29 10 2009

What’s this? A new post? On Michael’s blog? No … can’t be. Must be some sort of mistake. Or maybe my eyes are deceiving me? Or I’m going crazy.

No friends, its none of those things. You really are reading another post, right here on Bet This Is Original.

Yes, yes, I know that it has been exactly a month since my last post, and quite frankly, that is shocking. No reason for it, except lack of motivation. So while it may seem bad that I only get around to posting every month, it probably is.

Now, I could go on and say that I’m going to try and post more regularly, but honestly, I don’t think it is going to happen. I mean I will try, but no promises, and history would seem to be against me anyway. Lol.

So, once more, let me fill you in on the latest happenings in my life.

I’m currently writing my final exams for my degree. And I mean final, final … like final. Ever. No more exams after these 4 brief ones. Hahaha brief, when in reality each will probably have me desperately scribbling nonsense on paper for three hours.

After I finish my exams (I am quite confident that I will pass them), I will be unemployed. Lol, strange to say it but it’s true. I have applied for an internship thing, and it would be awesome if I got it, but I am trying not to get my hopes up in that respect. I don’t want to be disappointed.

I’m not even sure when I will know if my tentative plans for next year will happen or not. Some person who came to pitch it to us at varsity mentioned something about mid-January? But they still have to do interviews etc. and the thing starts in February, so that might be wrong.

Anyway, the internship will comprise 3 months in Cape Town, doing some kind of classes, I think they said. And then after that 7 months will be back in Johannesburg, where we will be working at either The Star or The Pretoria News. Could be interesting.

Hmmm … what else is news? Oh I am apparently part of the management now over at NoMoreGameBlogs. I’ve got a meeting at 5am this morning, where my boss will be showing me how to use the new features that I will be in charge of. <rolls eyes> I’m sure a Powerpoint slideshow via email would have worked just as well.

So yes. That is a brief update on my life. I want to say tune in again soon (not another month’s time) for more thrilling posts, but I don’t want to be labelled a liar when I don’t deliver. So! I guess I’ll see when you I see you (metaphorically speaking of course).


The Dearth

21 06 2009

So it’s been a while since I last posted. Sorry about that, my whole loyal (?) readership of three people. I’m going to blame it squarely on exams … I don’t know what everybody else’s excuse is, because there seems to have been a general lack of updates from most of the blogs I follow. Yes, you know who I’m talking about … *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough*

But, exams are now over. Finished this past Friday, and man am I glad to be on holiday. All pretty tough exams, but I’m fairly confident that I passed them all, so that’s good.

Sorry this post isn’t very exciting. It’s 01:30, and I’m a little tired. I do have some interesting news that you may or may not find interesting.

I am now a contributing writer / editor for a small American based gaming blog called “No More Game Blogs“. Still getting started, but there’s some interesting opinions posted already, and I’ve got two articles posted. So go check that out if you get time.

Otherwise, I’m thinking of starting something new on Bet This is Original Reviews. It’s basically a limited word review, like maybe 10 or 20 words? The point is to get the post count up and ensure more regularly updated content. What do you good people think about that? Would you care? Does it affect you?

A Special Kind of Stupid: Part 2

10 06 2008

Well this is a follow up to this post, where I told you the story of how I missed my one exam because I am an idiot. Well here is the story so far:

So I missed the exam and I spoke to some people at the university about my possible options. I was told by the one lady that if I handed in a sworn statement telling them what happened I would probably be allowed to write the supplementary exam and everything would be all hunky dory.

No Señor.

I went to the police and got a sworn statement and filled out the required forms and went to the lady to which I was supposed to hand them in to. She basically told me that they wouldn’t accept it as a good enough reason to let me write the supp, and that I should go get a doctor’s letter or a sworn statement saying that one of my relatives had died. Anyway, I didn’t and handed the thing in anyway and sure enough I got a call later that day telling me that my application had been rejected. In their words, “It’s not our problem, it’s yours.”

Well I think that’s absolutely stupid. They want me to lie to them is what they are basically telling me. They want me to go to the police and SWEAR something that isn’t true. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sit right with me. A lot of my friends have been telling me “whatever will work”, but again, I try and operate on an “honesty is the best policy” basis, and so I’m not going to lie to my doctor so he’ll give me a sick note or ask him to lie for me or lie to the police about a relative dying just so I can rewrite the exam.

Anyway, so my father is now going to fight them. His whole thing is that we are being honest here, and that it was a stupid mistake and it shouldn’t cost me six months of my life and him another few thousand rand to do the course again. And I agree with him. It’s absolutely rubbish, just because I stuffed up once.

So right now I am sitting with the horrible situation of having to redo the entire semester, pay for another entire semester, probably do the course at the same time as other courses, thus increasing the workload and probably making clashes with my other classes, resulting in another huge *%&@-up. Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask myself, “Why oh why didn’t you just get that date correct?”

Oh well, gotta keep positive right? More news as the situation develops.

A Special Kind of Stupid

3 06 2008

I am going to tell you a story about something really stupid. So stupid in fact, that is is far beyond the boundaries of what you would call “normal stupid”. And yes, it is a true story, and yes, I am the stupid person in the story.

Once there was a student. It was exam time and he had figured out his exam timetable precisely. However, on the day of his one exam, he didn’t go, because he thought that it was the next day. The only possible reason for this was because it was on the 3rd of June, his brain made the connection that it must be the third weekday IE Wednesday. However, the exam was not on Wednesday the 4th, but on Tuesday the 3rd. So the student missed his exam, like an idiot.

The End.