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Mon, Jun. 20th, 2011, 10:20 pm
I didn't spend nine years in Evil Computing School to be called 'mister', thank you very much.

So I actually forgot to ever actually post anything about finally ever handing over the books and forms and such and escaping the University for hopefully the penultimate time. That's done. I have a letter from the Student Services Officer informing me that the School Board is reccommending to the Senate of the University that I actually be awarded the doctorate and everything.

Maybe eventually I'll snap out of the death march mentality, stop waiting in dread for the other shoe to drop, and be a useful and productive member of society!

Or not.

Regardless, since I noticed the central University upload of my thesis ignored all the supplementary matter on the CD that the examiners wanted, this has been this evening's productive endeavour:

...along with putting up a better version on the departmental repository that does actually have all the supplementary kipple. (In true computing choose-your-brokenness style, the raw videos don't have any closed captioning because i) I didn't do it at the time ii) didn't have the time to work out how, if at all, you can/would embed them in a way that something might ever use them iii) didn't/wouldn't expect that to work anyway without a week of frustration; while the YouTube videos are at reduced quality. But also don't require you to have VLC installed which is probably their biggest advantage.)

As for the slow demise of LiveJournal and my use of it, if you're bookmark-inclined and still think I'm interesting for some inexplicable reason, you can switch to For now it'll bounce you back here, but it has the advantage of letting me change that later.

...I'm sure previewing posts didn't used to require JavaScript. And didn't used to spew error traces from crashed styles. And if you can't comment then, uh, sorry, but it seems "comments from friends only" might be broken but is at least keeping the Russian spam out of my inbox.

Mon, Jun. 20th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)

hello i can comment. question is, does notification work?

Mon, Jun. 20th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)

Surprisingly, it would appear so!

Mon, Jun. 20th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)

If you move, do post about it on this blog - I'm subscribed via RSS y'see.

Mon, Jun. 20th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)

Yeah, that's the plan. I'm tempted, rather than open myself to the myriad horrors of WordPress or its ilk, to throw together something bespoke. Which probably minds finding a Perl module to or writing code to spew some flavour of RSS, of which last I knew there were about three incompatable ones.

Tue, Jun. 21st, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)

maybe ZeppleBot 3 can be a blog interface.

Tue, Jun. 21st, 2011 08:52 am (UTC)

Cool videos - your narration is excellent.

re: the version in Soton Eprints, contact Sonal in the grad school and ask her to add the remaining files as supplementary data. Not sure why this didn't happen as a matter of course, to be honest.

Tue, Jun. 21st, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)

The Soton ePrints version should have everything that you submitted in physical form, i.e. the text of printed matter and any supplementary data included on a cdrom. As Nick says, go and see Sonal and give her the files again if need be.

Tue, Jun. 21st, 2011 09:29 am (UTC)

Well, everything was on the CD, top-level of the filesystem, complete with a little README.txt with the description text of each and a note that the examiners requested these materials be published with it.

I've sent Sonal a mail and a pointer to the ECS version if the CD's no longer accessable. (The deposit was by a different member of staff according to the metadata.)

Wed, Jun. 22nd, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)

Interesting project you had there!

Really great to hear that you're (probably?) going to get that nice shiny Doctorate pretty soon.

Sun, Jul. 10th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
tomo2k : So, are you now officially Dr LionsPhil?

We're on tenterhooks here hoping you've really, definitely, finally got the bit of paper that made the last (how many!?) years worthwhile!

Sun, Jul. 10th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
lionsphil : Re: So, are you now officially Dr LionsPhil?

Well, graduation's in a couple of weeks or so...