So yeah, I am still alive. I may not have written anything for just under three weeks but I still exist and have had quite busy time since my holiday.
I’m still at Mamas & Papas and working hard although my role has changed slightly. Instead of working on some project stuff with the Support team, I’m instead helping with some infrastructure stuff. Its great, especially as its meant I’ve had to learn some SQL and also get used to Active Directory and Exchange stuff. Its all good stuff and I’m earning some money as well so its all good in the end. I’m looking at getting a Kindle for my textbooks and the core of an i7 system (motherboard, CPU, memory, CPU cooler) to deal with this Autumn’s releases (I’m looking at you Skyrim).
Last weekend, I managed to escape to the Dales with a few of my friends from Leeds for a weekend of camping. Or should I say attempting to camp. To be fair, it was successful and we all came home mostly intact but we were lacking a few items we probably should have brought with us. Such vital things as airbeds, washing up liquid and, for some people, shoes suitable for roaming around the countryside.Oh, thank goodness for the sheer amount of alcohol, snacks and Mountain Dew we took up with us.
The campsite we went to was next to the Green Dragon Inn outside of Hawes (snrk). Its actually a pretty decent site – lots of space, reasonable rates and just down the valley from a huge waterfall. However, to temper this I have to say there one or two issues. The first is that the site is really rocky – we had a few issues finding places to put down the tent pegs. Second was that the site seemed to consist entirely of very angry wasps who enjoyed drinking our beer and generally being annoying. Also on the first night, we were ripped to shreds by midges. Finally, the pub nearby had some pretty inflated prices – as I was driving the next day, I decided to grab a Lime and Soda (average price in Leeds/Middlesbrough/Everywhere else – 70p) which coasted me £2.70. However, the food was quite good and it was a nice traditional pub.
Overall it was a really good weekend especially as we will all be moving on be that going back to uni or other things. Also it proved I can drive successfully with out killing everyone in the car.
I’m back at uni in September and so before I start back on my second year of Games Programming, I had to go and collect my keys for the house up there. After living through a year of living in halls, I’m really excited to be living in a proper house. There are seven of us in the house (dubbed Party House 2011), all from Woodland Hall 6 Ground Floor. Most of us also game and use Steam so we had to grab a Virgin 50mb service in order to make sure we can actually use the internet.
Of course, I also had to sort out my room. When I first arrived, all there was in the room was:
- 3/4 Bed
- Chest of Drawers
- The dodgiest lamp shade you ever did see – complete with glow in the dark stickers
- Nail holes in the wall
- Single Glazed windows – on the street side
I’ve already taken up a few more pieces of furniture to add to the room. My old desk is one of them as the desk provided with the room is tiny which isn’t really suitable for working on. So that gone up and I’ve also got an Ikea bookcase in and a bedside table. I’m actually quite impressed with the Ikea stuff – I’m used to it being a pile of junk that doesn’t fit together properly and is a pile of crap (probably from watching The Wire too much) but it was pretty good.
There are a few more things I need to take up, such as a whiteboard (for doing WORK on, no drawing on) and also a futon so I have seats in my room when the guys come up to play CoD while drinking. I’m also looking forward to getting some posters up, but unfortunately the walls are vinyl wallpaper which will get ripped to shreds at the end of the year. Should have some more pictures up after I move in properly.
That doesn’t mean my house is completely unused. A few of my flat mates are already in and I’ll be going up there before the Bank Holiday weekend which is also going to be a crazy weekend of airsofting down in Hampshire at the Ground Zero Weekender.
As I write this, I’ll be going home this evening to get my bags, guns, gear and tent packed up and ready to go. Most of my kit is together, its just the final prep to do. Good thing I’m packing my waterproofs based on the current weather reports.
I’m also sorting out my Airsoft collection. I’m a huge British equipment fan (because the basic clothing is real cheap) and so own a LSW. I’ve got an L85 on the way as a spare I can loan out to people or if I’m at a CQB site but that’s a whole load of annoyance. My other guns (the MP7 and SPAS 12) are really nice bits of kit but I’m not really a fan of them. So I’m selling them off to be replaced with some other things. The MP7 is already gone but the SPAS 12 is still up for sale.
That’s all for now. I’m still working on a few projects but they have all been delayed while I’m working. But more info on that will be coming soon