Head Above Water

Jonathan / 19 / South Africa. Waiting for ORAS. Still not over the HIMYM finale. Listening to lots of Aaron West and Say Anything right now. Not a cool kid.

3DS friend code: 0731-4828-5387

I got home from work today, wanted to play the ORAS demo, and noticed that my 3DS wasn’t on my desk. A few minutes later, I realised that my ebook reader wasn’t there either. After playing detective for 3 hours, I found out that someone stole them through my window sometime yesterday morning, probably while I was at work.

I spent about 1000 hours on that 3DS. Pokemon X was in it when it was stolen, and Smash Bros. was in the pouch as well. All of my shiny, event and competitive Pokemon are gone. My days spent shiny hunting amount to nothing now. I’ve lost games and data that I can’t get back. The ebook reader’s not that much of a big deal, but my 3DS and Pokemon X save are.

ORAS is out in just over a month, and I don’t know if I’m gonna have a 3DS to play it on now. Today sucks.

Now that the two(!) ORAS demo mega Pokemon have been revealed, we’ve seen four new megas in the last five days.

Mega Pidgeot - It looks great. The original generic bird Pokemon looks like a cooler version of Braviary now. No Guard is alright; Mega Pidgeot can fire off Hurricanes with perfect accuracy now, but it seems it’s still gonna be outclassed by other competitive bird Pokemon like Talonflame and Staraptor.

Mega Beedrill - I didn’t realise how cool Beedrill was until sometime this year, but I’m glad I did. Mega Beedrill looks amazing, and it’s probably my favourite mega announced this week. With Adaptability, Swords Dance, decent coverage and increased attack and speed stats, it has the potential to be a great sweeper under the right conditions.

Mega Steelix - Eh. I like it for the most part, but the spikes jutting out from the side of its face look off to me. Sand Force is an interesting choice for its ability; it won’t help it much on most teams, but it could help Mega Steelix fit in on sand teams. It’s probably going to have a decent attack stat and a monstrous defense stat.

Mega Glalie - I didn’t see this one coming at all. With a new beard and a mouth which looks vaguely like titan Eren’s one in Attack on Titan, Mega Glalie looks pretty terrifying as far as Pokemon go. Competitively, I don’t know much about Glalie, but Refrigerate seems like it could be useful.

So now that we know what the demo Pokemon are, I have one question:
Where the hell is Mega Flygon?

Is Luigi even real?

Is Luigi even real?

It was delayed three times, but the Smash Bros. double-pack that I preordered is finally here and it’s glorious.

It was delayed three times, but the Smash Bros. double-pack that I preordered is finally here and it’s glorious.

After some trial and error, I just bought an album off Bandcamp for the first time. It’s Chumped’s ‘That’s the Thing is Like…’ EP, it’s $2, and it’s worth the money. Hot 97 Summer Jam and Vices are killer songs.

To-do list for this next week:

  • Get assignments done ASAP
  • Finish reading the Attack on Titan manga
  • Play through Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
  • Finish watching season 2 of Da Vinci’s Demons
  • Record Day 553 on guitar, add drums and see how it sounds
  • Watch the alternate HIMYM finale
  • Watch the video that reveals the truth behind The Pineapple Incident
  • Get Gerard Way’s new album
  • Finish reading The 10P.M. Question
  • Read Broken Monsters
  • Buy new shoes for work
  • Find some new music on Bandcamp
I’ve gotta get myself some Toothlessite.

I’ve gotta get myself some Toothlessite.

I was halfway through writing a post about all the negative thoughts I’ve been having this weekend, but forget that; I’m going to focus on being more positive instead. I’m going to get out more, play more music and try my best to be happy. Hell, I might even start writing again.

I spent the whole of yesterday on a maths assignment, and today I’m going to a spring ball. Party hard.

A to Z is quite a cute little show. Cristin Milioti was great in the pilot, and it’s gonna be interesting to see how the season plays out.

It’s been 8 years to the day since Steve Irwin died.  Of all the celebrity deaths in recent years, I think his stands out to me the most. RIP in peace.

Day 553

I completely reworked one of my songs from last year. It’s now in 4/4 time, it’s a lot more driven and energetic, and it’s much happier than before. I’m pretty proud of how it turned out. It doesn’t have a second guitar or bass yet, but I’ll save that for another day.

As always, comments and feedback are appreciated.

I passed my driving test today. Vroom vroom.

I passed my driving test today. Vroom vroom.

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.