aesmael: (nervous)

Keep starting rambling journal entries with the intention of posting them, and they keep getting away or being abandoned for having lost relevance. Before this one suffers the same fate, as it is in strong danger of, I shall morph it into a bullet point list of what is going on in my life currently.

  • The government is trying to balance the budget by clawing back money from welfare recipients, so they contacted me to the effect of claiming I owe them more than $900 from 2012.

  • Filed an appeal – luckily I had all my payslips still – but since that information is in my favour rather than theirs they're taking a couple of weeks to get back to me, instead of instantaneous like before.

  • Done so badly at university this year they're kicking me out.

  • Filed an appeal on that too, and also waiting on the response.

  • Gathering information for that appeal meant collecting psych assessments my GP had been holding onto from several years back, and reading those was so distressing it nearly rendered me too non-functional to actually attach them and lodge the appeal

  • Plus it wasn't fun getting the vibe from my GP when I explained the situation, though he didn't say so, “you're a bit childish and TBH you deserve this”

  • I wasn't kidding in what I wrote in that appeal about struggling at work. Feels like I'm reaching or have reached limits of what I can balance and focus. Which might be okay if it paid me enough to support myself on.

  • Car's cost me $900 in repairs over the past week, and I'm passing on another $1500+ that it needs in favour of admitting it really does need to be replaced, although this will cost even more.

  • I just can't get out of here soon enough to feel comfortable taking the risk.

  • The book I'm reading is good though.

  • I'm scared, always. Still trying not to let myself think, to keep that at bay.

  • I hope

aesmael: (haircut)
    I have decided I ought not read LiveJournal or any other material available via the internet until I have done relevant, school-related study for the day. Ideally this will mean fewer comments from me until I have an opportunity to catch, although I already failed today. Probably fewer posts too. If I follow through on my intention. Days are too short.

Writing stuff )

    *raises glass* To burning one's brain out.
aesmael: (sudden sailor)
    Not much to say going on right now. On Thursday there was a test on our ability to cover books. We were to cover one softcover and one hardcover in a total of twenty minutes. The softcover I used was my copy of Coraline. It took me about fifteen minutes and in my nervous hurry I made some jagged and bubbly mistakes. It looks fine if you do not look too close. The hardcover was my copy of Diamond Dogs/Turquoise Days, the one signed by the author. It only took five minutes and came out well enough.
    I did pass the test, although not especially well. The teacher told me after class that if I perform perfectly on the shelving test next Thursday I will still receive an 'A'. This hopefully will not be too tricky, although there is the small inconvenience of a simultaneous test on my knowledge of electromagnetics some 20km distant.

    That is all for now... they are listening.
aesmael: (writing things down)
    No words written yesterday, plus other bad things I do not wish to speak of. I did get Skype working in Ubuntu though! The trick is remembering that someone has encountered my problem before and finding their solution.
    Today I made a bit of progress on schooling related items. As well as some library related homework, I also started up a wiki for the electromagnetism unit I am taking at university. The idea is that if I attempt to organise and explain the information we are being taught so that (hypothetical) others can understand it, I will have a better chance of passing the course and graduating and lording it over the rest of you. Possibly with an iron fist.
    A while (weeks) ago [ profile] whimsical_esper and I were talking and we both agreed a wiki would make a useful medium for collecting and organising story notes. I don't intend to use this one for that purpose because it is too public (but talking with [ profile] whimsical_esper today has showed me it is still possible to use mediawiki so this can be considered practise) but I may expand it to include other material too*. We shall see.

P.S. Click here for Wiki-Make-Go. Try not to vandalise too much or I will have to lock you out, kay?

*other material may include further self-education efforts, notes of various kinds perhaps on things read and possibly acts of fiction I have committed**.

**This is the kind of information sensible people do not mention unless and until it actually happens, because they are sensible.
aesmael: (friendly)
    Yesterday was the beginning the spring semester at my university (yes, they are expensive) and although the timetable said my classes don't start until next week I just had to turn up and be sure. One long hike up a hill later (because I had to sneak up on it, see) and a half hour sit in the chill wind with nothing warm to wear and I was satisfied. Went over to one of the more populaous campuses and discovered my student access needs to be reactivated. Okay, I can do that from home easily enough (since it was late there and no computer admin type people were available to do it on site). There was still no sign of any fliers from the LGBT group which seemed so prominent in my previous times there, making me wonder if a few personalities who were a driving force might have graduated. What I did see were flyers for two different religious groups, one catholic and the other the all-pervasive Campus Bible Ministries (may have to go along to that one of these days to see what goes on in there). Seems like an active day for the forces of proselytisation - some guy at the station offered me a pamphlet about the 'Lord Jesus Christ". I told him a firm no thank you but maybe I should have collected it for study. But the most annoying part of the day was the large poster advocating testing for sexually transmitted infections targeted entirely at gay men. Perhaps I am setting myself up to be shown wrong but, really, isn't this a problem for everyone who is sexually active and especially those who are promiscuous and especially especially those who don't use protection? I don't see what good it does to target the message so specifically.
    There have been a few changes since last I was there: the observatory seems now to have a small radio telescope, and in one building the chemistry and biology labs have now become the social sciences rooms. New paint all about too.
    Fun news, in the carpark I saw what I believe to be a Crimson Rosella up in a tree which I am sure was not native to the area - it had large, broad, dark green three-pointed (looked up trefoil and it seems not quite right) leaves and a somewhat waxy look so I suspect it to be from a much wetter climate. It was lovely, too, to see the crescent moon hanging high in the sky on its side. Must be just past New because I remember it being thinner a few days ago. Was harder to get a sense of its distance and relative position in space compared to the Sun, which made me wonder how many people see things the way I do. Do you see the size of it, how far the sun is? Do you see the arc of our orbit across the sky? The curve of the Earth's surface, it's tiny immensity? The paths of other planets across the sky? Have you any sense of the size of those worlds, of their textures and their skies? What about the stars? When you look up at them do you have any sense of how they relate to each other, of their environments and how they are built? When you look around you do you have any sense of what the things around you are made from? Their history? The air you breather? The reaction upon reaction, the oh so many cycles and processes taking place everywhere around you? The history of every thing and all its parts stretching back and back and back for as long as there has been time? And their future? So many pieces weaving and interlocking. I have to shut down or else weep for every living (and sometimes nonliving) thing past, present and future, in joy and sadness.
    Travelling back the sky was coloured in pastels, blue and pink and mauve. And so, stop.



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