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Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Happy Comp Sci Student

So yet again I have had another fun filled day in the lab with Matt, I would like to say that I got a lot of work done and my IS3 Assignment is finished - I would be, of course, outrageously lying.

If you want to look at the site I am in the (never ending) process of evaluating, www.getinlane.com. I'll let you make up your own mind but it does have a really "groovy" background which, I think, changes colour depending on what time of day it is.

Never ending of course because I am continually distracted, which while they are all extremely welcome does mean that i will have yet another week of late nights in the lab :)

To be honest even taking in to consideration the PSD-and-Team-project-god-awful-nightmare-which-I-am-living-on-a-daily
-painfully-stressful-basis I am absolutely FANTASTIC. I love my course and I love University.

Somebody even said to me the other day, before an AP3 lecture

"You are the happiest person I have ever seen in an Computing lecture."

I would agree with him while AP3 may not be the worst module in 3rd year, it doesn't have many people grinning from ear to ear. :)

Well to be honest it wasn't AP3 I was grinning at either- sorry Rob but had to clarify that before people started phoning the men in white coats.

I feel like I should finally state what I have been alluding to for some number of posts. I am this happy not just because of the joys of Computing Science, but because I have a very damn ace boyfriend. So here's hoping for yet more days in the lab just like today.

Keep smiling....


Friday, October 29, 2004

A "nice" happy night....

Hey folks so I really should be working away on the IS3 assignment I have for a week today, but ah well...

Would first of all like to give a big shout out to all those who that were at the Compsoc Pub Quiz last night (especially those that worked so hard over in the Compsoc social committee, a great night all round you should be damn proud of yourselves!!) It was a really fantastic night, even if my team did come about 6th (or maybe 7th no one can really remember!)

Watch out for the new Compsoc Promotional video, it's going to be fantastic, might make Captain Jackson look good... (sorry Matt). So lots of highjinks were had after Curlers and it seemed like most of the summer DCS crew were back together in the BO building at 11 o'clock at night, fun :)

So although yesterday was a really shit day (please just don't mention PSD or my project team to me - ever again - no I'm not joking I really mean it) i had a great night.

Also came home to find a letter from one of my good friends from back home, she's studying in France this year so it was really good to hear from her. I'm sure when I get another spare minute I'll be writing an especially long reply to catch up!

Anyway best be off have the joys of GMM3 to attend...

Keep smiling (I know I am),


Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Just lay off me a bit.... :)

So everything has been extremely hectic this week, don't think I know whether I am coming or going. The PSD project has been a major problem for me and I have spent so much time in the lab I feel like I haven't left it at all.

So the stress is really getting to me and I think I may have already developed the nervous twitch PD said I would have by the end of OS3 next term... Although it could just been the amount of caffene (sp? can't be bothered fixing it) I have been drinking to try and stay awake.

What I am trying to say is give me it a bit of break folks. I may not deserve it but hey I'm only a human and sometimes things get way too much for me. I stress too much about stuff.

While in saying all this, I'm still incredibly happy :)


Monday, October 18, 2004

You wait ages for one post and then two come along at once.

I realise that as yet I haven't made any post on the joys of my brand new 20Gb ipod. It is the best thing I have ever bought. Even the awful task of cleaning my kitchen and bathroom could be exciting with music blaring from my very stylish white earphones.

The adverts for the ipod are true, you do find yourself not realising that other people may be around when you have music on, I was dancing around ipod in one hand, mop in the other. Fantastic.

Not so fantastic however when I almost broke my whole body. This may take a little explaining and there is absolutely no logic to what I was doing.

Picture the scene. My kitchen has been flooded I have just mopped the floor and cleaned as much of the excess wetness on all the surfaces. I realise that the water had been coming from the ceiling and therefore could be lying in huge puddles on top of the wall units.

I got up on top of the worktop (I had at least taken my heels off at this point figuring that would just be plain stupid). Dancing around to Britney Spears' "My Prerogitive" on top of the wet worktop, when the obvious happened and I slipped.

This is probably one of the only times (and I'm sure it will probably be the last) when I thanked god that my kitchen is so small that you can't fit more than two people in it. Instead of plummeting to a certain painful landing on my back, I bashed my arm on the opposite wall hence not doing myself any damage whatsoever.

But don't worry ipod i don't blame you at all...

Till next time


The best laid plans

After not getting any work done this weekend (thanks Ali for the great dinner on Sat night) I thought I would rectify this by going in early to the lab. Sitting there at 10.10 I get a phonecall from my flatmate. Ten minutes later i am back in my flat watching the rain fall in my kitchen.

I mean pour down the walls and drip off the light fittings. I had the joys of trying to switch the water off, trying to unscrew stuff while being rained on by water from an undisclosed source which smelt "funny" is not fun at all. After switching the water off made no noticable difference at all - I phoned the plumber.

The man was possibly the most annoying person I had ever spoken to, he seemed to find my plight funny and what's worse kept saying "calm down love it's only water". However by far his "funniest" comment was when I asked when he could come and try and fix the problem.

"Is tomorrow morning ok?"

Before I started screaming at him down the phone, he said "Don't worry I'll be round ASAP."

Ha bloody ha, some sense of humor on that bloke.

The only good thing is that he was actually round within 10 minutes, turning out to be just as annoying in the flesh as he was on the phone. The problem turned out to be the old women on the third floor flooding her washing machine, so no need for a plumber and I still managed to make it in to be only 5 minutes late for my 11 o'clock PSD lecture.

So really it may have managed to waste what could have been a complete mornings work, but only 50 minutes to get back to the flat phone a plumber, them to turn up, isolate the problem and then leave I think is pretty damn good going.


Sunday, October 10, 2004

The most pointless post ever?

I have realised that I haven't posted for a while, I was intending to say that it wasn't because I couldn't think of something to post about but mainly just cause i was too busy.

However after starting to write up the above idea for a post I realised that I don't actually have anything of note to say. At all. In fact I am feeling the continued stress of trying to come up with new and interesting things to say. In fact for tonight I think I may just give up and hope some time tomorrow I have some sort of brain wave with a decent idea to write about.

Anyway sorry for wasting your time with the most completely pointless post ever... (is there worse?)


Sunday, October 03, 2004

Another day another drama...

Although in saying that not a day like any other. I could go into detail about all the stuff that happened but it would be much easier and less time consuming for me just to give you the link to Matt "My Hero" Gemmell's description.
As unbelievable as it sounds(it still being a lot more believable than Sky Captain) it is actually all true!!

Anyway another topsy-turvey day playing the damsel in distress, which I play very well i hasten to add. Although this possibly puts woman's rights back a few decades, does become very usefull when there is a computing assignment to be handed in...

So a tiring day nonetheless, so with that i will sign out.

Have fun folks...


P.S. sorry if this makes no sense whatsoever.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Welcome to the Lauren Dempster Show....


Suddenly realised that i hadn't blogged for a couple of days. I suppose the only reason for this is that I haven't had a spare minute, what with PAL, Ron Poet's "great" Unix course and trying to catch up with folk.

During one such catch up with a friend we were chatting about how everyday I come into Uni something else new, usually bad and concerning my ever topsy-turvey love life has happened.

Rather like a soap opera, in fact, this is not the first time this comparison has been made.....

A couple of years back, when everyone was writing their profiles for the School Year book. I was having a disussion with one of my friends on the subject of what we would be 'Most likely to be...'. There were the obvious ones, you know at every school there is always most likely to be in 'a Colgate advert', 'in prison', 'still living with the parents' and 'trying to take over the world', none of these really applying to us we had to come up with some new ones. After some deliberation (and me ignoring her first suggestion) she said that i was most likely "to be living in a soap opera".

At the time I thought maybe she was over-reacting, I mean I was only 17 or something at the time things aren't meant to run smoothly then. Looking back I've never really stopped being like that, so I suppose she did make a very good point.

I always seem to muck everything up. When anything goes right, I somehow seem to muck that up to. It's a skill I should really have grown out of...

Anyway until that happens, I wouldn't count on it though, I'm sure I will still be going into Uni every morning with another new and exciting (for anyone not involved) installment of the Lauren Dempster Show.

Watch this space!