You should blog about it

January 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm (Humour) (, , )

I’ve had nothing to say on this blog for a while…

"I have nothing to say" ... "You should blog about it."

Thanks to theregister.co.uk for that one.

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Tech support cheat sheet

August 24, 2009 at 9:16 am (Humour) (, , )

Hey Megan, it's your father. How do I print out a flowchart?

Ahhh…. a return to form for XKCD!  This is right on the money.

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Diary entries for the bus

May 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm (Humour, poem) (, , , )

MONDAY

This morning I went to work on the bus;
It really was a terrible fuss.
The driver wanted exact cash
– And I had exhausted my stash –
So to the cashpoint I had to go
And then the newsagents; yet though
I had the fare, I didn’t know
It went up just yesterday.
A full five pounds I had to pay.

TUESDAY

This morning I went to work on the bus;
It really was a terrible fuss.
I was running things a little tight
And fate grinned down upon my plight.
Clogged up the roads into one jammed up mess
– after one car moved one speed, the one in front less –
So caught in the gridlock I have to confess
I pressed the alarm bell. Ran off in a state!
Yet of course I was still plenty too late.

WEDNESDAY

This morning I went to work on the bus;
It really was a terrible fuss.
A drunk came and sat on the seat next to me
And put his hand down roughly upon my knee
He leaned in close and looked deep in my eyes
Hiccuped once! twice! and then cries
“What I got’a shaay will shurely surprishe…”
Yet he then fell quite soundly to sleep!
And so for the journey not a sound dared I peep.

THURSDAY

This morning I went to work on the bus;
It really was a terrible fuss.
We waited for an eternity…
…and of course came not one bus but three.
I stood in the gangway for hours on end
– Gripping yet slipping around every bend –
Some guys umbrella “becoming my friend”.
Which after the bus stopped rather too fast
Left me feeling somewhat trespassed.

FRIDAY

This morning I went to work on my bike;
It was lovely.

Dan Lawson.

Notes: This was inspired by recently reading A. A. Milne, and everyone who has written in his style.

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The mad meta-poet

February 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm (Humour) (, , )

One day,
A mad meta-poet
With nothing to say
Wrote a mad meta-poem
That started: “One day,
A mad meta-poet
With nothing to say
Wrote a mad meta-poem
That started: “One day,
[…]
sort of close”,
Were the words that the poet
Finally chose
To bring his mad poem
To some sort of close”,
Were the words that the poet
Finally chose
To bring his mad poem
To some sort of close”.

Reference: feldgendler, with a google search indicating that this goes back to before 2007, origins unknown (to me).

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Study hard, young space warrior

February 7, 2009 at 6:44 pm (Humour) (, , , , )

Yes, it has finally happened: you can take a course in Starcraft at University, for credit. And the best bit? Its not as ridiculous as it sounds.

There are some simple rules guiding computer games and these also apply in real life. For example, the ability to obtain resources is related to power, which is in turn related to how much resource you currently have. So the “rich get richer”. How this happens, and how this affects competition between warring sides, can be modelled mathematically using differential equations. Additionally, you can understand the “best” decision to make with mathematics. Since Starcraft has simpler rules than the real world, you can get fairly good answers – and test them against other strategies.

And you get to blow stuff up. At University. For credit.

In other awesome academic news, you can also take a course in pornography.

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Thought for the day…

January 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm (Humour, Not thinking) (, , , )

We do what we must
because we can.
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.
But there’s no sense crying over every mistake.
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.
And the Science gets done.

Yes, over the Christmas period I completed Portal. I got the cake. YAAY! CAKE!

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To improve safety in the classroom…

August 17, 2008 at 12:10 pm (Humour) (, , , , )

Shouldn’t teachers wear condoms all the time?

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Vegetarianism around the world

July 24, 2008 at 11:30 pm (cartoon, Humour) (, , )

Based on nearly actual experiences....

Based on nearly actual experiences....

Blotworst: Blood sausage (missing umlauts!)

Schinken:  Ham

Fische: Fish

Chorizo: A type of ham

Pescado: Also fish

Vegi burger: Apparently in the US they sometimes use animal fats to cook everything in burger chains…

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Journal Manuscript Resubmissions

July 15, 2008 at 10:30 am (Humour) (, )

Finally, an all purpose resubmission cover letter.

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