Thursday, 17 August 2017

Cleaning Up is Hard to Do

When I say cleaning up here I don't mean physically, but that can be a chore in and of itself. It's also something else I need to get done soon. When I'm not trapped under an ocean of work. Rather, I mean cleaning up electronically; as in cleaning my hard drive.

I recently found myself in a situation where I had only around 100GB of hard drive space left. See, the funny thing about computers is that they have all this space but they punish you for using it. You should keep at least 15% of your hard disk space free. I didn't, and my computer ended up moving slower than a snail.

Thankfully I do have an external hard drive but the computer was moving so slowly that even my attempts to clean it up by moving stuff on to the hard drive slowed it down even more. It's almost a miracle I was able to get my work done in that situation.

It really doesn't help that I'm a hoarder, especially when it comes to digital data. My external hard drive - and indeed my internal one - is filled with things I'll never access again but like to keep for some reason. Even after clearing out the things I no longer need and the things I didn't want right now I still only cleaned up around 200GB of space. I have no idea what is eating up around 500GB of space on my computer (the OS eats up a lot).

I remember one of the first computers I ever owned. It was back before anyone even knew what a gigabit was. The hard drive was so small I could only have one game installed on it at once, and I couldn't consider ripping CDs on to it. I was one of those people that laughed at the idea of needing more space, and told myself I'd have more space than I knew what to do with.

Then, you know, I find myself in a situation with an almost full hard drive.

Keep your computers clean people! It worked much better after the cleanup operation.

Monday, 14 August 2017

I Am Out of Shape

I had a very intense work week last week to say the least. I inadvertently found myself doing a week's worth of work in the space of three days. I got it done, because I'm awesome like that, but it was seriously draining. For once I actually did take the weekend to myself and one thing it showed me is that I'm really out of shape.

It's not so much that I'm out of shape either, it's also that I'm heavier. So I can really feel the extra weight pulling me down when I'm trying to walk. It makes it harder to move around. I have a hard enough time finding the time to move around as it is; I don't need the actual process itself to be rendered more difficult. But that's life sometimes.

I also know that if I was in better shape I would be better able to handle all this extra work. I'd have more energy to just get stuff done and come out on top. So I should do it for the sake of my work as well as for my health.

It really is a matter of finding the time though. With my sleep schedule, combined with how much I work, I don't finish working until around 8, 9, or even 10PM sometimes. I could go on a walk part way through my day, which is what I used to do, but then I'm just extending my work day.

I need to find something. If only typing burned calories.

Friday, 11 August 2017

At This Point I'm Not Sure I'm Alive

Due to certain circumstances I've been working so intensely that it feels I am actually losing my grip on reality. What a fun place to be.

Boy life is great since we outlawed being a criminal 

I'd understand it building up in on area, but the whole room?

This man is living in 3017

This is an excellent pun

Friendzoned by darkness

I'd watch that 
I mean, it is one of the best ways to prevent pregnancy 


I wish I had balls of steel like this dude

Another brilliant pun 
One should never go ass to mouth

Have a good weekend folks. For once I might stick with my plans to take two days off work. I just have to slug it out for one more day first.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Caffeine Problems

Like most writers I have a few vices here and there. While most writers are awash in a sea of sex, drugs, cigarettes, and coffee, my only real vice - at least as far as drugs go - is caffeine. I like the occasional drink but I do my best to avoid drinking alone. Whether it's in the form of coffee, iced coffee, or an energy drink, I am getting way too much caffeine.
But iced coffee is so delicious!
I know I'm getting too much because I've reached the point where it stops perking me up and instead returns me to normal. That's the thing about caffeine. If you don't have a lot of it, it can perk you up pretty nicely. Over time though, the peaks get smaller and the crashes get deeper. So caffeine just returns you to your normal levels. That's why you feel so tired without it and why you crave it so badly.

I plan to go cold turkey for a few days which should help, but unfortunately I have so much work due that I'm still reliant on caffeine to push me to normal levels, if not higher. So I think I'm going to have to wait until the weekend; when I can afford to be sloppy and not get much done. I don't normally take weekends off actually but, given how much I've had to get done this week, I am seriously considering it.

It's going to be a rough few days.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Adventures in Cooking

Jess stayed over for the weekend again and we decided to do a little cooking while she was here. We tend to eat out too much. This time though it was more that what we were craving couldn't be bought at the time we were craving it. So we had to cook it ourselves. 

So just what the hell did we make? We made nachos and cheese. 

Sadly I didn't take any pictures of it so you'll have to trust me that it worked out properly. 

We decided to do it Subway-style. See, when you go to Subway and ask for nachos they put some salsa and cheese on Doritos and throw it in the microwave. We didn't want to be that cheap though. So we got some Doritos, salsa, and cheese, and baked it in the oven. 

It actually worked out really well. They were absolutely delicious and something I'd do again. The only problem is that the combined total of the ingredients came to more than buying nachos ready made from Subway, or indeed Dominos. 

If you'd like to try making your own nachos then get some Doritos, some salsa, and some cheese (duh). Lay it all out on a baking tray (we used foil because we didn't have an oven dish) and bake it at around 160 Celsius for 15-20 minutes and you'll have a delicious treat. 

Delicious, but not exactly nutritious, so don't do it too often! 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Friday Funtimes #18345

Apparently it's Friday now. How 'bout that?

This is just me most days really

I need this license plate

I didn't know they improved on perfection but they did

Every good man knows when to stop

I love a good pun

Nein! Nein! Nein!

2017 is pretty much the same too

It really, really does

I accepted a long time ago I'm going to hell

It's a conspiracy! 
Have a good weekend folks. I'll see you all next week!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Drats. Failed Again.

The reason today's post is so late is because I was holding off on writing it until I got home. I believe I mentioned that I had a driving test today. If not, then consider it mentioned! As you might be able to surmise from the title of this post, I unfortunately failed for a second time.

I feel much calmer about it this time for some reason. I remember that I had a serious breakdown after I failed last time and I was crying for about two hours. Every time I remembered failing I started crying again. This time though I've managed to stay in good spirits about the whole thing. I'm not entirely sure why.

I think it helps that I only failed because of two major mistakes. The first was with the manouvre. I got the dreaded reverse parallel park this time. It's a tricky manouvre in that the starting position has to be perfect or it can throw off everything else. Needless to say, my starting position wasn't perfect. I started too close to the other car, which meant that I didn't have the room I needed to manouvre around it properly. I ended up bumping the kerb twice and - even when I corrected my position properly - still ended up at an angle. Which is a fail.

The other mistake happened when I was driving way too slow. Normally I'm pretty good at keeping to the right speed, but thanks to a comedy of errors I found myself doing 33MPH in the fast lane of a dual carriageway. To put that into perspective, the speed limit is 70. At the very least I should have been going 50-60.

Like I said, I know what went wrong and I'm feeling much better about things this time. My instructor wanted me to book another test in right away but both myself and my dad agree it would be better to wait until I get back from holiday. So we're going to book another one in when I get back and I'll probably book in another lesson or two to get rid of any rust.

But I am there. I am a good driver. I can do this. I can pass my test. It's just that it didn't happen for me this time.

Monday, 31 July 2017

What's Up With the New Domain Name?

It looks like just about everyone found the new place easy enough. I've had a very long and exhausting week, and the domain name problems are just one aspect of it, but that's what I'll talk about today. 

I had the old domain name (theramblingperson.com) for quite a while. It would auto-renew for me and I would just be able to leave it running by itself. Then a few months ago I got an email from Google (who I purchased the domain name from) that my domain name would no longer auto renew because they were changing the way everything worked. Domain registration and renewal comes under the Google Admin service, which is a premium service. 

Basically Google wanted to charge me £5 a month for the privilege of charging me £10 a year my domain name. I understand that's actually still a fairly good deal - and I do know people who pay monthly for their hosting - but I disagreed with how they had taken something that used to be free and simple and turned it into a complicated premium service. 

Then it all just slipped my mind and I completely forgot about it. When I did remember it, I just pushed it to the side telling myself I would get on it later. 

As you know if you visited on Thursday and saw that the domain name expired, I did not get on it later. I did at least try to fix it though. 

Google were offering a 15-day free trial of their Admin services. So I decided to sign up in order to finally renew my domain name. Unfortunately for me I could only sign up with a new email address. I couldn't use the one I already had with them. Even worse, I couldn't sign up unless I already had (or bought) a domain name. I tried telling them that theramblingperson.com was my domain name, but they just kept telling me that the domain name was unavailable. 

I have a few days to secure the domain name for myself by renewing it, which I was trying to do

Given that I wasn't able to sign up for Google Admin with my regular email address, nor would I be able to say that the old domain name was mine, the most offensive thing about this is that I wouldn't have been able to save my old domain name even if I had paid for Google Admin before it expired. 

So I decided to just go through with the free trial and buy myself a new domain name. I'll start again with a brand new name. So I purchased the domain name theramblingperson.co.uk. Which apparently  I didn't own anyway. 

To make a long story short, I was eventually able to transfer ownership of this domain name from my new Google Admin account to my old regular email account. So I transferred a domain to myself. Google also has a Google Domains service now, so hopefully I can avoid this shit show next year if it comes up. 

PS; yes I considered just going back to a blogspot address but all the good ones were taken and I didn't want to have some retarded random blog address. 

The whole thing took several hours and was a fucking nightmare I hope to never have to go through again. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

More On That Domain Name Change Later

If you're reading this, then congratulations! You managed to find the blog again after I had to change the domain name. More on that on Monday. I'd write about it now but I'm tired and have to prepare for a driving lesson.

I squirt. Do you?

Someone had fun with this

This is pretty cool

Thank god I'm not a student anymore

I'd date Jesus 

Someone help those poor storm drains!

Shit like this is why I want to play DnD

I mean I have a cold, but I am still alive. Somehow. 
Have a good weekend folks. I'll be going out tomorrow with my sister and niece so I'm in for a good weekend.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Questions And Answers From a Mystery Blogger

Today's post comes courtesy of Debra who answered some questions on her blog through the Mystery Blogger Award and invited other bloggers to do the same. So here I am to do the same.Let's begin...

1. What Author Would you Want to Write your Biography?

I would write it myself under a pen name and see if anyone notices that I did it. Like that time Michael Jackson voiced himself in the Simpsons but gave a fake name to trick his brothers. I suppose if I had to choose a real author to do it, I'd ask George R.R Martin. He'd make it sound like I got laid much more than I did, and he'd take so long to write it that I wouldn't be able to die.

2. If Your Life Were a Movie, What Would the Theme Song Be?

I Shall Not Yield by Wuthering Heights.

"Gods of life!
I meet your challenge
I shall rise from every blow you strike at me
I shall break every spell you throw at me
You will not push me that last bit of way
Over the Edge
Even if I'm only holding on by sheer spite itself
You may have woven this one's life tread
Of a fowl and poisoned string
But it shall not break
That final victory shall be denied thee...forever!"

 3. Destiny or Free Will?

This is a cop-out, but I believe the two can co-exist. I think that our lives our guided by free will for the most part, but some things are predetermined. I've been through too many things and seen too many things to not believe in fate. There are people we are destined to meet, and things we are destined to do. How we get there though? That's up to us. It's also up to us to take advantage of the opportunities that life gives us.

4. Have you Ever Read a Book that Truly Changed your Life?

Even as an avid reader I can say that there isn't a book that has really changed my life. There are books that have changed my view on reading at least. Starseeker by Tim Bowler showed me the true power of books. It was the first book I read that wasn't based in fantasy. It's about real people in the real world. It opened my eyes to a brand new world of books.

5. Who/What has had the Greatest Impact on your Life?

Outside of the obvious answer of my parents, I'd have to go with the other obvious answer of Jess; my gay trans best friend. We've always had each others backs and will no doubt continue to do so for the rest of our lives. Even her mum says we're basically just a married couple without the sex.

Which we really are.

Not sure how to feel about that.

6. If I Could Bring Any Fictional Character to Life Who Would it Be?

Batman so he could take me under his wing. I can totally be the new Robin. Totally.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Plan Ahead

I had my second to last driving lesson last Friday. My last driving lesson before my test will be this Friday. The lesson itself went really smooth. I didn't make any major mistakes at least. I came to terms with one of the big problems I have though. I focus too much on the car in front of me. It's one of the main reasons I make mistakes and find myself where I shouldn't be. I need to wait a few seconds before moving off and keep my eyes on the whole road. I can't see the forest for the trees if you will. 

It's going to be a tough habit to break in the next few weeks to be sure, but I'm sure I can do something about it. I already made some small progress during the actual lesson itself. Now I just need to keep doing it. In a way, I just have to be a great driver for around an hour during the test itself. I can worry about the rest when I pass my test. 

I actually did see something pretty fun during this lesson though. It was when we practiced parking using just the mirrors. The parking bays at the test center aren't aligned. So if I line myself up with the space in front of me - a tactic one can use in a regular car park - I'm completely out of position. So I need to be able to park using my mirrors and the space I'm trying to park into. I actually did a decent job of it. 

Well I found myself trying to park two spaces away from a van. I was there for a short while. After a few attempts another car pulled up a few spaces away from the van. A woman got out of it, and actually just got straight into the van after a short chat with the driver. My instructor actually informed me that he sees that kind of thing a surprising amount of times. He called it a "liason". 

So, yeah, I probably saw a prostitute in a Morisson's car park. How about that?

Friday, 21 July 2017

Have a Laugh on Me

Sorry about the late post folks. I overslept and then had to have a driving lesson. Now I'm really depressed. There's no need for you to be though.

This is almost too many puns. 

This truly is my biggest fantasy

I miss Harambe. The world isn't the same without him. 

This kid is going to have a great marriage

That's just how all my women are

I always like sharing this. It's not funny, but it's always meaningful and relevant. 

The line gets blurrier every day

Ba dum tsh

Well, do I?

People have made this joke so many times I'm not sure what Stephen Hawking's actual first Facebook post was. 
In case you're wondering my driving lesson went well. I'm not depressed over that. Just other shit. Have a good weekend folks. See you on the other side.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Nanny State Strikes Back

It's not often I get political on here, and the reason is simple; I hate discussing politics. I have my views, you have yours, and they'll probably clash. What's the point in talking about it? This post isn't entirely political though, so perhaps you'll indulge me.

It was announced recently that the UK government took a step back from fucking up Europe to get around to fucking up the internet. From April of next year, people accessing porn sites will need to "verify their identity". God only knows what that means. It's a move that the government claims - of course - is to "protect the children". Let me tell you one quick thing about politics; never trust a politician who says they do something for the kids.

These measures are almost never designed to protect children. It's also not their job to do that anyway. There are thousands of parental filters available for computers. I should know. I used them on my nieces. Microsoft itself has a nice tool that allows you to block access to certain topics/sites and even read through the browsing/search history of your kids. It's like having your own little NSA!

The government always introduces bullshit by attacking porn because they know no one will defend it. Right now you probably don't like me much because you think I'm defending porn. I'm not. I've had addictions to that stuff. I know how much it can mess you up. I'm not arguing for porn, I'm arguing against bullshit regulations that are introduced on phony grounds. If politicians were actually interested in protecting the children they would do something about child porn and all the sexual abuse. Child porn is not on legitimate porn sites. It's on the mysterious dark web. This measure will do nothing to stop child porn and, quite frankly, will likely not deter children from watching or finding access to it.

It is up to parents to parent their children. It is up to governments to stop introducing bullshit on a web of lies. Every time the government touches the internet they fuck it up massively. Just look at the Snoopers Charter of the UK and Net Neutrality in the States. The internet is fine. Stop messing with it.

Please.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Chicks Dig the Guy With the Plan

My computer chair broke a few weeks ago and - thanks to some admin errors here and there - it took a while to get a replacement. I ordered a new one only to be told that they were out of stock. So then I ordered a different one. It got here in the end and I was able to put it together at least. Putting that chair together gave me an odd shot of testosterone too. I felt great all day.

This did mean I had a few weeks without a chair in my bedroom though, which meant doing my work downstairs. Now, no one in this house really ventures downstairs much unless they need the kitchen areas. The living areas are remarkably unlivable. It turns out they're great for working in though.

I don't know if it was because of some psychological implications, a lack of distractions, or just magical powers, but I'm far more productive downstairs sat in the front room. I burned through work. I considered trying to turn the back room into a study after my experiments but, to be perfectly honest, it would take a lot of work.

So instead I'm going to convert it into a weight room. The problem is that it's going to take a while. The first step in my plan is actually passing my driving test. The second step is to hire a van and clear the whole place out. I can clear out the front room while I'm at it too, and anything else that needs clearing. My dad is licensed to drive a van of course, but he really doesn't like doing it and I'm not going to try and force him.

It'll also take a while to pay for all the equipment. I've got plans for that too though. I even have a few pieces of equipment already.

So the ultimate plan is to do some weight lifting between jobs and just in down periods. If I'm downstairs already then I'm going to be more likely to do it. I know people who do something similar to this and manage to keep themselves in pretty decent shape.

I suppose we'll have to see how dedicated to this goal I still am by the time I've got the money for the equipment. Not to mention the money to hire a van.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Hello Friday My Old Friend

Got a driving lesson today. Let's hope I continue my streak of not hitting anyone.

You're god damn right it is

Literally

Americans are great at war. Just don't be their allies.  
That's a nice twist ending


Sadly not everyone can be the dancing queen

I don't know what's more impressive; that they kayaked through a drive-thru, or that the McDonalds was open

He makes a great point

I've made things like this on Rollercoaster Tycoon

Kids will do that to you

Hey now, goats are pretty cool.
Have a great weekend folks. I'll do what I can to have one myself.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Home Invaders

It's not quite as impressive as the heatwave in the US that's melting mailboxes and frying eggs on the pavement, but the UK is still going through a heatwave right now. Actually the weather can't decide what it wants to be as we also get a lot of rain. People who talk about "rain or shine" are talking about this week.

All this warm weather means my dad has been leaving our back door open to keep the house cool, which has let in a few pests. It's also proving what little murder machines my cats are. In particular Moo Moo; the cute little black and white one. She's not so cute when you see her eating a bird that she's trapped and killed herself.
Look at the little serial killer
The largest pest of them all came just this morning. Somehow, some way, the dog from next door got out of their yard, in our yard, and then in our house. Where it proceeded to shit on everything. Thanks for that dog.

As much as I love all animals - and I do - I'm not a big fan of this dog. He barks and whines all day and it just gets annoying. That's not entirely his fault, as his owners could try and do something about it, but it's still annoying. Then he goes and shits in my dad's slippers and on our rugs. Not cool brah, not cool.

There is a funny side to all this though; Jess is sleeping here again to escape her own dog. She's in heat and is being a little "over-friendly". Maybe Jess just naturally attracts dogs?

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