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The University of Sussex [Tuesday 28th September 2004 at 9:47 pm]

[Feeling |tiredtired]
[Playing |The Riders of Rohan ~ Howard Shore/The Two Towers]

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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[User Picture]From: olego
Wednesday 29th September 2004 at 5:45 am (UTC)
Every day, thousands of Berkeley students trudge to their 8-am classes. 8! Thank God I've never had one!
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Wednesday 29th September 2004 at 10:05 am (UTC)
Now that's downright unreasonable. At least the lecturers aren't likely to be awake either!
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[User Picture]From: sarah_on_bed
Wednesday 29th September 2004 at 6:40 pm (UTC)
yay sussex yay.
the fire alarms are tested on a wednesday morning btw, they generally last for about 30 seconds ish, but they test them at about 9am ish.
don't moan about your 9am starts, at least you don't need to leave your room until 8:50! i have at least 2 9am's this year and it will take me over an hour to get to campus at that time in the morning, so think yourself lucky boyo.
unfortunately keysurf doesn't get better, you just have to live with the random disconnections and slow connection :( or walk to york house alternatively!
what did you think of the freshers fair? i got loads of sign up to jazz band which was really cool. despite me feeling like a piece of shite, as i think i may have at the worst tonsilitis or at the best a nasty throat bug.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Wednesday 29th September 2004 at 7:18 pm (UTC)
I wandered round and signed up for random clubs. I probably saw you at the Jazz fair, but didn't sign up for it (it looked more like jazz players than jazz listeners).
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[User Picture]From: sarah_on_bed
Thursday 30th September 2004 at 7:39 am (UTC)
yeh, tis rather for players, though we got one guy signed up as a spectator... hmmm. you'll just have to come to our gigs (when we get gigs going).
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Thursday 30th September 2004 at 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yep, it's be nice if you sent details of them to tnmm20 (at sussex email address).
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