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Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to announce the imminence of the most fantastic and wonderous event of the year*, to be held here in the city of Southampton on 1st May.
On the Common all through the afternoon and evening, there will be a celebration in honour of the beginning of summer and of my very own 21st birthday.
Everyone is invited!* May be a lie
I have long suspected that real life is, in fact, an anime.
I have now discovered the more worrying truth. I have discovered which anime.
Real life is, in fact, Magikano.
EDIT: Real life is also Genshiken, but I assume everyone realised this already.
I have coat envy again. Damnit.
Can anybody lend me ¥89,000?
Once upon a time, a long time ago, there stood children where now there stand adults. For them, holidays were wonderous times when there was no school, no work to do, just day after day of seeing all our friends and having fun. They were always together, always with each other.
The future abducted them and took them far away, to other places and other friends they’d yet to make. They made those friends, and they made their new place their home. But just occasionally, once in a while, during the magical holiday seasons, they were able to return to their old homes, to see all their old friends and have fun and just for a while… to be always with each other again.
Those children were us, and we’re not children anymore.
The others have disappeared, back to their old homes, back to their old friends. But I… I’m staying. I have work to do; I can’t go back to that old home of mine. Now I stand alone in an empty house, a long month stretching ahead of me.
After all this time, holidays have inherited a new meaning: loneliness.
In a way, for some of those long-since-children this is their last holiday. When they all return to this city it’ll be well and truly Spring. Life will accelerate once more with the ever-blazing sun, urging them all on towards their next ending and their next new beginning. This summer their crysalis is over, they sprout wings of shining colours from their backs and launch themselves into adulthood.
When they look back at this time they spent together, what’ll they say? They had just day after day of seeing all their friends and having fun. They were always together, always with each other.
I used to be afraid of the future, you know. The thought of leaving all this behind still worries me a little, of course, but these days I’m less afraid. Summer’s coming, after all. The summertime of our lives.
While in secondary school, I thought of primary school as the best days of my life. When I came to Uni, I thought of secondary school as the best days of my life. Soon, I’ll be able to look back and say that my university days were the best days of my life.
All this goes to prove one thing.
Life never stops getting better and better!
As with all major and wonderful events, I can’t really write up this year’s Minamicon in a way that does it justice, so I shan’t really bother. Suffice to say it was as awesome as always and as full of drama as always. Unusually this time: I went to the sake tasting, I didn’t go into the games room, I got a free lift to and from the hotel every day (thanks Alex!). I now have shiny posters and shiny plushies. All is good.
Operation RoboFish is getting going again. With any luck I may have taken over the world / finished my final year project by the end of April. If I can work all through Easter.
The GameSoc AGM was today, so congratulations and good luck to the new comittee!
And, on the subject of congratulations, up for reciept of my best wishes today are: Little Andy and Thirza!
That makes it three new couples in three weeks. Spring’s well and truly in the air now.
Not long until our summertime… It’s times like this that I can almost feel the summer welling up inside of me, inching its way closer.
Not long, not long. Day by day, our dreams are getting more and more real…
And there was me thinking that the fairy dust she sprinkled over me would bring me dreams while I slept. No, I was woken up and had no memory of dreams. But half an hour later, a fragment of another kind of dream arrived in the post.
It would appear that I’ve been offered a job.
No CV, no interview.
£20,000 a year, starting September.
Working on an awesome project.
It’s surprising how one piece of paper can brighten up one’s entire year.
I know it’s not a good idea to thank people for blessings, so I’ll just announce my gratefulness generally to anyone who might be listening… ^_^
On April 4th, the world will become a better and more wonderful place.
Well, here goes… For the second couple in a week:
Congratulations to Racheet and Chimaera!
Heheh, it’s Spring. I guess it’s the time of year for it…
Also, Squee the second: Memoirs of a Geisha is fantastic. Thoroughly reccommended to everyone, except perhaps fans of Azumanga Daioh. Every time anyone said “Chiyo-chan” I had odd thoughts in my head… ^_^;
And finally, Doomful Drama the Three hundred and ninety seventh. Dear gods, it never stops, does it? If I can at all help it I am not going to choose between one friend and another. Did it before, broke my heart, not doing it ever again if I have even the slightest chance of avoiding it.
Oh, also Doomful Drama the Three hundred and ninety eighth. I have little to say on this one, I don’t know either of the two people involved well enough to voice an opinion.
If this year’s Maelstrom events are anything like as cool as the last three hours’ worth of dream I just had, I will be a very happy man indeed.
Somewhat worryingly, whether I wake up in time for lectures is now outside my coscious control. I have now, apparently, re-mastered the ability to disable my alarm clock in my sleep.