April 9th, 2010

mathmo

An actual, you know, update

So, wuzzup? Let's see…

I went to EasterCon with smallclanger. We commuted (it takes about 50 minutes to get there if the conditions are exactly right) and went three of the four days. smallclanger did: going to the games room and looking at all the RoboRally extensions they had there (but not actually getting round to playing it, partly owing to the presence of an argumentative American); live action video game charades; building a robot out of junk (and a remote control car); making catapults and spinners; juggling scarves and walking on stilts; making a Dalek cake ("Extermicake!"); playing Werewolf; making a ray gun out of a Fruit Shoot bottle, a Tic Tac box and a ping pong ball; making a raygun out of a modelling balloon, and going to McDonald's for lunch. I went to a talk about allergies and what causes them, but it made me ill. :-) And also: Life of a hydrogen atom; alien archaeology; quantum computing; Bad Science (Ben Goldacre); evolution of board games; science and the media, and knitting a very small piece of light sabre because smallclanger had seen the word "light sabre" in the after-breakfast craft session and thought he must do it (whereas in reality he doesn't really have the patience to take on something of that magnitude and watching everyone else make Clangers was probably not that interesting for him). I missed lots of other cool stuff, partly through being at all smallclanger's sessions on the Monday (having been let out on my own a bit on Saturday) and partly by not being there on Sunday. However, Ben Goldacre's talk was excellent and only suffered from being too short — he was guillotined in mid-sentence! I managed to get away with going to McDonald's only the once (but I have to go back now some time because I won a free doughnut in the promotion…). I saw several cool people there, almost all of whom I didn't talk to, partly because of having to chase smallclanger around and partly because it's rude to talk in the actual sessions. (And partly because I'm rubbish at smalltalk, I guess). There may well be a next time.

I went to the Easter Sunday service at Wesley Mem and sang an anthem by Rutter, then drove to Abingdon to spend the rest of the day with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew. They live right next door to a pretty good park, where smallclanger and his cousin burnt off some energy (I would say "burnt off some Easter eggs" but surprisingly they hadn't actually eaten any!").

I rang up Morphy Richards about my breadmakerCollapse )

e: I had it all nicely packed up and smallclanger has only gone and ripped it all open because he wanted to know what was inside. I would have told him if he had asked…

And now here's a random poll for people who sing in Latin.
Poll #1549227 Different names for the same thing

propter magnam gloriam tuam

mag-nam
7(43.8%)
man-yam
7(43.8%)
Other
0(0.0%)
Don't care
0(0.0%)
What you talkin'bout, Willis?
2(12.5%)

gloria in excelsis Deo

eks-chel-sis
8(50.0%)
ek-shell-sis
5(31.2%)
ek-sell-sis
2(12.5%)
Other
1(6.2%)
Don't care
0(0.0%)
Come again?
0(0.0%)