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I had my project presentation this afternoon, so my project is now… - John C. Kirk

Sep. 16th, 2003

07:14 pm

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I had my project presentation this afternoon, so my project is now basically over. It's possible that I may get a viva at some point, but basically I just need to wait for the results (due out after 3rd October). The presentation was ok - could have been better, could have been worse. I arrived about 5-10 minutes late, which was unfortunate (30 minutes allocated for my slot). But once I'd started talking, my confidence increased. Anyway, see what happens there - I'm glad it's over and done with. If all else fails, I guess that there are always unaccredited universities. $10 for a PhD from "The University of Jim's flat" sounds like a bargain at the price...

Afterwards, I got an opportunity to do my good deed for the day. I went off to Pizza Hut - not exactly a celebration, but something along those lines. Anyway, there was a group of 4 people sitting at a table across the aisle from me - late teens/early 20s, I'd say. At one point one of the guys saw a white card lying on the floor, and picked it up. That got my attention, because I initially thought that it might have been something that I'd dropped. It turned out (from the comments that the others made) that the waitress had dropped it. They were asking each other whether she'd noticed, but apparently she hadn't. I wasn't quite sure what this card was, as I only saw one side of it (plain white), but it seemed a bit iffy that they weren't making any attempt to return it. However, I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. I figured that they might be waiting until she came back that way (rather than chasing/calling after her), or they might be playing a joke, by seeing how long it would take her to notice that it was missing. Anyway, I kept quiet, so that they would have the chance to return it themselves, before I got involved.

About 5 minutes later, the waitress came to ring up that group's bill at the till (next to their table), but she couldn't, because she said that she'd lost her swipe card. None of the other 4 said anything. She then wandered around for a while, and went back over towards the kitchens, looking for it, and asking her colleagues whether they'd seen it. At this point, I decided that enough was enough. I looked over at the staff long enough to get their attention, at which point one of the waiters came over. He thought that I was just after another drink, but I said "Is she looking for her card? I think they picked it up." He looked over in their direction, and I said "I think they did." This was phrased diplomatically, but I think my tone of voice conveyed that it was more than a vague suspicion. One of the guys on that table then produced the card, and said "Oh, is that hers? I thought it was his [referring to the guy who picked it up off the floor], honest. I swear." This was rather unconvincing, but the waiter didn't press the point.

Anyway, the card was returned, and the waiter and waitress both thanked me. The guy who'd been holding onto it gave me a rather dirty look, so I just met his gaze, then turned back to my food. I was concerned that he and/or his friends might do something silly, particularly as he could see me, but I couldn't see him without turning around in my seat. So, that put a bit of a dampener on the rest of my meal, but fortunately nothing came of it. Anyway, all in all, I'm glad that I was there. At least I achieved something today.

In other news, I think it's time I got a new mobile phone. I currently have a Sony Ericsson T68, but the "yes" button stopped working a few months ago, and the joystick is now getting a bit iffy, so it will soon be unusable. Anyone got any recommendations? (Don't bother doing any digging, as I can do that myself - just give me a yell if you happen to know of a good phone already.) Ideally I'd like one that has similar features (e.g. Bluetooth), but has some way to cover up the keypad. Hopefully it would last longer that way (and I wouldn't accidentally dial numbers by leaning on it). I won't get one with a camera though, as I already have a digital camera.

Anyway, I'm off to slob in front of the TV for the rest of the evening.

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From:billyabbott
Date:September 16th, 2003 03:43 pm (UTC)
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i reccomend the nokia 6210 - i know a bunch of people that have them, and they seem to just work, and not die to easily (one's survived in my pocket for the last few months, which is quite an achievement) - it does bluetooth and some basic java stuff, but otherwise does all the things that phones do, while being sensibly sized and not having a camera :)
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From:johnckirk
Date:September 16th, 2003 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I have a feeling that my last phone was a Nokia 6210 - I upgraded from that one to the current one when the battery died :)
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From:elvum
Date:September 17th, 2003 03:18 pm (UTC)
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He means the Nokia 6310i. He, Adam and I all have one, and they are excellent phones all round. They're "business" phones, so they support Bluetooth, Java, WAP, GSM fax&data, GPRS etc, but don't have things like colour screens, built-in cameras, radios, mp3 players or anything. I'm particularly impressed with the battery in mine, which has survived a year so far and still lasts a week between recharges. Also they've been on the market for over a year now, so you should be able to pick one up pretty cheap.

They don't have a protected keypad, but imo a cheap mobile phone case is a far better solution than a bit of plastic that can snap off :-)

Like Billy, my 6310i has survived a year in my pocket with no worse effect than the silver finish rubbing off at the corners.
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From:rileen
Date:September 17th, 2003 08:42 am (UTC)
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Good to know you're done - so how much time do you have to 'slob' until rejoining your ex-employers?
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From:johnckirk
Date:September 17th, 2003 10:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks - I've got about 2 or 3 weeks off now (I start work again on Monday 6th October). How about you - jetting off soon?
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From:rileen
Date:September 17th, 2003 10:25 am (UTC)

Coincidence

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Hey, i start on 6th as well !! Jetting off on 3rd, spending the weekend with good friends in Cologne.
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