Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I am an idiot

The university enforces a rather cunning policy where you can only use their certified calculators in exams. And you can only buy their certified calculators in their shop. Sly, eh? So I bought one for myself the other day,as I will be needing it.

A week later and it wasn't working. I tried leaving it in the sun, and that had little effect, even though it was part solar. Frustrated I tried some cell batteries I happened to have, but the calculator needs special batteries which are obtainable from god knows where. Rather than searching for these, I decided to go to the shop and buy a new one- they are only ten pounds after all.

I got it home just now, and tried to turn it on. It didn't work. I stared in frustration for a second. Then I noticed something. Unlike a lot of calculators, the clear button was not the on button. I pressed the on button. It switched on. I went to the other calculator and pressed the on button. It also switched on.

Sigh... what a waste of ten pounds.....

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I am somewhat happy

So, exciting news, for those of you who read this blog who have not discovered this information elsewhere... On new years eve I asked Alice to marry me, and she said yes! Which is pretty awesome. A month of careful and cunning planning led to her being pretty much totally surprised by my proposal, despite my inability to not tell more and more people as the date approached.....