Monday, 1 August 2011

Work

Fuck. After a strange turn of events I managed to get a full time job over the summer in the web development section of the company my mum works for.

This was both good and bad

I lost all the time I wanted to use to do everything I detailed in my last posts, and also blog posts. But on the other hand I gain money, and probably quite a bit of it.

Except the first week of the job has been a farce, the manager of the IT department was supposed to organize things such as my pay and contract, but I got a call today off the man who I spoke to weeks ago about working here, and he didn't even know that I'd started, and finally asked for my national insurance number and referenfces. So I'd been working a week and nothing had even been sorted out. Granted today apparently the papers came through to sort out my pay, but if they aren't sorted soon then my pay could be delayed until something like the end of September.

 And on top of all that, for the past week I haven't even been DOING any work, they've given me a few things to do, but essentially I have been left to my own devices, to practice my HTML and Javascript and so on. This gets boring. Especially since I could be doing it at home, yet I have to force myself out of bed at 7AM to do nothing useful for 8 hours. Mum gets annoyed if I say I don't want to work until the end of August, but I honestly don't think it's even worth the money. My health is getting worse for one, because when I get home I'm too tired to exercise properly. It doesn't help that there is a machine that gives out free coffee.

I have a lot of complaints about this place, and I even decided to write a diary of WHY I hate it so much, and about the people working there. It's handwritten in a small notebook which is in my desk at work. I'll start bringing it home and typing some bits out maybe.

When it comes to negotiating a contract, I will be swindling myself less work. I have gone past caring about consequences.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

This week I've been figuring out my exercise regime, I bought some dumbbells to work out with, as I don't have a gym membership, and my old weights fell apart somehow.

Found a few websites which offer great plans with reasonable goals that are pretty good if you don't really know what you're doing, like me. Couch to 5K and hundred pushups are just two of the many options out there. I also found another handy startup guide here.

Starting the hundred pushups regime, coupled with testing out my new weights, has managed to wreck my muscles. Probably my fault for not warming up/down properly, but what the hell. No pain no gain.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Life back on track

As of today my exams are finally over!

Went out on a big one, a three-hour long computing exam. Longest three hours of my life. The exam was pretty easy and there was only like 10 people in the exam hall which was strange. Also the dick behind me kept talking to himself.

Anyhoo with summer on the horizon I can turn my attention to more important things, like looking for a job and getting on with some shit I've been meaning to do like:
  • Learning Java
  • Making my own game
  • Learning guitar
  • Learning how to draw PROPERLY
  • Losing weight
I'll be updating this blog much more often with stuff that unfolds across the summer, probably more reviews, rants and shitty drawings.

Stay tuned!

Monday, 30 May 2011

Technology and the Future

Technology is obviously a massive part of everyone's lives. If we went back say 60 years in time and tried to live like we do now, most people (at least those of my age) would end up curled up in the foetal position in some dark room somewhere waiting for the next leap to be the leap that took them home. Or for Marty McFly to come scoop them up into his weedy arms and ride off into the sunset.

But that isn't going to happen. Nobody is going to go back in time because it's sort of impossible (and if it was invented you wouldn't be able to go back any further than when the time machine was first invented. probably). Embracing change is part of human nature and culture, the only reason we even survived is because we could adapt, and now with advances in technology we don't even have reason to evolve.

Recently there have been developments in digital media, changing things to the extent that physical things like hard drives and even books may become obsolete, and this has become a concern for some people. My cousin Chlo, who recently completed an English course at Manchester University has expressed concern over the fact that books are soon become obsolete, being replaced with things such as Kindles. Her words specifically were "what if your children never got to see a book?" Now the first thing that comes to my mind is; so what? Just because they haven't got physical books doesn't mean they won't have the opportunity to read. If I ever do trick a woman into having children with me, then I will sure as hell make sure they'll have a few books under their belt, but I honestly don't give a fuck over whether they read it from paper or off a screen. And besides, until the world's entire supply of literature has all been translated to a digital format books won't be dying any time soon. People still buy vinyl for a variety of reasons, so books, while maybe becoming less popular, would not completely cease to exist.

I made a post a while ago about a band called Ayreon, headed by Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Arjen has a big concern about becoming too dependant on machines, leading to some next matrix-like future. This shows in his music, especially a recent album, 01011001 which dealt with a race whos technology had progressed so far they had become dependant on it, and had lost all sense of emotion. I think there are a few people who actually are scared of this sort of situation taking place, but if it DOES happen it's going to be a very fucking long time, and I'm pretty sure even the idea of it is unrealistic considering resources and politics.

Anyways my main point is that people should not be scared of technology, they should embrace of it. Instead of avoiding what you don't know about, you should make the effort to learn more and adapt, as humans do. Advances in technology are usually for the better, and the only thing that worries me is companies exploiting it, like Amazon making your digital books "expire" which would be fucking ridiculous.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

To my followers/those who care

More shameless self promotion but I would reeeaaally like people to get following my other blog, most of my effort will probably be going into that one from now on, but I may still post here occasionally. Seems a waste to just leave 100 followers behind.

Link is here.