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February 8th, 2012

11:34 pm - Monkey sea, monkey do
I'd had problems with Iceape crashing, so decided to switch back to Seamonkey.

I was far too excited when I discovered it used the Gnome notification interface to send me email alerts. Or perhaps just excited enough.

Also, the "have sent reply" markers on email are purple. That's some kind of magic.

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January 6th, 2012

03:31 am - Ignore ants
I am now aware of how little I understood large chunks of my PhD while I was doing it. Now it's write up time, I seem to spend a lot of time patching those holes.
Current Mood: bedtime

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December 21st, 2011

11:12 pm - Now with more integers!
"It's some kind of fucking maths. You know what they say about maths?"
"Fucking maths."
"Yeah. That's what they say."

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July 12th, 2011

07:26 pm - Since 1824.
I tried explaining that in Scotland we don't drink whisky with ice.
I even screamed out in pain when they went to add coke.
I sugegsted maybe they should try it neat first.
They went ahead anyway.

These were not my immediate colleagues, who were kind enough to follow my serving suggestions, but guys from the next group.

I don't mind how anyone drinks their whisky. And I understand that a gift occupies a fraught position between mine and theirs.

It's like (and this is a great example of a bad analogy) you gave someone a puppy. Because your dog had a lot of puppies.

And they ate it.

It's their puppy now, I guess they can eat it if they like. But you still have some emotional attachment to the puppy. And when you gifted it, you hadn't envisaged them eating it.
Maybe you should have been more clear before the gifting. Set that out in stone.

It's not really how I feel. But there are certainly some parallels.

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05:39 pm - Guess what?
When I first came to Korea, I got electric shocks from everything: doors, lifts, handrails. Given that I'd seen my colleagues touch the things immediately before I did, I came to the (inevitable) conclusion that they were all robots.

Now I don't get electric shocks. Maybe the higher humidity means that static doesn't build up the same. Or maybe they killed me in my sleep, and downloaded my mind into an android body, without me knowing.

Now I'm a robot too.

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July 11th, 2011

02:48 pm - Itch
Mosquitoes bite,
My body rises up in
Fruitless rebellion.
Current Music: Gillian Welch - Tear my Stillhouse Down

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July 8th, 2011

05:04 pm - Better than "Bobby Raman"
It concerns me that while writing the introduction to my thesis, I found myself on wikipedia.
Current Music: Everything but the Girl - Wrong

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July 3rd, 2011

11:18 pm - Keep on smiling
In Korea, they have little electronic pads to scribble your signature on when you use your credit card. No-one ever checks what you sign, though, so I've been drawing smiley faces since I got here. Today, I was finally brought up in Emart.
"Sign same-same, please."

Current Music: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes - Up From Below

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June 12th, 2011

11:06 pm - What I'm actually going to talk about.
The problem with conferences is you have to submit an abstract saying what you'll present anywhere from two to six months in advance. So often it tends to be a guess of what work you might have done by then, that you might be ready to share with the world.

With a week to go before the LPAW conference, I've just given up. I'm now rewriting my abstract with details of work I've actually done. Needless to say, it's far less grand than the ambitions of two months ago. But, although not as grand, it'll be better: simple things done well, rather than fancy things done half-assed. Obviously, fancy things done well would be best of all, but we can't have everything.

And all my stress has evaporated with the work I now no longer have to try to cram in to the next seven days. Every promise I break means a decent night's sleep. My relief is almost palpable.
Current Location: Korea
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
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June 7th, 2011

10:47 pm - Because the numbers can't speak for themselves
I love theoretical physics meetings.
"I'm not sure this equation is right. It feels wrong."
"I know what you mean. But it looks right."
"Yeah, it does. I kind of feel it should have some extra bits, though."

This is actually the gist of a conversation I had with my Professor. Best of all, we came to the solution. Turns out some of those constant terms should have been variables.
Current Location: Korea
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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