Sarky's Blog-Behind The Beard\o/ (15.12.2005, 15:37 UTC)
The tax problems I so vociferously ranted about appear to have been finally sorted out. As it happens, the assurances of the old man I complained to earlier turned out to carry slightly less substance than a ghost’s fart in a storm. It cost me large amounts of phone cedit, I had to vent at several people and be put on hold more than is sane, only to be told “Hang on, I’ll check the online records. *tappy tappy tap*. Oh yeah, here are your details, we’ll apply these to th...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardThis blog certified 95% point free. (12.12.2005, 14:48 UTC)
Damn it, that was a nice house. Clean, shiny, new, smelling faintly of those strawberry poptarts I like… Too bad the previous tenants were rubbish and made the landlady decide she wanted five people for a minimum of two years if she ever rented it out again. Let this be a lesson never to trust anything a student says, and pay your rent on time for the love of Jesus. Do you have any idea how sodding annoying it is? Anyway. I have one more house to look at right now. Turns out that a frie...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The Beard“Hey buddy, spare some change?” (9.12.2005, 14:32 UTC)
I’m practicing my begging skillz. From Monday fortnight, I’m outta my old house. Thing is, I still have no concrete details on what I’ll do afterwards. Let this be a lesson not to conduct accommodation deals with students around exam time. It’s been rather an excellent week. I wasn’t called for any weekday shifts, so I buggered off home to see the parents and dog. And take advantage of the crates of beer in the basement. And fill my hipflask up with free rum. And ...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardWhere does the time go? TELL ME. (6.12.2005, 14:37 UTC)
It was only yesterday I was pleading with people not to talk about Christmas because it was so early. Now I’m pleading with them to avoid talking about it because it’s just around the corner and I have no presents bought for those that require them. Damn it, I hate linear time. I’m off home to see my parents for the rest of the week in a moment. Which is nice. A free meal, cable tv, and a dog. What more do I need? Well, some word on the house I’m supposed to be moving i...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardTrouble down at the ol’ mill 1.5 (1.12.2005, 17:36 UTC)
I had a lovely entry all written out, and then the sodding network decided to throw a wobbly. I hate computers. Anyway, the rough summary follows: I was woken early with a phonecall about work. I have to meet a management type tonight. The meeting place seems to have been chosen for maximum pissing-me-off effect, being at the other side of the city. The walk in will take an hour. The walk back will take an hour. Chances are, being ranted at by the fat joyless old fool who, against all common...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardBah! Sarky HULK OUT! GRRAGH! (25.11.2005, 15:26 UTC)
First of all, I’m moderating all comments from now on. If by any strange chance whoever the fuck is trying to spam the blogs is reading this- Go away, you worthless parasite. I want no dealings with you, and your rubbish sites or dodgy sexual enhancement pills will never be advertised here. You sicken me, and I wish nothing but ill fortune on you and everyone you ever cared about, you utterly pathetic sack of crap. Now, back to the ranting. My fabulous brother has had another bloody ch...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardI really missed you, please don’t leave me that long again. (20.11.2005, 10:44 UTC)
My leather trenchcoat is repaired! Not only repaired, but someone was generous enough to give it a good polishing to boot, so it looks good as new, but it’s still shaped to fit me. Now, after two weeks of mucking about with anoraks and rubbish like that, I am complete again. I never realised just how attached I was to that coat until it was gone. The reassuring weight of it about my shoulders, the dutiful protection it provided against the elements and cretinous drivers who don’t k...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardCelestial Fury Ranting Strike! (17.11.2005, 13:40 UTC)
Some of you may know that I dislike my job. Well, not so much hate as, say, despise with every fibre of my being. One of the people I had to work with quit today. He decided to do this not, as one generally does, by handing in a few weeks notice and riding out the last few days peacefully, but by racking up a large phone bill on the factory’s line, leaving his shift early to go get drunk with two of the others, and assuring them that it weas all fine and dandy because I was covering for ...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The Beard“No, Dr. Astro. Dr. Who is BBC…” (14.11.2005, 21:18 UTC)
Well, the beer-up was fun. As are most events when people are generous enough to buy you a drink or three. I thought I’d head straight home after I got off the train, but I got a text message from Fozzle who had just bought the DVD of Wanderly Wagon as I pulled in. Having been a little too young to have watched it when it was on, I decided to give it a go. Jesus, was it an experience. Hilarious for nearly all the wrong reasons, particularly the time we caught a flicker in the video, an...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardAn anthropomorphic personification is me! (11.11.2005, 14:01 UTC)
A couple of weeks ago, I auditioned for a radio play of Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! that my local gaming society is organising. It’s a college society so it’ll be on the college radio station. On Wednsday I was informed that I got the parts of Lupine Wonse and Death. I’m quite happy with that. They did The Hitchiker’s Guid To The Galaxy the year before and I was the narrator and one of the philosophers (Vroomfondel, I believe). I’m starting to think I ...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardDon’t do this at home. Or at work. Especially at work. (6.11.2005, 18:06 UTC)
The things I have to do to get myself a free weekend for the Novembeers. In two hours, my 36 hour shift will be over. Yes, yes, labour laws and crap. There really was no other way, short of quitting. Payday is the week after, too. I got to get me one of those 9-5 jobs. They seem all the rage these days. So here I am, exhausted, veins filled more with Coke Cola than blood plasma, about two weeks overdue for a shave, and about to miss out on the presentation of a PSP to a good friend for his bir...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The Beard“It comes in PINTS!?” (3.11.2005, 14:31 UTC)
I’m sure it’s no secret to some of you that I like alcohol. From the tame, domesticated Smithwicks, to the rebellious and wild rums and whiskeys, there’s not much in the way of fermented liquids I won’t try at least once. Last night I went to a pub. This pub was called the Bierhaus. I like this pub. It has many beers. Now, while I’ve certainly had much, much tastier beers than Erdinger (in fact, I started the night off with Kwak, which is sublime), but BY JESUS, I...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardMy scariest encounter tonight was a friend dressed as a Mormon. ‘Nuff said. (1.11.2005, 02:50 UTC)
I went to knock on the door to her house, and suddenly it opened, and I was being accosted by a nutter reading obscure passages from the Book of Mormon. I’m almost certain it’s supposed to happen the other way round. It felt like an ambush. I hope real Mormons don’t do that. While I sort of like rainy, windy weather, I don’t go out of my way to actively encourage or wish for it. But I’m damn glad it’s started getting mucky out there right now. It means that ...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardMoochy moochy! \o/ (29.10.2005, 08:04 UTC)
Yesterday, my older brother graduated with a health/safety cert, to add to his B.Sc. Which was nice. Nicer though was the fact that I got to spend the whole day eating and drinking for free, with the family. It seems really quite rare that the lot of us (my parents, sister and two brothers) actually manage to be in one place anymore. That’s what you get when you’re all growed up and leave the nest, I suppose. Anyway, myself and my younger brother decided to skip the ceremony becau...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardBah! (17.10.2005, 19:29 UTC)
Boardsie still being upgraded, but in my desperation for finding things to click on, I notice the blogs are functional. Hooray. I can still rant. My brother announced today that he’ll be moving out of the house in a month. I should feel sad or something, but disappointment fades quickly when you’re being blackmailed with loss of the vacuum cleaner to cut the lawn without a lawnmower for over a month. I need that hoover! The house is a mess! And I’m not looking forward to bein...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardCough hack wheeze splutter (14.10.2005, 17:01 UTC)
I imagine most of you were hoping for an entertaining bit of prose or somesuch, along the lines of the previous Hunk o’ Biscuity Justice. Well, tough. I have a cold. I’m tired, irritable, and full of snot. Not the nice kind, either. No, this is the kind of mucous that cares less about trapping wayward dust particles and microbes to prevent them entering the lungs, and more about causing pain in my sinuses and being a funny colour, occasionally containing blood. That’s not a g...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardNoble Custard Cream - Biscuit of kings! (6.10.2005, 04:05 UTC)
In the biscuit world there are heroes, known far and wide for their truly wondrous exploits. The regal Mikado, the honourable Hobnob, the humble Digestive, these are some of the names of legend, famed in song and tale, and humourous television advertisments. But if such legendary teatime treats were all to gather in a tavern, they would themselves recount stories of one biscuit in hushed reverence. They would tell tall tales, shout stirring sagas, perpetrate powerful polka, all in praise of th...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardIsn’t poverty FUN, kids? (29.9.2005, 19:55 UTC)
I’ve had about 70 cents to my name since monday, when I spent my last three euros on 2 large bags of pasta. One of them has been devoured, and the second one is nearly half empty. It’s something of a lean month here, folks. The greatest reason for this is because my employers have been screwing up my tax again. I went to the Revenue office last April to ask them to please stop charging me 42% tax because I don’t earn enough to even pay the lower rate. That resulted in a nice ...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardSarky Does Sligo- Click here for hot beard-on-dice action!!! (26.9.2005, 17:47 UTC)
I’m just off the bus from Sligo. I no longer feel a metric crapload of sugar coursing through my poor brain (/me glares at Guy et. Mrs. Guy…), and it’s just the regular, honest exhaustion you get from any gaming convention. Confess was great. Getting there turned out to be an adventure in and of itself, what with Bus Eireann’s complete inability to, in no particular order: - Work out whether they had a bus to send to Sligo or not - Tell anyone the correct stop it was pu...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardHeh heh heh, bueno… (22.9.2005, 04:34 UTC)
And so another college year begins, and with it comes clubs and societies days, and so we end up with a bucketload of new faces at my local gaming society. Fansci did well again this year, with well over a hundred people signing up, most of whom were enthusiastic about it all. Perhaps most interesting of all is the number of girls that signed up again. Is there something about gaming in Galway that appeals to the fairer sex? A friend of mine once said he loved societies day, it was a really eas...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardMore completely uninteresting details about my life so far (19.9.2005, 18:29 UTC)
Somewhere between Dublin and Galway yesterday, I lost a fifty euro note. I hate when things like this happen. Especially when it happens in a week the rent is due. Now I have to wait until Wednsday to get paid. Then I have to pay the guy who covered for me at work so I could go to Dublin in the first place. I hate money, all I ever seem to do is spend it. Or lose it, as the case may be. And my leather coat is starting to fall apart, after nearly five years faithful service. Arse, eh? I love tha...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardAccursed domicile, a POX on thee! (14.9.2005, 17:44 UTC)
After a week of dancing around squealing “Yay I’m finally getting broadband!”, NTL rang up to say that they’d made a mistake, that my house is in a location that doesn’t get a signal, and that while they were well aware I was only interested in the broadband, they’d still be perfectly happy to sell me more television channels. Y’know, just in case I was one of those people who’d do it after putting them to the trouble of reading some forms I fille...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardAvast, yon scurvy grog! (6.9.2005, 17:08 UTC)
I acquired a hipflask recently. I don’t know how I went through life for over 23 years without one. Yesterday, after meeting some friends in the local pub for a quiet drink, I decided to ask the barman to fill my new hipflask with rum. Dark rum. Until last Friday, I hadn’t touched a drop of the stuff for ages. I don’t know why, because I really quite liked rum. After a few rums- Well, ok, after more than a fe- Fine, I drank an obscene amount of rum and ended up two and a half...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardIndian food, housemates, and the ancient art of tighfisted hoorishness (4.9.2005, 18:26 UTC)
I still have a large grin on my face from the Iron Maiden concert on the 31st. Been listening to one CD containing my whole Maiden collection on MP3 ever since. I likes my metal, I does. Three friends of mine have birthdays this week. They have kindly decided to have one bash for the lot, tonight. I will rush straight from work to a cash machine, so I can have dinner with them and another dozen peeps in one of the better Indians in Galway. I’ve actually only recently been introduced to I...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardDamn. A hard day’s rockin… (1.9.2005, 17:37 UTC)
I have been wearing the same jeans for 36 hours at this stage. “Chafe” is altogether too mild a word. But f*ck me pink, put another 4-5 stone on me and call me Rosie if it wasn’t worth it. Yesterday started off badly. Very badly. I had no ticket, because *SOMEONE* posted it-posted it!- from Wicklow on Monday. Getting on the train with my brother’s girlfriend, it transpired one phonecall later that he and she both thought the other had their tickets, with the end result...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardCurse you, Fozzle! (27.8.2005, 16:52 UTC)
Obsessive-compulsive disorders appear to be contagious. In the past, I’d never have considered buying dice for the sake of buying dice, I’d just buy a few of whichever type I needed to play a particular game. Today, I bought 20 ten-sided dice, for no particular reason. Ok, admittedly they were rather pretty turquoise gem dice, with a lovely transleucence to them, but I already have a tonne of the damn things at home! I place the blame entirely on my good friend Fozzle. SHE knows wh...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardA weekend to call my own. Now what the hell do I do with it? (25.8.2005, 02:00 UTC)
There’s less than a week to go before I head off to the Iron Maiden gig in Dublin now. Ooh, the knees, how they do shake in anticipation. If they’re anything like as good as they were the last time I’ll be happy, but the emphasis on the first four albums makes me very excited indeed. But that’s not what concerns me right now. Some time ago, I arranged with work to get the weekend off to go see Maiden. I was mistaken with the dates, and only recently realised the gig is...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardWhat do electric sheep dream of? (21.8.2005, 22:15 UTC)
I occasionally end up working from 8pm to 8am once in a while. I used to work nights almost constantly, because that was my lot, but things change. Good thing, too, because constantly working nights messes you up. Apart from the constant fatigue (sleep during the day isn’t nearly as effective), you lose your social life, you lose track of the time, the day, and occasionally the month, you get splitting headaches, and you get depressed at seeing the sun rise just before you go to bed. Also...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardI should always be supervised with money (19.8.2005, 18:50 UTC)
I went shopping today. It was my aim to buy some clothing, particularly new shoes, seeing as my current footwear is on Death’s doorstep. Well, actually, my boots are well past that stage, and probably closer to making a sandwich in Death’s kitchen before sitting down and watching DVDs of Sex And The City on Death’s television (I never imagined Death had much taste). Strange, then, that on this quest for treated cowflesh and rubber and perhaps some metal straps and buckles, I ...
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Sarky's Blog-Behind The BeardGaming gets in the way of, er, gaming. (16.8.2005, 14:58 UTC)
At long last I got a taste of Half-Life 2. It’s nice to know what all the fuss was about. Tonight, I run a game of Exalted. Thanks to Half-Life over the last day or three, I am not finished writing up the scenario. Not that it’ll matter, I suspect, I still have the one from last week which my players decided to completely ignore and go off on a tangent (albeit an interesting one). In truth, they’ve provided more of the plot and storyline to this campaign than I have. Ah, RPG...
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