Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Blogging from Terminal

So been playing around with the googlecl package in fedora and it's pretty cool being able to blog, add calendar events and view google docs all from terminal :)

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Well hello there Waterford

So today marked the start of my 3 week research placement in the wonderful city of Waterford, Ireland. An early start saw me get to the airport ridiculously early, which did mean I got to perve at all the awesome 747s and 777s taking off and landing. Around 10.20ish my gate opened and I walked over to the window to check out the magnificient marvel of engineering that would get me to Ireland and Bam! A teeny, tiny DHC-8-400 sat on the runway. It's twin turboprobs gleaming in the sun.

After the incredible amount of #planeenvy (yes I hashtagged in a blog post, what you gonna do!) that I was going through watching Boeing dominate the airport, I boarded and was quite impressed. There is something cool about being propelled through the air in a tiny metal can at approx 350mph with only about 30 people on board including crew.

Anyway I landed safely and was picked up at the airport by the guy in charge of the placement and got an awesome tour around Waterford before settling into the accommodation they provided for me. Which I have to say is pretty nice, and has quite good broadband, so what else do I need :P

So tomorrow I start at 9 and get to see what I'm actually going to be working on, all I know is that it involves Wireless Sensor Networks and photovoltaics.

Anyways I shall keep you updated :)



Sunday, 30 June 2013

I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so!!

So today I found out about bento boxes... 'bento' originates from the Song Dynasty slang term for 'convenience' or 'convenient' and has now come to mean a small lunch packed into a box. 

Usually comprising of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and rice; they can form a healthy and nutritious lunch. In light of this and my ever pervading battle with 'what to eat at lunchtime' I have decided to get myself a 2 tier bento box and start eating more healthy. 

So here goes my adventure.. learn to make sushi and make some awesome bento box creations.

On another note, and as is usually the way; reading about Japanese Cuisine has rekindled my love of all things Japanese including the language and culture.

I might have to swap my plan to learn Russian over the summer with a plan to learn Japanese instead.

Let's see what happens.

See ya.


Saturday, 15 June 2013

Bye bye Bangor

So today i'm leaving Bangor for the summer... 

Got a call at 9am this morning from my wonderful mother telling me that she's on her way to pick me up. Now considering that it takes 2 hours to get here and I hadn't packed anything up it was a pretty stressful morning. But I'm glad to be going home.

Gonna be a bit odd trying to readjust to life in a big city but no doubt it'll fly by and I'll be back before I know it.

Look forward to some posts covering a wide range of topics including my research trip to Waterford, Ireland.

Bye for now.


Thursday, 13 June 2013

Nexus 4 - best phone ever???

One thing I forgot to mention in the last blog was getting a new phone. So I thought I would try and do a bit of a down to earth review on what I use it for and how it compares to my previous phones.

So after my previous phone (Nokia N900) was getting a bit battered I decided to get a new one. Obviously the best choice was Android but what phone to get. I finally decided on getting the Google Nexus 4 and I'm so glad I did.

So on to the review... Google integration is a god send. Between Blogger, Youtube, Hangouts, Gmail and even keeping synced notes in Google Keep. It's nice to be able to just pick up the phone and have access to all these services without having to login to each one.

Internet browsing and Social Media- So this is the main thing that I use my phone for. Nothing better than just picking up my phone and having easy access to the whole of the internet. The Nexus 4 handles this easily allowing multiple tabs, incognito mode (aye aye) and all my bookmarks synced from my PC.
Social Media is another big thing. From Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Tumblr, having access to all the latest apps and their updates from the play store makes this so much easier.

Camera - I'm not really a photographic master nor do I want to be but the Nexus 4 allows me to take some pretty nice shots whilst I'm out and about. From the main camera screen you are one press away from modes such as HDR (which makes even the worst photos look amazing), Panorama and the quite impressive photosphere.

Finally the one thing that I have to say about the Nexus 4 is the battery life, even with my constant browsing, Tumbl-ing, Facebook-ing, Twitter-ing, Instagram-ing and the odd game of Osmos HD my battery still hangs in there until I get to bed and set it down to charge. Hopefully when it's released I'll be able to get the wireless charging orb and wont even need to plug it in.

Cheers guys, hope you enjoyed reading about my new phone as much as I enjoy playing with it.



Wednesday, 12 June 2013

I'm a busy busy man

So last month was pretty busy...

Not only did I celebrate my 22nd Birthday... (yeh I know that's old) but I had my final exams of second year along with a multitude of other things. So here goes.

To start with I had 5 exams to get through. As is always the way there were a couple that I knew I'd do well in and then a couple that... well let's just say that they were a struggle. Definitely have to say that if you enjoy the subject matter then the exams will be a lot easier, but there are things that we have to do even though we don't like them, so I studied and hopefully did well enough.

Once those were over you'd think I would have done the normal thing and gone back home to spend some time with the family but no... I had been booked onto a UKCC Level 1 Coaching Course in Trampolining. The first day wasn't too bad, apart from being in a class room for 8 hours learning subject matter that wasn't really specific to Trampolining. But the other 2 days really made up for that. After spending over 16 hours in 2 days in a sports hall coaching children, not only did I realise that children aren't my favourite people; but I learned a lot of stuff. How to talk to children, how to coach effectively and more importantly the skills to pass my knowledge onto new trampoliners. So hopefully I'll have a few more sessions to hone these skills and then pass my assessment day in September.

In between these I've been trying to organise the Bangor University HackerSpace, a society I set up to provide a community for 'hackers' and non hackers to come together to explore the fun side of computer science, engineering and technology. There will probably be a more indepth post about this in the coming months.

Finally I'm going to be visiting Waterford in Ireland come July for a research placement with the WIN-IPT programme looking at wireless sensor networks and photovoltaic technology. So hopefully I'll get some good pics and stuff to post a few blogs whilst I'm over there.

Anyway that's enough about me, shall speak to you all soon.

Ta ta.


Saturday, 8 June 2013

To blog or not to blog...

Hey guys.

So as aware as I am if this blog becoming just a list of articles apologising for not posting and such. Blogging is definitely something I want to keep up. If only to recollect old stories when I'm ancient.

So I'm going to write as if this were a diary, albeit a rather public diary in which I probably won't divulge many secrets :)

The past month has been pretty hectic between 2nd year exams and trampolining courses add to that a new part time job and my days are pretty much full. But I'm gonna definitely take time out to blog at least once a week. Maybe more if something exciting comes up.

So farewell for now and hopefully speak to you guys next week.