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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

21 Years of Procrastination and Awesomeness - Part 2

I'm back again! If you're reading this but haven't read part 1, you can find it here. Now, it's time to continue with the last ten items on the list :D

12. Books
With TV and the internet, I very rarely hear about people reading books anymore. I have a few friends that keep up with their reading alright. As for me... I'm a bad reader. I'm very slow and find it hard to put the time aside to read. Which is partly why I didn't want to put books on this list. However, when I do get the time to read, I love it. As I mentioned in the last post, I read the Harry Potter books before they were movies. Another series I read was A Series Of Unfortunate Events. My mom bought me the set of eight for Christmas one year but forgot to give them to me... so I didn't get them til a few months after that. But once I got into them, I had them read very quickly. And I bought books 9 to 13 then as they came out. I enjoyed them so much and they're still here on my shelf. The latest book I started reading is the A Game of Thrones, which is the first book in the Game of Thrones series. All of my friends are mad about the TV show (which I've not watched yet) but I've decided to read the books before watching the show. Call me crazy or whatever but I needed some motivation to get back into reading.

13. Nostalgia
Bit of an.. obscure one as it's not really a 'thing'. But I love keeping and collecting things that remind me of the past. I have this box in my bedroom filled with things like concert tickets, wristbands, letters and stuff like that. Sentimental things and the like. I suppose this relates to my love for photography. I have thrown some things out of the box but usually anything I throw out is because it's tainted somehow. Not to bring down the mood or anything... but all that stuff, however worthless is actually is, really means a lot to me which is why I keep it :)

14. Lady Gaga
Ok.. she had to make the list. But there are a number of reasons! It was when I was coming home from Barcelona on a school tour that I first heard Poker Face, and it was there that the love blossomed. When I was out shopping one day, I bought The Fame; her first album. This was a major turning point in my teenage life because up until then, I never owned a CD or cared much for music. Yes, I did like the album and Gaga's music, but what's more is I started to listen to more music. That's where my love for music began! Yes, it's lame.. but I don't care :P Also, my first concert was a Lady Gaga concert! Another first, courtesy of Gaga. There's also her album Born This Way. I remember one morning singing along to Americano and... well. I'll say no more but that album was a significant factor in my life at the time :) So yeah, while I love this woman, she means more to me than she'll ever know and that's why she's on this list.

15. Cooking
By cooking, I mean food prep in general. Anyway, being a college student I do a lot more cooking at college than I do at home. I always made my own food at home before going to college so it wasn't a big thing to take on when I went to Cork. Since I moved for college, I started eating so many more foods. Mostly because I can control what I put in to my dinners and meals. Tesco has become one of my best friends :D So yeah, the reason I like cooking and baking and all that is because it's productive, creative and best of all, I get an awesome treat after it! Another thing I love about it is it's a great skill to have. Plus, who doesn't love getting free cupcakes, scones and whatever else I make :P

16. Yu-gi-oh!
I remember the first time I bought a deck of cards... I got the deck in a small toy shop in Charleville and my brother got a pack too. That was when I started watching the TV show. Since that day, I followed the TV show and bought hundreds of cards. As we speak, I'm rewatching season one... my god how cringey that show was! But the card game was so much fun. I have tonnes of cards upon my shelf. I have loads of decks - ones I bought and ones I made up. Although I do love this game, I am gonna sell the cards if I can... because I don't use them and they'd be better off with someone who will use them. Oh! I forgot, I have some DS games. Now, they are great games (in my opinion) as you can get any card you like in-game and play with so many different strategies. For those of you who don't know what Yu-gi-oh! is, it's a card game full of strategy which is the reason I love it! By the way, look what I got a few years ago!

The Three Egyptian God Cards

Normally, I would upload a picture of my own ones but my SD card is otherwise occupied so I can't take a photo. When I can, I'll upload a pic for you all :)

17. Minecraft
How long would it be before I mention Minecraft? :P Well here it is, finally on the list. Why do I love Minecraft? Because you start with nothing and build a life for yourself. You build according to your needs and then after that, do whatever the hell you like :D I love it so much because it's your own creativity and imagination that helps you through the game. It's a great pastime too of you have time to kill. I can't say much more about it, but as you should know, I'm always talking about Minecraft so expect to see more in future posts.

18. Malteasers
I couldn't leave these out... I'm not gonna say much except that Malteasers are my favourite sweet. I don't know if it's the chocolate or the centre... but they're delicious. I don't really buy them though unless they're on offer in Tesco, but when I do, they very rarely last!

19. College
What can I say... college is just fantastic. I can't say enough about how great it is! To be quite honest, I didn't appreciate college when I was in first year. But since then, I've met some brilliant people and become involved in so many societies and committees. I'm going into my 4th year this September and once that's finished, I don't know what to do with myself... I'm going to be so lost without college. I'm still not sure whether I'll do another course after I finish Financial Maths or if I'll go job hunting. Sure, I've another while to think about that properly. Here's a few things I've been involved in while at college; Peer Support Leading, Class Rep, College Council, LGBT Society, Chinese Society and Academic Tutor. I've made some amazing friends and memories here at college, and I'll miss it when I'm gone.

20. Pikmin
My god... I love these things!! I started playing the second game in the series last night. I had played a tiny bit before but our Nintendo Wii broke :/ However, my cousins brought over their Wii so I can play it whenever I want. Why are Pikmin on my list? Well... for anyone who hasn't played the games, it's really hard to explain. But each colour Pikmin has a different ability; red are fire resistant, blue are water resistant, yellow have electrical resistance, purple are big and heavy and white are immune to poison. I have looked up getting plush toys of the Pikmin but they're very expensive :/ Below is a pic of the type of plushies I'd like to get.

Pikmin Plush Dolls

The Pikmin act as your personal army - they fight enemies, gather items and perform tasks together. Perhaps the cutest thing about them is that they sing! And their songs gets better when your army is full of different colours.

21. Music
And finally, we have music. I mentioned above how I didn't get into music until I bought The Fame. Since then, music has been an integral part of my life. Most recently, I've been listening to Paloma Faith and Marina and The Diamonds. And I'm really looking forward to Lady Gaga's new album - Artpop! When I came back to Ireland last September after working in Devon, I started saving money to buy an iPod. Yes, I know... I'm a few years behind. But to be fair, I never had a reason to own one. Around Christmas time, I actually bought one. I'm so glad I did because not only could I listen to music, I used it to watch Doctor Who. It was great to have on my trips home from college. I didn't really explain why music is one of my favourite things... but it's too hard to explain. It makes me feel good :) I'll leave it at that.

And there we go. 21 of my favourite things! I hope you enjoyed those last two posts :) I'll be back soon guys and gals!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

21 Years of Procrastination and Awesomeness - Part 1

21! That's the number you get when you multiply 7 by 3. Or when you divide 168 by 8. Or by doing this... (15-8) x (7-2 x (6/3)). It's also the number of years I've been on this lovely planet. So this is gonna be a very special blog post ^_^ I'm gonna talk about my 21 favourite things! Well... I'll talk about the first 11 here and the final 10 in part 2. Most of them will be obvious... others, I hope are not. Either way, let's get down to business (by the way, this is in no particular order in case anyone was wondering)

1. Pokémon
Now this is an obvious one! Ever since I was a little boy and Santa brought me a brand new purple Gameboy Colour and Pokémon Yellow, I've been hooked. That was.. like... 13 years ago! So I shudder to think the amount of hours I've put into this franchise. Guaranteed I'll be putting a few hundred more into the upcoming Pokémon X ^_^ But why do I love it so much? I really can't pinpoint a single overall reason... but a few would be: the underlying mathematics of training; some amazing Pokémon like Skarmory and Weavile; the will to become the BEST POKÉMON TRAINER IN THE WORLD!!! :P However... this is another new reason that stands out from all the rest. And here it is...

The Pokémon Drinking Game

I found this earlier this week on this website. I actually planned to play this game last Saturday night at my party, but we were all having too much fun. This game is just pure genius... So kudos to the creator :D Oh! And as you all should know, I treated myself to some Pokémon merchandise late last year - the first 8 gym badges! They're such a nice thing to own! Also... I saw this lately and thought you might like it.

Real Pokémon Daycare

2. Digimon
Digimon is yet another childhood guilty pleasure. I hear that people say that Digimon is a rip-off of Pokémon and it's not as good... Well, the TV show was leagues above Pokémon however the games were miles behind. This is my opinion anyway. I still love playing Digimon Rumble Arena 2 on the PS2 because that was a fantastic game. Still one of the best fighting games I've ever played. Oh! Almost forgot about the Digivices. I've been playing with them for years and they're fantastic... they're like pedometers in that you have to walk so many steps to get to bosses. So I'd never leave the house without one. Ah they were some good times. I had one digivice from each season up to 4, but my favourite was #1. Oh! how could I forget. I also still have a stuffed Agumon! He was 5 pounds in Heatons when I got him. I used to carry him around with my Digivice so he could fight and Digivolve! :D I know what you're all thinking but I don't care :P

My Agumon

Gen #1 Digivice

3. Cats
Who doesn't love cats? As you should know, I am an avid cat lover. My phone's memory is full of pictures of my cats (with a few videos too). Spot is my baby. She was born here on May 3rd 2002 and we've had her ever since. Here's a photo of the little darling :D

Look At Her Being All Pretty

I think my love for cats came from growing up in a home filled with them. Even as I type, Spot is on my desk cleaning herself. By the way, I bet you can't guess why I named her Spot :P As for cats in general... we all know how the internet is 99% cat pictures. All the more reason to love the little buggers :3 Always getting into mischief!

4. Dragons
Now this may be a new one for you. But I have an unhealthy obsession with dragons. I don't know where it stemmed from but it's there. Ok, it's really not that bad but I do love these mystical creatures. I have a few dragon ornaments in my room that I've collected over the years. Not to mention my books on Dragonology. I guess I like these beasts because they're all like RAWR and powerful and shoot fire and stuff. Plus, they're all like "They ain't your jewels *fire breath*". Now I'm not some crazy dragon man, but if I could own dragons... Then I would! Here's one of my dragon ornaments made from compressed wood :)


5. Lego
Everyone has played with Lego at some point. And I used to be fascinated by the stuff! Although right now, I don't have any Lego :( I would get more and play with it, except it's gone so darn expensive nowadays :/ But. That's not to say I still don't love the stuff! Back in '98 (or near abouts) when there was no electricty for Christmas because of a storm, that's when I got my first Lego set. And a few years later, my mom gave me her old Lego set (some water mobile my dad got her once). After dismantling the water mobile thingy, I made several aircrafts until I had a huge fleet! I built on this for months and had a very cool collection. But now they're hidden away somewhere in a box... Still. Lego is still one of my top favourite things and I will make sure that my kids get to play with some! If I knew exactly where my fleet was kept, I'd upload a picture but unfortunately, it's been so long that I forgot. :(

6. Doctor Who
Now this is a new one. How new? Well. I've known about the reboot of the show for YEARS but I never watched it or got into it. Until this April. Over the course of study month and exam month, I got through about 3 seasons but I finished seasons 4-7 within two weeks of getting my summer holidays. And I'm so happy I did finally watch it! One of my favourite TV shows of all time. It'll be something to show my kids (and they'd better appreciate it!). Sci-fi is my sort of thing and the whole time travel malarkey is the icing on top for me. Plus, it has some of the best characters ever! Rose. Donna. And of course... River Song! I'd say more but... well just look at the video :D

Since it's my 21st birthday, I wanted to get some collectables so I looked up some Dr Who stuff. It's all pretty expensive but I went and got THIS!

Exploding Tardis

It's currently sitting upon my wall :D For those of you who know what this is, I bet you're jelly :P For those of you who don't, watch the video above again :D Needless to say, I'm very excited for the 50th Anniversary Special!

7. Desperate Housewives
I swear, this is the last TV show I mention. But golly.. I must say how much I adore this TV show. Funny enough, my mom started watching it from day one. The first episode I saw was the season one finale and I instantly fell in love! Ever since then I've followed the show up until the end of season 8, when the show ended. I was so mad about this show that I dedicated a huge portion of my website to it! A website that never made it to the internet (thank god!)... I was young, at a computer summer camp and we all designed websites. I still have all the files from that website :) I was obsessed! Again, some of the best characters on TV were on this show (imo) as well as some fantastic story-lines. This show defined my teenage years... which really does not say much about me.. does it?

Defining Quote Of The Show

8. Harry Potter
Here's another one that defined my teenage years! Unlike a lot of people I know, I read the books long before the movies came out. I think I had one and two read when I heard the first movie was coming out. I THINK. I was so young that I forget. But I do remember that my Nana bought me books 5, 6 and 7 each time they came out. My god... what a wondrous franchise. And yes, the books are much better than the films! This franchise picks on my love of the weird and magical. The characters were so loveable and the story was brilliant. This is yet another thing my kids will get as part of their childhood! As I was saying about collectables, I wanted to buy both a replica wand and a time turner. Unfortunately, the website I wanted to buy from only delivered within the US... I did buy the wand from amazon in the end, but I left the time turner. While it's such a cool little device, it cost way too much to justify getting it. So now, I have this just added to my collection...

The Elder Wand

9. Craft
So this is a strange one. By craft, I mean making stuff. For example, I made a cross-stitch picture for my Junior Cert. I've made gloves in the past using crochet. Currently, I'm making a latch-hook rug. I haven't done much in the way of actually following any of these skills through to a hobbie but I do like making things. With crochet, I really didn't give it enough time. However, cross-stitch is something I would like to continue in the future. It's very simple to do, it looks great and with a good pattern, you can really do amazing things! Here's a photo of my cross-stitch picture.

My Magic Teddy Bear

I have it hanging in my room; I really do like it. I got the design from a childrens colouring book. I'm very bad at my time management when it comes to hobbies but I do wish to make more in the future. It's very relaxing and really helps with your creativity :D

10. Photography
Now, this one... I do love taking photographs. But I am in no way a professional photographer or will I ever claim to be. I just love how photos capture the moment and by looking at them, they help you to relive the moment. As you can tell, I love adding photos to my blog. I believe that they enrich the words I write. Another thing I love about photographs is that they're going to be a great to have and show to my children and children's children (as long as I don't lose them). Just so you know, I have about 44GB of photos from the last three years... so yeah, I'm a bit mad when it comes to using the camera. But why should it matter whether there's 4 photos or 44GB of them... each one is a precious memory in it's own right :)

11. Video Games
This one had to make the list. By video games, I mean Xbox, Nintendo DS, games on Facebook, games on my phone... anything like that! Some of my top favourite video games would be Pokémon, Dragon Age, Marvel: Avengers Alliance, League Of Legends, Digimon Rumble Arena 2, Mario Kart... the list goes on really. I've spent hundreds... probably thousands of hours playing games. I'm sure some of you know what that's like, right? I find that these games are a brilliant medium for so many different things... They tell amazing stories; they build up fantastic characters that the world loves; they can be endlessly educational; but ultimately, they're fun! Personally, what I like about games is that they make you think. I can't think of any game I like where thinking and planning strategy isn't a requirement. All of the aforementioned games cover that. I guess when I REALLY think about it... problem solving is at the core and as a maths student, that's what I like to do - solve problems :)

Well... there's the first 11 of 21. I'll come back soon with the next 10. What a long post this was but I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing. I'll be back with part two before the month is out :) Bye!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Some New Timesinks (Part 2)

Howdy! It's time for an update on more timesinks.

1. Minecraft (Part 2)
Ah... back to the ol' Minecraft. Since I mentioned Minecraft in my last timesinks post, I've built many many things. I made a new Chickenator 5000, a wheat farm, pig and sheep farms, an experience farm (in the form of a zombie spawner), a slime spawner (also works great for exp) and a stone machine. Oh, not to mention my Zombie Pigmen deathtrap. It still needs some tweaks but it works :D I've drifted from Minecraft lately because I've run out of ideas... however, once a spark of inspiration hits me, I'll return to it. Here are some pics for your enjoyment!

My Minecraft Island

From left to right, you can see my brick house, a melon and pumpkin farm, my doorway to my Nether Room  and then finally, my Chickenator 5000. In my Nether Room, I have my Nether Portal as well as some Soulsand with Nether Wart growing on it. At the base of my Chickenator 5000, I have a hopper which collects the eggs that fall down into it. It's also a good way to get exp; hatching extra eggs and letting them grow to chickens to harvest for meat and feathers.

My Stone Machine

As the caption says, this is my stone machine. Using the fact that when lava hits water, they make stone, I was able to make this machine. Press the button and the pistons at the back push two blocks of stone out thus creating space for new stone blocks to form. It was particularly helpful for harvesting cobblestone for my Zombie Pigmen deathtrap.

My Wheat Farm

Using a sticky piston to hold back water, when I activate this contraption, the piston moves a cobblestone block and water flows down, pushing the wheat down into a stream towards a hopper. As the land stays hoed, it's easy to just replant wheat and let it grow. Very little effort involved here :)

2. Marvel Avengers Alliance
Well... I started playing this game at the end of May (during my last week of exams). It's a Facebook game I got into because a friend of mine (Brian) had been playing it for about a year! And now I'm hooked as well. In the game, you recruit Marvel superheroes to complete missions, fight players and level up your heroes. I easily put in about 2, if not more, hours a day into this game. And, I'm powering through it. I'm already level 61, which is crazy! Especially considering Brian is about level 109 (I think). It's a game that's really up my alley because of the hero recruitment system and leveling system.

My Heroes

These are the eleven heroes I currently own. You get Iron Man, Black Widow and Hawkeye for free at the start, you get a choice of a free hero around level 4/5 (I picked Ms Marvel) and the rest I bought... apart from Constrictor and Wonder Man. I unlocked Constrictor through the lockbox system and Wonder Man through the Spec Ops mission. This would make more sense if you played the game, but there are loads of ways to recruit heroes. And some heroes have alternative costumes with special abilities. I'm crazy about this game.. It's scary!

3. Dragon Quest IX : Sentinels of the Starry Sky
Right, so this is an old one. I got this game a few years ago and played it for about 20 hours. And then drifted away from it. I once again got back to it, but started a new file and did 30 hours. Again, I drifted from that file :/ But now, I started a new file which I will finish. I haven't done that much in it yet but I am looking forward to playing more. Once I get to the point where I can recruit heroes, I'll really get into it. My main character is a Minstrel - the all-rounded character. I don't have a choice with that. And I will recruit a Priest - the healer of the team. But apart from that, I'm not sure what to pick, but my final two characters will round out the team nicely. Once my characters get to roughly level 20, I'll have reached a story point where I can change my vocation (specialty). This is especially helpful because each character has weapons trees that can make you learn new skills and such, so if a single character has two vocations with an overlapping weapon tree, it can be leveled up faster.

And while I write about these new timesinks, I can't help but realize that it's taking time away from me actually spending time on these games...So it's time to go! Until the next time ^_^