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Interesting week ahead

This week looks interesting. Wednesday is the day of my graduation ceremony, where I get to pay £30 to dress up in a silly gown and mortarboad, listen to a speech by an honorary graduate I’ve never heard of, shake hands with Baroness Lockwood of Dewsbury who is the (outgoing) chancellor of the university, and get a little piece of paper. Oh, and meet up with people I haven’t seen for in a few weeks and have a free buffet lunch.
Saturday is Open Tech 2005 and so yet another day trip to London is in order. I think I’ve pretty much decided which sessions to go to, although there is a clash at 3pm – do I want to listen to Ben Hammersley and Jeremy Zawodny, or Danny O’Brien, Cory Doctorow, Ian Brown and Rufus Pollock? Decisions, decisions…
incidentally, if like me you’ll be taking the tube from King’s Cross, you’ll need to take the Victoria line to Victoria and the change onto the District Line – the Picadilly Line is still closed for obvious reasons.
And during the week, with a bit of luck, I’ll have internet access restored, along with the arrival of my graduation present to myself. No prizes for guessing what it is 🙂 .

10 Comments

  1. Finally… Neil is buying a Mac! 🙂

  2. … a MacMini? 🙂

  3. I’m almost tempted to go down to Open Tech myself, but presumably it really will be open tech and audio from the talks will be published online like last year.
    My graduation is on Thursday, but since I wasn’t planning on being around I’ve declined my place in the ceremony. I may try and gate-crash to watch everybody else though.

  4. Honourary graduates, what’s the point? You’ve earnt a degree or you haven’t! Anyway why do honourary graduates need them anyway, they are already rich, as if they need a job!

  5. Graduation ceremonies are not aimed at the graduates. They are aimed at the graduates’ family, particularly parents & grandparents. My only advice is not to repeat my mistake of falling off a bike a couple of days before so that the gown & stole had to be hired again once my face had healed from the grazing.

  6. Oh! Oh! I’m so excited!
    Congratulations Neil! 😀
    And given my trend of copying your purchases (well, that is to say some months after you bought your iPod, I bought one) I should have a mac by the end of next year. Especially so if going with Intel makes things cheap.

  7. Is that £30 for the costume hire? Don’t forget the fee for the official photograph(s)!
    Honorary Graduates: depends who you get. Last year, some people graduated from Lancaster with an annonymous financier, whilst others saw Sir Ian McKellan. Last Wednesday, some had Clive Lloyd (the cricketer), and the new Chancellor is Chris Bonington, who’s a better speaker than the average minor royal 😉

  8. Damn..I thought it was only my uni…Here in Melbourne they charge 120 $ for the costume, extras not included.

  9. Come and see me and Zawodny. There’s a beer in it for you… 🙂

  10. My only advice is not to repeat my mistake of falling off a bike a couple of days before so that the gown & stole had to be hired again once my face had healed from the grazing.