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dant1987
so I did that myres-briggs test thing. i'm not sure how accurate it is for me; i'll let the people who know me best decide that. but what I did like was one of the careers it threw up for me was computer programming. which is probably what i'll end up studying at university.
so here we go:

ENTJ

Extraverted Intuitive Thinking Judging


I don't care to sit by the window on an airplane. If I can't control it, why look?"
ENTJs have a natural tendency to marshall and direct. This may be expressed with the charm and finesse of a world leader or with the insensitivity of a cult leader. The ENTJ requires little encouragement to make a plan. One ENTJ put it this way... "I make these little plans that really don't have any importance to anyone else, and then feel compelled to carry them out." While "compelled" may not describe ENTJs as a group, nevertheless the bent to plan creatively and to make those plans reality is a common theme for NJ types.

ENTJs are often "larger than life" in describing their projects or proposals. This ability may be expressed as salesmanship, story-telling facility or stand-up comedy. In combination with the natural propensity for filibuster, our hero can make it very difficult for the customer to decline.

TRADEMARK: -- "I'm really sorry you have to die." (I realize this is an overstatement. However, most Fs and other gentle souls usually chuckle knowingly at this description.)

ENTJs are decisive. They see what needs to be done, and frequently assign roles to their fellows. Few other types can equal their ability to remain resolute in conflict, sending the valiant (and often leading the charge) into the mouth of hell. When challenged, the ENTJ may by reflex become argumentative. Alternatively (s)he may unleash an icy gaze that serves notice: the ENTJ is not one to be trifled with.

here, there be ranting. (and other things)
dant1987
subject line says it. you have been warned.

(begin rant)

5 weeks. 5 more weeks of class. 5 more weeks of some ignorant chinese maths teach teacher treating me like an invalid because I can't fucking see, then getting confused because the moron's written something on the board and guess what? I havn't complied. well duh. and what's the fucking deal with him coming over to me whenever I ask for help and turning to the support worker and going, "what does he need?" listen you ignorant twat, I don't speak a different fucking language, i'm blind not dumb. you can ask me. I mean jesus christ. you'd think he'd never seen a blind person before the way he acts. usually I don't get irritated about this sort of crap, I just take the odd ignorant person as par for the course. it happens. but you'd think since he's supposed to be working with me for a year, possibly even 2, he'd make the effort to wise up, right? or am I asking too much. no? didn't think so. ah well, only 5 more weeks, as I said. and maybe i'll get lucky and not have this douche next year.
on another college related note, wtf is with my web tutor. before I ellaborate on this, let me explain the structure of my course to you.
it's a BTech national. this means there's no exams, only coursework. so the tutors go through the year, spacing out this assignments, and teaching you the work rellovant to whatever assignment you're due to start next. this makes lots of sense as you're taught the work, then handed the assignment, and given a date in about 4 weeks to submit it. but no, apparently this is the wrong way to do it according to my web tutor. never mind the fact that this is how every fucking one else has done it for god knows how long they've been running these courses, and they've had successful results. no, apparently the best way to do it is to spend all year waffling at the class, occasionally teaching us something useful, then, with about 6 weeks to go, hit us with god knows how many assignments and give us about 3 weeks to hand them all in. such a brilliant idea. give that man an award, or something. again, am I being unreasonable here people? no? thank you.
On a slightly less irritating note, my phone is on it's last legs and I may have to buy an IPhone. I don't bloody want one! god. the amount people go on about these fucking things, you'd think they're god's answer to the world's problems. "oo, i've got an ap that can wipe my ass. leaving me with both hands free to pick my nose!" and "oo, i've found an ap that acts as a vibrater so look, no hands!" jesus christ! IT'S A PHONE, PEOPLE! you use it to phone people. why all the orgasmic excitement. yeah...this irritates me. and yeah I could get another type of phone, but with them killing simbian off soon, (which is the opperating system for nokias that supports talx), droids being ridiculously inaccessable for blind people, and the speach for a blackberry costing almost as much as the phone itself, yeah...the IPhone is the best option. but i'm not happy about it! and shall grumble about it a lot.

(ranting over, I think. if you're still reading this, i'm impressed)

on a happier note, i'm done with my first class for the year. i've managed to pick up a distinction in my communication technology class, and thus don't have to attend the class anymore. this means I get to sleep in a little later on a monday morning. This does beg the question of why i'm wide awake at 6AM on a monday morning writing this, but ah well.
it's been a heavy weekend. friday full of work, saturday full of much too much alcohol, and yesterday full of football, work, and recovering from the much too much alcohol. saturday by the way was pretty epic. I think I drank solidly for 12 hours, mixing cider with beer and white wine and vodka and tequila and whatever else we could find in the cupboards. it was the birthday of a friend of a friend. so I was invited over to get horribly drunk with them all. then I made a taxi driver take me to McD's at 1AM. which i'm not quite sure why I did that, as the food there is bad enough in the daytime. why did I think it'd be any better at 1AM when i'm drunk beyond all measure? btw it was worse than usual, and I think I threw the chips away they were that bad.
The weekend before that was also filled with large amounts of alcohol (this is how I should spend every weekend). and also a trip to the hereford racecourse where I gambled, and lossed. no surprises there then. but I spent 3 days in hereford and got to hang out with my friend andy and drink a lot and largely avoid the royal wedding. so it was all good.

And I think i'm done for now. i'm contemplating walking to the local garage for smokes as my shop isn't open yet and i'm out and really need one right about now. i'm also far too lazey to do it, so i'm suffering in silence. or maybe making other people suffer. we'll see.

take care, LJ land!

NBA star aquires minority stake in liverpool.
dant1987
As part of a new partnership between FSg and Lebron james, the Miami heat star has aquired a minority stake in liverpool football club.

read the full press release, curtacy of LFC.tv hereCollapse )

not entirely sure what this means for the reds, but i'm told good marketability in asia and the states. thaughts?

Woo look, an update!
dant1987
So, I finally got around to installing semagic on this machine, and figured I should do one of those update thingies, since it's been so long. In fact it's been so long, i'm not quite sure where to start.

Well, as those of you who follow my twitter will know, i'm back in college. I'm studying computeing, or more specifically, ICT for practicioners. I've studdied a lot of things in my previous attempts at education, (history, french, psychology, sociology, business). But this is by far the most interesting thing i've ever studdied, with history coming a close second. It's all to do with web design, networking, programming, and all that fun stuff. I'm loving it. I find myself in the entirely new situation of actually looking forward to classes. Which I can assure you is something i've never felt before :P. Also, i'm kicking some major ass. The course is all assignment based, which means no exams! This totally works for me because I hate the exams. All that preparation for a couple of hours of answering questions when you're nervous as all fuck in case you find something on the paper you iether havn't studdied, or forgot to revise for. This way is much simpler. you get given an assignment brief, which tells you what you need to do to achiev each grade for that particular part of the course (iether a pass, a merit, or a destinction). and so far i've made every destinction grade i've been given. which is probably a first for me where something like this is concerned. So yeah, college is going quite well. We've got about 8 or 9 weeks of our first year to go, and even though i'm loving the classes, what sort of student would I be if I wasn't looking forward to about 3 months with nothing to do ;).

alright, that's enough waffling about college, on to other things. Like music! music music music! thanks to the extreme awesomeness that is last.fm, i've discovered a ton of new bands. and if you like your rock/metal, I seriously advise you give some of these a listen, if you havn't already. here you go:
A day to remember,
The devil wears prada,
dead by april,
bring me the horizon,
we came as romans,
buried in verona,
times of grace,
and you me at 6.
Over the past few months i've really gotten into sort of hardcore metal bands who mix death growls with clean vocals. along with my love for viking/pagan metal, and the gothic/melodic/synphonic stuff i've liked for years now.
aaand, the musical awesomeness doesn't stop there. already this year there have been new albums from turisas, amon amarth, and within temptation, just to mension a few. i'm loving the turisas album "stand up and fight", but I still need to listen to the amon amarth and within temptation albums propperly as i've only managed to hear a few tracks from each, (not that I dislike what i've heard).

Alright then. so after a morning where I wasted several hours of my life watching one of the worst wrestle manias I can remember, then busted my ass to finish a spreadsheet assignment (I hate spreadsheets), and then decided I should write an LJ post for the first time in almost a year, I should take my ass off to my coms tech class.

don't forget if you wish to follow me on twitter, i'm @dant7733.
on facebook just search for the username dant7733, and if you like your metal be sure to tune into my show, "the alternative to the sunday sermen" every sunday evening from 6 BST, (or 1 east for you US people).

take care, and maybe I won't leave it so long for the next update XD.

the world cup,college, and a painful visit
dant1987
looky looky! i'm updating this thing, for the first time in about 8 months! thank you semagic for allowing me to update, and not letting my infinite lazyness get in the way :D.

so, the world cup! that amazing specticle of footballing awesomeness that comes every 4 years is back! 32 nations from all over the world, battle it out for one of the biggest prizes in sports. we're just over a week into the competition, and i'm loving every second of it. it was slow going, but the magic of the world cup is still going strong. we've already had matches and stories from south africa 2010 that will never be forgotten. switzerland beating spain, who are one of the favourites for the tournament, new zeeland recording a historic 1-1 draw with italy, the reigning world champions. and I have to say, i'm gutted the all whites drew. they totally deserved to win that match yesterday.
but it's not just the stories of footballing minnoes such as the swiss and NZ that make the world cup so special. it's the footballing greatness on show. players like lionel messi, without a doubt, the greatest footballer in the game today, and just one of an argentinian team who've proved, that despite a rough qualifying campaign, they're a force to be reckoned with in this tournament. brazil's kaka, the most expensive player in the world if I remember correctly, and as the competition hots up, we're sure to see great things from this player.
i'm having to evaluate my thaughts on brazil's chances of winning the cup this year. they might not have the style and flair and footballing grace of brazillian teams of the past, but under dunga, they're a solid team, and from what i've seen, I expect much improvement in coming matches.
however, after all this talk of the world cup, I was caught in quite a delemma when I realised that the wimbledon tennis championships start today. as you've probably guessed, I love sport. not just football, but tennis, rugby, cricket, racing, athletics, and pretty much anything else. so when I heard wimbledon was starting, I was like, what do I watch? football? or tennis? football? or tennis? now however, i've decided, that however much I love any other sport, be it cricket or tennis or rugby or whatever, it will never compair to the wonder and magic and shere awesomeness that is the beautiful game of football. so i'm sticking with the world cup, and i'll catch the tennis when I can.

ok, enough with the sport talk. and on to other things.

I recieved a letter the other day with details on my enrollment and start date of college. I have to enroll on july 7th, which is a lot earlier than I was expecting, (I was expecting to enroll sometime in late august). however, I guess since i'm attending as a mature student, (a student over the age of 21), I don't need to wait for exam results to determine whether or not I can take the course. I will then start college on september the 6th. and OMG I can't wait. i've been sat at home on my ass now for far too long, and it's time I did something before the bordem eats me alive. and, unlike last time I attempted education, i'm actually looking forward to this course. it's a BTech national deploma in practicioners I.C.T. so i'll be learning web design, networking, databases and spreadsheets, and programming. some of these things i've told myself i'd learn at some point, but never had the patience or motivation to teach myself. so yeah, bring on college! i'll be a student again!

one last thing now.

a few months ago I found out that my cousin's grandmother, who's been as close to me as one of my own grandparents for my hole life, and who i've always refered to as nana, even though she wasn't my grandmother, had lung cancer, and had approximately 9 months left to live. this was back in april sometime. then this week, I hear that her conditions worsened, and it's now a matter of days/weeks before she goes. we went to visit her last night, in a place in cardiff called home towers. which is a kind of hospice for old people. it's where they send you when there's nothing the doctors can do for you, and they want to make the rest of your time on this earth as easy and comfortable as possible. people go into this place, and they very rarely come out alive.
so anyway, I went to visit her last night, and it was one of the most difficult things i've ever done. it was horrible. and I don't want this to come across like i'm feeling sorry for myself, because i'm not. but everything hit me so hard last night. the place for starters. you know when you go into a hospital ward, or into a house where a really sick person is? and there's a certain feeling hanging over the place? well multiply that buy a hundred, and that's how home towers feels. then there was nanny. completely different to how i've always known her. she'd lost so much wait, was so quiet, not the laughing smiling affectionate person i've always known her to be. it took all the self control I had to keep my composure while I was visiting her, and even as we were leaving, and my mum and my brother and sister had tears in there eyes. as I said, one of the hardest things i've ever had to do. the family want to go back again today, and i'm not sure if I can go with them. as I said on my twitter last night, I always wished i'd gotten to see my grandad, and say good bye to him before he died when I was 12. but after last night, I think I prefer the time I spent with him before he went into hospital that last time on christmas day. just sitting and talking and laughing. and even though I didn't know it was going to be the last time I saw him, I still prefer it to the visit last night.

alright, well that's enough of my rambling for now. but i'm hoping to update more frequently now I have a way of updating without the website.

dan.

sooo i'm actually writing in this thing,
dant1987
ok so i've actually had this account for about 6 months and i'm only now writing in it lol. which in itself, is a surprise, probably as much to me as it will be to anyone else who knows me and reads this...
i originally made this when half drunk and decided it would be a place for my drunken rantings. but as for the majority of times i've been drunk i've not been near a computer, that kind of never happened. however, even though i'm writing sober, this will still contain plenty of rants...of that i assure you!
so first off, i'm bloody frustrated. i'm kinda obsessive about sports. cricket, football, rugby, tennis, you name it, i love it. but football most of all. and i'm proud to say i follow one of the finest footballing institutions in the world, liverpool football club. but things don't go well for the reds and since august when the new football season started, things have gone from bad to worse; from a horrific injury list that has left us without our most important players when we needed them, a manager who refuses to see sense and change the team tacktics as the ones he's using at the moment simply arnt working for us this season as they have done in seasons past, and a pair of clowns owning the club who have done nothing but lied to the fans from the moment they took control of liverpool in 2007, and are now slowly but surely running this fine footballing establishment into the ground. i had a bad feeling from the day in the middle of the summer, (before the season even started) that things wouldn't be good, when we sold xavi alonso, who as any liverpool fan will know, was one of our most influential and important players over the past few seasons. and ok, we've braught in aquilani to replace him, but he's spent the last few months out with an ankle injury and hasn't actually started a game for us as of yet, and rafa, refuses to give him any match practice, which is baffling more than just this reds fan. i mean for christ sake, we played 20 million for the guy, he's obviously fit now, so let him play and stop starting with that useless brazillian twat lucas every game. and another thing, fernando torres is probably one of the best strikers in the world today, there's no doubt about that, but why, do we only have one effective striker? david ngog's 21 years old and hasn't had enough playing time to ajust to the premiership, and although he shows signs of being a decent player in a few years time, he's really not someone we can rely on now. and as for Andre Vorinan, that useless ukranian ponytaled prick, he couldn't hit a barn door from 20 fucking paces. i mean seriously, he's got a hole goal to aim for, keeper stood stock still in the middle, he could have gone left or right, and what does the twat do? blasts it strait at the fucking keeper, omg. send him back to germany, where he seemed to be able to score goals for gods sake. and seriously, if he goes, and babbel goes, which is looking likely, (although i don't think the lads been given enough of a chance in all honesty), can we please use the money we make from those sales to buy a back-up striker for torres? it's ridiculous. how Rafa thaught we could go through the hole damn season, premiership, FA cup, Europa league, (since we're now out of the champion's league), is simply beyond me. i mean come on, the guys not stupid. he won the La Liga in spain with valencia, which in a league where real madrid and barcelona have enjoyed so much dominants, is no mean feat. so why he can't see that his tacktics arn't having the desired effects, and doesn't change them, simply baffles me. ok...i'm gonna leave the LFC ranting there for now. so as not to bore non-football fans too much lol.
in other news, i've *finally* found a college course i want to do which will give me the required qualifications to go to university and do my degree in radio broadcasting. it's a Btech national in IT, (the propper course name escapes me right now), but it deals with things like systems analysis, web production, maths in IT, and so on. I know it doesn't have much to do with radio, but i couldn't find a media course at my local college that didn't involve iether some kind of performance, (music or acting), or working with vidio cameras in some way, which would be a complete pain in the ass. and anyway, i've always wanted to become more computer literate, so i have my chance now. it's a 2 year course, starting next september. which leaves me sat on my ass for a further 9 months, but it gives both me and them plenty of time to work out what support i'll need to do the course. and also, buy the time i finish the course, i'll be 25 and won't have to pay university fees. which will result in a hell of a lot less debt. and now i know when i can go over to the states to see chelsea. i'm planning on flying out in may, and spending 3 months there, which is all my visa will allow. that way i can come home in august, and sort out any last minute problems i'm sure to have with college :P.
i've also been reading a hell of a lot of good books lately. "the gathering storm" the 12th book in the wheel of time series came out in october and it was bloody fantastic. brandon sanderson did robert jordan proud. can't wait for the next one now, "the towers of midnight" which should be out sometime next year. i'd forgotten how much i loved those characters. also the 10th book in the mich rap series, "pursuit of honor" was another fantastic read and vince flynn has done a wonderful job in the world of espianage and counter terrorism. and lastly, steven king's latest, "under the dome". omg loved it. took a while to get into it, but once i had i couldn't put it down. i've also recently got my hands on the adrian mole books buy sue townsand. a series i started reading when i was about 13, but only managed to get hold of the first 2 books in braille. i've now got all 5 books in the series in audio, and i've just finished the 3rd book and am about to start the 4th.
i'm also expanding my music collection once more. but without d demonoid, it's slow going. i have however aquired albums buy deicide, firewind, and hellowene, to name but a few, to add to my ever increasing collection.
and on one final note, i've just spent 10 bloody minutes on the phone booking train tickets and assisstance for friday. i'm off to brighton to visit an old college friend. should be a good weekend filled with drinking and all around good times.
k, i'm done now. lets see how long it takes me before i'm writing in here again lol.

later.

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