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Friday, May 31

be afraid
posted @ 8:29 AM -
ooh! My Mini Motty tells me that the FA have finally sorted out the technicalities of building a new national football stadium. It will be at the old Wembley site, and it will be financed by Germans. Class.
posted @ 7:38 AM -
Sorry my writing is here is so sporadic, and at times also telegraphic. I'm having a pretty frustrating time with my work at the moment. It's not that there's anything wrong at work, it's just that my productivity has been shockingly poor this week. I think to some extent it's something that was inevitable - I'm starting to program, and it always takes me a few days to creak into motion when I do that. If I'm right there will probably be smoke rising from my keyboard this time next week - the usual pattern seems to be a painful mental block being followed by extreme long shifts and fast work for a while before I finally settle into a sensible rhythm.

My magical mystery tour didn't work out in the end, for various practical reasons related to this being the weekend when everyone wants to leave the UK. That put me into a bit of a bad mood, which was stupid really - a week ago I expected to do nothing special this weekend, but because the possibility of landing in Budapest or Warsaw about now had been dangled tantalisingly in front of me, this country suddenly seems like a boring place to be stuck. It should actually be a good weekend though. There are various things I'm looking forward to doing:
  • Spending some money: it's not that I've exactly been poor during the MSc, but I haven't been rich either, and what spare cash I've had has mostly been burned on travel (not a bad way to live, to be fair). I was paid this week, so this weekend I shall be buying speaker stands, lots of music, and probably lots of other things I don't need because I'll be wandering through a city centre in spending mode.

  • Bike tinkering: my road bike needs a regular service because I've done over 250 miles in the past month, and my mountain bike needs adjusting because it won't go into the high gears at the moment. I actually enjoy this sort of thing for its own sake, but also it needs to be done in preparation for:

  • Non-commute cycling: I have as yet to do any cycling for pleasure since arriving here, and there's lots to see. The horrible wind and rain of the last couple of weeks seem to be waning, so depending on how energetic I feel I'll either wander down to Bath on the riverside path, or beat my way up some hills towards Cheddar.

  • Watching football: England v Sweden obviously, but also as many other games as I'm awake for. I tried mailing a social list at HP for suggestions of where to watch the England game, and the only answer I've had is Saitama, Japan, which isn't entirely helpful, but I'm sure I'll find a pub with some atmosphere in either Bedminster or central Bristol.

  • Reading fiction: I'm sufferring again from the student curse of spending lots of time reading, but not reading anything not directly work-related. I started reading Lord Jim just before I arrived here, and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into that again.

  • Spending a few hours at least on my home PC with my teach yourself Visual C++ book: I'm a fairly competent C programmer, and I have used VC++ quite a lot, but it's obvious that there is a lot of functionality in it that I'm not using. A few hours of working things out over the weekend should make next week's work much quicker.
posted @ 7:33 AM -

Tuesday, May 28

Had a fun weekend. Went back to London and managed to see almost all the people I wanted to, even if mostly for too short a time. The only downside is that I've spent a ludicrous amount of money, between travelling up there at short notice (the train is less than half the price if booked more than a week in advance), drinks prices in London clubs and my general sieve-like handling of money when I'm on 'holiday'.

Next weekend is the Jubilee weekend, thanks to which we have Monday & Tuesday as bank holidays, and I'm thinking of going on a sort of 'magical mystery tour', turning up at an airport and going to the interesting place that I can get the cheapest flight to. Unfortunately I'm not sure this is possible, because apparently airlines don't sell tickets at airports any more, so I might be reduced to booking the day before....

Tomorrow I need to finally start coding. I've been planning on paper today, which is highly frustrating (I just want to see things working on screen), but clearly worthwhile because every time I've skipped the paper stage I've run into huge problems.
posted @ 10:36 AM -

Thursday, May 23

Some entertaining foolishness: a reader of New Scientist has suggested appropriate waiting-room music for different sorts of doctors' surgeries
posted @ 9:51 AM -

Wednesday, May 22

They're taking 'gullible' out of the dictionary

with reference to the issue of people falling for hoax virus alerts, I feel it's important to note that a factual error has actually been found on the internet. Could this be the start of a downward spiral?
posted @ 12:37 PM -
oh yes, and one more thing to grumble about: it turns out I won't be going to Glastonbury after all because my too-good-to-be-true opportunity to get in free has fallen through and the tickets have already sold out.
posted @ 12:33 PM -

Not a game any more

It's going to be one of those confessional posts:

Today has probably been my least fun day since arriving in Bristol. Not exactly a bad day, or at least not an awful one, but just much less good than the previous 20-odd. I guess I've been getting a little spoilt really....

The problem is that everything's lost its novelty. I was really excited to be in a new environment after so long in a place which I loved but was also becoming stale for me. I was excited to be meeting new people, to have proper resources provided for me to work with, and to be discovering a new city (which has proved to be pretty cool so far). Now going to work is getting a bit routine. Not routine enough for me to be getting jaded yet, by any means, but enough that I'm no longer immune to being brought down by other things that go wrong, and there's the rub.

The novelty has worn off, but a lot of important settling-in things are not sorted out yet. I don't yet have a programming tool installed at work, which is actually the least of my worries because I'm not due to start coding until Friday (I have another few pages of English to write and then lots of incomprehensible scrawling on paper to do first) and there's a good chance it will be sorted out by then. More annoyingly, we don't yet have a washing machine at home, and we won't have a phone line until the 10th of June at the earliest. I was never bothered about using launderettes as a student or home-worker, but it's very annoying when I leave the house at 9am and don't usually get back till 7 or 8 pm.

As for the phone, that is really getting to me because I've been telling myself for weeks that I won't write long emails until I have a home internet connection, and I've been putting off various other tasks that now can't wait such as applying for a PhD. I've been wasting time at work checking email more often than I should, and at the same time not giving my friends enough communication time because I don't want to waste too much work time. I've decided to stay late tonight and write several long emails to try to put this right, but I think that's part of why I'm not feeling too good - too long in front of a PC.

Physical feeling is part of this as well; I'm feeling a bit ill. I don't think it's anything serious, but I just feel a bit overheated and achy. If the weather doesn't improve I might find myself giving cycling to work a miss for a few days, because much as that is the best way to start the day, it's been severely windy and quite rainy of late (I would have to move somewhere with worse weather than Brighton wouldn't I?) and that can't be helping.

There's also a bit of a social life issue to this. I'm not doing badly with such things - I already know a few people who neither work at HP nor live in my house, I'm getting on very well with my flatmates and the people I work with, I've had some really good nights out and I've met a bunch of interesting foreign students at HP who don't work in my department. All things to be pleased about, but at the same time there's only 1 person from outside work who I feel I can phone up yet, and there's no-one nearby who I feel really close to. It's too early for me to expect any better, but I do miss it, and phone calls don't help that much when there isn't anything specific wrong. This weekend I'll either be visited by an old friend or go to London and see several people, which should help with that.

I feel a bit guilty about moaning about all this - my life is still pretty good really - and I guess to some extent it's just a natural progression that at some point the excitement of a new thing must die. Time to focus on the positive. Work itself is actually the best thing in my life at the moment, and that's not because my life is so sad, but because I'm enjoying work that much. Few people can say that.... I did go through a short period of disenchantment, feeling like what I could do within the available time and with my current level of knowledge would be really dull, but that was over well before the excitement of being here wore off, so it didn't really bother me. Then I had to give a little introductory presentation to the department about what I plan to do with my 4 months here, which was a bit scary really, but gave me a good chance to focus on lots of reasons why this is an interesting thing to be working on. Now my main worry is that I can't possibly explore all the ideas I want to explore in the time I have, but that's a good thing to worry about, because it means the project should sustain my interest.
posted @ 12:32 PM -

Monday, May 20

Dilbert has a guest appearance on Google this week. Should be entertaining.
posted @ 10:21 AM -

No need for that

Over the weekend an organisation, which shall remain nameless (and has nothing to do with the IT industry, so has no particular need to be embarassed by this), sent the jdbgmgr.exe hoax to everyone in its address book; a list which includes me. I replied to all with a brief statement to the effect that this file should not be deleted, and giving a pointer for more information. Not only has no-one thanked me (a bit poor but not that surprising seeing as I don't think any of the recipients know who I am), but I had one gratuitously unpleasant response from Australia. Please excuse me repeating it verbatim, but I feel the poor spelling, general inarticulacy and insistence on TYPING IN CAPS is probably symptomatic of this person's general level of intelligence and skill at communicating:

TO [sic] FUCKEN LATE ASS HOLE

I was inclined to respond with a message to the effect that it's a bit bloody ungrateful to have a go at me for being in a different timezone and being asleep while they read the message and slavishly followed instructions. I felt like pointing out (and this was why I was really offended) that I hadn't been the one to send the hoax round in the first place, I was just trying to help, and even if I had sent the hoax it would still be largely their fault for not checking with anyone. However, I lived with two kiwis last year. Two very chilled out kiwis. What I learned from them is that in such a situation the correct response is to sigh deeply, say to myself "bloody Aussies", and delete the message.

DISCLAIMER: in this period of heightened obsession with racism, xenophobia and political correctness it may not be obvious enough that I don't really believe all Australians are arseholes. I don't believe that they are. It's just convenient to place the blame with something completely impersonal when someone chooses to be so needlessly rude, and, well, it does fit a stereotype....
posted @ 10:18 AM -
I'm hoping that this will be the last post I write about the Geoff Sampson affair. The news in general is that he appears to be in no danger of being fired, but the University is going to considerable lengths to dissociate itself from his views and to debunk them, which I think is probably the right approach. Morally I wouldn't be comfortable with him losing his job because of holding, and even publicly stating (which is a bit more of a dubious issue) an unpopular opinion. Pragmatically far more of a service is done to the anti-racist cause by replying with well-reasoned arguments than by simply censoring unwanted viewpoints.

Various academics, mostly based at Sussex and with a Psychology background, have put together a statement refuting the original article, and the Vice-Chancellor has written a rather good editorial about the tension between freedom of speech and the desire to mould a certain sort of society. Meanwhile Digital Agora is hosting a collection of articles and a debate on the issue.
posted @ 10:07 AM -
Still no home phone line. Boo. Hiss.

Turns out that BT never served that house, so after sending an engineer round they can now tell us to go to their competitor Telewest instead. I just hope Telewest are more efficient....
posted @ 2:29 AM -

Friday, May 17

Just a quick mention of a few things before I go home, where hopefully I will finally have a phone line and therefore be able to blog at leisure when I'm not at work:

Rod Brooks (in some ways the father of the sort of AI that I work with) made HPLB a stop on his whirlwind UK book-promoting tour, and gave us 2 talks. A big open lecture (with a surprising number of non-HP people present) on things that I mostly knew about already because we study them, and a smaller seminar the next day about Project Oxygen which was HP-only because HP are a partner in the project. This second thing was very cool - it's a combination of lots of interesting human-computer interface ideas that promise to make using computer systems far more natural and intuitive, and are much better developed than I would have expected. The state of the art is several years ahead of where I thought it lay in that field, which means it won't be long before we have networks that recognise the user by face, know where all the users in the building are, and generally act like sort of omnipotent secretaries rather than cantankerous machines that we have to adapt ourselves to. They're going to be monstrously expensive for some time, because they need so many cameras & microphones and so much computing power, but it's still pretty exciting (for a geek like me in any case).

If you use Hotmail I strongly recommend checking your privacy settings, because Microsoft have gone and slyly introduced some new options, which by default are checked, allowing them to share your email address with partner companies even if when you signed up you chose for this not to happen.

The Economist, which much as I love it does tend to be an extremely pessimistic magazine, has published two fairly optimistic articles this week: one about Carter's visit and a gradual move towards a more open society in Cuba, and one about East Timor's impending independence.

Geoff Sampson issued a statement today (within the department - I don't know if it's meant to be circulated or not, so I'll err on the side of caution and just paraphrase it broadly) admitting that the publication online of his controversial article was a big pragmatic mistake, strongly watering down the offensive part of the article, denying being a racist himself, but (and I think with some justification) defending his right to hold views that others disagree with violently. His actual denial of racism was not entirely convincing (he argues that he's spent years studying Chinese language & culture, but that proves nothing - one can be a racist and favour some groups other than one's own), but most of his statement makes sense as well as saying things he needed to say, so I think the fuss will calm down somewhat, and I get the impression his job is safe. The whole debate has at times been rather silly, with words and attitudes being put into his mouth without justification, and a general assumption that he is guilty of various bad things by association, just because he expressed one opinion in one article. Once I have email at home I'll read the whole debate through at leisure and make up my own mind about this properly, but I think I'm finding myself siding with the people who argue that he shouldn't lose his job over holding and wanting to discuss an unpopular opinion. I definitely think it's right that he's been made to dissociate these views from the University.
posted @ 10:15 AM -

Wednesday, May 15

There's an interesting discussion about Geoff Sampson on MetaFilter. I haven't had the time to read it all, but I'm printing it off to take home with me (still no home phone. boo!), and what I have read seems well enough reasoned to be worth drawing peoples' attention to. The current state of affairs on campus is that the Students' Union have issued a statement condemning it, but also making lots of links to the wider political picture of how racism in politics does seem to be on the rise (these links to the bigger picture tend to turn people off, but they are at least semi-valid), and they are trying to organise a picket on Monday to draw attention to the issue. There's been no more official action and some strands of the email debate have been quite interesting, but I'm still waiting to see how this ends.
posted @ 11:57 AM -

Tuesday, May 14

jdbgmgr.exe

I've noticed that a large number of people have found this page over the last few days from searches relating to this hoax virus alert, so the hoax must be propagating well, and it seems worth clarifying a bit of information about it:
  1. It is a hoax - there's no need to delete that file

  2. The file is (as far as I can tell) used by the Windows Java Debugger, which means that most people won't really miss it, but it's still better not to delete system files unless you are absolutely certain they are never used

  3. In general an email virus alert is almost certainly a hoax, especially if:
    • it claims to have come from Microsoft and/or IBM (they are not anti-virus companies, so they don't tend to issue such warnings)
    • it makes terrifying claims for how destructive the virus is (think back to middle school biology - a virus that is too destructive doesn't spread because it needs live hosts - likewise most computer virii damage but don't destroy)
    • it claims that no anti-virus software can detect and clean it, but you can with a few simple actions (duh! the collective effort of lots of top computer scientists can't do what a naïve user can...)
    • it says that a file merely being present is a sign that you have the virus - virus writers normally make more effort to hide their masterpieces until they activate

  4. None of these things guarantee that the warning is a hoax, so if you are suspicious you should always check with a reputable source such as Symantec. If you don't see anything about the alert you have just received you can also send it to Symantec for an expert opinion - if you are the first person to report either a hoax or a real virus you will be doing a favour to millions of others

  5. Hoaxes can come from eminently reputably sources, because some IT managers and tech support personnel are severely underqualified, and others are just mischievous, so even if you think there's no reason to be suspicious it's still worth checking with someone reputable in the anti-virus industry before following the instructions or passing the message on

Oh and one final thing, remember that the chances are the person who sent you the hoax had the best of intentions, so even if they really ought to know better it's not fair to have a go at them because of an innocent mistake.
posted @ 3:11 AM -
Update on Geoff Sampson (the Sussex professor who wrote an article supporting racialism): the article has been removed (possibly temporarily while the storm blows over) from his website, and his University homepage no longer links to his writing about current affairs. So the University have done at least part of what I had hoped they would do.

Meanwhile the furore over this (or at least what I can follow of it while being 200 miles away) is getting a bit silly, with the same few people emailing repeatedly, and basically repeating the message that they don't like what he said in different ways. One person even decided (I paraphrase a little, but I'm not being too unkind to the original writer) that he must be a homophobe because racists generally are. Let's keep this rational and only punish him for things he has done, not things he might be expected to do.

One very sensible point that came out of the email discussion is that his views on racialism are inconsistent with his views on language; a field in which he argues against biological specification of abilities, and for culture as a means of learning.
posted @ 2:42 AM -

Monday, May 13

Sussex professor expresses support for racism

That's not a typo. There's a small storm brewing (probably about to break out into a big one) back at Sussex Uni about a professor who has written an article called There's Nothing Wrong With Racism (Except the Name). So far the University have defended him on grounds of academic freedom, but there are some fairly serious issues here. First of all it will make it hard for ethnic minority students to work with him, and if I got a bad mark from him now I would be tempted to assume (something I normally refuse resolutely to do) that it related to my being a Jew and/or an immigrant. Rather more worryingly to the University is the fact that this is getting some media attention now, and he keeps using his status as an academic to reinforce his point. Except that he's not expert in anything to do with the subject matter of the article: he's a computational linguist.

I will be very disappointed if by the weekend he hasn't been at least made to dissociate his professional work from this article. I'm not actually sure whether he should be censured further than that, but I won't be surprised if he has been presented with a choice between retraction or dismissal, because this is about to become very embarrassing for the University....
posted @ 10:34 AM -

another small milestone

Today each of the Sussex students on internships at HP had to give a little talk to the department explaining what we were doing, what relevant things we had found in the literature, and how we planned on approaching the respective problems we had to solve. I think it went fairly well, based both on my feeling in there and feedback from my supervisor. It's also a significant milestone, because one of the things I was a bit nervous about with the culture here is their habit of making quite frequent presentations to each other about what they are reading about / working on. It's a very good habit, because academics are often quite isolated from each other, and this breaks that down somewhat, but I needed to give a first talk and see that they don't bite in order to stop worrying about it.
posted @ 10:17 AM -
We were supposed to have a phone line installed in our house last week but it still isn't working, hence the sporadic updating here. I am, once again, not impressed with BT.
posted @ 10:10 AM -

Friday, May 10

I had the second meeting with my supervisor today, and things seem pretty encouraging. I was starting to lose confidence slightly, so this morning I wrote a little document with a few ideas in it and a description of the similar work I've found in the published literature, which turned out to be a far longer document than I expected. That made me feel more like I've been doing something useful, and then Laz gave me feedback that while it was critical of some things basically implied that I'm heading in the right direction, some slight course adjustments are needed, and of the multiplicity of half-baked plans I had some were more worth fully baking than others. All useful, and makes me feel like I'm getting somewhere, especially when the little contact I've had with people on my course who are still in Brighton implies that no-one there has really got started on anything yet.

It looks like it will be a glorious weekend. I don't have to take any work home with me (what a wonderful change from being a proper student!), so I intend to enjoy it.
posted @ 9:52 AM -
It looks like something might finally be done about the idea of giving regional assemblies to regions within England. Not a moment too soon if you ask me. People will naturally complain that it just creates extra layers of bureaucracy with no benefit, but I think it's so hard for individuals to feel like they have any input to Westminster, and so hard to change anything more significant than the bulb in a streetlamp via local government that a middle tier does have a value. Time will tell....
posted @ 9:26 AM -

virus malarkey

Two virus related things:

There's a new hoax virus alert asking people to delete a Windows system file. This one came to me via the IT department of a telecoms company (I don't actually know which company, so don't start trying to second-guess me), who really ought to know better, and suggested that if I find a file called jdbgmgr.exe it means I have a virus that no scanner can clean and I must delete the file immediately. If someone sends you an email instructing you to delete a file, check with a reputable source before acting on it, no matter how well-intentioned and how supposedly knowledgeable the person who sent you the warning is. Oh and, try to use some common sense. If the virus can be cleaned by a user deleting the file, how could virus scanners possibly be incapable of doing that?

It also seems that someone has a virus that is propagating itself to email addresses including my own, using spoofed email addresses. While this is going on, if anyone sends me email from an address I don't recognise there's a chance I might just delete it without reading. This shouldn't affect anyone really, but if you do send me any mail from an address that I won't already have in my address book please make the subject line as non-suspect as possible ("Re: your mail" is guaranteed deletion), especially if you come from Denmark (which is where most of these seem to be originating from).

Oh yes, and one more thing: what's the plural of virus? Virii or viruses?
posted @ 9:24 AM -

Thursday, May 9

I've almost finished sorting my room out, something I said I'd do 2 days ago. Being in a house that's in the process of renovation has bothered me more than I had hoped this week, because the heating installation has involved quite a lot of disruption, especially the switching off of the water this morning. Hopefully this won't continue - from next week it should just be a matter of decorating, which is fun to get involved with and which I can easily choose to ignore if I don't feel like it. It's still mostly good though - I like the people I'm living with, there are lots of good things about the house, and I'm reasonably confident the disruption will stop.

I'm starting to miss the sea. I haven't really found myself missing Brighton as such, but there is something about going to the sea and having an endless expanse of water in from of me that the piddling little River Avon is no substitute for. I know I'm not actually far inland, so I might try to find the easy bike route to Weston or Avonmouth this weekend and sit and stare for a while.

Tonight I shall finally hook up my computer, which is basically the last thing I need to do in my room, and tomorrow we will hopefully have a phone line installed which will give me a home internet connection.
posted @ 11:14 AM -

From humble beginnings....

Bobby Zamora, Brighton's star striker, has just been selected for the England Under 21 Squad.

To the tune of l'Amore:

When the ball hits the net like a fucking rocket, it's Zamora
When the ball's in the goal it's not Shearer or Cole, it's Zamora
posted @ 11:04 AM -

Tuesday, May 7

subscribe!

My things are now in my house, and it looks like I'll probably just stay in my room, because I can't really be bothered to decorate what is a perfectly acceptable room just to make it a bit nicer for 4 months. This is good, because even right now while most of my things are in boxes or bags or scattered on the floor I feel a bit more settled. However, one thing we don't have yet is a phone line, or any means of connecting to the internet. This means that updates here will continue to be sporadic until BT get off their arses and install something. Now is therefore a good time to remind you that you can subscribe to this site, using the eldan by email box in the left hand column, and be notified by email each time there is new content. This can just save you the trouble of checking and finding nothing new....
posted @ 10:30 AM -

Monday, May 6

I'm just about to load the van up with all my worldly goods, or at least the stuff that I would otherwise miss while in a house for 4 months. Looking forward to moving in properly to my new house, though I won't be able to settle for a little while because in a couple of days (when the little room is ready) I'll move out of my own room to paint it, and only once it's finished will I be able to actually settle into my room properly. I would just stay in the little one but there's a significant size difference, and living somewhere in which I can virtually touch opposite walls for the past couple of years has made me a bit fed up with pokey bedrooms....

Decorating is fun. We're basically wrecking things first, then cleaning up, and then making them look new again, and discovering little things that tell us more about the history of the place. There's a highly amusing contrast between the bits of highly professional workmanship we're uncovering and the patches that have obviously been done by one of the previous owners with rather less skill. The only problem with all this is that because I'm investing a little effort in the house I'm starting to feel like a more permanent resident than I am likely to be. I suppose I should treat it as part payment though, because I am paying slightly less than half the rent I was in my last place (which will help realise my ambition to leave the country when my contract ends).
posted @ 8:06 AM -

Friday, May 3

I made a very pleasing discovery this morning - a traffic free cycle path (and it's not just on the side of the road - it's between playing fields and patches of woodland) for the last couple of miles to work, which also leads naturally to an avoiding-busy-roads route for the next mile or two. I won't be able to avoid the city centre, but at least there traffic is so slow that it's not dangerous, and it looks like I'll be able to avoid fast moving traffic altogether.

I have what promises to be a good weekend ahead of me, in which I'll meet a few old friends, who are coming to Bristol entirely by coincidence, watch the FA Cup Final with at least one of the people I met this week, tear down lots of wallpaper and paint my room, and then move in properly on Monday when I have a van booked. As an added bonus one of the guys from work has offered to accompany me to London and back in the van, which will make loading it and manouevring in my parents' drive far easier.
posted @ 12:31 PM -
A map showing where I shall be living from Monday onwards. I'm looking forward to tearing down wallpaper over the weekend....
posted @ 3:43 AM -

Thursday, May 2

Things are still working out nicely for me. I had forgotten how good a work environment HP provides (having been mighty impressed by it when I came here to interview), and this morning I had a meeting with my supervisor so I have some sense of direction. Obviously on day 2 of a 4 month project I haven't really sunk my teeth in yet - the first week will be spent reviewing literature on similar problems to the one I'm trying to solve, then I can pick one paper to replicate, and then I can finally get into doing something new on top of that. It's alright though - I've fallen foul of lack of structure in my work before, so it's very helpful to have one given to me, and to have a supervisor who while he clearly has better things to do than breathe down my neck constantly will be encouraging me to stick to it.

On the home front I will be moving in on Monday, because I managed to find somewhere I could rent a van from. There is a lot of decorating to be done in that house, which kind of feels like a hassle I shouldn't be dealing with if I'm only there for 4 months, but on the other hand it's fun to do, and once it's done I'll have the privilege of living in a newly painted and furnished house.

I went out for a drink with one of the people I was put in touch with by a mutual friend last night, and he seemed like a very nice bloke, so I now have at least one person to talk to who I neither live nor work with, which is definitely good. I have a stronger feeling than ever that I am going to enjoy these four months, as well as handing in a dissertation that actually feels like it represents me well, and improving my rather sorry level of fitness.

It feels particularly good to be me right now. Long may it last.
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