I have looked through my (very old) friends list, and most people haven't updated since the end of College (2004). It might be interesting to start doing this again, rather than just having pointless Facebook updates all day every day. Writing in prose is fun, sometimes.
If anyone is still out there...
I'm now working in Central London, on Clerkenwell Road near Farringdon station. FULL TIME GEEK WOOP.
Just writing to inform you that on the 7th September I will be celebrating my 21st Birthday (early, yes - birthday is actually on the 30th). This is because I'm heading back to University on Friday the 15th early, so I won't see any of you after that. The plan is for everyone to meet at Oliver's Wine Bar in Redhill around Lunchtime. For any of you that don't know how to get there, all the information is here: http://www.touchredhill.com/business/list/bid/562459. After meeting at lunch time we can have some fun at Oliver's then for all who need food and stuff there's lots of places nearby to get stuff like that so it'll be easy. Originally the plan is to stay at oliver's then head over to Liquid later on for some boogeying fun... and after that you can all make your own sorry way home after too much liqueur.
I'm trying to get a good idea of numbers so it would be helpful if people RSVP and let me know if you are coming or not, it's NOT HARD ! :)
Oh, and for those of you who don't want to buy me a present but only a card - don't bother - I consider it a waste of paper, just coming and saying happy birthday is enough.
I propose going to Oliver's Wine Bar on the 7th of September for my 21st Birthday. Yes, I realise my birthday isn't until the 30th, but I'll be back at Uni then so this is more convenient as far as 'home' people are concerned. So if anyone is working in the evening or wishes to propose a different date please say... as I am pretty flexible on that though would prefer a thursday around that time as then I don't have to get the night off work! If we can get 25 or more people then we can have the place to ourselves for free... which I think would be a good night :) Ideas/comments please.
Well the summer is running away with me fast... I'm out every single night of the week at the moment. Working Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7-11, 5-9 on Saturdays. I'm out playing squash on Thursday nights for Horley squash team as usual... and Sunday nights I'm down at the club playing more squash at club night. It's way too busy to notice the time going by. However, I am available during the daytime... and of course after work, as starting so late does mean staying up late isn't a problem... not that it ever has been.
I'm working in Gatwick Airport for Boots The Chemist. I basically receive the daily delivery and help to put it out on the shelves. It's quite physically demanding work and some of it is akin to going to the gym, which is nice since I never go there so being paid to do so is great. I'm enjoying it and the people I work with are on the whole good and fun. The management is variable, but learning how to deal with them and get around the stupid systems that are in place is just part of the job :) I'm happy doing it.
I recently found out that I've 'scraped' through 2nd year at Uni. Results are as follows: S1 CA0820A05 Sound Effects and Psychoacoustics 1 Coursework Creative sound piece D 11 S1S2 CS0820A05 Graphics Programming 1 Coursework Windows application B 16 S1S2 CS0820A05 Graphics Programming 2 Project Continuous D 10 S1S2 CS0821A05 Console Game Development 1 Coursework Project B 15 S1S2 CS0880A05 Applied Mathematics 2 1 Coursework Tests & CW C 14 S1S2 CS0880A05 Applied Mathematics 2 2 Examination 3 hour exam MF 6 S2 CS0810A05 Computer Operating Environments 1 Project 2000 loc B 17
All results are out of 20. The maths one I scraped through, getting the lowest possible Marginal Fail in the 3 hour exam, bumped up to a 46% overall D by my C 14/20 in the coursework. Phew. The rest of the results I'm very happy with and hoping to improve on them next year. The Graphics Programming 2 Project Continuous was a disappointing result due to the fact that I was concentrating my efforts on "The Big One" of the yea, Console Game Development.
For Sound Effects and Psychoacoustics, my optional module in the first term, we had to write and record our own radio show around a theme provided. It was a bit of a laugh, with me and Colin having good fun making different noises in the flat with a microphone borrowed from the University.
The first Graphics Programming module was fun and for this we made a game similar to Arkanoid or Break-out. This consists of a bat at the bottom of the screen controlled by the player and a number of different coloured blocks which a ball, hit off the bat, has to destroy, without letting the ball fall below the bat. I'm sure you've heard of it :)
For the second part of Graphics Programming I made a world consisting of trees and a house using glut primitives. It wasn't something I particularly enjoyed doing, hence the poor grade. It was mostly ideas taken from someone else's work.
The module that took the most time and effort was Console Games Development, basically PS2 programming. We all had to design a game for the ps2 with animation and an implied 3d effect. I decided on a game of Bomberman. It turned out to be more complicated than I originally planned, but with a few bodge job fixes and a little imagination it all worked out in the end. I may choose to improve on this game at some point as I think it could be much much better when properly completed, but we'll see what I have time and motivation for next year.
Computer Operating Environments was the optional module that I chose for the second term. The other options were continued Sound Effects or continuing Japanese. It basically consisted of learning about operating systems and how they manage memory and everything the computer has to control. Before the days of operating systems all programs had to manually manage their own memory.. so we learnt all about how the operating system does this and it was quite interesting. The coursework was to demonstrate how an operating system does virtual memory management, which is where the computer puts things that need to be in memory onto the computer's hard disk while other data that is being used at the time is put into memory as the memory is not big enough to hold every bit of data the computer needs it to. It's surprisingly complicated and I quite enjoyed making the report and explaining it well and in detail.
In my personal life, Tasha is staying with me over summer, so we get to spend every waking hour that neither of us are working together, which is nice, although annoyingly few! Hey ho, it's all going well. I love her more than ever.