic requirement?
Thursday, April 1st, 2010
3:04 pm
new annoyances: media reporting

Whilst researching an essay I stumbled across this article. Only recently have things like this started to annoy me, but this is because I didn't have allocated study time where I got to analyse such things!

Anyway the bit that is annoying is the professor warns description. This immediately insinuates that any other (ie non white) ethnicity gaining somekind of mathematically academic edge or equality is a bad thing and thus WE MUST BE WARNED.

Similar things are very prominent in other media reports - particularly of Daily Mail (and in this case Telegraph) variety. I became aware of this whilst reading about gender differences in maths and how the ability of girls achievements are documented. Again professors warn or worry about the fact that girls are 'overtaking' boys in GCSE maths results - there is no praise for girls, just worry for the boys...

I imagine I am preaching to the converted here. I will update LJ with regards to *life* possibly soon.
Thursday, February 4th, 2010
8:21 pm
interesting article about maths

I also like the way he distances maths from science in the intro.
Monday, June 8th, 2009
7:22 pm
Roller Derby streaker - also what is the music?
From the bout at the weekend. ARRG are playing Birmingham on the 20th in Brum too!

Can anyone tell me what the music is? As its dead good!

Thursday, March 19th, 2009
1:39 pm
I had my last ever presentation for this degree yesterday (it is probably only a tiny % of my degree really), I think it went quite well, which is good, since when I say I am going to do crap (or mediocre depending on subject - go me) in my finals am not bullshitting yous haha.

Oh and look at this amazing photo:
It is pretty much an action shot of a roller derby whip about to happen :)

Oooh ooh I got a rather lovely blinging tattoo today too! Its AMAZING. It has a crown and emerald and shading and letters and and and and its dead good, basically. It is on my upper right arm and only actually took 2 hours! It is really nice and colourful - I just need to be careful when it is healing so it stays lovely. It is currently cling filmed up TO THE MAX.

Also this will probably become quite relevant after my finals:

Current Mood: CHUFFED
Monday, January 12th, 2009
2:52 pm
Fishnet Burns night!
Erm if anyone was in the studios on Saturday and I haven't already quizzed you, what was I doing (apart from having the best fun ever, as far as I remember)? I am having the worst memory blanks in a long time, hurrah! Coz apparently I was talking to some 'people I knew', but I have absolutely no recollection of who they were, what I was saying, or indeed if I did know them. Aaaah good times. I think I stopped intoxicating myself at 9am, good work Juicy Lucy... and now back to uni, argh.

Main point of this post is Roller Derby though ;)

Auld Reekie's FIRST EVER open bout is on the 24th January from 1 till 4 at Meadowbank sports centre and it would be class if some of yous came :)
Basically ARRG have split (temporarily) into two sides: Celtic Chaos and Highland Heathens and there are some amazing guest skaters from London coming up to bulk up the two teams which is a total honour! And not being biased or owt but I would cheer on the Chaos...

But yeah you can pay (an amazingly cheap) 7 squid on the door, or bagsy your tickets now by buying online with paypal ;)


and check the myspace if ya really keen...

I also seem to randomly have a spazzy sore shoulder.
Good times people.

Current Mood: calm
Friday, December 19th, 2008
10:56 pm
I haven't posted for a while, here is a meme, hurrah:
Definitely not tl;dr....Collapse )

Current Mood: calm
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
3:11 pm
Mmm on last fm my most played is Alkaline Trio with 666 plays, ahahahaha how spooky.*

*not really, but amusing to me none the less...

Also check out my ARRG team head shot:

I was trying to look mean but since I am laughing/smiling I just look rather friendly. I was also trying to have a slightly quiffy bit in my hair like lightning from Gladiators, aha....


In other news my CD drive seems to be fucked and won't recognise any discs when you put them in :/ Any ideas how to fix this? I have already tryed a lens cleaning disc :(

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
4:28 pm
I am busy writing a personal statement for teacher training and was about to write:

"Since moving to Edinburgh I have involved myself in many extra curricular activities, both at University and outside of the academic arena..."

Then I realised this would make me sound like A MASSIVE TWAT.

Its like David Brent takes over whenever I have to write a schpiel for job apps or anything.

Current Mood: confused about funding
Saturday, November 1st, 2008
12:37 pm
Woah mint
So it was the rollergirls halloween party last night (I went as a dwarf, hott!) and in the raffle this time I won £100 worth of tattoo vouchers for Red Hot and Blue!!!! How bloody amazing.

But yeah anyone got any good suggestions as to what Juicy Lucy should get tattooed?


omg that song on the myspace profile is also amazing.

Current Mood: excited
Friday, September 5th, 2008
1:34 pm
Kates Birthday drinks
8pm Pear Tree tomorrow night.

It may have occurred to you that I am in fact not Kate, so if you need to tell her your RSVP best to text her as she is unlucky enough to be suffering from internet lossage.
Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
6:52 pm
What broadband wireless package thingy is best to get? We already have a phoneline and just want internet.

The flat is internetless atm.
Monday, May 26th, 2008
10:24 pm
Anyone want to buy some cheese I bought off Emily and partly nibbled?
Lets say 15p.
Saturday, May 17th, 2008
1:43 pm
I found this in my purse today:
I don't know why I kept that and I don't know who gave it to me, but I was a little surprised when I pulled that out of my purse instead of my library card...

I feel a little rough today - but surely that is a good sign?!

I had such an amazing night party-ing with my loverly friends last night, thankyou everyone who came :)
Sunday, May 11th, 2008
11:41 pm
Beth and Emily are mint, they got me 21 exciting presents for my 21st. In other news I am restraining from too much celebrating until my last exam, argh, can't wait.

21Collapse )
So now I can go out and have kerazy fun with some special brew, a pen knife, hand cuffs and assorted maths paraphernalia.

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, May 5th, 2008
10:24 pm
Final three of SUICIDE 'MUSICAL CONES'!!
Fuck yeah! :D
And one of the others was a bloke :p

Basically we all skate around the track and there are cones in the middle - one less than how many people there are, when the whistle blows skate into the middle and grab a cone! Gets a little vicious, but oh so much fun! Basically ends up a scrambling human pile up each round :s Whoever fails to grab a cone is out for the next round.

We had three hour practice last night, two hours tonight and it is the most intense workout I have ever done. I actually felt like I was gonna puke quite a few times.

I have an exam tomorrow afternoon, God I am going to be in considerable pain.

Current Mood: over exerted!
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
11:24 am
Have you been grinding?
Recently (well yesterday) I have mainly been walking with a limp. Due mainly to my only shoes that aren't high heels or huge boots being totally worn and knackered so my feet just kept getting cut up, so I thought it was best to take a revision break and invest in some new shoes. Although this was only after basically pulling the skin off my little toe as I thought "wow pulling skin off a blister = the most fun I have had in aaaaages" :/... This resulted in me hobbling everywhere like a propa tard due to it being red raw, ouch.

Seems like I was going kerazy with the old socializing malarky this week as I later hobbled over to the meadows for bakewell tarts and fun times! It was well nice. When we realised the 'handy' portaloo's on the meadows were in fact locked, I went with Alice on a mini adventure to the Hugh Robson building (I get withdrawal symptoms if I leave that place for over 3 hours) and with my nifty pin number we abused the labs for their toilets. I then discovered a carrier bag full of empty food containers and biscuit wrappers in the cubicle, as if someone had had a proper feast, whilst on the loo! Seriously I know exam time is hard but don't make it extra grim by eating your tea out of a toilet bowl! I can understand, you know, maybe a drug addict wanting a private spot in a cubicle to shoot some smack, but just eat your biscuits in the foyer, pet! And apparently someone was eating a takeaway at about 2am last night crouched down outside the toilet doors - honestly, what is with Edinburgh Uni and people eating in and around toilets?

Anyway the end of exams is in sight, I only have two more to go, one this week and one next- almost as sparse as an arts student!

I missed the ol' Roller D shizzle for a week due to revision-ness, but got myself a mouthguard in readiness. I was telling my mate (in the lab, obviously) and she asked in the most casual, quizzicle tone - "Have you been grinding?". Like as if it was completely normal to be suffering from grinding teeth due to too much maths revision or something. We did laugh (a lot) when I pointed out I meant for Roller Derby, and was in fact still free from such habits.

Current Mood: optimistic
Monday, April 14th, 2008
12:11 am
There are so many third and fourth year maths students in the library at the moment.
My friend, yesterday: "This is some wierd paradox where there isn't enough time to revise, but exam period *will* last forever." Amen sister, so true!

Word on the mathematical street:
Average score in the Algebra (one of our 20 credit core courses) module was 43% last year! ...and people came out of the exam actually crying.

Sunday, April 13th, 2008
7:30 pm
Bob-Juice and The Goonettes
Beth was coming to Roller Derby this week so it was all exciting times, but then when we got to the church hall in Bruntsfield it was locked and everyone was stood outside - what a let down! Not to worry though, the practices are going to be at the Crags sports centre from tomorrow anyway!

But yeah we wore sunglasses to walk across as it was well sunny when we set off, but then it started to rain, so we just looked like a right pair of plonkers. Actually we looked awesome, especially since we had little skirts on and pulled up white socks Beth had bought with roller skates on them, ahem.

So we ate cupcakes instead.Collapse )
It was a shame we didn't get to bust a gut at the roller derby as Ciderella (aka Beth) was wearing a mint t-shirt.
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
1:26 pm
Trapped by some boundary conditions - namely the library.
I am becoming somewhat of a hermit, only really going out to rollerskate [and break some necks]! My mate from home texted and was like "got any drunken stories then?" and I had to reply with a no, how sad. I can usually be relied upon to have been in some interesting escapades and scrapes, but this month not so. After the 14th May I presume I will resume being my own stereotype. Although saying that I do in fact have lots of stories about the library and maths of all different varieties. Maybe I will save those for another day....

I have been having a look at some past papers and solutions, it seems some questions really are quite difficult with some solutions reading:
"...after a short struggle.."
"...using inspired guess work.." and other helpful hints. Thanks maths dept.!

But yes - generally been spending a lot of time in the library, becoming somewhat zombie-like and haggard - God knows what I will look like after I have eventually finished these exams, I really do dread to think. It doesn't help that I find the majority of people in the library highly irritating. I think some people actually come to the library to socialize - if I wasn't going to do work I wouldn't meet up in a fucking University library, jeeeeez. This is rubbed in my face as I always work in the bits where you are allowed to talk (so I can't really complain or say anything, actually) as you can discuss problems with coursemates and generally I can't deal with silence, at all. The main thing that irritates me about *most* other people and hearing their conversations, is how little work they do, it has actually made me and lots of my [mathsy] friends unreasonably bitter about people that study just about every other subject. I was going to do a huge rant in fury teareth up, but then I realised I actually like having people that annoy me for some reason...

The other day, though, being confined to the library did actually make me hysterical. There was this lad and girl studying what sounded like medicine. To me it seemed like the girl was having everything explained to her by a rather useful know it all geek she had stumbled across. The lad obviously liked being a bit pompous and full of himself and telling her how to do the questions. They were on the table in front of me, I was facing them and my mate had her back to them, but after a while we were both listening with some intent as the lad appeared to be trying to woo the girl with some persistence. It was the most cringeworthy thing I had heard for a while, the girl was being really cold and obviously didn't want to go back to this lads house, but he still persisted! I think luring a useful geek back to the library was enough for the girl.

At first it was just stuff like "oh I have got this thing I would really like to watch with you" - which despite sounding overly cheesy, or like he has some pr0n he wants to share isn't *too* bad.
Then he was like "I have been to your flat loads, you should come to mine", mmm smooth. I think at this point was when the girl mentioned she wore contact lenses and needed to go home as she had no lens solution with her. I kind of read that as a polite "thanks, but no", but not this lad oh no no no....
"I am going to have to walk across the meadows by myself, I don't like it - maybe you could walk with me back to mine?" - WTF, he was a big enough bloke to give a potential bloody mugger a swift upper cut! I think at this point I was beginning to giggle and make faces at my mate. There were more chat up lines of doom that I can't quite remember, probably along these lines:
"mmm I hear a bottle of red and a Marvin Gaye record boosts revision techniques - come back to mine and I can sort us out ;)...". It really was unbelievable and on his part stank of FAIL.
The next bit really did make me laugh and I couldn't hold it in any longer, I think she said she would just get a 3 quid taxi to hers and needed to get up early to study or something to which he replied:
"See - if you come back to mine you can save three pound - buy yourself a dress with what you save!". He was being sincere too, it was indeed quite patronising.
And with the line BUY YOURSELF A DRESS!!!!!?! I let out a huge guffaw, snorted and started uncrontrollably laughing. My friend was also shaking with [silent] laughter and the girl was like "I think they are laughing at us...". I just could not hold it in any longer. I shuvved a bit of bread in my face to try and stem the laughter flow but this didn't really help - I just had mushed up breadcrumb visible when I laughed instead...
Then the next morning we seen them in the library again - they didn't sit on the next table :/
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