Saturday, October 25, 2008

The "C Word"

Right. Sorry about that. Despite being unhappilly unemployed in the runup to christmas (try it, it's fun! Not.)I've been quite busy. This is real busy as opposed to "leave me alone i don't want company" busy, I've been getting on with sorting out one christmas present in particular (not giving me any trouble but is pretty time consuming), finding a christmas job, and generally getting fit.

So yes, employment fun, woohoo. Went down to XYZ place to see if they have any vacancies. The guy at the desk says "yes we have, but you have to apply on our website. Use this reference number".

So I go onto the website, type in the reference number, no matches found.


So I've fired off a couple of emails (politely) asking what the hell is going on and are there jobs at XYZ place or not. I hope I get a quick response on account of Christmas being about 8 weeks away.

Which kinda brings me to the main point of today's entry, the great big C word. No, I mean the seasonal one. with QVC selling Christmas themed stuff already, and the local shops being full to bursting of tinsel, you could be forgiven for thinking it's December. Admittedly it isn't, but it's beginning to feel that way. I spose it will have just gotten round to being December by the time it does actually feel that way, which is incredibly convenient for everyone concerned, especially those lucky few who make their living designing advent calendars.

Yes, I've been working on my christmas list, and have been continuing to make (yes, make, as opposed to buy) one of the christmas presents. I'm beginning to form a list in my mind of what I'd like to buy everyone, but it is a bit sparsely populated, so all ideas welcome, apply to the usual address.
Obviously if you don't know my address then I don't know you well enough to be buying you Christmas presents.

So yes, Not much else to report, my fitness continues to improve etc et, going to the airport a week on monday, which is good, and now I think I'm off for a coffee.

But before I do, My christmas list is here. Yes, I spent a while carefully and artistically writing my list in beautiful lettering, with the net result that it looks a mess and no bugger can understand it. Seems that in that particular style of writing, no one used numbers, so everything had to be in Roman Numerals, which was fair enough as they're generally consistent and to the point.
Generally being the operative word.

To replace my completely stupid waste of time of a graphics card, I decided I would like something a bit more powerful. There was the opportunity of one becoming available, that question has now been answered with the typical "nah maybe not" I'm used to life throwing at me when it looks like things may be going my way, but it put the idea in my mind.

I figured to replace the 512mb 8500gt with a 512mb 8800gt was a very good idea, on account of the 8800s crashing down in price. "Fine" I thought, "I'll put an 8800GT on my Xmas list".

Unfortunately 8800 in Roman Numerals is MMMMMMMMDCCC or something like that. So I just cheated. See for yourself :). Links to the other stuff I find cool enough to put on my Xmas list, also :).

Nvidia Geforce 8800GT
Gerber Recon LED Torch
Montane Featherlite*
Jetboil System
Jetboil Accessories
Assorted Gems

Sorry about the formatting, this thing's about as versatile as a brick. Why do I want gems? Simple, they're nice and shiny and I haven't bought any for a while.

*Why did I misspell "Montane" on my Xmas list? Simple. Andy Stewart misspelled it on his website. Bleh.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Okay, first of all, some bizarre twist of fate has destroyed the slideshow I had running on my account of the towers getting knocked down. Let me go and fix that this instant: (01:21).

01:27 - RIGHT they're working again.

Okay, so what have I been up to?
I would say "not much" which given my current situation, you'd be forgiven for believing. And you'd also be wrong.

In all honest, I've been "making", yes "making" as opposed to buying, a christmas present. And yes I've been spending 12 hours a day for about the past 6 days exceeding my bandwidth limit, wearing the letters off my keyboard, crashing my computer through lack of memory, and generally doing sincere family christmas work while cunningly looking like I was selfishly spending time on my computer...

Right... Let's get in the mood.

It's 04:29, the window is open, the smell of wet asphalt and bonfire smoke drifts in through the window, the lights are out, and this is on... Don't worry, I'll wait, I don't mind if youtube is slow (It has amazing guitar solos anyway).

So what has been happening recently?

Well, as my somewhat hasty blog hinted, I've not been up to much. nothing outside the house at least. I've been taking Christmas pretty seriously though, and have been working, as I said, for 12 hours a day, on a christmas present for one particular person. I'm not going to go into detail just now, maybe in a couple of month's time.

So what else has been happening? My fitness has improved. Far from considering 10 minutes the absolute ragged edge of my running, I've settled into a steady pace and can now run for 20 or 25 minutes, longer even. My training, as per the army "pre recruitment fitness" thingy seems to go well, and not before time it seems.

My dad has renewed his efforts to get me to go into the police, which is, for him, fairly alarming. It seems that with my dad's insistence that I go into the police, and my mum's continuous statements that I "won't be available" for their 2009 years in Italy, it semes they're finally convinced that the Army is where my future lies.
Good. I'd never really been 100% convinced. Now maybe the family's beginning to take it seriously. I can just get on with it,

The time draws closer, I'm getting fitter, and sooner or later I'm gonna have to sign on the dotted line, which both scares me and exhilarates me. I don't want to spend the rest of my life in crappy dead end jobs. And as for this recession? the future remains to be seen I suppose.

Civilian employers are hardly likely to be hiring. Which is fair enough, considering I wouldn't take a civilian job for than a couple of months. The world is falling to bits, financially, politically and militarily.

It seems that no one is assured of an easy life, and at least at the sharp end, I get to take some shots in anger, of my own. Let's see what happens.

I'll keep you updated.