Wednesday, 24 November 2010


Right folks, as you may have realised, I no longer use this blog.

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Monday, 20 September 2010

Try Try and Try Again

Work, it would seem is not something I was designed for.

Being a self-diagnosed ADHD sufferer, I can spend barely 5 minutes doing something before I feel the need to check my email, eat something or tidy the eternally messy space around me. This frequently results in a whole bunch of unfinished tasks.

Yesterday, instead of doing what I should have been, i.e. sitting down with my thesis and getting as much of it done as possible, I spent much of the day trying to figure out how to use DJ software. I seem to have got the basics down to some extent, but obviously this will not translate into a skill that can be monitised for quite some time, or ever.

The thesis suffers from a similar problem, or worse, if we are talking return on investment time-wise. Because of the fact that I can see no practical use for a PhD. (in Arts, before you ask), I cannot bring myself to spend the required amount of time working on it. Currently this is particularly frustrating as I am living in the sticks with my parents.


Friday, 17 September 2010

Ski Season

I will be in Verbier from the beginning of December until the middle of April. Can't wait! Second Verbier season, so it will never match up to my first, but the opportunity to get a panda tan should never be passed up.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Somewhat bored today. Sitting in the office answering the phone. Be warned kids this is what happens to you when you ask about your rights at work. I am however, somewhat enjoying the opportunity to do very little, and am surfing the net like it is going out of style.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Bah Farmville!

Was invited to join Farmville, a Facebook game, by friend I haven't seen for ages, and quite frankly though had disowned me. The disowning was due to a small incident involving far too much alcohol in front of their colleagues and probably also some embarrassing stunts, culminating in an enforced taxi ride home. So I joined, in the hope that my friend will not ignore me any longer.

I am now the proud owner of a cartoon cow. I would imagine that this is better than owning a real cow.

Saturday, 21 November 2009





Tuesday, 9 December 2008


Though I do consider myself to be quite easily led in many ways, I have come to the conclusion that this is a good thing. Having moved city or even country at least once a year since starting university, I have had various friends over the years, very few of which have been like me. Each of these people have shaped my behavior and values to some degree. I have also noticed that my lifestyle is quite different depending upon whom I am surrounded by. There is some value in consistency, however this is definitely overrated.

Though my first year in Japan was not significantly different to my student life in the UK, due to being surrounded by Brits, it altered me in subtle ways which have helped me subsequently. My ability to eat almost any food without a second thought, along with the confidence to bathe in a communal environment, are both thanks to living in Japan.

Discussing moral standards is an interesting exercise in any environment, but particularly with those from other countries. Being somewhat of an extrovert, I am usually the first to tell some mildly self-depreciating tale of excess, resulting in a questionable outcome. However, my upbringing has installed a comprehensive editing system to ensure all details are carefully disguised by euphemism so as to almost render the story indecipherable to those not sharing my values. I envy those who can discuss intimate details about their personal lives in plain language, without flinching and worrying about being judged.

True friends will not judge, or at least if they do, they will try to alter their world view in order to accommodate new ideas. However, this concept relies on forming friendships with those values are already fairly close to your own. Meeting new people requires a lot of subtle testing of the water, but would it be better simply to go all out from the beginning? This would ensure that anyone you are likely to offend would be eliminated in one foul swoop, however it would also potentially alienate unnecessarily and reinforce stereotypes.