Goundhog Day

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2015. It wasn’t the greatest of greats. High and lows. Sighs and blows. Part of the journey in life that you wish you never had to experience. For it is the day of Groundhog, and for I feel is a perfect one for me to start on my journey. Screw the past and screw the future, for now it is the present, and that is all that matters.

The last day I posted was exactly a year and three weeks ago today, which is a huge miscarriage. For life is to be lived and known, not hidden away and ignored. For this be a great day, one without promises, but instead, one with want.

For that time which I have allowed you, allow me my own to pursue my own day and life, for the tradition of the blog I must bid you farewell and to be good, but if that is impossible, to stay out of trouble!

ND: Sky did an awesome 24-hour (well more like 18-hour) back-to-back marathon of the movie on this day. It was awesome and also boring as hell… after the sixth film!

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I know I haven’t blogged for a while, and I know I keep promising to do it, but I can never hold anything down, especially not something of this scale. Although it has been a troublesome few months, especially more recently.

First of all my fathers get a stroke, which means as I am the non-working one, I have to look after him (and prevent him from burning the house down), which happened two days after coming back from holiday.

Next I get a new Job, which was a t a really inconvenient time as I was due to start a course the week after, and was shifting my focus away from the sector I got the job in, to more IT focused.

I then nearly lose that Job barely being there a month due to taking days off to go that course.

While awaiting my contract to run out, I get sacked the day before, and barely two weeks into the new year, with one job application, I already have an interview.

Well that’s stuff pretty much summed up. Wish me luck! 🙂

Following

Logging in today, I have noticed that since my last post, I have acquired 4 new followers, something which I am quite grateful considering my break in using this blog, as I have lost the original, albeit small, following I once had.

Upon realisation of this, I am now thinking that I could start writing a few more journalistic articles, which was where I got most of the Google based traffic from when I started.

When I first started this blog, the idea was to create a playground for me to express ideas on a wide range of subject which tickle my fancy, from politics, to science and photography with a little bit of philosophy.

Although I do now realise that such sensitive subjects such as that which are of a political nature, are not really very well suited for such a general purpose blog. While I have no plans on splitting away on strands, if the reason see fit, I will probably make a separate blog or two like a number of people have already.

An idea I do have is to follow from the technology-based journalistic articles I have previously made which I suppose is a productive enough use of time, especially when my writing skills are horrendous.

While it may seem that I am more focused upon followers, views to my page is certainly what drives me to write more, as then I have the reassurance that at least someone is reading my material, regardless of how mediocre it may be.

Of course another thing which I hold dear is anonymity. As far as I am aware, no one that I know knows about, or read this blog, and I would rather keep it that way.

In general, I am a very private person, and often hesitate to give out my name, especially to figures of authority, mainly because I know how easy one can build a profile of an individual based solely on minor details; mainly because I’ve done it a number of times myself!

The other thing I really need to do sometime soon, which I planned on doing some time ago was to write an entire article in Esperanto, something which while I cannot do as of now, I am certainly close to it!

 

I’ve got nothing much else to say so…

Peace out!

much doge, very wow

Veterans’ Blogs Offer a Glimpse into Life on the Front Lines

I really like these paintings.

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Last week was the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the start of the Allied landing in Normandy, France, that contributed to the end of World War II.

While some marked it with (deserved) pomp and circumstance, we observed it by reading the latest from some of our favorite veterans’ blogs on WordPress.com:

Carrying the Gun

Then-infantryman Don Gomez served two tours in Iraq with the US Army in the early 2000s. After a stint in graduate school and a dissertation on the experiences of Iraqi soldiers during the Iran-Iraq War, he re-upped and heads to Afghanistan later this summer as a Second Lieutenant.

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His blog, Carrying the Gun, is a mix of  thoughtful essays on everything from modern soldiering to women in combat to the transition from soldier to civilian. Sprinkled throughout are photos and letters from his Iraq deployments — a fascinating portrait of the life on the front lines.

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Domino’s Pizza hacked: Change your toppings at once!

This is well funny! 🙂

ESET Ireland

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Apparently, hackers have gained access to 600,000 Domino’s Pizza customer details, including their favourite toppings. ESET Ireland advises users to change their pizza toppings selection to stay safe.

I am otherwise a rational and sensible cybersecurity analyst, but I draw the line when someone messes with my food. And the hackers behind this latest attack did just that. In a bid to extort money from Domino’s Pizza, they threatened to publically post detailed info of 600,000 customers, including their favourite pizza toppings unless they’re paid a ransom of €30,000. The hackers aimed at possible lawsuits against the pizza company for breach of privacy, but a representative of Domino’s said the ransom will not be paid and that the customers’ financial data and credit cards were not compromised in the attack.

The servers attacked mainly contained customer info from France and Belgium so Irish users shouldn’t be affected, but just…

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Feels

While readers of this blog are well aware of what kinds of things I talk about, they are not aware of everything, like such as what I refuse to.

Expression of feelings for me, is an almost alien concept, one which I’ve never fully understood and have doubts about whether or not I ever will. While I’m not necessarily and emotionless robot, it wouldn’t be a inaccurate conclusion as in short, I never talk about my “feelings”.

Feels… everywhere!

The reason behind this, I think, is largely because as a being which takes much pride in thinking about the world logically, that something such as emotions, which can cloud ones judgement and cause friction between parties, is illogical.

Using this reasoning, I often prefer to “bottle up” emotions and only really show them in explosive outbursts, which are a direct result of my stoic outlook on life.

Not only do I find emotions illogical and irrelevant, I often have trouble figuring out why I have them and sometimes wonder if I have a mental health issue or something.

I am certainly aware that I have a moderate case of insomnia (which has led me to write this) and some anxiety issues, but I don’t quite exactly know if I have a certain disorder or if I am just being hysterical.

I really need to book an appointment with the doctor and see if I can get referred as this is really messing with me now as I recently got crewed over as a result of it.

I hope to go over this more in the coming weeks as I’ve merely scratched the surface.

Anyone got any advice, feel free to leave it in the comments!

Sal.

Reintroduction

Yeah, I haven’t blogged in while, almost a year (11 months), but that has more to do with free time than anything else.

I suppose the usual content of this blog is to document my “busy” life and as an outlet to express my hopes and feeling.

One of the main reason I stopped was due to writers block, and the fact that as a result, it was interfering with my education.

Although, with that said, I’ve been out of education for about 10 months now, and I’ve done so little, there hasn’t really been much to document.

I could bore you with the most depressing Christmas of my life, how I can’t seem to get a job or suspicions of having Tourettes, but who the hell would want to hear about that? Not me.

As it is approaching the summer, I am looking forward to it very much, although I am currently held back this spring by on any exploratory note, due the being unable to cycle anywhere.

I’ve started to relearn Esperanto about 3 months ago, giving concentration the past month, and I already feel quite confident in understanding correlatives.

Last week, in fact, I started (re)learning some vocabulary, which is something I really lack in regard to the language.

One who can speak words but have no grammar is more advantaged that one with little vocab and all the grammar rules. That is not to say Esperanto grammar is hard, but you know what I mean.

I’ve also restarted learning to program, which struck a hiatus for some time.I hope to have grasped PHP by the end of the year!

 

Well apart from that and emotional issues, the craic is good!

 

Nuff said.