Monthly Archives: February 2008


Has anyone ever used the stats package SPSS? Or even got into doing many statistical tests on data….



I did a simple correlation test on my data for my experiment which made sense when I got the results. They were what I expected and the graphs showed results which were basically quite simple. However, I have now found out that because my data was not normally distributed I have to do a different test on it which I have no idea how to do.

What the hell is the difference really? It’s the same relationship whether they are of a normal distribution or not… and actually the results are not supposed to be. They are measuring handedness for gods sake – most of the population are right handed so there is a big skew to the right anyway.

I’m not behind where I should be in the whole dissertation writing thing but I want to just get the results done and I thought it was simple but it’s not.

I better get a mark I feckin deserve!


Ok. I’ve been a good mood for quite a while for my standards until yesterday. I do seem to have slightly extreme moods sometimes. Not extreme as in manic depressive moods or anything and it isn’t connected to PMT.

I can be on a high where I’m happy being around people and actively seek them out and chat when I’m with housemates etc. I seem to be much more productive because when I think of doing something I just get on with it and I’m not so easily distracted.

However, yesterday during the course of about an hour, my mood just plummeted a bit. I came home in the afternoon and I didn’t really want to speak to anyone or be with anyone. I sat in my room last night watching HIGNFY episodes on youtube for ages. I can still laugh at things and I also listened to Just a minute on radio4 while I was cooking tea and can happily laugh at it but when it was over, I was longing for something else to entertain me.

I went to bed thinking I just need a hug – not really to talk it out with someone but for them to understand what is going thru my head and just hold me till I don’t feel like that anymore. I’m not very good at talking about my feelings. Especially if people don’t ask or don’t seem that interested. I felt fine this morning but I was forced to get up anyone cus of the lecture first thing and I’ve been sociable first thing. It seems to be an afternoon thing when it comes on and I just want to not be with people but at the same time I do. It’s weird. I decided to write about mood stuff on here just because of the fact of talking – even to yourself, or writing your thoughts down has been proven to lessen the amount of emotion. See Pennebaker Paradigm if your interested.

I have another lecture this afternoon and I can sit there and talk to people but if I don’t have a meaningful chat with them, or the lecture goes badly, I’ll come home and feel low again. I’ll report back later maybe. I’ll leave early to walk into uni and try and take some pictures as it’s still sunny.


Don’t ya just love them. I saw them in the shop while I was buying a paper and had to have them. They aren’t lasting very long tho.

Ok I’ve done a fair amount of work for the minute. I’m going for a short walk down the road to the postbox and then maybe round the park, take a picture or two and come back. I need to stretch my legs.

My workspace is currently my bed. Comfy but not too much so I just doze off. I can sit on my bed at my laptop which is on the chest of drawers and then spread my books out around me. Something I can’t do in the uni library. I’m doing better on the distraction front but maybe it’s just that I have 6 weeks to finish my dissertation so I can’t afford to be distracted.

Such is life… and I’ve just found my graduation is now September rather than July. July was early tho but September is quite late so its rather annoying.

Busy bee

Good afternoon bloggers.

Had a busy week so haven’t blogged. Actually I have had lots of time but writing blogs is quite far down my list of ‘things to be getting on with’. Mainly it’s coursework, dissertation stuff, or sorting out uni stuff which is why I seem to put off the less important things.

So we’re half way thru the term now.. ish. Less lectures but technically the same amount of work. 6 weeks till dissertation due. Wooer.

Several of us have been chatting about the end of this year and not being students anymore. Altho most people I know are either staying down next year because they won’t be finished yet, or they are carrying on and doing a Masters.

Personally I can’t be bloggered. After nearly 18 years in education, I think I need to have new experiences and just do other things. I’d love to have a job which pays ok and which I enjoy but which I don’t have to take home with me. Outside work hours, I can do what I want. I seem to have lists of things building up which I want to do as soon as I finish uni.

Firstly to catch up on reading. I really like getting into a good book but I have about a shelf of them I haven’t read yet. Either I’ve bought and started reading immediately but then found something else to do, or I’ve been given books and not even started them. I’m not very good at sitting down and concentrating on a book for more than 10 minutes. I’m much too easily distracted especially when I have the internet. I’ll just sit down and say ‘I’ll read this chapter and try and remember what’s going on in this book’, read a page or so and then a car will go past outside and the noise will annoy me or another noise in the house will distract me and I’ll just sit and listen to that.

On holiday is the best time to read a book – I’m usually in the countryside or by the sea so less noise and no internet, tv, or many other people so I can get absorbed in a book. Bring on the summer!

Another thing I’m going to do this summer is actually learn to drive. I had a few lessons a couple of summers ago and had a bit of a practice in mum’s car. But going back to uni got in the way and I’d rather have lessons when I’m home because I know Bristol better and it’s nicer for driving. As soon as I pass my test, I’ll get insured on mum’s car so at least I can go places by myself a bit more rather than relying on other people.

When I’m able to drive, I really want to go away more with friends, maybe taking our campervan and going to places just for a weekend. I like the sound of that….

I’m keeping that thought… it’s motivation to get me to 23rd May.

The Choir – boys don’t sing

How is singing for girls? Ok girls like singing but I didn’t think singing was a girly boring thing. I quite liked singing at school.

I’m talking about the 2nd series of The Choir on bb2, where Gareth Malone (cute musician, singer and choirmaster extrordinaire) takes over an all boys school in Lancaster and tries to get them to actually sing. It’s so surprising how many people found it funny that someone would stand up and sing in front of people. These people just don’t ever sing.

Ok I didn’t sing after primary school but I was never given the chance. When I was still at my old secondary school, the music department was terrible and there were never any choirs and the only thing we ever did in music lessons was play stuff on a keyboard.

I’m so glad Gareth is getting this singing thing back into schools. All these school kids seem to quite happily rap (which I would definitely find embarssing) in front of their friends but think singing is just not on.

Looking forward to next part same time next week.