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I seem to be getting a little better at updating my journal, but only just. The last gap was a month and 5 days and this one was 10 days, although to be fair if it wasn't for the power cut that hit the area I live, it would have been up to 3 days sooner, but no matter, I'm writing now, and that's what counts. At least it's sooner than my average post frequency anyway. I'm hoping that now I'm starting to get better, I'll start updating more, instead of struggling to remember everything after a week or so! What usually ends up happening is that I end up bouncing from topic to topic, which were in different parts of the unblogged period. I admit it's not the most coherant of methods in some ways, but it's hard going back and putting things in order. It'll happen less when I start blogging more frequently. Moving on, it's been a somewhat interesting week and a half. If I can remember it, I'll be doing well! This is why I need to actually blog more often, as I'm already forgetting stuff! I may as well start from Monday of this week and hopefully, I'll be able to work my way back, but I get the impression I won't remember much, and thus a chunk of my life is forgotten, just like that. Literal story of my life, really. Anyway, I've recently gotten myself a router and a new headset, to replace the ones I had; the headset mic wasn't working and the router I had wasn't great, it's one of those BeBoxes.

It works okay, but the wireless isn't the strongest. I needed something a bit stronger to reach downstairs (or up, if I move the router to under the stairs) and an N+ router has enough of a signal. It also has this neat "guest access" feature which will be handy for when people come over. Hopefully, with the other features of the router, I'll be able to have things work better for me. Initially though, it wouldn't work and I was so close to bringing it back because of this. I had already went to PC World before (during the power cut - what else was I to do?) to return a game and a soundcard... I got the game with the sequel (Peggle Deluxe and Peggle Nights) for the same price off Steam and the soundcard didn't have something I wanted, that being a MIDI/Game port. Yeah, I brought an otherwise great soundcard back because it lacked a MIDI port! To be fair though, I have game controllers that I can't use because a MIDI port is required, and it seemed pointless just letting them lie there in a box... see there's a practical purpose!

One good thing about that particular series of cards though is that it is built for sound and music, so my composing will sound great! I've yet to order the replacement, but I'll do that at some point. I did also bring the router with me, so they'd price match it with Comet, but that was a bugger! I took the bus up to the nearest stop to the place (okay, it wasn't exactly the nearest, but it was the nearest on the route I took!) - although it was still a bit up the road - and ended up walking to the shopping complex a little further up the road, looking for a Comet; seeing as my local one was affected by the power cut, it was bound to be closed, so the next nearest one was around the general area of PC World. I popped into the Asda I found to get some breakfast as I hadn't eaten at that time and found out that news of the power cut travelled westwards! I suppose though, given how close Charlton is to where I live, this wasn't a surprise. Anyway, I got directions to the Comet and I realised that when I got there I had walked from Charlton Station (almost) to Greenwich Peninsula!

The buses made it seem so far, although admittedly, they're constrained to certain roads.... I, on the other hand can walk practically anywhere! I really need a bike though... it'd save me a lot of time and money for medium distances although I do need to learn how to properly use it on the road first. Anyway, after getting the price quote, I took the bus back to the stop I got off at, although while I was walking to the PC World, I noticed a 108 stopping along the same road I was walking! It was really one of those moment where I was thinking "dammit!", but to be fair, I don't use that route all that often, so I could be forgiven for not thinking of just taking a bus to the stop just outside. I needed the exercise anyway, to be fair... I don't get out a lot >.>

I got there after a few minutes anyway and proceeded to wait to be seen by the lady at the desk, first getting her to refund me for the game and the card. after the simple bit was sorted, I proceeded to give her the router and mentioned the price match offer with Comet. The woman didn't want to give it to me at first as Comet didn't have it in stock (the manager of Comet was more than happy to get me one if I wanted it!), but I informed her that I didn't want it and she decided to price match with Comet after that. The actual promise though is that you get a refund of 110% of the difference. I wasn't gonna argue for the sake of 2 quid though so I left, happy I got 20 quid back. I did learn a valuable lesson in assertiveness though, both in what I did and didn't do. Either way, next time, I'll be researching the price of an item before buying it!

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And that pretty much brings me up to date for the time being... damn, I've not written this much since I did that entry on my other blog! I'm actually using tags this time too, another change that I should start with. No more uncategorised! Twitter exports have now stopped though. If you want to keep up to date with my tweets, you can do so on my Facebook, with about 1/2-2/3 of them, or if you want to see everything, www.twitter.com/stormkeeper.

PS: If the paragraphs look screwy, it's because they are... Firefox crashed while I was typing up this entry, so I have to redo all the paragraph breaks!

PPS: I just looked at the journal entry in comparison to what is hidden by the cut and it looks like a literary iceberg!  There's a lot to cover, so I'd boil a cup of tea before reading it all, and take breaks - I did when writing it!  Oh, for those who were curious, this entry totalled 4903 words before this sentence... I could write university papers and I have before... although I need to keep to the topic first!

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Before I post my most up to date entry, along with finishing off that other entry from my last Ireland trip, I'm just mentioning I've set up a proper spiritual and dream journal which will deal with these topics in more detail, keeping in mind that I'm going to start up a new paranormal community while shutting down the old one... I also will be transferring my old Nikolas Rashino(v) entries to my spiritual journal and closing that one off, perhaps reserving it for Vampire: The Masquerade fan fiction or any other fiction for thatmatter, although I'd be better off using my FictionPress and FanFiction accounts for that, same username by the way.

Anyway, that's it for now.  Either way, it's time to close some old chapters and start some new.  The old entries will be transferred to the newer journals, while I reduce the amount of accounts I need to manage, to the extent that my former lyrics journal will be closed down, right after I add all the entries from it.  After that, my old entries from that journal will be moved over, so I can close that down as well and consolidate everything into one place for my personal ramblings, of course I'll need to finish off today's entry, and the entry from my last Ireland trip as well first, and after that I'll be transcribing my written entries to this journal, along with my 2001 work experience diary entries, which will be taggeed under "work experience 2001", and I get ever closer to chroniclling (sp?) my life, woohoo.

Sadly, I'll never be able to recover my first proper entry from 1998, or whenever... though I recall it being about my Xmas presents of that year.  All the same though, the fact I have any journal entries from pre-2003 is good at all, although admittedly, there's no entries to complement the 2002 one I started in uJournal, or maybe there is, not sure yet...

Either way, I have much stuff to do!
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I was roused from my sleep yesterday morning by the doorbell (after having a few bizarre dreams I barely remember, though I have to admit I seem to remember them a little more these days) by the dude charging up the meter for the flat, and again, it looks like no one is here.  Anyway, I have a lot of work to do, in order to get myself ready for Prime Time.  First things first though, internet will need to be restored, by the very thing I dismissed earlier; my mobile... and with good reason.  I'm on the cusp of the coverage area, so everything is slow or doesn't work, which sucks.  It's about the only thing I can do while I wake up and dry off from my shower, mind.  After this, I'll need to brush my teeth and head to residential to check stuff.  Amazing what a night's sleep makes you realise.  The unfortunate part is that I could have done this last night if I recalled, but no matter, it's done now.  Next is checking Residential and mail stuff.  My mobile internet isn't bad, for the record, just that I'm out of coverage, so it performs bad.  Anyway, lack of internets gives me time to get much-needed stuff done, like getting rid of crap from my room.  However, I'm gonna work on this till about 11:30, seeing as I have a fair bit to say about the past couple days, although I'll prolly update this entry later to expand it to cover the last entry, once I have worked out what dates I'm covering, but either way, the trip home was pretty good, although going towards Dun Laoghaire, I had a couple of mishaps.

First of all, after I got to Connolly Station, with 4 minutes to spare on my suggested schedule (this will be important later on), I missed my train, and I was on the platform and all!  The reason for this however was I forgot which direction I was supposed to be going.  This may sound silly now, bit both Bray and Howth have beaches and are along the coast, albeit in opposite directions.  However, I caught a train going direct to Dun Laoghaire, but because I was so stressed, I got off at Blackrock, which is 2-3 stops away!  Luckily for me, there was a DART going to Greystones in the next few minutes, or I'd have been screwed!  Anyway, I made it to Dun Laoghaire port in a reasonable amount of time, and check-in was grand, though it was a bit empty (and a bit scary) going to the ship, as I thought I had missed it!  Luckily for me, I had arrived in plenty of time (relatively speaking), so once I was on the ferry, I had nothing to worry about, so I hopped onto UKCB and FSIRC to check stuff, and on UKCB I had a friend of mine wondering what was wrong with me because I'd barely been on, response being my PC in Ireland was screwed, graphics card gave up the ghost on Thursday, though at least I got a few things done before that.  After all that, I sat around and did relatively little, until after the man sitting next to me went off.  A few minutes later, I got myself bruunch and headed back to my seat, where a few minutes later, the man opposite me returned (there was also a woman next to me reading, and earlier there was a Korean guy - I think - beside the man and opposite the woman, who was at a window seat) and then we started chatting, and he gave me some advice about having a positive attitude, and he mentioned about how he met his wife in Sussex (after I told him I was born there), in a place called Hailsham (if I recall), at a hospital party, which he found out about in Brighton.

Anyway, after finishing the story (which was a lovely one),  he shook my hand and left, then I started talking to the lady beside me.  Turns out it was her first time to Holyhead, and that she was from Enniskillen (sp?) in Northern Ireland.  Anyway, I had a chat with her for a bit, before she got her back off conveyer belt B, while mine arrived on A, go figure.  Anyhow, I got my bag and began to make it to the station, when I spotted a train straight to Euston from Holyhead, and decided to wait for that, as there was less faffing about, and as I found out, it'd save me about an hour getting home.  Admittedly though, once I got home, it wasn't all that good, to be honest.  As you know from the entry on the 21st, the place was practically abandoned, no washing was done, and someone stole the shelf from my room, and it was also completely dark... anyway, we all know what happened, so I'll just steam on, and mention that a lot of people have moved in on Saturday, including two girls, or a girl and a guy, not sure.  Either way, I didn't get up to much, and I just realised about that parcel too and what it was, was from eBay.  Saturday wasn't terribly active, and nor is Sunday, although I'll have a commissioning entry for my new spiritual, paranormal and dream journal, which has been created out of neccessity, although I can't explain for reasons here.

Moving onto Sunday though, I've started to organise my room some, and laundry has been put on the back burner till tomorrow now, considering I have no will to go out, although I may have to anyway for dinner.  And, if I can get myself out for about 8pm, I can do a single load of laundry, which is much-needed at this point!  Anyway, onto more trivial things now, and I've been scouring eBay for Planescape Torment and Star Trek Innerspace toys.  I also have plans to sell off Commandos, Unreal Tournament 2004, Die Hard 3 and Baldur's Gate II, once I find the manuals and CD and DVD for it, as they're all spare at the moment.  All I have for BG2 is the box and reference card, which is a start, but seriously isn't gonna make any money for me at the end of the day.

Anyway, today I'll have a few things to do, like laundry and shopping, and I also need to pop over to Uni to get stuff sorted... it never ends!  Either way, I hope this year, I don't have to worry about stolen food, and I never did get the money back from my former flatmate either.... and he had the cheek to ask me for my PS2 to borrow!  But yeah, with the new flatmates in, and as at least one is female, I don't walk around topless like I used to, and I imagine I can't pull off stuff I used to be able to in an all-male flat.  Either way, I need to organise my room some more, get stuff out of the way, and hope to god my parcel hasn't been shipped off to the USA, although it's possible that as I've been such a good resident, they may have kept it for me.  We'll see later on today though...
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Okay, so I'm still on my mum's laptop, and I'm bringing an update... a proper one this time.  I never went to Northern Ireland because I woke up too late, and with the time I got up at, I'd have been there at 9pm at the latest.  Anyway, I wouldn't've had the money to go anyway, given I ran out after 2 drinks for Buttzy's birthday night.  He's off out tonight in Naas, given he couldn't afford Carlow as he was after spending 90 quid last night!  Sadly, I can't go out tonight, but I'm working on going out next week, and the same with Northern Ireland.  Nothing to report really, save for the fact I can spend an extra week in Ireland, as I'm not due in for re-induction till the 25th, though I plan on leaving on Friday or Saturday.  I also need to wrap up stuff here, though thankfully, my Irish bank accounts are resolved, so that's one less worry, especially as dealing with it now means that instead of E800+ over 2 years for paying back my credit card, it was a little over E400, which is good.

On the subject of sorting out my life, I decided a couple days ago to get myself fitter, and bring my stomach down, after seeing a program on some girl bringing down her weight and other stuff and living longer.... then tere was also What Not To Wear.  I also found out today that 39% of Irish people are overweight and 18% are clinically obese.  Anyway, when I get back to London, I have plans to improve myself for the new academic year.  Will detail more later, after CSI.
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Okay, as many of you know, today is my last day in Ireland, which has finally arrived! Now, while I don't hate the place, I do feel that 7 weeks here was far too long. Overall, in those 7 weeks, I've accomplished a variety of things:

The good
The you know what 3 weeks ago.
The getting into university.
Got some of my deposit from the house back.
Got a 22 quid book for 1.50.
Secured a place at halls in Eltham.
Got a haircut and shaved, so feel pretty decent
All packed and ready to go
Got to do an investigation
Got to do a music festival, and volunteered

The Bad
None of that since.
Got so drunk, I was very sick :/
Ran out of money, causing me to miss my flight and unable to move the last of my stuff
Nearly got stranded in East London
The remainder of the deposit isn't around yet
Have to bring a suitcase with me
Kinda got beaten up by someone who may or may not had a knife on him, who said he'd "fucking kill me", though I was alright the following day.
The "phone business".

The ugly
Missed flights twice, thus having to shell out over 200 quid in total to get back home
Slept in for one of the flights, and set off my cousin's house alarm

Overall, it hasn't been a bad 7 weeks, but at the same time, it was way too much time to spend in Ireland. Either way though, I'm set for a new start, though the internet there shall be down for about a week. I think I might have to activate my new XP install via the phone, though the PC needs a new (smaller) hard drive first, for the operating system. I really don't want to have to reinstall everything if XP decides to go tits up...

Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing how Unreal Tournament 2004 looks on the new PC. May sound geeky, but there's a lot of eye candy in the game...
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Your Personality Cluster is Extraverted Intuition

You are:

A true wordsmith - a master of words
Original, spontaneous, and a true inspiration
Highly energetic, up for any challenge
Entertaining and engaging, both to friends and strangers



Anyway, nothing to say really, save for the fact that it's my friends birthday today, and I'm in need of a haircut and shave. Oh yeah, finished off WLTM (Would Like To Meet) by Donal Ruane, who did Tales In a Rearview Mirror as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and should prolly get started on Fiest's new book, Into A Dark Realm as well. I have about 5 days to read it, and considering I finished WLTM in about a day, I could easily finish this one in a day or two, considering my record is a 600-700 page book is about 6 hours, so this one'll be half that. Although I'm well capable of reading, I don't read as much as you think I do, though I think I should, before I suffer a larger backlog than what I have currently!

That said though, I can't read any of the books back in London... of course, I did promise myself that I'd read Dan Browns other books as well... like Angels and Demons and Deception Point. I can read The DaVinci Code last, as I own it myself, but the other two I don't have, so I'd better remember to go get them from my mum at some point, and read them before I leave on the 23rd. This presents its own set of issues, because I need to get the majority of my stuff sorted out withing the few days of be getting back. We'll see how that goes, because in all fairness, I haven't gotta worry about it just yet... thankfully. Either way, I need to swing up to Barking to get my stuff...
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Gotta go to Greenwich again today. Either way though, I'm very resolved about what I'm going to do; I am not doing any resits, espcially Design Methods because what is the point in doing so, if I've been accepted on another BSc. course? Either way, this week, I need to talk to the programme leader about it, albeit tomorrow. Hopefully I'll get my PC back today, with a "new", possibly temporary power supply unit.

Things aren't going too badly at the moment, but there is nothing totally outstanding to mention at the moment. I prolly should get to Greenwich soon though...


And now, a quiz thing:

You Are 56% Gentleman

Generally you act like a gentleman, but sometimes you're careless with your manners.
Most people know that you're trying your best - and that's usually good enough.


Hmm... some of those I couldn't say completely to... I am slightly better mannered than that, and in fairness, I do try my best. I am surprised though that it didn't mention door opening or the chair thing though...

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