Lots of silly fun was had, and everybody seemed to get on well despite the somewhat disparate groups of people involved. A success.
Am now collapsed at home. People are watching Legend around me. Not sure why. Thought at first I hadn't seen it, but on further viewing I think I'd just wiped it from my brain. Deary me.
On a vaguely related note, have suddenly recalled the works of Terry Jones (as an author), which I'd forgotten about. Anybody else remember Nicobobinus? Okay, how about The Saga of Erik the Viking? Great stuff. Must reacquire. For the benefit of hypothetical sproglets, of course...
Stylistically, I considered the 'grid' concept that figg pointed to on my previous post, but eventually just went with a slightly 3D-ed version of the original design. Not 100% sure about the buttons on my projects page, or the external link markers (which look a bit hand-drawn [which they are]).
Any suggestions/criticisms with regards to either content or style would be welcomed.
Edit: floccinaucinihilipilification.org given a makeover as well. Let me know if it doesn't render properly on your browser.
In February I took a short break to Switzerland, learned how to knit, and for some reason ranted about religion a bit. Must have been a slow month…
In March I finally moved into the new flat!
In April things got really busy, with a flatwarming party, the arrival of a certain kitty cat, and the flat being invaded by an internet cookery show. It ended with possibly the most hectic Beltane I've ever been in, but one in which I got handfasted to galaxy_girl00. W00t!
In May I finally finished my dissertation, and then proceeded to collapse into a quivering mass of relief.
In June I successfully defended that dissertation, and suffered a journey of doom to Sussex and back.
In July I attended my first music festival, T in the Park, and… apparently didn't blog very much.
In August I managed to age another year. Another acheivement for 2008! I visited Linlithgow Palace, which I seem not to have blogged about, but was fantastic.
In September I seemed to be obsessed with browsers, for some reason. Oh so geeky. In other news, I somehow found myself made an organiser for the Samhuinn Stewards — I'm still not quite sure how that happened.
In October I visited Paris, the first international journey me and galaxy_girl00 have made simply for our own sake. And there were many skellingtons. The month ended, of course, with Samhuinn (wot no post?) — the culmination of weeks of running around that almost, but not quite, sent me insane.
In November, after months of expectation and angst, the US election finally rolled around. I stayed up most of the night to watch the most significant political event of the year (at least!), and celebrated joyously at the election of Barack Obama by people I had previously pretty much given up on.
December brought a note of sadness with the death of my grandfather. Yet another christmas somewhat lacking in merriment, I'm afraid. Nonetheless, there were happy points, such as our turkey-cooking exploits and a very pleasurable mulled wine and mince pie party earlier that month.
*Happy happy happy happy dance*
This also means that I am officially no longer a filthy layabout student.
galaxy_girl00 has bought me an appropriate T-shirt, which I can now feel justified in wearing.
*Happy happy happy happy dance*
So I handed my dissertation in today. "An Investigation Into the Parallel Programming of a Lego NXT Mindstorms Robot". 43 pages of writeup (close to 13,000 words), plus uncountable pages of code (including tests), plus a seven-page paper co-written with my supervisor, plus a few pictures (E.g.).
Two copies to hand in, plus a copy to keep for myself (for which I decided I didn't need to print out every single piece of code; hence the slightly slimmer copy).
It turns out that paper is quite heavy.
P.S. I'm FREEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
Congratulations to our organisers; C, fenland, O and leila_child for pulling that off despite loads of hassles and emergencies. Congratulations also to my very own galaxy_girl00, who had to deal with a grand total of three first aid emergencies, and still managed to get back in time to get handfasted to me!
Hurrah! I have been hippywedded and now have a hippywife. 8^)
Edit: Edinburgh Evening News article on it. Complete with mis-labeled photo, natch.
Edit 2: C = decomposingsoul, O = tehblahhh
She's white with tabby patches, and seems very friendly, if a little timid. Do not know what to call her yet. "Ophelia" is a possibility. (Although she'll have to avoid ponds and flowers.)
She is exploring the flat at the moment. We are leaving her to it.
Edit: We're calling her "Cassiopeia", or "Cassie" for short. She's named after this Cassiopeia, not this one. Or this one.
Amazingly, I did well at the interview! I think it helped that there were only two people interviewing, and that they were friendly and informal. Amusingly, one of them had just come back from the dentist (gaining a numb mouth in the process), and so was in perhaps a more embarassing situation than I was.
I was in fact rather chatty, setting off on various asides, which helped stop me getting nervous, as well as breaking the ice a little. I also managed to show off my Conway's Game of Life simulation which I'd programmed on my mobile phone — I think that impressed them! I think I have a fairly good chance of being invited back for second interview. 8^)
(Well, those of you in Edinburgh, anyway!)
Tickets are £5 in advance, and can be purchased from the Forest Cafe (on Forrest Road), or from Ripping Records. Otherwise, it's £7 on the door, and they might sell out.
Come see fire, dancing, nekkidness, and all manner of hippy silliness. I've got a small role this year, too!