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So, I'm angry again... which means there's probably gonna be a serious of grumblings on here.

The first one concerns a book. Nothing new there. And never has such a short sentence been so true.

In what is being described by the media as a radical departure from literary tradition, Caroline Smailes has written a book with a few different endings.
The hype around this fantastic "new" style of novel is such to the extent it even warranted an interview on the today programme.

Now, I freely admit that I may have been blessed with a better memory than most, but I can't be the only one thinking "What The Fuck?" here... As George Santayana said, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, and being a child of the 80s I had a grew up with no internet. There was only 4 tv channels & maybe 10 radio stations to entertain me...

...well, that and books of course. So forgive me if I come across like some kind of literary snob, showing off the vast number of tomes I've consumed in my short time on this lump of rock, but I'd be amazed, if like me you're not wondering how it is that the works of Steve Livingstone & Ian Jackson have faded so quickly into the mists of the past.

I cam't be the only person who remembers the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books.
Seriously, there's more than 180 of them!



Oct. 6th, 2010 10:45 am
daf: (disco stu)
once again if find myself without a domicile, doh!

and, thanks to my little skrót's woeful inability to ever make it to the airport on time for her flights, am skint as fuck 'til friday :/
fortunately, work has picked up recently so hopefully this time of hardship wont extend beyond the end of month.

in other news, life without the internet is untenable.


Aug. 17th, 2010 07:33 pm
daf: (quotes)
had i the financial means and freedom from commitments such as a certain club night to run on friday, i would emulate the inimitable [livejournal.com profile] mildseven and flee to peru on a whim...

but as i'm just as likely to be able to do that as wind back the hand of time, i guess right now i'd settle for a nice big rock to climb under.
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ok, so the bank charge issue has been resolved. i am not being made to pay the £20 fee for unauthorised borrowing...

however, i am still keen to seek some sort of recompense from thames water for the fact that i have to survive 'til i am paid on literally no money at all - something that wouldn't have happened if they hadn't taken it upon themselves to bill me for a property i am not living at.

now, i might be confabulating here, but back in the days when internet banking was only just starting to be taken seriously i was employed by cahoot, and i'm fairly sure there was mention of it being illegal [or at the very least against banking code of practice] for a company/bank to debit an individuals account without that person permitting/requesting them to do so.

do any of you know if that is the case, or merely a bi-product of the years of self-inflicted abuse my brain has suffered?
daf: (disco stu)
have been having fun & games 1 with the cunts at Thames water...

i suppose the alarm bells should've started ringing when they told me i was unable to stop my liability for the water bill for the flat when we left because i didn't have an address to which i was moving.

apparently, being homeless thanks to eviction does not preclude you having a postal address! yeah, i found that more than a little strange too.

but, this bureaucratic nonsense aside, my woes with them really began when i called to arrange paying off the bill for invincible towers in instalments... i spent a good 15 minutes on the phone to one of their customer representatives explaining that they could send the correspondence to monika's place but that i was neither moving or living there, nor moving anywhere else.

naively, i thought that that was that and all i had to do was make sure they didn't try and keep the direct debit active once i had paid off the outstanding balance. how foolish of me! on monday, rather than just the £37.73 i was expecting to leave my account, there was an additional payment of £71.25!

when i phoned them i discovered that the extra payment was not them trying to recoup the money owed a little quicker, but the first payment for the water bill for monika's address! after an hour or so on the phone i managed to get that sorted, but the fuckers aren't going to reimburse me straight away... the best they can manage is to pay back the money they took "within ten working days"

and just to rub salt in the wounds they are not prepared to reimburse me for bank charges for not having sufficient funds for the direct debit that i have suffered as a result of their error, the bank apparently will be willing to rescind the charge because the payment was a mistake! and when i tried to ascertain how i was supposed to pay for travel to and from work without any money and how exactly i'm meant to feed myself their response was "i'd can only apologise on behalf of Thames Water"

understandably, i'm fuming and will be writing a very angry letter to their complaints department.

before i put pen to paper, however, i thought i should ask if any of you people happen to know if i can take some kind of legal action against them to recoup bank charges, lost earnings, etc. and also whether it is possible to take action about the unauthorised direct debit & their unacceptably slow repayment?

1: the "games" as i erroneously describe them have not, in fact, been fun at all.
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the university of hip hop, never an institution to avoid notoriety has, yet again, left me almost speechless.

in the news today, the very real threat of its closure... am a mite concerned as to what'd happen regarding my degree & perhaps more importantly, the massive amount of debt i'm in thanks to it. ho hum, i'm sure i'll find out soon enough

curious about post modern architecture? click here for edification.
now, choosing one of the principal exponents of deconstructivism to design a lecture hall, however fashionable he/she may be is utterly retarded and paying millions of pounds for it illustrates [i think] quite wonderfully the woeful lack of cognitive function amongst the people running the university.

money well spent

daf: (ruckus)
1. finding someone who doesn't live in my flat in the kitchen after having let themselves in with a key which they have obviously been given by roger2TM max. this wouldn't be a problem were it not for irksome issue no two...
2. being phoned by an irate estate agent inquiring about where the rent is. am starting to suspect that max might be living in the same never never land that roger-the-cunt came from.
3. the heating, which i had set on timed repeatedly being put on constant - £5 of gas used in 2 days!
4. having to brave the biting cold to put yet more money on the gas card so that i can bathe.
5. realising that i don't update this journal nearly as often as i should - i'll try and be better

i offer this image by way of an apology for my moany update

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it's all i can do not to write to them demanding they print a correction regarding the number of "varieties" manufactured by heinz... it is not, and never has been 57.

... grumble grumble
daf: (disco stu)
...good job it's being posted at stupid o'clock in the morning, eh? o.O

been busy doing not nearly enough these last few weeks, some brief1 high/low-lights [chronologically listed thanks to pathological pedanticism]:

funker vogt gig: an indecipherable blur of alcohol induced fuzz... definitely had fun, but booze stole my memories.

slaughtehaus5: a most enjoyable evening, culminating in some "back to the slab" action. what sunday taught me: rice takes 7 years to cook properly :D

return of monday pool: a combination of my new found proximity to the oak and eva's enthusiasm for cue sports has rekindled the fires of addiction. :D

gravity stuff: arranged guest djs for next event; finished flyers, posters, etc. and even managed to get some printed [albeit for an extortionate amount of money] in order to pester people this weekend.

uni grief: more incompetence from the university of hip hop results in the threat of suspension from my course because they won't claim my fees for this year from my lea... a long[ish] story peppered with examples of why londonmet is a shit hole. fret ye not, recounting it now would make me too angry to sleep.

friday film night: much fun was had resulting in me wandering the streets of tottenham in the wee small hours of saturday

slimelight win: unexpected uwe but band banality canceled each other out. fortunately, a dose of mak magic mixed with max&simon tearing the upstairs floor up good and proper made dave a sated boy indeed.

head-state lose: self worth needs some fixing. feeling kinda lonely too.

sunny sunday: spent almost all day in martina & will's back garden with my hosts and jennifer & matt... spring sure feels like it's here at last :D

shock camden fun: post flyering drinkage with people prevented [or at least postponed] the onset of some bleak.

1: ok, so trade descriptions may beg to differ, but fuck 'em.... bunch of pedantic cunts :p
daf: (disco stu)
i've been angry before, sometimes i could even have been described as being very angry...

tonight, however, i am livid; incandescent with rage! furious is not a strong enough word. pissed off doesn't come close to describing the searing wroth pumping coursing through my veins!

in fact, the effort required not to destroy this keyboard in the process of writing this entry is display of will power i wasn't aware i was capable of.

my piece of shit university have given me two coursework assignments for the cisco element of the degree. one is tantalisingly close to containing sufficient information for me to be able to actually do the fucking work.

i say tantalisingly close, what i actually mean is it contains everything i need except the vital information : network addresses, number of subnets, routing protocols & dce/dte information.

the other one contains this line of text "This is a Cisco based module. The course works are available on-line and set externally."

which is not only the vaguest communication i've received from the university of hip hop, it's also fallacious to the point of the ridiculous: There is nothing on the cisco site, the lecturer's page for the module has a pdf named "Coursework," which i'm guessing actually has the information i need, except it's fucking encrypted. and we've not been told the bastard's password, so it serves only to enrage me more. it might as well not be there if we, the students, can't fucking access it!!

how the fuck am i supposed to submit coursework if i don't know what it is i'm supposed to be doing?!!

jesus fucking christ!
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...well, not quite, but i'd forgotten i've got a database exam on monday.

best get revising :/
daf: (disco stu)
yeah, i know i'm a pretty awesome chap... but i'd really appreciate it if i could have some of the self confidence of my formative years back.

that's all


Jun. 17th, 2008 04:22 am
daf: (autonomous)
woops, accidental nocturnality :/

seems like i've been here before
daf: (disco stu)
part of me wishes i'd never been exposed to my name is earl


Mar. 14th, 2008 10:35 am
daf: (autonomous)
coughed up blood this morning...

thankfully it was not much, and i haven't repeated the performance.

ouch ouch ouch

the pain

Mar. 11th, 2008 10:45 am
daf: (disco stu)

fuck only knows what i did last night, but my rib and shoulder are in such agony i can hardly move :(

this is rubbish


Feb. 26th, 2008 01:56 pm
daf: (disco stu)
ghey ghey ghey ghey

am ill. knew i shouldn't have gone out twice at the weekend. :/
daf: (autonomous)
earlier today in my software engineering lecture

Dr. Peter Oriogun: "If you take what I say in the lecture as being correct, you will fail the exam."

should i be worried?


Jan. 17th, 2008 11:47 am
daf: (disco stu)
that was not fun.

wrote 11 pages, so probably scored around 70-80%... which ought to mean high sixties overall.

my fingers hurt
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despite an almost burnt in mental positivity and a knowledge of its effectiveness, there are some days when everything seems like shit and the likelihood of being happy seems slimmer than that of a lib-dem government.

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