Philosophy Hurts Your Head

The blog of a cranky Philosophy PhD Student from Newcastle, Australia.

Archive for October, 2005

Newcastle University is Great

Posted by Sam D on October 29, 2005

Really, honestly it is.

The Uni launched its new website yesterday, which includes lots of exciting graphical stuff including the 5 stars we apparently get for student support and electronic services.
I would point out that at this time the new library catalogue, rolled out as part of this upgrade, is not working. I have been told that the I.T. staff set the ball rolling on Friday afternoon, just in time to go home for the weekend. 5 star service alright.

Don’t get me wrong, Newcastle is a great university to study at, but this year has been a difficult one for many of the schools here in terms of staff cuts and funding difficulties, and this website looks expensive.

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Thesis Submission

Posted by Sam D on October 27, 2005

Just handed my honours thesis in.

It was very stressful. All I wanted to do was take it back and fiddle with it a bit more. But I feel better now that it is done.

Thanks to everyone who helped me with it this year. I would especially like to thnk Dr John Wright, Martin Hill, and my patient, caring and helpful partner Alexandra.

All I have to do now is about 2k of a socrates papaer, and make sure my courseowrk is neat and tidy and I’m finished with undergaduate studies.

Expect the amount of content hitting this page to ramp up in the next 2 weeks as I run out of constructive things to do.

P.S. Does anyone want to give me a job? My contract at the university library here ends in about 10 days, and doesn’t start up again until semester 1 next year. Long holiday, but no money. (At all since I don’t qualify for welfare payments any more).

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Chunking along

Posted by Sam D on October 20, 2005

Chunking along

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What happened to Cognitive Abortions?

Posted by Sam D on October 19, 2005

I used to enjoy going to this Blog, but it has disappeared. Anyone know what happened?

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Intelligent Design Debate Hits Australia

Posted by Sam D on October 12, 2005

Dialectic reports that the st James Ethics centre is conducting a poll on the teaching of Intelligent design in schools. I am afraid that events may force me to dress up as a pirate and evangelise for the FSM. For an explanation to what might seem to be a strange thing to say, click here.

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