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21stYeah, you heard right, 21 years of age today. How about that, huh?

Before anyone makes "let's get drunk" / "now you're legal" jokes, I'd like to point out that I've been of the legal age for drinking (in Ireland) for a good 3 years now without touching a drop. Just not a habbit I ever got into, not sure if I want to start.

That aside, 21st birthday, yay woo n' stuff.

For those curious, since it's usually the first thing that springs to mind, here's what I was given.

- This excellent piece of art from MedussaMayhem

-Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Collector's Edition (Game, Mousemat, Ingame bonus items, Artbook, Soundtrack CD & Behind the Scenes DVD / Blu-Ray)

-The Hobbit Soundtrack CD Collector's Edition (2 discs)

-Django Unchained Soundtrack CD

-Money (Gotta have money :D)

So overall, a good day. Hope the rest of you are sharing my good fortune, and that your weekend treats you well. Hope you all have a happy easter too.

1 year ago  |  Comments (2)
RecoveryOkay.. feeling better now. Mostly.

While my intial sickness, (I.E, the part where I threw up... a lot.) lasted from 4am to 11am yesterday, the after-effects lingered. Throughout the day I was drowsy, feverish and generally incapable of concentrating or applying myself to tasks. I stayed away from food and kept myself hydrated mostly with water and cold soda. Besides that I couldn't do much except try and sleep.

Anyway, I'm feeling better now for the most part. As it turns out, what I caught was a bug that's been going around lately. I'm just glad I was able to recover this quickly without infecting anyone else, as it turns out this thing is pretty contagious...

Thanks everyone who was so supportive of me, I really appreciate your concern and care.

Now to try and get back into the swing of things.

1 year ago  |  Comments (3)
Sick... Again.Any of you remember my previous journal about how I became sick for the first time in literally years on the most convenient day possible?

Well this is the payback I obviously had coming for my previous good timing.

The first day, the FIRST fucking day I have off "officially" for spring break, (Saturday & Sunday don't count, I'd have had those days off anyway) I become violently ill. Worse than before. No joke, I'm in agony... I've thrown up at least 8 times in the space of two hours. I think my digestive system is running out of things to spew up... if so, my vital organs might be coughed up next...

It started yesterday evening, where I went to bed at a relatively early time due to a stomach ache. Around 4am I figured out what was causing that, as I woke up and well... got sick. Several times in rapid succession. It hurt... badly.

After spending an annoyingly long time getting that cleaned up, I went for a quick bath / shower if even just to get myself clean and wash the smell off me. By the time I was done, it was around 5:30. I moved a few clean pillows and a blanket to the living room, hoping to catch at least a few hours sleep on the couch. By 6:15 I was already puking again, though in considerably smaller amounts. Luckily I had a bowl handy, so no mess this time.

At this point, 6:30, I've decided to simply stay awake... I'm obviously not going to get any sleep, and lying down just seems to make it worse. By now I'm just coughing up phlegm and whatever's left. Hurts, but I can manage.

At least I've got my birthday coming later this week...

1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
I must apologise for my absenceTo people here who I usualy talk with, RP with, comment on your journals, images and links, etc. I am sorry for being so distant lately. I know I'm keeping a lot of you waiting, and all I can do is apologise for it.

A brief update on my situation:

Thursday: Up at 6am to get to college ontime. Had to write a C.V ("Resume" for those in the US) at the last minute for no really justified reason, just because my lecturer said so, and while studying for a test.

Friday: Another 6am day. Had to take that test, only got an hour during the day to work on revision for it, everything else was lectures and lab work. Was looking forward to going for a few games of Quasar (Laser tag) with the college Sci-fi society, but the person organising it never showed up, and things just fell apart immediately. Did get to go play an hour or two of Death Watch (RPG. Think D&D, but in the warhammer 40,000 setting) with a few friends. It was a group of 8, plus the GM, so things got frantic in a hurry. Got home around... 8pm ish, finished off the ME3 weekend challenge, got a decent meal in, then wrapped everything up and hit the hay a few hours later after trying (and failing) to get some of my regular tasks done, like messaging people, writing RP posts etc, but was too exhausted for it.

Saturday: Got up at 9am ish, grabbed my warhammer models and organised everything for my afternoon with @Gunninator. We went to a game store owned by a friend of his for an afternoon of gaming. We played a 2k vs 2k Warhammer 40,000 match which ended with him winning (not much of a surprise there if I'm to be honest) nearly triple my score. Eventually got back home for around 5:45pm, enough time for me to grab a meal and unpack before leaving again at 7pm to get the bus into Dublin city to attend my brother's play he was writing and directing, with my sister running lighting. I did my part by desinging poster art and the cover of the programme. (still waiting on my payment for that by the way...)

The play was a series of 4 comedy sketches, which were to my brother's credit, pretty original and entertaining. Although one of them was transparently 'influenced' by reality, as there was a scene featuring a hardcore gamer who is practically disconnected from reality, which much to my disdain, was based on me... and this geeky younger sister who complains about him and whines to their father when she doesn't get her way (based on my sister) and 'my' character was the butt of practically every joke in the scene, with every negative aspect of gamer behaviour ramped up beyond belief. Don't get me wrong, a few of the jokes got genuine laughs out of me, but I still feel a little peeved at him for it..

Got home around midnight, fell asleep around 2am.

Sunday: Overslept to an insane degree due to the lack of sleep the last week or so... got out of bed around 2pm ish, and now here I am.

My to-do-list includes:

-Studying for a Financial Management test tommorow
-Getting those RP posts done
-Drawing a few pictures later, one of which I need to hurry up anf finish already...

So, yeah. Today's the day I try desperately to get all of this done, so I apologise in advance if you don't hear from me, or if I'm generally not that talkative over the next 24 hours.

1 year ago  |  Comments (1)
Sick DayYeah, for the first time in about... 7 years, I'm legitimately sick. I became violently ill on my way to college this morning, to the point where I had to just go straight back home and miss lectures for the day.

I'm guessing this was brought on by nerves or stress, since today is exam results day and I'm... kind of tense. Or rather I was. I did manage to read my results online once I got home. Pretty much as I expected them to be. I didn't pass two subjects, but I saw that one coming since they were the complete BASTARD subjects... (Networking & Web Design / Development) but everything else was okay. I got a D, a C and two B Minus'. Not bad I suppose. I'll have to seek out a means of re-taking finals for those two subjects or I might be in trouble later on...

Oh well. At least I can spend today trying that new ME3 DLC (see previous journal). Every cloud has a silver lining, right?

That's all from me.

1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
The End of ME3 DLC:Bioware have announced that the next two pieces of DLC will be the last content they are creating for Mass Effect 3. Considering the amount they've given us, most of which was free, and the quality of this content holding up so well after almost a year since launch, I'm not complaining. In spite of all its ups and downs, ME3 has been a lot of fun, and I hope these two packs will be a fitting sendoff.

What are these two packs? Read on for more.

Mass Effect 3: Citadel - Single Player DLC

When a sinister conspiracy targets Commander Shepard, you and your team must uncover the truth, through battles and intrigue that range from the glamour of the Citadels Wards to the top-secret Council Archives. Uncover the truth and fight alongside your squad as well as the cast from the original Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, including Urdnot Wrex!

When the adventure is over, reconnect with your favorite characters from the Mass Effect Trilogy, try your luck at the Citadels Silver Coast Casino, blow off steam in the Armax Combat Arena, or explore and furnish Shepards own living quarters on the Citadel. With unique content and cinematics featuring your friends and romance interests in the Mass Effect trilogy, Mass Effect 3: Citadel offers one final chance to see the characters you have known for years and rekindle romances.

Mass Effect 3: Citadel will release worldwide on March 5th on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 (on March 6th on PS3 in Europe). Price: $14.99, 1200MS points and 1200 BW points. (Rumours are saying this DLC will be 4 gigabytes, so this ought to be a long one.)

Mass Effect 3: Reckoning Multiplayer DLC

Prepare for the Reckoning! Newfound allies join the multiplayer war for survival in Mass Effect 3: Reckoning. The Geth Juggernaut, Female Turian Raptor, Talon Mercenary, Alliance Infiltration Unit, and more take up arms to stop the Reaper threat. Smash your enemies with the Biotic Hammer as you lay waste to the battlefield as the Krogan Warlord.

Wield 7 new weapons for multiplayer, including the Geth Spitfire Assault Rifle, Venom Shotgun, Lancer Assault Rifle, and amplify your arsenal with new equipment and weapon mods featuring the Geth Scanner and Assault Rifle Omni-blade.

Mass Effect 3: Reckoning launches at no additional cost worldwide on February 26th on Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 (February 27th on PlayStation 3 in Europe).

They're adding the Spitfire to Multiplayer, AND new female Turians, plus that Krogan Warlord with Hammer botic boom-stick of death. It'll probably take me ages to unlock any of these, but this sounds just amazingly fun.

The article and details of Monday's Twitch TV sneak preview can be read here.

Hope you enjoyed reading. I'm off to start scraping my spare cash together for some MS points.

1 year ago  |  Comments (6)
Your input would be appreciated.So in light of the recent facebook / art incident, which luckily I was able to resolve without too much difficulty, I've decided to design a watermark for my future artwork to prevent this from happening again.

Allow me to elaborate. Not because anyone is unable to figure this out, but just to offer clarification. Using the same software I use to colour my art, I can design a transparent image that will overlay my existing image without changing it too much. By doing so, I can add a logo or signature of sorts to my art to show that it is mine, and maybe include a small URL to my deviantART page, so that if my work gets posted elsewhere, the viewer can see where it originated from.

Once I've designed the watermark, I can save it as a transparent layer and add that to all future pieces without having to re-draw it every time. But since this will be on all my future art, I don't want something crude or lazily put together.

And that's where you, the readers, come in. I'd like to hear your suggestions for what my watermark should be. Nothing overly complex, but at the same time not too simplistic. See what you can come up with, I value your input.

That's all for now.

1 year ago  |  Comments (1)
What is this f*ckery?Forgive the rather crude title, but I felt it was neccesary.

What is this?

No, really, what IS this? You can go ahead and click that link, it's safe. Know how I know that it's safe? Because it's MY art... on some random fanboy's fictional character facebook page they made. (Seriously? Talk about having too much time on your hands..)

Actually if it weren't for Julia pointing it out to me, I'd have never known about this in the first place!

I just LOVE the fact that my art is good enough to be stolen and posted:

- Without my consent / permission
- Without crediting me

And yet falls into the catagory of "Just another EDI pic" Yeah fuck you too, buddy. I don't know which offends me more, the theft or that idiotic subtitle!

There's no such thing as "just another" piece of art. That may sound egotistical, but everyone here who has ever done something creative, think about that for a minute. Has your drawing, animation, story, photograph, render or sketch ever been "just another" piece? No. It's not just another piece of work. It's your work, and unless you traced or mimicked someone else, there is never going to be another piece like it, and you should feel proud of yourself for bringing something unique to the artistic community. Even if you don't consider yourself that good, (I don't consider my work even average by comparisson to other art out there), it's something, you're putting your creativity to good use, and that is just a great thing to do.

But then this person wouldn't know that, seeing as they spend more time filling their page with other artists' work, using anonymity as a shield and taking advantage of other artists' efforts to stroke their fragile ego.

If you take anything away from this journal besides my absolute frustration, think on this. When you put pen to paper [or tablet], snap a photo, write a story or express yourself creatively in general, you are doing something absolutely unique. Sure, there will be other material out there that may bear simmilarities to it, or someone else's work in future may resemble yours, but whatever you create, it is your own, and can't be taken away from you, and even you don't consider it a masterpiece, that doesn't matter, art isn't about impressing people or getting attention. It's an outlet for your creativity, and by sharing it with the world, you're taking pride in it. So don't let anyone call your creation "Just another" piece. Because it isn't, nor will it ever be.

1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
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