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Manchester

  • Trains: confusing.
  • City: big.
  • University: seems pretty awesome.

I guess I should fill in the gaps since the start of the year. Where by "I should" means "I want to".

School started. I didn't do as much revision for the exams as I had planned, but overall I felt happier on my way out of the hall than I did on the way in, so it's all good. My ranking of confidence is about the same as previously, with one of the maths exams leaving me half an hour spare at the end, but no such luck in chemistry.

So what took priority over revision? Well, a recent under-stairs cupboard excavation discovered a Rubik's Cube, so that naturally required my undivided attention. I haven't put much effort into learning advanced methods, so I can only manage it in two minutes, which is good enough for now. I've since lent my cube to someone else, and given up cubing for Lent.

I managed to get my UCAS form finished and sent. I'm applying to do CS at York, Leeds, Manchester, Hull, and Nottingham. The first three require interviews, and so far the last three have each given me a conditional offer.

The HTML WG finally published a Working Draft of HTML 5. On a technical level this means very little, but in process terms it's an important step for things like the Patent Policy which I luckily don't need to understand.

We came second in a pub quiz. Which we thought was mildly impressive until we found out that was also last place.

Lost is back, and series 4 is really good so far. I'll freely admit I'm addicted, and I know to take "Answers are coming" with a handful of salt, but that's part of the fun. Part of why I prefer television to films, but I might write about that some other time.

Charlie Brooker Is Right About Everything, but then you knew that already, right? Marcus Brigstocke, too, but nobody's written a song about him yet.

Yesterday I was at Manchester Uni for an interview that wasn't really an interview, more an excuse to force applicants to come for a visit and a chat and then give them the standard offer. Not that I'm complaining, I wanted to see the place anyway. Got there (despite TransPennine Express's best efforts), and had a fun time working out that the entrance to the CS department was on the first floor. Came out at the end of the day pretty impressed by the staff and facilities, feeling as much of a nerd as usual and slightly less of a dork. The best university I've seen, but then it is also the first... still, hard to beat. Did a legendary run down the length of Piccadilly Station to catch the train back to Hull, which entertained me for no real reason.

It's half term, so my sleep patterns are varying even more than usual and I haven't been getting out much. I miss people from school, some more than others. Made some New Year thoughts - I don't like to call them resolutions - that I think make sense, but we'll see. Without wanting to sound too positive, I think my life's pretty good right now, and the people I spend time with are pretty awesome too. Big things.

⇐17 Feb 2008 - York / 01 Jan 2008 - Manflu⇒

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omg typo!
"York, Leeds, Manchester, Hull, and Nottingham. The first three require interviews, and so far the last three"
there are only five unis, how can three require interviews <b>and</b> three have given contitional offers? / Comment from Smiddy on 15 Feb 2008 at 18:38.

The statement was correct. But thanks for playing. / Comment from Robert Marshall / [Admin] on 16 Feb 2008 at 18:35.

lol failure Smiddy. You do realise I'll take it personally if you don't pick Manchester ;)
PS: <b>boo</b> / Comment from Gill on 16 Feb 2008 at 18:43.

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