Uni Highs and Uni Lows

Strangely Monday has slipped from Memory and it was my stupid fault for not writing it down. So besides from a Define Games lecture on 2D shooter and a couple of newfound game ideas sprung up because of this nothing has been noted!

Tuesday however I felt great, continuing a strange high that was felt over last weekend. This day was productive in terms of YouTube as I went to a friend of mine, under the username JokerAlex21 (google him if you wish) and recorded some videos for fun. These will be up on my channel and his as soon as possible, though for mine they’ll be released slower. Other than that it was my German lecture which was quite good fun as we simulated food shopping. Luckily Duolingo had me covered in most of the food vocabulary department. On the way back home I picked up my new Cornerstone Shaving Kit. So far it’s been great and worth the subscription. Perhaps a little on the expensive side yet mine costs me £30 every 18 weeks for new razors, cream and all the assorted goods necessary for a clean and easy shave. That night was intended to be a movie night going to see La La Land, that movie with rave reviews, but instead it turned into a Dominoes Pizza Night with 6 friends. This was worth it as the friend whom I was going to see La La Land with has agreed, in exchange, to buy the ticket when we do go and see it.

Unfortunately Wednesday proved a little different, at least later. Waking up at 6:20am I actually felt rather wonderful and after the usual morning routine I found it to be 7:30. Feeling rather meditative I put on my walking boots and walked from Portsmouth and Southsea train station down to the Kings Theatre, crossed along to Langstone and then turned towards a pond by the seaside then strolled back. Incredibly this only took me an hour and a half and I made it in time for a Computer Games Enterprise lecture which I decided to go to. Those lectures are actually startlingly brilliant as we learnt about the HR department in industries and how difficult dealing with people can be despite some companies deciding to avoid having an HR. Then a coding lecture (Pointers) which was surprisingly simple even though there was all this hype over how difficult this individual part is… Walking back proved pleasant as there was a good conversation with a fellow student… Yet it was upon sitting down to do some coding work on my own PC that a shroud of grump laid to rest around. Suddenly my mood went from a serious high to a rather shocking low. This continued for the rest of the day disallowing me to feel comfortable in Choir and stopping me from going Boxing. Thankfully a friend came to the rescue and helped make dinner which was topped off by a flatmates incredible recipe for Hot Chocolate.

Strangely enough though this bad mood wiggled its way into the Thursday morning as well. I wake up as a lecture begins and struggle my way through the morning. Feeling incredibly demotivated I toddle off to a Student Representative meeting. This did turn out to be quite amusing, and perhaps productive as I picked up a Student Representative Jumper so it was obviously official. Sadly though it meant I missed the next lecture which would prove interesting as it spoke of Photoshop and Image positions and angles to improve an image, something which does fascinate me. Luckily upon returning home and sitting down for a piece of toast and a sneaky cup of tea I made a breakthrough in the 3D modelling department and found the measurements for Portchester Castle. With this newfound knowledge I head to the labs to meet my Games Tech Demo group but instead I was invited to a friendly gathering discussing the opportunity to study abroad. This did still lead onto the group meeting which proved fairly productive in my attempt to make stand-out helmet models for our in-game characters. Despite our game idea being technically serious we understand that without expertise it will look buggy and perhaps a little foolish which is why we’ve adopted a slightly more comic approach to character design. The day then ended with a highly amusing evening spent with a good friend.

Friday continued on this high as we attended the Games Tech Demo lecture. Our poor teacher has been late to every single one and on the lesson he was to read out the “stop, start, continue” cards suggesting hints and tips from students to lectures on what to do he became late due to leaving them at home only to find them having gone in the bin. The irony was that all the critiques were “don’t be late”. So rather embarrassed he came to lecture late to say that he had nothing to say. Luckily for me however we had a good chat about a potential extra lecture at the end of the year summarising what he feels we should have learnt from our time working in groups as some people may not get the full experience. This is also because he has said that the point of the unit is entirely self-learning and it would defeat the object to give direct help during. This has got most students a little put-out as they wonder where and why their money is going so I just suggested that idea as a way of, after we’ve been graded, giving a little bit more money’s worth. After this came a 3D modelling lecture which proved highly entertaining as I laid out my portchester Caslte plans and spoke to our lecturer about the castle and its similarities with Pevensey Castle due to the Roman Gatehouse. The rest of the day consisted of another meeting with my good YouTube friend and then some recordings done for him.

So an interesting up and down week, let’s hope the up remains and the downs only stay short, if they come at all. Let’s also hope I finally make two sessions of boxing in one week…

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