Saturday, October 31, 2009


Spent Halloween at Churchill College for a formal hall and a Halloween Pav with some good friends. Andrew wore the most creative costume: a mum his mother brought from Texas (one of the strangest Texas traditions I've ever heard of) along with a Cow costume to be a prize-winning steer. I just took out the old Senegalese Mouride outfit which I also wore last year. Low on creativity but it still turned heads.

My stroke of creativity came with my pumpkin: I carved the entire globe into it. It took me an hour or two, but I got all 7 continents, the oceans, the Panama Canal, and a bunch of Islands, all the way down to Tasmania, which got a complement from a friendly Aussie. I guess all those hours playing GeoSense are good for something.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Trivia Night!

Tonight I hosted a trivia night for the new students in Churchill college. I had some experience writing trivia questions but this was my first crack at researching, writing, and then hosting a trivia night as a one man show.

No pictures, but you can see the questions here. Overall it was a big success though, I got feedback that the questions were tough but interesting, and a few people really enjoyed it so I'm planning to host a few more throughout the year.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Am I Ready For Some Football?

I'm planning to play much more football (soccer) this year, partly because my two roommates are captain and ex-captain of the Churchill MCR (grad student) team, but also I've wanted to improve at the sport in my time here. I wouldn't mind playing more American football as well but this is what I can get. We played in a 5 vs. 5 tournament today, and it was a great opportunity for me to improve. I don't have any pictures of me since I had the only camera, but here are my two roommates for the year:

Matt Warner, English student doing a PhD in molecular biology (focusing on diabetes research), here playing keeper.

Andrew Marin, American student doing a PhD in materials science (focusing on photovoltaic solar cells), in white here going for the ball.