Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Pissed Playlist

1. Triclops! - Out Of Africa
2. The Gaslight Anthem - Senor and the Queen
3. Mew - ..and the Glass Handed Kites

Good times. Long may they last.

EDIT: 10th March, finally got round to correcting the spelling here. Note to self, don't drink and certainly don't do this afterwards.

Friday, 25 December 2009

From Me

There is, I regret, no real point to this post. Maybe just to document and pay respect to the festival of Christmas. That out of the way, I think it's time for me to go to bed. The only quandary, will I make it up in time for the West Ham game?

Thursday, 17 December 2009


Right, right, right. So far today: Order a shirt pretty much needlessly, ordered a few books as presents, eaten some food and seen my mate Dave. A pretty poor run I'd say. The plans of working through this week are in what look like the remains of tatters.

To an extent this brings me to question what my plans are for the near future. Saying I graduate at the end of the year, I'll be 20 with a couple of months 'til 21. Currently my student debt sits at £13,386.46 plus the rest for second half of this year plus my bank overdraft which is likely to be sitting at £1,500. Going together to give a net debt of £20,000. Bloody hell that's a lot of cash. From then on I guess I'll be looking to get a quick full time minimum wage job to cover that overdraft first and foremost. Bringing in what I used to, around £150 a week that brings me to a bank balance of £0 within about three months. From there I'm on a fairly level footing, being around about October, I'm going to have to be looking at a job or career. From there I'm thinking, what next, do I look for some kind of post-graduate opportunity, internship etc.

Quick snap back to reality, what I'm doing now is hardly constructive towards any of these goals. So with a week 'til Christmas I've got to get down and do some work. If the weather's up to it I might head off for a quick spin on the bike but likely I'll end up in bed until the early afternoon. Crucially, I've got to get the fuck on.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Cold dark England

So after swapping Wales for England the turn around in weather is the first thing to hit. Snow and cold in pretty equal amounts. Still, the bonuses of home, sleeping in, free food and heating are pretty handy.

Today has been a non-starter in terms of work. I've been crunching through the fabled land of the internet and picked up a load of new music, mostly of the math-rock variety, notably from Bozart and Breadwinner who both roll out some super tough riffs. Hopefully I've got my music fix for the next week so I can get some concentration together and look over the delights of quantum mechanics or maybe even bloody solid state. It's strange how moving from uni to home I've still got the same malaise related to it all. But still there is plenty of time.

Monday, 14 December 2009

One hell of a while

It has been such a long time since I've had the time, energy or inclination to get on and write something here. First off, the time, it's been a whole monster pile of homework and report writing to get done. Going right up to the last minute is how I usually do things but this time it was cutting it maybe that little too fine. And then on to energy, recently I've been feeling half as though I've lost motivation for what I'm doing. It feels like forever since I've had a weekend off or a couple nights where I don't have to think about doing work. I know it's what I signed up for and at the time I imagined there'd be slightly more work, but three years straight through is exhausting. Not taking a gap year between college and here might have something to do with it. Also being a pretty whiney son of a bitch comes into it too. This finally ties in with inclination, inclination to really do anything that I know I should be doing. It's odd thinking about the amount of time I've spent and the amount misspent, the number of mornings where I should have been up before 11. Should have got something done the evening before. All the things I should be doing I haven't, or the things I have done I should have done better. I'm usually a bare minimum kind of guy with respect to work and similar and really that's got change if I'm looking to get a 2.1 rather than a Desmond.

I'm heading back tomorrow via my grandmother's and I'm hoping just to calm everything down, read a book, watch some tv, just normal things. After that in the week before Christmas I've got a whole bundle of work to do but I know if I start too soon I'm going to lose the will to get any done even quicker than usual. These are a big bunch of exams, there's no way around that and I've got to pull my bloody finger out and make sure I set myself up for some decent scores.

It's been a classic few weeks of sport, with Henry making headlines by upsetting the Irish. Tiger Woods struggling to keep up his former squeaky clean exterior and the X-factor finishing (I think). Under new management Portsmouth have managed to secure 4 points from 3 games. Interestingly enough the formerly goal shy team have scored in each game that new boss Grant has been in charge of. It should also be pointed out we really haven't played well in any of them, Grant seemingly bringing with him the missing ingredient lacked by the Tony Adams/Paul Hart era.

So I've got a lot planned up until the 4th of January and I hope to use this as a way to keep me on track. If I can get something down every day, maybe as tangible evidence to myself that I in fact can make good use of my time, that should spur me on. As it is I've got a train to catch in a little over 11 hours.