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You’ll have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while, this is because this blog has been surpassed by a far greater and more superior one hosted on rented servers. From now on I will be writing at:

http://www.occupationalthoughts.com/

I will not delete this blog because I have much content invested in it. I will retain it for linking back to every now and then.
I was not able to import my old content to the new blog.
That is all.

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September 24, 2009 at 05:29

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Photo dump #3

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Yesterday I think I complained that my desk was getting messy, well here’s what it looked like last night:

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And I also said that I have lots of unfinished books:

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The sketch I made on the drive back from the YCL camp was scanned in and coloured:
For comparison the original scan is here.
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Anthony came up with the line ‘British courage comes in the form of beer’, this was my revised sketch of him on scout camp:

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I sort of messed up with the feet but it doesn’t matter.

And lastly this is a comic which I sketched on paper yesterday but went over this morning and added dialogue:

breakfastable

I still have a few more scanned drawings and dialogue hanging around and I’ll have a crack at colouring some more tomorrow.
On a slight tangent I’m not sure if it’s just me but I have a habit of putting my line drawings and the colouring on different layers. It gives greater flexibility and room for error but probably takes longer. As a result I’ve learnt a few of the keyboard shortcuts on Paint.NET to navigate quicker.

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September 3, 2009 at 10:18

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This morning I tried uploading some HL2 Ep2 gameplay footage to Facebook, miscalculating the transfer rate the app calculated that it would take over 6 days to upload my video:

videouploadmadness

And I found an odd scribbling on my profile wall:

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Written by Pierre

September 2, 2009 at 06:29

All those meaningless letters

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This is probably more a twitter-worthy announcement, but I’ve already posted results on there, I found my mock GCSE results and compared them with the real results I got last week:

Mock results: AAAAAABBCC
Real results: ABBBBBBBCCC

I know I got 11 real results and 10 mock results… that’s because in the mocks Inglish literature and Inglish language are merged into one. Either way it’s more than enough to get into Sixth-Form.

My Birthday happened, I got swamped with vast amounts of money and am devising ways of getting rid of it. Top on the list is a new Flip Ultra HD video camera which should arrive Tuesday.

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August 30, 2009 at 15:09

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Humans don’t smell like flowers

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Don’t buy perfume.

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August 28, 2009 at 18:21

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I watched Che: part one today, just before the film an advert for Maltesers was shown. The sound you hear afterwards is that of a great revolutionary turning slowly in his grave.
Having borrowed Che’s reminiscences of the cuban revolutionary war from a comerade in Year 10 I found the film to simplify a string of anecdotes told in the diary into scenes. Some very descriptive pieces on the hardships of living in the forest and the brutality of war weren’t emphasized in the film. Interesting is the way the film does neither glorify war by showing the bravery of the revolutionaries, nor attack it by lingering too longly on the emotional impact of their deaths.

I also saw Watchmen, which left me awestruck by it’s depth. On the surface it appears like any other superhero movie, albeit with a slightly darker tone. The brilliant thing about it is that there are no clear ‘bad guys’ until the very end of the film, it’s then that it enters the pool with the rest of the generic superhero stories, only to get straight out again with a predictable, but satisfactory ending in which the motives of the bad guys become clear and the balance of sort-of-good-sort-and-of-evil is restored. All the characters exist in some sort of murky moral grey area between good and evil, which I personally really like. The film does have some certain shocking scenes, it certainly doesn’t compare to the second-darkest superhero movie which would be the Dark Knight. The parents didn’t like to be shocked, so they regarded it with disdain. Their sense of taste may be underdeveloped, they want only simple colourful entertainment, so when I challenged them with a gritty story full of morraly corrupt characters supplemented by an artistic dystopian background it was rejected quite fast.

I have a lightly entertaining film to show them tonight: Idiocracy. It’s perfect because if they don’t ‘get’ the subtle anti-corporation undertones and satirical look on American life then they can just be content with a mildly amusing movie which when someone exclaims ‘arse’ they might give a little chuckle, despite it contravening everything the movie is about.

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July 16, 2009 at 19:08

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poscard from Augsburg

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For those of you wondering why I’ve been silent for so long, I’m on a German exchange in Augsburg. I’ve been attempting to document my stay by uploading vlogs to Vimeo and posting them on twitter. The problem is that twitter is buggy and that my internet access depends on stealing the ethernet cable from my exchange’s computer (this is due to the failiure of an O2 dongle, I won’t bore you with the details).
I found my exchange a little strange. Somewhat reminiscent of Brucie from GTA IV. He has a family structure to which I am totally foreign. All this can be explained however with the two facts that his father is a Jazz musician and he has a blood disease which makes his parents overprotective.

I’m living not far from Fergus’s exchange partner which is only slightly tolerable becuse Fergus doesn’t act like such a moron when he’s on his own. To cite an example when we visited Ulm today he bought several packets of nutmeg, ran up to Nate, Niall and Me and played the harmonica while shaking his bags of nutmeg. Embarassed, we tried to ignore him but he followed us playing his harmonica until another poor sod got his attention. Interestingly enough he’s actually not mentally retarded in any way: he can just be a bit of a dick at times.

Apparently lined up for me at home is the EasyCAP dongle, an Xbox 360 controller condom and a converted fixed-wheel bike. I’m quite anxious to get back, not because I miss my family, but because life here is too temporary and uncertain.

I negelcted again to write a diary or travel-log so the next time I write will probably be in about a week’s time on an unrelated topic.
I think that’s all I have to report, I’ve got to go now.

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July 7, 2009 at 17:27

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