September 28th, 2004

Tall ships (porthole)

The University of Sussex

Well, it's about time I waxed lyrical (or whatever) about having moved into the University of Sussex. I actually moved in last Saturday, and since then have generally been getting sorted with stuff. Saturday was a mad amount of last-minute packing, a hour-long trip to the university and then unpacking all my junk and setting up the mess that is my computer. It's currently taking up most of the space on my desk, and various cables are chasing me around the room.

Sunday was a bit more unpacking, and I went to the "meet 'n' greet" events.

On Monday I had the first of many Informatics introductory sessions, met my personal tutor, and also went to the local cocktail bar. Didn't drink anything (I'm not really a drinker or a clubber), but still had a good time. I also got my internet connections sorted. Alas, it's dialup!

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! *screams of suffering fade into quiet sobbing*


It's not even 56k - the best I've managed (and, it seems, the only speed Keycom do, as the link dropped after some time when it connected at 46.something) is 48.0kbps. However, I did take the time to register my laptop on the campus roaming wireless network thingy, and so I can browse the web at around 5mbps from my laptop. Unfortuantly, to do so I have to go at least as far as York House, as there is absolutely no network links anywhere further north than that. So I can either sit in my room and have the modem screech down the line at forty-eight kilobits per second, or lug the laptop to York House TV room and have the wireless card warble across the ether at a much faster eleven megabits per second. Never mind that Steam's decided to "forget" my account details, and so I can't even play Ricochet over the dialup. Grumblegrumblegrumble...

Today I had an introduciton to Cognitive Science (which I may do bits of in my 2nd or 3rd year as a joint Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence student), an introduciton to the ICT system, and a welcoming thingy by the Vice Chancellor and co. After that I had a go at the "Can you see me now?" game that's currently happening around the campus. I managed to stay hidden for over half an hour, when one of the runners materialised on top of me and caught me. Damn lag! The runners have PDAs with GPS and (probably) 3G links, so there's an effective lag of 10 metres. Add to that the fact that the runners only have to be within 5 metres of you to 'see' you, and that makes it rather hard.

Oh yes, something that just happened. As well as the heavy bass I can hear from somewhere, I could hear something not unlike a car alarm. It kept going, and so after a bit I decided to investigate. Stepped out the door, wandered in the vague direction of the sound, and discovered a bunch of people standing outside the house looking rather embarresed. Turned out they'd set off the fire alarm with their cooking, and a guy from the campus security was there to reset it. (note on the fire system: each house has it's own fire alarm, which when set off notifies the porter and the 24-hour security centre. The halls have smoke alarms, the kitchen has a heat detector. Rooms have smoke alarms that are linked to each other on the same floor but not to the main system. They had been cooking with the kitchen door open, and had triggered the smoke detector outside) Random trivia: they test these alarms every week. If it keeps going for more than 30 seconds, then it's a real fire. According to our residential advisor (who sounded confused about it herself), we have to wait ten minutes before it's not a test anymore. Personally I'll go with 30 seconds - I'd rather not find out about it too late!

Anyway, that's it for now. Tomorrow the only thing I need to go to is the Library induction at 2 pm, so I don't have to get up early. Today and yesterday I had to be up at 9:30 am. And some of my lectures start at 9 am. Nine! I ask you, do they expect any of the students to stay awake at those ones?
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    The Riders of Rohan ~ Howard Shore/The Two Towers
Tall ships (porthole)

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Wow, this entry has taken about a week to write. I started writing it on wednesday last week (22/9/04) (I think), disconnected the computer to take it to university (see my previous two posts), and then finished it today. That's gotta be the longest (time-wise) post I've done.
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    The King of the Golden Hall ~ Howard Shore/The Two Towers