February 09, 2006

I need to sleep more

Well I suppose I might as well add my bit about how annoying it is that the fire alarm went off at some hideous time in the morning. At which point I proceded to become incredibly confused, trying to turn my alarm off, failing, unplugging it..wondering how the hell it was able to keep on going even tho it was unplugged, finally coming to the realisation that it was the fire alarm…and then going outside with no shoes on.

This combined with not actually being able to drop off to bed that easily meant I really didn't get very much sleep. And I have a Real Ale social…my very first one infact. The chances of me making it back to campus in any kind of state, and being able to get up in time for my 2pm tomorrow are actually not that high.

Suppose I ought to mention that Lava Ignite (the club formally known as Ikon) was a pretty good night. I was very impressed with their level of service, particularly when it came to giving us out shots on the way onto the bus. A man, with a bottle, tipping it into your mouth. Truely the height of class. Being the only people travelling back on the 1:30 bus was pretty funny tho, fair play to the bus driver who dropped us off at the arts centre rather than making us walk from the Varsity.

Now I'm off to mentally prepare for tonight using some kind of…zen like…not needing that much sleep techniques of some sort or another.


February 07, 2006

That's the second most interesting title for a blog entry I've ever seen

Escape from Monkey Island. Pro Evo 5. Both essential that I play them as much as possible. I have to master Pro Evo, and Monkey Island is just great. The question now is will I actually get any work done at any point?
It seems relatively quiet in the corridor now, even with only a few people gone. Not that I am taking the opportunity to get lots of work done. Nope I'm playing games. Or watching Family Guy. Or just dossing about on the web. And also generally not thinking up good blog entries.

Side note: I got incredibly drunk on Saturday. On wine (still it was free- thank you RAG) Am making a mental note that Lindsay and Claire are possibly not the best people to rely on being able to push a trolley with myself in down the slope leading towards Rootes when they are very drunk. Although that may also apply when they are sober as well. I might have to test this at some point.


January 31, 2006

Late Night entries are a bad idea…

2 days in a row, I'm really rolling with it now.

I had a whole blog entry written out about the thing I mentioned before. Then I started to think:
1) I started writing this at 1:30am….this isn't going to be a good blog entry if it is trying to make sense of something
2) I think the person in question knows about this blog, and I think she would probably guess it was about her. (EDIT: I've just realised I could have made a University only entry, so she couldn't have seen it. But then it's too late to remember that kind of thing and I can't be bothered typing it all back out now.)

So in the end I'm going to end up keeping quiet about it. I'm sure people that know me will bug me about it and I'll probably tell you about it. You'll then probably say that I should stop worrying about it or something, which is probably correct but then I've never been one to do things the easy way.

Anyway, Top B is actually quite good. I must make the effort to actually go along more often. It's quite refreshing to not hear the same old songs repeated again and again (not that I don't like the Score stuff, it's just nice to have a change). Also it gives me a chance to break out my crazy dance moves. The longer hair may be a lot more hassle to look after…but it does come in handy for those songs which require a bit of head banging!

And now I really ought to get some sleep.


January 30, 2006

I'm on the road again…

Or rather I'm not as I'm back at Uni again, having been on a rather exciting trip back to (not so) sunny surrey.

I nearly ended up being scuppered at the first hurdle. Thanks to massive queues going to coventry I nearly missed the first train. Thankfully you can always rely on Virgin to be running a tad late and I just caught it having sprinted down from the bus stop. I then of course ended up waiting for 35 mins at Waterloo because for some reason when I bought my tickets they thought it would take an hour to get from Euston to Waterloo. I then also had to do the 35min walk back from the station as I'd forgetten that I'd run out of credit and some idiot had broken the pay phone.

Other bad things, well I got a parking ticket due to being a pillock. I could moan that I was only 17 mins late, but frankly I was stupid. £30 I'm not going to see again. But interestingly if I'd ran down the high street I would have made it back in time. So drawing from this, and the train incident I clearly need to run more.

Other than that it was a pretty relaxed weekend. Went bowling. Played terribly the first game, a lot better in the second. Met Chris' new girlfriend Aisling (I think that's right, it's pronounced Ash-leen). She seemed quite nice, and unlike his last girlfriend, she actually talked to me.

Have also bought back a few new things
1) New digi camera. It's sparkly!
2) A new bag. It's not falling apart!
3) My cocktail shaker. It's going to give us more interesting ways to get drunk!
4) Some new cd's and books I got for my birthday!

Sadly Chris' present to me went AWOL. We think it is somewhere under the huge pile of junk in my other brother's room, but as he wasn't around we didn't feel we could just raid through his stuff. Although that still would have taken a very long time. Also I still haven't got PES 5, but it should be here shortly.

However, all in all a very successful and worthy trip. There's one other thing that might be worth mentioning but I'll leave for another time, as frankly I'm still slightly confused. Although frankly that is nothing new.


January 22, 2006

Back on track

Well it seems that more or less everything has sorted itself out, in one way or another. All my presents have turned up…okay they're currently all at home but that's just a minor inconvenience considering I'm going home this weekend.

Of course that in itself could throw up the odd suprise; my brother is bringing his new girlfriend back, so what better way to introduce her gently than have family friends round as well so they can all go "OOHHHHHhhhh" as well. Still I think she's probably more capable of handling it than his last girlfriend , in the very short conversation I had with her on the phone when I was back home I think I exchanged more words with her than I ever did with his old girlfriends. (and this was a very short conversation)

Anyway, back to the on trackness…the running has kicked up again after I got a bit lax, I started really well when we got back, and it's been up and down since. I really need to get it sorted, because once I've got PES 5 from home I'm going to have a lot less time. Workwise I'm also feeling a bit happier now, Java is going to be a horrible pain in the arse but I feel I've managed to find some kind of a rhythm for getting through everything else.

One final thing: Ross for RAG finance. Or possibly another position! Whatever I can win. I must have an exec position…just because this year they got cooler shirts for RAG week.

A second final thing: RAG hoodie still hasn't turned up. Am mildly annoyed.

Third final thing: Sadly not everything is sorted. But at least I've got the fundementals going right.

And with that cryptic ending, I bid you all Happy 22nd January.


January 18, 2006

Wiki, wiki, wiki fever.

Wikipedia is possibly the most amazing thing ever in the world. Ever. You can find literally anything on there (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anything -gets coat). And then you think about how it was put together. The editing behind the scenes is quite frankly scary.

However I've not set my sights that high, no I've been pulled into the homestar runner wiki, a frankly amazing fansite but together by people with far too much time on their hands. Naturally I became immediately interested. I used it just as a reference for a while, but then I spotted my first mistake. And suddenly I was like 'Wow I can correct that, how cool am I'. So I did. Then someone else came along and changed it to something else, slightly different but still basically the same. I felt mildly miffed.

The pages are in a almost constant state of tinkering, trying to reach a kind of zen-like perfection. But mainly its made me realise quite how obsessive people can get over a cartoon, although in a way I think many have actually caught a kind of 'Wikifever' (I spent 5 seconds ages coming up with this name) where what they are actually addicted to is the creation of a comprehensive archive…and on a scale that isn't hideous to comprehend, unlike Wikipedia itself.

And thus endeth my random, possibly interesting but most likely vaguely dull thought of the day. It is possible that I might make a blog entry about what I've been doing recently. After all, I've had my birthday and everything.


January 08, 2006

(This title was far too sensible and has been replaced with: Baked Beans and Treacle don't mix)

First update in a while. For those of you hoping that I'd saved up something exciting, prepare to be let down bitterly excited and amazed!

I currently have no prospects of getting a digital camera at all as my parents cancelled the order, due to the general uselessness of the people they had orderd it from. It was then going to be done via Argos…but then they stopped selling it. In the approximately 2 hours while my parents were waiting for me to come out of an exam so they could check it was okay. This is to say it mildly, a tad annoying.

I did however buy a DVD today, Big Train (series 1 and 2). Haven't seen it in a long, long time, but happily it is still as good as I remembered it being. The World Staring Champsionships will never ever age. And I'd also completly forgotten that it had Simon Pegg in it.

Oh I've also been playing with a really cool tech demo called rthdribl which looks really pretty. It doesn't serve any purpose at all other than looking pretty, but I just decided I'd mention it.


December 31, 2005

Its all gone to the dogs

Well as ever Xmas has been nothing but busy. And my digital camera is still not in my hands, due to the uselessness of either:
a) The postman
b) The Company we ordered it from

Now on principle I don't like insulting the postman, ours is quite a nice guy, he delivers our post a lot and probably will for some time so I'm not going to jump to any conclusions. So I'll just blame the useless company (DigiUk or something) instead. It's far easier after all and makes me a bit happier. Currently it is starting to look like it's going to turn into a Birthday present instead.

We went to the dogs today in Walthamstow. Bit of a trek round but we were meeting some friends and I personally find it a lot nicer than Wimbledon. I actually ended up about £4.50 up while betting with only about 20p stakes due to picking 6 out of 14 winners and nailing my one pound free bet.

Naturally that money is all going tomorrow (or rather today for all you pedants out there). It's going to be one long and hopefully eventful night. Just as long as the event isn't involving me and the contents of my stomach it should be pretty awesome.

Cue Ross going to sleep.


December 14, 2005

Work

Ahh the joys of being back home. What i should be doing is catching up with Maths and preparing for my test on the first day back. (The Maths department really are very harsh). What I'm actually doing is
a) Watching a lot of Telly
b) Earning Money
Now I suppose I win back a few brownie points by actually improving my finances a bit. Plus it has kept me busy while I wait for everyone else to get back from Uni.

I actually quite like my job. In small doses. By the end of the holidays I'll probably be fed up of it again. Anyway basically I work in a cafe/restaurant in a garden centre called Squires. It is normally pretty tough work, but infact I kind of relish the challenge. My fellow workers are all pretty cool as well. And of course I'm back in the real world' after being in the bubble.

Well I say real world. My top customer for weirdness at the moment is the guy that comes in and gives Werthers Originals to the member of staff he feels has served him best. When I first heard this I must admit I thought it sounded amazing. Here was a man who was quite elderly (so could even be a grandad) giving out Werthers Original. Just like in the Adverts!
However so far he has only given them out to the girls that work there. And also I guess by my logic it means he kind of see's us as his grandchildren. Which is just a little bit weird. He is also a little bit odd around the girls.

As of yet no one has eaten any of his Werthers Originals.
And now a short preview of my next entry:
Well…

Rog, over and out.


December 07, 2005

Okay I've finally got round to writing about RAG week

Yes, it may be only 2 1/2 weeks late but its the moment you've all been waiting for (just so that it will stop me going on about it).

The following is an account of my activites on the week known as RAG Week. Roughly. Sadly due to it being massively late I'm a bit hazy on a few details (ie: almost all of it.)

Sunday: Wake up very tired, I can't remember for sure now, but I think it was Skool Dayz the day before. By the time I've actually got myself into a sentient state (about 5pm) I'm working on my analysis workbook all evening, so fail to go to the RAG quiz. Probably ended up watching Desperate Housewives.

Monday: My busiest (workwise) day of the week. I stroll down to Top Banana at (pm as I'm working in the cloakroom. End up doing very little work (was very quiet) while chatting to lots of RAG people wo were all hanging around. Finish my shift, work out that no one is around and that I'm actually very tired. Go home. I think at this point I probably went to sleep.

Tuesday: My first RAG helper shift. I acquire myself a beautiful red RAG helper shirt, and stroll off on a special delivery with exec member Paul. The aim: 7 pints spread over an hour and a half, going in every 15 mins to get this seminar teacher very drunk.

The actual result: We spend ages trying to find this place. We turn up really late, and the beer is really fizzy when we try and pour it. We go and and the seminar teacher has been replaced by someone else. We leave the beer with the lads that paid for it and bugger off.

It was also at this point that I got persuaded to go and sleep rough that night. So after drinking copious amounts of 'insulation' having 'Spunky' (I think…it was a long night) written on my head and eating a rather nice Naan Bread I dug out my sleeping bag and blanket, put on about 4 layers of clothes and slept outside the Union. And yes, incase there was any doubt, it is very cold sleeping outside.

Wednesday; I got up. I had a shower. I made it to my 9am lecture. I went and helped out at RAG, it was pretty quiet.Went to my Supervision at 12pm. I then slept for most of the afternoon. Naturally however I was wide awake for Score that night. Well, not that wide awake, largely due to the consumption of a lot of alcohol. Watched the eating contest. It was certainly..interesting.

Thursday: Ah yes, the aforementioned Conker day. See previous entry for details on failing to get enough people to play conkers. Also I went to see the Subways in the evening. They were really, really good. Highlight was seeing the lead singer jump up on top of the speakers, climb up the ligthing rigging and get up into Cholo.

Friday: Help out at RAG for most of the afternoon (apart from a brief break for a tes…I suprisingly got my best mark out of all 4, clearly a hectic week is the way forward for these things.) I help out in a couple of Gnomings, and get to act as an Exec for deilveries (due to having absolutely masses of deliveries and only 2 exec for the last hour).
Gnomed the Exec. Big style. Egg on the head and everything. I am so going to get Gnomed in a big way next year as revenge. But it was definately worth it.

And then..the Traffic Light Disco. I could have wrote this the day after and I don't think I would have had that much of a better account than what I have now. I remember being quite drunk when I got there, helping to blow up a lot of balloons…doing the RAG tag thing for about 2 hours as there was no one there, going off and getting more drinks and getting much more drunk. The evening is then mostly a blur (I know I was with Claire, Lindsey and Fiona…I assume I was dancing. Badly.) At around 1am (possibly earlier) they all went so I strolled back over to the RAG tag to see who else was around. I also noticed the presence of 3 of the animals on stage dancing around.

Even in my drunk state I noticed something was wrong. Only 3? After scanning across them a few times I realised that the pink hippo wasn't there! After a few enquiries (well more like…HAVE YOU SEEN THE PINK HIPPO COSTUME????) I raced upstairs to the cloakroom where I found the Hippo. I lept into it and dived onto the stage dancing around like a loon. Now its quite hot in the Hippo costume, and also due to the odd shape of the hippo head and the placement of the eyes…impossible to see out of. At one point I got up on the speakers (I decided I wanted to emulate the Subways from the night before..I quickly changed my mind after realising how high it was).
So yes the night finished…but I carried on and went and hugged loads of people as they were leaving. I think I eventually went to sleep at about 4am, after setting both my alarms to wake me up the next morning at 7:30.

Saturday: Day of the wonderful RAG raid to Reading. (i.e: loads of Raggers going into Reading and shaking buckets to raise cash).

Woke up at 9:45 having slept through both of my alarms. Check my phone. Listen to answerphone message from Nice (aka RAG presidente) alng the lines of 'Where the hell are you Ross? Get up!)
So I check the internet. I look at train times. I dive down to Coventry station. I get a ticket to Reading. Costing about £18. I sit and wait. And wait. I realise bringing something to do would have been a good idea. I sit and wait…I assume I must have just missed the train before. However after a while it starts to dawn on me that it was probably just cancelled. After my train is delayed, and then eventually cancelled, and the following one also delayed I start to wake up and realise what an idiot I am being. Not only was it £18, but I couldn't actually get through to ayone..so my chances of being able to meet them in Reading were slim.

I go back utterly dejected. I really was gutted to have missed it. Go off to Time tunnel that evening but I'm not really up for it. See Frank (also from RAG) turns out he also missed the raid, and seems to think lots of other people probably missed it as well. I feel slightly better after this, as I thought I'd be one of only a few and was letting the side down (it turns out that only 16 out of the 33 who had paid actually made it to the raid). Am still really too tired to enjoy myself that much though. It ended up being a bit of a downbeat ending to what was otherwise an amazing week.

So there it (more or less) is. Without a doubt the most manic week I've ever had. Not just for what I did in the evenings with RAG, but largely for the fact that I don't think I missed a single lecture all week, had a test in which I did well and completed a Differention Sheet (which was also quite good) as well. I think there was probaly some more stuff, but it and I get the feeling some of this stuff, was a 'have to be there moment'.

Should be some entries to come on the joys of being home and quite possibly on the wonders of being back at work. But as this entry is about to go into the realms of being way too long I better stop. Although I think it may well be way too late.

Rog, signing off.


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