It's been too long since I last updated... I keep on meaning to update, but lately I've been busy with trying to get back to university and going out more often than usual. As you may have seen from my tweets, I got myself a Wii and a new TV, though the first one I bought broke. The second one is doing pretty well, so it must have just been the once-off. Regardless, I did purchase a 3 year guarantee, as it seemed to make sense. My finances are starting to get properly sorted out, which takes a load off my mind. University is being a pain right now, as I got failed off the programme, despite going through the correct procedure to have an interruption, or more than likely a deferral. Unfortunately, there's no record of me doing so, despite me remembering stuff and obviously doing things properly, so I could actually come back! This unfortunately means I'm going to have to spend a lot of time trying to get back my chance and also my money, or rather as much of it that I can get back.
I am looking at going to another college/university as a result now, and the one that presently takes my fancy is Qantm College as it lets me get a Diploma ina year, and a BSc. in 2. Unfortunately for me, I can only study a Diploma or BSc. now, as my current qualification of a CertHE is classed as Level 4, and any other courses that interest me are either L2 or L3, so I'd be declined on the basis of being past what I can be taught. As for getting back to my certificate standard, I worked out that if I retrain myself in Java and properly learn Flash, I'll be back up to what I got my CertHE for, given my games theory/design knowledge is solid; my hardware knowledge and graphics skills most likely meet the standard, seeing as Intro to GFX was just playing round with Photoshop and Illustrator anyway! As for hardware, well... I can pretty much build a PC, plus maintain it and have a book and stuff, so I'm sure I'm fine for that. My Project Management would be the main letdown, but I've not used it really so I would have forgotten most of it anyway. Programming will be easy for me to pick up again, once I get myself through the basics, especially as I now have my stuff from UEL back, although my Java book has still not been returned... I must recover it soon.
Other than that, I got my laptop a Bluetooth dongle which I refer to as "nipple", seeing as it only sticks out a bit; it's seriously tiny! I've hooled up my 3 main phones to it as well, and plan to hook up my Wiimote to it as well, to play around with the stuff that Johnny Chung Lee did and to see what I can do with it myself. I also managed to score some of the glasses he recommended, although right now, I've misplaced them, doh! I need to get 2 IR lights to replace the LEDs already in it though. I'm just after looking at my G1, and it sent me a reminder about an event that I completely forgot about, go me. Bit late to go now. I do intend to go to one in January though, it's about adventure games development; it's called AdventureX. I'll explain more about it closer to the date. The G1 is a pretty nifty phone though, given it's linked to my main Google account, in addition to my Twitter. I have a few site ideas that I vaguely alluded to on Stormkeeper dot Net, but I'll flesh them out over the coming months. My main priority now however is to sort out Therians dot Net and Stormhaven Radio, which should be relatively simple affairs.
I've been out every day this week since last Thursday, which is rather weird for me. I bought myself a 1-4 weekly travelcard, as I figured that I'd be out a lot this week and so far I've been right. However, I'm more than likely staying on on Sunday, or I may go to the gym to finally start it, seeing as I signed up 2 months ago... only problem is that I imsplaced my membership card >.<
It's somewhere around here, I'm sure although I'm not sure of where Next week, rmadman
will be coming to stay at mine for a couple of days. I've actually been spending some time with him this week, namely Thursday and Friday. I spent Saturday with a female friend of mine, and Sunday is going to be all mine... frankly, I need a day to myself! One thing I did find interesting about the past month is the fact I've been going to bed quite early (2200-0100 usually), and getting up relatively early (0800-1100). That said, this usually happens when Summer is ending, and Autumn is upon us. I'm not looking forward to Winter on the basis that my house will be freezing and without fail, I get 2 bad colds which last 2 weeks each. Last year they were together, excepting a 1-2 day break, which was not fun at all. Luckily, this year I have a fair bit of credit for the gas accumulated, though I may just top up by another 30 quid just before Winter officially starts, so I have over 100, which I hope shall see me through till March, or whenever it warms up. I'm gonna attempt to ration the heat better as well, which is a challenge in itself.
I also finally got a DSi, although it won't work with my passthrough card, so I'm naturally gonna keep my old DS, seeing as I can use it for homebrew stuff, as I want to develop some Wii and DS homebrew sometime, before putting it on WiiWare, although that'll be a year or so off. Seeing as though I'm not expecting a lot of luck with Greenwich University, so I'm attempting Qantm College next year. The best thing is that I can complete a BSc. in 2 years, or a DipHE in 1. Because of my CertHE, I have to study for a Diploma or higher, so any courses I were to do now, would have to be higher than a CertHE. I need to get my (Flash & Java) coding skills up to scratch in order to be back up to what I was at when I left UEL. I'm still rather annoyed at the fact I got kicked off my programme, despite following proper procedure. Of course, they wouldn't have any record of it, just to make life more difficult... shame really. I was tanked up on meds, so at the time I couldn't do much about it... so now I have a mess to sort out regarding it. I can't do anything now till the 12th of October though, which is about 2 weeks from now. Other than that, I just have to take things as they come. I really need to start doing up a CV though, oh and doing a bit of shopping.
I'll update more later.