December 2nd, 2006

That was the week that was

So the last week wasn't quite as hectic / bad as I thought it would be.

On Wednesday, I had my PhD viva. For those that haven't gone through this and have no idea what it's about, a viva involves 2 examiners (one from outside the University, one from inside) going over you're thesis, picking it apart and making sure you understand it all. This process normally takes ~ 3-4 hours. It is also the most nerve-wracking thing you'll ever go through, ever. Anyway, mine began at 10.30am and lasted 3 1/2 hours. At the end they did announce that I had passed my PhD subject to minor corrections in the thesis (completed 2 out of 4 already).

Today, I also turn 26 years old. Which, for those decimally-challenged is 11010. Brilliantly, the stag party for one of my friends has also been arranged for this evening. This can't be a good thing. My mother and brother (the one still in the country) are apparently heading through for lunch to celebrate. Well, not really. My mum decided to come to the Capital to go shopping. It's really a coincidence that it happens to be my birthday ;)

For reasons I won't go into, this week also saw me turn down a job. I'm still waiting to hear back from (at least) one other. So, if anyone out there knows of any jobs for a 26-year-old mathematician / physicist / meteorologist / remote sensor / hacker who is willing to move anywhere, please let me know :) Might as well ask. (DonScorgie Blueyonder co uk is my email address, since people are asking)

This week I imposed a no-coding week on myself. Apparently, you can have coding-addiction. Symptoms include "I'll just glance through this patch someone sent me", "That's an interesting stack trace. Wonder what causes that" and, when playing computer games seeing in you're mind the code structures and algorithms used. Then spending 3 hours repeating a small section of the game, testing out whether the algorithm in you're mind is correct (AFAICT, yes).