What a day

I missed a post yesterday, but I am glad because today was extremely interesting. School has gotten really hectic, I currently have a backlog of multiple essays, speeches, worksheets and an IT project that is due next week and I will have to work through Sunday to finish them.

Back to today, my basketball team was supposed to have a match today, but since we are the lowest team and we cannot find another school that has a team like ours, we were going to play against the 2nd lowest team that also didn’t have a normal game. Both teams arrived at the basketball court and we waited for our coach/referee to show up, and because we were extremely diligent and hard working*, we waited for 10 minutes before we all left to go back to our rooms.

In the afternoon, I was somehow roped into helping with a wedding that was being held in our chapel. During the wedding, I had a hard time holding back a cynical laugh when I heard the vows because they were so generic it felt like someone spent two minutes copying them down after googling “wedding vows”.

It was nice seeing that they were happy, it gives a bit of light in dark times that is the present. But for now, here’s to surviving another week in this unfair and cruel world, and good luck in all your endeavors next week. This is the Master of Space and Time, Hiro Nakamura from the future, signing out.

 

*for anyone who didn’t catch that, it was sarcasm.

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Programmer Skill Lv UP

That was what someone in the class shouted when our teacher in IT showed us how to create a Graphical User Interface, GUI for short. We are now (sort of) able to create programs human usable interfaces for our relatively primitive programs that barely work in the first place so that we can experience our complete and utter lack of competency in programming in images and not just text in the command box!

OK, OK, we aren’t that bad, I can make a somewhat complex program that doesn’t bug out after a few tries and I finish my practical exams in less than half the allocated time. But right now, I feel similar to how I felt when I opened my Java for Dummies book that I got a few years ago. Back then, I was a complete novice to coding and the lines used to display ‘Hello World’ was complete gibberish to me, and when I took a peek into the source code that is used for the GUI, it looked to me as if differential calculus and organic chemistry had a little too much fun in the bushes and came out with something beyond the level of human recognition.

All in all, this week was fun, I found out more about coding and somehow got stuck with the troublesome job of getting all the names of the people who wanted to join the astronomy club (even though we weren’t supposed to ask for names during the society fair and I was too busy to be manning the stand during the fair).

I would also say my sincerest condolences to anybody that might be in America, or in fact, to the entire population of the earth, the end is neigh, and apparently, global warming is a hoax. And on that note, Jack Cooper, signing out.

Back to school

I have been back for a few days now, and it has been really busy. I am in matric now, the last few years of high school were long but feels oddly short. Not much has changed, we went to school, did work and then went to sports in the afternoon. I must admit, it feels like there is a greater degree of freedom than when we first got to the school, but otherwise, everything is about the same.

And another thing, I somehow got selected as the Astronomy society chairman, and we had our annual society fair this afternoon. It wasn’t much, just a group of us sitting at desks promoting our separate clubs to the new boys.

I am going to be trying out a new writing style for my english essay that is to be completed in two weeks time. From what I have read, the author that I am looking at as inspiration has very polarizing reviews, personally, I think that the style is very self-gratifying and slightly conceited but makes for a good story if done well.

That was my not-so-weekly ramblings about my life in general, even though I am obviously speaking to the brick wall of the internet, it feels good to write stuff like this down once in a while.

And if by some miracle of chance you got lost and ended up here, I will give you a quick link back to the center of the internet right here. Take care, and try not to get lost again, but you will always be welcome in the barren land of 439’s blog.

Holiday update

Hello again, I’ve been busy these past few days, I am starting to write my university application essays, reviewing my CV and following CES 2017. I am using some writing tips that I found on the Common Application website to refine my essays, but I have a long way to go and language is not my strong point.

I have been reading news about CES 2017, and even though it’s only been a few days, there are so many great and exciting things on display, I am especially drawn to Intel’s project Alloy VR, Razer project Valerie and Faraday Future’s cars (even though it seems to suffer from stage fright).

Otherwise, life has been peaceful, the weather has been slightly uncomfortable, but it is far from being bad and I ordered an M.2 SSD for my laptop, so that’s something to look forward to.

The rest of my trip

Hello, it’s been a while since my last post, not like anyone is here to notice, but the last week has been pretty hectic with all the traveling. I just got back to South Africa yesterday and I have spent three-quarters of the time either sleeping or just lying down from exhaustion.

I shall start with what happened after the last post. I went around Paris and saw its sights, what a breathtaking city, on the first day, I went to Notre Dame, it was my second time going there but it never fails to amaze. I have always been moved by the story of Jeanne d’Arc because of the unfairness of her trial and execution and seeing her statue there really made me realize how cruel the world could be. We went up the bell towers, there were so many stairs that I felt like I had lost my sanity halfway because there was no end to it. The days afterward I went to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and some famous shopping districts.

We took a train to Germany and stayed there for a few days afterward before flying back to South Africa with one day of transit in Dubai, but that’s a story for another day. And that is about all there was to the trip, I am now home preparing to go back to school in two weeks, I had a good trip and I wish you all a happy new year.

First day in Paris

I arrived in Paris today via an international train, I was surprised by how little time the journey took, even if the train was going at ridiculous speeds, Europe sure has some small countries. Not much really happened today, we met up with acquaintances of my father at the Paris train station and got the keys to the apartment we are borrowing. The rest of the afternoon was used to walk around a part of Paris and figure out the public transportation system using some of the tickets we got from the acquaintances.

I hope you are all having a good holiday, we will be visiting the tourist attractions in the next few days, I’ll do an overview of the places that we went to in the near future and I will now enjoy an episode of the Grand Tour that I have been putting off for a week.

Strolling in VU

Hello internet, I went to visit the Vrjie Universiteit  Amsterdam today, it was really cold (no shit, its winter). Finding the right address was slightly confusing, you see, there are two Amsterdam Universities, VU and UVA, and if you google the phrase ‘Amsterdam university’, it gives you UVA, but I needed VU which has the English computer science course. When we got there, there was minimal staff help from the service desks because the international office closes at 14:00 but it was 14:45 already, but the students were extremely helpful. One of the students talked over the courses with me and gave me her email, everybody was very friendly, none of the salt that you would get in some other countries that I have been to in the past.

I then took the metro to Amsterdam Centraal, we got delayed for a while because the train we were on was defective and it was stuck inside a station, forcing us to wait for a train to come on the other track. At Centraal, we got our tickets for going to Paris tomorrow and then I had a nice Argentinian steak for dinner before coming back to our lodgings onboard the trains.

All in all, nothing interesting happened, the steak was good but expensive AF, no universities in the next visit, just going to spend Christmas in Paris.