Scotch! I started drinking it some time ago, and now I'm up to 12 (?) bottles of the stuff. Here's a picture:
Note that the front row obscures most of the whiskies in the back. If you're interested in that sorta thing, here's a link to my whiskybase page (assuming discussing alcohol on blogs isn't against the rules?). Got 7 new bottles today, including a cask-strength whisky, the Glenfarclas 105 - very excited about that. Missing from the list is Pig's Nose, which I couldn't find in the database and couldn't be arsed to add. And I've still got a bunch of bottles on my wishlist that I want to get, though I'll be waiting a while to get new ones. And then there's the really expensive whiskies that I want to get, but I'll leave that for later.
Also, the Bastion OST is seriously good. Listen to it.
So, lots of things have happened. Second year of uni, have passed all classes so far but I've not had brilliant grades. I feel like I need to get on top of that, but I think I can do it if I spend a bit more time. I've also managed to get a job as student assistant for every quarter, which is great. It's the reason I've been able to buy a new computer, a bunch of CDs and other cool stuff.
Talking about CDs, I got the collection of Alan Parsons Project CDs. I love all of their music, and it's really cool because it features the never before released album The Sicilian Defense. Alan Parsons says he hated it so much he'd like the tapes burned but he released it anyway. Listened to it today and I thought it was cool. It's not their best stuff but I think it's still good.
I also started listening to Sufjan Stevens and he is currently the artist I listen to most. Everything after A Sun Came and Enjoy Your Rabbit (his first two albums) are absolutely fabulous. He's so good that even the outtakes to Illinois (The Avalanche) are amazing. Seriously, if you like folky indie stuff listen to all of his stuff. My dad often tells me he wishes there were Christian music that was actually good and this is it. Granted, it's not all Christian music but that's not the point. Even if you're not religious his music is really, really, really good.
Finally, I've discovered the magic that is whisky, gin and vodka. Since I live in the Netherlands, Dutch gin is actually cheap, and hilariously scotch is cheaper in the Netherlands than in the UK.
I know what albums I'm asking for Dutch racist Christmas (which is what I shall be calling Sinterklaas from now on ). Pure Heroine by Lorde is definitely one, but I've also discovered that I really, really like The National, so I'll see if I can't get Alligator and Boxer. I'd ask for the last two as well but I also kind of want to get a pair of these whisky glasses. Unfortunately, besides the fairly high cost (4-6 euros) I can't find any sites that ship it relatively cheaply and I just don't know if whoever has me as secret santa would be able to find it in the city :/
But yes, a friend got me to listen to The National, and I think that they are absolutely excellent. Probably some of the best music I've listened to in a loooong time.
In other news, I've got more than 700 euros in the bank now, so if everything goes well I think I might be able to get myself a new computer. Depending on where I go in the summer holidays though, it might not work as well as I'd like. I'll probably get myself a really nice big monitor as well. (or two, but I'm not sure whether it's worth the space, plus I'm thinking that any kind of FPS would look really weird on two screen what with the reticle being right in the centre :P
Statistical Reasoning - 9.5 (Dead simple, the exam consisted of questions from the homework and past papers)
Analysis - 6 (Just a hard subject, but I got too far behind)
Statistics - 6 (That's right, I passed ;D)
I'm strongly considering resitting the latter two, but I don't think I have time. It's not that I'm lazy (well, I am), but I'm just incredibly busy and the resits are in two weeks. With the current courses I'm following, the TA job, tutoring two people and slowly but surely doing a translating job I just don't really have the time to get ready for even just one of them.
Does anybody know to what extent people look at your grade list when you're looking for a job? >.<
I decided to maybe try and pick up playing some classical music on the piano again, starting with Suite V of Bach's French Suites. I've heard my dad play it plenty of times but I wasn't sure about the second part of the Courante so I Youtube'd it. I got what I wanted, but I decided to check the comments, and regretted it.
Seems like an entirely reasonable question, right? NO! This following response explains why.
Of course. Forget answering the question, just insult the asker.
Again, seems like a reasonable question to me. Seems a bit unnecessary, but there's probably some interesting history behind it. Wait. NO!
Absolutely. How didn't the first commenter come up with that? How could he have been so blind?
Then comes the most intelligent discussion thus far.
Pretty standard as Youtube comments go. But in the response, note the heavy use of a thesaurus which makes this a significantly more intelligent comment.
'faecal mouth'? 'verminous ears'?
So I've been teaching tutorials, and just started my fourth week. It's a lot fun and it pays well, but I'm worried I'm not doing a good job. In class, I get the feeling that people understand my explanations and can solve the problems fairly well (I mean they are chemistry students, so you know ), but they've been doing horribly on the homework and the midterm. I should mention that of the 10 that were supposed to be in my group, only three remain - I've more or less convinced myself that that's not because I suck at teaching because they're apparently going to a tutorial that's at a better time for them, and they only came to the first and second tutorial. But I do still get homework from most of them (just so that there isn't one assistant stuck with all the homework, so fair enough), and I just graded the first question. Everybody but the people who still come to my tutorials did great, 10/10 (not an awfully difficult question, just solve e^i*phi + e^2i*phi + e^3i*phi = 0). The others made some seriously fundamental errors (one turned it into e^i(e^phi + e^2phi + e^3phi). On the one hand I'd like to feel confident in my teaching abilities, but on the other I feel like it's more important for them to get good help than it is for me to be the one providing that help. If that makes sense.
But back to grading homework yay
Today I had my first lesson as student as assistant. It's a relatively small group of 9 people (though I'm fairly sure there's supposed to be 10 but w/e). I thought it was a lot of fun. I have a group of chemistry students, ie. the people notoriously bad at math compared to maths/physics students (hi shu) Aside from the fact that a lot of the stuff were things they hadn't done before (though it was the same for me last year) and the professor doesn't actually say anything about it, it was fine. I got the opportunity to explain things and I think I did it quite well.
The way it's going I think I'll probably have the opportunity to teach in the second quarter of the year and maybe the third quarter. The fourth probably not. I have absolutely no clue what the pay is, though given my hours (90) I'm guessing it'll be between 400 and 900. 400 would be absolute minimum wage, and 900 would be 10 an hour. I'm guessing it's somewhere up between 700 and 900, because I've heard tell it pays really well. Even if this was minimum wage, though, I'd still do it: it's fun and it'll look excellent on my CV (plus it's still a decent amount of money)
Both the secretary of the exam commission and the guy who handles student assistant hiring came back from holiday yesterday. He sent another student-wide mail about remaining jobs, and I replied saying that if my job hadn't been given away I would love to have it. So I got it :D Just have to go to uni on Thursday for a meeting with the professor (and other assistants). I do have to say that I'm fairly surprised by the lack of any rigorous process. My credentials were fairly reasonable (have taught a bit before, can speak fluent English (bit more on this later)) but I would have expected at the very least to have had to have a talk or something to that effect. Not that the job of a student assistant is particularly difficult, you really just need to help students work on their problems and supervise/grade exams. Regardless, really happy I got the job!
Then today I got a mail from the secretary of the exam commission that was entirely unhelpful (but then again that's not really her fault) and I finally managed to get a hold of her by phone. She told me that she was pretty sure I could just re-enroll and handle the exam commission later, ie. it wasn't necessary to get that done before I enrolled. So now I'm enrolled and have paid for my tuition.
So from this year on all classes will be in English, but only for students that start their first year this year. I was fairly annoyed by this because I find it entirely pointless to have classes in Dutch when our graduate courses will all be in English anyway. Thankfully though, I can always do my exams in English (ie. if I actually have to write text I can write it in English) and a bunch of our professors do their lectures in English.
So yeah, my worries are finally over.
I'm really good at descriptive blog titles aren't I
As I mentioned in a status update I finished translating and proofreading my mum's book. At 2000 words an hour I spent about 30 hours translating it so at 8 euros an hour I'll be getting 240 euros. I had initially expected to do 1000 words an hour, meaning I'd get around 400 euros, but to be honest if it wasn't for the fact that this might get my mum's book published in America I wouldn't have done this. Well, maybe I would have, because it pays well. I don't know.
I do know that I might be losing the job I have with my aunt and uncle. Fair enough, but it's still pretty unfortunate because I can usually count on them to ask me to come to work at least twice a month, and though I get minimum wage (4,75 an hour, not particularly bad) it's still a fun job. But we'll see.
I had applied to become student assistant for Calculus I, but earlier this month I realised that on the 7th of July I had gotten a mail sent to my student account that I was being asked to do it. The email system my university used was switched to Google Apps, and forwarding was apparently turned off so I didn't realise. The guy who handles it is only coming back on the 25th but I've sent him a mail. The professor for calculus sent a mail to all assistants who had been registered on Nestor, the site we use for grades and such (I had been registered already) saying he wanted to have a first discussion on the 29th. That means that if my job hasn't already been given to somebody else, I still have a chance of getting it. Here's hoping anyway.
Then also on the 25th the secretary of the exam commission is coming back from holiday, meaning I'll hopefully hear quickly what I need to do in order to get signed up to the second year of mathematics. I have already signed up for the second year and so far everything worked out (I apparently even satisfied the requirements) but I'm going to hold off on getting the tuition paid until I hear more. On a related note, with the money I get from the government because I'm a student I can more or less pay for my tuition. That means my mum and dad have to spend significantly less money on it (about 1800 euros for tuition, which is nice to avoid having to pay :P)
I'm a little bit worried about both getting into the second year of mathematics (though if worst comes to worst I'll just enroll for applied mathematics which is not horrible just not what I want) and getting the job, but it looks like it'll be fine.
So the DVD is now out. Could everybody who would like to join post their timezones (in terms of GMT because I don't know 'murican ones) so we can figure out when to do it? Also suggestions as to what way of communicating would be good.
reepicheep - GMT+2
Lonely - GMT+10
Guitarguy - GMT-4
Tabt - GMT+1
Smilefishy - GMT-4
Samsara - GMT-4
I'm terribly late with switching from maths to applied maths and I finally got the enrolment sorted but now I need a committee to declare that I don't have to redo all my subjects. It needs to be done before the end of August since me re-enrolment for my second year of maths needs to be done before the 1st of September. The secretary of said committee happens to be on holiday until August 26th >.<
In all fairness I am far too late with switching and everybody deserves a holiday but the timing is just terrible :P
Oh well, if worst comes to worst, I can always stick with Applied Maths - it'd not be ideal but ultimately the same as doing mathematics since I can apply to either masters programs.
I've also managed to spend more money on games by paying for the Deep Silver Humble Bundle. This is all the games I've acquired during the Steam, GMG and Deep Silver sales:
Then I also have the ME trilogy. All in all paid roughly 150 euros I think, so I'm quite pleased with what I managed to get. Plus, with the work I've done I'm about 100 euros up from before the sale
And now that I've been asked to translate my mom's newest book by her publisher I'll make even more money :D It's about 50k words, I translate ~1000 words an hour and get paid between 7 and 8 euros an hour so that's between 350 and 400 euros. Especially if I manage to get the student assistant job at my university I'll be able to build my own PC pretty soon. Look forward to my upcoming thread in the tech forum :P
Who's up for an Equestria Girls viewing party? You're going to have to bring your own food and drink because I'm not buying a plane ticket just so we can watch a movie together -.-
But for srs the DVD is coming out pretty soon and if we can obtain a copy of the movie before a certain date we can do a viewing party via Skype or something similar. As it stands I know that Guitarguy and Phoenix Rider are in fact interested, anybody else? Non-bronies are welcome, except for the haters
If interested post here.
Lonely (of course he's not trolling)
Okay so back when I lived in Indonesia and had not yet discovered the Discovery channel (har har) I would mostly watch the Disney channel. With that came plenty of Hanna Montana, which I tolerated (I was 13 young and blind, damnit) because I was bored out of my mind. I just saw this: (warning for general weirdness and as close to nudity as you can get on Youtube)
I just have one question.
I mean, really. I can see to a certain extent that she might want to get rid of her Disney persona, but why like this? I'm all for letting people enjoying their Biebs and their Nickelbacks (though I never did understand the hate towards the latter (not that I've ever listened to their music)) but this song is objectively awful. Friday awful. The video is even worse. I'm not sure how somebody who wrote this song looked at it and thought, 'Yes. This is a good song.'
I cannot unsee
A few days ago I compiled this list of (free) instrumental music for Phoenix, and I thought I might as well put it here too. It's all pay-what-you-want though some artists have an album or two that has a minimum price. I intend to actually pay money for each of these albums at some point.
-Sithu Aye is really accessible and is the artist that got me into the who progressive metal deal. I've got his first two albums and his first EP on CD because he's awesome and he just put out his new EP 26 which I blogged about earlier too.
-NOMADS is actually an odd one out as it is progressive rock and more ambient than most albums. Definitely recommended if you want something to relax to.
-That's pretty much it. I hope you guys find something you like on here :D
Aperire - http://aperire.bandcamp.com/
Asura Crying - http://asuracrying.bandcamp.com/ (https://soundcloud.com/asuracrying for the EP)
Bend The Sky - http://bendthesky.bandcamp.com/
Bone Gardens - http://bonegardens.bandcamp.com/
City of the Lost - http://cityofthelost.bandcamp.com/
deely - http://deely.bandcamp.com/
Depths - http://depthsnc.band.../pizza-party-ep
Encircle - http://encircle.bandcamp.com/
ForTiorI - http://fortiori.bandcamp.com/
Frontier-Pioneer - http://frontierpioneer.bandcamp.com/
Intervals - http://intervalsmusic.bandcamp.com/
Jacek - http://jacekprogjazz.bandcamp.com/
Karl Ridgeway - http://karlridgeway....m/album/signals
Miroist - http://miroist.bandcamp.com/
NOMADS - http://nomads.bandcamp.com/
On Impact - http://onimpact.band...um/on-impact-ep
RedDecay - http://reddecay.bandcamp.com/
Return To Battery - http://returntobattery.bandcamp.com/
Sithu Aye - http://sithuayemusic.bandcamp.com
Soul Cycle - http://soulcyclemetal.bandcamp.com/
Stuart Potter - http://stuartpotter.bandcamp.com/
The Discovery - http://thediscovery.bandcamp.com/
Trinity Avenue - http://trinityavenue.bandcamp.com/
Walking Across Jupiter - http://walkingacross...r.bandcamp.com/
Wide Eyes - http://wideeyesoffic...om/album/volume
Widek - http://widekmusic.bandcamp.com/
The other stuff is that I'm now staying at my aunt and uncle's for two weeks, which has been fun so far. My family has gone to Austria which I avoided. Last time we went there, last year, I was mostly miserable. It involved mostly going on long hikes and doing nothing else. Hiking in and of itself is not the reason I dislike it, because I do like a good long walk. It's just that doing it exclusively with my family (with friends it'd be more fun) is a little boring. The other issue is that a lot of my time there is spent just wishing I was home. My psychologist told me that that's normal for people who have Asperger's, to want familiarity and regularity (which is absolutely true for me). Here, though, I have my computer along with me and my own spot so I'm pretty happy here. I was worried my homesickness (or really it's more familysickness, if you get what I mean) would come back to haunt me as it has so often, but aside from about 5 minutes right after my family left I've not been worried at all. It feels really good to finally be more or less rid of it.
Well, the first thing isn't much of a surprise. I dumped my shiny new SSD into my desktop, reinstalled Windows and it's running wonderfully. Due to a lack of extra connections from my PSU I can only use 3 drives instead of 4, but I'm too lazy to fix it :P So currently 2 200GB HDDs and a 40GB SSD which is more than enough.
Another surprise is that my brother apparently was actually playing Runescape pretty hardcore. Most of his stats are better than me and he offered to give me his 22 mil. I had no idea he was anywhere near this good When I asked him how he got so rich he described something, I think it was a chest, where you put in money and you get items that you can sell for a profit. Anybody have any clue what he's talking about?
So I've also gotten both Batman GOTYs so I'm replaying them, might go for 100%. Also got the Mass Effect Trilogy, the multiplayer is great! I'm kind of surprised by how well Origin works, actually. It runs beautifully. Still not sure whether I should get Battlefield 3 in the sale, seeing as Battlefield 4 will come out Q3 (I think) and the servers will be completely empty, probably.
Also my dad is back (not a surprise), finally. Everything at home is so much more pleasant when he's here. He's going to go back once more for 8 weeks, then his job there is done
My exam grade for probability was a 5,7, final grade a 6,5. Calculus my final (and I think also exam, since my midterms did nothing in way of compensation :P) grade is a 6. I'll be honest - it's not stellar, but I'm quite pleased with the fact that I have for all intents and purposes passed the year. We got a 7 for the research paper we did, but we get to improve it. I was completely against any improvements since a 7 is fine and I'm completely finished with doing more work than most of the other people. The others did want to change stuff, though, so I told them I'd make any changes necessary (being that two of them barely know how to use LaTeX) but I wouldn't add any content - I think that it's a good way of doing things, since I'll end up doing just as much as the others still in the end.
There's still the matter of switching to mathematics from applied mathematics, but I called the university student desk for a third time and finally things are going anywhere. Somebody from the admissions office will be taking care of the initial issue, ie. that the automated system won't accept my IB diploma, then I have to go to some other people and take care of making sure the subjects I have done this year also count for mathematics (since it doesn't work that way automatically). This stuff really worries me, even though I could still switch next year or the year after (probably). It's quite frustrating, but at least things are happening now.
Then next week I'll be at my aunt and uncle's. Hopefully the internet will be reasonable there, but I'll be on the top floor D: Still, plenty of time to read my books/play KSP/other games I'm buying during the Amazon sales week. On that note, already got the Mass Effect Trilogy pack, so ME3 multiplayer here I come :D
EDIT: Oooh, and my brackets for the SSD just arrived. I'll go ahead and pause the download and hope that it'll just continue running after I reinstall Windows.
So my birthday was uneventful, unfortunately. Well, uneventful when it comes to stuff pertaining to the birthday itself (more on that later). I got a 15 euro iTunes gift card, a cinema voucher (I'll probably go see Man of Steel or After Earth with my dad next week (which do you guys recommend?)), Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, The Geometry of Rene Descartes (La Geometrie, but translated and with some notes), Euclid's Elements and Newton's Principia Mathematica. I was clever enough to send a link to my mom that featured the original Latin translation so I'm going to have to send that one back and get the English translation <_<
I've started Galileo's Dialogue and I can already tell I'll like it (yes I'll order the book club book asap and I'll read it too :P)
So on the eventful stuff, I switched rooms with my brothers (okay that wasn't very eventful either). This is because I can never ever do anything like Skype or Teamspeak after 11 at night, ie. the time when a lot of people actually have the time to do those things. I've got a room slightly farther away from them, plus the bathroom is now in between. This means I can talk all I want and I won't wake them up. This room is also more square and as such is significantly nicer (the old room had a diagonal wall which just did not work well at all)
Now I need to go to bed because I need to wake up early to go to work. It was ill-advised, but I blogged anyway, because I'm a rebel.
Go there. If only to see the clever album art he used for his album 'Invent the Universe'
I am loving it.
So the poster for my group's project on fractals is done and printed and we'll be having our final talk with the third-year student that is helping us today. Tomorrow each of us is going to have to give a five minute talk on the topic for a small group of people. Really don't feel like it. Not so much because I mind giving the talk but because the whole day will last 6-ish hours including several keynote presentations and presentations for the best project in mathematics and chemistry, and two from physics/astronomy. Our project is (in my opinion) well done though, so I think we'll get a good grade.
I'm still busy trying to finally switch to mathematics from applied mathematics, but for whatever reason the automated sign-up system used in the Netherlands refuses to acknowledge my IB diploma and it is just incredibly annoying. I've been sent from place to place and I really want to get this switch done since it's a lot more work if I were to take care of it next year :/
Well, almost, anyway. The article on fractals that I have to write with three other people is nearly done. I did a lot of work putting all of it in LaTeX, which is one the one hand the best editing program ever and on the other the worst. It's beautiful if you get it right but if you miss a curly brace somewhere, good luck looking for the next half hour <_<
We are now in the final stage, with the article itself and the abstract written, we only need the introduction and conclusion. We're also busy looking for mistakes of which there are plenty. Since I'm the best English speaker a lot of my time was spent fixing mistakes. Two of the other people in the group are pulling their weight, but the last one is a bit problematic. I won't go into detail, but at least he's not quite a dead weight.
I'm quite proud of the article in general. It's 30 pages long (though we have a lot of pictures) and I feel like I learned a lot about the topic.
In less awesome news, while I know I shouldn't worry too much about my exam grade since what's done is done, I am worrying about both of them a bit. I'd really rather avoid having to do retakes :/ Also, I'm still trying to switch from Applied Mathematics to Mathematics but due to the fact that I have an IB diploma rather than a Dutch one the process is made considerably more difficult. That's actually my greatest worry. I know that even if this fails I could still switch to normal Mathematics next year but I'd rather avoid all the fiddlesticks and get it done now.
Looking back at this year, I feel pretty good. I still don't have enough really good friends, to be honest, but at least I know a considerable group of people. And who knows, I might join a student club thing next year, depending on how much I can push myself. I've learned a lot about studying as well. I really want to make an effort next year to simply dedicate at least X (say 2-3) hours daily outside of normal university for learning. I'm still not entirely certain about it but I think I might want to try and go for the chance of getting a PhD. Just two more years until my BSc and 4 until my MSc (if everything goes to plan) and then if I feel like that's the way I want to go and they allow me, 8 more years (from now) until I could potentially have a PhD in mathematics.
But we'll see.
I was really hoping that somewhere in the dark pit that is my RuneScape bank there was an item that I left there in the years since I quit playing that suddenly got insanely expensive and would make me super rich. This took a while, but today while getting some better mage stuff (got batwing now) I sold my mystic stuff. The armour was mostly around 10k a piece but the gloves were 400k. There is no way I would ever spend that much on gloves so I just flipped Mystic gloves. It took a few years but now I'm less poor than I was before :P It did allow me at the very least to fill my Miscellania coffers to above 500k (just finished the quest today) so that's all set to make me filthy, filthy kind of rich. (HA KAMIL TAKE THAT)
It's weird. There's all these quests that, for whatever reason, intimidated me. So it's either EoC or the quests are way easier than I had thought because I did a few and they're actually really, really simple. Well, relatively anyway. I died once during Smoking Kills while fighting the end boss because I screwed up my prayers but except for that it was pretty easy. I am having a lot of fun with the games again.
In exam news, as I think I posted as a comment on my previous blog post, my calculus exam went okay-ish. I think I'll pass. The chances of my passing my probability exams are considerably lower, which is odd because I was more confident for it. It was an exam where I could do half a question but was missing a critical piece of information. The worst thing is that one of the questions I found difficult was copied verbatim from the homework and another was the same but with different numbers as a question on a past paper that I had done the day before. So I'm not entirely happy with myself, but eh. Stuff happens.
I'm also quite annoyed with some people in the group that I'm doing my final project with. One guy is doing everything he should, but the others haven't yet responded and the article is due Monday. That in itself is not a problem but I'm the one who has to put the entire thing in LaTeX code. One of the others (the one who is doing everything he should) did it in LaTeX as well but I had edited his parts before and now I'm going to have to reedit them because he changed them but not my parts. I think we'll finish just fine but let's just same I'm not worried anymore about doing my share of work. I'll probably have to end up doing most of the poster that we have to finished for Wednesday about the subject as well, because I highly doubt any of the other group members have any experience with any sort of graphical design ever. I might not be a pro but I know how GIMP works and I actually made a sticker to be put on little cheese which are still being used. So better than nothing :P
And finally, my psychologist (finally) brought up the matter of when I felt I was done. The therapy was good and I feel like I've grown but I just don't like the talks at all. So I told her I felt like I was done and now I'm done with that stuff. For those that don't know, I followed a therapy type thing because of my light case of Asperger's (I say light because I can actually function socially. I was diagnosed with it but honestly the label is a bit meaningless as I do fine in life mostly) and the resulting lack of social interaction and stuff. But my psychologist helped me make some positive choices and I've worked hard at it. I still feel like I lack good friends but at least now my stomach doesn't turn at the thought of going to see a movie with a friend.
But thankfully resits are in July so I'm not awfully worried about it. I mean, I'm obviously not sure I'll fail but I think I have a good chance of failing both Calculus and Probability, though Probability less so. I'm not being pessimistic, just realistic. I'll still give it my best shot but due to the rather unfortunate circumstances I just didn't have enough time to study (and I didn't start early enough). There's the weekend that was absolutely useless for studying (more on that later), and the student who is helping my group for the article we have to write (we're doing it on Julia and Mandelbrot sets) thought it'd be a good idea to set a date for tomorrow when I have my Calculus exams. Again, because I'm stupid sometimes I put off writing my part of the article until, well, today. I've got most of it done, I just don't have anymore time to study for Calculus which I just ignored for far too long. But hey, it's a good lesson, and I'm going to try harder next time around.
So the weekend. It was cool. It sucked that I worried about exams a bit (but I'm generally pretty relaxed about exams whether I'm going to fail them or not) but except for that it was great. Saw the whole family on my mum's side including the boy/girlfriends of several cousins. They were fun to be with as well because they're cool people. Friday was uneventful, but Saturday I (like last year) stayed up with about 6 other people. As it happens I have a cousin who likes to mix (relatively) cheap whiskey and alcohol so I probably had about a glassful of whiskey in total plus beer so I was pretty tipsy. They do try and get me fully drunk but I've always tried to avoid getting that far. That was a lot of fun. The next morning we had a church service where I played piano and one of my brothers played guitar. My mum suggested we play a song my grandpa liked, and it ended up bringing him to tears. My grandma has Alzheimer's and she's gone pretty far :( She remembers us and most of our names but except for that she forgets things within a minute, usually. And there's all the other stuff that comes with Alzheimer's. So it got pretty emotional, but it had to at some point I suppose. My grandpa is fairly antisocial and is not quick to talk about his feelings. But with that out of the way we had a lovely day and we left the following morning. It's always sad to see everybody go. Especially since I've come out of my shell and started to talk to everybody - I don't feel left out like I'd sometimes used to.
And in closing: http://frontierpioneer.bandcamp.com/album/youve-just-begun-to-grow
Instrumental post-rock ish stuff. It's really good.
I don't know. I like it, I guess. I don't mind EoC too much either, though it was an unnecessary step in my opinion.I'm still undecided about SoF. Not that I think it's a good step, I'm just not sure whether it's really a game feature from hell or simply just another thing. I've been using my spins and I racked up about 50k in claims and lvl 18 dunge in exp lamps. I just don't really know. Really enjoying the newer voiced quests, they're a lot of fun. Finished all the f2p quests now, the next step is to do all novice quests, and probably all the easier tasks if I can do them. I did do the Karamja tasks and I think the Lumbridge tasks already.
I also started dungeoneering yesterday for the first time. I thought it was quite enjoyable, and the free exp in other skills is pretty nice. It's a pretty interesting skill, though unfortunately it won't make me any money (right?) when that is something I really need. Still only have about 100k total, though I still have my full rune armour and dragon scimmy.
Thank you Goggie for helping me, and providing me with this not-taken-out-of-context picture:
So far I'm just soloing dungeons because as is the case with every MMO ever I don't feel like going through the effort of finding a good team <_< I am finding that a medium dungeon is a bit long for my tastes, but it did get me from level 20 to 26 in one go. I really like that dungeoneering is a self-contained skill in that your outside skills will have an effect on the inside but it doesn't matter how rich you are.