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17 December 2008 @ 08:42 am
Yesterday I experienced the first, and most likely only, earthquake in my life! It was scary as hell, but in retrospect (knowing that nobody was injured) quite cool. The whole house vibrated violently, like an old washing machine with a forceful spinning cycle, for five seconds or so, which sounds like a short time, but there can be room for many thoughts in five seconds, I assure you. Since it 's such an unusual occurrence here (Sweden doesn't seem to get more than one or two noticeable earthquakes in a century), it felt like something supernatural, like seeing a vampire landing on the balcony or Darth Vader coming out of the kitchen.

Other than that, I pretend to be studying for the exam in January that will be my last exam ever if I pass it. What I really do, though, is leisurely Christmas shopping, researching for a fic I'm writing, and of course - writing a fic! I'm caught up in the feeling of being creative. Doing research is almost as enjoyable as plotting and writing, you never know where you'll end up! This time, I've learnt the storylines of a couple of famous operas, studied the layouts of a handful of British country homes, read the entry on Spinoza in a philosophy lexicon, and am planning to go to the library for a copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream and a recording of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer, if I can find it. Learning really is one of my favourite activities in the world, and it's so good to have a reason that's not some kind of duty.
27 November 2008 @ 10:21 am
For over a week I've been waiting for my supervisor to find the time to help me make some measurements with the super high tech ultrasound machine. The wait is up tomorrow. I asked him for this help as soon as I'd finally managed to make computer code from two different people work together in glorious harmony, though it seemed impossible at the outset, and during the wait I've visited a bunch of dolphins (photos will probably be posted at some point in the future), made a new (hopefully improved) phantom, sewn curtains, burrowed in charity shops and antiquarian book shops for Wodehouse books in English, and discovered that my school computer is starting to display signs of not feeling very well.
I first noticed it when the task bar suddenly disappeared, which happened on Friday. After seeking the help of my fellow diploma workers, I turned to the staff and it turned out that the department doesn't have a person who is in charge of its computers. A couple of the PhD students are considered to be "good at those things", but none of them is officially responsible.
With a lot of help from John (with the hearing protectors, you remember) I came to a point where it was clear that I needed to reinstall the computer, which seems to mean that you wipe it completely and then put all the programs back in.
For this you need a CD with the operative system, which is in the possession of one of the PhD students. Sadly, that's not the only CD in his care; on inspection, we found a whole drawer of burnt CDs, cryptically labelled in marker pen, at his desk. The PhD student himself didn't come in this morning and doesn't answer his phone. I was adviced to ask one of the senior researchers if he might know the whereabouts of this crucial member of the staff, since his peers were without a clue. It turned out that the guy I want has nipped down to Egypt for a week. The way people do, you know.
What the hell?
21 November 2008 @ 10:37 am
So, Friday again. It's been a reasonably productive week, but also a fannish one with far too many hours spent squinting with exhausted eyes at archived LJ posts in which Jeeves & Wooster fangirls discuss interesting topics. It's always nice to realise that there are worse cases of obsession than yourself, and Wodehouse fans seem to be a rather brainy lot who do a great deal of thought and research.

Since I need the help of my supervisor for the next step in my diploma work, and won't have it until next Friday, I'm trying to get things done at home, like sewing the bedroom curtains I've promised to make since mr c and I bought the material almost a year ago. Making clothes is fun, but curtains are just loooong, straight seams and I don't care much about the result. Before I moved in with mr c, I never bothered with curtains, claiming to be a minimalist when it comes to interior decoration. It's quite nice to live with somebody who has taste, though.

The department is organising its yearly excursion for the students of the Ultrasound course on Monday, and I'll be going! I didn't go when I took the course, because it's a whole, long day and I had lots of other things to do, but I'm excited to have got another chance.
The excursion goes to an advanced zoo about six hours away from here, where we get to see some dolphins and learn about their use of ultrasound. I've never seen a dolphin in real life, only on TV, and it all sounds very interesting. Twelve hours on a bus in one day isn't a very tempting prospect, perhaps, but I'm planning to make it as enjoyable as I can. I'll have to get up at four (which to me isn't gruelling, but has a bit of adventure to it), and I'll buy myself a bunch of Wodehouse books and bring some tea and chocolate and spend the journey reading and day-dreaming. At least I hope so; it's equally likely that I'll spend the journey staring out at the gloomy, dense fir forest that surrounds that particular stretch of motorway, feeling vaguely car sick. The bus will be far from full, though, which is nice; I feel guaranteed a window seat and some peace and quiet.
13 November 2008 @ 09:27 am

All right, I lied about this entry being illustrated. There are other, more pressing things on my mind.

As advertised...Collapse )

I notice that it's already been three weeks since my last post. The reason is definitely not a lack of events to write about, but rather a lack of motivation to spend time on the spine-murdering chair at our desk.

A big chunk of happinessCollapse )
10 October 2008 @ 10:37 pm
mr conclusion has been away since Sunday afternoon, attending a much dreaded leadership course outside Stockholm, and I expect him to come home in an hour. It's incredible, I've never missed anybody the way I miss him when he's away. 

Monks and robotsCollapse )

03 October 2008 @ 12:58 pm
and a sigh, and a yayCollapse )
05 September 2008 @ 10:36 am

Friday, my final day of leisure. On Monday I'll start going to school regularly - my diploma work is still very hazy and I won't be able to actually work on it, but I'll see some people and start studying for my remaining two exams. Susanna has landed a job at the university in Prague, my journalist friend is now one of the editors of the only Swedish classical music magazine, and mr conclusion has signed up for a one-week leadership course of which the arrangers warn that participants must be mentally and emotionally stable. Exciting!

I felt energetic this morning and thought I'd get a few things done today, but then I sat down at the computer and didn't get up for a couple of hours. Now I'm making myself an apple crumble pie and preparing to read through all of igbc 's slashfic. Ah, wonderful improductivity! And nobody to tell me I shouldn't! I think I'll go all the way and make myself some coffee to go with that pie. Ah, wonderful small scale self-destructivity!
05 August 2008 @ 08:38 pm