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January 27th, 2005
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A meaningful update? Don't be silly! Life has been such a haze these past few days that I don't have a clue what I've been doing...

Busy Sunday, what with Campus training (where I turned up late and left early) and an IVFDF meeting. I think I have to do something about the IVFDF committee - I want to help run IVFDF, but I don't feel that wasting my life sitting around in meetings is doing this. I wonder if I can be a lesse minion who doesn't go to the meetings and is then randomly assigned tasks by email? It would make me much happier

My double booking all eventually sorted itself out. Well, it didn't so much "sort itself out" as "some very nice people forgave me for being useless". I then went and crowned it all by almost triple booking myself for Tuesday. Telling housemates and two friends that I wasn't doing anything Tuesday night and yes, dinner with them would be nice, while truthful, isn't a sensible way to arrange ones life. I will be more organised. I *will* be more organised.

Nice dinner with Rachel and Alex though. Despite all my stressing games were played, M won most of them, and it was fun. I really want a copy of code breaker. And cranium wasn't worth all the hype, not bad fun, but a long way from the "worlds best game" that all the shops were selling it as.

Went to Rolls Royce yesterday. The Engineering Society weren't the most organised people in the world, but the trip was fun. Saw the ops room (which has to be one of the most fun logistics / critical path problems in the world, with 60000 engines out there, only a handful of spares to replace them with, aeroplanes being too expensive to sit around having their engines fixed, and the spare engines having to be in the same place as the broken aeroplane) They must have so much shiney data if they log from every engine of every plane in flight! Then saw people assembling the engines (although the really shiney stuff was already in the casing by this factory, it was still very cool) and went to the hands on exhibit and got to chat to the guy giving the talk (the other students were mainly second year chinese people, who knew no turbomachinery and seemed very uninclined to ask questions) I have a much better idea of the manufacturing problems now, which is something I really lacked coming from an aerodynamics background.

Am exhaused, and have a busy weekend coming up. Ah well.

And I have the worlds most wonderful fiance,

They say we're young and we don't know
Won't find out until we grow[1]
Well I don't know if baby that's true
Cause you've got me baby, I've got you

Babe, I've got you babe, I've got you, Babe.

I got flowers in the spring[2]
I got you to wear my ring[3]
And when I'm sad, you're around
And when I get scared you're always around
So let them say your hair's too long[4]
I don't care, with you I can't go wrong
Then put your little hand in mine
There ain`t no hill or mountain we can't climb[5]

I got you to hold my hand[6]
I got you to understand[7]
I got you to walk with me[8]
I got you to talk with me [9]
I got you to kiss goodnight
I got you to hold me tight
I got you and I won't let go
I got you to love me so

I've got you, Babe.


[1] Well, I doubt I'll grow much more. Short isn't too bad
[2] One snowdrop
[3] If I ever get around to buying you one
[4] You usually agree with this
[5] With the possible exception of the Schwartzhorn
[6] Except when you break your hand
[7] Admittedly, not most of the maths I do
[8] Or more usually cycle
[9] Or more usually IRC

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Date:January 27th, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC)

Aww :) That was very sweet and very funny :)
Date:January 27th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
Mmm. Monocrystalline nickel-base superalloy turbine blades.
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Date:January 27th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Precisely. Although the compressor stuff is more my kink :-)

Why do you know about this?
Date:January 27th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
The finals I failed dismally were in Materials Science :)
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Date:January 27th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
Even if you say it once the word is strangely fickle -
An engineer will find his hopes rise faster than his dick'll -
With Superalloy-turbine-blades-of-monocrystal-nickel.
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Date:January 27th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Date:January 27th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
My dad's father used to work for Rolls Royce doing aeroplane engine things. He was a clever chap.

Everything's a lot smaller in the mobile phone world and nothing really makes much of a noise or moves or gets hot or anything exciting like that. Phones do generate a tonne of annoying cryptic logging data though - usually not the right cryptic data for the problem you're trying to solve. Scope-heads like me tend to watch what the phone does by watching a load of hardware signals but other people don't seem to understand that...

Sometimes engineers get sent to various places in the world to expensive test labs with expensive test networks because it's cheaper to send the engineers than to make more machines. When you get to the lab where the expensive machines live you find that it's a back office in a manky industrial building in an industrial estate in the middle of nowhere. There's one down the road from here owned by Samsung and the main room has two machines in it which cost 6 million pounds each. One of them is a few years old and therefore out of date and it isn't supported any more and so it only runs a handful of tests now. The machines always crash or behave strangely and it's quite difficult to prove it's not the phone's fault.

If they cost 6 million pounds I would expect a funky space-age room with attractive waitresses offering me interesting drinks while I watch the phone running the tests and attempt to figure out what the hell is going on.

I wish I had had time to go on more Engineering Society visits. I went to the Arrows Formula 1 team's place which was quite interesting. I used to work at the Mars chocolate factories in Slough - they were cool - loads of pipes everywhere, molten chocolate, large pressure vessels, "conch" machines grinding up the cocoa beans, huge ovens, revolving drums for making maltesers, enormous microwaves, warehouses with forklifts zooming around, areas where tanker trucks deliver raw materials, conveyor belts and packaging systems, great long production lines for snickers, mars and bounty bars, ah it's an amazing place. I was doing a survey of all the steam pipes in the main factory. At the end of it I was the only person on the planet who knew where they all were and where they all went - no one else knew and they probably still don't know! Hah! :-)
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Date:January 27th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, in all that I forgot to say hail the poem!
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