Friday, June 30, 2006

And on we go...

Well, not much to report, life goes on.

I got my keyboard delivered though, and my Graphics Card - I decided on a Geforce 7900GT, which while not the best on the market by any means, is still pretty mean and for £180, you know it still means business.

Other than that, nothing important seems to be happening.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Nothing to report...

Life goes on...

...predictably, my motherboard arrived, no sign of the keyboard, which was kinda a good thing I guess, because in hindsight, it gave me the £30 I needed to survive to the end of the month (survival is relative - I could have survived, but I would have had to do it without food)

Still, life goes on, not much changes... My part from aprilia still hasn't arrived. It's pretty much a given that I'm not going to get it. The local garage have been ever so helpful, with the staff digging into their own pockets and going through their own garages to see if they can find a part for me, but short of ordering from a fuel line/connector specialist (which aprilia isn't), I'm not going to get my hands on one.

So the bike's still off the road, and my computer's now sat on top of my wardrobe.
Still, it's not all bad. I've got off my arse and finished putting up the rest of the posters round my room, so the place looks pretty cool now. Not a massive deal, you might think, but hey, since I spend most of my time sat on my butt in my room, I might as well make it look cool.

I figure I'm not going to be able to meet the cost of the computer in its entirity this month, so I'm going to split the cost over two months. Which not only means that the cost is easier to meet, it also means that I'm able to get marginally better components.

I still need to get the hard disk, I've been talked into getting a 10k RPM raptor, which is hella expensive with not much capacity, but I'm advised it'll be worth it.
I hope so - I just wanna get this damncomputer business over and done with. I've got other things that I want to do with my life and my money.

Still. I got my magazine from London today, it's got my article which I wrote printed in glorious colour, looks pretty good. There are a few edits on it which I wasn't advised of, a few bits missing which I'd rather have had kept in, especially considering the editor and I worked together on revising it, several times, but ultimatley, it's his magazine and it's cool to see it in print.

Still. I'll let you lot know when there's something in my life worth talking about. I wish I could sleep, until there was, but sadly, I don't have that luxury...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Another Pothole on the Road to Success!!!

Oh great, time goes on and things get worse.
Yeah folks, sorry for my less-than-great mood. I shouldn't really be so cranky, I've had an okay couple of days I guess.

I've been saving all my tips for ages and ages, from when I worked for Pizza Hut all those years ago. Damn, three years feels like nothing. That's a terrifying thing at 21. Course, the bigger coins got spent on all sorts of stuff, but the small change, 2's, 1's, 5's, occasional 10's just got put in loads of cash bags and languished in my wardrobe for the best part of three years.
Well I figured out I could get all my change together and take it to the local ASDA - they've got a machine there that counts small change, issues you with a voucher, which is then redeemable for cash. So I take along a year's worth of small change, a massive bag of coins weighing about 15 pounds (rough guess).

What do I get for just under 1700 coins?
21 quid. Great.

Still, I managed to have a decent time swimming, as per the usual monday. I can feel my fitness beginning to come back to me.

Today was a pretty standard mediocre day at work. All the phones were down, all the computers were down, and for the best part of six hours, they paid me to sit there and wait for them to get the systems back up.
Still, I managed to get home, have a little nap, and then went and took some cash out, ready to buy my motherboard and my new keyboard for my computer. We went to overclockers, which is the best place to buy the stuff, but ended up having a load of trouble with Natwest's new security forms which we HAD to fill in, with no explanation. This worried my dad enough to cancel the order cos he didn't want to give his details again. Well we both looked into it and he eventually made the order without telling me, and forgot the keyboard.
So we've had to tack on a message basically saying "can I have a keyboard too!" - they've confirmed the order for the motherboard, but not the keyboard. So now I'm probably gonna get the motherboard and no keyboard tomorrow - great, when a lack of communication means that the item I actually NEED rather than one I'm just getting to reduce costs next month, probably isn't gonna be sent.Still, At least we got part of the order confirmed.

I'm still waiting for the fuel T-piece to get in from Italy, so the bike's still off the road too.

Still, i've got a day off on thursday as I say, and in an attempt to lose weight (yeah I'm only 11 stone but my body fat has gone from around 9% to 19% in 5 months - worrying!), instead of drinking beer tomorrow I think I'll be after some cheap whisky or something. Not that I'm an alcoholic of course, but I have been pretty stressed.

Still. Life goes on. Not to say that it gets any better, but ya have ups and downs, ya know.
Take care people.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Time marches on...

Well, it's been a vaguely interesting few days. A relatively unremarkable 3 day break from work seemed to turn into something possibly worth mentioning.

Tuesday night was pretty cool, turning up at my local bike pub, ready to see the do that Ross (the landlord/owner)'s put on for us. It turned out to be pretty damn good, a bouncy castle for the kids, a BBQ for the lads, even a beer caravan in the back car park saving us the trip to the bar.
They had live wrestling which was pretty cool to watch, scripted or not, and the best part, 3 seperate live bands on a stage in the beer garden.
the place was pretty full, and the inside of the pub was packed, there was even a tatooist inside the pub performing his work, gotta say, after a few pints, the temptation to get an "Aprilia" tattoo was more than a little strong - glad I didn't though :).

The party was fantastic, the third live band was definitley the best, playing a load of original material, sounding distinctly like Iron Maiden, I was pretty impressed with the quality of the music being shown off, and surprised that these dudes didn't have a contract already. Course at the minute, the recording industry is filled to capacity with identical emo american youngsters screaming about skateboards and stuff. Bullet for My Valentine springs to mind...

But hey all that aside.
My computer parts arrived today, I woke up early this morning after another night on the beers, waiting, looking out of the window, for a delivery van - just like a kid waiting to see santa on Christmas Eve or something. My waiting was rewarded, and just before lunchtime, a guy pulled up to deliver my Power supply, my Case, my CPU Cooler and my Lightscribe DVD/CDR/RW writer.

Course, I instantly unpacked everything, drooled over the PSU for a bit, then finally decided to bolt everything into the case straight away - not only does it save time later, I also wanted to play with my new toys - even though my computer isn't yet taking shape, at least now I have the case, I know what shape it will be.

I've got to get the computer running as soon as possible, I did a load of overtime earlier this month, so the money there will be useful, but with the advent of PhysX technology, seems that's even more money to spend, in addition to the fact that I need to rebuild my desk in order to be able to even fit my PC on it - the case's a little bigger than my trusty old 1.8 system, so i need to upgrade. Good old Ikea.

I need to get my hands on that system soon though, It's not my fault that I can't wait, just because I'm a god at need for speed Most Wanted, I need a system that can actually handle the damn game without slowing down or crashing every 30 minutes, a system that doesn't give me time to grab a beer while the loading screen idly flickers by...

Anyways, I finally got my throttle cable for my RS back today. It was promised that it'd be ready for wednesday so I figured I'd get it this afternoon. Got in, and the idiots there didn't even remember me dropping it off. Such a massive lack of communication that no one realised it was supposed to be done yesterday - yes I know it's a bit of a cliche, but it's true. They gave it back to me after I waited there, arms crossed, scowling, for it to be done. I got as far as my mum's car, before comparing the new and the old, and noticing that the new one had been screwed up again!

I went back in, and the dude assured me that it'd fit and it'd work, so fair enough. I got home, and did it fit? The politest answer, and not the one at the tip of my tongue is "no it didn't".
Me and my dad ended up soldering the damn thing ourselves, jury rigging it, so that it'd fit and it'd work, and guess what, it does! My dad's a superstar!

So I'm siphoning petrol from my NSR back into my RS so I can go out for a razz, and I figure I'd spill a lot less petrol if I used some fuel line from my RS. So I grab some of the fuel line and try to pull it off the T-piece going to the carbs. No joy, so I give it a solid yank. *SNAP*.
I stand there for two seconds while I replay one side of the plastic T piece snapping off in my hand through my mind a few more times, and once I've got my mind back up to speed, I let loose with a steady stream of expletives. Those things are not common, and Aprilia seldom take less than about four months to get spare parts to their customers (an exaggeration, but you get the idea), so I happily and constructiveley spend the rest of my afternoon strutting around the drive, throwing a wobbly, shouting and swearing.

So now the throttle cable is fixed, but if I turn the fuel tap on, it'll pour petrol all over the damn floor. Sometimes owning that RS is the best thing in the world, sometimes it's the hardest bike to live with. Until I get another T piece, the bike isn't going anywhere.

Still, my holiday is at an end, I'm back at work tomorrow, and contrary to my expectations, I don't miss it one bit, and I'm not happy to be going back...

Still, best get going.I need to sort something to eat, and I need to get back on Most Wanted...

Sunday, June 04, 2006

What does summer have in store...

Wow. What a washout.

May was the wettest month we've had in the uk for what feels like years. Every day was either met with drizles or rain, though on the nicer days we mereley had deluges instead. The bike's been sat on the drive, chained to the post, there to stay until the weather improves. RS250's might lean forever, but not in the wet.

I'm not really a wet weather rider, I never used to mind it though. I remember back to the time I rode to doncaster on my NSR, on a pair of knackered Pirelli tyres, and it started throwing it down on the way back - that definitley made me nervous, but I was okay with it. Then the following summer, I threw the bike down the road when the back tyre lost grip (okay, so it was an intensely hot day and the roads were bone dry, and I was winding it on a bit), and the following winter, I did it again when the front tyre slid out on some ice... I dunno, since then I've not been inclined to place much faith in the grip that my tyres provide. Shame really, cause the Metzeler Sportec M1's I've got on now will let the RS lean forever.

But I've been trying to get the bike on the road since the throttle cable snapped at the start of the month, on the first day at work since I started my new job. The bike sat there and through the rain it was neglected. "What..." I reasoned "is the point in fixing something that I'm not going to use until it stops pouring it down anyway?" Anyway. The weather improved, and I've been trying to get the bike back on the road.

I sent the old throttle cable to the mechanic with a hastily written note, explaining what needed to be fixed. Unfortunatley for me, he misread my spidery writing, reading "it is" as "1+15", and ever so kindly gave me 15 extra cm on the length of the cable.

Of course, I went crazy, I just lost it. I'd spent days looking forward to getting back on the bike, and when my parts arrived two days ago, and didn't fit, I just couldn't keep my temper. I threw a childish temper tantrum, threw the cable down the road, kicked the fuel tank across the drive, and punched a wall - which did my wrist a load of good.
Anyway, the parts are back at the mechanic, with a much clearer note explaining that I want a normal damn cable, nothing fancy, just a normal cable.

So I've spent time cleaning my bike, more time cleaning it, polishing it, removing rust, respraying bits, and for good measure I even changed the exhaust gaskets too - which is cool, cos now the damn thing sounds so much bette, idles so much better, it sounds like a different bike.

Still, the bike's off the road, and it'll be off the road until at least wednesday, when the parts are available to collect. Given that he screwed up, I'm hoping he saves an argument by not trying to charge me again. but until I get the parts back on the bike, my wings are clipped. I sit on the drive next to my bike, and every now and again a dude will scream round the corner, my corner, on his bike, while I just sit and watch. It isn't right, I should be on there too, I guess my lazyness caught up with me on this one.

Still, it's not the massive issue it might seem, I've got stuff planned for this week. I booked a few days off work, so I'm at work tomorrow, taking my nephew swimming to play with his new "treat" (I'm gonna buy him a beach ball) for a couple of hours, and then I'm on the beer tomorrow night. As for tuesday, I might be collecting some parts for my new computer, if I can order them tonight - I've got to decide what to get, since my insurance company randomly charged me an extra £40 on my premium without telling me why.

But hey, I've got to keep myself occupied, and hopefully this summer will be one hell of an exciting one. I've got the new bike, my mate's got a new bike, I've got new leathers, I feel like rossi every time I get on the bike... I'm getting a new computer, time to play doom 3 and half life 2 the way they're meant to be played, not to mention getting on with my 3d stuff on a machine that can handle the high demantds that 3d rendering places on it...

But i dunno. I still feel something's missing. I'm missing direction. I'm bored of my job, I'm just on one of my downers. One of those days where you sit and think "what the hell am I going to do with the rest of my life?"

I dunno, I'll take it one day at a time - seems to make it work out.
I can only see how it goes :).