From out of the Ether, a Meme

Right I haven't posted in ages,no this does not count as a proper post, no I don't care have a Meme

1. juliafdiva
2. clairebemoo
3. Varies on a day to day basis, currently am happy so blah :P
4. psycoticfurby
5. juliafdiva
6. pablohunny
7. mamalaz
8. psycoticfurby,pablohunny
9. Anyone on this list, infact I think I have with many of you
10. juliafdiva
11. voidkraken
12. juliafdiva,pablohunny,mamalaz,group_mum,pontius,kaitharshayr
13. pontius
14. khayallah
15. I'm good thanks
16. kaitharshayr
17. scioptic,mysticjuicer,
18. um. not sure
19. At any given point anyone on this list
20 As you're all willing to hang out with me, all of you
21. psycoticfurby,juliafdiva,kaitharshayr,pablohunny
22. mamalaz
23. Nope no one
24. voidkraken,group_mum
25. juliafdiva
26. No idea...
27. kaitharshayr,juliafdiva,group_mum.
28. kaitharshayr and have done
29. No offence, but currrently no-one on this list.
30. There are those who say "May you have an Interesting life" is a curse. Fuck those people, lets have an adventure.

To find out the questions you have to promise you will answer them in your LJ and/ or other public space, and I'll send you a copy

Been a while

Haven't posted for um ages, but this is only a quick post to say

I have teh INTERWEB

Finally managed to get a wireless network set up so now I have the internet back on my desktop

And I'd forgotten how big my monitor is, been used to looking at webpages on a small 15inch monitor. Now back to my 19 inch and everything looks slightly odd!

In other news, I'm still job hunting. Hopefully someone will give me a job soon.

Oh and I am thinking about redesigning my website. But I lack any form of artistic/design talent... So if any budding web designers fancy having ago at designing a website, or a least giving me some idea/suggestions then please feel free.

If you want to have a look at the current design, it can be found at http://www.gothic-gecko.org.uk

Thanks in advance

I'll try and write more now i have net access again!

Peace tranquility and random insanity

Quick Good News/Bad News Entry

Really quick entry this one.

Good News :-): I graduated from Keele with a 2.1 Master in Science degree in Astrophysics and Computer Science. Yay!

Bad News :-(: Having emailed my supervisor I've been told there is no funding available at Keele for me in order to study for my PhD. So... um... yeah I'm not going back to Keele. At least this year anyway. I'm going to see if I can defer my place for a year and there is stil the possibility of Exeter giving me funding. If not I'll work for a year and apply to some more Uni's to do my PhD. Current list includes Edinburgh and the University of Toronto.

Wish me luck.

But 2.1 still a Yay!

Oh and going to go see Pirates on Sunday, extra yay!

Peace, tranquility and random insanity


I feel horribly ill, managed to get some kind of cold/flu thing.. in the summer. Go me

But before I go off to dose myself with medication I present you with the following piece of randomness

I escaped from the Dungeon of Ruanae!

I killed Snowelf the gelatinous cube, Digitaldemon the floating eye, Theferrett the goblin, Kaitharshayr the zombie, The Unforgiven2 the leprechaun, Nyte Starre the dragon, Clairebemoo the giant spider, Psycoticfurby the zombie, Pablohunny the floating eye and Nellyserj the gelatinous cube.

I looted the Wand of Mysticjuicer, a Figurine of Mamalaz, the Sword of Scioptic, the Crown of Eldahir, the Amulet of Keele, the Armour of Tlredhawke, the Wand of Vampires, a Figurine of Pontius and 143 gold pieces.

Score: 343

Explore the Dungeon of Ruanae and try to beat this score,
or enter your username to generate and explore your own dungeon...


And out of the blue an update appeared

So...its been how long since I last updated? Hmm too long I believe is the answer. But to be fair I have had a lot of work on. And by a lot I mean A LOT.

So what have I been up to? Well I've now finished my first degree. 4 years of blood sweat and tears (In about equal measures) and I've finally finished it all. And hopefully when the lecturer's decide to mark my work I will even graduate. WIth a nice shiny Master in Science in Astrophysics and Computer Science.

So having finished my (first) degree it now begs the question of now what. As some of you may know (I've probbably gone on about it often enough) I wish to gain my PhD (There's just somethign about being called Dr that appeals) so to this end I have applied to both Keele University and Exeter University to study for my PhD. Both universities have offered me a place. In fact Exeter even offered me an Unconditional place to study for a PhD in Data Mining and Artifical Intelligence (Keele want me to get a 2.1 which I hopefully will)

Now we come to the tricky part, how to pay for this PhD. I have heard from Exeter that they are unable to offer me funding to study, but I am on the waiting list so if some one doesnt accept their place I may get funding. Keele haven't said anythign about fudning, although when I spoek to the person who is gong to be my supervisor if I study at Keele, he said the COmputer Science Dept didn;t really have any funding for the type of work I wish to do. Plus, while I like Keele a lot, Exeter did have a certain appeal. Firstly the PhD topic closely ties into my two specialities in computer science (Not to sound too smug by I got 75% in my A.I. Module and 87% in my module on Advanced Databases and Data Mining, its stuff I can do). BUt I cannot afford to fund myself through a PhD. Which leaves me in an interesting postion. I can either wait and hope that someone doesn't accept the place and so I get the funding... but I have no idea how long I'd have to wait or, having emailed Exeter I've found out that I can defer my place for a year and they'll apply again for funding for me next year.

Defering my application is a possibility, but then I have to find somethign to do for a year. I will have to seek some form of gainful employment, but I have no idea what. I can;t think of many places that would employ someone for a year. And I can;t do anythign involving my degree as thats all research and I need a PhD to be taken seriously in anyway.
One possiblity is a company on Keele Campus called COmptuer People, whom I went to visit a while back. They're a recruitment agency that specialises in I.T. Specialists/Computer Science COntractors. And I have the contact details of the person who deals with the short term contracts. Usually lasting about a year. So it might be worth re-doing my C.V. and sending it to her.

SO that might be an option, but if anyone can think of anything else. Or if some one happens to have won the lottery and want's to give me some money to fund my PhD then please let me know.

Anyway, this is enough about my PhD woes. I may write an entry about other stuff later, but right now I'm going to head to bed.

Peace, tranquility and random insanity

Taking a break/being distracted from work

Currently spending most of my time with my head buried in my project report. But as I'm have a break for lunch I did this test and got

I Am A: Chaotic Good Half-Elf Ranger Bard

Chaotic Good characters are independent types with a strong belief in the value of goodness. They have little use for governments and other forces of order, and will generally do their own things, without heed to such groups.

Half-Elves are a cross between a human and an elf. They are smaller, like their elven ancestors, but have a much shorter lifespan. They are sometimes looked down upon as half-breeds, but this is rare. They have both the curious drive of humans and the patience of elves.

Primary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.

Secondary Class:
Bards are the entertainers. They sing, dance, and play instruments to make other people happy, and, frequently, make money. They also tend to dabble in magic a bit.

Solonor Thelandria is the Chaotic Good elven god of archery and the hunt. He is also known as the Keen Eye, the Great Archer, and the Forest Hunter. His followers respect nature, and only hunt when needed, but are quick to defend the forest from intruders. Their favorite weapon is the bow, and they tend to be extremely talented with it. Solonor Thelandria's symbol is an arrow with green fletchings.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

Will write more interesting entry when i have time and don't have about a bajillion more words to write for my project.

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To much work to do a proper update. So have this instead (stolen from mysticjuicer)

Its a meme, basically you leave me a comment on this entry and I will:

1. I'll respond with something random I like about you.
2. I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I'll name something we should do together.
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me (or just me).
5. I'll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I'll leave you a quote that is somehow appropriate to you.
7. I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. Tell you to pass it about, but you know what? If you want to do it awesome, if you don't, that's fine too.

I don't make any guarantees about how quickly I will respond but I will try and answer everyone who leaves me a comment.

Peace Tranquility and Random Insanity... we now return you to your usual program