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December 21, 2007

Contrast, if you will

What I should have been doing:
  • Writing up my progress on my project
  • Doing more cool stuff on my project
  • Adding more cool stuff to the mindbender game
  • Thinking about the two business essays I have
  • Buying Christmas presents
What I have been doing:
  • Watching Heroes
  • Watching Scrubs
  • Watching Dexter
  • Playing Super Mario Galaxy
  • Playing Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

May 11, 2007

Chapter 18, in which I talk about mundane topics

Since getting back, I’ve been kept fairly busy with coursework, but no longer. It’s all done, leaving nothing to do for the next month except watch TV, make games and juggle, with maybe some revision thrown in at the end if there’s time. Maybe.

And then at the end of that month, I’ll have 11 exams in 11 days, and the exams will take pity on me for being totally unprepared and make themselves easier for my sake. This is how it will happen; I’m sure of it.

I’ve been watching a lot of Heroes, and might be able to catch up to everyone else before the final episodes air next Monday. The last several episodes have ended in some of the most cruel (but awesome) cliffhangers.

I went to a juggling convention last weekend. Attended a unicycling workshop, meaning I am now even more skilled at falling off. Also attended a workshop on continuous backcrosses with clubs (where every club is thrown from behind your back). It basically turned into, “Continuous backcrosses are hard. It’ll take you months to even get close. Now here’s a large variety of tricks that are easier than continuous backcrosses.” And all of those tricks were also ridiculously hard from my current level of ability.

April 03, 2007

Miscellaneous thoughts

I just realised that I don’t have enough time to finish Twilight Princess before going back to university, and I may not get any chances to meet up with people either. I’m at family events for four days next week, and then going home next Thursday, leaving only 4 free days. Where did the past two and a half weeks go?

I’ve started watching Heroes, and it’s very good so far. But the start of the second episode had the most ridiculously over-the-top voiceover I have ever heard and I’m really hoping it never appears again.

I’m remembering that learning juggling tricks is a frustrating process. Before you can even get close to being able to do whatever you’re trying to learn, you need to try over and over again. It seems like you’re not getting anywhere and that you might as well give up. Eventually, you manage to almost do it, which gives you a short burst of confidence, but then you need to keep trying for a while before managing to do it properly. Then you need to practice until you can do it fairly often, and then if you want to really show off you need to practice a whole load more until you can do it pretty much every time. Totally worth it, though.

My brother Ian is still his own worst enemy.

I spent 2 hours 19 minutes playing this game while I should have been sleeping last night. Some clever puzzles; I enjoyed it a lot. Can you beat my time? And while I’m mentioning games, Jumper is good but very annoying. Enigma is still far too addictive for me to be allowed to play it.

January 09, 2007

Tiny Tim's TV Time

I just finished watching Wonderfalls. I think I have a new favourite TV show. It’s hilarious and has great characters you really care about. It was, of course, cancelled by Fox after four episodes. I feel I should say more about it, but it would really just boil down to “go watch”, so that’s what you should do.

I’ve also finished season 1 of Veronica Mars. Also awesome, but thankfully less cancelled. The characters are brilliant; most of the time you won’t be able to decide if you love them or hate them. They all change over the course of the season-long story arc, which itself is enough to watch it for. Season 2 should be arriving very soon now – I can’t wait.

What else? I got to the end of season 2 of Babylon 5 recently, but it doesn’t grip me as much as the other two do. I would have thought that a program with a five year story arc planned out from the start would be right up my street, but it moves much slower in comparison. Still, I’m definitely going to keep watching.

December 27, 2006


I have too many projects.

I started making a Tetris clone an Ancient Hobbit Puzzle game. (Sidenote: some people have too much time on their hands.)

I have plenty of work to do on Operation Meltdown.

The Beautifully Choreographed Battle Game isn’t complete.

I have various other LotH-themed games I want to make.

Perhaps more importantly than those games, I have two pieces of coursework due in at the start of next term.

Mark gave me some more Javascript stuff to do for St Pixels.

My Dad wants me to do some PHP stuff for him.

I have Babylon 5, Veronica Mars, Arrested Development and now Wonderfalls to watch.

I need to complete Twilight Princess before I go back to Warwick.


Grandparents were here for the past three days. We saw Treasure Island at the theatre earlier today, and yesterday we went to the ice rink, where some of us went ice-skating.

Ian has an iPod. He wanders around the house with it on all the time, ignoring people even more than before. We either need to get a remote control for it, or I’m going to get into the habit of hitting him over the head before saying anything to him.

Wandered around town last Friday for many hours with Pete and Mairead. Nowhere has any copies of Wii Play. We were unknowingly in the same Starbucks as one of Hennell’s sister’s friends for some time. We went bowling after finding a Hennell – I found that Wii Sports seems to help, but not enough to let me win. Then we went to Pizza Hut and then back into town where we met people from school. Pete and Hennell went to get a lift home and I went with them intending to get a bus, not thinking that it would make sense to tell Mairead. Hopefully she got back home alright, though.

Ian is fairly often getting up to watch the Cricket before I’ve gone to bed. It’s just wrong.

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