March 2007

Until April 7th, I will be in Branscombe, Devon working on my thesis. Rather than spending hours coming up with eight posts, you will just get a photo each day for the duration. Wish me luck in finishing a good first complete draft: 30,000 words in five chapters.

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Files, books, drafts, system recovery discs, emergency rations, bed sheets, caffeinated mints, and more: I am now essentially ready for my thesis writing week in Devon. The sheets I was instructed to bring; the rest is meant to be essential thesis gear. I sure hope this trip proves as useful for advancing the thesis writing […]

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After an agonizing two hours of trying1 to book Eurostar tickets, I gave up and got a flight to Paris from EasyJet. I am not sure if the bookings problems were Eurostar’s or NatWest’s fault. If my bank is to blame, they have sunk even deeper in my estimation. If it was the train company, […]

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Tonight, I am brainstorming connections between scientists and remedy design. Addressing environmental problem basically seems to revolve around changing the intensity with which an activity is being carried out (ie. fish or cut down trees at the rate of regeneration) or finding substitutes (using solar power instead of natural gas power). Both kinds of solutions […]

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I have found a way to reduce the extent to which the Dock in OS X is annoying. Two things about it are especially bothersome. The first is how it makes it overly easy to accidentally launch applications that take a long time to load. In particular, I find myself accidentally hitting the Word and […]

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With the addition of St. Hilda’s, my collection of all the Oxford colleges actually located in Oxford is complete. At some point before I go, I will need to duck out to Kennington to have a look at Templeton College. Today, I received the bullet-style Fisher Space Pen that I bought on eBay. The suggested […]

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Ben Saunders, a fellow Oxonian blogger, just wrote a post on choosing your Oxford college, and I thought I might jump in with a few suggestions of my own. For the uninitiated, the college you choose will have a fairly big impact on your time in Oxford. It will be your major point of contact […]

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Sorry to be so uninteresting of late. While waiting for me to hammer my thesis together, why not read some fine web comics: Nine Planets without Intelligent Life xkcd Dinosaur comics PhD Digger These have all been mentioned here before, but may prove novel to those who haven’t been paying very close attention. Feel free […]

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For several weeks now, I have been keeping the mini-tripod that I bought for my trip to Turkey attached to my point and shoot digital camera all the time. Doing so has proved useful in a very great many circumstances: primarily those in which low levels of ambient light have been available. Many of my […]

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Tonight was just gorgeous. While daylight savings time has thrown me for a bit of a loop, there is no denying that bright blue skies at 7:00pm have appeal. Bright evenings always remind me of judo, and of walking home from practice through the surprising warmth and light of a new season.

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