Black jack party with the girls!

Two weeks ago I was visiting my close friend Karen just to hang out and watch some movies. She is a really good friend and she can immediately tell if something is wrong. I don’t know, maybe I was just exhausted by working so much lately that I really seemed to be a little bit grumpy. I know, it was not really fair to act like that to karen but she is the only one who will understand me. She told me I needed some distraction of my workaholic life and showed me a flyer of a big theme party. Karen wanted me to join her to this event, since she was already invited by other friends. I was so excited! This party was exactly what I needed at the moment, so I said yes.

That following weekend on a Saturday we met at Karen’s place to get ourselves ready. The theme of the party was Black Jack, so Karen and I decided to wear matching costumes. Karen wore a black farmer’s outfit and I dressed as a black queen and it was hilarious. At around 8 we went heading to the event, which was located in the centre of London. I must say, I didn’t expected it to be this crowdy, but it really looked like all the citizens of London were waiting to get inside. It took us 30 minutes to get in and that really made me a little bit grumpy, again. I felt completely different after we entered the mainstage, because the surrounding was so amazing! I loved everything about it!

Once inside we met the rest of the girls, who were waiting for us at the mainstage. There were farmers, queens, kings and even people who were dressed as an ace. The Ace costume was too difficult for me, so I passed that one. There were even firespitters, roulette tables everywhere and of course: so many blackjack tables. I immediately decided to give it a shot and took a seat at one of the tables. Unfortunately the luck wasn’t really in my favor so I left the table without any money. Nevertheless, we decided to just have a good time together and went to the dancefloor. It was so nice to dance the night away with the girls. This party was just the best party i’ve ever been.

Now i’m feeling so much better. Sometimes you just need to find a good distraction to make yourself happy again. This Blackjack party was a great success and everybody seemed to love it. The friends of Karen are great and I really wish we can hang out more. Next week we’re going to another and i’m really looking forward to go! This party doesn’t have a special thema like the other party did, which is really a shame. I really like to dress up and be silly for one night. Still I believe this party will be great as well, especially when I can go with my friends.

Superhero Movie Bollocks

Anybody else sick of the flood of superhero movies coming over from America? Look, it was fun for awhile, and I liked Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies as much as the next person, but it’s gotten a bit much for me. “Batman V. Superman” certainly didn’t live up to the hype that I had expected. A bloke of mine actually cried during the movie because he was so hyped up for it and so disappointed by the actual results.

The one thing that is getting to me, in particular, is how serious they are getting. It was fun when Christopher Nolan got “gritty” (whatever that means) in his movies, but they take it too far. They crank it up to a level where Superman is killing people and Batman is shooting guns and…it gets comical, but not in a good way.

I’m also not afraid to say it, but so much of the CGI in the movies has been bollocks. It looks okay at first glance, but if you pause it and pay attention (as Lucy, my closest girl, and I did the other day with the DVD), you can see all kinds of flaws. Just a lack of detail and definition that might not seem like a big deal, but which creates a subtly artificial look that the mind unconsciously notices.

It’s times like this that I wish I would have stayed in that kind of work (I did a few freelance jobs with CGI, nothing more) and that I could bring my own sense of perfectionism to the table. Not trying to say I’m better than those designers, nor do I want to come across like I got a big head.

It’s just clear to me that they’re using CGI too much to do things that could be done with practical effects. I hate to keep going back to him, but when Christopher Nolan does an effect he keeps it practical and it looks amazing. By contrast, ones that use CGI to create spectacles that are technically a lot bigger end up looking more like a video game cut scene.

Don’t get me wrong: I love video game cut scenes, but if I want to see one, I’ll play a video game. One time a played a really nice video slot online. Some days ago a read an article about the uk online casinos 2018, the slotgame will probably be on one of those casinos.  Anyway, rant over. Do you think I’m way off base or is there any truth to what I’m saying? Drop me a line and let me know!

Adventures In Babysitting

Do any of you remember the daft yank comedy “Adventures In Babysitting” from the 80s? It was about these kids and their babysitters and their shenanigans in the big city. It was really dumb, but I used to get a laugh out of me, my sister Lauren and I particularly. But I had my own adventure when she decided to drop off her kids with me for the day.

My family, including Lauren, seems to think that, since I work at home, I do nothing all day. Lauren and her beau Luke wanted to go see a movie (“Suicide Squad,” I believe) and didn’t want to take the kids. So after much pleading, she dropped them off with me. Typically, I don’t mind because her kids, Jenny and Thomas, aren’t too bad.

But the full moon must have been out or something because they were wild. I told them right off the bat that I had some work to do (trying to get these animated graphics just right for a slot machine), and they promised to be quiet. After about half an hour, though, I noticed they were a bit too quiet. Like, “not even in the house” quiet.

In a panic, I opened the front door and stared up and down the street. Nowhere to be seen. Then, I raced to the back, where all the renters have access to a little backyard with a grill and all that. My heart leaped into my chest when I threw open the door and saw them.

Okay, so Lauren is going to kill me if and when she reads this, but here’s what happened. Jenny, who is about three, had “gone” in her pants and had pulled it out with her fists. That I could tell by the stains. Thomas, five, was covered in it and they were laughing, throwing it back and forth, and making a mess. Needless to say, it took me quite some time to get them clean and to make a silent vow: never again will I go on another adventure in babysitting!

I Need Some Help With Programming Languages

I program primarily in Java because it’s what I learned at university and its what most sites want us to use. However, I’ve lately heard of a lot of people switching over to Ruby. I haven’t worked with the language yet, but I’ve heard a lot of good things. For example, I’ve heard it has a bunch of great tools that make it easier to design web apps, including a library of coding language.

I’ve heard it even has automatic testing and that it is more streamlined than Java and easier to program in and with. Those facts alone have me interested in trying it out, but I’m a little afraid to make the jump to a new language so quickly.

After all, learning new programming is a time investment, and as a freelancer, I have to manage my time carefully to make sure I’m not wasting it. Too much time puttering around learning Ruby could distract me from an important design job and cost me money.

So I’m asking those of you out there who have used Java and Ruby: is it worth making the switch? Or is Java still capable of handling many of the problems of modern day programming and graphic design? Remember, I’m not a heavy-duty programmer, but I do need to know a little bit when implementing graphics on-site, etc.

Try to think of it from that perspective when giving me advice. I would particularly like to hear from graphic designers who have already used Ruby and whether or not they found it worth the monetary and time investment. I’m not going to be programming mobile apps, here, but simply uploading stuff and making sure it runs properly.

I look forward to hearing from you all! I’m sure that you’ll have plenty of great advice to give me on this and could even point me towards an inexpensive Ruby teaching platform.