Phew! Relax, that’s the end of the first term.
What a rollercoaster ride it has been. Never again will I complain at the start of term when things seem to going quite slowly for the first couple of weeks; we finished the term with two major pieces of coursework to be submitted, an intensive week-long module on entrepreneurship (very interesting, by the way – I may come back to that in a future blog…), an exam and a presentation. All in the final seven days. Wow.
There was a palpable sense of relief at the end of term party. This was in two stages: firstly the more formal part, in the student room, where several recent alumni had been invited to join us for a networking event, and where the other main pass-time was changing the selection of the Christmas music playlist and the video of Christmas trees or yuletide logs ablaze on winter fires.
In the last blog entry, I showed you how to optimize your laptop hardware. Now I’d like to show you my three favorite tips for making a quantum leap on the performance side itself.
When you think about what amount of mouse movements we daily do across the screen, you could realize that there is a huge loss of time. Fortunately, there is a free shortcut for most common programs: Shortkeys! Personally speaking, I’m always happy when someone shows me a useful shortkey.
In the meantime, there are also many websites that list the most common shortkeys of e.
Let’s face it: doing a PhD isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. The process can be painful and annoying, and at some point you’re probably going to get completely stuck. If you’ve ever done any research, you definitely know what I’m talking about.
There’s something you need to do, usually some task that was supposed to be easy – a toy example, an almost standard code, a “quick” experiment to check your hypothesis. And here you are, spending long hours, days, weeks, even months, not even closer to solving your problem. You’ve tried everything, used all possible sources you could find, but this devil isn’t giving up.
Christmas is always a special time of year, everything becomes festive – whether it be the constant Christmas music and decorations that seem to be getting earlier every year or the impending Christmas shopping extravaganza – it is difficult not to be in the festive mood! London is no exception – there is huge range of Christmas events to have a go at in the capital. Every year I try and go to a few here is a selection!
Every year Hyde Park is home to Winter Wonderland, a vast expanse of fairground games and rides, food and of course an ice rink!
Salut tout le monde 🙂 Since I stayed in London for this winter hols, my two friends (Azmi from UCL and my bestie who’s studying in Loughborough) and I decided to go sightseeing around London. We went to a couple tourist sights, hung out a bit, ate at a some shops and generally had a good time (+ spent a lot of money).
Lina, my bestie, arrived at St Pancras and travelled together with Azmi to South Kensington tube station on Monday where I met both of them and we went for lunch at Chopstix. After leaving the luggage behind in my room, we rushed to go to Kensington Palace ’cause we were late (the tickets said last admission was at 3:30 pm).
Hi guys. So New Year is coming in a few hours and do you know what that means?
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS *cue streamers, drums and party stuff*
So, to be honest, I’ve never really made any New Year resolution before. I mean, I’ve obviously had at some point listed down my personal goals that I’d like to achieve but they’re not technically New Year resolutions. For one, most of them aren’t meant to be achieved within a year (most of them are much more long-term) and secondly, ’cause I didn’t come up with them specifically for/ on the new year (so it wouldn’t really be the New Year resolutions, would it?)
Anyway, I thought maybe I should try to come up with some and see how it goes.
Being underage at Imperial isn’t great, at any university really, but London’s security in general is quite tight… To be honest, it does not inhibit you of doing anything. However, you will have to do it in a not so conservative way, but try to keep it on the legal side – just an advice.
Firstly, your welcome week won’t be as fulfilled with nights out as the other students’. In spite of that I never said that you couldn’t have fun! Although you can’t go the clubs, you will be able to party indoors. During the first week there is a lot of prees in the common rooms- JOIN IN.
Hi everyone. Firstly, Merry Christmas and happy new year to all:) I don’t actually celebrate Christmas myself, but with all the Christmas vibes and that happy, festive mood going around, it’s a bit sad that I’m spending the winter hols alone (T_T) Well, I guess it means that I get some studying done so it’s not all bad.
Anyway, even without the cheer and fairy lights decorating the streets, London is still an amazing place and I’m truly grateful that I get to study here for 3-years-and-2-terms more to come. Yes, the weather is colder compared to Malaysia (and sort off hard to get used to; I’m not sure I’m actually used to it yet), and I do miss Malaysian food sometimes (I’m starting to get sick of eating bread all the time), and the fact that I’m kinda disappointed about the lack of snow here; but the sights, and the views, and culture and people, and even the weather sometimes, still takes my breath away even though it’s been (almost?) 4 months since I got here.
How to work 16x faster on your laptop
Christmas is coming and yet many of us want to continue working on the computer during our holidays. Fortunately, we are becoming more and more mobile – writing, reading and 1000 other things can be done comfortably from our laptop. Nevertheless – there is always room for improvement, even when it comes to our laptop performance!
If your Laptop don’t possess an SSD, get a new one!
During my internship in 2011, my supervisor from the R&D department infected me with the spirit of Solid State Drives (SSDs). At that time, these things were quite unaffordable.
Best part of doing a PhD? Conferences! When you finally manage to do some meaningful research, it’s time to present it to a wider audience. In other words, pack your suitcases and bon voyage! I know that attending conferences might be a bit overwhelming in the beginning, so here are a few tips to make the most of them.
- Find a good conference. If you’re as lucky as I am and have a great supervisor, she or he will suggest interesting events to you. Otherwise you’ll need to do the work yourself. However, at Imperial we’re flooded with e-mails advertising scientific events, there’s also Google and your colleagues who can give you some advice.