The early bird… cannot think


in Daily updates, Oxford

I have been trying to wake up early so as to acclimatize before my 9:30am exams next week. Of course, the transition to early rising has the effect of making my brain feel as though it is slowly sinking through honey for most of the day: hardly the best state in which to be going over all this material. In the end, however, the relative value of being awake and thinking at the time the exams are written (and not just running on the jittering energy of sheer terror) is probably greater than that of greater reading comprehension during the revision period.

PS. The general copyright on the blog, wiki, and my photography has been updated to a more current Creative Commons license. See the projects page for more details.

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Milan June 6, 2007 at 1:52 pm

I was feeling like rubbish, actually. Then, I made a brie and tomato sandwich with basil on a baguette, found somewhere quiet to read, and ate a tub of surprisingly delicious Sainsbury’s strawberries.

On the last of those, I was surprised to see that they were only grown about 100km away. That said, I wonder whether the carbon emissions from heating and lighting greenhouses leads to this being worse than importing them from somewhere warmer, like Morocco.

Carbon-intensive or not, they have improved my spirits considerably.

R.K. June 6, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Are you feeling any healthier, at least?

Ben June 6, 2007 at 8:21 pm

I remember hearing that it was more carbon efficient to import Valentines flowers from Africa than buy ones grown in heated greenhouses here…

As for the exams, sleep shouldn’t be much of a problem once the adrenalin kicks in in the exam room.

Milan June 11, 2007 at 10:36 pm

Creative Commons at work:

One of my photos is being used with attribution in the web forum of a German Harry Potter fan site.

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