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Whenever I do an air traffic safety case or plan, I always have to include a list of abbreviations, and have to say (again!) that "TMA" stands for "Terminal Manoevering Area".

One day (probably just before I retire) I swear I'm going to put "Tycho Magnetic Anomaly" in the abbreviations list, and see whether anybody notices...

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I'm posting this from my new Eee PC, which has turned up earlier than I expected, so I now have a real Linux PC, albeit in miniature.

All of the publicity material only mentioned the office and internet appications, but I'm pleased that GCC, Python, Perl and Ruby come pre-installed, as does Vim but not emacs or the Gimp. Nothing I couldn't add, of course, but I need to be picky with only a total of 4Gb disk space (ok, now it's 6Gb because I've added an SD card).

It was also really easy to integrate it with the Windows XP wifi network at home, and to connect to network printers, which was a pleasant surprise -- my past experience of Linux and wifi has not been good. It does seem to worthwhile activating the undocumented "advanced mode" which gives a standard KDE desktop.

The keyboard needs a very positive push on the keys, so I'm tending to miss some letters, and I have to do a lot of scrolling on the 7" screen, but as I see it as positioned as an overgrown PDA rather than a cut-down computer it's all looking good.
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I see my E301 result is on my OU Student Home page -- distinction. Yay!

Now, what to do next...

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Prompted by tamnonlinear mentioning it, I revisited Questionable Content and spent the weekend reading the strip from beginning to end, over 1000 strips. Huge fun, though a bit worrying because no matter how cruel Jeph is to his characters they still seem to be having a better sex life than me. But then, Jeph draws that unusual world in which everybody is young and hot and there are no middle-aged or elderly people (even the characters' parents are as young and hot as their offspring -- what's the matter, Jeph? Wrinkles use too much ink?) Tweep, now sadly dormant, did that side of things so much better. And hey, how come the girls always have their panties on for the post-coital cuddle? Do they all do it with their panties on? Or do they slip them back on as soon as they finish? Is this an American thing? Or is it just that Jeph likes to draw hot chicks as close to naked as he can get away with? Well, I suppose I would too if I could draw. Still lots of good laughs in there.
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How would you describe your personal style?

More calculated that it looks. For work I have to wear a jacket and tie, but if I'm too smart then people will not expect me to know about technical subjects -- I'd look too much like an admin type angling for promotion. So the tie has to be just a /bit/ faded, the jacket just a /bit/ crumpled; not so much that I look scruffy, but enough to look as if I'm not really trying, as if I'm not really that bothered.

Casual is more difficult, because I don't know what I am trying to achieve. I can be so many different people that the attempt to project all of them probably ends up rather confused. Probably the most obvious thing about my clothes is that I've lost weight so most of them are baggy on me. Am I too old to pull off a hip-hop style?
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Just been listening again to "Hocus Pocus" by Focus. Has anybody else noticed the similarity between Thijs val Leer's middle vocal break and the Crazy Frog?
Current Music:
Focus - Focus [Instrumental]
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Well, I sent off my end of course assessment (a sort of project in lieu of an exam) this morning. I'm now just outside Maastricht on business and am shattered.
Current Mood:
tired tired
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Well, I've got my result back for my latest college assignment (a close reading of a text of my choice; I chose the first paragraph of "Lake Wobegon Days") -- 96%. And it counts as two assignments in my overall grade. "Awesome research" according to my tutor. By my calculations that means I don't need to submit my final assignment (though I expect will anyway) and my final grade will be what I get on the end of course assessment (a project that replaces the exam). Woot!
Current Mood:
jubilant jubilant
Current Music:
The Kipper Family - Here Is The News
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Yay! Finally managed to get a Nintendo Wii -- by staking out a local store when the delivery was due. But I'll probably have to hide it for a couple of weeks, because microtig has exams and I don't want her to be distracted.
Current Mood:
happy happy
Current Music:
Barron Brady - Our captain cried all hands
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Well, I got 89% on that tricky Bakhtin essay -- I'd have got more if I'd given more examples. Still, if I can average over 85% it's a distinction, so that will do! "You show an excellent grasp of the ideas under discussion and are not afraid to engage critically with them". I'm rather pleased with that.

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Current Mood:
happy happy
Current Music:
Shooglenifty - Bar Bruno's/Maxine's Polka
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