Hopping on the Bandwagon

Saturday 1st March 2008

Well going green seems to be all the craze at the moment…

Anyway, this is something I’ve been working on for a few days now. I bought the hosting before Christmas and didnt do anything with it, and I had some time last weekend so thought I’d finally get around to moving things over here. There’s nothing new here as such, it’s just a new (hopefully nicer) way of presenting it all.

I’ve spent so long looking at the damn thing as I’ve been writing it that I’ve sort of lost all ability to judge how good it looks. To be frank, I’m already sick of the greenness, but familiarity breeds contempt and all that… The only thing I’m really unsure about though is the “listening to” section on the right. I’m not really sure what the point is (other than demonstrate that I spend far too much time in front of a computer as it updates all the bloody time), but I can’t be bothered to get rid of it at the moment, so I’ll do it some other time if I still feel the same.

Anyway seeing as I’ve written pretty much nothing for a week, I may as well do so now. Beats sleeping, eh?

I went home for the first half of the week, and I have to say it was pretty refreshing. I hadn’t really noticed it beforehand but being stuck in the Uni “bubble” does kinda suck, and it was nice to go back to the real world for a few days and get away from everything.

Considering I am one, students do tend to intensely annoy me. Most of ’em seem to think that the world owes them something because they’re a student. Like with student loans. I’ve written here before about the fuss people made when the interest rate jumped to 4.8% (or whatever it is) a few months ago. It annoyed me that people fussed so much; 4.8% is a very good loan rate, you pay it back when you earn over a certain amount, and if you don’t like the fact that it can jump by so much, dont take the loan… Either way, just because we’re students it doesnt mean we’re entitled to anything, and it annoys me when people forget that.

The student lifestyle irritates me too. A generic night out is to some crappy club, with shitty music played far too loud, where you drink far too many awful, overpriced drinks and end up posing for a photograph with a kebab in one hand and a traffic cone in the other. It’s shit! I still don’t know why people want to do that sort of thing; if you want to go out with some friends, it’s much better to go to a pub, have a couple of pints and talk for a while. Surely you get to know people better that way than you do by sleeping your way round the student body (although perhaps I’m just saying that cos I’m not getting any…). And this idea that getting drunk = good night out is just stupid.

So does it make me a hypocrite that I got drunk on the day I came back to Cardiff? (the answer is no, by the way. Being drunk was just a side-effect of the drinking… By the way, I tried a green beer that night. It wasnt as good as it looked, sadly).

Anyway, sleepy time.

Oh, and Happy St. David’s day to my Welsh reader(s?).

Posted at 1:59 am | Posted In: RantSiteSleep



Saturday 1st March 2008, 9:52 am

1) Green is so scene. I like to see green.
2) What does bbtmn mean!?
3) It looks like the ‘i’s are dotted with hearts. I like it.
4) I get the student bubble irritation too. My ears are still ringing from 3 days ago; I’m so not used to it. I don’t like it.
5) There’s a difference between good time = *having* to get drunk, and getting drunk = having a good time. If you see what I mean.
6)Does HTML for bold and italics work in the comments box? I would try it, but don’t want to look like a nonce.
7)Is it beer + WKD, or summit? A Shrek? I don’t like beer, therefore it wouldn’t appeal to me. I like the green colour of it, though.
8) This comment is far too long. I hope you appreciate it fully.
9) Bye for now.
10) Because I’m anal, I like to have lists of 10 things.


Saturday 1st March 2008, 9:54 am

Also, I should probably look up the meaning of words before I use them. Nonce was *so* not what I thought it meant, oh dear. Idiot.


Saturday 1st March 2008, 11:55 am

1) Yes, the green is a nice change from the black-and-white, even if it only serves to heighten my suspicion that since leaving university, you and Andy have actually become the same person ;-)
2) I can’t find it now, but somewhere on the old blog he said that he’d called it bbtmn ‘cos it meant something to him but other people would never guess it. What does STMTM mean, for that matter?!
3) Yep, love the font!
4) I don’t like the student bubble, but living out on the edge of town is nowhere as claustrophobic as living in college was – you get a certain degree of choice whether to become engrossed in the bubble or not.
5) Again, agreed.
6) Let’s try it…
7) Flix, if green things appeal to you, try apple sourz (sp?)! It tastes rather nicer than beer (although I’ve never really drunk beer, only been covered head to toe in the stuff ’til 1am).
8) He had! And he’d better leave nice long comments on ours ;-)
9) *waves* After not managing it at Christmas we really ought to try and meet up for a drink at Easter…
10) If it’s good enough for the BBC online magazine/ Heath Ledger…

I sympathise. I haven’t called anyone a gimp after being introduced to Pulp Fiction last year!


Saturday 1st March 2008, 11:59 am

Also, you webcode, Dickie! You ought to implement this :!

And you ought to try and make provision for proper hyperlinks in your comments. You know it’s more interesting than soil mechanics :-P


Saturday 1st March 2008, 12:00 pm

*wishes she could webcode*

(*probably ought to stop writing comments now*)


Saturday 1st March 2008, 3:12 pm

1) yeah, I’d forgotten his has green on it too. Meh, mine isnt just a WordPress theme… :-P
2) I’d wondered what STMTM means too. And as for bbtmn, thats for me to know, and you to… I dunno, I’ll say one day. It’s really not interesting though.
3) Glad you both like the font. They’re not hearts though…
4) Nothing to really add, said it in the post.
5) I’m not sure I do see what you mean, Flix.
6) works. And thanks for that, it’s reminded me of something to add to the to-do list…
7) It was just beer, and it was called Sign of Spring. I can’t imagine beer + wkd would taste all that good…
8) Appreciated.
9) Agreed (think you were addressing me, anyway…)
10) Proper hyperlinks? Also, you’re right, I possibly could implement that. Hmm… Don’t do soil mechanics any more this year, by the way. We do proper things like Structural Analysis and Design and Hydraulics :-D


Saturday 1st March 2008, 4:10 pm

1)I have a friend Andy. I keep thinking you’re talking about him. You’re not.
2)It’s also something that carried over from my old blog, Ican be vaguely elusive, too! :oP
3)I like pretty lettering.
4)I miss halls. I like having a house. It’s a confusing predicament.
5)Like, the difference between only having a good time because you’re drunk, and being drunk as part of the fun, but not the sole facilitator.
6) See no. 5, hopefully. Also, I’m not sure i’ve used/spelt facilitator correctly.
7) I’ll have to find out what that shrek thing actually is, like lager + black, but…beer + green.
8)I’m clearly far too keen. It must be the green, the green!
9) I thought it was to me at first, most confusing.
10) I thought the listening thing was derived from my listening box suggestion and felt special. Then I realised it was actually my jukebox concept, so it’s still inspired by me, I’m sure ;o)

I wish I could do webcode. But not as much as I wish I could do retrosynthetic analysis of heterocyclic compounds.


Saturday 1st March 2008, 5:00 pm

I see! I still find it ironic that I can code in Java yet have yet to learn some basic features of HTML.

And Flix, I was referring to your listening box suggestion!


Saturday 1st March 2008, 5:00 pm

OK, the hyperlink was meant to work on that…


Saturday 1st March 2008, 5:09 pm

I’m using WordPress mostly because reinventing the wheel is just hard work for no good reason, heh. Is this all your own system then? Not bad, but it really could do with an RSS feed or something, I can’t see a link to one.

But yeh, I wish my webcoding skills hadn’t entirely atrophied! I was never very good at design, but my PHP was great. Ah well, never mind.

I dunno, I don’t mind the uni bubble too much, most of my friends here are pretty alright, on the whole. I know what you mean about clubs though, they can be pretty poor sometimes.

I went out to King’s College union last night, which has the advantage of usually playing lots of cheese in with the dancier stuff and the drinks are actually fairly cheap, which is nice.

Anyways, randomly I ran into Laurie, Tom and Reuben, which was awesome.

And Lucy, me and Dickie are definately not the same people. I still think F1 is silly!


Saturday 1st March 2008, 5:18 pm

Well… It’s wordpress, but I’ve made my own theme for it. Was slightly ambiguous earlier. Oh, and it’s there, I just havnt linked to it anywhere. Can get to whatever other formats WP does in the same way, just replace “rss2” with rss/atom/rdf as appropriate.

Anyway, bumping into Laurie, Tom and Reuben at King’s is pretty cool.

F1 is not silly.


Sunday 2nd March 2008, 6:47 pm

Wow. crazy amount of comments on here!

I’m too lazy to make a list and besides it’s already been done, though I will join in and echo the words ‘Green is so scene’. I like this but one question, why the change again so soon?

Oh and Flix, Apple sourz are stomach-able…nothing offensive and quite nice.

stmtm ;o)


Sunday 2nd March 2008, 8:25 pm

I’ve had shots of apple sourz, I thinks. And VK apple. and…apple juice.

Also – how to do the hyperlinks, pleasums?
Also – Laurie, Tom and Reuben who?

hannah knows stmtm, if you stick around, you might figure it out ;o)

Seems like your new blog is a hit, Dickie, what with all these comments on the very first entry! :oP


Sunday 2nd March 2008, 8:58 pm

No particular reason, just Because.

Like this:
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And Laurie, Tom and Reuben are people who went to school with Andy, Lucy and Myself.

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