Head Above Water

Jonathan / 19 / South Africa. I like video games, music and anime. This is mostly a personal blog, with some pictures and stuff thrown in as well. Follow me :D I always follow back. 3DS friend code: 0731-4828-5387 page counter

It’s been a slow two weeks. Here’s what’s been happening:

- Work’s been alright. I was considering becoming a permanent employee this week, but I think I’ve ultimately decided against it. The extra money would be nice, but I’d be spending a lot more time at work as well.

- University’s getting more difficult. My programming modules are alright, but linear algebra is becoming incredibly tough; I’m considering dropping it until next year.

- I’ve got a driving test on Tuesday. I made a stupid mistake the first time around and failed, so hopefully this time goes better - the lessons are getting expensive.

- We got four zebra finches just over a week ago, and they’re pretty nice. They just chirp and sit around being cute.

- I’ve (slowly) started reading again. I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time a few days ago (meh), and I’m crawling through A Clash of Kings again. Gotta get to Lady Stoneheart.

- Music-wise, I’ve been listening to Say Anything a lot, mostly to …Is A Real Boy. Alestorm’s new album is really good, so I’ll probably give that a proper listen in this coming week.

- I’ve reworked one of my songs from last year; I’ve changed the timing from 6/8 to 3/4 and made it more energetic. I’m gonna tab it out sometime and then I’ll upload it on here afterwards.

- As far as shows go, I’ve started watching Akame ga Kill and Da Vinci’s Demons, which have both been really impressive so far. I’ve got to find the time to watch season 2 of Da Vinci’s Demons.

- I bought the demo J-board from work today. It’s got some wear and tear, but it was discounted by about 70% and it works fine, so I don’t mind.

- I found out that I can buy things online using my bank card earlier, and since then I’ve bought a PS2 to USB controller converter and two ebooks. I reckon I’ll be spending a lot more time on eBay now.

That’s about it for now. Not much has really happened this month. It’s been a cycle of work, university and trying to find things to do in my free time. If anything interesting does happen though, I’ll be sure to post it on here.

We’ve had five mega Pokemon announced in the last five days; that’s pretty crazy.

  • Mega Lopunny - Meh. I don’t really like Lopunny. It looks better than regular Lopunny though.
  • Mega Audino - It’s an improvement, and an interesting choice for a mega.
  • Mega Salamence - Its wings look ridiculous, and it’s not what I was expecting Mega Salamence to look like, but it’s grown on me. Nyoom.
  • Mega Slowbro - I like the Beyblade Pokemon, and you should too. It still has the derpy look that Slowpoke and Slowbro have, which is nice.
  • Mega Altaria - It looks amazing. My favourite of the five new mega Pokemon. It has dragon/fairy typing, a useful ability and it’s an incredibly happy and cute cloudbird. The fanart’s been great so far as well. 10/10.

The ORAS hype is real.

Childhood dream accomplished.

How to give her the D

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Every Day the Same Dream (x)

I made this program for an assignment, and it went through 5 seconds after the deadline, should I be worried?

I finally caught the day-lilies line on We Don’t Have Each Other, and it’s possibly the most heartbreaking part of the entire album. I was going through it earlier, and I took in their significance for the first time. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the first mention of the lilies, in Runnin’ Scared:

I’m gonna go to Georgia.
I’m gonna smile in the sun.
I’m gonna pick you some wild day-lilies,
And I’m gonna hold on to them.
I’m gonna keep them in my pocket
Til you let me back home.
I’m gonna go to Georgia,
And I’m coming back whole.

And here’s where they’re mentioned again, in Carolina Coast.

I reached in my pocket, to pull out a light.
Forgot I threw out my smokes weeks ago.
Oh I can’t get it right.
But I found your lilies.
They’re dead and they’re dry.
I’ll plant ‘em here seaside.
I’ll pray that they come back to life.

Damn.

Note to self - don’t play Shrek: Treasure Hunt ever again.

11 days of work done, time to have fun do some assignments and things. I just finished my second one, and the answers are ‘5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 1’ again. Someone is messing with me.

Update: my answers for the first assignment are now ‘5 5 1 4 3 3 2 2 1 1’. The plot thickens.

I really like the story that’s been crafted for the Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties album. I want to know more about Aaron and Dianne, and what happens them beyond the scope of the album. I want trivia and stories and graphic novels about them. I want more Aaron West.

As far as storytelling through music goes, this album is incredible.

I’m really busy at the moment. I’m halfway through working 11 straight days right now, I’ve got driving lessons going on, and apparently I’ve already got an overdue university assignment already, and registration doesn’t even end for another two weeks. I’m excited to get back into programming, but I just found out that I’ve got two new languages to learn (Delphi and C++), so I’m not gonna have any free time for a while. I was planning to carry on reading the ASOIAF books for the next few weeks; that’s not gonna happen.

But hey, at least the Aaron West album’s out.

This was

Thanks to an inside joke at work, I spent two hours making a heavier version of the chorus to that A Bay Bay song from years ago in Guitar Pro.

Saw this on Facebook.

Saw this on Facebook.

It’s a start.

It’s a start.