Month: July 2004

  • Failing to register..

    Got a reply to my rant to the college bureaucrats; to have been more dismissive she’d have had to use swearwords! From Shona Brown Date 27.07.2004, 12:49:59 Dear Caspar Thank you for your email and comments which I passed on to the Registrar. Although we acknowledge your views, we regret to inform you that the…

  • Hilbert’s dream

    In 1900, David Hilbert composed a list of 23 important unsolved problems in mathematics, at the time he commented: “If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?” (not yet it seems -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riemann_hypothesis ) I’d probably ask “show me your…

  • spending a penny to earn 87

    one of the few pleasures to come from going back to work, is that this time I am a contractor and so bill the company every day I turn up. which has led naturally enough to me working out how much it is costing them every time i go to the toilet. Spending a penny…

  • Warning – When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

    By Jenny Joseph When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves and satin candles, and say we’ve no money for butter. I shall sit down on the pavement when I am…

  • maxi-bar

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    we stayed last night at the swanky Saint Martins Lane Hotel thanks to a cheap deal via Priceline. Unfortunately they couldn’t get us a reduction on the mini-bar and fortunately we didn’t get drunk enough to forget this Tic Tacs……….. £2.00 Coke…………… £3.50 Mars Bar……….. £3.50 Kit Kat(4 finger!). £3.50 Evian………….. £4.00 Eyelid Shooter(!?) £13.50…

  • an appalling book but with highlights

    i am labouriously working my way through Douglas Hofstadtr’s book about translating Marot stanzas, i should quit, it’s shit, but occasionally it has fantastic paragraphs, or i find it can pack an odd small fact that smacks my crack.. how about this start to a lipogrammatic book that lacks a particular commonly occuring part of…

  • today’s random Gedanken!

    1. visualise an apple…. what colour is it? my archetypal apple is green, yet i suspect the more common consensus is on red, with the snow white red/green option being a very small minority (of dwarves??) this [i]Gedankenexperiment[/i] works less well with oranges. 2. German provides some great technical terms & precise words for subtle…

  • More than my job’s worth

    Tomorrow for the first time in a half a year I have to pull on a suit & rejoin the drones toiling at the nine-to-five in a faceless corporation, so I thought I’d let off a bit of steam baiting some bureaucrats. To the Assistant Registrar, Birkbeck College Dear Ms. Brown, I was recently accepted…

  • MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology

    Dr. Michael Thomas Dear Dr. Thomas, Here is my application for the MSc. in Cognitive Neuropsychology; I enclose the completed post-graduate application form, evidence of my existing qualifications and my professional CV (for what it is worth.) References from my personal tutor and from a former colleague will follow. As you know, I am proposing…

  • Adam’s Apple, Eve’s Bean

    Reading The Anatomist by Federico Andahazi in order to learn about the clitoris, I actually found out something new about the male anatomy. Or, at least about it’s etymology. Hard though it is to conceive but the biblical significance or origin of Adam’s Apple had never occured to me. Obviously I got the bit about…

  • A Tinnie from my Tin Pan Alley panhandling pally!

    On Sunday I made a new friend! Wandering through town, I already taken in multiple cultures in Trafalgar Square where there had been whirling water carriers, Vietnamese water-puppets & West Indian revision of West African dancing. I watered my horse in Soho and was strolling north along Charing Cross Road when I beholded a crowd…

  • Jones the Phone

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    don’t you feel the poetry and promise of this animated gif? it was there where i saw it only momentarily but it caught my eye; maybe because i’d just come off the phone to a lovely lilting lady from wales slaving away in a swansea call-centre persuading me that I need a new nokia and…