Today was my first day as a lab assistant. The experience was somewhat of an odd one. On one hand it’s a rather easy lab, but trying to anticipate all questions the students may have. The lab as such is quite a “wet” one, and there water is everywhere.
The lab as such went rather smoothly, but we did have some serious malfunctions on one old way to measure surface area. That was an experience to fix that. It’s so “old” that it works by pressure and leverage principals… Or as our supervisor said about it’s age:
About 6-7 years ago a student was baffled about how it works and asked the question: Where do you turn it on?
A legit question maybe, but it’s older than the invention called “computer”…
On the note of computers, I have had it with Internet Explorer and it’s idiosyncrasies with not following the xhtml+cssÂ standards. XhtmlÂ run in stric mode works quite well, but to design gool looking websites in this mode then you have to have full support for CSS (both v1 and v2). The site looks good in both Firefox and Opera, but it looks like shit in IE and we are talking about IE7, relesed to my computer (swedish version), only a week ago. Seriously thinking about blocking all browsers identifying itself as IE. Rant over, off to bed!!!
I have had a lot of questions about an N/A message that I have used on ICQ and MSN, and people are asking where it came from. I would like to share that passage with you all.
I walk among the living, though I’m not alive.
Neither am I dead, as the days goes by.
In the void between worlds, this is where I live.
Forced to never feel alive, or quietly pass away.
Where is it from… Simple answer: I wrote it about two weeks ago. The feeling I had when writing it was “undead with a mission to feel all the worlds pain”. Personally I think it’s more like a description of a undead species in a RPG game…
Today was the first time I was to the gym, with my newly paid for membership. It was a painful experience to say the least. I rode a bike for 20 km (exersize bike) and at the end of 40 minutes of cycling my legs hurt like hell, though not at much as my ass. Those bike seats are really uncomfortable, and I will have to bring a small towel or something to get a softer seat. It may however also be my fat ass that gives that “high pressure” from the seat, but that is a road better not taken.
Also I have started to hate my browser for the latest 2-3 days now. Unexplainable errors, arrow keys not wanting to move in text fields, Ctrl + C that doesn’t work, USB storage devices that hinder the boot of my comp. The list goes on. I can’t wait until Microsofts new Laser Desktop 8000 comes on the scene. Say what you like about some of their software, but their hardware is always something that is good in my book. I’m writing this on a old Natural Keyboard Pro, and it’s way better than anything else I have tried. And for those wondering, it’s a “ergonomic” keyboard.
On monday I will start the first of 14-16 lab classes this semester. I’m a bit nervous, but as my professors said “let them squirm a little before you help them out”. This has my evil gene going crazy… I’m gona’ make them squirm like nothing they have ever seen before.
Testing if it works better now
Updated to the latest version of WordPress (2.1) and it has screwed up a lot of small and annoying things. Will have to make a longer post once I get things sorted…
Trying things out
So the current temperature here at the moment is -26.1 C, and I don’t want to go outside. However since that not possible, as the lab prep work has to be done today.
I was at Luleå City’s new library yesterday. I was quite nice, but my first thought was what a waste of space… It’s huge and all the space will probably be filled up within a few years, but currently it’s echoing a lot there. The house by itself looks pretty nice from the outside, and it’s not to shabby on the inside. They have however found a couple of errors, like that it’s almost inaccessible to people in wheelchairs. Give it to politicians and crazy architects to build something for about 300 million SEK (aprox â‚¬35 million), that doesn’t pass the basic requirements set by law…..
Today is the first day of my more healthy life. Tonight I’m going to get a Gold card for our local student gym. Got to get in shape for Beach 2007, and hopefully get bellow the magical 100kg limit(the deci-ton club). More on my progress to a lighter life to come.