Archive for March, 2010

Countdown

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Obviously the counter ran out
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Quote of the day:

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

– Mark Twain

No more Uni courses

Friday, March 19th, 2010

This isn’t a poetic post.

It does come with a little dance, but the medium of words won’t convey that.

After claims like this one came the one that I wouldn’t have have to do coursework again. But that was a premature statement. Had the last courses I had handed in come back with a failing grade I’d still be fucked.

Course code       Course name                                                                                                                       Result      Result date

AE4-735 Fatigue of Structures and Materials 18-03-2010
AE4-684 Fibre Reinforced Mat in Aerosp Structur. 05-03-2010

The course results aren’t fabulous. But they’ll see me to that piece of paper.

So now it’s true. No need for any more university courses, exams, papers.

EVER

Just me and my thesis.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to remember how to use that program I used to score an 8 for something else to do my work for me. Just because I passed it is apparently no guarantee I can actually do it. Go figure.

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Unrelated:

AE4-535 I Structural Design and Optimization I 18/03/2010

I’d passed that some time last year. With a 7.
I’m not sure what happened there, but you won’t hear me complaining about it.

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Quote of the day:

And then god made the booby and saw it was good
so he made another one

– Prof Sotiris Koussios, Greek Lover
Coordinator of  AE4-684


Obsession

Friday, March 12th, 2010

After the last post, which was a serious thing in humorous coating this one is all fun. It’s also not about me

First of all I doubt there is an actual wedding certificate . . . but here we go

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/816601-man-marries-pillow

Man marries pillow

True love can take many forms. In this case, it has taken the form of a Korean man falling in love with, and eventually marrying, a large pillow with a picture of a woman on it.

Lee Jin-gyu fell for his ‘dakimakura’ – a kind of large, huggable pillow from Japan, often with a picture of a popular anime character printed on the side.

In Lee’s case, his beloved pillow has an image of Fate Testarossa, from the ‘magical girl’ anime series Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha.

Now the 28-year-old otaku (a Japanese term that roughly translates to somewhere between ‘obsessive’ and ‘nerd’) has wed the pillow in a special ceremony, after fitting it out with a wedding dress for the service in front of a local priest. Their nuptials were eagerly chronicled by the local media.

‘He is completely obsessed with this pillow and takes it everywhere,’ said one friend.

‘They go out to the park or the funfair where it will go on all the rides with him. Then when he goes out to eat he takes it with him and it gets its own seat and its own meal,’ they added.

To make sure you get the complete picture he now falls asleep next to (and dines with etc) this girl:

Disclaimer: If it makes the guy happy, I’m all for it.
And for my quote of the day. It’s not just the asians doing stuff like that

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Quote of the day:

You have different stereotypes based on ethnicity and whatnot. Mexicans, Arabs, Africans. You all have this clear, if inaccurate, picture of what you can expect of them. But Asians . . . I mean you look at something like this and . . . What the hell. You never know what to expect of them. Are they nice? Are they sociable? Are they out of their freaking mind

– Some guy here

Addiction

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Thank bog I don’t have one to a narcotic.
Having to deal with drug dealers, breaking laws and not to mention the mounting costs of such an addiction I am happy with the one I do have.

I miss my Computer.
My baby broke about a month ago and I’ve been without a computer ever since. Well, one of my own. I can use this one, I can use my housemate’s, I can use the one at the University  library and a number of different ones so I have my daily shot of internet, but I am incomplete.

Once I leave this place I am without internet, without computer, without my games, without my comics, without a quick search, without my movies, without my series, without my music and even without the reassuring hum of my laptop fan.

Initially it wasn’t so bad. Let’s face it, cleaning that kitchen was well overdue and I had needed to fix that bike for a long long time. But after a week I’d run out of chores, I just don’t keep that sloppy a house. So . . . . TV? Replace one addiction with an old one?
Nah, TV can’t hold me like it used to. There’s still some interesting things on it, but the concept of having to accommodate other people’s schedule for it is quite annoying. Seriously, there’s two and a half men on together with the Simpsons and then half an hour later there’s usually a dry spell. Also, it was an unpleasant reminder that I’m growing up, most of the time I’ve logged is on Discovery/National Geographic and other things which could be considered educational. I used to be more of an Itchy and Scratchy watcher.
Books. I have a lot of them, but not a lot I’ve not read yet. I have 2 at the moment, and I bought 1 of that last Saturday (I bought 2, but the other one is done already(420 pages)). And I don’t really want to buy new ones as I’m already full on books I will probably end up abandoning due to expatriation anyway.

All of that are just other time wasters though. I could start doing something useful . . .  But that’s just not something I want to do at night. I might look into a hobby, but after spending most of my day doing useful stuff at the university I’m not really in the mood to be “productive” after dinner.

So . . .  hobbies. I have climbing. That should keep me off the street for 2 nights a week. There’s the D&D group, but that’s really only once every fortnight.

Being social then, I had pushed my social obligations to the back burner while I finished all the schoolwork I had to, but that’s over now. . . My social life has picked up, but it seems some friends just picked up their lives and kept living it while I was shut up like that. How dare they.

Long walks outside? It’s March. In Holland. It rains. A lot.

Besides . . . I don’t really want to be actually busy full time anyway. Being productive after dinner isn’t desirable, but neither is being all active and social 7 days a week.

My computer covers things nicely I’d say. It always there when you need it/something falls through, doesn’t mind if you leave for something more pressing, provides light entertainment that isn’t too taxing and plays exactly the music/tv-show/movie you want to watch when you want to watch/listen to it.

So . . . . I have an addiction, but a socially acceptable one (seeing how in the western world it is hard to go without for a great many people) and I want it back. I don’t really want to stop, I miss my baby. Lets face it, the other options aren’t that much more attractive and they sure as hell require more energy. Besides, how will I plan my social rendezvous without google calendar.

No, I will get my computer back and lose myself to its sweet highs, drown myself in its intoxicating virtual waters, float in the ether and plug back into this addiction.

Though I’m gonna cut down on my WoW a bit I think.

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If you are going through hell, keep going

– Winston Churchill