Well, the maths I did do today was a bit desultory, but rather interesting. I'm trying very hard to look on the bright side (ie, after a week of rest and rehabilitation from this cold, I'm now doing some maths rather than no maths at all, which has to be an infinite improvement) However, it's kind of hard not to hate myself for not working harder, it's less than two months before "the most important exams of my life"* and I still don't have the kind of brain that can settle to more than 30 minutes of reading maths before it decides that playing freecell, re-reading livejournal, wandering round the house, having a cup of tea or reading Harry Potter is more interesting. It makes me wonder why I'm not trying to make a career out of those instead...
Went to watch the boat race this afternoon. Kind of disappointing, and left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth (ok, nothing could ever live up to last years epic race, which could have been a film script with its racing brothers, broken arms and final minute come back to be followed by bitter defeat) Both teams could row really well, and there were some gorgious pieces from both of them, with some really crisp clean rowing. But the whole thing was spoilt by the blades clashing fiasco, and all the protests it raised afterwards. Yes, I know both coxes are under an awful lot of pressure, and I know good coxing can make or break a race, and I know they have to be agressive and go for the racing line, but there should be a limit. I don't think Oxfords foul should have been upheld, as they were being just as bad as us, and the second clash that did them the most damage seemed mainly their fault. But I'm sure it's possible for the two crews to follow routes of equal lenght side by side down the thames with it still being an exciting race (rather than a solitary time trial). I want to see good coxing, and I want to see good racing lines... but I don't want to see what I saw in the boat race today. I think we would probably have won anyway, we were on great form, but the real clincher in todays race was the Oxford bow loosing those ten or so strokes because of the blades clashing. There shouldn't be any need for it, and if there really is, then they should *gasp* change the format of the race** so we can watch two great crews racing against each other and actually compair their rowing and the skill of their cox in stearing and motivating them down the entire course, so we can have a clean victory.
After the boat race was pizza, and bagpuss, and Muppets Treasure Island. And it was good, and nice :-) Although I found myself being very shocked that the cartoon pictures of mermaids in the first bagpuss were topless. And then finding myself shocked that I was shocked. I don't think it's that I think kids shouldn't see nipples, it's just that I think I live in a world where kids TV can't show nipples, and it shocks me that a world when it could wasn't as long ago as I thought. Then again, when I was young it was still OK to take pictures of your own children naked.
*again. So far these have been GCSEs, A level modules, STEP, Part 2b maths, and now Part III maths. I'm getting really sick of always being just before the most important exams of my life. Especially having finals the year after my finals. It's too much for my tuits to cope with.
**I can see that the bendyness of the river might just mean that for an equal lenght race the crew on one side would have to start several lenghts ahead of the crew on the other side, which might make it just as demoralising and hard from the beginning as it was for Oxford when they were behind today. And also make the start much less interesting. But if it lead to cleaner racing I think I'm still for it.