Monday, August 31, 2009

Bank Holiday Idiocy

Today I had 3 things due: re-submit a paper for a class I flubbed last Fall, consent forms from my interviews, and the rough draft of my dissertation. However, I had one LARGE obstacle to completing any of this: Today is a Bank Holiday.

If you are unfamiliar with this concept, it's a holiday that no one has an explanation for other than it's the last Monday in August, so of course the whole country closes down. Why didn't I think of that! This also means that the university is shut down, including libraries which house the printers. Thus I had to track down a computer room with a printer in the Medical School attached to the hospital. Yes, a hospital.

I walked approximately 2 miles to get there, then another mile to the Jubilee Campus to turn in the papers. Luckily the building was open, but the box to drop the papers into was locked. Yes!! Locked!!! Needless to say I was slightly annoyed. Why would they make a due date on a holiday when they know EVERYTHING shuts down for the weekend. I could email the dissertation to my advisor, but the other stuff I'll have to go in at 9 am and make a slight fuss over the idiocy of their system. Which I hate to do, but I walked three miles (because the buses weren't running) only to NOT be able to turn in the papers at the time that THEY specified. And did I mention that I haven't slept in over 24 hours? Now you can understand that my tolerance level for idiocy is very low right now....


I'm done venting.

Just saying...I'm getting a degree from nitwits apparently.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sharing Some Tech Advice

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Alan! Alan! Alan!

Favorite clip from BBC this week:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Beautiful Day...

from inside my room. Pluggin' away....

And I want to do this, even though I'll probably break my neck.

And this is the TV show I wish was coming out this Fall, but have to wait til March.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Lovely Prague...

This was the final destination on the trip and I was so happy to explore. I've always wanted to go, but never had the opportunity. And at the end of the trip realized it was my favorite locale on the trip and wished I could have stayed longer. Oh, well another time. Here are pictures of the highlights of the trip...Enjoy!!

This is the Czech Inn where Annie and I stayed. Pretty, right?

Across from our tram stop to go into town.

Annie enjoying a traditional Pilsner Beer. I had one too, but didn't like it as much as Annie.

Best chicken dish I've had in my life. Looks kind of gross, but it's grilled chicken with pear and camembert cheese. Sooo good I wanted seconds.

Tour Option #1

Astronomical Clock. Very anti-climatic.

They hide a Starbucks everywhere they can. =)

It's Pink!

Tour Option #2

So sad. And yes, I gave him money. I wouldn't take his picture and not.

On the way to Charles' Bridge.

For luck and fertility. Not that I'm planning on using the fertility, but the good luck was nice.

Religious man who was burned at the stake for his beliefs. Then a statue was made of him centuries later. Figures.

A statue detailing the ghost from Mozart's famous opera. Can you guess which one? This sits right outside where they filmed the movie "Amadeus".
Hahaha. I loved this poster. It was everwhere. =)

Spanish Synagogue. It only looks like a mosque.

View from Charles' Bridge at the Palace, where the president works and lives.

In a synagogue memorial for all Czech Jews who lost their life during WWII. All their names, birthdays and date of deaths (or when their death was discovered), and from which part of the Jewish Community they lived is printed on the walls of the entire synagogue.

The Jewish cemetery.

This is the Old New Synagogue where the famous Golem resides. There's an old story that says that a Nazi went to the attic where the Golem is trapped and never came down again. Presumably killed by the Golem.

The million steps up to the palace.

View from the top.

These guys wouldn't move for anything.

Church. Very old. Nuff said.

Very nice fiddler who let me take his picture for my spare change. Not a great player, but nice nonetheless.

Another view from the top.

The metro to the airport. Goodbye Prague. I will be back!