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Saturday, May 10

I Wish I Were Rich


Then I could afford:

Oh well, you live, you yearn.

White Stripes - 7 Nation Army
Cradle Of Filth - Twisting Further Nails
Halford - Slow Down
Mudvayne - Not Falling

Random Poem


You've got to love stupid crap on the Web like The Random Poem Generator, when it can generate such beauty as this, based on the current contents of my blog:

Honestly Sober! A:problem
with ready meals or
more Although, do and
this but the
slut, is annoying me a
girlfriend
hmmm, might move this
Rob
at 22:03 05.10.of habit. 92
seconds
on that
when the link back...
to pick out not
as decreed by
Rob at 12.

Shakespeare has nothing on a piece of cgi code!!!

Pantera - 25 Years
RHCP - Road Trippin'
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Six Feet Under - Still Alive

Test and A Link


I seem to be getting quite a few hits which originate from Testing the Water, so here is the link back... Seems like an interesting read, the girl knows what's going on in life. Go have a read...

I've also taken An Enneagram Test online today. It seems very technical, but apparently I'm:


(These ones fairly so)
too instinctual
too attached
too practical
too settled
too conservative
too optimistic
too conforming
too unconscious
too past oriented
(These ones barely at all)
too manipulative
too solicitous
too receptive
too submissive
too self obsessed
too sensitive
too socialistic

Me = Great


Why? Because I rinsed my Minesweeper time today. Amazingly sad to be writing about this, but it's cheered me up no end. I wasn't even particularly trying for it, just playing out of habit. 92 seconds on expert. Anybody else got a better time?

Rob's alarm went off at 11.30 this morning. Rob leant over, turned it off and went back to sleep. Rob woke up again at 12.30, almost exactly to the second an hour after the alarm went off. Rob is very pleased at having this lie-in. Rob is now fed up of writing in the 3rd person. Like I said, a nice lie-in today. And I've already managed to do some revision as well! I'm having a very good day.I have this feeling that it's all downhill from here now though. Meh, it was good while it lasted.

Cam'Ron - D Rugs (Best mellow hip-hop tune ever)
Rasputina - Transylvanian Concubine
Drowning Pool - Bodies
Slayer - Crypts of Eternity

More Little Things...


Now, certain little things are starting to get to me. I'm completely and utterly fed up of people on my floor using my stuff in the kitchen. I don't have a problem with them using my things, it's just when they don't clean them up / put them back in my cupboard. And it's always the girls! Whoever says that women are better domestically than men hasn't seen our floor. 90% of the guys are proficient cooks, and don't bother with ready meals or any crap like that. Whereas only 10% of the girls have any cooking ability whatsoever. Everything they cook comes out of a packet or goes in the microwave. And they never bother doing any washing-up or tidying after themselves. It just annoys me. Grrrrr.

What else is annoying me right now? Oh yeah, I've promised myself that I won't drink any alcohol until after my exams, which finish next Friday. Nope, until then I will be taking all of my alcohol intravenously.

Korn - Somebody Someone
Orgy - Stitches (DJ Dan Remix)
Pantera - Becoming
Mudvayne - Dig


Friday, May 9

Little Things


Little things are sometimes all I need to get me through the day. Just yesterday, I was playing Minesweeper during a break from my revision when I set a new best time on Expert. As a bit of background, I'm addicted to Minesweeper, and play it a fair bit (generally when I'm on my computer and my attention drains from what I'm doing). I tend to set a new best time every few weeks, but for some reason this one cheered me up immensely. It put me in a really good mood for the rest of the day, which is just plain weird.

The smallest ideas can sometimes escalate and become the most fulfilling. Last night, a few of the guys were sitting in the kitchen, bored, when somebody suggested guessing the bra sizes of the girls who live on our floor. We even bothered to get a bit of paper and write the answers down in a proper grid, before sending off each other to get the answers. Yes, it's childish and undoubtedly a boyish thing, but it was very entertaining. Before long, word spread round the girls, and they began to come into the kitchen as well. Every time one of the guys came back from a girl's room, there was a period of silence before the result was given, followed by whoops and groans as we found who had the right answer(s). Currently, I'm in second place with 3 from 9 exactly right. Pete, the slut, is in the lead with 5 (!), too much time on his hands. Guys, if you know the females you live with or are friends with quite well, get this organised and have a laugh. Girls, don't be offended, you know you'd do the same about us if you'd thought of it first...

I've done a whole lot more revision today, even getting out of bed (relatively) early to do so. Why oh why is Contract Law so boring?! And it's where the money is, so you've got to know it.


Cheers people, be good. And if you can't be good, be careful. And if you can't be careful, make sure you're too drunk to remember it later.

Eminem - Under The Influence
Timo Maas - Shifter
Sick Of It All - District
Underworld - Born Slippy


Thursday, May 8

Finding Out Something New


I found out something I didn't know about myself today, in that I can revise / work with other people around me. Chris, a guy on my floor, was getting moaned at from a girl who lives below him becuase he plays his music loud in his room when he works. So, he moved his stereo into our kitchen, and started working in there. Then somebody else brought their stuff in, so I figured that I'd join them. And it worked. I managed to completely finish revising Criminal Law, whilst rocking out to some great classic rock (Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Pink Floyd, etc) and chatting to the other people around me. Such a mish-mash of textbooks on the table though: my Criminal Law one, Chris' Global Economics, Alex's Brecht plays, Matt's Human Biochemistry and Pete's Chaucer biographies. That's what's so good about being at uni: there's always somebody who knows at least a little on any subject you care to think of.

Slight letdown about being at King's though, we only managed to place 18th in the new Times Good University Guide. It was up around 6th last year, but the reason we can see in the tables themselves for the big fall is that King's hasn't spent a huge amount on facilities in the past year. It has spent huge sums of money on the shiny new library, but not as much on the learning facilities. Oh well, it's still a great place to be at.

Oh, and I've managed to convince my dad to get me a new digital camera, so that should be here within the next fortnight, courtesy of Hong Kong, the home of cheap electronics... Looking forward to that one.

I've found a couple of new pubs this week in the local area where I currently live. Ye Olde Swiss Cottage is where I was last night, and it's oh-so-cheap! 1.65 for a pint, in Central London, is just mind-numbing. And it is a really nice pub as well, looking like a Swiss Chalet from the outside, and very plush on the inside. Even the toilets don't smell too bad, which is a rarity...

Metallica - Wherever I May Roam
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Six Feet Under - Silent Violence


Wednesday, May 7

Day Out


I'm trying to type this really, really quickly, because I'm off down the pub in a few minutes. Went to Regent's Park today, because the weather was so good. By myself, just to get some revision done. Which I did, thank God, so it wasn't a completely wasted day. Lounging around in the sun is definitely the best way to revise the law of insanity. On that note, quick question: isn't a lunatic just a minority of one? I love philosophical questions like that. Another: who decides what sanity is? Are they right?

Anyway, I took some pictures with my camera whilst I was in the park, and I'm delighted with how they've turned out. I'm not a huge fan of my current digital camera, apart from the fact that it's the size of a credit card. I thought that it didn't take particularly good pictures, but I was pleasantly surprised today. Check out the one below, which is the pick of the bunch. I noticed that there were some wicked cloud formations overhead, so I took a couple of shots, not expecting the camera to pick out the detail. How wrong I was.


Cheers people.

Quick Guide to Rob


I've just made a page where you can easily digest me, or at least information about me, in your coffee break, or 5 minutes before an important business meeting where I'm the subject of discussion. You can find it here. Enjoy. I'll try to put some more on it fairly soon, but it is quite random already...

Underworld - Push Upstairs
RHCP - Parallel Universe
Crystal Method - She's My Pusher
Carl Cox - Computer Talk

This or that?


1. TV or radio? Radio
2. On the radio: talk or music station? Music
3. Actual books or books-on-tape (or e-books)? Real Books
4. Actual newspaper, or web version? Both, to be honest
5. Wall Street Journal or National Enquirer? Neither, I'm English
6. TV news...news channel such as CNN, or your local broadcast news? Sky News
7. A movie you've been looking forward to seeing gets bad reviews all around. See it anyway, or pass? See it anyway!
8. See movies when they first come out, or wait a few weeks for the lines at the theater to get shorter? Day of release
9. TV: cable, satellite dish, or just plain old antenna? Satellite
10. Thought-provoking question of the week: If you had to choose only one form of media to come into your home, which would you choose...print (newspapers, magazines) or electronic (TV, internet)? Why? Electronic, the internet and TV can do everything books / newspapers can do and more. Although, there is something to be said for holding a book in your hands.

Tuesday, May 6

My Soul - Online


I've now updated and written The Basics page for this blog. It's all about me, and it actually has turned into quite an epic tale. I was having a complete lack of enthusiasm for revision, so I thought that I would get something worthwhile done. Some of the stuff that I've written has turned out to be fairly meaningful, and I'm amazed at just how introspective the document is. I'm worried that when I look back on it, I'm going to be all "What the hell was I thinking?!"

Anyway, read it. It'll give much more of an insight into who I am than any number of these posts can. Although do come back and read the new and exciting updates in my life...

Randomness


Not a whole lot happening today, been a boring one. I made it out of bed before midday, for once, but didn't get started on any revision till nearly 4. This was because I was sitting in my kitchen, chatting with whoever came in. Seeing as there was a continuous cycle of people coming in and out, I wasn't bored at all, and it's been a while since I've chatted to a couple of the people I live with, so it was cool. Even when I sat down to revise, I didn't get much done. Less than an hour today, oh well.

Last night was a good laugh as well. About 15 of us went down to our new favourite pub in West Hampstead for a couple of drinks. It was such a nice day yesterday that we were able to stay outside in the beer garden till 11. Gotta love British weather when it's like that. After we got back, we figured that we'd get kicked out of our kitchen by security for being too loud, so a few of us went to Matt's room for a bit. That "bit" turned out to be until 3.30am... We weren't drinking any more, just talking about the most random stuff. Only 4 of us, including an American girl, but the conversation just flowed from one subject to the next without any breaks. i made a quick list when I woke up this morning of the sort of stuff we were talking about, so here goes (in no particular order):
Southend Airport
Military Testing
American / English Language
The Euro
British Monarchy (History / Future Of)
American Politics
Lunatic Asylums
Family History
Iraq War
WW II
My Dad's Job / RAF Career
Kristalnacht

The last one is the name of a big club night in Blackburn, where one of my mates is from. When he told me that, I was so taken aback and appalled. For those that don't know Kristalnacht (Crystal Night) was the night in Nazi Germany when the Jewish population was first set on / taken to concentration camps. Thousands of Jews died that night, and millions did later in concentration camps. Now, I'm not Jewish, but I'm astounded that a club can call a special night that. And this is the 7th annual one! Surely somebody else has taken offence at that before?

Oh, and I want a new digital camera. So far I'm taken with the Oregon DS9300, the Olympus C220, the Samsung Digimax 230 and the Nikon Coolpix 2100. Mmmm, new digital camera. Think that I may have to talk my dad into letting me get one though. I haven't told him yet that I lost my old one. In October. Ooops. I'll be taking loads more pictures if and when I get this new camera, so expect the gallery to be expanding exponentially...

Moby - Natural Blues
Dimmu Borgir - Reptile
Papa Roach - Dead Cell
Crazy Town - Only When I'm Drunk
(Hate to think of what my lyrics would be for that song...

Monday, May 5



I've actually done a load of revision!!! Result. Over 3 hours today on Criminal Law, which can't be bad. I've quite enjoyed it, to be honest, and it's definitely been worth it, because I've remembered / refreshed a whole load of stuff which I thought I knew, but obviously didn't... And to think I was one of the people who barely did any revision for A-Levels and GCSEs.

Hope you've all looked at the picture below, it's probably my favourite piece of art which I've seen online for a while. Like I said, just haunting and strange. I feel like that sometimes, like I want to say something, but just can't find the situation to say it in. Or the situation I'm in doesn't give me anything worthwhile to say, to add to the conversation.

Oh, and the bruise on my arm has got seriously worse. Take a look at the pictures below, it's all yellowy-green, with some nice purple spots in the middle from burst capillaries. Ow.



Just discovered that BBC online allows you to watch the Snooker World Championships final online. Which is cool, because I don't have a TV in my room. And there's sound as well. Sweet.

Nas - One Mic (One of my favourite songs ever)
RATM - Township Rebellion
Korn - I'm Hiding
Big Pun - My Turn

Best Image Ever


This is quite possibly my favourite bit of visual art that I've ever seen. It just strikes me as eerily beautiful and haunting. Click the picture for the bigger version.


Sunday, May 4

Emotions


What an emotional day. Started off with having the crap scared out of me by Aliens (the film, not real aliens) at about 2am. Truly one of the best sequels ever, if not one of the best films ever. Anyway, that was followed by not waking up till gone 2 this afternoon, so cue some shame at that. My roommate had got up, gone out and everything before I was even out of bed. *Hangs his head*

Now onto the more important bit. The football. Arsenal in a must-win game to keep up with Man Utd at the top of the Premiership. A must-win game, which we promptly lost. I was in the pub with a few mates, all hating Arsenal, the gits. I was so close to tears, it's just not funny. Somehow I choked them back, with another pint of IPA (1.90 a pint, I have a new favourite pub). Never mind. Life goes on, although, as the great Bill Shankly once said, "Football's not a game of life and death. It's much more important than that." Never a truer word spoken.

Everlast - Jump Around (NB, Everlast is what the guy from House of Pain now calls himself. Jump Around is a classic!)
Slayer - Praise Death
Korn - Blame
Prodigy - Funky Shit

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