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September: A Beginning of the End Month

Posted by Dean - September 1st, 2011

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September marks the end of my summer break and the start of my third year at university. It has been a long summer, seeing as I have had nothing of real significance to do since the start of April which was essentially six months ago. However, now that I'm at the end of summer, it feels like it has flown by. As much as I look forward to having something to do with myself again, I also dread the thought of having to go back to completing coursework and meeting deadlines.

It must be noted that Newgrounds plays an important role for me over the summer months as it is one of my main sources of entertainment. There are also a select few Newgrounds users that keep me amused during the summer, but are also users that I consider to be my friends. Since I don't have a great deal to write about this month, I figured I'd use this space to thank them. They are not the only Newgrounds users that I'd consider to be friends of mine, but they are the users I remain in regular contact with and consider to be amongst my best friends.

This is not intended to be some circle jerkery list. This is simply an acknowledgement of my good friends from Newgrounds and what they have done for me over the summer months and in general since I got to know them. The list is in alphabetical order to avoid any favouritism or whatever:

Ejit: This is a user that I have spoken to on essentially a daily basis for over a year now. I first got to know him at the start of 2010's summer and have considered him a good pal of mine ever since. I bore him with my problems and tell him pretty much everything that is going on in my life. Of all the Newgrounds users, Ejit probably knows me better than any other. The only downside of knowing Ejit is that I occasionally have to listen to his terrible music or watch clips of sporting events, but I guess that's the cost for sharing my troubles with him :P I still haven't actually met Ejit, but I'm sure that day will come. Hopefully he is able to make it to the 2012 NG Manchester Meet, but with it being held during term time, it's doubtful :(

Fim: I met Fim at the NG Manchester Meet back in January of this year. I only spoke to him for a few hours but he was one of the users I got along best with. He helped a slightly drunk me find my way to a cash machine so that I could get more beer money but took me on an extra long route only to discover there was a cash machine right outside the bar. Since then I have remained in regular contact with Fim and even met up with him again at the start of last month, making him the NG user that I have met up with the most. Again, it was only for a few hours, but those few hours were once again a good laugh. I look forward to the next time that I get to hang out with Fim because it's fair to say, he's a pretty cool guy.

Toast-Tony: I encountered Tony posting in a thread back in March of this year and for some unknown reason I decided to send him a PM. From there we basically got to know each other better, ended up regularly playing Xbox together and he became someone that I consider to be a damn good friend of mine. He introduced me to some friends of his and after a short while I guess it's fair to say they also became friends of mine. I met up with Tony and his friend Jordan for a four day trip to Manchester last month and it was without a doubt the highlight of my summer. It's really cool finally meeting someone you've been in regular contact with online in person, especially when you think so highly of them. I think it's safe to say we shall be meeting again, whenever that may be, and I look forward to the laughs that will no doubt follow.

Tramps: I got to know Tramps at the start of 2010's summer and he is the NG user that I have been in regular contact with for the longest period of time. We just generally have random conversations about all kinds of stuff and occasionally we talk to each other over a game of Call of Duty, but not so much these days. Tramps is the other user that I consider to be a good friend yet have not actually met in person yet. All that should be about to change though as he claims he is going to be attending the 2012 NG Manchester Meet but I remain sceptical. Only time will tell I guess.

So yea, basically those are the guys that help to keep me amused over the summer months and I felt it only appropriate to thank them and show my appreciation.

For anyone interested I also started up a Explorers & Adventurers Club. It's basically aimed any anyone who travels or enjoys exploring random places. If it interests you, feel free to post stories, discuss your findings and share pictures of all the cool stuff you've seen.

News post title was inspired by this song:

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Final Day of Freedom Update - 11/09/11

Well, tomorrow is my first day back at university and I'm not particularly looking forward to it. I'd say I've been quite active on the BBS this summer but my levels of activity may well plummet from this point. It's also possible that there wont be a difference as I have a lot of gaps between classes that I need to fill, which may be spent browsing the BBS if I have nothing better to do.

Oh and a few days back I got my first ever filling. Well, two of them to be more accurate and apparently I need to go back for a third. I was not expecting to be getting fillings, but apparently this new dentist of mine thinks it will save me some bother in the future. I was more pissed off that it cost me £30 and I'm still going to have to pay more when I go back for the next one. Also convinced that I've already broke part of the filling.

My brother bought himself a laptop which meant that I could take the desktop from his room. It's less powerful than my MacBook Pro, but this thing has a pretty big monitor and it's far nicer to be using that than a 13 inch laptop screen.

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Back to University - 18/09/11

Well, I've been back to university for a week already and I've been given assignments to do. Nothing too taxing just now but I'd still prefer to not be writing a short essay on the history of logic. I don't even see how that helps us in any way on a computer science course or more specifically, in the artificial intelligence module.

I've also been introduced to my group for the year long project. Thankfully we seem to have a good team and there doesn't appear to be anyone that I have reason to dislike or wish was in a different team, so that's all good.

I'd still prefer it to be the summer holidays right now, but who wouldn't? Not a fan od the 6:30am wake ups and all the sitting around that I have to do on Tuesdays. At least I have something productive to do now.

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Now, here is a charming picture of Scotland. I encounter this every day when I take my dog out a walk, although once university starts up again I'm only going to be able to see this on weekends :(

September: A Beginning of the End Month


Scotland has a ton of old Forts and Castle's and such right? Like from the dark ages? I would just adore seeing those castle's, and learn the culture. Scotland was always a place that would fascinate me.

Yea, there are plenty old castles, towers and just big old buildings scattered around the countryside. Although a lot of them are in ruins now or have been blocked off to the public in a sense. Like you used to be able to freely go into some of the old towers and climb up them but now the doors and stuff get boarded up for safety reasons :(

Too much open space and fresh air.

You can never have too much. I've been trying to make the most of it over the last few weeks.

It annoys me so much when cool old buildings are closed up for safety reasons. Besides, if I went in there of my own accord it's my own fault if I do something stupid, break my legs and be forced to crawl slowly back to civilization and it would still be damn worth it D:<

Yea, I know what you mean. In some cases I can see their logic though. I remember being in an old castle/tower thing years back and you could get right up onto the roof, but the ledge was less than a meter wide and it was a pretty high drop if you fell over the edge. No wall or anything, literally just a ledge that you could easily fall off of.

Well that is rubbish... Though besides that, don't Scotland and Sweden have the most amazing rock artists? Like always using a hint of that mid evil vibe? I just love music like that also.

Well, I only really listen to punk and metal so probably not the best person to ask. The Exploited are a pretty cool Scottish band though.

The funny thing is, I've only heard of one Exploited song. And that was Fuck the Usa.

Not a bad song that, but yea, if I was going to introduce an American to The Exploited I probably wouldn't have started with that song :P

Enjoy Uni, I'd imagine third year is when shit gets real, not that I'd know ;-)

First fillings at 19? That's good going, you must really look after your teeth, I've had quite a few. Well done for already breaking one.

I think third year is the start of the tough part. So far I think over half my grades have been an A, but I wont be expecting that any more :(

I think I'd had a filling years ago on one of my baby teeth, but they don't count, right? The excessive amount of milk that I used to drink probably helped my teeth stay nice and strong, but what do I know?

If you're missing that nice Mac taskbar alternative, I'd suggest you give RocketDock a try, it essentially mimics it.

I had XP installed on my Mac and barely touched OS X. Sounds a little pointless, I know, but sometimes OS X comes in handy for programming and when I don't have access to a power socket because it's far more battery friendly.

I quite like the Mac dock, but I was never so much a fan of docks on Windows. With Mac it feels like it belongs there, it actually has a purpose, but with Windows it feels like an extra feature that isn't really too useful. The quick launch section of the task bar essentially is a dock itself.

You don't look as badass in that pic D:

new sig's awesome though

Decided that other pic looked a little... I dunno but I wasn't such a fan.

Yea, the new sig is thanks to Ninjar. That guy has some patience.

looks nice make a scotland meetup in the summer ill go and pretend to understand what youre all wittering on about

There will probably be a Glasgow meet you can go to Jack. Chances are that I wont be there though. Money will be tight by then and Glasgow isn't easily accessible for me.