PhD place

Dec. 10th, 2011 11:54 am
johncoxon: (Barred Spiral Galaxy)
I have already posted this on Facebook (119 likes!) and on Twitter. I'm sorry, LiveJournal, it's just that you're more effort than the other social networks I use. But you'll always be my first!

Anyway. I have, as of this week, been given an unconditional offer by the University of Leicester to study for a PhD in ‘The Role of Substorms in Solar Wind Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling’ under Prof. S.E. Milan! Which is pretty amazing, I think. I'm really looking forward to it – I start in mid-January and it will definitely last until the end of 2014, if not a little bit longer (for writing up, etc). I'm really excited to begin a new chapter of my life, and I'm also super-excited by the prospect of learning more. Being away from university for more than a vacation made me realise just how much I miss that aspect of my life, now that it's gone.

So, yeah. I will be based in Leicester again as soon as I find somewhere to live, and as a result of now having a paid position I will be able to attend Satellite 3, which will be the first Scottish convention and the first Satellite that I've attended. I'm really, really looking forward to it.

PhD place

Dec. 10th, 2011 11:54 am
johncoxon: (Barred Spiral Galaxy)
I have already posted this on Facebook (119 likes!) and on Twitter. I'm sorry, LiveJournal, it's just that you're more effort than the other social networks I use. But you'll always be my first!

Anyway. I have, as of this week, been given an unconditional offer by the University of Leicester to study for a PhD in ‘The Role of Substorms in Solar Wind Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling’ under Prof. S.E. Milan! Which is pretty amazing, I think. I'm really looking forward to it – I start in mid-January and it will definitely last until the end of 2014, if not a little bit longer (for writing up, etc). I'm really excited to begin a new chapter of my life, and I'm also super-excited by the prospect of learning more. Being away from university for more than a vacation made me realise just how much I miss that aspect of my life, now that it's gone.

So, yeah. I will be based in Leicester again as soon as I find somewhere to live, and as a result of now having a paid position I will be able to attend Satellite 3, which will be the first Scottish convention and the first Satellite that I've attended. I'm really, really looking forward to it.

PhD place

Dec. 10th, 2011 11:54 am
johncoxon: (Barred Spiral Galaxy)
I have already posted this on Facebook (119 likes!) and on Twitter. I'm sorry, LiveJournal, it's just that you're more effort than the other social networks I use. But you'll always be my first!

Anyway. I have, as of this week, been given an unconditional offer by the University of Leicester to study for a PhD in ‘The Role of Substorms in Solar Wind Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling’ under Prof. S.E. Milan! Which is pretty amazing, I think. I'm really looking forward to it – I start in mid-January and it will definitely last until the end of 2014, if not a little bit longer (for writing up, etc). I'm really excited to begin a new chapter of my life, and I'm also super-excited by the prospect of learning more. Being away from university for more than a vacation made me realise just how much I miss that aspect of my life, now that it's gone.

So, yeah. I will be based in Leicester again as soon as I find somewhere to live, and as a result of now having a paid position I will be able to attend Satellite 3, which will be the first Scottish convention and the first Satellite that I've attended. I'm really, really looking forward to it.
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
I'm kinda intrigued by Google+. Sling any invites you may have my way, please?

Oh, I forgot to post here, but I got a first-class master's degree in Physics with Astrophysics. Pretty stoked about that!
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
I'm kinda intrigued by Google+. Sling any invites you may have my way, please?

Oh, I forgot to post here, but I got a first-class master's degree in Physics with Astrophysics. Pretty stoked about that!
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
I'm kinda intrigued by Google+. Sling any invites you may have my way, please?

Oh, I forgot to post here, but I got a first-class master's degree in Physics with Astrophysics. Pretty stoked about that!

TAFF

Jan. 12th, 2011 07:01 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
I'm running for TAFF. This is a true fact. However, right now I'm finding it difficult to spare the time to campaign. I have a deadline at university on Monday 24th January and it's proving unbelievably stressful (I am having trouble with insomnia and loss of appetite for the first time).

I've been invited to write articles for two fanzines – Journey Planet and Banana Wings. I've written the first one but I haven't written the second one, which can be up to 3,000 words on anything I want to write about. Since I'm unbelievably stressed I'm having trouble coming up with inspirations for the article (which will almost certainly be towards the shorter end of the scale, rather than the full word limit), I thought I'd throw it out there for you guys – what do you think I should write about?

On a related note, the huge stress is also making me feel unable to campaign properly. I haven't written another Procrastinations yet, although I'm hoping that when this lets up I'll have the time and energy to put into that. On a related note, any submissions from people who would like to write for the fanzine this issue are very, very gratefully received.

Right. Off to finish taking notes on the paper I started earlier, and then I will try to unwind this evening. On the bright side, at least now I'm very sure I don't want to do a PhD...

TAFF

Jan. 12th, 2011 07:01 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
I'm running for TAFF. This is a true fact. However, right now I'm finding it difficult to spare the time to campaign. I have a deadline at university on Monday 24th January and it's proving unbelievably stressful (I am having trouble with insomnia and loss of appetite for the first time).

I've been invited to write articles for two fanzines – Journey Planet and Banana Wings. I've written the first one but I haven't written the second one, which can be up to 3,000 words on anything I want to write about. Since I'm unbelievably stressed I'm having trouble coming up with inspirations for the article (which will almost certainly be towards the shorter end of the scale, rather than the full word limit), I thought I'd throw it out there for you guys – what do you think I should write about?

On a related note, the huge stress is also making me feel unable to campaign properly. I haven't written another Procrastinations yet, although I'm hoping that when this lets up I'll have the time and energy to put into that. On a related note, any submissions from people who would like to write for the fanzine this issue are very, very gratefully received.

Right. Off to finish taking notes on the paper I started earlier, and then I will try to unwind this evening. On the bright side, at least now I'm very sure I don't want to do a PhD...

TAFF

Jan. 12th, 2011 07:01 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
I'm running for TAFF. This is a true fact. However, right now I'm finding it difficult to spare the time to campaign. I have a deadline at university on Monday 24th January and it's proving unbelievably stressful (I am having trouble with insomnia and loss of appetite for the first time).

I've been invited to write articles for two fanzines – Journey Planet and Banana Wings. I've written the first one but I haven't written the second one, which can be up to 3,000 words on anything I want to write about. Since I'm unbelievably stressed I'm having trouble coming up with inspirations for the article (which will almost certainly be towards the shorter end of the scale, rather than the full word limit), I thought I'd throw it out there for you guys – what do you think I should write about?

On a related note, the huge stress is also making me feel unable to campaign properly. I haven't written another Procrastinations yet, although I'm hoping that when this lets up I'll have the time and energy to put into that. On a related note, any submissions from people who would like to write for the fanzine this issue are very, very gratefully received.

Right. Off to finish taking notes on the paper I started earlier, and then I will try to unwind this evening. On the bright side, at least now I'm very sure I don't want to do a PhD...

Bait

May. 28th, 2009 09:45 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
Sometimes, half the battle is not rising to the bait. I realised that today. Just walking away from something, and not lowering yourself to someone's level to argue with them, can really make a day better.
johncoxon: (Cricket (Vaughan Batting))
I don't particularly follow football, as most of you will be aware. Football, to me, isn't super interesting, it's not something I'd seek out on the television and I'm quite capable of taking or leaving it. What a lot of people don't realise is that I really am on the fence, and if football's on, or if a club I feel some strange affinity for is playing and I remember, I will usually keep an eye on the score or watch the game, purely because it's not, actually, boring. Football is a game, and stuff happens during that game, and sometimes that is fun to watch for the same reason that any other sport is fun to watch - to see which team is more skilled and to see twenty-two talented people do what they're best at. (It's usually even more fun if the two teams are very evenly matched, it becomes a thing of beauty.)

But, as I don't follow it myself, I suppose I'm a good person to talk about what I've been noticing more and more recently - the people who don't follow football, don't find football interesting, and think that being into football is somehow something to sneer at. Newsflash: it isn't. You think that being into SF, or computing, or whatever little niche of geekdom has lead you to LiveJournal means that you're somehow better than someone who's into something that sporty instead? What? Just how arrogant and self-centred are you?

SF geeks have been the butt of jokes in the media for a long time and all we're doing by looking down on the people who are upset about Newcastle being relegated or looking down on those who thought that Barcelona vs Manchester United was a good match is becoming exactly as bad as the people who think we're all pointy-eared freaks who smell bad. Sorry, but I can't be that kind of elitist, and I'm shocked that there are otherwise sane and educated people (that I consider friends or acquaintances) who appear to believe they can look down on a subset of society purely because they happen to like watching football matches.

(Comments locked because I don't want to get into a flame war with exams coming up.)
johncoxon: (Default)
The last time I updated this thing properly was Christmas. That's possibly a bit of a long time, since then it's just been 15 or so entries on not a lot, so I'm going to give you guys an update here.

I went to several comedy shows during the Leicester Comedy Festival - Jim Smallman, Tim Minchin, Ed Aczel, Ed Byrne. Minchin did his new show, which I believe is touring Australia at the moment before coming back to the UK later this year - see it if you can, it's got some really good songs in it (as anyone who saw my Twitter during the concert will already know!). Ed Byrne's set was also really, really good - it's coming back to Leicester later this year, so I assume it's still touring elsewhere in the UK. I recommend seeing it if you can, I really enjoyed it. Ed Aczel was weird (as I was expecting), and two or three people walked out of his show, but I was laughing so that was fine. And Jim Smallman is a comedian I've seen a few times, but his set was as funny as always.

Tonight was the Geek Quiz. I've just received a text telling me that my team didn't actually win (it went to tiebreak, but apparently an answer has been discovered to be inaccurate since the end of the evening so my team lost by two points), but it was a good evening. And we won the competition to get most kicker questions (really hard questions at the end of every round designed to sort the men from the boys).

What else has happened? Not a whole lot. Had a friend from home visit recently, and shortly afterwards I also went home - saw all my brothers which was awesome, and celebrated my grandparents' wedding anniversary. I've been doing uni as usual, and it's been going averagely. I'm now social secretary of the Game Society, and I was elected president on Monday, so I'll be president next year. We're having a twenty-four hour board gaming social in a fortnight's time which ought to be epic.

On the subject of Gamesoc, I've been playing more Warhammer 40,000 - I'm getting better, slowly but surely. I beat my friend Ash the other day, and I've won one lost two in the doubles tournament that's running (I confidently anticipate placing in the middle somewhere). We also played a 6000pts/side game of Imperial Guard vs Necrons, which was good fun. We Necrons won, but by the skin of our teeth!

I'm also now on the committee for LL3, which is absolutely definitely probably happening in summer 2010. Unfortunately, someone decided that during exams was the best time to hold a convention, so I can't go to Plokta, which is annoying. I also couldn't have gone to Redemption, even if I'd remembered it was happening, due to family commitments. I should be at Constitution this summer though, so I'll see some of you there. I'm also (obviously) still going to be at LX and Odyssey 2010.

Can't think of much else happening in my life. Didn't win the lottery tonight, that was a shame! I am now going to shower, buy peanut butter from the twenty-four hour Spar down the road, and hit the hay, as I'm up at something ridiculous like 07:00 tomorrow morning for Picocon. I plan to read Watchmen for the first time on the train, in anticipation of the film on Friday. See some of you there!

25 Facts

Jan. 27th, 2009 02:32 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
I got tagged by this on Facebook and the way it's supposed to work is that I tag 25 Facebook friends and they do it too before tagging 25 more. However, I am a rebel on the edge and so I'm doing it on LJ without tagging anyone (THE HORROR).

25 Facts )

Politics

May. 1st, 2008 05:48 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
I voted by post, since I have more of an interest in Peterborough than Leicester. This may change, but it's what I've chosen for now. I suppose it's also to do with laziness - you don't have to register to vote when you go to uni if you choose a postal vote. Having just done some research into Leicester's council, it's no wonder the road system is completely fucked, they're all Labour. By contrast, Peterborough is mainly controlled by the Conservative party and we have a really quite fluid road system (except for the far side of the city centre, the bit that goes from the centre to the suburbs on the other side of the city, which has been undergoing roadworks since I have been learning to drive, although they are starting to go away now).

A few Conservative councillors, about six years ago, had the balls to disagree with a member of the council's opinion on an issue, and his son chaired the selection committee - as such, all were replaced with different people who stood for election. The councillors that were chucked out stood as Independent councillors and were promptly elected. I voted for one of those councillors to send a message to the (majority) Conservative Party that this voter still believes that the issues affecting the ward are more important than party politics.

Now you've had to read about my boring Peterborough election I feel marginally better about my flist being rammed with posts about London. woo!

Memanatrix

Apr. 22nd, 2008 01:22 am
johncoxon: (Default)
  1. List seven of your habits/quirks or seven facts about yourself.
  2. Tag seven people to do the same.
  3. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say you tag 'whoever wants to do it'.
  1. I used to faint at the sight/discussion of blood. I got over this by watching people have their blood taken at my Dad's surgery but I still don't like to think about it very often and can get very squeamish very easily.
  2. I have a far more rigid idea of personal space than many people realise.
  3. When I was seven, I constructed a plan for a (tooth-shaped) spacecraft and assigned jobs on it for the entire class, right down to the catering staff and the people who'd clean the rooms. I was captain, obviously... it took me far, far longer to get over the idea than it did for everyone else.
  4. I give advice based on what I know should be done, but I ignore it when it comes to how I act.
  5. My first experience with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was when I was eleven years old, at a sleepover at a friend's house. I watched all six episodes that night, my parents got me the radio series for Christmas and I joined the society about a year later. Joining ZZ9 got me into fandom, four years later.
  6. I wish that I could make people I care about happy and it makes me unhappy when I can't.
  7. I don't think I read nearly as many books as I ought to do, but I don't feel guilty enough about it to make an effort to read more.

And, since I am clearly very rebellious, I am not tagging anyone, so nyah.

johncoxon: (Default)
Today, I have eaten a custard tart for breakfast (after getting up and stuff), read LiveJournal, sent messages to the people I needed to send messages to, called my brother a twat three times before lunch (he did call me sir afterwards, that mollified me a bit) and tried to decide whether to watch Doctor Who, BSG or Equilibrium first. Then, after I've decided which to watch first, I'll watch the other two and I might even (whisper it) get some degree work done.

I am also realising rapidly that life is good, the world is good, my friends are great and I am made of the proverbial awesome. This is a viewpoint I hope will last until the exam period.


Also, I have two spare tickets to go see The Unbelievable Truth on 16th April (so, er, Wednesday, sorry about the late notice) - [livejournal.com profile] hawkida and I will be attending and anyone who'd be interested in going should comment ASAP - as in last time, winners of the random draw-o-matic will be notified by e-mail (probably tonight, since it is quite late notice). We'd be meeting on Euston Road at 18:00 (Max and I will be slightly earlier because that's how we roll).

For those who don't know about the radio show, here's the blurb from the ticket (and if it doesn't sound all that good you can trust me - I've heard it before and either the episode I heard was unusually brilliant or the show's a pretty damn good one): "The new panel game where four comedians tell lies and compete against each other to see how many unlikely truths they can smuggle past their opponeents. With chairman David Mitchell, series panellists include Alan Davies, Jo Brand, Phill Jupitus, Tony Hawks etc."

Family

Apr. 14th, 2008 12:42 am
johncoxon: (Breakup)
Tonight is a night for my brother, and no power in the Universe can stop us.

EDIT: We're singing Tribute out of sync, that's how we roll.
johncoxon: (Default)
Dear Michael )
johncoxon: (Default)
Oh, and I'm home. lol! :)
johncoxon: (Default)
I forgot to blog this - went to see Omid Djalili live last weekend and he was hilarious - I really recommend getting the DVD of this show whenever it's coming out. If you already have the last one, though, I wouldn't, since about half the material hasn't really changed all that much...well, it might be a smaller proportion by the time the show's arrived at its final stop and is being filmed, but y'know, I'd still hold out for the next DVD. So, yeah, he was great.

He was also being supported by a chap called Boothby Graffoe who claims (I'd guess correctly) to be the only comedian in the world named after a Lincolnshire Village. The website quoted on the back of the album of his that I bought at the gig doesn't seem to work, though, so I can't link to anything, but if you ever come across him playing anywhere, or ever see him mentioned online (or even do a Google) he's well worth listening to. He's a guitar-based comedian and his songs range from the thoroughly surreal to the hilariously funny and back again.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] noahismyidol says I have to talk about me more, so I'm doing my degree and I'm pretty damn happy with how life is going at the moment. Looking forward to getting home because I've got non-stop events from Saturday onwards. I may be at [livejournal.com profile] alexmc's party but since I'm moving home that day I've no idea how realistic it's going to be to get myself to Leytonstone, and I have Alton Towers on Tuesday, drinks with my best friend all Wednesday, Jonathan Coulton on Thursday and Orbital at the weekend, so it's looking like a good week for spending lots of money, and doing no earning or revising whatsoever. Ah well.

(Oh, and I made pasta earlier and it was delish.)

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