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December: The Final Month (Maybe)

Posted by Dean - December 1st, 2011

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Well, I've been writing these monthly news posts for the past year now. I'm not sure whether or not I'll go for the same format next year or just go back to making random news posts. I quite like the structure that comes with writing these every month, so I'll probably just end up doing the same thing again next year. That's good news for you, because you get to read even more mundane shit about my life. Yay!

So, what does December bring? Well firstly, exams. I have three exams to sit. Computer Graphics on the 5th, Artificial Intelligence & Intelligent Agents on the 8th and Foundations 1 on the 14th. I'm not particularly looking forward to any of them, but I don't think they should be too bad. I guess I can give my opinion of how they went after I sit them, because I know you're just so eager to know.

Aside from exams and all that jazz, Christmas is also pretty close. I've still bought no gifts for anyone yet. For the last Christmas (or two) I've been trying to avoid buying people DVDs because lets face it, they're shit and boring. Now my problem is that if I want to be more creative with my gift ideas then I actually have to spend time hunting for stuff. So if any of you guys have suggestions for what I could get my 17 year old brother or my 11 year old sister, please leave a comment and save me some time.

It's also just over a month until the NG Manchester Meet, which is quite scary considering I'm still not even 100% sure that I'll be able to attend. I'd love to go back see some of the people that I previously met and some new users that I've not yet met. Quite looking forward to finally meeting Tramps (assuming he goes) and iMini, having a laugh with Jawdyn again and reuniting with my homie, Fim, for the third time. The Manchester Meet was great fun last year, so if you're reading this and considering whether or not it's worth going, I recommend it.

So that pretty much sums up my expectations for this month. Feeling festive yet?

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Computer Graphics Exam - 05/12/11

Well, I think the exam went reasonably well. I realised at the end that I'd made a few silly mistakes early on but by this point it would mean having to change my entire answer, so I just stuck with it and hopefully you get marks for carrying on with a wrong answer or something. Either way, I think that went fairly well. I'm predicting a B for that class although hopefully that wont jinx it.

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Artificial Intelligence Exam - 08/12/11

The general opinion amongst the people that I spoke to who sat the exam thought it was pretty damn hard. I have to agree. It seemed far harder than the three past papers that I looked at and there were some things in there that I didn't even recognise from the lectures. Oh well, hopefully I did enough to pass. My prediction for that exam is either a D or C at this rate.

Also, due to severe winds I'm pretty much stranded on campus for now. Hopefully I wont actually have to spend the night here but as a last resort, that may happen. I don't have much luck with things like this. Last year I almost got stuck on campus due to heavy snow. Seriously, wind stopping public transport? Get a grip of yourself, health and safety people.

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Foundations 1 Exam - 05/12/11

Well, this turned out the be the exam that I feel most confident about. It was also the last of my exams so now I'm officially on my Christmas holidays. Yay! Think I have to wait a fair while yet before I get any of my results back though.


I know I'm late for this, but congrats on the MODship.

Thanks :)

who are you and what's with the green name thing

I'm just a guy with a green name.

I hate how December (and all of winter really) is completely dominated by christmas. It's just one day ffs.

No idea what you should get your siblings but you should put it in a DVD case to surprise them on the off chance that it's small enough to fit in one.

Also you should continue this one post every month thing.

It's dominated by exams right now for me. Exams I still haven't started revising for and the first is the day after tomorrow :o

It's looking like it will be either DVDs, video games or something like that which I end up getting them. I'm not creative enough to think of anything else.

I think I will stick with the monthly news posts. Otherwise I can't imagine I'd update my profile often at all.

Good luck with this exams. Get your brother a nuts magazine, not necessarily porn but something for men, Christmas specials are great.

I'm glad to see you use the phrase "all that jazz" becauseI say that and some people think it's weird

Thanks. The sooner these exams are over the sooner I can go back to doing nothing. As for my brothers present, I'll look into that. I found a few DVD box sets that I was considering but damn it I always get DVDs.

"All that jazz" is a cool phrase. I never really think about using it, but I guess I say it fairly often. Better to be quirky than boring.

Its a bit steep but harry potter 1-8 is £20 in tesco, imsure its something that an 11 year old girl would really enjoy

I saw that somewhere else and was tempted to get it. Also thought about buying her all the books but no idea if she'd read them. We have the odd Harry Potter DVD scattered about the house too, I'm just not sure how many. I'll see ig my brother is up for paying half or something.

I return to the BBS and what do I find out?
You've become a mod.

Congratz, dude. :D

Not heard from you for a while, friend Erty. But yea, thanks :)

You don't let no wind push you around god damn it

Apparently if you weigh 8 stone or less the wind is powerful enough to blow you over.

WARNING highest man alive!!!!!!!!

Get back down here.

I'm gonna adopt that look in your photo.

lol nice.

What are intending to do with you CS degree?

Good question. I honestly have no idea. Hopefully it will be useful when it comes to looking for work though.

What uni do you go to?

Heriot Watt

Wow, you have some interesting courses. Artificial Intelligence Exam? Well, I hope your last one goes well!

They tend to sound more exciting than they actually are :P

Thanks though :)

Edinburgh then :)

A done AI in GCU, definitely was the hardest exam out of all of them! But it was a useful course though, wrote a battle simulator where two swarms learned to kill each other for my degree project.

Ah, that sounds pretty cool. We didn't really get to do anything like that on this specific course. I think it was more of an introduction to AI. The only programming stuff we really did was Prolog and CLIPS. The project for the module was to create both a data-driven and goal-driven expert system.

Not going to lie that haircut does not give you justice.

Regardless, it stays. I just always go for a #2 buzz cut.

Has no one ever told you that it looks terrible? I'm not trying to sound mean or like some sort of hair expert here, but still.

Well, they have now. Hair is hair. I don't care. I prefer it short. Less hassle and I don't have to pay to get it cut. I had longer hair for many years and prefer it the way it is now.

You know you said if you're 8st or less you might get blown over. I cannot gain weight for the life of me and weigh about 8st

Come live in Scotland for a while and you'll soon bulk up. I'm 6ft and about 11.5st right now, I think. The wind is no match for me!


Been playing Battlefield lately?

The Manchester meet isn't very likely, Christmas is an expensive time and I've got no money that I can use for Manchester, really sorry about that.

We should play BF3 sometime soon

Ah well, no worries. Money is a bit of an issue for me too if I'm honest. If I do still end up going, I'll probably be left with next to nothing. Tramps is in the same situation. Probably wont be until after the new year before we know for definite.

Yea, I'll be on Battlefield at some point. Felt like shit the last few days so I've not been on the Xbox. Today feels different though. Think I'm recovering from this bastard of a flu now.

happy almowst xmasss

And a merry Christmas to you too!

Hey, it sounds like you're studying some interesting subjects. Good luck with that!

Why thankyou and Merry Christmas!

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