Conversation Between Astronomical and Beth1234
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Ooops I'm sorry I never replied, I've not been on this site for quite a while (too busy!).
We had a January exam but it was rather worthless; the main exams are spread over the first and last week of next term!
Where do you get your piano lessons from? I've still not got around to it, and they're quite expensive presumably! I also have a job - at the union shop and newsagents! The extra money is so handy!
Can't believe how quickly the year is going, 2/3s through it now! Unreal!
It's now pretty hectic... you mean it wasn't before? Do you physicists get weekly tests or January tests, or can you just slack through most of this year?
You should sign up to the Blyth centre if you haven't already - the Steinway pianos there sound gorgeous compared to tacky little keyboards (I'm just thinking about my keyboard at home... maybe you have a nice keyboard). You can always get lessons when you have some time I got myself a tutoring job in London, so the money I get for that pays nicely for the piano lessons, leaving a healthy profit in fact!
Yes, London is a little colder than I was expecting. Having said that, I hear it's even colder up north, so perhaps we have nothing to complain about...
There's too many people in that business course to spot a person! Yesterday's was very good, although I admit I was only half listening with one ear (the other 75% of my efforts being absorbed by a linear algebra book) until a formula came up on the screen. So you spoke out in yesterday's lecture then? Hmmm... should have listened more closely!
Can you believe next week is the last week of term? I still feel new here - even though I feel completely settled in and everything - and that's about 1/9 of the degree over! (Or at least of the three year thing...) Any nice plans for christmas?
Hello Beth! Indeed my course is now pretty hectic, too!
I did, yes! It's quite fun being a rep, I must say. The "Love Your Rep" t-shirts were fantastic!
Well, not exactly; I haven't got any lessons, nor the time to have any. Buuut I did buy a keyboard which means I can have a little go on there now and then! Those lessons do sound like precisely what I need though! Glad you're enjoying it!
England is freezing; even London. I must admit I am surprised by quite how cold it is here. I was expecting it to be a little warmer!
Indeed, I'm surprised I've not bumped into you (you must have seen me rock up late to business a couple of times)! Come and say hello! I loved the lecture yesterday; I thought the speaker was really interesting to listen to and he explained things brilliantly. I was glad to be able to almost understand what "r" was too; would have been rather embarrassing had I been totally wrong with over 200 people listening!
Hello there! How's life? I agree with everything you've said about Imperial - it's been amazing so far! The course is keeping me very busy though... there's just so much to learn!
Yes, I heard you became physics rep over fb; congratulations!
Have you managed to pursue playing the piano/keyboard at Imperial? I registered with the Blyth centre, and am getting lessons from an older student at Imperial. We've started from the very basic - reading music, scales and so on, but I'm enjoying it and feel like I'm progressing Free access to those lovely grand pianos is wonderful...
The holiday in China was lovely, but yes, it's very nice to be back! The bliss of being mosquito-free and not-too-hot temperatures! (Although it's starting to get to the point where I wish England was just a little warmer )
I don't know an Aarti but I'll probably see her around, I guess. That is one thing - the lectures are so big!
I'm also taking the business course for horizons Perhaps we've already bumped into each other...
Beth!!! Life at Imperial is so awesome! I'm physics year rep for the freshers as of yesterday! I'm just having a truly splendid time in London, I can't imagine anywhere being even close to as good!
How has your first month been? Have you enjoyed the course?
Hope you had a wonderful holiday in China, but it must be great to be back and now in London!
I got the business course for horizons, what did you get?
You are probably way too busy having fun/getting drunk/dancing to answer this, but how's life at Imperial so far? Did you have a boat party too? Lovely roommates I hope?
Well, I arrived back in the UK a couple of days after you posted your last message Been swamped with all sorts of stuff since though... To answer your question, yes, there is a Chinese version of YouTube, but there's nothing quite like facebook... and TSR is of course irreplaceable! Just managed to set up the internet in Halls too. Being on the 8th floor in Weeks, there's no WiFi, so I had to get an Ethernet cable...
For Imperial Horizons, my first choice is probably going to be the Business one too. Besides that I want to do French. Otherwise, it's going to be one of the "Science, Culture and Society" ones. I think that if I did actually manage to learn Japanese and French well, I'd know enough languages.
I'll see you around I guess... We'll be in the same room for the Rector's Talk tomorrow.
Beeeth! Only 5 and a bit days left to go!
I thought you'd prefer the function notation! Indeed, I do regard the mind as a set - if it is to be taken as fact that thoughts and emotions are the result of electrical impulses and chemical reactions in the brain and other areas of the body, then there is a finite (but very large) number of possible actions/thoughts/feelings! Right? In theory one could list them all, and this would give the set containing one's mind! Then Chinese comes along and causes a system overload, and the mind crashes and enters the state of being utterly vacuous! The empty set! #proscience
Aha well we shall have to remedy that - you simply must appreciate Heath Ledger in his prime! Out of respect for the man! Rather astonished that *nobody* in your movie club took charge and forced you all to watch it, though!
I'm not the sportiest person ever, either! Haha! :P But that cake does indeed look great! MMmmm I want it! I can cook, sort of - I can make a pizza from total scratch too, bread, sauce and all! (People tend to love that fact!)
Yay! We were so good, I was so pleased for all the athletes! They made such a good showcase of their talents!
By the way - just realised we've been talking on here for... OVER A YEAR!
No need to apologise m'dear - indeed I even resisted replying sooner than this so you didn't feel compelled to write me again whilst in China! (Of course if you're still there then my plan has failed!) Don't they have Chinese versions of those sites, though?
Wooo! Can't wait to meet you in a few weeks! Alas I was awarded (punished with) Paragon. Naturally, I turned my nose up, and began the trepid search for a flat for the first time! We started off as a group of what I coined "Paragonian Prisoners", but with time we dwindled to 4, then 3, until ultimately we all emailed the accommodation service and were offered twin rooms in Evelyn Gardens - I myself am, therefore, at Willis Jackson! It's not ideal (unlike your own room! *So much envy!*) but it's really cheap in comparison to pretty much everything else, about £110 per week!
I most certainly have seen it! I want to do the Business Imperial course! I'm also wanting to do two (maybe even three!) languages as evening or lunchtime courses - Mandarin, Japanese (you sold it pretty well!) and to brush up on my German. How about you? There are so many things to do! On top of the billions of societies I want to join (not even exaggerating that much! )
Only A*AAAAAB!? You realise that an average set of "good" results is AAB, right? So you've got that, in addition to an outstanding set of results, A*AAA, as well as very respectable STEP results! I'd say that's a *pretty good* haul! Sucks about the 2UMS though, that's probably only 1 mark!
Meeeehhhh, English seems very easy to me, compared to everything else! Haha just one more reason to learn Japanese - like Yoda I must speak!
Anyway, back to our character-exhausting discussions of yesteryear...
Such an easy language?! We apparently have ~8000 different sounds in English and according to the OED, there are ~250000 non-scientific words… probably the most in any language! Besides, there aren't tenses and so on in Chinese, which gets rid of all those rules we had to
waste time learninglearn in primary school. Most characters also only have one pronounciation - not so in Japanese. And sentences have the same subject-verb-object structure like English, whereas Japanese is subject-object-verb (think Yoda! )
Nice notation though. But... you seem to be equating the mind to a set? Interesting.
It would indeed seem that The Dark Knight didn't make much of an impression, despite me having "watched" it about half a dozen times. My previous school had a "film club" that was mainly used for chatting and messing around, or in my case, usually playing cards or doing maths, rather than watching films. The only thing I ever remember them showing is TDK... in fact, I could almost swear the school only had one DVD. Anyway, they always showed it from the start, we never got anywhere near the end, and the film was usually drowned out ten minutes into club-time. It may be misleading to say that I ever watched it at all...
Broad? Well... Name any sport, and you'll have found a skill in which I am very very very sorely lacking. Except perhaps swimming. (At least I can swim. Only just. ) And I'm not a good cook either - those among my friends who bake and ice cakes as professional-looking as this have convinced me of that.
Okay, we finished an ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL... (wait for it)... THIRD in the Olympics. Satisfied?
Actually, we did very good. (And if we consider our size in proportional to China or USA... then we truly did. Astoundingly.)