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“To the well organised mind…..”

2 Apr

As Albus Dumbledore once said “After all, to the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

Smart man, that Dumbledore in’ ‘e?

But to be honest, I want to have a decent-ish adventure before I die so I’ve finally got around to writing my bucket-travel list-y thing. Most of the things on my list will be places you see, and then hopefully things will spring from them. So in not particular order.

    1. After that smashing Harry Potter introduction, I’ll carry on the theme.  I want to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’ve already done the Warner Bros Studio Tour down near London (And came away with a scarf and wand to mark the occasion) But tWWoHP looks amazing!
    2. Another place I’d like to travel to is Rome. The Colosseum,  Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, vespas, and great food. Who wouldn’t want to go?

    3. Learn and become fluent in sign language. To be honest, the most I can do at the minute is sign my name and the odd word, I have a fair way to go with that one.
    4. See the Northern Lights. I think it’s because it’s so “out of this world” really. I mean they look brilliant. Well from the photos I’ve seen anyway.
    5. Be the boss, of what I don’t know yet, but at some point I want to be the one who ends up calling the shots. (Bit power-hungry with this one)

 

So how’s that for the first five, I do have a lot more, but I didn’t want this to be a huge post, who know’s what will happen at a later date? 🙂

Laters

-C

Printers – Scum of the Earth

26 Mar

I hate printers! Despise the buggers. Within the last week alone I’ve had issues with more than one of the bloody things. First off, trying to use the library printers to print something in colour, first it was in colour, but double sided( which isn’t aloud when handing work in) then it was black and white not double sided, then black and white double sided and finally I managed to get it right. Cost me a bomb in printer credit, and considering I’m low on money that was shitter.  And just today I tired printing off a job application and my CV and my own printers buggered. It keeps shouting at me that there’s a cartridge jam. There isn’t!

It seems like this post is going to be a bit of a rant post. Well a lot of a rant post really.

  • I can’t find my holdall to pack my stuff (I’m heading home at the end of the week.)
  • I’m short on boxes to use because I can’t find my hold all.
  • I need to get an essay done in the next two days, or at least the majority of it and all of the library work, and my work ethic at the moment is less than zilch.
  • I need to use the bloody printers again. Stupid bloody things.
  • Hypocrites all around at the moment too.
  • And selfishness, can’t stand it.
  • I’m going to have to spend my last couple of quid on printer credits because of that faff with the printers the other day.
  • And finally last night I whacked my leg on the heater and have a massive bruise.

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I’m right in the mood for a row. A right slinging match!

I’m going to go calm down now.

-C

Aside

Live in Pride with our Survival Guide – Part 4: Getting your shit done

19 Mar

Good start on the ‘blogging on certain days of the week’ thing. I’d totally forgot that I’d been nominated for Tuesdays and I don’t have anything prepared. So going off the survival guide theme we’ve had in the past few weeks and as deadline time is fast approaching I’ll write a continuation.

How to get through deadline time

1. Don’t leave it until the last minute – You’d think that this was an obvious one, but a fair portion of the people I know do just that. (*Cough cough* Benson There’s a deadline for our creative portfolio module on Friday and Chopstick is currently sat in the library coaching him through getting it done.) You need to get the work done as soon as possible, or at least the bulk of the prep work and plans. It just makes it so much easier when you come to write it.

2. Decide on a topic or question and stick with it – Don’t go changing your question half way through, or even worse just before the deadline, again I know people who have done this and then they panic when they’re still writing an hour before deadline cut off and then are rushing to get to the office to get in it.

3. Actually go to the lectures/seminars – They help. Not only do you get straight up information from the lectures, in seminars you get discussion from not only the teacher, but the other students too. These discussions are really good for getting different interpretations and totally new points you’ve not thought of and that you can discuss in the essay, giving you much more scope.

4. Find a place where you can actually work – Some people work better at home, others outside, and some work better in the library. Personally I work better in the library, less distractions. The xbox isn’t there for a start, there’s no TV, you can watch Youtube and what have you in ours I suppose, but still there are less distractions.

5. Use resources – There’ll be a library at the university. Use it. Our university – if not all – have online resources too, which means you can access journals and whatnot at home. if you’re one of those who works better in comfort. Online recourse’s are particularly good as you have the CTRL+F function where you can search for a certain word without having to faff wading through everything. Plus, take a look at this infographic on how to use google search effectively.

So, that’s my contribution for this week.

Good luck to all those suffering with Deadlines at the moment too.

-C

 

End of the blogging frenzy

16 Mar

It seems last week was a flurry of blogging for us! This week however, things have simmered down a bit for us. Once again,we’re stuck in the library getting work done. I’ve just printed a load of work for my creative portfolio, and Chopstick is writing a article to go in for editing so that it can then appear on Urban Times. So we’ve not had all that much time to get anything else done. However, in one of our small breaks from work we’ve decided to set specific dates for when we post a blog, so that we keep the content updated and don’t end up relying of Sunday guest posts. Tuesdays and Thursdays have been voted in as the winners. I imagine there will be other posts in between those too to be honest.

I’m afraid this is just a short update post, once deadlines are over, we’ll probably be back to regular broadcasting. I needs to get on with another essay now. Laters

-C

May be bear baiting, but it’s dammed good TV

9 Mar

I’m going to admit to something rather shameful. I love The Jeremy Kyle Show. There I said it.

Although I dislike the man himself. He’s been in the news a couple of times once for ‘human bear baiting’ after one of his ‘guest’s’ headbutted another whilst on stage. The video’s not brilliant.

And recently he’s been in the papers again for the same thing, him and the production team anyway. It’s alleged that they goaded one of the guests into punching another and then tried to persuade him to not go to the police because his main concern should be his kids.  Although though all this goes on, it makes pretty good television.

It may be because I enjoy schadenfreude, I’m not sure, but it’s brilliant for when you want to watch something and not need to think all that much. An Kyle creates this brilliantly. Yeah, I think he’s an arse hole, but that’s what makes a decent program, and it sells.  It’s not just kyle which keeps bringing me back it’s some of the guests. I really don’t know where they find them. I don’t understand why people would want to actually go on the show in the first place and let everybody know their business, I certainly wouldn’t. Maybe it’s the lure of a free hotel room and a lie detector or DNA test, and hey, why not both. To me though it still wouldn’t be worth it. AND! if they do decide to come on the show, some look like they’ve literally just walked in off the streets. It’s one of the bigger questions I have that why don’t they have a bloody bath?! Or on the other hand they go way too over the top I mean just look.

Oh and that guy, bottom left, is one of my particular favorites. “Mad Dog Deon” was brought on the show by his girlfriend with the tag line for that episode being “How Could My Boyfriend Destroy His Own Face?” Not only is it a horrific tattoo in general, he came home with it and surprised his girlfriend with it and scared his kid shitless. Classy guy isn’t he.

But yep. I’m going to get back to watching some more Kyle before I attempt some more work. Fun times.

COMBI-BLOG – We won an Award! Thank You!

7 Mar

Chopstick and Chunks here! Again!

Chunks: For the second time, here’s another ‘Chopstick and Chunks’ combi-blog. Firstly we would like to thank SociopathiCuttlefish for the wonderful nomination – he gave us this.You should check out the blog, it’s rather good. We would also like to thank our parents for this award. Without them we wouldn’t be here, obviously. Just a note – we’re thanking our parents separately; Chopstick and I are not related.

Chopstick: Like any award, this one came with some rules. Though not as ridiculous as the rules set out by the Grammy organisers, mind – no boobs? No kidding. BOOBS EVERYWHERE! Ahem. So, the rules:

You are required to thank the person who nominated you, answer the 11 questions they have asked you, nominate 11 other people and ask them 11 questions in return. According to the guidelines the Liebster award should be sent to bloggers with less than 200 followers so that new bloggers can see how awesome they are!

Please be aware that the number of followers indicated in our ‘Follow’ button to the right aren’t indicative of blog followers – they’re mostly from our collective Twitter feeds. I think we currently have <15 followers? Anyway, the questions are as follows.

Why did you start blogging?

  • Chunks: I think it was one of those spur of the moment things, we were bored and thought fuck it.
  • Chopstick: Speak for yourself. I initially wanted to start up another blog because my other one is too serious; on here, I can rant. I also wanted to use this as a weight-loss discussion platform, but that sort of died. Instead, I’m happy with this.

Why did you choose WordPress?

  • Chunks: It was the platform we were most familiar with, Chopstick had her Learnolism blog on here. It seemed the easiest thing to do.
  • Chopstick: I picked WordPress because it’s a lot easier and a lot more interactive for use. Plus, BlogSpot sucked…

How do you see your life in 10 years?

  • Chunks: Honestly? At the moment I’m not sure, we had a lecture about going into teaching the other day which threw us into battle stations but teaching sounds good to me. I’d really like to do it with deaf kids but I need to learn sign language first. Dayumm.
  • Chopstick: I’ll undoubtedly be up the duff. In seriousness, I imagine I’ll be a teacher. I’ve wanted to teach for years!

What is your favourite talent?

  • Chunks: I assume you mean a talent of my own? Uh, not sure I have a talent per se. I can make this weird noise when I push air around my mouth I guess.
  • Chopstick: My favourite talent? Hm. I’d have to say I’m proud of my ability to work people up into a hyperactive frenzy. Is that a talent?

Pizza or pasta?

  • Chunks: Pasta – much more versatile.
  • Chopstick: Definitely pizza. BBQ pizza. Feel free to deliver one to me right now, actually.

Who’s your favourite blogger?

  • Chunks: Typical Blogger or can it be a Vlogger? I tend to watch Vlogs more at the moment. So i’ll go with that one – Uh, Hank and John Green me thinks.
  • Chopstick: My favourite blogger has to be the woman who runs this. Anyone who can commit to this type of lifestyle has to be dedicated, especially after a hard break-up.

What’s your favourite blog post?

  • Chunks: Post that we’ve written or…?  I’ll go with favorite post of ours. At the moment i’m quite fond of the Uni guide posts we’re working on, not only are they pretty fun to write, they’re also useful.
  • Chopstick: If we’re going for favourite posts of ours, I would have to say that my favourite blog on here is the one where Chunks talks about our NSFW Brit Awards blog. It was excellent.

When does the Narwhal bacon?

  • Chunks: At Midnight, but I much prefer Giraffes over Narwhals….
  • Chopstick: At Midnight, obviously. (REDDIT!)

What’s your favourite recent memory?

  • Chunks: Hmm a tough-y. I think it would probably have to be when Chopstick and myself were watching Top Gear. Her TV is right in front of the window and it was foggy outside. A police car drove by and we just saw the lights – which is odd, it’s never happened before. But I then got the image in my head of a police man coming out of the fog and pressing his face into the window in a “Here’s Johnnny!” type of moment. Cue laughing for a solid 10 minutes. Also a little side note: I can’t even remember how we got to that conclusion…
  • Chopstick: Yesterday, Chunks and I were discussing presentation techniques. Let’s just say, her performance is improved if she runs around in a circle, yelling “SNIFF MY FINGERS!” (IDST).

What tips would you give to other bloggers?

  • Chunks: Don’t give up with it, I must have started at least 10 blogs in the past, and only really stuck with this one and my tumblrs. Even if you don’t have all that many followers/readers or whathaveyou, the audience will likely grow in a while there’s always someone else interested in the same things as you. As Jason Nesmith says in Galaxy Quest (Awesome film by the way):

“Never give up… Never surrender!”

  • Chopstick: I agree with Chunk’s advice. I’d also recommend posting 1001 pictures of adorable cats. 

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Now, here’s the eleven questions we want our eleven bloggers to answer.

  1. We all live in a ______. What is the missing word?
  2. I used to be a blogging adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow in the sorely-overused meme. Where did this meme come from?
  3. If you could list 5 things you’d never blog about, what would they be?
  4. Why blogging and not vlogging?
  5. Tell us a secret your parents don’t know about you.
  6. Can you use Chopsticks to pick up Chunks?
  7. If you could have a meal with any three people living or dead, who would they be?
  8. Is Paul dead?
  9. Coke or Pepsi?
  10. What’s number one on your bucket list?
  11. Nick Cage as Everyone: what’s your favourite?

And our tags. (Nicking some from Learnolism too.)

HealthFoodAndGreed

Kuuleilani

PlayingYourHandRight

Survival-of-the-frugal

BunnyPudding

Live in Pride with our Survival Guide! – Part 2: Freshers Week.

6 Mar

Okay, so you’ve arrived at Uni, you’ve somehow managed to fit all of your crap from home into the car and then get it all set up in your new room. Now, it’s time to get the ball rolling, so here’s some tips for your Freshers week.

To do:

  • Meet and get to know your House/Flat mates – These are the people that you are likely to hang around with for the most part of the first few months. Plus you’ll be living with them for at least a year, so it’s good to get to know them anyway. 
  • Claim your kitchen space – Depending on the type of accommodation you have you may have a shared kitchen so you’ll want to get in there first and ‘bagsy’ a decent cupboard, I’ve learnt this one through experience. This year I was the last to arrive and ended up getting the cupboards under the sink, and I know Chopstick was also give the shitty cupboards in her house too, in the little alcove with a sloping roof and the ice cube tray for her freezer space. It’s not fun.

One shelf per person usually works out best

  • Have a wander around – It’s likely that you’ve come to a new place in order to go to Uni, so having the foresight to get to know where things are is a good idea. Look for the nearest corner shop, offy, supermarket, the town center, library, park (or somewhere to chill for a while), find out how far away you are from Uni so that you’re not late on your first day – again I learnt this one through experience. 
  • Find course mates – If possible find at least one person who is on your course, or on a joint with your course, this one just gives you a heads up on going to seminars and lectures, it’s a lot less daunting when you know someone and can get lost on the first day together.
  • Try to find your Freshers Week timetable – If you’re Uni has a Freshers Week set of lectures (I assume most do) find out when and where they are as soon as possible, and for gods sake go to them! The are extremely useful, you may think them pointless, but they do help. Even if it’s only to help you find course mates.  Anecdote: With one of my Freshers Lec’s we were meant to split off into groups based upon or region, fair enough. Well it would have been if I wasn’t trapped within the middle of the row and couldn’t get out, so naturally I missed the window to go with the North West and ended up just following a random group which turned out to be the East Midlands room. So I couldn’t really contribute all that well. The upside of being a complete twat is that Chopstick was one also and ended up doing the same thing. Thus a friendship was formed. 

Not mine, but you get the gist.

  • Sort out course books – If you haven’t already got ahead with this one, try and find reading lists and get your books ordered, you don’t necessarily have to start reading them Freshers week, I imagine you’d be in one of two states all that week – drunk or hanging – neither conducive to study. But you’ll need to be at least somewhat ahead of the game.
  • Ground Rules – Without sounding like an arse hole try and set some ground rules for communal spaces. If you don’t get this sorted early on people will start to take liberties. A good example here is washing up once you’ve finished cooking, you don’t want mushrooms growing on things and the sides being covered in toast crumbs – been there done that.

Mine never got this bad – but it was close.

So that’s Freshers in the day time – Freshers After Dark is on it’s way.

Laters! C.