Who I am, and what I like to do is quite straightforward. I am an Afrikaans speaking white male, living in South Africa,Gauteng province, Johannesburg. I love reading, anything electronic, camping and the occasional LAN. I do not Facebook, as it consistently robs a person of free time without the person realizing it. Other hobbies include scuba-diving, cooking and gardening. I plan to have a career as a programmer or some other activity within the IT field. The geeky stuff: My favorite games *SIGH* are real-time or turn-based strategy games, and I am an Age of Empires, C&C, and rise of nations fanatic. I love mods and even helped test C&C3 The Forgotten- a mod for C&C3 Tiberium Wars. I also enjoyed "dwarf-fortress" an obscene and senselessly complicated game where you control a colony of willful dwarfs who just refuse to follow orders and frustrate the hell out of any player imaginable-Really. Google it, download it- AND LEARN TO PLAY IT, and you will have earned my complete respect.
Monday 7 may
Greetings readers, I sincerely hope that you enjoy my posts. If you wish me to change my style, tone or way of writing- please post a comment and I will see what I can do. This blog is meant to be read, and therefore, you have a right and a say in how it's to be written. Now, after all the inconsequential and unimportant information has been given through, the update on my life awaits.
My Sunday was slow and boring, with nothing much going on. Sundays are meant to be enjoyed, and in that I failed. Miserably. I can honestly say the I did not enjoy mine, although I would have to tell a lie to say it was terrible. Sunday was just another day, nothing special or relevant happened. The only thing that I can recall of the top off my head, is that we had a new pastor preaching at church. Our old one decided that life in ours wasn't what he wanted most in life- so he just left. We've had a few guest one's preaching to see if we like any and then we plan to "employ " the one that performed the best.
So that just leaves today, and it went far better. Excuse me, and bear with me since I am still in school so my highlight was not getting drunk with a few lesbians or something equally bizarre. It was just an easy day. A relaxed day, a day all children still at school would envy for we all are alike in that way. My schedule consisted of my normal subjects, but I had physics off, did nothing in Afrikaans( our teacher decided that she should enrich us and read literature pieces while we held a picknick, outside) and then we did film study in English. this means that my school-day consisted of nothing strenuous or overly taxing. After school and school activities which ended 16:00 I had fencing practice till 19:00, although it technically started at 17:00. I've also seen this nice trick, follow my command:
LOOK LEFT ===>===>===>===>===>===>====>====> Bet you failed. Some of the best things are corny in essence, I'll write again in two days! Thanx for reading, and remember to comment if you deem it necessary!
As promised I am writing another entry today. All in all, I believe that I may be getting the hang of this. My last two days were great, with shortened periods on Friday, and a friend here today. Firstly, Friday. It was a normal school day, filled with the day-to-day routine that one only gets at school or prisons, and would not have been great or especially memorable if not for one lucky fact. Our reports didn't come in, and we should be receiving them later next week as they're late. This may not sound exiting or great, but to me- it's wonderful news. There is a rule my parents have, as long as my marks are above a certain point, I may keep my pc in my room. I may play it on weekends. I may attend parties and the like, but if my marks are below a solid 80, all of this becomes void. I am only human, and thus I fear all that may be my downfall. A bad term-report is exactly that which will bring me to an unavoidable downfall.
The day seemed perfect, until I found out that the whole school was expected to walk the talk(It's an upcoming event in Johannesburg, and means I will have to walk 15km's.) This in itself is fine, since we walk in groups and it's basically just a big social, but the dates are just a bit wrong and ill-placed.
Next, Today. I had to complete my science project, that's just basically the flow of water and how increased pressure in pascal influences it. It's basic, and easy- but the math behind the experiment can be a killer. I had to take the weight of the water, multiply it by the earth's gravitational pull to get the force the water exerts, then divide it by the area at the bottom of my bottle to get the pressure it creates. Simple enough, except that I had to do it per mm instead of per m, then use it in another formula to calculate my flow rate etc.
At least all that's done, so I can relax a bit. Afterword my friend and I played some modern warfare 3, C&C, and just chilled. Wow, it feels good to blow off some steam and just relax, It's like heaven on earth. You know, some music, chips, games and soda is all a person needs to survive in our modern world, between all the hub-hub and stress that always seems to surround work. Anyway, it was great- trust me. That's all for today, I'll write again on monday
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Thursday 3 may 2012
This is the start of my blog, or rather just my opinions and experiences expressed
in a virtual document. Before I can start explaining my situation or writing
about my life, I feel that I must provide some background as to who I am and
what makes me tick.
My name is Karl Beckerling, and I was born on the fourteenth of April 1996. This
makes me a teenager of sixteen. I live in South Africa, Gauteng province in the
tree-filled city of Johannesburg. The school that I attend is named Helpmekaar
College, and the fact that it’s only a high school seems to have been forgotten
when the name was picked. We use the IEB exam and schooling system, and I am
currently in grade 10. My interests are fencing, IT and computers as well as
the occasional gardening. I have five siblings, made out of three brothers and
two sisters. Both of my parents are senior advocates, so life can be quite dull
as their word is law and their will remains the only relevant thing to consider
in most if not all discussions. I have a few pets, consisting of four chickens
that I love more dearly than any other possible alternative, and a pig. His name is “Snoetie”,
an Afrikaans word, meaning “little snout”. This is my life, as I currently live
it. AND NO I DO NOT LIVE ON SOME KIND OF FARM
So now you, dear reader know who I am, if only barely. The idea of typing up
document after document seems daunting at best, so I will only write every two
days, and post my work here. As this is the beginning of this pass-time, I do
not know whether I will do so diligently every two days, or just fade out after
a week. I have however, stalled long enough and should start typing something
relevant that does not bore someone (most likely me) to death. It is my
intention to offer my best work even if no-one reads it, and I shall continue
to do so as long as I indulge myself in this hobby.
It was a normal school day, and mediocre at best, even by school standards. We
have had a guest public speaker, doing her best to change our lives for a
better good. She seemed intent on proving to us that she could and would shock
her unruly crowd of teenagers into meek silence and co-operation. Whether she
achieved her personal goal remains unknown- but she did have a small if
notable influence in my life: She made me miss half of IT, which is an
unforgivable sin by any standards, and a sure way to end up in hell.
The next notable event of my day was that I lost or misplaced my Technical drawings
workfile, and I have to find it tomorrow. In the event that I forget or find
myself unable to find it, my life will become quite unpleasant for a few days: as
a best-case scenario. I have downloaded some random book on Java programming in
PDF format, which I have started to work through. It was free, and I acted
impulsively when I saw the link. If I find that the book helps or looks like it
may have potential, I will provide the link, if not- I will cease to work
through it and forget the whole thing.
My day was uneventful and I fear that I have typed a irrelevant
and useless first entry. I will strive to improve, so bear with me. Maybe I am
far too judgmental and hard on myself, but vanity comes to those who least