blue_aeon: (Ten!Lem)
So it's been... nearly 7 months since I was last here. Not really had much motivation to post if I'm honest, and also the douche-baggery that is real-life decided to make itself known in full force (the exact nature of which I won't go into, but thankfully the outcome's looking to be a lot better than first thought).

I'm also going on holiday for a week tomorrow to the same place as last year (it's a farm in Yorkshire which has free wi-fi. Awesome). I'll try to remember to post when I get back this time. Provided that the freak thunderstorms we've been having don't completely fry our phone line whilst we're away.

What else has been happening )

And now for the doosey. Bear with me, I may be a <em>little</em> bitter )
blue_aeon: (No Lie!)
Figured I ought to actually use this for its intended purpose again.

So, I'm clearing out the plastic chest of drawers (or "art trunk", as I call it) next to my mac at the moment. The reason? I got this a couple of weeks ago:



I've always wanted one of these since I was a kid, and during a visit to Hobbycraft (an awesome store with everything under the sun for artistic types) they had this desk at £95. They usually cost £200, minimum. Sure, it's got a wonky wheel (problem with the weld) but it's pretty sturdy. So I'm finding and putting my art materials in the two side drawers. And I'm a little amazed at what I've got in this art trunk:

Cut for sanity's sake )
And this is one drawer. There are four.

Oh, and as for LJ's nomination for "Biggest Prats of The Year," I'm currently trying to decide who is being stupider in this whole fiasco - the LJ staff, or some of the users (why does anger make people stupider?).

My thoughts on the subject )

Also, I feel I need to apologise to my f-list. I know there's no obligation to comment on other people's journals, but I can't help but feel I'm letting some of you down. I do read every single post you guys make, though, even if it results in me face-planting on the keyboard at 2am (for the record: ow).

PS: the Red Arrows flew past my bedroom window earlier. That was unexpected.
blue_aeon: (Al)
I've had the Escaflowne movie on my hard drive for about a couple of years now, so I decided to watch it whilst doing Uni work a few days ago. I rather enjoyed it, so being the fan of alternate continuities that I am, I decided to try watching the TV series. I was not expecting to be on episode 22 after 3 days. I was fully expecting to have got to episode 7 and lost interest; but I find myself completely engrossed in the back story and plot. Mind you, the dub has a bit of redundancy problem, although it has a certain charm to it (and it's way better than the X:1999 dub). Also, Van as a kid is cute as a button, which is problematic seeing as these flashbacks tend to happen during moments of dire peril.

I've also been working my way through the first FMA series again and it's still awesome (and I'm still not seeing the major angst here people). Although an exchange in episode 15 is now unintentionally hilarious:

Al: "Brother, what are we going to do now?"
Ed: "I don't know Al, lets just get some distance from that guy with the glasses."

I'm a fan of the That Guy With The Glasses site and ended up having to pause the video to get rid of the resulting mental image.

And whilst we're on the subject, why is it that FMA is reading more and more like one of Rusty's Doctor Who finales? The similarities are so striking it's borderline hilarious.

Spoilers for FMA and a bit of a science rant )
blue_aeon: (Campfire)
So today we get a letter saying that we have exceeded the Fair Usage limit on our unlimited broadband - Orange have a cap at 40gb or 50gb, depending on who you ask/which way the wind's blowing, for both uploads and downloads, but this is stated absolutely nowhere in their terms (and we certainly weren't informed about it) and if you ask me is a blatant piece of false advertising. Apparently we exceeded it by 20 gigs, and we're having trouble working out how because despite increased usage of iPlayer and as many as 4 computers using it at once, as well as the Wii, we can't see how it adds up to 60 gigs, because large file sizes for streaming are not practical and murder on the servers.

What makes this even more infuriating is that my dad specifically asked if it was unlimited because me and Hayley are multimedia students and as such will use up a lot of bandwidth anyway, and he was told that would be fine. Obviously it's not, and I've now come to the conclusion that they've been capping us for months without informing us. The sneaky arseholes! They've also basically told us to "stop using the Internet because you're ruining it for everyone else". I think you're doing a fine job of that already without our help.

Mum and Dad are now looking at Sky broadband, as that's stated as truly unlimited (and it needs to be now that they have Sky Player).

On a lighter note (or not), Henry's head finally fell off, which is a relief since we have no idea how it was staying on and it was starting to scare us a bit.


See that? That shouldn't be possible with full sun beating down on it. Trust my siblings to go and make a snowman that defies the laws of physics.
blue_aeon: (terror)
Another year, and another Tomb Raider game done and dusted by my mum (yes, my mum's a gamer - this has its advantages). And Tomb Raider: Underworld leaves a sense of... disappointment? Dissatisfaction? That the developers need to be hit around the head with a newspaper?

As it turns out, it's all three. The two glaring problems were 1) it was ridiculously short (Mum usually takes a month at least to finish a TR game) and 2) it was riddled with an incredible amount of glitches. I won't discuss the gameplay here (me and my sister will be tearing it a new one over at our Uni blogs) - no, my gripe here is with the plot, which used Norse myth.

Spoilers for TR Anniversary, Legend, Underworld and Norse myth )
blue_aeon: (Pudsey!Doctor)
So I love dragons, which obviously means I love dragon movies. While, in my opinion, few can compare to Dragonheart, and the absolute classic that is The Flight of Dragons (it's a complete travesty that Warner Bros haven't released it on DVD), they're generally watchable and enjoyable (yes, even Eragon).

Trust an exception to come bumbling along )
blue_aeon: (Default)
What a week. College is being one hell of a pain. At least there was some comic relief throughout.

College woes )

PoP 3T observations )

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