I blog here like my opinions actually matter.
On my quest to upskill, I decided to take exams online to gain some Microsoft certified qualifications. Starting at the beginning, I opted for MS-900: Microsoft 365 Certified Fundamentals. I signed up to take the exam with the online provider Pearson Vue at 9pm this Thursday night, and spent the last few days doing not much else other than studying. These exams are not free: $184 in local (NZ) currency. It might not seem like much, but money is tight for me right now.
Since restarting my blogging venture last year the post that I’ve received the most feedback on was my budget Veon TV review. I still get emails nearly a year later with people asking questions while they’re looking into buying one, or wanting help with different settings and features. There is very little information on these TV’s available online, The Warehouse doesn’t provide any documentation and there are very few professional reviews available.
This chain of events started off on one of those long nights I was spending at the care home, staying up all night next to my Dad during his final weeks. I couldn’t watch TV or play any kind of sound, nor did I want to put headphones on. I was there for Dad, and wanted to be alert. I sat there browsing my phone, mainly as a way to keep distracted from the gravity of his situation.
Right now it’s 2:30 am on Saturday morning and I just can’t sleep...
The past few weeks have been difficult.
Season two of Star Trek Discovery features the return of the premier starship Enterprise, but with a striking redesign that is causing some debate amongst fans. Narratively it is stated to be the same NCC-1701 ship from the original series, but many aspects of the new design are inconsistent with the original. The size, shape and basic layout reference the original but have been modified, putting it at odds with the recognizable ship’s form people have come to love from Star Trek: The Original Series.
My quest for finding and reviewing the cheapest products possible has taken an interesting turn. This time I roped in a group of friends to tackle a twist on the Pepsi challenge - testing an array of sugar free cola beverages, seeing what comes out on top and if the no-name brands can stand up to the titans.
The motivation for this challenge was my friend Mark’s proclamation that Diet Coke is his drink of choice and, while some other options are bearable, nothing beats the original. It’s 95% of his beverage consumption - outside of exorbitant craft beer, at least. He put his pre-game odds of spotting the Diet Coke at 75% - very modest for the enthusiast he is.
My whole life I’ve been obsessive. There isn’t any middle ground, if I enjoy something I want it all. I want to deep dive into every little thing about it. On the other hand, if something doesn’t grab me I can’t half like it. Sitting on fences is just too uncomfortable.
I grew up very awkwardly. School wasn’t fun, I was bullied and could never fit into any social circles. I left high school prematurely, and a few months after that I got admitted to professional help. Doing that ended up with me being diagnosed as having high functioning autism, also called Asperger syndrome.
It’s not a label I like to give myself. I don’t want people to make assumptions about who I am based on a flaw in how my brain is wired, but I know it’ll help to make sense of how I behave and think in this context.