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Finland and happiness!

I got accepted! I'm going to Finland in August for two semesters of Sociology & Political Science. I'm not sure if I'll be required to learn History there as well but we'll see. I was waiting a almost a month for this email and I was absolutely delighted when I got the good word. Finland will be very good for me!
Finland was my third and final choice so I'm slightly disappointed I didn't get accepted to the Netherlands or to a lesser extent Sweden. I wanted Leiden in the Netherlands simply because it would be infinitely warmer than the Nordic countries! I picked the other two simply because they did Sociology & Politics as their primary subjects. Soc & Pol is my best subject compared to my mediocre History results and performance, so I don't mind - it makes sense! The month of waiting was good for me. They said the end of February, then mid-March, then they delayed by one day... so I had loads of time to think Finland would probably have been my …

Itzacon VII

I was on the committee for Itzacon VII, a gaming convention in NUI Galway. I was tasked with being LARPS Coordinator, a job I approached with some apprehension but fully acknowledging I could get stuff done and ultimately succeed in that role. I think I did so.
Friday was a quiet night. The staff were told to set up the convention while the committee were basically allowed to kick back in some cases. I tried to find a balance! I did this by coming in late but then helping set up the Art Room as a rudimentary kitchen. This was a fantastic idea for a convention as it allowed us to serve proper, nutritious food to all staff, committee and game masters and not crash-heavy sugary snacks. There were no games of my jurisdiction on in the evening slot so I made sure everything was set up and joined everyone on the bar afterwards for a short while. Myself and a friend had a mutual bitch on an unrelated matter.
Saturday was infinitely bigger for me. I arrived early but was fairly ground down by t…

Breaking

Surrounded by happiness, my lack of internal pax is jarring. As I collapse internally, my external image gets worse and worse. I want to project something better but I don't think myself capable any more. I have no one or nothing to blame, but myself. Certainly with regards me being a bastard as a child. I was terrible - dysfunctional, even. It seems that after 19 years on this good Earth I'm finally paying for what I did as a child to my family. Perhaps I was always paying, it's simply clocked up against me.

Spatial Awareness

I was walking back home from the College and I noticed something I'd been getting for a while now. Any time I'm walking through Newcastle it always feels infinitely smaller. I also feel like if I were able to fly, I would be able to go right up from Newcastle and straight to Menlo without exhausting myself or getting lost. I've always had an internal map of Galway in my head since I started walking around the city but now it is much more pronounced.
Why? It is because I have left the city. I've left Galway and seen cities that are infinitely larger than Galway - namely Cork and Dublin. I'm reasonably savvy at navigating both with and without a map and enjoyed discovering that latter fact. I have also gone to Longford and indeed other counties and had a wander around. I still rely on the position of the sun to tell what direction I'm in - maybe I should ask a friend who knows scouting where the North Star is.
Ireland is shrinking - I need somewhere else to.

Formspring

http://www.formspring.me/CrazySlyHawk
I rather like this site. It's fun to answer questions and indeed ask my friends some too. I admit I occasionally go anonymous and ask a few questions to whomever but hey, it's all for the LOL.
The only bad thing I've seen so far is on my sister's page and her friend's pages, where a lot of anonymous questions are asked which actually quite mean. Kids these days! Wait what am I saying - I would've done that too back in my day.

Fleetwood Mac - top 5 songs

I felt the need to clarify which of their songs are my absolute favourites. Rather than pick one and hold it over all of them, I will pick 5 songs which I think go with the 5 main musicians. Unfortunately John McVie and Mick Fleetwood are much more difficult to classify but I'll work something out.
Lindsey Buckingham
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GN2kpBoFs4
A song written after himself and Stevie broke up, it is one of the best examples ever of good, raw, passionate music. As it was written by him, the guitar features heavily but everyone else with the possible exception of Stevie herself are very heavily engaged by this song.
Stevie Nicks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wetLZyuY7Rg
I think Sara is the best song for Stevie Nicks; written by her after losing her lover Mick Fleetwood (the "great dark wings") to her best friend, Sara, she laments this fact but is also happy for her friend - so long as she can still see her from time to time.
Christine McVie
http://www.youtube.com/…