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Happy birthday to me October 21, 2014, 5:35 pm
And I turned 21 yesterday, spent the latter half of the day with friends. So of course, I drank some vodka with some Sprite in it, what else is a sodaholic supposed to do?

Holy fuck, work that I finally enjoy. October 18, 2014, 3:49 pm
Last week I had to spend a week up north as part of my induction into BT's 3 year apprenticeship course. The induction was boring as fuck if I am honest, filled to the brim with egotistical workers from the company jacking off to their successes in public, making the common man deluged with a jealous rage. This week the real work sort of began being put into our groups we will be taking part in to start off with. The group I am with deal with what I can only describe as "alarm monitoring", a process which requires the use of software to determine whether a company's EMOs network is still up and running, if it goes OCC then we must file report(s) to an engineer so that they can fix the problem quickly as these customer networks are usually part of a big company.

And I am enjoying it so far, despite the week mostly consisting of meeting groups of people and sorting out a few odds and ends. It feels absolutely mother fucking fabulous that I finally managed to progress onto something that I want in life, and that I don't actually mind waking up to and leaving early, travel's a bitch but that's the only downside so far. As I said, this is only an apprenticeship but this time I finally feel motivated to actually achieve this (unlike school, college and other jobs) and it brings me closer to having an amazing career within a company that is essentially a household name.

Last thing I really want to end off with is if you feel it is too late to get a career that you want in life, it isn't I am 21 now and had a relatively mediocre educational background. I have had to go through the pain of unemployment, countless hours wasted away looking for pointless jobs just to earn money, countless interviews turned down and even a Foundation Degree smacked out of my grasp due to Student Loans not being paid off thanks to my (and my Mum's) bank cards not working (for some odd reason). The point is if you want something, fucking go for it, look at the things that you need to do in order to achieve that snazzy new car paid from that career and just fucking do it with an attitude that makes people think that you really want it. At the end of the day life is mainly consisted of work, eat, sleep, little bit of time off, work again, possibly more work, etc. Life has a lot of work in it and you might as well have some fun whilst working and enjoy that career.

Impossible you say? Impossible is just a word, impossible means that you definitely won't get it if all you think of is that word, as a famous sports brand once said; "Impossible is nothing". My only regret is that I didn't apply for this straight after school as I would have had this job by now, but shit happens I managed to turn it around and hopefully this blog will motivate others to achieve their dreams.

Help pls October 15, 2014, 3:51 pm
Help me I gotta storm up a science fair project idea fast. I was gonna do "What Soda Produces the Biggest Geyser When Mentos are Dropped In It?" but my teacher told me that it was "done a million times." If anyone could recommend a killer science fair project that the teacher will love that would be great.

ChessCafe Article October 15, 2014, 7:39 am
An article by me has just appeared at ChessCafe. Milton is featured too!

Fun with Volcas.. October 11, 2014, 4:01 pm

Made this about 5 minutes after unpacking my new Volca Beats by Korg.

The construction is surprisingly sturdy. The knobs are steppy, which is a bit of a let-down considering it's (nearly) full analog machine. The snare leaves something to be desired, but the kick is very versatile. On the fly beat making when paired with the Electribe is incredibly fun. It doesn't satisfy all my drum needs, and I'll no doubt be adding some PCM drum module or routing a channel off of a rompler / work-station to give the drums a bit more texture. All and all, I won't lose any sleep spending $150 on this little unit.

I think that I have a cracked tooth October 11, 2014, 3:23 pm
Time to go to the dentist. Last time I was at the dentist, they told me they were scaling back his hours and I should call back after 2 months to make a new appointment for the checkup. Since he's closed for the weekend like other dentists, I thought I'd post here.

After having random pain maybe 5x a day in that region, I did some investigation and I think that I have a cracked tooth. An oddly cracked tooth.

The injured tooth is a 2nd bicuspid. Let me draw a picture. top of teeth looking down:

Notice how the cracks don't go completely through the tooth. One of the cracks isn't even on the end.

These lines are black and none of my teeth have black lines that look like cracks. From looking at google images of cracked teeth, they're all split or subtle and not black lines. Maybe this means the white enamel has cracked and broken and the teeth are black underneath?

I can't think of what could have caused the crack recently other than last week was the first time in 20 years I ate ice. That could do it, but I probably would have noticed a week ago and not now.

The pranks have to stop now October 11, 2014, 9:40 am
Whoever is doing the prank calls has to stop now. It is bordering on harassment (if not harassment now) as it's been going on for about 3 weeks. Someone ordered Domino's online and some poor delivery guy showed up at 10 AM to my residence.

Somebody who knows my BVV Facebook page apparently did that and the post was 6 hours ago but the contents of the user's post didn't appear hostile but it did address me by first name, which is nowhere on my Youtube FB channel page but on my Steam (which I cleared just now).

The person is male and always has a heavy accent, according to my mother.

Captain Ventris
My Cultural Analysis Blog October 8, 2014, 11:04 am

I started a Tumblr a couple weeks ago to begin carving out a space for writing professional cultural analysis of various nerd-culture items. At this point I have a fair selection of articles as far as variety goes, and will try to keep writing regularly. Please read and share all you like, and feedback is also welcome!

Despite mentioning Doom in my first post, I still have yet to write a Doom article. I will more than likely do so at some point.

Lunar Eclipse (now with added partial solar eclipse) October 8, 2014, 9:33 am
Some photos of this morning's lunar eclipse:

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About 50 minutes before totality.

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Start of totality (c. 5.25 am).

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"Blood moon".

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Totality has ended.

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Partial eclipse continued through moonset/sunrise.

All photos taken with my Nikon, and hand-held (tripods are for wusses).

Player 2 has entered the game October 8, 2014, 12:35 am

This past Saturday I married my best friend and soul-mate. I somehow managed to choke back the tears that were welling up as she walked down the aisle. It was a beautiful day that marked the beginning of our lives together, and I'm happier than I've ever been.

I probably seem like a big dummy gushing about it, but I still feel like I'm walking on air. I'd never in my wildest dreams thought that I'd marry a woman as loyal and supportive as she is. I love her so much, and she loves me more than anyone I've ever known, far more than I thought anyone capable.

It's taken a ton of work to get this far, but the work is really just beginning. Knowing that I have someone who truly loves me to be by my side through the struggles (and the fun) is exciting. This is going to be awesome.