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About Strider

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  • Birthday 10/05/90

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    NDS, N64, Cube, GBA, GB, Wii
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    xbox, xbox 360 and PSP
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  1. Is growing up as you expected it to be?

    Oh wow, i didn't even spot the "i love you" until quoting this message. I'm rusty! Have i been away that long?! But yeah, I lurk, stick my nose in every now and again. As a teacher (i hope i've got that right), what's the biggest difference/change that you've see between growing up now and say 10/15 years ago (or whenever you grew up)?
  2. Is growing up as you expected it to be?

    Was it me?! But no, growing up sucks. Back at school/uni I just couldn't wait to leave. I thought that joining the "real world" and not being tied to an academic calendar would be a great feeling - no exams woohoo! Unfortunately I never really considered that work would feel like more of a bind than exams. In fact that's probably what's most different than i expected, I never anticipated work to be this dull. Saying that, I do get up to a lot more fun stuff outside of work these days than i did when i had all that free time when i was younger. That's not to say I didn't enjoy my teens, I was lucky enough to realise how much i enjoyed the free time/lifestyle at sixth form, so I look back at that with fond (if not slightly rose tinted) memories.
  3. PC Gaming Discussion

    Has anyone being paying any attention to WildStar? - A new mmorpg created by a lot of ex-blizzard guys apparently. There's a lot of beta keys floating around for this weekends closed beta, might be worth a punt?
  4. Job woes/wins

    Bloody well go for it! If you aren't happy where you are then move on the greener pastures. Green pastures = Happier and better life And you're in the north. You could take a drop in wages and wouldn't even notice. Saying that, I hate my job. The work isn't bad at all, it's just not enough. I'm bored, I'm not challenged enough and the wage is utter rubbish for the hours I work. So yup, I'm packing my bags and leaving (along with 80% of the department)! The good news is that I've recently secured a few interviews for the NHS Scientist Training Programme (Cardiology and Audiology), which is definitely more my kind of thing! So fingers crossed I can pull it out of the bag!
  5. The Great Big Job Hunt Thread

    I graduated with a Biology degree in July with the aim of walking into a ecology/conservation/ecological consultancy job. Unfortunately I've found that most of these jobs (and most in the biology sector for that matter) require 2-3 years experience, which I just don't have. I've also found that a lot of the bog standard "work your way up" jobs are offered as apprenticeships for £100/week, which I would quite happily take, but I couldn't survive on £100/week for 2 years. This led me to my current job... [moan] After finishing Uni I started applying for any graduate schemes going and managed to get onto an online marketing/SEO grad scheme for a well known (and highly hated) sports retailer. I say it was a grad scheme, a 5 year old could have put together a better "scheme" than they have. After 4 months of being there I'm on less than 15k a year (which is way less than any grad scheme out there), in a boring, monotonous job that could easily be done by anybody with a basic understanding of english. I feel completely useless. Which is why I can't wait to leave and find a job that's actually challenging and engaging. Unfortunately that job requires 2-3 years experience that I have no idea where to get it from. It's a tough circle. ... I feel your pain.
  6. What Have You Bought?

    As a present from me to me (or me to my car), I have bought a car polisher kit thing!. Admittedly quite expensive for a clean car, but meh. I mainly bought it for my girlfriends car because the paint feels like gravel and my car looks pretty clean anyway. I did try it on mine however and I was pretty amazed at how well it got it shining! Also got some golf tees. Not them most exciting purchase but I've not played golf for ages and the plan is to have a crack at the pitch and putt with my dad. Also, also after not playing my PS3 for yonks I've caved and got the last of us. I couldn't ignore all the "best game ever" posts i kept seeing on my facebook wall. Finally I have started my lego mini figure collection starting with: If anyone else buys these please say im not the only one that stands in tesco for about 5 minutes trying to guess which ones inside.
  7. good stuff thread.

    I've had a pretty good last month really! Got a first from uni, found out my dissertation is going to get published, got the first job I applied for, got a decent crop of potatoes, had a BBQ yesterday and didn't get sunburnt and better yet the sun is still shining.... Something's got to go wrong soon.
  8. bad stuff thread.

    My girlfriends phone freezes and becomes unresponsive every time she sits on the right hand seat of our sofa, any other time its fine. Technology is weird.
  9. Game of Thrones

    I foolishly starting watching the first season during my exams last year, it took up a good chunk of my revision time that's for sure.
  10. bad stuff thread.

    Oh right, I didn't actually think it'd differ that much. What stereotypes are these then? To be honest, one of the reasons I didn't like my first uni was that I felt a bit 'out-classed'. It wasn't my reason for switching uni, but it did make me feel a little uncomfortable.
  11. bad stuff thread.

    You must be missing northern culture, they're the classic symptoms.
  12. Desktop Upgrade

    I was going to ask you directly on Facebook as you seem the main go to guy for tech lately:P I don't game much, although I like the idea of being able to. On the current setup I managed to play skyrim ok, so it's not drastically bad, and down the line ill probably get a PS4/720 to suite my gaming needs anyway. I thought the motherboard/CPU was ok :/ shows what I know. My main reason for going with a Ssd was mainly for the OS and the odd program like photoshop. But I suppose it makes sense to upgrade the motherboard as it would allow better upgrades in the future. Cheers
  13. Desktop Upgrade

    I'm thinking about upgrading my desktop as it's now 3/4 year old, however I have no clue where to start first (or any knowledge of what's good/will fit). Basically I have about £200-£250 to upgrade with and I'm after the best 'bang for my buck' in terms of better performance. My spec at the mo: Motherboard: GA-MA78LMT-US2H (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3375#ov) Ram: 4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 12800c9 (2x2GB i believe) Graphics: Radeon 4800 HD 512mb CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 635 Hard Drive: 500GB My first thoughts were to upgrade the ram and install a SSD. I'd have thought they'd give the most notable performance boosts? Any help would be muchly appreciated
  14. The Android Thread

    Admittedly not very long, but I do use it daily. I'm just concerned that I'd resent the lack of 'polish' of some of the android apps compared to ipad (spotify is another app I use). It might seem a touch petty to some people, but I'm picky like that and it would probably end up annoying me :P
  15. The Android Thread

    I'm considering upgrading from an Ipad 2 to a Nexus 10, my only concern is the availability of tablet specific apps on android compared to IOS. How do they compare these days, has android caught up at all? The main apps I use are Facebook, Chrome, Gmail and banking (Natwest/TSB). I know all of these are on Google Play as my phone is an android, however how do they appear on a 10 inch tablet? Do they look hideously stretched/scaled, like when you view an app made for Iphone on an Ipad?