Monday, 7 May 2012

Well, This Sucks

The main reason that this does indeed suck is that I feel like crap. I lost my iPod. It was a small 1gb shuffle, but I've had it for over 6 years. It was a Christmas present from my mum. I was seriously attached to that thing. It got me through a lot, and even though I'm going to probably be getting a new iPod in a few weeks, it won't really be the same. I hold presents in very high regard, and do my best to keep and preserve them. It was attached to my coat, and I was so tired and not thinking straight that I didn't really think to remember it doesn't stay attached to my coat very well. I should have put it on my shirt, or put it in my pocket.

If you're truly gone iPod, then farewell, you will be sorely missed.

I don't even want to imagine how I sound right now. It doesn't help I am close to tears while writing.

In slightly more upbeat news, I finally read the first book in The Hunger Games. I read it all in one day, in about 7 hours. I was in a car a lot so I had plenty of time. I haven't read a book that fast in quite some time. I guess it also helps that it was a real book, so it strained my eyes less than an ebook on my computer would. Plus it shows how good the book was. Because it was. At first I wasn't sure how I would treat it, because it seemed like the premise and plot really was ripped straight from Battle Royale. While I still think this, I can agree that the way it was handled was different. In Battle Royale the teenagers are pitted against eachother as a way to punish them because juvenile crime became so high. Plus instead of picking one boy and one girl from each area, it was a class in a school that was chosen at random, and everyone in that class had to do it. Still, if you enjoyed The Hunger Games, I thoroughly recommend Battle Royale. I will say though that as something from Japan you can expect it to be a lot more graphic, because it is. If I had to say there was a problem with Hunger Games it would be that it seemed to take too long to get to the games themselves, and Katniss seemed too emotionally detached. It was explained and handled well though. Plus as the story progressed her walls started to come down, even if she didn't really want them to.

I can't read the second book yet. Being a cheap bastard I bought it off of Amazon, and selected free delivery. Given how today is a bank holiday, which means no mail, there's no telling really when it will arrive. If it takes too long I can consider just going to the library and adding my own copy to my bookshelf when it arrives.

Because this post has already lasted so long, and I really hate talking about more than one subject, I'm just going to give the briefest of brief rundowns of last week. I didn't really mean to talk this much but I couldn't find a time to stick Hunger Games in and keep it relevant.

Tuesday; Activism, and how far it's come these days. Activism seems to be a much bigger thing these days, and it is a lot easier to get involved, even without joining the front lines. You'd be amazed at what you can do with a computer, or just a telephone. All of it legal too. Don't let those wankers censor the internet.

Wednesday; Bullying, and how it can actually have an overall positive effect. Bullying will either make or break you, but you can really be made by it. Use adversity as fuel, and amaze everyone who thought you would never amount to anything by becoming more than they could ever dream to be.

Thursday; Another podcast. This was my second secretproject. It was a two hour conversation I had with Bersercules, and I think only one person listened to it all the way through. Rest assured that, while I do have a few other podcasts with him to publish, none of them are that long, and are about the usual length you've come to expect of me.

Friday I went full retard and made a post about dancing, completely skipping out the letter c. I didn't forget my alphabet, I just messed up my scheduling. By the time I had realized my error the D post had gotten two comments, so I left it up, and pulled C down. Expect C tomorrow. Though dancing was still cool.

Saturday; Another chapter in Immortal Space. At the time it was the last written chapter, but I wrote a fair bit more on Saturday, and now have enough to see me through for a few weeks.

Sunday; More comedy. This time from another Irish funnyman called Ed Byrne  (pronounced burn). It was two of his routines, one on emos and goths, and one on the flaws involved with Back To The Future. We all know some, but he picks up on a few you might not. Seeing as the emos and goths one either didn't embed, or disappeared, I have decided to embed it again here for your pleasure. Oh I have also realized that I could have made C "Comedy" but it's too late for that now.



Have a good week guys.

42 comments:

  1. I've gone through a ton of mp3 players over the years, but I've never lost one. I either sold them or they broke. Guess it feels a lot worse to lose one, sorry.

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    1. Well it feels a lot worse mostly because it was just such an awesome present.

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  2. I've had my MP4 for quite a few years now but it's never that that got damaged it was always the earphones! I went through about 4 pairs in one year! I now have a pair on standby!

    I think you'll find the second book a bit of a let down as it's kinda an inbetweeny book but it's still very good! :) x

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    1. I go through a pair of headphones every couple of months, but the player itself was strong and sturdy and rarely ever let me down :) As long as there's at least something about what happened next then I can live with the second book. Plus I already have the third, so I can jump right back in to the real action.

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  3. Oh man, I feel sad. It's kinda like losing my headphones now, due to the broken wires 'n' stuff. It's kinda like seeing your loved one on life support. Seriously. My in-ear earphones were so bad I had to break the male off (The metal, protruding one), and I almost cried.

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    1. Ahh it's never easy when a trusty pair of headphones dies. I get that feeling when I'm listening to music on my phone, and the battery gets low, and I'm pleading with it to hold on a bit longer for me.

      You'd be surprised how much it works.

      My phone is alive.

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  4. Aww man, I'm really sorry you lost your iPod, that seriously sucks buddy. It reminds me of the time I lost a little mini radio I had and spent hours looking for it even though I realised it was probably gone, it just meant a lot to me for some reason. I'm glad you enjoyed Hunger Games though, it sounds a real good book to me.

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    1. I'm pretty sure if it is lost, it's more than likely at the McDonalds I went to yesterday, which means it's gone forever :( There's a tiny chance it fell off my coat in my dad's car, but he couldn't find it.

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  5. Yeah the bullying one was pretty powerful. Sorry about the iPod :(

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    1. Thanks. I'll be getting a bigger and better one soon, but that little guy was tough, and admirable. He's in Valhalla now.

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  6. wait..

    what?! you read the 1st book of hunger games in 1 day? I mean, 7hours? seriously? oh! I'm so jealous. I'm so lazy :( huhu

    I'm sorry about your ipod :(

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    1. I can't believe how quickly I was able to do it either. It really has been quite some time since I read like that, I had no idea I could still do it.

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    2. maybe because you are reading it in English and English is your language..ugh, but not mine. there are lots of english words I do not understand :(

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  7. Hey Mark, I'm so sorry about your iPod and hope it still turns up somehow! I've lost one or two gifts before and it always hurts so much - fingers crossed that you'll find yours!

    I keep hearing about The Hunger Games and how good it is - but it really doesn't sound like something I would like. Still, since so many people are talking about it, I'm half tempted to try it!

    Hope your day picks up for you!

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    1. I really don't expect to find it :( I think I'd have rather broken it than lost it. I still have a broken cup that was a present. It's a good book, I'd recommend it. I would suggest though you borrow a copy if you can, rather than spend money on something you aren't sure you'll enjoy. My day has been quite lazy so far except for my exercising.

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  8. Welp, sooner or later it would've broken down anyway. The old Shuffles were sturdy, but not that sturdy.
    But hey, you may end up finding it somewhere and thinking "duh, of course it's here"!

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    1. That little fucker would never have died. It had survived a whole lot. It was already preowned when I got it so I had no idea how old it really was. When I took it to the Apple shop for repairs maybe 2 years ago they said it really did do well to last as long as it did, plus it actually fixed itself. It was alive. I really don't think I'll ever see it again though unless it is in the car park and no one ever notices it. Someone will eventually. My only chance of finding it again is if it fell off in the car.

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  9. im reading that pride and prejudice book on my phone, cause it downloaded it self onto my phone for free so im reading it out of spite. it is so boring. so. boring.

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    1. As much as some people enjoy it, I don't think it's my kind of thing either.

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  10. I know we become quite attached to those things that got us through troubled times. I've had my little SanDisk for years and I'd miss it, if something happened to it.

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    1. Ahhh SanDisk, those guys know how to make good stuff. Here's hoping you never find out how you'd really feel if something happened to it.

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  11. Again. I missed reading a lot of good posts. Darn, I'm so sorry Mark. I'd do some back reading later on..

    It's so sad that you lost your iPod. :( I haven't lost anything yet. Really. Lucky me, right? But most of the gadgets I use, they usually end up dead. I mean, the laptop my brother gave me died on me.. But I'll have it fixed, maybe next month. The camera my dad left me, the screen now have a huge black ball inside it.. It can still take pictures but it takes up the whole viewing screen, you won't know if you'll get the perfect shot. :( I hope the PSP he gave me will last longer than those two.. :(

    Oooh.. Dancing. I'm going back to that Dancing post. :)

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    1. It's okay to miss a few days :) Just check back every Monday and see if there was something you should really have read :P I forgive you :)

      I don't know what happened to my camera, now I only have my webcam. Every laptop I have seems to end up breaking, this iPod has lasted longer than all my laptops put together. I have three in a box actually, all broken. I also left a reply on the dancing post :)

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  12. I was addicted to The Hunger Games Trilogy. Probably the fastest I've finished a book. I recently picked up Battle Royale which I'm going to start reading soon. The A to Z Challenge kind of put a hold on my reading list, but now that it's over, I can resume my reading.

    Sorry to hear about your iPod, though. I hope you come across it again.

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    1. Well enjoy the Battle Royale. It is a lot more graphic, and there is a lot more death. I don't know if it's the fastest I've finished a book ever but it certainly was the fastest I've finished one in quite some time.

      I did indeed find my lost little iPod :)

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  13. That does suck losing an ipod. My dog ate mine, which belonged to my father who has passed away. So it was dear to me. That damn dog is lucky to be alive!

    I remember that bully post. It was a good one for sure! I hope more people become aware of it!

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    1. My cat sometimes tries to eat mine when it's charging, she's an odd one. Normally if you wait around long enough, depending on what it was, you can get back what a dog eats.

      Thanks for the kind words too :)

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  14. I can relate to the ipod thing, I remember when my walkman of four or five years broke. It was a sad day. I too am attacked to inatimet objects.

    I've really gotta watch the hunger games!

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    1. I'm not totally addicted to inanimate objects, just gifts mostly, and things that have served me well and lived a long time. I bought my xbawx on my own, but I still feel bad it's on it's last legs. I don't know if I'll actually watch the Hunger Games movie, but the book was awesome.

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  15. Another iPod? Why don't you just buy two mp3 players instead, so you'll have a spare if you lose one again.

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    1. I know how you feel about iPods, especially their overpricing, and for the most part I am with you. Especially the price. However what I need is something that is exactly what an iPod is. The browser on my Blackberry doesn't handle Blogger well, if at all, thanks to the new interface, and it's not really made for things like that anyway. I am with you though on the cost of one iPod Touch being about the cost of 2 or 3 MP3 (and probably MP4) players that probably have more memory.

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  16. I can relate to the lost item. There are things given to me that make more worth by the gifting. I hope your time is going better though.

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    1. Well seeing as I was able to find the iPod, things are looking up for me. Kind of.

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  17. My personal best time for one sitting reading is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows in six-and-a-half hours. Didn't put it down as I went about my afternoon. Read it as I cooked dinner, read it as I smoked on my apartment's front porch, read it while drinking at the very end.

    You know what they call the Hunger Games in france? Battle Royale with Cheese

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    1. There IS a surprising amount of cheese in Hunger Games. It took me two days to read Deathly Hallows because there just wasn't enough time to read it all in one sitting. I got pretty far though in the first sitting.

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  18. I'm reading this after reading your tweet that you found it in your jacket pocket so yay! I once got really upset as I thought I left my purse at my mates in Bradford, which wouldn't be very useful seeing as I'm in Manchester, and after stressing my friend out and getting her to turn her house upside down, I found my purse tucked away in my bag :D I'm clever.

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    1. Some people do call their bags their purses so you made it sound like you have a purse in your purse :) I'm glad that it turned up. A purse is much worse to lose than an iPod.

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  19. I read on Twitter than you found your iPod, no?
    Also, what is a bank holiday?

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    1. I found it after I wrote this yes, and I never worked up the effort necessary to edit this post. Oh well. I also answered the bank holiday question on Twitter but for the benefit of anyone who sees this and doesn't know; a bank holiday is basically when the banks, and lot of government places are closed. It's kind of like a national holiday, though not everyone gets the day off. Most places do have limited opening hours though. Consider it just a day off from the Government.

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