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Whee Europe!

I'll be in Europe this month for the FreeBSD Cambridge Developers Summit. Apparently people take me seriously these days. I don't get why.

If any of my UK friends would like to grab coffee/tea/whiskey/scones/etc then please let me know. You know who you are.

Now, time to put pants back on.


Let's blow this popsicle stand..

It's ~ 7:30am on (hopefully!) my last day in Australia for a while. I'm not really sure how to feel. Excited? Scared? A bit of both?

I feel like I've had my life on hold for so long (and made some ridiculous decisions along the way!) that I .. I dunno, maybe now I can let go a bit?

It's all very odd, truth be told.

Well, let's blow this popsicle stand and see what happens.

Almost There..

I now have two units left to complete my Bachelors degree.


Writer's Block: Torn between two lovers

Have you ever fallen in love with two people at once? How did it work out?


University: Semester 2

This semester looks a lot like last semester.

Creative Writing, Psychology and a double Linguistics unit. That should complete the Linguistics section of the degree.

Creative writing should be fun - it's apparently a unit on writing speculative fiction. It's the last year they're offering it so I am really glad I discovered it now.

I'm planning on maintaining the study and revision methods discovered late last semester - but I plan on applying them from the beginning of the semester rather than the end of it.

I'll then have two final psychology units to do in Semester 1, 2011 to finish off my undergraduate degree.

.. on the change of study habits.

Oh, and just to be clear. My change of study habits was just a shift, about 3 weeks from exams, from "understanding" to "memorization only." That's it. Same level of exam anxiety, same level of late assignments, same level of study time dedicated to the task. The psychology quizzes just made me realise they were simply asking the same damned questions that the textbook practice exams were asking. Sure enough, the exam was more of the same.

Sigh. :) Well, I won't complain. I just will attempt to repeat it for my remaining 6 units so I can, hopefully, make the cut to get into Linguistics Honours mid next year.

Holy crap, I passed this semester

The change in study habits improved my grades.

PSYC2203: 67%
LING3305: 71%
ENGL1113: 75%

So, one credit and two distinctions. I scored rather poorly in Psychology during the semester, getting increasingly lower marks in the quiz and lab books. I then scored well in the lab report (70% after late penalties) and to obtain that credit I must've scored (after scaling, of course) > 85% in the exam.

I've had surprisingly positive feedback about creative writing. Honestly, I'm not really sure what to do there. There's a second year creative writing course next semester which I think I'll take. The whole idea of writing is quite foreign to me. But it's enjoyable - and it's an excuse to visit San Churros and eat nomilicious treats - so I may explore it a little further.

I'm now 75% through the undergraduate degree. 6 more units to go.

You know you're having a bad day when..

.. you discover you've left your shoes at home only once you've found yourself at the local bakery, having ordered and eaten 1500 calories of danish and mini-pizza. Then wondering what the hell you're doing there.

My body and mind both want a lot more food than I'm giving it. The 8kg I've put on in the last two weeks is mostly testament to how much more I've been feeding it in an attempt to see what would happen. Well, now I know.

I swear, why the hell am I even bothering to try and watch what I eat. I was happier eating burgers.