I'm just going to bullet point today. - Discussed with parents about travel to Newcastle for this interview, decided that it's just not feasible - Watched the Rugby - Went home Looking at the last week and a bit, tomorrow will be an "okay" day and Monday will be worse than today. Not something to fill me with hope. Today I'm going to try yellow for the colour scheme. Light Blue has a score of 1 for and 1 against.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Yeah, there's a definite pattern to my life the last week. Yesterday was atrocious, today wasn't so bad. I'd not say it was good, it is however filled with promise. But firstly, a story of something that happened yesterday that I forgot about, it was while myself and Gareth were shopping. On the way back to our house we were accosted (by we I mean myself) by a phone salesman. Here's the rough conversation. Hello! What type of phone do you have and how much do you use it? Trust me, you're not going to want to know I do *pulls out phone that's older than anybody else's* Oookay, that is some phone, how much do you use it *gazing into the sky to help memory* - Ummm, last year my parents put £15 on it, I've not topped it up since then, no wait, a year and a third *look of confidence starts to vanish* - How do you keep in contact with them? Email, blog, the internet Wouldn't you like to text or call them? No What about Girlfriends? Don't you want to call them? No *despair sets in* - Okay, I don't think we've got a plan that covers you... Teifion 1 - Phone salesman 0 Anyway, on with today. I got up nice and early for my Haskell test. I got 68%, that's a lot more than most other people got, heck, I think I talked to two people that failed it. I went home and played some Warcraft 3 and bit of WoA then got a phone call. It was from HP. Here's roughly how it went. Hello Teifion speaking, how can I help you? Hi this is X from HP, how are you? I'm not feeling great, I've had a cold for the last week and yesterday was informed that I was not getting a placement at one of the companies I applied to, yourself? *in a slightly less cheerful tone* - I'm not too bad, at least it's probably sunny there right? Actually, it is Excellent, and I think your day is about to get better! Oh? Do tell HP would like to interview you Awesome! It's at Newcastle Okay At 1030 in the morning I'm at Portsmouth That's okay, we'll pay Travel expenses Not too bad at all then, thank you very much Happy to make your day better For those that are either not British or have the same grasp of Geography as a crazed watermelon (so just a bit better than mine), Newcastle is a long way away from Portsmouth. Specifically it's quite likely 6 hours on the train. I'll probably be getting down there for Monday, staying over in a Travel Lodge then getting back sometime after the interview. So, I did a bit more DotA and then thought to myself "all that Java that I was going to leave until Monday and Tuesday I might need to do now...." so I did a load of that and got some of the GUI working properly. I reckon that it's easily a pass mark like it is, when I add the rest I hope to achieve a lot more than just a pass. Some of you might have noticed that a someone from Addicted to your Blog posted a comment. I asked them for some tips on improving my blog as they've probably read more than most people. They suggested that I add some bright colours. I like blue so I figured I'd start with that, yay or nay? I'll change the colour every day and you can vote via Comments. Just incase you didn't figure, I would love for prayer for both the trip and interview.
Yeah, it's been pretty bad. In fact, it's been so bad I'm not even going to blog properly. Here's what my day consisted of. - Going to a 9 - 12 lab for a project which I may actually fail - Finding out that AMT in Portsmouth have rejected me - Buying food - Going home and playing Warcraft 3, it did a great job of counter-acting my bad mood as did the social gathering for Pete's birthday party
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I got up and felt really really tired so decided not to attend the Java lecture (partly because it was 0845 when I awoke, the lecture is 20 minutes and starts at 0900). I then did some WoA and programming stuff. I went to prayer lunch and then Huw came over. We completely lost track of time playing Warcraft 3. However, tomorrow I've got lectures almost all day so I'm sure I'll make up for it. Incidentally, my cough is getting worse again, I'd appreciate any prayers for it.
I got up, did some stuff and really have nothing much to actually say except that I made the font a bit bigger on the blog. Do tell me if it's still a little too small and I will see what can be done.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
I got up an the cough was mostly gone. I did some WoA stuff and some other programming themed things. I walked into Uni with Gareth, went to the lecture, got lunch, went to another lecture, went to yet another lecture and then attended a test. The test was cancelled and postponed until Friday at 0900 due to the password for the test page not being known. Means more time for some revision :) I got back and played some DotA with Gareth and Pete. It was a good game where Pete learnt more about the game, once he's learnt about several more areas it'll be good to play online with him alongside myself, Coel and Gareth. If we get Ryo playing at the same time then we can play a full game and start to use some interesting strategies. Specifically the favourite of myself and Ryo, the 5 man push. The principle of DotA is to help your men get to their base, there are 3 paths to the opponents base. Normally you spread your heroes out over the lanes to gather the most money and experience (which makes your hero more powerful). The 5 man push tactic is that all 5 of us start in one lane and move as fast as we can. We'd all choose heroes that are specifically good at taking down the major obstacles in the way of pushing and hopefully win the game so fast that the opponents simply won't realise the plan fast enough to stop us. My cough is a lot better but not cured, as such I didn't go to CU tonight, instead doing a load of WoA stuff.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I awoke early and had no cough. It came back shortly after waking up. Now, some people might know of my policy on other people and colds, for those that don't it is "if you can get up to prepare food, you are well enough to come to church". Actually, that's not been my policy until now, but that's roughly what it's been. I got up, washed and had food. I was clearly well enough to go to Church, and logically, well enough to walk Becca, Luke, Siän and Ceryn there. I didn't say a vast amount on the way, mostly talking to Siän while the other three talked very loudly (okay, just Ceryn was loud). I was absent for most of the service, helping with Discovers. I had been a bit worried about my cough affecting my ability to help but trusted God to be with me and He was. After the service I ran around with a young boy who I think is about 3-6 years old. It was really really good fun and reminded me of when I first went to church all those years ago. After church we went to our usual eating location and sat outside, it being a nice sunny day and all. It was actually very windy and the cold air did my cold no good at all. By the end of the meal I was feeling very unwell and very thankfully Sarah was giving Ceryn a lift to the station so was able to drop me home, it's most appreciated Sarah. So, what would I do now? Well, I played some Warcraft 3, did some WoA, watched Borat and then played some more Warcraft 3, specifically DotA. Today's DotA was awesome. Gareth, Coel and myself played. Gareth had a guy that shot blobs of stuff that slowed people down, Coel had one that created a load of illusions of himself. Both of those two dealt fair amounts of damage, so, to support my team I chose a whopping great tree. My guy could turn people invisible, see random places on the map and heal people. Somehow I managed to get more hero kills than either of them :D The best bit however was that our sole opponent (it started as 2v3 then his ally left and he wanted to try his luck) kept going for Gareth. We have Gareth trained well, as soon as he was attacked, he fled like a wuss, the opponent chased and in short order myself and Coel would be there, normally I'd already be there for support anyway. It was so funny to hear Gareth yelling "Run Away!" downstairs as I saw it happen infront of me :) I didn't go to church as my cold is still rather bad and the cold air would really have aggrivated it a lot. I hope to attend next week, I also hope that my cold doesn't stop me from going to CU tomorrow.