It's been a while since I last posted. Mainly because I was supposed to have prepared something special for this 1000th blog post. So you guys'll just have to do with a typical long post about how things have been in life for me.
What I had planned was a vlog with a little more editing than I would normally do, but I've realised that I've always been put off making videos for two reasons everytime the thought comes up:
1. The camcorder is a very old tape one, and on Youtube the quality doesn't surpass 480p.
2. Lack of efficient AND cheap video editing software. The big guns, naturally, cost waaaaaaaay too much.
It doesn't help that I have a backlog of videos from old tapes that we've just never process to properly cut, compress and archive, but I've slowly been working on it. Fingers crossed that I'll have them all done by the end of this break.
I've also gone off the antidepressants, partially because my GP has disappeared from the clinic we regularly go to. Last we heard was that he was setting up his own clinic, but we have no idea where. I realised that this was a good opportunity for me to see how I fare without antidepressants in a much more relaxed environment (since I went off them after the semester ended). It helps that I'm a very self-aware person, and whilst some of my old undesirable tendencies have come back to haunt me a little (minor periods of depression, the occasional anger peak), I do feel that I have a lot more control over them. Whilst I enjoyed not having to deal with depression and anger, during the period I was on antidepressants I daresay I was probably more emotionless (not even my seemingly being happier seemed to be much of a positive effect). It's nice to sit here, think about it and accept to some extent that it is just who I am (I still hate myself for several reasons, but progress is progress).
I decided to defer another subject until next year upon recommendation from one of my subject co-ordinators, so Semester 2 is looking pretty easy and straightforward (Clicky for timetable here!
). It also helps that I probably already know more than half the content for one of my subjects.
MAST10009 - Accelerated Mathematics 2
MAST20018 - Discrete Mathematics/Operations Research
MAST20022 - Group Theory/Linear Algebra
I'm still jobless, but am slowly getting around the fact that there are some things that fall under 'slightly tolerable', and still continue to check the University's Careers Website every second day or so.
What my mum has suggested to me a while back that I finally decided to make some headway on, was looking at Joomla which is a CMS (Content Management System). Essentially what CMSs do is set the infrastructure of a webpage such that the less-technologically oriented user can edit simple content right on the website itself. Of course, this requires a bit of additional work by someone with the proper expertise to actually implement the infrastructure, but the benefits is that as long as the general design (i.e. logos, colours, templates, etc.) remain intact, everything else can be handled by the client (i.e. doesn't require constant interaction and maintenance between client and web developer).
I'm going to stop here, mainly because anything additional I write will be more self reflective stuff, and for now I'm just posting a general update here :)