Saturday, March 11, 2006


Flat like pancakes and ruffled like crumpets, crunchy toasted and served with strawberry jam.

Lonesome fun on my birthday alone while my family drive home after another long business trip.

Friday, March 10, 2006


It's my birthday tomorrow, but it's not going to be very exciting. My family is due to arrive some time in the evening and we'll go have dinner together. It is going to be a good meal.

My mum already sent me a parcel full of really fun art supplies. She sent some glass markers that have been very useful for writing Schroedinger equations all over my window in the absense of a whiteboard.

So my jobs for today are to catch a bus into town and submit my physics assignment, then go do some paperwork like drop receipts into medicare and walk out with a big wad of cash, then come home, tidy up and start my maths assignment which is due on Tuesday.

But before I get into the homework, I've got some time to celebrate getting my physics assignment done, and I think I'll jump on the sewing machine and make something cute! (I'll have to take a picuture of my previous project to post here, too.)

Now I'll be going to bed happy...

...because there's nothing like a nice crisp, newly finished quantum physics problem sheet. All I need to do is slap one more footnote and a bibliography on it (referencing the SOS Math pages of tables), sign the cover sheet and put it together in a nice sleeve ready to slip into the assignment box!

So, that's one down and three currently active assignments to go!

Call me weird, but I feel my sense of accomplishment diminished by the fact that problem sheet 3 is already available. I guess it's the sense of being snowed under by all the work. However, I'm elated to have this finished on time (especially since I thought I wouldn't and had to ask for an extension) and can't wait to get started on my maths assignment tomorrow!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Another hour I'll never get back

My mentor told me that I desperately had to go to a public lecture by a guy called Robert Fisk who wrote a book about "the conquest of the middle east". Sounds like so much sensational ranting, any amount of which is available at a moment's notice via the BBC for my entertainment, and I've got a huge quantum physics assignment that's supposed to be submitted tomorrow morning, but since it's apparently vital for my education, I planned to go along and arrive early to get a good seat.

What a zoo!

First problem was parking. I knew I was in trouble when the big public carpark was totally full 10 minutes early. I eventually parked over in physics (not too far to walk, but a long way away by the roads, so there was plenty of parking) and ran over to try to find the lecture.

On the way, I was assaulted by the usual group of passionate green left anarchist socialists (the protest-everything club) trying to get my signature on a petition, attendance at a protest of Tony Blair (does Canberra have an excess of hot men I wasn't aware of?) and something about "say no to racism" (because fascists embrace lesbians and gypsies and there's a large risk of me saying "yes" to racism) ...but I pushed through the mob to find the lecture.

It was in the largest theatre at school, which holds 496 students comfortably. But every chair was occupied, the stairs were filled, and so many people were standing at the back that it was considered to be "unsafe in case of fire". I didn't determine where the dumpy chick at the door expected a fire to come from.

I was faced with a choice: call "who wants a model wearing a boob-tube to sit on his lap?" somehow elbowing into the crowd and squeezing my slim hips into the crush, or give up and go home to do my huge quantum physics assignment...

So here I am facing my copy of Griffiths with the alive cat on the front and the sleeping cat on the back, getting ready to calculate the uncertainty in the position and momentum of the particle with wavefunction Nx(a-x)e^(-i(omega)t). Despite my irritation at having that hour fraudulently taken from me by and Mr. Fisk his padded out book, I look forward to an entertaining and stimulating evening!

(Anyway, if it turns out to have been any good, I'll be able to get the recording.)


Hello! I'm back!

It's been a stressful and draining time for me. I've been fighting with the bloke and myself. I've been VERY sick. But my latest blood test came back that I'm totally healthy - not even anaemic! and I'm totally busy at school and having a great time. Stay tuned for regular comments!