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.
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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!

Help!

Jan. 26th, 2010 08:05 pm
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I am doing a presentation on student life and how it all works tomorrow, and for a start to the lesson I want to run a Family Fortunes-esque workshop on what people say when they're asked what their favourite part of university is or was.

To this end, I'd be very, very grateful, if you've got a minute, if you told me your answer to that question below. Comments are screened, but anything that isn't labelled "please don't unscreen this!" will be unscreened after I present it tomorrow.

Thanks very much, you guys!
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So, it's been almost two weeks since my last update to LiveJournal, and that doesn't bode well for the rest of 2010, but let's try to rectify that now.

The night of the last entry saw me go out for drinks with my friend Jim and his girlfriend, whom I had not met before (even though they've been dating for about a year now!). There were a couple of other people there, but both of them had to leave fairly early and quite a few other people couldn't make it, which was a shame. Other than that, my last days in Peterborough passed fairly uneventfully, much to my disappointment, and a date I was supposed to have never got back to me (although such things are always a good way of weeding out the people who don't have the manners to let you know!).

On the university front, well, I went back to Leicester on Wednesday 6th January to hang out with uni people and get some revision done. The revision, I think, went well – I'm hopeful that I got a 2:1 in that module, but we shall see. I don't want to hex it! Had a meeting with the supervisor for my second semester project, which sounds really interesting, because it's about the effects of a star's rotating magnetic field on its protoplanetary disc. Also had an interview (which turned out to be an oral exam in disguise!) about my first semester project, which was interesting but really boring simultaneously. Lectures start again properly on Thursday or Friday next week, so hopefully I can write some of my assignment before that happens (but then again, pigs could fly...).

Gamesoc starts up again on Monday, which is the day I return to Leicester for the Lent term. I'm looking forward to this term, but unfortunately, the rebuilding of the Union is playing havoc with our established calendar of events. This term, I'd like to see the return of both the charity boardgames social and the Geek Quiz, but there's nowhere in the SU that could realistically host either event, which might make things significantly more difficult! I'm sure we'll muddle through.

At the moment, I'm sharing a room with my oldest brother, and all four siblings are in Peterborough together. The youngest of us had an A-level exam, which I don't think he was very confident about, but I'm sure he did well. Dave's going back home tomorrow, I believe, and James leaves on Monday. We have had a good laugh whilst they've both been visiting, and it's always hard saying goodbye to James because I very rarely get to see him and I miss him quite a lot most of the time! Obviously, I'd never let that slip, though...

I don't think there is really anything else to report at the moment. I'm still looking forward to seeing someone when I get back to uni, and I'm currently listening to some music which is something I don't do enough of. I bought The Hangover: Unrated on iTunes today so I want to watch that at some point, but apparently James didn't find it very funny, so I'm not sure I'll be able to do that before getting back to Leicester. I'm also going to treat myself to a new TPB tomorrow afternoon, I think.

I'm sleepy, but I don't want to stop listening to music. Annoyingly, I can't take my headphones out because I'm sharing this room. I'm sure I'll work something out, though, so until next time, ciao!
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So this weekend saw the first of the two weddings of 2009, as my friends Pete (or, as we call him, Gramps) and Christine tied the knot in front of close friends and family. It was an ace weekend, and I had a great time... I may have ended up ever so slightly completely wankered, but that's really understandable, and I don't think I massively offended too many people with my drunken state.

The day afterwards I eventually got up and showered before having breakfast/lunch at Burger King with the friends who'd been at the reception. At around noon, I bade them farewell and headed over to Bicester to spend some quality time with [livejournal.com profile] simbagirl. Unfortunately, we didn't find her a graduation outfit, but we did spend time walking in a wood, so I reckon it balances out, really. It was a good day, and awesome to spend time catching up properly!

In news unrelated to weddings, I bought The Conduit for the Wii on Friday, and although the wedding got in the way of excessive play, I have been playing it and I can cautiously report that it's rather good. I have found a couple of parts really very very hard (and personally I think all guns should have bullets and am therefore not so fond of the alien weaponry available) but I've managed to get past every challenge with sufficient effort and the plot is unravelling nicely, so all's well. I'd be interested to see what online play is like – [livejournal.com profile] snowking, are you planning to get a copy? Anyone else I know going to be playing?

I went round to visit [livejournal.com profile] hawkida the other night, and spent three or four hours catching up with her, which was awesome for all the right reasons, and came away with five sacks of stuff to donate to charity in addition to fifteen or sixteen cans of pre-drinks for the aforementioned wedding. She mentioned that I suck at updating my LJ, hence this roundup of events.

The last really major thing is that I went to see the Eagles again on Wednesday night in Birmingham, and they blew my mind. I was really glad they played Witchy Woman from their first album, since I'd not heard that live yet, but I'm a bit gutted stuff like Peaceful Easy Feeling made it in when tracks like Tequila Sunrise or Busy Being Fabulous didn't, but all in all I thought the setlist was really good and strong. Another couple of surprise inclusions were Dirty Laundry and Funk #49 – both on the Farewell I tour and neither of them Eagles tracks, I was kind of expecting the evening to spend less time on the band's solo careers than their last set, but both of them kicked ass so I'm not complaining at all!

Other than that, not a lot has happened. I've been spending time happily getting reacquainted with all the schoolfriends I never seem to get in touch with during termtime, and generally whiling away my days. Work is boring but the evenings haven't been yet, and the first four weeks of being home have been really rather quick. It'll be September in no time, which is good - I kind of miss my physics...

I have nothing at all interesting planned for a couple of weeks now, so don't expect much updating until I go to see the Banksy exhibition in Bristol in a fortnight's time. Until then, ciao!
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It has been pointed out to me that I am teh suck when it comes to updating this thing, or at least, I don't use it as often as I used to. This is entirely true, and I apologise sincerely to everyone!

First things first, then: I am the proud owner of one (1) passed second year, at a level that allows me to continue on the MPhys course I am currently doing (that's above 55% or a 2:1, depending on who you believe). This makes me happy, and makes the night out I had last night feel so much sweeter.

Secondly, I got elected as president of the Gamesoc recently. The previous president steps down at the Geek Ball, which was on Saturday and awesome, so I am now officially Mr President. It's an ongoing joke that everyone who's ever been president is still the president, and so the number of presidents in my D&D group now outnumbers the number of ordinary members!

I think that's all for now... Oh, except that I'm going to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen tonight, tomorrow is Alton Towers (woo!) and Saturday is my mate's stag do (we're going...go-karting. Apparently his brother is vetoing strippers. Something is Very Wrong with this). And then home on Sunday for Father's Day.

Ciao!

Dancing

May. 28th, 2009 12:21 pm
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I have a weakness for this. I'm not talking about the dancing you get in clubs, where people just drunkenly move their hips or their bodies to whichever drum beat is going through the room (although, that is also very good fun, as long as the music's right). I'm talking about street dance groups of the same type as Flawless or Diversity (personally I prefer the latter, because they've got a sense of humour, which you'll see in the video if you click through, but the former are extremely talented!).

I must say that I am guilty of being a bit of an idiot about Britain's Got Talent. Despite having seen some brilliant acts on the American equivalent I still haven't been bothering to watch the British version, and that's evidently a mistake (although to be honest, watching the semi-finals might be the way to go, since I'm not so interested in watching people just be rubbish). Some of the acts in the first semi-final were absolutely brilliant (with the notable exception of Susan Boyle, who is just annoying and rubbish and she got the notes wrong and WHY DOES EVERYONE LIKE HER?!).

I don't think there's much point to this blog entry, just wanted to link people to those videos... I've not been very active on LJ recently partly due to exams but partly because most of the things I want to say fit into 140 characters. Sorry guys!
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Members of the University of Leicester's Department of Physics and Astronomy were today sent the link below. It is a scientific paper based on the Galaxy Zoo project and it is of Earth-shattering importance. I urge you all to give it a try...

http://arxiv.org/abs/0903.5377 (click the links on the right-hand side to see the paper)
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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!
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This is the Richard Feynman mask I'm wearing to my house party later. I think you'll all agree, it's made of AWESOME and WIN.
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Went to Alton Towers today. Got a bit lost (ended up going through the centre of Nottingham, which is Not Fun if one is in a car) but wound up arriving just before noon and managed to do all the big rides (and Nemesis and Air twice) before piling back into Beatrice for the return journey. Unfortunately, the roundabout linking the A52 and the A1 had broken between the morning and evening, so I had to divert down towards Melton and then go along the A606, which is windy and dark and really scary when you don't know the roads! It was a damn good day, though, and I got some ride photographs which will eventually be on Facebook.

Moving back to uni on Sunday... I'm looking forward to being back in Leicester, but I am dreading having to pack all my stuff!
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From one of the veteran GMs in the Leicester uni Games Society talking about Dungeons and Dragons:

3rd Ed: "Morning squire, castle ye seek is tree miles yonder tho ye wouldn't a want to go there, it be haunted."
4th Ed: "The castle is 3168 squares away. It requires a four man party and its approximate challenge rating is 10. You will gain 1500xp for slaying the ghost."

I love uni. In other news, I'm roleplaying Shadowrun and Mutants & Masterminds next year! :)
johncoxon: (Barred Spiral Galaxy)
So I might be getting lectures from a former NASA astronaut next year...
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I got the news today that I satisfied the examiners in all parts of my first year course in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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The University of Leicester has a place in the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition this year - an exhibition called 'Exploring the Solar System: Man or Machine?' - the website for which can be found here. After you've had a look at that webpage, if you wanted to, you could fill in a survey on what you think of solar system exploration and the UK's stance on manned spaceflight (I think most of my flist could guess my views on these topics!) by clicking here.
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This video has some very pretty people in it. The dude on the far left, 22 seconds in, just gives the lead guy this look that makes me want to throw him into bed... And the dress that the girl is wearing really works without a bra. [nods]

In other news, I've packed all my stuff. The end of the first year. It feels weird.

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