Movie time! Star Trek: Into Darkness

Ok, so I thought I’d better write this post before I forget too much of the movie (I’m also going to watch Man of Steel tomorrow:D).

Alrighty then, down to business: Do, or do you not watch it? DO!…it of course depends on whether you like sci-fi, Star Trek or action. Any of those 3 and you’ll enjoy it πŸ™‚ It’s a fitting “follow on” (sequel isn’t quite the right word as the plot has nothing to do with the previous one) to the reboot of the Star Trek franchise. It has Kirk, Spock, Scotty, McCoy, the Enterprise and beaming ups aplenty. The greatest addition to the cast though was Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock fame being cast as the bad guy. He is rather good at it…but he seems to be quite good at playing slightly deranged characters πŸ˜›Β The action is fast and fierce, and along with the story,Β will keep you entertained for the 2 hours the movie runs πŸ™‚

SPOILER ALERT:

Ok, there were very few scientific inaccuracies I could pick up (always nice for a sci-fi film), but the notable one was:

  • When the Enterprise is fighting the giant evil Enterprise, the two ships are flying around in space shooting at each other, having a whale of time when suddenly BAM! Good Enterprise gets sucked into Earth’s gravity…unless it had reached orbiting speeds gravity would have affected it the whole time and sucked the Star Ship in sooner, or it would not have affected the ship. Gravity isn’t a binary state.
  • …I watched it a month or so ago and wrote exams in between, so my memory is slightly hazy I’m afraid. If there are others please let me know and I’ll add it to the post πŸ™‚

Keep a close eye out for the Man of Steel review, I’ll write that one on Sunday! πŸ˜€

Jeremy

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Exams: the waiting is the hardest part

To quote Tom Petty, “the waiting is the hardest part”.

I recently finished exams (for now anyway)…and the writing of said torture devices is actually ok. I mean, I actually have more free time (I had enough time to watch the new Star Trek, will be my next post!). I eat better, I see more of my friends. On the other hand, from dawn until dusk my life consists of texts and mathematical formulae…but still.

But waiting for my results to be posted is awful. Some exams go bad, bringing great trepidation, some exams go well…bringing slightly less trepidation. I will elaborate with a story!

I wrote the worst exam of my life (literally, none have been as bad marks-wise). And so the waiting was nerve-wracking. So you can imagine the joy I experienced when I saw I passed! At university you need a sub-minimum of 40% for your exam, so as long as your overall average including semester mark is greater than 50% you pass. And I got less than 40% for the exam. So even though my average was 51% I shouldn’t have passed. Except I did. I assumed being in final year they pushed me through, because I was quite close to 40% in my exam…BUT it turns out it was a system error (we get our marks off the ‘net) and I actually got into the supplementary exam. Boom! From pass to supp in 24 hours πŸ˜₯ But I thought I’d go to the perusal where you can examine your script and try and find extra marks and such like…so I had to wait an entire week for that opportunity. This week of waiting was worse than waiting for my actual result! But happily, I went to the perusal today and found out that they had looked at my paper again and found me more marks! πŸ˜€ they just had not reflected it on the system yet πŸ™‚

So the waiting can be a bitter-sweet experience. After that week of waiting, to find out I had passed was an amazing feeling!! πŸ™‚ If you have ever experienced anything like this, drop a comment and we can bemoan our ordeals πŸ˜› Next post will be my review of the new Star Trek πŸ˜€

Jeremy

A student’s life: culinary tales

So, I decided to write this post following pretty much my most unhealthy week as a student ever…and that’s saying something, ’cause I’ve been a student for 3.5 years, and this statement includes infamous first year.

As of tonight I will have eaten take-aways for dinner 5 nights out of my 7 day week…3 of those were pizza. No more words are needed I think.

Other culinary lows I’ve done include:

  • Eating a week’s supply of biscuits in the 15 minutes after taking it back to your room.
  • Eating tomato sauce and steak seasoning on sandwiches because you don’t have anymore peanut butter.
  • Eating peanut butter from the jar with a spoon because you don’t have anymore bread.
  • Eating sandwiches and a can of baked beans for dinner most nights for over a month (this is the one I’m most ashamed of in retrospect).
  • Staying at parties solely for the food…I once left a 21st straight after dessert (I think this is it for most shameful act actually).
  • Going home to mom and dad just for the food (everyone does this, don’t judge me!).
  • Eating raw spinach, carrots, tomatoes and beans with tomato sauce because you are too lazy to cook them (in my defence uncooked vegetables are apparently good for you).
  • Buying pre-made salads because you are too lazy to make your own.
  • Losing weight (which is great) mainly because after leaving home you realise just how much effort it is to make food and so you eat less.

So yeah, those are my confessions with regards to food as a student…I’d like to finish off with a few pros though:

  • I don’t waste food (not that my family ever wastes food, but I’m continuing the trend).
  • If a beggar asks me to buy them food while I’m at the grocery store/supermarket I do it, because if I’m only a student and I can afford to eat nicely (thanks mom and dad) then I can cut back on partying if it means someone else eating for a few days.
  • Finally, in pursuit of a woman my cooking skills have increased. Making chicken cordon bleu (see below) only because I promised to make her dinner one evening is one way of learning new dishes.chicken cordon bleu
  • From pessimistincarnate at blogspot (this isn’t my creation)

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Jeremy