I’ve just got back to the Lawns after an eventful, fun 3 weeks at home in Dunstable. I did loads of cool stuff whilst at home — from climbing up The Clock tower of the Houses of Parliament (commonly, but incorrectly known as Big Ben) to going jousting and most important seeing my friends and family who I’ve missed.
(A flow diagram showing the process of working out a problem, making an algorithm to solve said problem and then programming it so a computer can do it for you)
The feature image for this post describes a lot of my day. It shows what we learnt about what an algorithm is in our 2nd Programming lecture of the week and it also shows how I have typed up all my notes and made them a lot more professional and graphical. The aforementioned lecture took place at 4:15 so I had the entire day to myself until 3:30 at which point I would have to catch the bus.
The day started at some time between 6:55 and 7:10 (I don’t know exactly when, either way it was far too early) however because of the “early morning fire test”. This involved me jumping out of bed, putting some jeans on (I tend to sleep in a shirt anyway) and slipping into some boots and then walking calmly (read: Running) out of the door of the block. All of Lambert was out of their halls in 2 minutes and 36 seconds, a healthy 24 seconds before the buildings would have burnt down. 😛 This was particularly impressive seen as we have a deaf boy in our block.
After a few hours sleep to recover from such an early morning I woke up and texted Jess for a while before tidying my room, emptying my bins and making myself a lunch of Bacon Toasties. By the time I had collected a package (full of basically a weeks worth of clothes! Excellent!) and packed my bag for the day and checked the previous days lecture notes it was time to go!
The lecture consisted of learning about what algorithms actually are (essentially methodologies for doing certain tasks) and looking at some example problems which could be resolved. When I got back to the lawns it was more than time for dinner! This consisted of Gammon and chips and a chocolate donut — it was lovely!
Soon after this me and Jess got our maths vibe on and she taught me Logarithms. According to wikiedia:
logarithm reverses exponentiation
Essentially this means it lets you figure out what power would have been used to get that number. It took me a long time but eventually I understood Logarithm with a custom base in addition to common Logarithm (where the base is always 10).
(Mum, Ruby, Dad and Michael at my new Flat at the Lawns in Cottingham)
Well, I havn’t updated this blog for a few days now, which I’m annoyed to say! So I’m going to cover the last 2 days — and today in one post.
Friday was an emotional night, my last one in my home town of Dunstable for at least a few months – the last time I’d see my family for around 6 weeks, and the last time I would see my girlfriend for at least 3 weeks. I was sad to say goodbye to the people who mean the most to me, but I know its necessary for me to go further with my education and hopefully have a better life as a result, and have good fun whilst I’m at it!
My family and Jess were obviously upset too, which I found hard to deal with as I love them so!
Saturday I woke up at around 7:30 to get my final packing sorted and the last few pieces into the car, about 45 minutes later we set off from Dunstable to Cottingham a village just outside the City of Hull where my student accommodation is situated. The journey took us from 8:15 till 11:30 including a stop for a Burger King breakfast, which was good going on the travel front and tasty on the food front!
I then proceeded to meet the warden and get a key from my room, as well as get my stuff out of the car and move in. Within minutes of saying my goodbyes to my family I was chatting to another Computer Scientist and a chemist who were staying on the same floor as me, which was nice. I invited them in for a drink and we started chatting.
Later our entire block went to dinner together, which was nice and we had Pie, chips and new potatoes! A Right northern meal, which was wicked (and came with the northern delicacy– gravy) ! An hour or so after dinner we met our ‘freshers parents’ — two students from the year above who were to show us around, tell us the rules and then escort us to Asylum, the hull student union night club. Clubbing isn’t really my thing so I sat in the beer garden with a few friends I’ve made. It was great fun.
I came home around 12 because I was so tired from such a busy day and I wanted to chat to Jess, which I enjoyed. As soon as i hit my bed I fell asleep, which was a pleasant surprise compared to my normal insomnia.
Today I woke up around 9:30 and just chilled in my room on my own for a few hours to catch a breather from the constant pounding of information I’ve had since I got here. At 11:30 I met up with my friend Sean who also went to Queensbury Upper School with me in Dunstable, and was in my AS/A2 Business class – we went to the Freshers Fair – which is basically a tent full of companies advertising themselves by giving you free stuff. Wicked.
A DVD of Public Enemies (from Microsoft for playing higher or lower and getting 8 right!)
A free half chicken at Nandos (for playing higher or lower and getting it WRONG)
Loads of leaflets
Dominos promotional stuff
A big wall chart with all of HUU’s events for the year!
Later I’m going to go to an acoustic night at the Student union, which will be fun and I’m going to get a relatively early night due to the fact my course starts at 9:30 and it lasts till 5 with only an hours break! Intensive first day or what!?