One thing they certainly don't mention in the Cambridge prospectus is how 95% of the time you will have no fucking idea whatsoever what is going on. They're all like
"Excellent teaching colleges supervisions woooooooo look at all the pretty photos of Kings' chapel wooooooooo diversity there's a river here and a library full of all the books in the world."
when what they should be saying is
"The shit we're going to try and teach you is fucking hard. In fact, it is so fucking hard you can't even comprehend how fucking hard it is. But you do get to wear gowns sometimes and you can go punting. **thumbs up**"
I know, yes. Complain complain. You knew what you were letting yourself in for etc. etc. However, thanks to someone's (I can't remember who) recommendation that filter coffee has more caffeine in, I AM NOW MUCH MORE GREATLY CAFFEINATED. Which can only be a good thing.
If all else fails, just throw caffeine at the problem. At least you'll feel productive.
But anyway. Here is some cool stuff I found.
#1: OOOOOOoooo pretty
This is one of those pictures that is really nice to look at, even if you've no idea what it is. But soooooooo much cooler when you do know a bit about it. Like the fact it's three light-years tall. And it's only a little bit of it :-) And thousands of stars are being born there. Like, you know we have a sun right? Well thousands of them are being made in this thing. And there are loads of these things.
My reaction is usually something like this:
It's usually just the scale of these things that gets me the most. I mean, I'm one person, on one planet going round one star. And there are billions of stars. How many planets are out there? And how many habitable planets? And how many of those could have life on.And and OH MY GOD MY HEAD JUST EXPLODED A LITTLE BIT.
(The search for planets round other suns "exoplanets" is really hotting up atm - like this in the news last week. My lecturer on "Planetary System Dynamics" (i.e. stuff orbiting other stuff) got *really* excited.)
#2 Mars WTF?
OK, this is a photo taken of some dunes of Mars.
Are those BULRUSHES???? Like the things I crash into while rowing?
OMFG I just googled "tricksy hobbits" to get a video of gollum saying that and found this:
#3 COSMIC DEATH SPIRAL
This is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Star orbiting another star dies and kicks off a load of material. Then produces this:
Bad Astronomy", which is in fact not bad at all, in the same way that this blog isn't really about rowing :->)
Since stuff is dying, I thought I'd make this more dramatic.
Cos stars can talk right?
#4 Launch asteroids at the Earth. Feel like a God
OK, it's a bit nerdy, but I got a surpising amount of pleasure out of finding what would happen if, say a humpback whale made out of iron was fired at the earth. Or something the size of the moon. (It melts it. IT FUCKING MELTS THE EARTH :-> :->)
Anyway, enough of me being like "Wooo stars!" and "Woooo exploding things" (and I've just noticed it's like 2230 and I need to be up at 6 shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit I'm going to die in the morning.) WRAP IT UP.
Finally, I have a final order of many, many mugs.
|(I'm not even sure why I got these. I have a nasty suspicion that I am the only one who thinks this is cool and when I'm like "JOUSTING! ON A BIKE!" you're all like "Riiiiiiight")|
|Why not? :-)|
|This is definitely a little too "niche", but oh well.|
|I've tested these and non-rowers do not understand it at all even after much explaining.|
But enough of me being a douche and trying to sell you stuff (though I would like someone to buy some obviously. I can't drink *that* much tea). I have a competition for you!
Inspired by "extreme ironing" (favourite = this:)
|.....meet Victorian telescope.|
I also quite like the way it's painted Cambridge blue. Pleasing. (BTW on Wednesdays they have open evenings at the department when you can look through this thing....)
But yes FUCKING HELL STOP DIGRESSING. If enough people send me awesome photos of them feeding tea to ducks/whatever I'll pick a winner and give them a mug. That seems fair.
AWESOME PICTURE WITH A MUG IN = YOU COULD WIN ANOTHER MUG!
Anyway, I really must sleep now. Not spend time on the internet. Sleep. Yes.