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Like the Sunshine (Two Year Anniversery on WordPress)

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Well now, this is special!

I’m posting tonight because I received a super special notification from the happy chappies at WordPress.com. Two years ago, I started this blog as a method of journaliing my musings and other ramblings as a way to manage stress. At the time of this blog’s creation, I had been faced with a lot of dreadful uncertainties that would leave me with knots in my tummy for nights on end. I had only just started my long distance relationship with an absolutely lovely girl and was afraid that we would never meet or be able to make it happen. My studies at both university and a community college had reduced me to a state resembling that of a nervous wreck; hair tearing and all.

The year after, my relationship had become stable. My classes had become manageable. I had begun my student work placement and had learnt more than I ever did in high school. About life, about love and about the world beyond high school. For once, my life seemed right. I was at peace.

And now, in 2016, many things have changed. My graduation, the fated meeting in Lover’s Arrival, the beginnings of my search for employment, the collapse of my relationship …

All of it proof that we are forever learning by experience. That the wildest and most unexpected things can happen, even when plans have been made and are seemingly set in stone. Life is what happens when you are busy making plans. And that, Mr. Lennon, is something that we can both agree on. Being the tired man that I am, i am not sure what I am supposed to be writing anymore here. The paragraphs that come after this were actually written first. This post is a mess, chaotic, just like life. It wasn’t planned. I had a general idea and the structure of the post all in my mind and then as I began to write it down, different thoughts flooded into my mind and altered those plans. Or took a sledgehammer to them. Completely.

This might sound awfully corny but I gotta write it …

In the past two years, I have become rather fond of moths. Now, I never liked moths as a kid. I always thought they were grotesque and wouldn’t think twice about shooing them away with a dainty wave of the hand. They were ugly to most people. Undesirable. And I often considered myself to be of a similar calibre. But all it took was one mental comparison, one alternate trail of thought, and my love for them began to blossom. There are those in the world that see beauty where others simply cannot. Those that find something beautiful where nothing of the sort can be found and observed by the average person. And I had the pleasure of meeting a few of these cherishable souls. The absolute honor of calling one my teacher, another one my friend, my lover …

Of course, you. My readers.

These people and their stories, their wisdom, their kindness and their love formed my coccoon and now I too, have become a one of these souls.

I’d like to thank you all for reading my blog over the past two years and do hope that you stick around for another.

May all the love in the world be yours. And remember, everybody’s gotta learn sometime. 

You know which song this is going to link you to … 

(It’s 3 AM and I sure could use some sleep … )

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Thawing Myself Out!

 

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I’ll take references to obscure 1980s synthpop one hit wonders for 200, please!

 

Hey, I’m back. Has my cup of web tea gone cold yet?

A few of you who read this blog may be wondering “Jee, Dandy! Just where the hell have ya been these past few months?!” and I would respond with “That’s a damn good question. Just where have I been these past few months?!” as if I were taking the time to recall my activity during the specified span of time.

But that would be kinda stupid since I already know the answer to that. So I will just type that up instead rather than pretend I forgot or didn’t know.

Ya see, during the latter half of 2015, I had began to put 80% of my free time into browsing and posting on Twitter in order to form some kind of social network that revolved around a horribly botched and indefinitely postponed attempt at making a YouTube channel, which had been a bit of a kid dream of mine since my high school years. But unfortunately, life got in the way and now I have found myself completely straying from that path.

So just for convenience sake, I have decided to briefly list and provide a bit of commentary about just what the heck I’ve been getting up to that’s been preventing me from blogging, in no particular order of importance.

1:  I had recently started school once again. Actually, I’d spent most of that time trying to figure out what was going on with my course. Classes were being cancelled left, right and centre, teachers and lecturers were either quitting or changing departments and elective classes were only being held at a campus located two hours away from my current one.

2: And speaking of school, I have also just recently started my final bout of work placement/experience. This time, it’s a whopping 300 hours worth of practical study within the field that’ll earn me a pass. Which means that I should totally spend all of my lunch breaks blogging again like last year!

3: My addiction to other social networking sites or “The Treacherous Twitter Saga”. I am definitely not the best at micro-managing or structuring my time when it comes to social networking. Usually, it’s a spur of the moment kind of thing for me. Part of me thought that if I stuck with Twitter long enough (And I did, long enough to amass about 300 + followers) that it would begin to pay off and that I would’ve formed a potential audience for my YouTube content. In the end, that didn’t turn out to be the case. Or maybe I haven’t put enough time into it. I dunno. Lately, I’ve just been doing other stuff during my spare time. Like …

4: Playing tons of video games. Yeah, this was something that I didn’t see coming. I thought my love of video games was slowly withering away like a once magnificent rose, leaving behind only fond memories and borderline sorrowful feelings of nostalgia. But if anything, it’s picking up. Hell, even annual generic shooterfests like the turbo-bro cult classic Black Ops 3 had me pleasantly surprised. But mainly, it’s Bloodborne that has got me absolutely captivated at the moment. Still going too, even after clocking more than 80 hours into the game! And with the upcoming Dark Souls III, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Star Fox Zero, Tekken 7 and basically whatever the Nintendo NX has to offer, I think my love of gaming can only reignite my inner gamer.

5: Artistic pursuits. Recently, I had gotten back into making music. Not well, however. In fact, I have come to realise that my music making software is actually very limiting and prevents me from undertaking more ambitious products. Things like the amount of effects and instruments that can be used within a track are capped, which really makes stuff like mastering a track or experimenting with sound all the more difficult. Oh, and did I mention that I make ridiculous, headache inducing glitch art now? I’d show you but I don’t want you to think that I am a loser.

6: Some idiot (me) shaved my head. Everything above is actually false. The real truth is that I have spent 99% of my waking moments in deep meditation in order to grow my hair back as fast as possible before my girlfriend comes over to visit me, otherwise she might reckon I look stupid with short hair and possibly dump me for some handsome vaporwave producer or something. You know, the ones that pretty much live like it’s still the 90s and smell like Pine-O Clean.

So yeah, that’s basically what’s been going on. I will have to check in on everyone else’s blogs and see how all my old friends are doing. I think I had like, one pal. Or at least I think they were a pal … I dunno, they were pretty rad.

 

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More Accent for Ya Accent

Fellow Australians, assemble.

The prospect of travelling always seems to get me beyond giddy. But then that glee seems to twist and distort, tying a doozy of a knot in my stomach and before you know it, I’m rocking back on the floor as if I’ve suffered from a severe panic attack after an encounter with a Lovecraftian spider-moth beast.

Or something like that.

Whether it be generalised anxiety or a legitimate fear, I dread the potential occurrences that come with stepping into another English speaking country. Like the States, for example. Because I’m pretty damn worried at the moment that when they hear my bloody accent, I’ll either be laughed at or ridiculed, followed by a bombardment of stupid questions as if I’ve just come out of some backwards third world country that originally began as a colony on the planet Mars.

A shame, really. There’s a lot of sights to see in the States. And a rather special lady I’d like to meet as well.

Better start working on my American accent.

"They're gonna make fun of you too, pal."
“They’re gonna make fun of you too, pal. They think that we ride you to school, or some shit.”
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The Two Decade Milestone

A quarter of my dementia free life is over!

"You could've waited until AFTER I wanted to take a photo."
“You could’ve waited until AFTER I wanted to take a photo.”

it’s almost surreal. To think that ten years ago, I was some super skinny loser with ghostly white skin who sat at their grandparent’s place, PlayStation controller in hand firmly while zealously blasting away at all things robot in one of four major Mega Man titles released for the CD-ROM based destroyer.

Good to know that some things will never change with age, hey?

Remove the ghostly whiteness of the skin and replace the PS1 controller with the ergonomically more suitable XBONE gamepad and you can paint the same picture a decade onwards.

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Sanctuary No More!

Oh dearie me … Back to work.

"What the hell did I do in a past life to end up finding school so difficult?"
“This knight and I are in the same predicament. Except mine is metaphorical … and he definitely looks like he’s about to cop an axe.”

The holidays are over. Gone. Two whole weeks whizzed past faster than I could get on the phone, call up a pal who’s call I missed and ask “Sure, I’d love to have Chinese tonight. What time is good for you?”

And now it’d back to what life seems to love doing to you best; crippling you with tedium, stress and a shit ton of work. Not exactly the stuff of nightmares but after spending so much time staring at a word document wondering how you’re gonna start a few thousand word report, the very concept of a Hell starts to sound like a modestly decorated, fairly priced hotel with an all-you-can-eat that actually puts out stellar meals. I mean, it’s safe for me to say at this point in time that I would do absolutely ANYTHING for just a couple more weeks away from it all. Especially since I spent the entirety of my first week off chasing up tutors and posting assignments I had no clue about. Honestly, I feel like I am about to cry.

Really, I am starting to wonder why I didn’t take that gap year …

Oh well. Guess I am going to have to endure this soul crushingly bitter winter that just has to take place during the infuriatingly tense time that is mid-year. You know, when you’re suddenly rocking this huge-ass timetable that you got given to you by your college, making you sit there and stare at it thinking “Whoa, jeez … I don’t remember having this many subjects … ”

At least this time I have come slightly prepared. As antiquated as my phone is, I have managed to load it up with a bunch of neat music making apps. The only problem is that now I have to find a concealable pair of headphones. Or earphones. Or EarPods … Yes, that’s it! EarPods!

What? Money? Damn. You talked me out of it.

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Dandy, Go To Bed!

But I don’t wanna! I wanna sit here and blog! You can’t make me!

"I should be concerned that I don't even ask myself this question."
“I should be concerned that I don’t even ask myself this question.”

Rather than go to sleep so that I won’t be a shambling corpse at the community centre that I volunteer at (Yeah, they made me an official volunteer. I’m quite touched, really!), I’m stuck here inhaling the aromatic blend of fresh winer air and rose incense while tapping away at the keys of my computer as I respond to threads on GameFaqs.

Got my priorities straight! Mhmm!

Not only that but earlier on, I had decided to stop and work on some stuff for school. Which only ended up in me getting all fired up and ready to beat my crooked fingers against the glossy keys of my keyboard even more. Doing begets doing. Typing begets typing. But that sure as hell isn’t always a good thing!

Anyway, I am going to try and get some sleep now. The morning is fast approaching and I am a moron for already switching into my ‘holiday’ mode. Especially when I still have volunteer work to carry out and assignments to finish. Gat dang it, Bawbby!

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Cinema Annihilation!

Get a load of this gem!

My good pals and I decided to gather and gawk at one of my most horrible films that we ever had the pleasure of viewing. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation! 

From shitty costumes to absolutely atrociously executed special effects, this particular box office bomb was one of those horrible treats that are so bad to watch on your own but hilariously entertaining to enjoy with others. What is the story, you might ask? Hell, we don’t know. Something about Mortal Kombat and merging realms or some shit. Look, it’s barely there. You know how these video game movies are. Hell, you think movie adaptations of books and short stories are bad? How do you think we gamers feel about seeing our beloved franchises being completely butchered on the silver screen? And it usually gets executed a whole lot more horribly.

"Skull Bucket Man was probably the best actor in the whole darn film. And that's pretty fucking sad."
“Skull Bucket Man was probably the best actor in the whole darn film. And that’s pretty fucking sad.”