Monthly Archives: May 2007

Inertia

So it seems like I’ve got most of my third year stuff settled already. I’ve made contact with two supervisors who seem willing to take me on, though I haven’t actually met them to discuss things in detail yet. I’ve pretty much decided on my third year modules, and they seem pretty unpopular so I think I’ll probably get them. Although I’m wondering about the Mind and Brain module, which is currently my second choice for the spring term – it sounds pretty interesting on paper, but (as I found out last term) Cognition can get pretty dry when you go into the theories in too much detail.

Aside from settling admin though, I seem to be having trouble getting anywhere with my assessed work this term. A seminar presentation next Wednesday – basically unprepared for. A practical report and essay due in three weeks – I’ve barely started on the former, and the latter’s untouched. An exam one week after those – let’s just not talk about it.

Somehow I just really want to go home and enjoy my summer holidays already, though it seems like I might be spending quite a bit of it finishing my TEFL assessed writeup, starting on my final year project, and my MOE school attachment. But hey, it still sounds more attractive than being stuck here, for some reason!

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Pensive

As Ailin once commented (or at least, this is part of what I think she was trying to say), it is a pity when you meet someone nice, or find out that you think you might actually be able to connect with someone, but the sad truth of things is that there’ll probably never be the chance to, that you’ll probably never see him/her again.

But alas, that is the way life is, and time doesn’t stop for you just because you want to make a friend, and the world moves on, and you must simply deal with things the way they are.

Geekout

omg omg omg Starcraft II!!!!!!!!

High-res gameplay trailer here.

After almost a decade, it’s about time, too!

Four seasons

No, not the London duck place.

Quite some time ago, Ailin suggested that I should take pictures of the view outside my window at certain intervals to show the passage of the seasons. I’ve been trying to do that, and today I suddenly got it in my head to try to combine them all with the wonder that is Photoshop.

It’s not perfect, could probably do with quite a bit of refinement (I got lazy at the end, while trying to do the ground – story of my life), but I think it’s pretty good for a random attempt…

Neat Image

My Panasonic FX-07 is quite nice and feature-packed in its own way, but its crappy sensor results in really lacklustre picture quality, especially in low light conditions. I was all prepared to sell it and get a better camera (I still might, actually), but I’ve discovered Neat Image, which hopefully will be good enough a noise reduction solution (for now, at least).

Before:

After:

(If you don’t see a difference, even after zooming in, I guess the good news is you won’t be needing to upgrade your camera =P)

In other news, Picasa Web now allows embedding of slideshows, so I’ve updated! So my Project 365 embed (on the right side of the blog) looks nicer now, if slightly less functional – you’ll have to visit the actual site to view the captions. But, hey, it’s prettier! =P

Summer Term

The third term of each academic year, or ‘Summer Term’ as York likes to label it, is apparently when I start to feel a little bit homesick. Somehow the knowledge that I’ll be jetting off in approximately eight weeks’ time makes the previously ethereal memories of home start to crystallise, and I start wondering how everyone’s been doing, and I start MSNing/emailing people I’ve been ignoring for awhile (yes I’m a baaaad person), and I just get.. homesick, in general.

It’s not an acute feeling, just a little tingling in the back of my head, but it’s a marked difference for me because I usually don’t get homesick at all, for the bulk of the year at least.

Gladness

I’m really glad I’d decided to go down to London after all. The main deterrent was the cost, about S$60 in transportation alone (and much more in the city itself), but thinking back on it, I think it was really worth the time, effort and money, just to meet up with a few old friends, even if only for one dinner.

My only gripe would be that we met for too short a time – we probably should have gone over to someone’s place to just chat or something. But exams are still ongoing, and everyone’s just too busy, I suppose.

=)