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: (Ten!Lem)
I'll be off to the Yorkshire Dales for a week's holiday in the morning. The place where we're staying actually has wi-fi, and I always have my iPod Touch with me, so I won't be completely offline. Which, considering what my inboxes usually look like when I come back, is probably a good thing.

I've packed art materials, two books I haven't finished yet, my DS, and enough tin whistle sheet music to stage a small folk festival - if I wind up doing nothing, it'll only be because my brain has gone on strike!

Speaking of which, I'd better go get some shut-eye before it rebels completely.
blue_aeon: (Eleven!Lem)
First off, I've made some new friends since my last post so here's a belated hello! *waves* I apologise for the gap - even my pet goldfish outdoes me in the short-term memory department. Which goes for me commenting as well.

My job came to an end last month - couldn't stay on as it's a non-profit/charity organisation and they don't have the funds to pay me beyond 20 quid a month (apparently this is why a lot of charity websites look so dated), but I've talked with the CEO about funding options so that they can pay me to maintain the site, so that's on my to-do list. On the plus side, my brother is a volunteer there on Fridays and helps with their filing. After ages of no-one willing to give him a job because of his Asperger's, he's chuffed to bits that he's finally being useful to society.

I've also found out that being the only one in the house with PayPal can be a problem when a) your family has discovered eBay and b) your sister is setting up her own business and hasn't been able to sort out an account of her own for online orders. We really need to have words about this.

Got Pokemon Platinum last week and I've been enjoying it so far. Started with Piplup (a girl, for what it's worth) and am currently preparing for the first gym. Need to trade a Dratini egg over from my SoulSilver game though, otherwise I'll be waiting a small ice age before I can get a Dragonite.

And I've finally done some art again! I brought Painter 12 with some of my savings and boy am I glad I did. It's the first time my tablet drawing has looked like my actual sketches.


RIFT Contest - Life Colossus

by ~WhiteDragon2393
blue_aeon: (Ten!Lem)
Today is week three of my job, and it's going great so far. As I have far better equipment at home (I nearly keeled over when I saw the system specs on their computers), I go in on Mondays for general feedback/admin work, and then spend the rest of the week working from home. Which is quite fortunate given how shocking some of the roads are in the current weather. With any luck I'll be able to get my iPod connect to the office wifi next week, because having net access on that thing is becoming a pain. And hopefully the next desk I'm sat at won't end up under a pile of my work.

Last week, though, I had a bit of a shock. I watch this internet show called "What The F*** is Wrong With You!?" which highlights shining examples of human stupidity, and in the latest episode we had the show's first death. So, who had the honour of being the person dumb enough to end up on there?

A guy my age from my local area, who overdosed on enough caffeine to, in the words of the host: "briefly allow him to see backwards in time."

What I didn't notice until I watched the episode again on Friday, though, was the guy's name. At which point I realised that not only did I live in the same area as this idiot, I knew this idiot. You see, this guy was actually an old school-friend of mine; and whose stand-out moment was an act of public indecency in the school playground aged 10 (lets just say he couldn't keep it in his pants).

And the worst part is that, once I got past the shock, I wasn't even surprised by how it happened. Why? Because my school year was infamous for being both completely insane and having little to no common sense, with my sister's year not far behind. Believe it or not, "caffeine overdose" is one of the less stupid things I've known my peers to do.

And I still cannot believe I've had to say that.
blue_aeon: (Ten!Lem)
Well, I've now got the iPod; it's taken some digging, but I've found that the Dreamwidth web posting form works fine on it. A proper app would still be greatly appreciated though, because Safari is a little too fond of randomly zooming-in while I'm trying to type. Speaking of which, it's surprisingly easy to type on here - I'm actually typing with two fingers at the moment, and my typo rate's only slightly above my usual.

As my dad works at an electronics store, he was the one to pick it up for me. Not only did he get a staff discount, but my iPod came with a free charger and £25 iTunes voucher! Seriously, my dad's workplace is awesome.

PS: I've named my iPod "Glitch" - can anyone guess the really dorky reference?
blue_aeon: (Pudsey!Doctor)
I got a call back from that company yesterday, expecting to organise a time and place for another chat. What I got instead was being offered the position. I need to go in next week to sort out the paperwork, and then they want me to start the week after.

... Holy crap, I've got a job! Okay, it's for six months (it could go on after that though), but still!

It's got me thinking about how I'm going to keep from getting muddled though, as I have terrible handwriting and am terminally disorganised unless it's on a computer. As it happens, my iPod Shuffle has been on the fritz lately, and it occurred to me to use some of the money from my savings and get an iPod Touch to replace it. So I'll probably post again either tonight or tomorrow to test it out (apparently you can get the LJ app to post to DreamWidth. If there's a way it can be done, I'll find it).
blue_aeon: (Eleven!Lem)
First, I was half-wake this morning when I suddenly hear this almighty shriek. At first I thought it was my neighbours, until I heard the panicked voices of my sister and Mum, at which point I rushed downstairs to find my sister having her eye flushed out with water.

What had happened was that Mum, when she went to put my sister's eye-drops in, had instead picked up the bottle of ear-drops that someone (i.e.: Dad) left next to the eye-drop bottle. The packaging and bottles for these look very similar, so you can guess how the mix-up was made. As it happened, they had to go into town today, so I suggested they drop by our opticians to make sure everything was all right. She's got to back Friday to have it checked again, but thankfully no harm's been done. Poor Mum was really upset though.

Weirdly, my sister had been telling me the night before about them looking similar. I guess foreshadowing works in real life, too.

Back to last week, where I was at the Job Centre with my dad about my Job Seekers' claim. Apart from discussing my partial deafness, we also brought up the possibility of me having Asperger's, because there's going blank, and then there's having parts of the brain being completely cross-wired. So I'm waiting for an appointment to see the Disability Advisor now, and I've also been moved onto Stage 3, where you're put on a 6 month work placement to help you get experience.

As it happened, one of the companies on the scheme is looking for someone to fill a multimedia position, and I went to have a chat with a couple of the people there on Friday. Things were a bit stilted at first but the ice was pretty much broken after they asked to see some of my work. There was also a pretty funny moment where the woman whose name Dad got wrong at the start wound up getting his name wrong at the end. Anyway, I'm currently waiting for a phone call about going down again to meet the chief executive, so fingers crossed that goes all right.

We also had my aunt and uncle round along with my cousin and her two daughters. Her eldest, J, wants to start a dragon collections (*sniff* I'm so proud) and her youngest, K, has turned out to be a natural with the woodwind - my sister let her have a go on her clarinet and she amazed all of us by not only being able to play it, but play it rather well. It was also the first time any of them had met Tails, and they absolutely adore him. Then again, when he keeps swimming over to you to say hello, it's hard not to.

And speaking of Tails, he's now happily settled into his new home:



The picture on the left is his old tank, to give you an idea of the difference. It also turns out that we were right about my chest of drawers, as I now have a problem opening the top drawer thanks to the extra weight. It'd probably break if I put the next tank up on it. :/
blue_aeon: (No Lie!)
Because he's never had a proper introduction.



This is Tails, my 10-year-old goldfish.

To say this little guy is... unusual is a bit of an understatement. Firstly, he has three tail-fins. Secondly, about a month after I got him he developed bruising on his right gill cover and over the following weeks it curled back to expose the membranes (that's the flash of pink you can see on his side). The same accident resulted in a lop-sided mouth and him being bug-eyed on his right side. And yet despite this he's outlived both of his tank-mates and the numerous tank clean-outs (which apparently ought to have made him keel over well before now). I know goldfish are hardy, but he really takes the cake sometimes.

And here's a better view of why I called him Tails:



I suspect his tail has kicked up like that because his tank is now too small for him, which will be rectified soon when I get him a new tank as his current hex-aquarium has just about had it (it's well over ten years old now, so it's had a good innings). It won't be massively bigger than his old one, because I don't have the room, but it'll be a box tank this time so he'll definitely have more room. Which he'll be happy about, because it means he'll have more room to play with us.

You see, he often spends his time "dancing" at the front of his tank whenever I'm around - and I know it's not because he's hungry, because sometimes I'll feed him and he'll carry on dancing until I point up at it. If I wiggle my fingers in front of his tank he will follow them around, and if I either call his name or snap my fingers he'll immediately turn around and swim towards me. It's amazing how affectionate he is, because he always swims around the part of the tank nearest to me and perks up the moment I walk in the room. He's a real joy to have around.

I guess I'm kinda being both sentimental and pessimistic with this post, because I'm mainly writing it so that I'll have something to remember him by should the worst happen after putting him in his new tank. But the little guy's a fighter and I'm not about to count him out yet, so all going well I'll be able to post some pictures of him settled into his new tank and continuing to make a nuisance of himself. Hopefully they will be better pics than these ones, but knowing him that's very unlikely.

Now if you'll excuse me, someone looks like he wants his supper.
blue_aeon: (Default)
I'm off the Lake District now. See you in a week! :)
blue_aeon: (Four!Lem)
On Friday I'm off to the Lake District with the rest of the family for a week. Hopefully my ankle will have sorted itself out by the time we get there (pro tip: if your ankle makes a resounding crack, that's probably not a good thing).

I've sort of left packing to the last minute. Well, not entirely, since Mum deals with the clothes and essentials via use of her Awesome Packing Skills™ (we're pretty sure she makes the bags and cupboards bigger on the inside), and I actually know where everything I want to pack is, I just need to gather it up. Currently on the list of things to take are books, art materials, Nintendo DS plus games, camcorder plus extras and anything else I can fit in my satchel.

Oh, and a recorder. Yesterday I decided to take up playing it again for the first time since Junior School (ages 7-10, for those wondering), and I'm taking it with me to practice (bottom C is quite tricky to reach without squeaking). Although what I really want to learn to play is the Tin Whistle (I always want to join in when I hear one, they're just wonderful), so I'm keeping an eye out for one whilst we're up there. Who knows? Maybe if I get good enough my sister and I can take both along to an expo and start random hoe-downs (she plays recorder and clarinet).

(btw, someone has indeed done the Doctor Who theme on the recorder, but unfortunately it happens to sound like a cat that's being simultaneously strangled and electrocuted)
blue_aeon: (Default)
Okay, bit late with this - in my defence, I was exhausted on Wednesday, unable to use a computer for ages thanks to a whopper of a thunderstorm on Thursday, and yesterday I was helping my neighbour get video off his camcorder.

Anyway, on Wednesday morning I graduated with honours in BA Multimedia. Follow the cut to see me in my cap and gown (I've never felt so much of a nerd).

This is why I don't post pictures of myself often... )
blue_aeon: (Ten!Lem)
Got my results today: I got a 2:2 and was just missed out on a 2:1 by about 1%. To quote Kryten: "I'm almost annoyed." Still, I passed! Which means I graduate next month along with my sister, who actually got the same grade as me and was roughly the same amount off a 2:1 as well (a bizarre coincidence by any standards).

In other news, I've become addicted to Robot Unicorn Attack. I've now got Erasure stuck in my head on loop.

Oh, before I forget; a church we pass on our way into Nottingham currently has the best sign I have ever seen:
"The son's shine eclipses twilight."
Well played, Mr. Sign Maker, very well played. It's not often you can pull off a hurricane of puns in just 5 words.
blue_aeon: (Four!Lem)
Hello to my new friends from the Fandom Secrets friending meme! *waves*

I've somehow managed to hit 90+ hours on Pokemon SoulSilver now, and am currently wondering a) who on Earth is in charge of hiring for Team Rocket because they're serious idiots and b) whose idea it was to turn Togetic into an absolute demon. Also, getting elemental stones from the trainers is a pain in the butt (they don't give you any after you thrash them? What gives?).

FMA 107 was a return to the FMA I know and love after the preceding silliness, and it really is becoming clear just how much BONES knew about the manga ending when making the first anime. Btw, FMA fans on my f-list: my sister stopped reading the manga round about the Ishbal flashback, and is now stuck for a good point to jump back in at. Can anyone recommend a chapter? And does anyone know of a site that does chapter summaries?

I am LOVING Doctor Who so far this series. It actually feels like a proper arc from one episode to the next this time. And I really don't get why people are saying that Amy's sorta wooden. My sister acts a lot like her and she actually does become "wooden" and impassive if she's not directly involved in anything, and yet is completely bonkers and impulsive when she's engaged with either us or people she knows. Same goes for the Tenth Doctor's "overacting" - my brother acts ridiculously over the top on an almost daily basis. And me, I act like a cross between the two most days (maybe a bit of Eleven thrown in). I guess people like the three of us really aren't very common in real life.

In my final month of Uni now, and me and my sister are both gearing up for our final presentations (we're on the same course). After that's done we're going to start working on a project that we've been bouncing around ideas for.

Oh, and I'm a prat - I picked up a case for my DS Lite from GAME's bargain bin this afternoon, and when I got home it turned out to be a DSi only case (in my defence, the packaging says "DSi compatible", not "DSi only"). So I've got to get that exchanged on Tuesday now. Did get some new headphones pretty cheap though, so it wasn't completely wasted.

And yeah, this post is how my brain works at any one time - several different things at once. XD
blue_aeon: (Four!Lem)
Okay, 35 hours into SoulSilver now: I've caught Sudowoodoo (nicknamed Usokii for nostalgia's sake, even if it is a boy this time round) and discovered that a) Route 34 induces claustrophobia and b) my Geodude is very claustrophobic; also, for a Pokemon with only two arms and no legs, he manages to get tangled in grass with alarming frequency. And, thanks to one of her friends sending her the Pikachu-coloured Pichu over wi-fi, [livejournal.com profile] angelbless now has the Spiky-eared Pichu, after possibly the cutest scene ever.

Oh, and my brother has seen one of those "David Tennant supports the Labour Party" ad in our local council paper and didn't react well. Thanks a smegging bunch guys, I'd been successfully avoiding that topic with him for the past four years until you lot started using your popular supporters to gain brownie points. >:( *is not looking forward to the upcoming conversation*
blue_aeon: (Default)
Okay, so it was my birthday on Saturday. I'm not really one for making a fuss over it, so I kinda let it slip by the wayside, but due to me being both anal about facts and too honest for my own good, I felt I ought to mention it - I only mentioned it on the recent [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets friending meme because it was happening on my birthday.

Speaking of which, hi new friends! I'm dropping you all in at the deep end here, as I still haven't mastered the art of being brief. X3;;

Funny hats and Black Mage weapons, amongst other things (slight spoilers for Doctor Who) )
blue_aeon: (Four!Lem)
For the first time in God-knows-how-many years, my area has had snow in the run up to Christmas. Everyone has every available body part crossed that the snow's still here in two days' time (another snow-storm would be nice), because it's my kid sister [livejournal.com profile] angelbless' 21st birthday on Christmas Day and all she's ever wanted is snow on her birthday (she's never had a white Christmas in her life).

Due to my Mum being concerned that I didn't have many presents to open compared to my siblings (my interests come with a large price tag it seems), and asking if there was something else I wanted, come Christmas Day I'll be able to hook up the LCD TV in my room to my mac as a second monitor thanks to the adapter we brought yesterday. Now I can watch stuff online and still be able to do other stuff at the same time (prepare to be blitzed MSN Video, I'm after your Classic Who).

Speaking of Doctor Who, I'm halfway finished on another piece of fanart and my icon's a clue as to what it is (it's three weeks overdue - I blame Uni). Then there's another one that I want to start and finish before New Year's Day.

I've also surprised myself over how much I'm looking forward to watching Hamlet on Boxing Day (even more so considering I didn't even know the plot until last year). I used to complain about studying Shakespeare, but looking back on it I realised that I actually did enjoy the stories, and Hamlet is downright intriguing and I want to know why we didn't study it at school. Romeo and Juliet isn't remembered fondly though - I found it all to be a bit of a wallbanger to be honest (although I recommend the recent anime adaptation). I've also discovered that I have a knack for understanding the text. Not sure why, but I'm not about to complain.

Oh, and I've got bitten by the Pokemon bug again after reading about HeartGold and SoulSilver. Especially now I've found that you can transfer your GBA Pokemon to them (and the world-wide wi-fi trading is just an awesome feature) - I haven't been this excited about a Pokemon game since the original Gold and Silver came out.

And now to finish cleaning my room - I'm going for a record and seeing if I can do it all tonight.
blue_aeon: (Default)
As some of you know, my older brother has Asperger Syndrome. What most probably don't is that I am incredibly similar to him in many ways. It's long been suspected that I have AS too - since I was a baby in fact - but the doctors dismissed it as me 'putting it on', so we never followed up on it.

But in the paper recently there was an article on Asperger's in relation to the man who has auditioned for the X Factor and it mentioned how it presents itself differently in girls. I got curious, and took a look on the net to find out what the differences were.

Which was how I found this article.

I literally froze. It describes me perfectly. Every last detail is me exactly. Down to my reaction when my parents or siblings get irritated with me when I'm being scatter-brained. Down to me preferring male company to female. Even down to me still loving things I loved as a kid and my lack of fashion sense.

I pretty much suspected that I have Asperger's like my brother, but to see it in black and white like that was still a shock. I'm not sure I want to get an official diagnosis though - if you have Asperger's you might as have fallen off the face of the Earth once you've left education, so what good would it do me?

And, I'm okay with having it. I'm brilliant in fact. I've always said about Asperger's that "you're just wired up differently to everyone else." Or, as my Dad puts it, "it's like two different operating systems trying to talk to each other" - which doesn't quite work so well with me since I'm both a Mac AND a PC. XD

The way I see it, it wired my brain up this way and what I did with it is all me and I like who I am. So how can I have a problem with that? :D

PS: I recently discovered that the shorthand nickname for people with Asperger's is "Aspie." I think it's adorable, and since I have never heard it used in a derogatory fashion I'm definitely going to use it more in conversation.
blue_aeon: (Default)
*rubs backside* I've just spent the past hour going through one of my bookshelves and reorganising it so I can get to the books easier (I have a large dragon garden ornament sat in front of it most of the time. Don't ask). Needless to say I've now been reminded why chairs were invented.

As far as months go, not a world beater. Primeval's been cancelled - I'm fast running out of viewing material, good thing FMA's on (Robin Hood doesn't count, it's almost painful for this Nottinghamshire local to watch sometimes) - and Dad's no longer in work (and 'suss' doesn't even begin to cover my opinion of the whole situation) though it is great to have him home. We've got an untrustworthy... I can't think of a polite way of saying 'moron', in charge, MPs that don't use their salaries to pay for things like the rest of us. Oh, and Iran's about to go off the deep end. Apparently we're "treacherous and evil" - I wasn't aware we were on good enough terms with Iran (or on any terms, for that matter) for us to betray them.

Btw, do NOT go to Conventry for the first time without a map. The place is a honest-to-god rabbit warren, and we got spectacularly lost trying to find a particular shop (sat-navs are rendered absolutely useless as well, to the point where the satellite goes AWOL). Good thing I'm pretty good with directions, which stopped us getting lost on the way back. Also, the entrance/exit to the car park was a flippin' helter skelter. Motion sickness ahoy! @_@

Currently, I'm in talk with my parents over getting a new iMac (my current one, incredibly reliable as it is, is unable to keep up with me). It's a "wait and see - don't get your hopes up" kind of thing at the moment (mind you, seeing as my mum is known for switching her moods rather abruptly -most of the time I can't read her at all - that might go back and forth for a bit, I've given up pre-empting her). I guess I'll know for sure after we've been on holiday in about 3 or 4 weeks' time. I do have my side of the bargain to hold up, which is a) sort out mine and my sister's joint paypal account so we can do commissions and sell stuff (done, no thanks to the EU making the whole thing more confusing than it should have) and b) help out around the house - which I assume includes cleaning my room, which Lord knows needs doing, hence shuffling the bookshelves.
blue_aeon: (Me at Expo)
Because lets face it, I need to quit rambling so damn much.

  • Kayli (that rainbow coloured sugary stuff) is surprising good at kicking your brain into gear, even if it doesn't point it in the right direction.
  • Boils on your side are a right pain, especially if they're on the side you like to sleep on. x_X
  • Plaster itches.
  • Visualisation is another pain - why is it so much more demanding that the other pathways?
  • On the other hand, Animation and Games rock - I've got weird creature and a steampunk airship, respectively.
  • SPP not so much, a 3000 word essay due in two weeks, and we need to also sort out research and client project proposals. Good thing we're talking to our Animation lecturer tomorrow.
  • Livejournal doesn't know whether it's up or down. It's almost as bad as the Orange website.
  • Switching over to Sky Broadband tomorrow - hopefully this router will be easier to connect to than the Livebox was. The Wii may end up having to time-share with Dad's laptop (4 computers allowed to connect, max).
  • Still reading Watchmen - intend to finish it before I see it in cinemas.
  • My brain is weird. I still have no idea why I dreamt about David Tennant presenting Comic Relief a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I should lay off reading Doctor Who comms before bed.
  • Said brain is also brilliant at making connections between things and creating plot bunnies. As of now, FMA and Doctor Who are linked together in a way that makes far more sense than it should.
  • Coming up with a fanfic plot for said bunnies is a very good way to get my brain to quit going on about it (well, not as much as it would otherwise).
  • New FMA anime soon yay! Xerxes flashback in manga however is really creepy. o.o
  • Really should rename that 'general' tag.
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.

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