Well, here I am, albeit in a very laggy state. I figured that today I should post, lag or not, given I will end up forgetting what I'm going to post. Anyway, on Saturday... Saturday? Sorry, Friday! So, on Friday I went out to Eltham, seeing as I had some time to spare, given I missed my metting at 12pm, so I mooched around town (and in a few shops) for a bit (and got a "free" bus trip, although not really, given I had to buy a 1-4 travelpass), and managed to find a copy of Total Annihilation (TA) for 50p in a Scope shop! Which was a bragain, until I realised one of the CDs from TA was missing, but at least I got the Core Contingancy, which goes for 26 quid on eBay, so it's not all bad. I can get Battle Tactics and the original TA from eBay cheap enough, which is good. The CDs are in good condition too, which is great. Anyway, why do I want such an old game? Well, to tell you the truth, playing Supreme Commander had me hankering for the good old days of TA, as although SupC (SC is taken by StarCraft) is a really good game (and was done by the same person), it doesn't have some features of it, which I missed. Although that said, there are many similar features.
Anyway, moving swiftly on... I ended up being in Greenwich Uni. for about 13:45, so I decided to go to the labs, and prat about on eBay for a bit. In the process, I found out that my password expired and needed to be changed, hence why I couldn't log in... damn Windows. Anyway, I changed it now, so everything is back to normal, which is good. I got talking to a guy behind me who had the same name as me and was working on a game, so we got to chatting about games and old systems. After that, I went to see Virginia (Uni Disability Advisor), and we chatted for a bit abour stuff and my academic stuff... she was dreading hearing about the fact I was behind by 3 courseworks! Thankfully, I'm still under EC for one, kinda hope I have enough time to submit it as well! Anyway, we ended up having a chat about everything under the sun as usual, found out that Spooks was being filmed on campus, which was cool, although I didn't see much. In case you didn't know, the University is used as a place for filming sometimes. Anyway, moving swiftly on, I had to meet up with my mum... I was first gonna meet her at Stratford, at the DLR platform, but then I realised I should be getting her to go to the Jubilee Line platform to save her a trip, and then
I realised I should get her to meet me at Canning Town, to save me going back on myself.
Anyway, we got to East India, and eventually found the hotel, which was pretty nice for a Travelodge... anyway, we went to Tottenham Court Road station and got there in plenty of time. We had a bit of trouble finding the Astoria, though it was no trouble to find the Dominion at all, though the Astoria is kind of opposite in a sense. Anyway, we took the subway (underground walkway) and went out the other exit and queued up, after being told we needed to go in through another door. At one point, it seemed like I was the youngest attending, but later that ceased to be the case. Either way, we got searched as we went in, for cameras I think, although strangely enough, lots of people brought their cameras, so I was gutted that I didn't bring mine... although I did take a few vids and pics on my phone which I may upload later. Anyway, TD started a few minutes late, and I agree with my mum... they're the same live as they are on CD, although the only difference here is that TD get more of the money compared to CDs, as we all know the publishers and the MAFIAA/BPI get a lot of the money from CDs. But hey, she's happy, and I'm in there for "best son ever", and she enjoyed it muchly. Personally speaking though, between getting tired (standing for a while doesn't agree with me atm :|) and not being as interested in the new stuff overall, (although the guy singing was good, as were some of the songs) I seemed a bit uninterested, although I wasn't.
I did enjoy the older stuff more, although I thought a few things, or my mum did and I agreed (may be a few repeats):
- Tangerine Dream is much better listening to sitting back, eyes closed and relaxed.
- You cannot dance to them, despite what those two mad wans thought.
- However, you can't help but tap your feet to some of their more upbeat songs.
- They're the same live as they are on CD, though whether this is a good or bad thing is a matter of opinion.
- They seem to have a large male following, seriously. When mum pointed it out, I started to notice how few females there were!
- Those that listen to TD are generally much more intelligent and open-minded on average.
- When they did House of the Rising Sun, it was pretty damn cool.
- You can feel the vibrations of the music while it was playing.
- TD aren't as original as they once were, which may be why their new stuff didn't interest me so much. I can only hope they do a Mike Oldfield and go back to the classic stuff, rather than doing a Jean Michel Jarre and trying to be modern.
- The crowd much preferred the classic stuff compared to the new stuff.
- And lastly, my mum got the impression that the Astoria was a place for gay people to go, and of course, this isn't the first time I've been involved in that sort of realisation - Manchester anyone? I wouldn't mind checking the place out one night, mind... even if I'm not gay.
Anyway, it finished at about 21:30, and we nipped into Virgin to mooch around, where mum got 3 TD CDs she hadn't got (I'll rip them later, hehe), and I found out that I could have gotten some games for £10 cheaper in Virgin, rather than going to GAME, heh... live and learn. Anyway, after that, we went looking for some grub. Eventually found a place in Canary Wharf, after walking to there from Westferry, and having a mooch around - nice place Docklands is. Anyway, we went into the station because I couldn't find away into the shopping complex bit. I spotted a Burger King upstairs (Canary Wharf has a shopping centre bit) and me being the quick thinking person I am used the DLR stopped at the platform to cross... not once, but twice, and
with my amused and bemused mother in tow! It certainly beats taking the long way round where I could have gotten lost! Either way, I spent nearly 9 quid on a 3 Pepper Angus meal and Bacon Double Cheeseburger which was dinner, then after that I went to relieve myself, as you do of course, and I have to say, the toilets were a bit of an anti-climax. Sure, you're prolly wondering what the fuck I am doing talking about toilets, but really, you'd be thinking the same as me if you walk up this fairly impressive-looking corridor only to find the toilets are dingy/manky yokes, and also a bit on the small side!
Anyway, enough about the bogs... after heading back to mum's Travelodge, and chilling for a bit, and reading the papers, I go to get the DLR, which I missed (schedule-wise) because I went up to the wrong place! Luckily though, one was due a few minutes after. Anyway, after determining where the stop I wanted was, I catch the 15 to Monument, and miss a bus going my way... hell, I even saw it depart, which was a pain, but I'm not about to risk my health for a sodding bus! Anyway, I was able to breathe easy after getting on the good old N21, although there was a ruckus downstairs (only on the Night Bus!) which I was glad not to be anywhere near! After all that though, I got in at 02:30, woke up at 09:30, found my internet was laggy as fuck, so played SupC for a bit and went back to bed, getting up at 19:30-odd, oops. Either way, at least I got a decent sleep. Saturday was a bit of a blur, mind. All i remember was trying some baklawa which my flatmate Mohammad brought back from Birmingham, and then I gamed some more, till about 03:30, after which I go to bed and get back up at 06:55... and I've been up ever since, trying to deal with my myspace, Facebook and Tagged, and all are added now. I also need to do my laundry at some point, though I have plenty of time for that, although no Asda trip for me as I haven't the money. I did have a quasi-fryup though... I had fun microwaving rashers and cooking sausages in the oven, as well as nuking baked beans and having a few glasses of milk and OJ... I do think that's the "healthiest" breakfast I've had in a while, what with 2 intakes of fruit, some carbohydrates, lots of calcium, and a fair bit of protein, and for once, I'm actually not all that hungry either, although I may have a sausage and bacon thingy later on... nice to know I can microwave bacon, as that cuts a fair bit of fat out, apart from on the rind, but ah well.
Anyway, I'm about to start on a PHP project, doing a website for a simming org I'm a part of, although I'm after checking for exams, and on the 8th of May, I have an exam in Systems Building, which earns an "Oh bollocks!" from me, then abut a week later, I have two more exams... fucking brilliant. Then, to top it all off, I have those fucking resits to worry about! *sigh* I have no idea how I'm going to cope with things at this rate, and this damnable lag isn't helping matters because I can't do a thing till it's sorted!
Coincidentally, I may wait till Monday to post this, if it doesn't work out :|