Rik's Ramblings

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Do university professors have that dream ...

You know that dream you have, if you ever went to university. The one where you have an exam coming up and you haven't revised, or you have a final project coming up and you haven't done the work?

In my case the variation is that I have the final exam for Dr Unwin's Communication class coming up. In the dream I have never attended any of his lectures - this may be less dream and more statement of fact! I always missed his lesson as it was too early in the morning. Then again, I also missed most of Dr Ward's classes. Strange, as these two subjects were my favorite. Anyway, I've got off topic again.

So, you know the dream. You wake-up in a panic as you think you're going to fail your degree as you didn't do any work and the exam is coming up. It's 20 years since I left uni and I still have the dream occasionally.

I wonder if professors have that same dream still.

OR, do they have a dream where the final exam is coming up and they haven't written the paper yet :-D

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Diving last week - Point Lobos

UPDATE: I have photos posted in the slideshow section. Here is the link

WalMart CCTV footage

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Who the fuck thought up the idea of a 47" shelf?! Thanks Ikea!

Wall studs (joists to you brits) are spaced at 16" in the US.  As the yanks like to say "sixteen on center", though that mnemonic makes no sense to me, if it's 16" the 'on center' part seems superfluous, it's also 16 on edges ... but I digress.

Anyway, I'm in the middle of putting up shelves in Ben's bedroom and I pull out the shelves (from Ikea) and they're 47" long.  Now, that means I have to put the brackets 47" apart, in fact closer to 46" due to the design.

How does that make sense to anyone?  It means one bracket may be in a stud, but the other's bound to be dangling from sheetrock.  It's fucked-up.  Now I need to figure out if I can get some butterfly mounting things, and figure out how much weight we can put safely on these shelves.  No doubt books are out of the question.

Stupid, stupid Ikea.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I am so shallow