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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Third Time

The clothes I'm bringing. From top left to bottom right:
1) Outing shirts (x5) - two collared shirts, one white long sleeves woollen shirt, one white striped shirt for formals, one white shirt.
2) Home clothes - 4 tops, 2 bottoms.
3) Outing t-shirts (x5)
4) Pants - 5 out door pants, 1 track pants, one berm
5) Towels - 2 bath, 2 face.

Just feel like keeping track of my clothes.

Should have more clothes over in cam... dont know why i'm bringing so many clothes also.

Here's my flight info in case anyone's interested... Who's arriving at LHR at 0550 too?
Singapore (SIN)
Thu, 27 Sep 2007 23:20

London (LHR)
Fri, 28 Sep 2007 05:50

Seat: 53A

Here we go again... Flying alone this time...
Bracing myself for another Cambridge year... *deep breath*

Friday, September 21, 2007

Physics Forums

Just found this:

might be a solution...

g ~ π2

Here's the answer to an interesting observation I made a while back.

Turns out that there is indeed an explanation for the apparent coincidence.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Go apple! Go orange! GO BANANA!

In case anyone was wondering, here's the origin of the above timeless quote that appears on my msn nick.
Occurs 5 minutes into the clip.


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Catching up on blogging after a long haitus

Wrapped up my attachment on friday with the End of Attachment Presentation...

The 9 weeks on the job was colossally enriching!

Wrote an entire package in Matlab, concorting meshing algorithms, solving underlying problems mathematically, and implementing their solutions computationally. Learned to handle geometric models with nodes, lines, surfaces and elements.

Also read up on the topic "Computations with discrete forms". Some terms used in the topic for future search reference: Barycentric Coordinates, Whitney Forms, Hodge Star, deRham Complex - chain & cochain complexes, a primal and its dual, (discrete) forms.
Set of two Caltech lecture ppts on the topic: Calculus on Meshes 1, Calculus on Meshes 2

Met another intern studying at Stanford who is interested in exactly the same physics as me - QFT and it's likes. Managed to learn up some solid state physics together. It's such a joy to have just one other person with the same mind. Having one other person to affirm concepts at crucial points in a topic can help accelerate the learning process very substancially, something which my situation in Cambridge has left me sorely deficient. Hope it gets better next year.

Spent Saturday, the day after my internship ended, spring cleaning my computer.

Sorted out the documents and programs I have, as well as my music files... itunes duplicates my music each time it reindexes them when i reformat the computer, and it's quite irritating for a song to be played 4 times in a row.

Installed some programing utilities during this round of laptop spring cleaning:
Created a seperate account to code in so that the files can be managed more neatly,
and quite interested in the recent developments at google, in particular the introduction of Google Code, the release of Google Web Toolkit, and Google Calander API. Can now port over the reliability of the google calander to php webpages!

Also keeping an eye out on the developments of Octave, the open source equiv of Matlab. Looks like there is quite a concerted effort in making it run as well as Matlab. Waiting for the version 3 release. Found an editor, SciTE that works for quite a good number of languages - php and matlab among them. And re-exploring java programming along with the previously mentioned gwt.

Looking to next year
Also bearing in mind the course requirements for next year, including the computational component in fortran, as well as all the other topics. Need to translate what I have into gains on my grades! Really hope to find next year's course engaging and its requirements enjoyable to fulfill. Cant see how it's going to come about given the previous two years... Still, hope dies hard.