And here’s the proof

And here’s the proof that what I told you yesterday was true…

Me with Snowman, lecturing

Click the picture to see more of Swansea in the snow.

I’d just like to point out/emphasise, by the way, that I didn’t put the snowman there. Honest.

Frosty The Lecturer

Well, that was new… I walked into my Networking lecture this morning only to find an actual snowman on the podium at the front of the room. I wasn’t quite sure what to do but reasoned it’d probably last through the lecture so I left it there and sure enough, it was fine. Well, it need need a little preventative maintenance around about “Isolated Routing – Hot Potato”, but that done, he made it through, only to be rescued by a couple of second year girls and taken to his new home on the flower beds outside, there to melt in the sun.

Oh yes, forgot to say: it snowed last night. Car had four inches of powdery white fluff on it this morning – fun fun fun fun fun!

Wedding preparations continue apace… Bronwen (bridesmaid #1) arrives today, Bash is off work to meet her. It’s Bash’s mehndi party tonight, and I’ll be here at work burning CDs of music for the party & ceremony. Tomorrow I lecture 12-1 then we skidaddle to Cornwall. Party on Saturday, wedding on Sunday – wish us luck!

Wedding Weather Watch

I’ll be keeping a real close eye on this page over the next five days… Looking good right now, fingers crossed it stays that way.

We received our first wedding cards/presents today, from our colleagues. Let the booty giving commence!

The Squirrelly Has Landed

The Squirrelly Has Landed – congratulations Matthew, Queen, and Ickle Baby Squirrelly.

Video feedback fractals

Analogue fractals, anyone? Video feedback is the way! Via this page, via gamma.

Simple, timeless, underpants.

Soylent Green is underpants! [chicken]

Crackling cardies

According to the ever-trustworthy popbitch, Tony Benn‘s rider for his recent lecturing tour read as follows:

Armchair (comfortable), rug, a vegetarian sandwich, fruit (esp. bananas!) and tea. Sound engineers should also be aware of possible sound interference from Mr Benn’s cardigans.


Something I spotted on the unofficial UWS Computer Science student forum: Just

Nice one seymansey, whoever you are…

Dog Tired

I worked a 59 hour week this week. Highlights included ’til 10 on Monday, ’til midnight on Tuesday, ’til 3AM on Wednesday, and 7 hours today (Sunday). It’s been exam marking and mark-collating season, and I’m on the team that does this job in the department, so…

This level of craziness is unusual for me, thank God, but every week since Christmas has been full on (wedding preparations and house-related shenanigans (selling one, looking for another to rent) have helped fill the gaps nicely), and in fact, when one of the secretaries said to me a couple of weeks ago “ooh, it’s been really busy this week – last week was lovely and quiet, wasn’t it?”, I had to reply “Jill, I haven’t had a quiet week since <pause for thinking> – August”. Alas, it’s true.

Roll on the summer, that’s all I’ll say…

Bike Frame Size

Some interesting notes, via an old email from Simon, about choosing a frame size for your bike. Somewhat skewed towards road bikes (“racers”, as we used to call ‘em when I were a lad) but worthy of note anyway. Author thinks everyone’s riding bikes too small for them.

Do something well by doing it a lot.

Here’s something for me to think about when I’m setting coursework [gamma]…

The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot -albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity.

It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

Random Mark Twain Quotes

The Random Mark Twain Quotes Page [gamma].

Nokia prefers Python to Perl for smartphone scripting.

Nokia prefers Python to Perl for smartphone scripting.

Curator – nifty looking python for image galleries

Curator – some nifty looking python for image gallery creation. Possibly something for me to look at when I finally get round to getting my galleries working again, which I’d love to do in time to put up some wedding pix, but don’t see happening due to workload… :-/

Curator is a powerful [python] script that allows one to generate [static] web page image galleries [with "tracks"] with the intent of displaying photographic images on the Web, or for a CD-ROM presentation or archiving.