I have wasted my summer. Absolutely wasted it. And I didn’t enjoy wasting it. I arsed around on Boards, Facebook, tumblr, Reddit, and even Twitter. I even sorted out my iTunes library – I put the right artwork and year on everything, and put the right year on everything. I’m so anal about my music library being perfect in every single way. All songs, albums and artists are grammatically correct, or else the exact way it appears on the album cover. The genres are a bit messed up,, but that’s a job for when I’m finished the repeats.

*sigh*

I have 6 fucking repeats, and I’ll be lucky if I scrape through into second year. I’d be a lot more positive about it if the first exam wasn’t Mathematica. I just don’t know how to do it. Everything else should be fine, as long as I just get the head down, which will happen. I’m going to Cork tomorrow and staying until Friday, so I have two full days of study, and exams on the other two days. It’s loads of time.

POSITIVE THOUGHTS.

I’ll spend the week down there next week as well. I have time. And Maths is fucking awesome.

In other news, no Electric Picnic, but Arcade Fire are playing in December, which makes up for it. I’d take Arcade Fire over any band at Picnic. I’ve also heard rumours that The National will be playing sometime around then, and also The Tallest Man on Earth. If they both turn out to be playing, I will be there, and it will have been a monstrously awesome year of deadly gigs. I’ve seen 65daysofstatic, Loops Haunt, Rage, Gogol Bordello, Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, Fred, Mick Flannery and C!ties! And Maybeshewill are playing in Limerick in October, and Cathy Davey and Yann Tiersen are both playing in Cork in October. FUCK YES! The prospect of deadly gigs will get me through these evil exams.

Now. Boards must go away from me. Too much time is spent there.

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Not really anything to do with my blog, but Kanye West’s tweets are fracking ridiculous. Such a silly man.
01. Who was your last text from? – Cian
02. Where was your profile picture taken? – Well, I don’t even know if there is one on this, but my friendface photo was taken in the middle of the Burren
03. Your relationship status? – Shingle.
04. Have you ever lost a close friend? – Yes.
05.What Is Your Mood? – See title.
06. Why is your mood like this? – Because my inability to study means I’ve exhausted all forms of entertainment aavailable to me.
07. What’s your mums name? – K8
08. Where do you wish you were right now? – College.
09. Have a crazy side? – Yes. Possibly. I dunno? I wouldn’t be a good judge of myself.
10.Have you ever had a near death experience? – Yeah, I was in a car when it randomly lost control. Much squealing and sliding
happened. I wasn’t exactly concerned by the whole thing.
11. Something you’re doing a lot? – Studying.
12. Angry at anyone? – Not right now.
13. What’s stopping you from going for the person you like? – She’s non-existant.
14. When was the last time you cried? – When my Grandad died, nearly a year ago.
15. Is there anyone you would do anything for? – I don’t think so….
16. What do you think about when you are falling asleep? – How much I need to get up early in the morning.
17. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? – Mammy
18. What is your favorite song? – Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd, or First Breath After Coma -Explosions in the Sky, or House of
Cards – Radiohead, or something.
19. What are you doing right now? – Sitting down.
20. Who do you trust right now? – Friends and people.
21. Where did you get the shirt you are wearing? The O2
23. Who is your friend that lives closest to you? – My friends are all equi-distant. Not really, but y’know.
24. Describe your life in one word? – Food.
25. Who are you thinking of right now? – Me, because that’s what all the questions are about.
26. What should you be doing right now? – Studying population models.
27. What are you listening to? – B. Dylan
28. Who was the last person who gave you a hug? – Mammy
29. Who was the last person who yelled at you? – One of the folks I’d imagine.
30. Do you act differently around the person you like? – No, BECAUSE SHE DOES NOT EXIST.
31. What is your natural hair colour? – Brown.
32. Who was the last person to make you laugh? – Metalocalypse, probably Toki, that loveable rascal.
33. Who was the last person to make you sad? – Myself. Stupid results…
34. What do you hear? – People talking.
35. Is your hair curly or straight? – Curly. Yay!
36. Has anyone ever called you “scrumptious” before? – No.
37. Do you have a best friend? – More than one.
38. Held hands with the opposite sex in the past 3 days? – Nope
39. Do you use smiley faces on the computer? – Occasionally
40. Have you ever changed clothes in a vehicle? – yes
41. Are you happy with life right now? – Mostly, yes.
42. Are you currently jealous? – not at all
43. What jewelery are you currently wearing? – N/A
44. What are you doing this friday night? – Going to Kerry, working, then getting trashed.
45. Have you ever had your heart broken? – Yes.
46. Have you ever broken someone’s heart? – I think so.
47. Is there anybody you’re really disappointed in right now? – Me, again.
48. Does not exist.. on a number of pages. Silly silly.
49. How late did you stay up last night and why? – 4? I was playing a game.
50.Have you ever dated anyone for 1 year? – Yes.
51. How many people have you had strong romantic feelings for this year? – One.
52.When was the last time you changed in front of someone? – At work I had to change my shirt and didn’t feel like going all the way to the bathroom..
53.Where is the shirt you are wearing from? – U r an butthole. Listen to me prprly plz.
54.Do you ever turn your cell phone off? – No, but I can be slow to recharge it. I fucking hate having a mobile.
55.If you could change your eye color would you? – No. I’d get those funky coloured contacts though, for da craic lyk.
56.What does your last text message say? – Something about getting up early on Friday being a kick in the nads, which it is.
57.What was for dinner last night? – I can’t remember… I had a late snack of a ham and cheese sandwich though….
58.Who was the last person you talked to in person? – Mammy.
59.What colour are your bed sheets? – White and blue and pink and green and brown and grey and black. They’re checked.
60.Can you sleep in jeans? – I can sleep in/on anything.
61.Oldest, middle, youngest, or only child? – Middle
62.How many pillows do you sleep with? – One. I don’t get this obsession with loads of pillows. I can happily sleep with none.
63.Do you like to cuddle? – On occasion.
64.Has anything in the past month made you really mad? – Yes
65.Your last ex falls in love with another person? – It’d be the same scenario as 500 days of Summer. I’m over her now though, so I’d
be happy.
66.Have you ever sent a text to the wrong person? – Yes
67.Have you ever fallen asleep while texting someone? – Yes
68.What would make you happy right now? – No more money troubles.
69.What’s the last thing that made you cry? – My Grandad dying
70.How many people have you completely fallen for? – 1…nearly…
Well that was boring.

Not really anything to do with my blog, but Kanye West’s tweets are fracking ridiculous. Such a silly man.

So yeah. Study. That’s what I should be doing, instead of doing absolutely nothing all day long.

Example: Today, I read about half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and aimlessly browsed through crappy videos on Youtube for most of the day instead of doing something worthwhile, like trying to figure out how the hell Mathematica works, or what the crap Eigenvalues are. Tomorrow though… It’s just beyond a ridiculous joke at this stage. So yeah, anyone who knows how to study, a few sentences would be appreciated.

After the exams should be fun though! Electric Picnic is looking super sweet. I mean, just looking at the lineup… I counted 25 bands that I’d love to see, and 10 that I will not miss for anything. I’m probably looking forward to The Tallest Man on Earth the most, he’s a freaking brilliant singer, and writer.

Oh thank flook. The computer just crashed, but the post was saved to the drafts \o/

Laters.

I never really went to bed last night, it was in my head that I wasn’t going to sleep anyway, so I decided I’d just skip it. Or something along those lines. When I get thinking about (bad) things, I end up not being tired and then don’t get to sleep, and it was the same last night. So I decided to stay up, and browsed pointlessly on Boards for a while. Needless to say, that was ridiculously unproductive. Though I did get to vent a bit, which always helps.

So in my awakened state, I decided to watch Knocked Up, which turned out to be pretty good. Not your average Chick Flick. Entertaining stuff it ended up being. Though my shitty internet connection made it hard to watch with any bit if flow, so in one of the periods while I waited for it to load, I decided it would be a good idea to watch the sunrise over the city. The wonders of WolframAlpha told me that the sun would rise at 06:37:15 which left me enough time to watch the rest of the movie and cycle up Patrick’s Hill.

Patrick’s Hill is a monster. It’s massive. And the 45° slope towards the end doesn’t help matters, but I’d done it before so I got over that bit. The worst part though was the cold air in my throat. I stayed going after I reached the summit for a mile or so and just had to stop and got sick. It was horrible. I free-wheeled back down to my spot where I’d watch the sunrise over the Lee Valley,  on the big wall at the top of the hill, but my knowledge of directions was painfully non-existent. The sun rose behind me, behind the houses, and out of sight.

Fuck it. I sat on the wall still. Just sat, smoked and listened to The Tallest Man on Earth and Explosions in the Sky. And looked at the city, trying to recognize the landmarks I saw. UCC is surprisingly hard to make out, but I think that was mostly down to the haze. It’s really beautiful.

It’s times like these that would really make me want to get into photography, just to try my hand at it. If the monetary situation allows, hopefully I’ll invest in a camera over the summer.

Right now, I’m tired, drinking coffee and listening to The Frames. I don’t care that I haven’t started studying yet. Today couldn’t have started better.

Unless the sun rose in the West.

All this Oxegen talk is wrecking my head. The lineup is shit.

SHIT.

Moving on… Apparently Paul MacCartney could be playing Slane. As much and all as I love him, I don’t think I’ll be going to see him. I heard rumours that Radiohead could be playing, which would be amazing. Can’t see it happening though. I really hope they go on tour again so0n, I’m in a serious Radiohead mode right now. Also, since I’m getting a ticket, I’ve had Rage Against The Machine on repeat for the last few days. I don’t know how, but I’m forward to them even more than I’m looking forward to going to see Pearl Jam! June could possibly end up being the best month of my life. And now I’m shamefully broke. Silly James. Totally worth it though.

I’m such a failure when it’s come to this thing. Ridiculously so. I meant to at least try and update it once a week, or there abouts, but no!

Anyways, RAG week in UCC has come and gone for another year, thankfully. What a long week it turned out to be. Before this week I’d never even drank two days in a row, so it was quite a shock to the system I must admit. Though it wasn’t helped by the fact that on Wednesday night I decided that I’d get up for my 9 o’clock the next morning for the first time this semester. I got home at 4 o’clock. A lesser man would have baulked at the idea of getting up 4 hours later, but my awesomeness won out in the end, and I got out of bed and made it through my lecture without falling asleep. Though the whole situation was helped by the fact that I had stopped drinking at eleven so I didn’t have a hangover to contend with. I paid a heavy price that night. I’ve never ever been so tired in my entire life, even the aftermath of Oxegen can’t contend with this. To counteract my lacklustre mood that night, I got a bottle of Bucky and actually drank it all. I thought the caffeine would help, but it didn’t.

On Friday I finally had the pleasure of seeing And So I Watch You From Afar live.

MIND BLOWING.

They were even better than I thought could be possible. I was just blown away by them. They somehow managed to reproduce the sound from their CDs and make it sound even better live. If you know their stuff, you’ll know how technical it is. Note for note, they got it right. And it was free as well! I really wanted a t-shirt and an EP, but RAG week has left me with a more than considerable overdraft. But anyhoo, then to top off the night, me and my friends walked down the street and saw C!ties as well. Two awesome Irish instrumental bands. It was just a brilliant night!

After that week, I’m happy to just sit back and not go out for a while. College has returned to the top of my priorities list. 6 weeks of lectures left, and I saw my timetable for the exams last night, so it’s all that bit more real. I’m hoping that I’ll get a few golden weeks put in, cut the amount of going out, and start doing some work. I’m a bit worried about a few modules and that I may end up failing. Fingers crossed that I won’t though.

Right now I’m listening to Justice. I also recently got into LCD Soundsystem. Both are pretty good I think. Check em out! Along with ASIWYFA and C!ties of course.

I hate people who make you feel like shit for no reason whatsoever. I equally hate the people who can never be wrong, and don’t let you finish even though they know you’re right and they’re wrong. Invariably they’re in a position of power, and you’re only a little minion in the big game.
Ok, granted I only know one person like this, but still. I’m so close to not ever working for her again it’s not funny. The only reason I do still work is because I really need the money.

Ok, I had actually intended to write this on the bus home from college yesterday because I had no earphones, so that meant no movies on the computer as usual, or no music. Then when it came down to it, I just didn’t feel like getting my laptop out of my bag, so I pretty much did nothing on the way home. I started Moby Dick, but got bored. I also started reading a Linear Algebra book, but I got bored of that fairly quickly too. Reading anything college-related on the bus is deathly boring.

So, the first week of Semester 2 is over, and I failed pretty miserably in my desire to attend college a lot more this semester, though I only have 11 weeks left! Not including study month and exams…)  Out of  15 lectures, I attended 6. Not a good start at all! Though to be fair, I couldn’t go on Monday or most of  Tuesday because it was my work Christmas party.  I don’t regret choosing that over college, it turned out to be the best night out of my life. I had such a great time. Though I only realised today how little I remember. Though I didn’t get sick, and wasn’t too hungover, so I’m happy! Though I was suffereing a bit in the journey down to Cork, which began at half seven…. *shudder*

I had a decent week though, if you disregard the whole toncilitis thing. It was nice getting back to college. Also, Cork is way better than Ennis for buying stuff. On Thursday, with my newly found wealth, I bought €30 worth of CDs, which is always nice, especially when they turn out to be class! Next item to be bought is an iPod speaker/dock thingy, hopefully a pretty good one.

I watched Frasier today. I love his highbrow lifestyle and interests, it’s really funny!

It’s short enough today. Brain is low on energy and thinking power. I had a long day at work, the first half of which was utterly SHIT. It was grand in the evening, but still long.

Goodnight.

PS: Listen to Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite! by The Beatles. There’s no reason other than the fact that I really like it.

So this is my blog. Starting one was one of my New Year’s resolutions, the others being to go to college and to do exercise regularly. I decided the other day that I’m going to aim for 90% attendance this semester, which is definitely double what I did for the first semester.

I don’t really know what I [plan to say in these things. I guess I’m hoping it will be something like a diary, though not deeply personal, just something to track what I’ve been doing and my thoughts on various things. Hopefully this  won’t be something I just forget about in a few weeks or even a few days, which is something I’m prone to doing.

Hopefully at least one person will read this! Any form of a viewership would inspire me to keep this going.

So, it’s 2010. I always find new years a bit strange, I think it’s because I can see how transient the world is because every year seems to go quicker than the last. I mean, already I’ve had 12 weeks of college. It seems like only yesterday that I was doing my leaving cert, or that I got my results. It’s weird.

I’m really looking forward to the coming year and what it will have in store for me. Last summer I had intended to go to loads of gigs, but I only went to Oxegen and ACDC. I had intended to go to many more than that. This year will be different! I already have a ticket for Pearl Jam in Belfast, which I can’t wait for. I’ll also be seeing ASIWYFA, Fionn Regan and 65daysofstatic in Cork before the summer. Then in the summer, apparently Them Crooked Vultures are going on tour, I’d love to see them!  I really want to see Elbow as well. I’m a bit disappointed I missed them at Oxegen. I’ve also been considering going to a festival. I don’t know which one or where. I might go to Europe. Though, it’s most lkikely that I’ll go to Picnic. Oxegen would want to be pretty special for me to go again. I might get a day ticket. I’ll see.

As I write this, I’m listening to The Beatles. I was just in that kind of mood today. In general, I’m listening to lots Elbow, Radiohead and Pearl Jam. I got loads of CDs in HMV in the sales. Also, I got a really nice classical CD from a composer called Arvo Pärt, which I’m really loving.

So that’s it for today. Hopefully I’ll get into the swing of this and I can be a bit more interesting.