Monday, March 30, 2009

Je veux ranter*

En fait, je dois ranter*. Il faut que je rante.
Je me demande pourquoi quelque gens pensent qu'il est necessaire de prendre l'ascenseur quand on ne veut monter ou descendre qu'un étage. Surtout dans les bâtiments comme GPS** (à la fac) où il n'y a pas assez d'ascenseurs, donc on est obligé d'attendre quelque temps. Je ne peux pas dire combien de fois j'y attendais quelque minutes avec quelqu'un qui voulait aller au troisième étage du deuxième étage (je vais souvent au sixième pour un cours, et l'entrée principale du bâtiment est au deuxième). Je suis certain qu'on peut monter les escaliers au pied pour arriver au troisième beaucoup plus vite qu'on peut y aller à l'ascenseur. (Bien sur je pense qu'on peut prendre l'asc quand on est invalide)
Mais normalement, je crois que ça, c'est stupide. Les escaliers sont juste à coté des ascenseurs dans GPS. Peut-être c'est pour ça que beaucoup d'australiens sont grosses - ils ont peur d'exercises.

* ranter = to rant. C'est un mot français, desormais. C'est une verbe regulière. Ranter, je rante, tu rantes, vous rantez, j'ai ranté, tu ranteras, vous rantiez, nous rantions, il ranterait, etc...
** GPS = General Purpose South

Thursday, March 26, 2009

What is "cold", really?

I woke up this morning at 6am and felt a bit cold. Yes, cold. I looked at the thermometer in my room only too see that the temperature was a frosty 23degrees celcius. I can't believe, after living through a couple of European winters, that I'd feel a bit chilly at 23degrees. I think it must have been due to the humidity or something, as 23 should be a rather pleasant temperature.

Bah, cold is subjective.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In other news...

I'm no longer red and splotchy :-)

My poor phone

I have only had my phone for a matter of mere weeks, but the first drop was bound to come sooner or later.
Yes, I dropped my phone at uni yesterday while I was extricating it from my pocket in order to read a text message that I'd received. It only dropped from a height of my pocket, so while I was annoyed at dropping it and I noticed that there were a few marks on the top caused by the fall, I was under the impression that it hadn't adversely affected its operation. I used it to send text messages and I tested the gps system while still at uni, and then connected via wifi to the net after I got home.

However, this morning I replied to a text message which I hadn't noticed receiving last night and about 5 minutes after sending it, my phone switched itself off. It still had about a third of the battery power remaining, so I thought that it was odd. Even odder, when I tried to switch it back on, it flatly refused to do so - the power button seems to have been damaged at some point. This issue has remarkably reduced the functionality of my phone, as I'm sure you can understand, and to have a phone today, I was forced to revert to my old one.

This is frustrating for many reasons, not least because it's the first time I've ever had a phone of any significant value - all my previous phones were either absolute bottom of the range, or second to bottom of the range, and I dropped all of them countless times, some of them even down flights of stairs, and it never resulted in anything more than a scratch or dent in the casing. So now I'm faced with an expensive almost-brandnew phone that doesn't work because of a small tumble. Is it Nokia's policy now to make phones that are so incredibly weak? All but one of my previous phones were Nokias and they were strong. Maybe it's only the expensive "quality" range that is weak. Or maybe I should have stuck with Sony Ericssons, like my most recent handset.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Red and Splotchy

I'm all red and splotchy tonight thanks to the medicine I took last night. Yay for allergic reactions!

So, I returned to the medical centre and the doctor I saw tonight suggested a different medicine that shouldn't have too many nasty side effects. I will have to remember to stay out of the sun while I'm on them because apparently they make your skin more sensitive, and as most people know, my skin is a whiter shade of white, so it's fairly susceptible to sunburn in normal conditions (ie, I got sunburnt in Wales).

On the plus side, my symptoms have eased and I don't feel as horribly shitty as I did last night or this morning, so hopefully the new meds will work just as well but without the red rash.

As you're all concerned, I feel like I have less pus, phlegm and/or mucous now.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I've got more pus than you

I'm sick. It's official because I went to the doctor and then had a prescription filled. In fact, I'm just after going to the doctor now. I had somehow picked up a throat virus, which apparently weakened my throat and allowed some bacteria to take hold and now I have a bacterial infection. The doctor was amazed by how swollen my glands were and by how much pus there was on my tonsils.

I have some medicine to deal with this situation now, which is a bonus, as it hurts to talk, swallow and respire, which are pretty much all the functions that a throat performs.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A post from uni

This is my first post from my new phone. I'm currently sitting in the building at uni called GP South, which is a rather unimaginative name for a building considering it means General Purpose South. It's one of the engineering buildings, and specifically the one which contains the electrical engineering department, so I'll be spending a fair amount of time here over the next few years. It's also one of the best locations for the uni's wifi. The area I'm sitting in at the moment is supposed to be for quiet study, and I'm being very quiet at the moment. Unfortunately the same can't be said of the group of undergrad students sitting at the next table whose conversation has convinced me that they're complete idiots. I was hoping that their presence here was going to be temporary, if not fleeting, but they've decided to skip their next lecture. I think my presence here will be short-lived now.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tea, Thé, Herbata, Çay

A small box of english breakfast tea somehow materialised in our cupboard. I recently tried a cup of this tea, which has a rather dubious brand name - Madame Flavour. I was worried that it would be horrid or bland, with a name like that, but it turns out to be full of flavour, so I need to know now where I can source some more of these tea bags. The box is red, so maybe it's communist tea.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Phone questions...

Ok, so I've had my Nokia E66 for just over a week now, and I'm starting to notice things that I'd like to change. Firstly, I have the Australian version of the phone and, unlike my old Sony Ericsson, it doesn't have a French T9 dictionary (my Sony had English, French, German, Italian, Turkish, Arabic, and Hungarian, I think). I would like to be able to switch between English and French T9 dictionaries when I type sms messages, and emails/messenger conversations online. I don't want to lose the English T9, of course, so I'd like to somehow install a French one alongside it.

Secondly, I've installed fring so that I can easily use msn, skype and google talk easily on the phone when connected to the net. Does anyone know if it's possible to copy a link and open it in a phone browser window? and if so, how do you do it?

That's it for now... I'll add more questions as I discover things that I can't do.