System Logs

2019 06 09

CURRENTLY:

Cutting up in my kitchen

...

Fine, I'll admit it. Todrick's new song is doing everything for me.

I also tried putting in my eyebrow piercings again, and those holes were nowhere to be found... which is giving me all of the ammunition I need to royally fuck my eyebrows up in some way, shape, or form. I could live my '90s Pamela Anderson pencil-thin eyebrow fantasy.

Or just go eyebrow-less. The possibilities are endless.

2019 06 08

CURRENTLY:

In mourning.

I knew very shortly after I got my eyebrow pierced twice in one sitting that something was not quite right. The long bit (needle?) of the curved barbell was far too short for the amount of skin the needle had gone through. She had put in a 10mm, and I need at least a 12mm, preferably a 14mm.

So the wounds were in a constant state of scabbing for a few months as the skin was pressed to the point it couldn't heal. I then changed them out after a few months for longer ones, it got infected, I sorted the infection out, and then had to deal with minimising the scar tissue that had formed.

Things are alright at this point. Scars are fading okay. Until I get home from the She Past Away concert last night. I was sat in my living room after having peeled off my vinyl pants and was about to grab something to eat. I suddenly feel this strong pressure against my eyelid and freak the fuck out. I head to the bathroom and look in the mirror and my eyebrow has just full on swollen up.

I went to a walk-in clinic early today and the nurse said it's likely just allergies rather than anything mental, so I bought some cheap antihistamines and it's calmed down a lot. I took my piercings out because I just did not have the time to deal with them. Okay, I have 4 very distinct pink circles where the piercings were, but they'll fade over time.

Once the swelling has completely gone I'll try sticking the piercings back in. If the holes haven't closed up it will be business as usual and I'll pretend this never happened.

NOW LISTENING:

KMFDM - That's All

2019 06 05

CURRENTLY:

Not working on my own site. Again.

I've decided to take on a big beast of a project -- in the form of recreating every accessible website in Grand Theft Auto IV, and store them on one Neocities website.

I have already ported the illustrious beverage Sprunk over at, well, sprunk.neocities.org, but I've gotten the itch and want to do the rest of them.

I snapped up the URL grandtheftinternet where this project will materialise at some point.

I'm also binning off my whatisthematrix site as frankly, I couldn't give a shit about working on it. I think this GTA project is gonna be far more interesting for me.

2019 06 02

CURRENTLY:

Recovering from carpal tunnel

I am ditching my smartphone when my contract ends in a few weeks. I will very much miss the convenience of having one, but I can't continue to use one in good conscience.

Of course, the mobile browser I use is loaded up with the privacy extensions I use on my PC and I always use a VPN. You know, the basics. But it's the tip of the iceberg when it comes to data farming and whatnot. Why should it matter? I don't use social media (apart from Twitter, but it's not like I've got much personally-identifiable info on there) so that's a big chunk that's not attributed to me. I just don't like the idea of not having control over my own data. I just want to be here and mind my own business! Clearly I ask for too much!

Anyway.

The focal point of this is that I'm shifting services I would normally only use on my phone to my PC. The big one is Bandsintown, an app I use to get notifications when somebody is touring. To use the PC version of the site, you need to have a Facebook account.

Obviously that wasn't going to happen, so I thought I'd set up a Songkick account instead. I only had to manually 'follow' 379 artists... I just hope this website doesn't fail me.

2019 06 01

 

 

Well, the season 11 finale of Drag Race was... okay.

That final lip sync between Yvie Oddly and Brooke Lynn Hytes felt like watching the lip sync between Latrice Royale and Kenya Michaels all over again. I genuinely cannot believe there's people out there that think that Brooke should've gotten the crown, or that there could have even been (another) double crowning.

I think I now understand the heated emotions that straight men feel watching sports.

NOW LISTENING:

VNV Nation - Control

2019 05 23

ABOUT TO:

Invest in a sewing machine/hot glue gun, STAT

I've just had the million dollar idea of having Juicy Couture-like pants, but instead of 'JUICY' on the arse, it says 'POWERED BY SUPER EUROBEAT'.

I'm about to spearhead the Juicy Couture tracksuit revival. Watch this space.

NOW LISTENING:

Ace - Tokyo Lights

2019 05 22

 

 

I feel like my entire software development 'career' thus far can be summarised by these two pictures.

As if I spent a solid 2 hours trying to debug a SQL stored procedure, only to find out that the reason it was occasionally failing was NOT a concurrency issue like I thought it was. You know what the core issue was? A missing DISTINCT.

I'm still pissed about it.

NOW LISTENING:

Pain - Computer God

2019 05 21

ABOUT TO:

Start a one-man riot in the nearest Costco

We're a year late on this. I'm keeping track and I'm not happy.

NOW LISTENING:

Static-X - All in Wait

2019 05 20

ABOUT TO:

Annihilate a drunken salaryman

Scored this little beauty. Shipping + customs cost about the same as the shirt itself but this was a scoop I couldn't pass up. It's probably from around 1999, as that's when 双生児-GEMINI- was released.

This shirt also looks and smells like it's been in an attic for 20 years, which adds to my theory. Thinking I might give it a little wash before I wear it.

In what is possibly the most ambitious crossover event in history, this shirt immediately made me think of Angelina's cross tattoo.

NOW LISTENING:

Chu Ishikawa - Skin Cops

2019 05 19

ABOUT TO:

Be the sexiest bitch in Pleasantview

A 12GB torrent just finished for The Sims 2 with all of its expansion packs. I played the PS2 version tonnes when I was younger, but never gave the PC version a whirl. I have sunk many, many hours into The Sims 3 but I'm looking for something a little different.

My only experience with The Sims 2 is seeing a music video someone made in it for Godhead's cover of Eleanor Rigby (which is mint, if I can add).

NOW LISTENING:

Peroxwhy?gen - Otherwise

2019 05 18

 

 

I'm wrestling hard with myself to not tear down this site and rebuild it from the ground up. My good friend Human Raccoon talked me out that shit last night.

I think I need to work on taming my impulsive streak a bit. It worked out alright when I binned most of my social media and email accounts in one hit, or when I changed my legal name, but I feel like it'll bite me in the arse one day.

After spending some time (5 minutes) thinking on it, I think I've got a good idea of how I want things to look. I only need to run 200+ photos through Photoshop.

2019 05 16

ABOUT TO:

Perform an exorcism in the desert

Nothing quite comes close to the dungeon synthpop shaman shit Mortiis had going on back in 2001. People shit themselves over his Era I stuff and constantly decry his Era III/0 work as being 'crap' (which it's not... I'm just saying).

But little do people speak of Era II! The Smell of Rain. An absolutely glorious album. The comments on Era II songs are usually "where's my dungeon music" or "this is embarrassing" but the truth of the matter is that people can't appreciate campy witch doctor music when they hear it, and that's the bottom line. Stone Cold didn't say so, but I did.

NOW LISTENING:

Mortiis - Smell the Witch

2019 05 15

ABOUT TO:

Plant the Da Vinci virus on a client

At work, one of our most annoying clients raised a case because they found an issue on one of their pages, which is fair enough. I'll let them off, I guess. When investigating this, this page ended up using really old code that got fucked up because it relied on pages even older that were deprecated years ago.

After some hacking around on my dev site I managed to come up with a crappy fix that would resolve the issue, but would never be something we'd put into master code. Time to jump onto the client's site.

It took me an hour on the phone with helpdesk to hotfix them properly after their case had been sitting in the backlog for a bit, but eventually it's finished and working.

The client's response which got fed back through customer care?

"It's fixed [name]. It only took you this long to fix a simple UI issue. Pat yourselves on the back for a job well done."

Oh aye. Fixing the code in one page and checking another 20+ pages to make sure shit was in sync. A simple UI issue. Suck my dick. I fucking hate clients. Immensely.

2019 05 13

ABOUT TO:

Book a hotel on company time

Most people do something really special for their 21st birthday. A lot of people I know had large parties, or they got a car, or they got engaged (don't fucking ask).

I had no concrete plans for mine until I found out that God Module are doing a few UK shows in July, with one of them falling on my birthday.

I thought I'd treat myself by actually booking a hotel room for me to crash in after the show rather than staying in a hostel (or a train station) for the night. Okay, maybe it's not the most luxurious 21st anyone's ever heard of, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless. It's not like anyone I know would want to do anything for my 21st so I'm gonna go out and do fun shit by myself.

NOW LISTENING:

God Module - The Source

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