Computer rooms and spooky

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For the first time in my career at the university of Vienna, I checked out the history department’s computer room. It’s not exactly easy to get in there though. You have to leave your student’s ID with the secretary, fill out a form, sign it, and are then entitled to receive a key with which you can then unlock the nine portals to hell. Uh, I mean, the computer room door. The advantage of such a procedure is that you’ve got the whole room to yourself. You can sing and shout while checking your mail. Which I did of course. And since it looked rather spooky in there with just my monitor on and the lights off, I whipped out my cameraphone in order to present to you The Computer Room:

the computerrom

The fact that my phone doesn’t handle bright computer monitors very well probably adds to the spookiness. Or to be more precise, the bright monitor may be the only reason to call this image spooky. In all factualness, this image really isn’t spooky at all, it’s just a product of extremely poor lighting, a poor cameraphone and too much goddamn time.

PS: I’m thrilled that my spell checker didn’t pick up “factualness”. I seriously thought I had just invented that.

First classes = warm and fuzzy

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Today I’m going to attend my first class this semester. Now, this may not sound like a big deal, but for me a first class of a semester (and I’ve seen a few by now) always is something special. It’s that one class I attend still fully motivated, my schedule bursting with classes I’m quite probably not going to attend until the end of the semester. This is the point when the future looks brighter than ever and I feel very comfortable with the idea that I will indeed conquer the world someday.

Thus, in the spirit of today’s mood, here’s to life and world dominance!

All done

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I completed my last exams for the semester, and all I’ve left to do is write a paper. Ach, there’s always a paper to write somewhere.

Horst from The Aardvark Speaks has created a fiction blog, and I’ve got the honour of being part of it. It’s great fun, and I’m sure it’ll be a great way to get my mind off work during the next few months. Check it out here, but make sure to read the archives so you’ll know what’s going on.

Uni give-away #2 and #3 and some words on amateurish elections

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Today I finally got ahold of two new give-aways. This part of my website has been suffering from a scandalous lack of entries, mainly because I have failed to pay attention to potential away-givers. Which again is due to an extensive use of my mobile mp3-player. Well, since elections for the students union are coming up, more and more people try to hand me stuff, so today I caved in:

Since I’m not inclined to do any kind of propaganda for these people, I’ve smudged the name of the pleading party. But I like the lighter, it seems solid enough and it’s refillable. The pen, well, it’s just another pen, but it’s free, so I won’t complain.

I’d rather complain about something else: I’m not going to be in Austria during the election (31st of May until 2nd of June), so I asked someone at the students union if there’s an option to vote before or maybe via Internet or absentee ballot. Well, there’s no option. Now, I do understand the plea of the student union to go and vote, because last time a mere 28% of the student body did vote. Which is disastrous and casts a certain light on the perceived importance of the students union. But if it’s so damn important for us to vote, why isn’t it possible for people who are not able to be there? Doesn’t this seem a bit provincial, amateurish even?