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Movies, music, games, books and internet.

I’ve finally exhausted writing about myself. So I'll bend your ears about something else, entertainment. It's that time of the month when I spam your friends feed with a bunch of video clips. If you have ten minutes with really nothing else to do, click on a few of these.

There's a big multiplex cinema in the shopping center where Jemma had her art exhibition. Last month to break up the monotony of hanging out there for a full day, I dropped by to watch 'Godzilla vs King Kong'. I like big dumb blockbusters, but this was pretty dumb even by my standards! It left me with the impression it would have been better as a video game. Which is the inspiration for a future post!

Having finished all the Harry Potter movies, I have now started on the Lord of the Rings movies with Nagyeong and Daehyeon, or 'Harry Potter - Episode 10', as Nagyeong puts it.

Aside from those I haven’t been watching a whole lot of movies recently, so here's a link to an old favorite. It's the climactic scene of Apollo 13, which is my third favorite movie of all time (first and second place being held by Jurassic Park and Fight Club). Spoilers obviously, but it is based on a true story so you should already know what happens. Even though I’ve watched this a dozen times over it still brings a tear to my eye.

Masterpiece of a movie, and the only one where some scenes were filmed in genuine zero g. The set of the spacecraft interior was built within NASA’s ‘vomit comet’, the plane that goes into a controlled freefall so those on board experience weightlessness. The actors had to film the in 25 second takes. It took them 612 falls to get everything filmed!

Music wise, I've been really getting into Tom Rosenthal. It’s much gentler and shamelessly sentimental than my usual fare, but somehow it just works so well.

Though I haven't forgotten about metal either. You know what goes really well with metal? Everything! Metal mixed with reggae (Skindred), mixed with Mongolian folk (The HU), mixed with North African traditional music (Mywrath) or even mixed with Bollywood (Bloodywood).
Take a look at this. Holi festival mixed with metal, take two things that are awesome on their own and mash them together and it's every bit as cool as could be hoped for!

After taking a break from PS4 for a couple of months (I just couldn't focus on it) I got back into Shadow of the Tomb Raider last Saturday. It was also our wedding anniversary but we had been out for a walk and a meal so I'm allowed a couple of hours doing my own thing too!

Bookwise, I recently read the ‘Poppy War’ by R F Kuang, a fantasy novel inspired by Chinese history. She’d completed a whole trilogy by the age of twenty four (oh how I lag behind!) It was good; good enough that I’ll probably buy the next two.

I've just finished Peter Singers 'The life you can save', so I no longer have any excuse of being unaware of just how much difference my money could make to someone else's life.

Now I'm back on Christopher Hitchen’s autobiography ‘Hitch 22’. Previously I knew him only as a very outspoken critic of religion, usually mentioned in the same breath as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkin’s. But I’m discovering he had a very varied, fascinating and sometimes dangerous career as a journalist before that.

Back to scrolling through youtube, here's a video from 'Youtube Comment Reconstructions'. They take the worst of the bickering that goes on below the videos and reenact it in black and white with a deep sense of gravitas to create one of funniest things on the internet!

I’ll leave you with a couple of my favorite twitters of the moment, ‘Hot masculinity takes’ and ‘Bad medical takes’. They are both completely hilarious and horrifying at the same time!
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Dreaming of a far future wilderness

I’m writing a short story about the direction evolution takes once humans leave the Earth. I’ve since found whole online communities dedicated to ‘speculative evolution’, that is imagining what forms life might evolve into either on other planets or on our own millions of years hence.

My story picks up a million years in the future when humanity has left for the stars, or disappeared inside a computer, and left the Earth to rewild itself. Then it proceeds on through millions, then billions of years, till the sun expands outwards, the oceans boil away and the very last microbe left on Earth perishes. It’s a horrible mess of clunky unfinished phrasing right now, but it’s been fun thinking of ideas.

I’m almost forty and my thoughts as I take a hike in the hills or sit on the metro are so far from normal adult affairs. No thinking about work or finances or relationships or a hundred other grown up stuff. Instead I’m getting lost in my own fantasy world of what life forms come next;

A salamander evolves tolerance to saltwater and gives rise to a whole new lineage of marine amphibians. A species of cockroach has tracheae that evolve into lungs, allowing insects to diversify into even larger forms. Vast colonies of free floating seaweed (sort of like sargassum weed, just more so) evolve into free floating forests on the ocean hundreds of miles across, home to a vast new ecosystem of many different species. Other plants evolve membranes that hold helium, allowing them to become buoyant and float upwards. New intelligent species arise, to the detriment of many other species as they quickly multiply and enter their own industrial age. The mechanical descendants of humans are waiting to greet these newcomers, just as soon as they prove themselves worthy by reaching Earth’s moon.

Once you start speculating on this stuff, there’s just no end...
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Watch your language

I’m back doing Korean lessons online. Also, old housemate and workmate Tracy is in this class, so that’s cool! I’ve opted for starting from scratch with the 1A class this time round. Last time my online test result placed me in 1B, but I struggled with it. So after three and a half years in Korea I’m still an absolute beginner, but it is at least refreshing to be one of the more capable students for a change.

Which segues into my next topic; some of the oddities (from a western perspective) about the Korean language.

You know that stereotype about the Koreans being unable to pronounce the difference between r and l, as exemplified by Team America’s Kim Jong-Il’s ‘I’m so ronery’ song? Once I learnt the Hangeul alphabet I understood why. The ㄹ symbol in Hangeul stands for both r and l. My wife sometimes mixes up the two, usually when telling me that I ‘didn’t risten’. Though I’m sure my pronunciation of Korean is abominable. I still don’t get their exasperated consonants sound (where you have two consonants together)

Another curiosity is that whereas the British use ‘hahaha’ to indicate laughing, Koreans use ㅋㅋㅋ. Unfortunately, the Latin alphabet translation of this is ‘KKK’. It had me wandering when I got messages ending with this when I was in Korea first time round. But thinking it was incredibly unlikely that Koreans would end their messages with the name of an American white supremacist group, I decided it must mean xxx, kiss, kiss, kiss! I was disappointed to discover that it was their equivalent of ‘lol’ and I wasn’t as popular as I had imagined!

Continuing the theme of words that have taken on a very different meaning in the western world, the Korean sound that often ends country names is 국 gook. 한국 hangook (Korean) 영국 yeonggook (English) and 외국 waygook (foreigner). In the western world ‘gook’ is a racial slur for east Asian people. There are a few different theories as to how this came to be, but one of them traces back to American soldiers in the Korean war. Little kids use to tell them ‘미국 migook’. The soldiers took this to mean they were referring to themselves as ‘me gook’, not realizing that 미국 is actually the Korean word for America!
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생일 축하합니다 (happy birthday)

It was my nephews birthday yesterday. He was nine.

So why are there ten candles on the cake? Because in Korean years he is ten. Yes, that's a thing. Koreans count your age from conception, though rather than be nine months older than his birthday they just round it up a year. Even more confusingly, everyone ages up at new years, so everyone's a year and a bit older than they would be in western years. A baby born on the 31st December would already be one years old, and then age up to two at just a few hours old when the year changes.
In Korean years I've been forty since new years!

The character on the cake is from the phone game'Among us', which i've never played but is all the rage among the kids in my class. Every games day half the clay models that get built are 'Among us' characters!
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Gap yah

As most of you know, and I never tire of dropping into conversation, five years ago I set out on a year-long trip around the world. I kept an online travel journal, mainly for family to read. It was basically my LJ posts, minus a few things that weren’t family friendly, plus photos. The journal also double posted all the photos to facebook at the same time. Not long after I returned home the site hosting my journal closed, and with it all my travel photos disappeared from facebook too. Maybe I should upload a select few when I can be bothered.

Most of that years photos are still on my phone, which means every few days google gives me a ‘see where you were four years ago’ post which is always a pleasant reminder. At the time of my travels I had forgotten that uploading photos to LJ was a thing, so you won’t find a single snap in all of my entries back then. But what good are photos if you can’t brag about them on social media?! So I’ll remedy that now by giving you lucky people a brief photo tour of my gap year. Grab a cup of coffee, there’s quite a lot of them!

BTW, in case you didn’t get the reference, the title stems from a youtube video lampooning upper-middle class youth and their gap year experiences. I am probably more like this guy than I’d like to admit.

I began with India, travelling with a backpack just small enough to squeeze on the flight as hand luggage. My very first stop was Delhi, which is still the most crazy busy place I have ever visited, followed by Aggra, Ranthambore National Park (tigers!), Jaipur and Mumbai.
You want to see a pic of the Taj Mahal that looks like every other pic of the Taj Mahal you’ve ever seen except it’s got me posing in front of it? Yeah, me neither. Anyways all those photos are on a memory card stuck inside a digital camera and I can’t be bothered to retrieve them. Plus I don’t tend to do photos of myself or any of the people in my life on LJ. Perhaps as I include a lot of personal information and gossip I want to maintain some degree of anonymity? Then again I don’t quite know why, as some people here know me from real life and for those that don’t, there’s easily enough information to track me down if anyone really wanted to.

But anyway, no pictures of people for now, which means you’re spared the sight of me posing in front of every big landmark along the way. So seeing as the first few places I visited in India are all on my other camera, I’ll begin with some beach huts in Goa.

I also caught holi festival here!

I know, I said no people. But I only met these guys once and I can’t remember anything about them other than they were cool and asked if I wanted to hang out when I rocked up to the holi party alone. And this picture just captures what it was all about beautifully.

My next stop was Hampi, the heart of an ancient empire that is now a beautiful town littered with giant boulders and dozens of ancient temples. It was also the spot where I got the worst food poisoning I’ve ever known, evacuated my entire digestive system and didn’t eat anything for a couple of days after.

I spent much of my travels on workaways, spending two to three weeks doing a little work in return for free board, and often food too. It was a great way to cut down on costs, meet local people and get to experience some stuff that I’d never have experienced just as a tourist passing through. My first workaway was a coffee plantation near to Madikeri in Southern India.

I was meant to spend three weeks on the workaway, but when there wasn’t enough work for the third week, I instead opted to spend the last week exploring the south. Above was taken in the Kerala region, famed for it’s canals and houseboats.

After six weeks in India, I returned all the way to the UK for a couple of weeks to catch my brothers wedding. Then it was time to don my big backpack for a full eleven month trip.

I started, like millions before me, in backpacker central, Bangkok. One day I’d like to return to Thailand but this time round I only stayed for three nights as I had already agreed to meet my brother and his friend in Tokyo. What do you think of when you think of Tokyo? Godzilla perhaps….

Would you settle for a giant spider instead?

Next up, we caught the Shinkansen to Kyoto, home to Japanese Macaques, Kinkakuji (the golden temple) and Fushimi Inari Taisha, famed for its thousands of tori gates (above).

Last we dropped by Hiroshima, where to our surprise we discovered we were also visiting at the same time as a historic visit from president Obama! We visited the peace memorial park and museum in the morning, just before the place was flooded by security and press for the historic visit. Every café and bar with a tv had people pouring out the doors. We also visited a very cool rock bar and the above Itsukushima Shrine.

At the end of a fortnight being a tourist, I bid farewell to my brother and friend and continued on to my first Japanese workaway, helping with the housekeeping at an arts center buried deep in the countryside near...I can’t remember now! Maybe Takayama, somewhere in the middle of Honshu. Anyway, lots of country walks to be had, on which I found….

A freshwater crab.

My next workaway was three weeks near Inawashiro, working at a cat shelter for cats that had been abandoned when the people left in a hurry after the Fukushima nuclear power plant went down.

After two months in Japan, it was time for Korea, where I first spent three weeks on the cleaning crew of a hostel in Seoul. In contrast to mainly rural living in Japan, my time in Korea was more about big cities and big nights out. What really made it were the people, and from day one I fell into a great group of friends with the other cleaners.

I had trouble narrowing down Seoul to one photo, but this looks suitably cultural and will do as well as any.

Of course I visited the DMZ while I was there. Looking into North Korea in this pic. Technically I did step over the line while in the JSA building, but I don’t think that counts as visiting the North!

Next up, another three weeks on a hostel cleaning crew, this time on Haeundae beach, Busan. The above pic is from the Busan seaside festival. Yes, free music festival and pool party right on the beach! I loved Busan, and it was here, on meeting a few people who were TEFL teachers, that I first got the idea of teaching for a year abroad. Of course I little realized that not only would I return to Busan but that ‘year’ would turn into three and a half and counting.

I left Korea reluctantly (flights out and new workaways had already been arranged) to go to Taiwan. I first spent two weeks on a pineapple farm near Taitung City, where I also braved a paragliding trip!

Then came four weeks working on a small farm/yoga retreat close to Tainan city. This was a great place, where I lived alongside a bunch of other workawayers in the above accommodation. We also got hit by two typhoons (a first for me). The second hit us so head on we were inside the eye for an hour and a half!

I spent the last couple of nights in Taipei (obligatory tall landmark photo – Tapei 101) where I met up with some people I had met earlier in both Korea and Taiwan. Meeting travelers only to drop by their home countries several countries on became quite a regular thing.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where I tried couch surfing for the first time. The above pic is from a musical about Kuala Lumpa’s history. At one point I was called out to help on stage!

Staying in Malaysia but hopping to Kuching, on the Borneo side, I worked for four weeks at a bar where the profits went to orang-utan conservation. A trip to see orang-utans was part of the deal. I’d never worked at a bar before, and being at the heart of a riotous local drinking scene was great fun. I tried tinder for the first time, and met some great people who showed me round their town. My favorite pics from this time are of the people I met, but we’re doing no people…

So would you settle for a pic of pigs on the beach at Bako National Park?

I left Borneo wishing I’d scheduled more time there. I spent a weekend in Singapore, which also happened to be the home city of a friend I’d met a couple of months before in Taiwan.

Next up was Ubud, Bali, where I stayed for a couple of weeks with a local who advises on farming projects. After Bangkok, Bali was the most touristy of all the places I visited, with good reason. It’s a beautiful island, and I saw much of it rush by while clinging to the back of a moped.

One day we were up halfway through the night in order to reach the top of a volcano by dawn. Here I took what is probably my favorite pic of the whole trip, a monkey who had helped itself to a tourists drink!

I next spent a few days on Gile Air. It’s the absolute perfect tropical island getaway. Walkable around in just a couple of hours, dozens of beach-side bars and restaurants, magic mushrooms and no mosquitoes!

Next up was a quick plane ride to Flores, where I took a boat to Rinca to see…


A few last hours in Dempasar marked the end of seven and a half months in Asia. The rest of my trip would be predominantly in the English speaking western world, places that inevitably felt less foreign, though it was nice to be able to be understood everywhere. First stop, Sydney, where I checked into the crappiest hostel ever and got to meet some good folk through the couchsurfers meet up app. Inevitably, half my photos are of the Opera house from various angles, but I’ll spare you those. I caught a train a couple of hours north to where I worked for a week at a yoga retreat.

It was in a idyllic country setting. Above is the creek we swam and kayaked in.

All too soon, it was time to head back to Sydney. I did have a great day out at the blue mountains.

Now came time to cross the Pacific. I had originally intended to fly from Sydney to Hawaii, but then I thought, whenever will I be doing a trip where Fiji is sort of on the way? So I dropped by there for a week too.

It's a beautiful Island. I had sea and sand, but no sun, as I had caught the edge of a typhoon!

In Hawaii I worked on an organic farm for three weeks. I had previously imagined all such places to be all a bit hippy and left leaning. Turned out this one was run by a hardcore Trump supporter who went on long political rants!

Anyway, Oahu is as beautiful as you’d expect. We saw humpback whales on Christmas day!

The Big Island was equally beautiful. I saw a volcano (Mount Kilauea) and went swimming with manta rays!

I started my road trip across mainland USA in San Francisco, beginning by dipping a hand into the bay.

In Reno I met an old friend who would be joining me for a road trip. First stop Vegas.

Much glitter and glitz of course, but I didn’t gamble a single dollar! Our next stop was the Grand Canyon, where he had planned to hike to the bottom and back…

Except it was an absolute whiteout! After one night completely freezing our asses of at the campsite we gave up on the idea and headed south...

To go to...OK I don’t know where we went, the absolute middle of nowhere with not a soul for miles around, but it was great camping.

We moved onto Sedona, visited Barringer meteor crater meteorite crater and my friend dropped me off at Flagstaff, Arizona. The rest of my trip would be by Greyhound bus.

My longest stop over in the states was a workaway in Roswell, New Mexico, where I spent a week and half with a retired firefighter sipping whiskey, riding a bike and feeding the pet llamas and goats.

I stayed with couchsurfing hosts for Dallas and Houston. NASA located in the latter!

I spent another few days couchsurfing in New Orleans during Mardi Gras!

I dropped by Colombus, Georgia where I stayed with a friend I’d met in Korea. And then onto Daytona, Florida where I stayed with another friend who I had worked with in Hawaii. It was here that, seven weeks after dipping my hand in the west coast sea, I made it to the east coast to dip my foot in sunnier waters! After that I dropped by crystal rivers to swim with manatees and made my last stop couchsurfing the USA in Fort Lauderdale, where I met a friend I’d previously only known from LJ!

Finally I reached an Island where all my family was waiting that felt like home, Grand Cayman. My dads family is from here, so I first came when I was a baby and have since been back every two or three years. It’s an absolute tropical paradise, picture postcard perfect. It’s very pricey for the average tourist, but we’re lucky to be able to stay at our grans.

But first up after just one night I joined a couple of my brothers and their friends for a trip to Havana, Cuba. I thought about sharing a photo of some classic cars, but this moment really is my favorite.

And then back to Caymans, to spend the last three weeks of my travels relaxing with family.


If you haven’t had enough of my photos yet, bonus gap yah, or gap month. Following a trip back to the UK and then onto Cayman again a couple of years ago, I took the chance to call in at three countries on my way back to Korea.

Nepal, where I did the Everest Base Camp Trek. I’d wanted to do that for years!

Followed by Siam Reap, Cambodia for a last stay in a party hostel and check out the temples. Naturally Angkor Wat is worth a visit, but Ta Prohm, overrun with tree roots and vines for that authentic lost temple in the jungle feel, was just as cool.

And finally, Cebu, Philippines, where I went canyoneering and swam with whale sharks! I’ve got some awesome pics of both of those...somewhere on my digital camera. But I'm too lazy to dig those out so instead I'll make do with pics from the city I could find on my phone. This one, appropriately enough, is a trip down memory lane.
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Far futures

I've read a couple of books speculating on the potential future of humanity recently.
The first was Yuval Noah Harari's 'Homo Deus'. It dwells more on philosophy than technology, looking back at the great revolutions and belief systems of our past in order to guess at what may come in our future.
The second was Michio Kaku's 'The future of humanity'. It's a whistlestop tour through our potential for exploring and colonizing our solar system and beyond, and the different ways in which the human race may evolve via both mechanical and genetic engineering.

I know many like to point out that the vast majority of earth's species have gone extinct, and that we will inevitably follow. I can't rule it out, but I suspect we won't. We're radically different from anything that came before in our ability to work together and use technology to improve our odds of survival and spread throughout the planet. Other species adapt to their environment, humans adapt their environment to them.

My prediction is that even though the species Homo Sapiens may one day no longer exist as it is today, our ancestors, either biological or mechanical, will survive to spread out throughout the solar system, and after that throughout the galaxy.

Also, this article is very good and will save me repeating a lot of the same ideas.

I hate the 'we ruined this planet, we shouldn't be allowed to ruin the rest of the galaxy by spreading out' misanthropic world view that some espouse.
If we find life on another planet then we should leave it well alone, but if a planet is lifeless, what is there to ruin? Why not bring life to it? Life has always spread to colonize new territories.

For now, as far as we know, Earth is the only place in the universe with life on it. But in a matter of centuries that could change. With humans leading the way, life will blossom out to other places in the solar system, and perhaps millennia afterwards to other places in the galaxy. So far the appearance of humankind has had a negative impact on many of the other species we share the planet with. But as we spread out we'll take many of them with us. In the end, the rise of humankind will have an overall net positive for life as a whole.

Though I don't hold with the idea that we need to spread out and terraform other planets because Earth will become unlivable. Even a polluted over exploited Earth is far more habitable than Mars on a good day. If we have the technology to terraform another planet into something we could live on, then that means we also have the technology to fix Earth. It reminds me of the end (spoilers!) of Interstellar where they find another planet for humans to live on...but still need to wear spacesuits and build greenhouses to live on. Why didn't you just build that greenhouse on Earth!

It's possible that we're not alone in the universe. I do hear quoted a lot that 'it's arrogant to believe we're the only ones in the universe', and that always annoyed me. It's not like the idea of ET interferes with my precious sense of Earth or the human race being unique. I'm an alien agnostic, maybe they're out there, maybe it's just us. If evidence of ET is uncovered I'll be as fascinated as everyone else, but so far the evidence for ET is zero. It reminds me of back when I was religious and I used to hear that atheists didn't want to believe in a higher power because they were 'arrogant'.
Arrogance has nothing to do with it, it's simple lack of evidence.

The potential is there of course, around 4000 exoplanets have been detected, and there are doubtless many millions or billions more within our galaxy, some of which must be suited to life, but the question is, how does life get there? Is life an inevitability on any planet with the right conditions, or is an incredibly unlikely accident that only ever happened the once?
I grew up in a creationist religious sect, and I was once fond of a book, 'Life: How did it get here, by evolution or by creation' that favored the Creation side. Now I can see the fatal flaws in many of its arguments, but one thing it did argue I think is true even to this day. The spontaneous undirected appearance of even the simplest living cell from non-living matter is an incredibly unlikely thing to occur. I no longer invoke an intelligent designer to explain that. It was likely just a happy accident, but it was by no means inevitable. With the vast number of planets likely out there the odds do increase, but it still seems feasible to me that Earth is still the first and maybe only planet this occurred on.

Fermi's paradox remains as unanswerable as ever. If our galaxy is teaming with other civilizations then where are they? The use of Von Neumann machines (self replicating robots) could allow any advanced civilization to spread out throughout the milky way galaxy in a mere million years, a blink of an eye in evolutionary terms.
It's very possible that some alien races may be uninterested in exploring or broadcasting it's existence, but so many of them? Humans are one species on one planet, and yet we can't agree on anything! How much less chance that totally different species separated by many thousands of light years could ever come to a consensus on whether to explore or communicate?
For this reason I suspect that, for our galaxy at least, intelligent life is rare, or possibly there's only one, us.

Science fiction wise I finally got into Black Mirror, starting with series three. I'm sure you were all watching that half a decade ago! I also read 'Evolution' by Stephen Baxter. It's a series of short stories charting the evolutionary history of the human race, starting 65 million years ago with a small shrew-like creature that survives the death of the dinosaurs, all the way through primates, apes and the first people, and through to the distant future with the very last humans.

I've also been thinking (when am I not?) of some book ideas of my own. I had a number of different ideas set in the future that I wanted to work into novels but someone couldn't think out a full plot for. So instead I thought they could be worked into a series of ten interconnected short stories, starting with a scientific breakthrough towards the end of this century and running into billions of years in the future when Earth is finally engulfed by an expanding sun.
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The show must go on.

I woke up to bad news yesterday. It was the one thing I'd been fearing and the worst news I could have had. OK, not literally the worst. That would have been discovering that someone in my immediate family had just died, or that I only had a few months to live. It's not that. But to me, personally, it was the next worse thing. The sort of quietly devastating news that is bad not just today but because it will stay with me.

I have a gnawing feeling in my stomach. It might be depression, or possibly hunger. It's hard to tell sometimes. But my appetite is off, so if there's any silver lining to being depressed it's that I might lose a little weight.

Sorry to be so cryptic, I'm putting together a more extensive series of posts to try and get my feelings out, but that takes time.

For now I have to head off to work in fifteen minutes. I wish I was at one of my old jobs where I could quietly file records, make compost or clean hospital rooms without having too much human interaction. But instead I have to face several classes of squawking disrespectful little brats, which is the last the last thing I need when I'm already in a fragile state. At times like this I can't help but think of Queen's 'The show must go on.'
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Five things I waste far too much time with online. - It's addictive, and I've taken to playing several games at once so i don't get impatient waiting for people to move. Sometimes I even play during the quiet moments of lessons.

Twitter - This is a serious eater of time, so I signed out of my account and forgot my password. But there's still a few accounts that I check out at least once a day, and it's just an easy go to in the five minutes between lessons/waiting for the metro etc. If there was a way to block twitter on my phone I'd do it!

Facebook - Though not nearly as much time as I used to since I deleted the app from my phone.

The Guardian comments section - I used to be really bad at this when I worked night shifts at the hospital.

Livejournal - Not that posting is a waste of time, nor reading your entries! But I keep logging in on my phone a couple of times a day when really just once or twice a week on my laptop would be enough!
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Dead bodies everywhere

This month I have been hiding in the bushes, leaping out to stab my enemies to death, then looting their corpses. Photo included for proof.

Yep, other than gaming it's been a slow news month. I've really been enjoying Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which is no surprise as I loved the first two in the reboot trilogy.

As it's a somewhat obscure reference I'll spell it out, this entries title comes from one of my favorite Korn songs. Been ages since I listened to that band, but I used to love stomping along to them on metal club dance floors. Once took a drive drown from Leicester to London to see them at the London Arena. Bloody good show.