A bold new blog...
I have to start by wondering how many people have ever used that phrase, a bold new blog... probably not that many actually, it's reasonably geeky I suppose. Meh, anyway.
Welcome to my blog. My name is Dissents (OK you got me, that's not my real name!). I'm an IT Technician, living and working in the North East of England - which you can safely read as "I'm a geek - and proud of it." I know some people who work in IT - most of the people that I have worked with recently, in fact - who wouldn't want to use a word like 'geek' to describe themselves, but personally I relish it. It's only opinion, but I hardly see how anyone working in IT can justify themselves if they aren't a geek. You can't just work the job, you have to love it - and I certainly do.
I think that whilst I write this, I am going to have to have the "Interests" window open in another browser, as I failed utterly to put *anything* interesting into it when I was setting my journal up, but more things are coming to me as I sit here... does The A-Team have a hyphon or not? And isn't hyphen spelt with an E? The answer to these questions, and more, is yes. Apparently. Thanks TV.com and <http://www.dictionary.com">Dictionary.com</a> :)
Anyway... onto my words. I'm afraid that, as well as being utterly crap at spelling (which hopefully you won't notice as I will try to check things before I post!) I'm also pretty awful at overusing words that I like. So, the number one offender at the moment, in text form anyway, is "apparently". Why? Well, anyone who's ever seen Coupling (that's the original UK version that is, not the crappy USA remake) will understand, as it's a word that one of the characters, Susan, uses when she's annoyed. I use it, mainly, to infer that the statement that I've made is:
Correct... To the best of my knowledge.
Now, ignoring the fact that my knowledge is hardly the most vast on the planet (though my fiancée did describe me as the "most generally intelligent person I know" the other day - still trying to decide if that's an insult or not to be honest...), there's an important point to be made there. When it comes to anything at all on this blog, I will never lie, never mislead and never exaggerate (had to look that one up too). OK I might exaggerate a little. But look, everything that I write will always be correct to the best of my knowledge. Why? Well, because to be honest I don't actually care if anyone ever reads my blog - not that I'd prefer it if no one did, don't get me wrong - it's just that I am going to be writing this for me. I'm one of those sad little people who actually gets stressed trying to deal with everyday life and I think that I need a little therapeutic output. Sure, I could just write this in a diary, or in a notepad on my desktop or something, but, at the same time, I don't want to keep my thoughts hidden away like they're something to be ashamed of (though I am sure that some of them, at least, are!). A contradiction eh? Yeah, they'll be a lot of them.
Other words, well... I like to use meh.... Not sure where that one came from, but it kind've means, well, it's a written equivalent of shrugging your shoulders and saying "Whatever...". I don't use "Whatever..." as it's too long. In phrase terms, it's usually found with the word "but", as in: but, meh...
What else... Oh, I don't know. The second you try to think of anything, it gets harder to do so. Typical. Well, I'm sure they'll get used.
What a shame the poor groom's bride is a whore!
Are moths just, like, the most stupid things in the world? I'm sat here in the dark of my computer room. The neighbour's away and my fiancée is watching Big Brother, so my music is on (Panic! At The Disco, for those who don't recognise the line above) at quite a decent volume. So this moth keeps head butting the monitor. I've already moved it once, it keeps nearly landing in my lager (Kronenbourg 1664 is my lager of choice). Oh joy now one of those annoying little flies is at it as well. Sometimes I think it's a shame that I don't like killing them, really I do...
Can I put music twice in my interests? Probably not... I like music a lot though. I used to play in a band, but we were shit (not me, though I wasn't great - the bassist was to blame). I can play guitar (badly), bass guitar (better), piano (barely) and drums (though I'm not allowed a drum kit. Damn the world. Oh yes, and barely again). I wish that I still had the inclination to make music. I used to sing as well (wasn't great at that but, meh...), and I wrote all of our songs. Nowadays I just have to make do with listening to as much music as I can (usually quite loudly). One day I might get to make it again. Or at least play it. I do hope so.
A Welshman in Newcastle
Anyway, I'm sure that's quite enough of the exposition!
Tomorrow, is Thursday. And tomorrow, I will be going to see Lost Prophets play live in Newcastle. There was originally a group of five of us and it was looking to be quite a decent night out, but alas, now there's only three and two spare tickets. One of our group is sick, but the other is just a slave to his stupid employer. I've given him quite a hard time about it as it is (mainly because he bloody arranged it!) so I won't continue, but suffice to say it's that let down that is the main reason that I'm currently in the dark listening to music. It's not that I don't think it will still be a decent night out, it's just that when you have your heart set on doing something a certain way, it's a bit of a bugger when plans get changed so drastically. Plus, I went to see Kaiser Chiefs with this particular person last year (twice actually if you count T-in-the-Park) and I really enjoy going to see live acts with him - not least because he's about my height and we hold each other up! *laughs* Ahh well, he knows who he is and I've upset him already by inferring that he's let us down, so that's enough on that subject. But I do hope it doesn't happen again, as though I won't say, it's really upset me.
So, I'm sure that tomorrow will still be fun... my fiancée is driving, so I'm drinking (though I have to stay sober enough to provide directions hehe. Now that'll be worth watching...). We can't find anyone else who wants to come with us, so I'll be attempting to tout two tickets in the queue... I think it might be illegal but so what? They can bite my ass, is what. Ooooo! (Adds Futurama to the Interests list. Did you know they're bringing it back? Nice...!).
Goodness I've rambled on for quite a bit here. Should stop soon and go and play one of the games that I've been playing this week. See, I have a week off from work this week. No major reason, besides the fact that this is the first time in about a year that I've been at a job long enough to be allowed holiday days and I really fancied just having a week where I didn't have to work. Plus, I built a new PC last week (for the interested, it was an Athlon 64 3800+ AM2 on an Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe with 1GB DDR2-800 RAM (underclocked to 667) and a Geforce 7600GT (the XFX XXX version). I had to underclock the RAM to 667 because, and this took me about twelve hours to realise, the CPU in question, although now upgraded to a DDR2 memory controller, can only interface with RAM at a top speed of 667 - and the mainboard can take up to 800, so I didn't think to underclock it and had hours of failed devices, reinstallations of Windows and Blue Screens of Death before I clicked hehe. Oh yeah, I'll laugh about it now...) (welcome back to the non-geeks! I shall try and mark out the geek part in italics when I remember) and, since it was built for gaming (OK I admit the 7600GT is NOT the top of the range GPU at the moment, but for the difference in price I can wait for that 7900GT to come down a bit...) I decided that I wanted a week where I caught up with all the great games that I felt were passing me by.
As a result I've been switching between a few games. The one I've played the most is Psychonauts, which is a surprisingly good (and *very* surreal, as well as incredibly funny) game. If you take it for a spin, just wait for when you jump into the mind of the blowfish - it's just... ermm well you'll see. Think Godzilla. On LSD. I've also been playing Oblivion, which I've found to be a lot better than Morrowind, but, I still have a hard time nowadays playing offline RPGs (it's World of Warcraft that did it, I tell you.) Far Cry got a look in for about ten minutes (I just wanted to see how it ran, really. The answer is "amazingly"). I've also touched upon Heroes of Might and Magic V, Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends and Half Life 2. So it's been a pretty varied week so far. I honestly think that my greatest tales will be told of Psychonauts, though. From the list of games there, it's easily the least technical (it is, in essence, a 3D platform game) but damn! It's just so entertaining. Plus, I am currently stuck on HL2, impatient on Oblivion and a bit overwhelmed by RON:ROL and HoM&MV (well, overwhelmed makes me sound stupid. Let's just say "too impatient to be arsed learning right now", K?). I've also got Condemned: Criminal Origins, Hitman: Blood Money and Devil May Cry 3 to play - I already know that DMC3 is fun, having played it on the PS2, so I wonder how the PC version will turn out.
Come back stronger than a powered-up pac man.
I've also been on the beta route a bit this week. Microsoft have chucked out Office 2007 Beta 2, so I've been playing around with that (will be a shame to see the export-to-PDF functionality removed if Adobe get their way - it would certainly make life simpler at work, where we currently have to have a 3rd party application for converting output to PDF (something that is done for about 80% of our documents). One has to wonder if these means that we'll actually be able to save a PDF to SharePoint now - at the moment you can navigate the Save As... dialogue to SharePoint all you want, Adobe will *not* let you save PDFs to SharePoint at all. Pain in the ass! But if either Office 2007 (as you will be able to add the export-to-PDF back in with a patch from Microsoft apparently) or SharePoint 2007 allow for native PDF support, I'll definitely be pushing for buying them in.
I'm part of the Microsoft Public Beta programme (or whatever the hell it's called) so I got an invitation to try Windows Live Messenger Mobile the other day. As I have Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone (Orange's C600, but flashed with a better firmware of course) I decided to give it a go, and it's utterly fantastic - a MUCH better mobile messenger than the original MSN Mobile Messenger, I must say. It's so much easier to use and navigate around, and it even downloads your contacts personal pics now too - so much kudos to them for that. Now, if I can only get an unlimited bandwidth GPRS account so that I can stay signed in all day, every day, and I'll be happy.
I also got invited to the beta for Zoo Tycoon's latest expansion, but I declined that one - for one, I don't own the original game, and for two, I really don't like the ...Tycoon series of games. Just not my thing, really.
I've been talking to Jesus, all my life.
Bonus points for any comment that identifies where all my song-line-based headings are from :)
I'm going to stop now anyway. I was worried that I wouldn't think of anything to say, then I wrote for an hour and twenty minutes, as it's gone midnight now. Yeah that sounds about right.
Until next time... farewell.