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February 10th, 2004
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Well, it's about time I wasted some time blogging my life away.

This week has been noteworthy in that I actually had time to work for the first time all year. In michalmas I was so busy being taught, running from lecture to examples class, to practical that I never actually sat down and did any maths. Not that I managed to do a *lot* of maths this week, but I got a couple of show-that's out for the first time in ages, which actually reminded me of why the whole thing is fun :-) It was a good job too, as from the 15 or so turning up for lectures there were only two of us actually showed for the examples class, and the other boy hadn't done anything (well, apart from idly solve the thing I was stuck on when I asked him for help, and make me feel really dim). So I was a bit in the hot seat, and pleased that I'd actually done some work for once!

This Thursday's going to be fun... usually in Cambridge I only *want* to be in three places at once, this time I *have* to be. Society committments... CULES needs me for the AGM as the room is booked in my name, and if I'm not there they can't be. Plus I'm organising the games and bringing the nibbles :-) The round need me for a dance rehersal because the display's in less than a fortnight, and I have to miss the large rehersal because I'm off to a Glasgow interview, and Jomsborg need me as I'm the runecaster, and of course M chose that night for the storytelling (I'm sure he ran this by me and it was just my brain that wasn't working right). Oh well, I can do two out of three by running around lots, but it looks like the storytelling will fall by the wayside. :-(

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From:naath
Date:February 10th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
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worry not, the reeve shall cast her own runes.
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From:theinquisitor
Date:February 10th, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC)
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I have some actual runes somewhere, if you don't have them.
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From:naath
Date:February 11th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
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I don't think we need *runes*. We need to record the story telling... doing so with runes would confuse poor Sally I think (and me... I'm not good at them).
From:anoushkamalfoy
Date:February 10th, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC)
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You sound awfully busy!

Good luck for your interview :)

btw do you see Katie R (Pembroke) around the CMS much? If so how is she?
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From:atreic
Date:February 10th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)

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Katie's still around - I think she's stressing about PhD stuff at the moment, she's doing theoretical physics things and it's horribly competitive.
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From:teleute
Date:February 11th, 2004 03:21 am (UTC)
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you really really really don't want to runecast at a storytelling. Really. Just make a note, either before or after, that you did do it, and any recollections to the contrary are figments of lesser people's imaginations. Then hide from the Reeve, since it sounds like she's casting for you, until it's all better again.

Of course I was lucky. No one used to disagree with me anyway, even before I became Runecaster ;-)
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From:atreic
Date:February 11th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)

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Oooh, you were runecaster! That means you should know what I'm supposed to do... (then again, I think Jon's beard was runecaster, and he doesn't seem to have a clue)

Any pointers much appreciated - I'd love to be keen and eager and get stuff done, if only I knew what stuff I should be doing :-)

Anyway, storytelling have become easier since the discovery of the recording tape recorder.
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From:teleute
Date:February 12th, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)

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First tip is to repeatedly remind everyone of your powers. If they've kept this a secret from you, anything you write down is true. This is a great responsibility, and not to be overused (much). All Jomsborg should thus hold you in awe, and buy you drinks.

Mostly, I had a notebook that I scribbled in, in my own personal shorthand, and then I typed it all up into pretty books. I tried funky fonts for a while, but that ended up with them looking interesting but being totally illegible. I always tried to make them interesting to read, rather than just minutes of a meeting.

Matthew used (and I'm talking 4 years ago, so this may no longer be true) to have all the runebooks in a cupboard, including mine. It's well worth looking over the old ones: some of the old runecasters were really wonderful storytellers. I think the only thing you'll really learn from mine, is that I like celtic knotwork more than normal people, I'm not very good at it, and I had more free time in my third year than you might imagine ;-).
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From:atreic
Date:February 12th, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC)

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anything you write down is true

/me checks maths notes. Damn. I wish they'd told me this when they gave me the job. Accidently changing the laws of physics is kind of embarressing.... :-)

Have now tracked down the great bag of rune books. It turned out to be the large inconvenient plastic bag that I was forever tripping over in the bedroom and cursing Matthew for leaving there; I refused to move it as I thought it was his, and he never moved it as he knew it was mine. The idea that *telling* me it was mine might have been helpful doesn't seem to have crossed his mind :-)
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From:teleute
Date:February 13th, 2004 03:17 am (UTC)

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Possibly he assumed you knew. You are, after all, the female in the relationship, and thus know everything...
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