Reddit

Odds are that if you’re reading this blog, you are somewhat internet savvy. If you’re internet savvy then you have probably heard of Reddit. Hopefully you’re even a redditor which would be cool!

Here is a link to Reddit. I’m so caring and considerate aren’t I?

It may look slightly overwhelming and kind of basic but let me explain…

Reddit is driven by its user community. People create an account and post links to other websites and a variety of things that are internet related. No one will have the same Reddit page because they are a whole load of sub reddits (categories if you want a better explanation) so what comes up on the home page depends on your subscriptions.

Are you with me so far?
Good, let’s carry on.

To the left is an arrow pointing up, and an arrow pointing down. These are up votes and down votes. The user community decides what they like and then the link moves up and can make it to the front page where it’s easier for everyone to see. It can be considered to be a link aggregator.

This shouldn’t be a difficult concept to understand but I’ve explained and demonstrated to my friends and it still confuses them. The best way to understand Reddit is just to go for it. Be careful with commenting though and take your time to observe how things are done. Internet communities can be pretty harsh sometimes (just look at 4Chan… actually no, don’t. I don’t want to be blamed for anything).

Surely you’ve heard of memes right? A lot of them originate from Reddit. It’s not just a silly place as there are also things for politics and world news. There is also a huge atheist following on Reddit and the politics are quite liberal, or at least they give the Republicans a hard time. Reddit is a fun place and you can spend hours on there finding stuff. So make sure you don’t have any important commitments.

Last warning: if you do partake in the shenanigans and comment, use correct grammar.

I’ll provide a list to some interesting things I’ve found.

NB: There are also self posts where people discuss stuff, kind of like a forum. It will all make sense eventually.

Parental advice 
Request to fix a photo
Questions to a UAV pilot 
Story about SR-71 crew 

That’s a very small selection of things I’ve found on Reddit. I’ll leave the rest up to. Happy hunting!

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Tumblr

I am still very much alive and enjoying life. Well, as much as someone can when they feel lazy and unmotivated.

For some reason I have started using Tumblr. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a micro blogging site. I’m still trying to think of a separation that I can have between my Tumblr and this WordPress blog. At the moment I’m thinking of using Tumblr for photos and Photoshop projects of some kind and then this blog will be… other stuff. They will be intertwined and er… it will all figure out. Hopefully.

My Tumblr thing.

Deep Fried Pizza

Welcome to Scotland.

On Friday I drove up to the North and beyond to take part in a run on Saturday morning, a 16 hour round trip for an hours worth of running, I got paid for it though. No wonder this country has no money left. My friends and I are all very much from the South and we consider the North to be above the M4. For reference, the M4 goes from Bristol to London (I think) which is more or less a horizontal line.

With regards to Scotland, we crossed the border after the sun had gone down. Eventually we made our way to what I can only assume are the highlands. In the dark I could see some huge hills/smallish mountains. It was pretty incredible around the lochs. Although I was suffering because I was feeling ill and the car journey didn’t help.

Anyway we got to our destination and were to sleep in a town hall. Having only a thin sleeping bag I drifted in and out of consciousness.

The sun came up and it was morning. I hadn’t slept well, I hadn’t eaten and I still felt grimey. My race preparation was great. 15 minutes into the race I thought I was going to collapse but I managed to keep on going and got a respectable time given my condition (my aim was sub 60 minutes but I got 60 minutes and 28 seconds. Story of my life…).

On the way back we stopped in a town to get fish and chips. You may have heard stories about deep fried Mars Bars which my sources tell me is true. At the chip shop we went to I saw on the menu Deep Fried Pizza. My assumption was that it would be a battered pizza in a way similar to fish. It wasn’t. They literally dipped the pizza in the deep fat fryer (I’m not sure if they precooked it and then deep fried it or what…) and that was it.

The taste was… intriguing. I can’t really say it was bad, it was crunchy and kind of nice but because it was pretty much just greasy bread it was very heavy and I couldn’t finish it. Not just the greasiness but the shame I felt and eating such a thing. I had a hurricane of emotions. There is no photo because I was in such shock and I could add a photo of a pizza and a deep fat fryer or possibly photoshop something but I can’t bring myself too google either of those things.

I think I passed out for a few hours as a result….

Would I recommend it? Hmm, tough question. Perhaps try it between a few of you for the sake of trying new “interesting” food. But it’s certainly not something I would eat regularly.

The Competitive Nature of Man

It is quite obvious that mankind is competitive, evolution and the fight for survival has left its mark in us. We strive to do well so that we can be the best and pass on our genetic code.

Okay I’m not sure how entirely accurate that is but it seems clever and makes this post more high brow. There must be some science in it though otherwise we’re all just assholes. Oh well, let’s just blame society for that one.

A slightly relevant cartoon, thanks to a Google search.

That’s the image for this entry done and out of the way. Moving swiftly along…

recently I have taken up orienteering and got into it for the wrong reasons. For the interest of self preservation (or rather selfishness) I am able to get paid for it (not a long story but not an interesting one so I will spare you the details) and I enjoy my running. So why not mix money and running in a challenging environment? For a while I haven’t been challenged and it has resulted in boredom. In a vicious cycle it has affected my motivation so I haven’t gone out and looked for something challenging although I am keeping up with my exercise which provides its own short term challenges. University work is not challenging (this will be explained at a later date but it will probably depress me). So orienteering provides competition and a challenge.

Only it turns out that I hate orienteering. I’m not terrible at it, in fact it turns out that I’m quite good. The results are posted online and it has split times for reaching each point. This is where it angers me because each time I have either made one big mistake or several smaller mistakes which means I don’t win. Through careful analysis and calculation I have realised that had I not made mistakes then I would have won several of the races I’ve done. I’m not angry at orienteering but at myself. It seems to represent my life where I am so close to achieving something only to screw it up.

Bitterness aside though I’ve gotten into my orienteering and plan on doing it until I win. And when I win I will keep doing it until I keep winning. It’s become an obsession. At least there could be worse obsessions like people or drugs. Oh how I should count my blessings!

Although I have noticed that I’m pretty competitive in loads of other things that don’t matter. For instance typing into the search bar of Chrome, I try and do it before it comes up with an auto prediction. Stupid little stuff like that. Most bizarre.

Even when I run in Central Park, where there are lots of other runners and joggers, I try and overtake as many as possible and feel great about it even though they are going a lot slower and we aren’t in a race.

Hopefully this attitude will get me far in life. I’m still waiting though….

Blowing the dust off…

I kind of forgot about this blog. Or maybe I just got lazy. It is one of the many mysteries of life. Have no fear though, my voice shall ring through and shake the might cities of man.

Don’t get your hopes up though.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch

Taken at Venice Beach, California during the summer.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

I’ve been really lazy with blogging lately. It’s not for a lack of ideas but due to a lack of time. It turns out that final year of university requires work and I’ve been a bit ill and tired.

However it’s the holidays (Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, and all that jazz). I went for a walk earlier as the sun was going down and took a photo or Breckinridge, Colorado where I’m currently snowboarding. So enjoy! I recommend to truly appreciate it, right click and open in a new tab/window.