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Students, projects, and Gatherings.

Well, it’s happened. This sudden realisation by the students that this semester is almost over, reports need to be handed in and the January exams are now only a month away… and they have done bugger all on their projects! So yesterday I had this large swarm of creatures all after help and support, and of course, wanting it immediately. But I can only be in one place at a time; circuits take time to develop and construct; “things” take time to do. I had been hoping that this year might have been a bit different, I did have one or two students turn up early and they are now making good progress. However one does one’s best.
Last Saturday was across in Edinburgh for a small Gathering. Peaked at about 8 or 9 people there – quality rather than quantity – a really good day out. Shame it was so cold, but it is the middle of winter, in the middle of Scotland, so what do you expect!
There’s also an ‘all-nighter’ session in the Student’s Union this Saturday which I appear to have been errr… tricked into buying a ticket for. Probably will wimp out at about 2 a.m., must remember to make sure my video camera has fully charged batteries. The camera is a small solid state one, small enough to live on my belt beside my phone yet can still give an OK quality video.
Am starting to have ‘strange urges’ to go down to a pre-Christmas YouTube Gathering in Birmingham. When I first got word of it I didn’t bother about it – too close to Christmas and all the crowds that go with it, plus quite a bit of travel involved, but… ummm… maybe…
Guess I’d also better think about some Christmas shopping. I really can’t be buggered with this time of year – a bit too heavy going. But shopping must be done sometime soon.

Early December

Another run down to London, and another YouTube Gathering last Saturday – the Advent Gathering. Met some amazing guys and girls again. A bit pissed off though. Usually these things slowly break up around 7 pm, so (for various reasons) I found myself heading off a little after 5. Sad, but not too concerned about missing the last little bit. However this time it went on right through the evening, and there’s no way about it, I’m really fucked off at missing it. But that’s the way life goes, you can’t undo the past (and past mistakes).

There should be a small Gathering in Edinburgh this week-end which I shall pop across to. Only 50 minutes on the train with trains every 30 minutes, so no problem getting there or getting back whenever it finishes.

It’s now early December, so all the Christmas hype is getting into full swing. Between you and me, all this Christmas stuff is really not my thing. Oh dear, a bit Bah-Humbug, but I do find this period so artificial and so very tiring. Not good at handling all the crowds, and wont be sorry to see January arrive.

Not been out on my motorbike much recently, too dam cold. Fingers tend to suffer a bit, and riding on ice is NOT my idea of ‘fun on two wheels’! If there was a break in the weather it would be nice to clip my small video camera onto the handlebars and try to take a video or two while riding. Could be fun.

YouTube Gathering

Had some awesome week-end. Wanted to go down to London just for Saturday, so thought I’d try the Megabus down overnight Friday night, getting to London around 7:30 in the morning (so solving any accommodation problems), have the day in London, returning on the Saturday midnight run back up to Glasgow.

Well, it may have been cheap, and it may have solved the problem of paying London overnight hotel prices, but basically it was crap. Uncomfortable cramped seats in a vehicle that did not lend itself to encouraging sleep. Shit, an interesting experiment, but not one to repeat.

As for London, it was for a YouTube Gathering. A cross-section of YouTubers, some famous with thousands of subscribers, some just everyday users, all meeting under the London Eye at lunchtime, just to chill-out with each other for the rest of the day. Spent time around the Eye area, moved to Trafalgar Square (and suitably invaded the lions), across to the Science Museum (got in a little before closing time- just), then back to the Eye, the party generally splitting up around 10:00 pm. Met some amazing guys and girls. Managed to do some live uploading to BlogTV, though screwed up on the sound. Made various videos, now up on YouTube. A ***totally brilliant*** day out.