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Blog 24/Nov/2001

Rumours of my demise have been slightly exaggerated...

The site is not by any means dead: I just didn't find the time to update it last weekend, so I'll make up for it now with a many-splendoured update.

There is a new dream in the dreams section. And I am not a dipsomaniac.


I thought that I should introduce you to some of my university lecturers, so that you will know who I am talking about, if, indeed, I ever decide to talk about them.

  • Dr T.A. Whitelaw is my Maths Algebra lecturer (and Adviser of Studies (lucky me!)). He is most recognised for his ever-worn robes, and his unfailingly sunshiney demeanour. His most memorable quotes include, in no particular order, "Help ma boab!", "Bingo!", "Hunky-dorey!", and "Mr. Wang...".
  • His exact opposite is Dr Crabb, who teaches us calculus, and who doesn't do much of interest, other than speak into a switched-off microphone.
  • In Electronic Engineering, for Analogue, our demi-god is Dr J.G. "Curlytop!" Williamson. For an accurate equivalent, Williamwood pupils need look no further than Physics legend Mrs. Robinson, with whom the similarities go right down to the emulation of subatomic particles. O yes. His description of potential with relation to men descending from apes, rather than gophers, has to be heard.
  • On the other side of the electronic coin, for Digital, we have Professor (!) Laybourn. He has the potential to be a wry-yet-music-hall comedian type, but he hasn't lived up to his full potential yet. By his own admission, "I only have one joke, and one day I'll tell you it."
  • In Computing Science, for programming we have Dr Quintin Cutts. Renowned for an ocular malfunction, he is certainly the only one who says "arse" with any hint of regularity. Which is good. He is also the man who implemented a handset-based question response system in lectures, and then asked for a show of hands.
  • We now say goodbye to Professor Chris Johnson, whose quiet smugness reigned over our HCI lectures. He has worked for Microsoft, Nasa, and 1500 a day, and has let us know about these facts. He has a penchant for saying, "Does that make sense?" every minute or so.
  • But we say hello to Phil Gray (whose qualification I cannot remember), an American who sounds exactly like John Thomson's crazy American scientist in the Fast Show, for Information Management.

Phew, that was amusing, no?


I bought a couple of new CDs today. They are: Right Here Right Now, a fantastic collection of essential indie music, and Fear of Pop, an album of instrumental and spoken-word music by Ben Folds, including In Love featuring William Shatner. I kid you not.

I also saw the Harry Potter movie, which, considering I went in with no preconceptions or expectations, was really quite good.


All of which brings me to my final thoughts about dead websites. Not counting the Homestead ones, which are now inaccessible, you should try out some of these addresses that I just thought up. (No offence to any of the owners who still think that they are running a site, but you have to update more than once a year...)

Also, don't forget the new dream:

Cheers,

Derek.

 
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