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November 24th, 2004
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Where did the time go? I turn round, and it's nearly December. If that was two months of PhD I should quit now - I've done pitifully little work and feel hellishly behind. Still, at least things should calm down a bit once term finishes.

Feel very guilty supervising at the moment - I know far less about groups than one of my supervisees, who is obviously really keen on them, and asks questions like "I read in this book all finite groups have been catagorised in the 70s. What are the different catagories?" Ah well. I am the good end of BALGE, and must remember that, and as he takes the subject further he will get better and more specialised supervisors...

Have a major CULES rant instead of a minor one for a change, but have run out of energy to rant about CULES over my livejournal. Basically the play has a sceen in it where Santa calls the kiddywinks up on stage and gets them to sing and dance with him. I can see why this might be magical and lovely, but I can also see it being doom on a stick (not only from a crowd control point of view, but also because the kids we perform to can't talk or move). My gentle "I'm a bit worried about this" email was met with a "we've discussed it together in rehersal". Which got a far firmer "I don't want you to discuss it with each other, I want you to discuss it with the schools" in reply. Which got no answer at all. :-( This is something that really worries me, and affects people outside of OULES and CULES, so I'm starting to grit my teeth and think about making a battle out of it. If nothing else, schools have long memories ("The vacuum cleaner play people?") and we need to keep our venues sweet. Still, I'll leave it until I see Daniel on Saturday.

Not much other news, can't remember when I last updated this, but antinomy is now moved in which is lovely (except when I want socks in the morning). Didn't get to see Queens' people in the end, but I will try and make this up to them as care at some point. And I still feel I'm normal and not some weird over-organised freak. I feel a poll is in order.

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From:yrieithydd
Date:November 24th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)
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Where did the time go? I turn round, and it's nearly December. If that was two months of PhD I should quit now - I've done pitifully little work and feel hellishly behind. Still, at least things should calm down a bit once term finishes.

I suspect very few people feel they've got much done in the first term of their PhD. I'm not convinced I got much done in the first year of mine!

(I'm also not sure where this term has gone. I haven't got as far as I hoped, but I think that's because I seriously underestimated how much work was involved in what I am doing!)
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From:feanelwa
Date:November 24th, 2004 11:55 am (UTC)
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You'd be surprised. When I was at school we used to put on a Christmas variety show for local children with mental disabilities, and the person organising the entertainment the year before I did had two acts which were poetry. Standing still on the stage. Way to go.
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From:feanelwa
Date:November 24th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
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As in, you'd be surprised by how clueless people can be about disabled children - it's as if they think that they can peel it off and be normal for a bit and then choose to go back. Grr.
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From:spidrak
Date:November 24th, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC)
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CULES stuff sounds utterly doom-worthy. Argh. Quite why you'd be known as the 'vacuum cleaner play people' sounds like a story worth telling, though.

What does antinomy have to do with your socks (or indeed anyone else's)? I can vaguely imagine that the nature of socks being made in pairs, but never found thus is an antimony, but moving it into your house doesn't seem to make much sense.

OUCH. How did it get to be 4am when I wasn't looking?
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From:atreic
Date:November 25th, 2004 03:26 am (UTC)
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Oh, it's not really doomworthy, it's just me being an old git and unable to let go 90% of the time. (10% of the time they really are stupid, but everyone's allowed that :-) ) The vacuum cleaner play is benparkers story to tell, not mine however... I was just amazed it remained in the memories of the schools for at least 4 years...

The antinomy would have made far more sense if I had used antinomy rather than being too lazy to write lj tags. She is currently living in my bedroom*, which means there is often a slumbering person between myself and my sock draw.

4am does that, at least you were seeing it from the right side...

*This isn't a huge problem as I tend to sleep with emperor wlog
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From:plinthy
Date:November 25th, 2004 02:56 am (UTC)
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> And I still feel I'm normal and not some weird over-organised freak.

I apologise for suggesting you were. I was feeling ratty.

Though I feel your poll is of tangential relevance.
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From:atreic
Date:November 25th, 2004 03:22 am (UTC)
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That's alright

I don't know, the poll is quite interesting. It's interesting how it divides undergrads and grads, and sad natsci types and none sad natsci types :-p Of course, it'll all made up stats anyway, and horribly squewed by people who tick all the boxes...

I do however feel justified that over half of the people said that a weeks notice wasn't enough for them to have a 50% chance of being free, so I feel less of a weird freak than I did on Sunday
From:yrieithydd
Date:November 25th, 2004 07:21 am (UTC)
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and horribly squewed by people who tick all the boxes..

I ticked all the boxes for the first question because I would expect events to be arrange at all the different lengths of notice depending on the exact circumstances of the event and what percentage of invitees one expected and how many people were involved in the first place!
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