Out of Focus - the diary of a student radiographer.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

He's here...

Good: I accidently managed to spend more than I intended to in the Lush sale and got two free gift boxes.
Bad : We went to the cinema to see 'Phantom of the Opera' and there were two men having a stand up row in the foyer.
Good: It gave us something to laugh at.
Bad : We bought our drinks and icecreams and then found out the cinema had a computer problem and Phantom was running 45 mins late.
Good: We got two free tickets as compensation.
Bad : I drunk all my diet coke whilst we were waiting for the film to start so I spent 3/4 of the film with an increasingly uncomfortable bladder.
Good: I loved the film!

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Driving home for Christmas

Well, Adam's childhood home at any rate.

Adam & I will be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to go off to Norwich to spend Christmas with his folks in a non-internet connected household. So I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Xmas and I hope Santa brings you lots of nice things!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

A Logic Problem

Consider this:

You are a contestant on a gameshow where the object is to win a car. The gameshow host shows you three doors and tells you that the car is behind one door and there are goats behind the other two. He asks you to pick a door. You pick a door but the gameshow host does not open that door. Instead he opens one of the other doors to reveal a goat (he knows which door the car is behind). He then gives you the chance to change your mind and pick the other unopened door instead. What should you do?

I reckon that you have greater odds of winning the car if you change, because I read about this problem in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' and it makes perfect logical sense to me. Adam insists there is a equal chance of the car being behind either door.

What do you think?

Monday, December 13, 2004


On Friday, Adam arrived home to tell me he had received a workload request, that day, for 23 days of his time in December. December 2004.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Deck the halls...

Well, we didn't do the hall, but we did do the living room. And each year it gets harder to find somewhere to plug the fairy lights into. You see, behind our telly are two sockets, and the demand on these sockets grows every year.

Before we put up the decorations, socket one (to be left on all the time) had a 6-socket thingy plugged into it, this in turn had plugged into it:
- A TV
- A video recorder
- A DVD player
- A satellite box
- A lava lamp (which has an on/off switch)
- One of these gizmos

Socket two (to be turned on as required) had a 4-socket thingy plugged into it which in turn had plugged into it:
- A halogen floor lamp
- A water mister
- A thing made out of lots of coloured LEDs that cycle through the spectrum
- A 2-socket thingy with a wireless MP3 player plugged into one socket and the hifi into the other.

Oh, and BTW the hifi is 4 separate units (turntable, CD player, amplifier and radio tuner) which are wired into another thingy enabling them to share one plug. With me so far? Thought not.

Anyway, we had to work out what to sacrifice in order to plug in the fairy lights that hang in the window and the two sets that go on the tree. And they had to go on socket two as they couldn't be on all the time. We decided the water mister and the coloured-LED-thingy were non-essential and Adam wired both sets of tree lights into one socket, which he assured me was safe. All sorted.

Part of our socket problem due to Adam's fascination with interesting lighting devices - nearly all of which require mains electricity. We have 4 others in the living room alone. And then there are the vintage radios - one in nearly every room, including the bathroom (although that one is battery powered). And of course there are the computers, the broadband modem and the wifi device.

And to think I thought the house had more than enough sockets when we moved in.