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London

So, for quite a long time I've had this totally crazy idea of working in the UK for a year or two. I've decided that this is the year I'm finally going to get my lazy arse over there and do it. Mostly because I have enough work experience in this field now that I feel like I could qualify for a position without too much hassle. My process for actually applying for jobs and such is already sorted, but it occurs to me there a a lot of other things I know next to nothing about when it comes to the UK (or more specifically, London, since I imagine that's my best chance for a cushy job)

- I'm getting an iPhone through work soon. It'll be unlocked, so that's not an issue. What I want to know is, can I stick a UK sim card in an AU iPhone and have it work normally? I kinda want Google Maps to find my way around (please, I don't want to hear any "don't get an iPhone you should buy a *blah*" I just want a specific yes or no answer :p)

- London Suburbs. Every city has suburbs with reputations. What are the areas to avoid, and where are the best areas with good apartment rental prices?

- How long does it generally take to travel anywhere, and is London bicycle friendly? I've seen people put bikes on trains in Sydney but I don't know if that's a common thing in other places.

- If you live in London, will you please take me on a tour? :3
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OMG WOW.

This is like... a million times better than I was expecting it to be? At least, a million times better than anything I could possibly make. And I know, I've tried :D



Gotta get them to widen his neck and fix a couple of things with the hat and his expression, but otherwise... hot damn. I want a hundred.

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THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
1) Sarah
2) EEk (Seriously, don't ask)
3) Angel (Seem to have picked up this nickname twice, and I don't know why)

THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:
1) ArtsAngel
2) MinFarshaw (in my ye olde WoT fanatic days)
3) Elmindreda (yanno, when MinFarshaw was taken...)

THREE THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1) I can often make people laugh
2) I'm multi-talented and can usually do almost anything that I try
3) I'm obsessive and can spend endless hours on one hobby

THREE THINGS YOU HATE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1) My inability to take criticism (or respond well to praise, for that matter)
2) Negative autistic traits like not being able to read emotions and do eye contact
3) Too cowardly to take large risks

THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE:
1) Scottish
2) Dutch
3) English

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:
1) Ghosts even though I'm not sure if I believe in them
2) Cockroaches
3) Being lonely

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
1) Coffee (damned caffeine addiction)
2) Computer with Photoshop
3) CHEESE

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1) Slip-on sandals
2) A artists finger-glove
3) Green long-sleeved shirt

THREE OF YOUR FAVOURITE BANDS (or artists at the moment):
1) Coldplay
2) Muse
3) Joss Whedon (Dr Horrible soundtrack ftw!)

THREE OF YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS AT PRESENT:
1) One of us Cannot be Wrong - Leonard Cohen
2) Daydream Believer - The Monkees
3) Violet Hill - Coldplay

THREE NEW THINGS YOU WANT TO TRY IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS:
1) Juggling five balls
2) Learning german or welsh
3) Moving out of home

THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP (love is a given):
1) Monogamy >:(
2) Dual Geekiness
3) Not trying to change who I am (or who they are)

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE (in random order!):
1) I do more procrastination at work than actual work
2) I once accidentally went to the men's toilets at a park because the signage was bad
3) I flirt with people I have no interest in

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX THAT APPEAL TO YOU:
1) Eyes. They're even better if they are framed with glasses.
2) Height. The taller, the better.
3) Body. I like 'em lean and a little effeminate.

THREE THINGS YOU JUST CAN'T DO:
1) SPORTS
2) Care about politics
3) Make friends easily

THREE OF YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBIES:
1) Drawing comics
2) Drawing comics
3) Drawing comics (...what?)

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
1) Finish this quiz so I can get back to drawing comics
2) Eat dinner
3) Or cheese

THREE CAREERS YOU'RE CONSIDERING:
1) Systems Engineer (doing it)
2) Graphic Designer (got bored with it)
3) Forensic Pathologist (damn I wish I did it)

THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION:
1) England/Scotland/Wales
2) Vienna
3) New Zealand

THREE KIDS' NAMES:
1) William
2) ...
3) I guess I haven't thought enough about kids to be certain about more than one name :D Would it be weird if I called a kid Jonas?

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
1) Zero Gravity airplane dive trip!
2) Hopefully there will be space tourism one day, I'd take a trip to space any day!
3) Get married ;_;

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Users.

This situation has been so *HEADDESK* that I have to blog about it.

So there's this woman, right. She logs a job because some of her mail isn't showing. She knows it's arriving because the total item count is increasing (this is Exchange mail in Outlook) but it's just not showing up in the inbox.

So we make sure her permissions to access the box are alright, I log into it myself, the mail is showing up fine for me and fine if she logs into Webmail to view it. So the mailbox can't be the issue.

So we keep trying different things. Eventually (they are in another city) I ask the local Desktop Support to go over to her PC and make sure everything is set up correctly. They find nothing wrong. Eventually they send me two screenshots - one of the mailbox on this woman's PC, one of the same mailbox on somebody else's (where it IS working). To prove to me that there is mail missing in hers.

First thing I notice: there is no little arrow symbol on the 'Received' column to show that mail is being sorted by date. Well, there you go. I email her and tell her it appears her mail is not sorted so she should click the column name to fix the issue. I also write a second email to desktop support informing them of my hypothesis.

WELL. I get this email back from The Woman telling me off for being so rude and assuming that she's not smart enough to figure out how to sort her mail! How dare I! (I didn't think my mail was rude... obviously I *was* asking a very basic thing to try, but I was sure that was the problem)

I write back and apologise. Sorry if it sounded rude, it was not intentional. I explained *why* I thought it might have been a sorting issue.

Ten minutes later, I get an email from desktop support. They went around to her computer, clicked the 'Received' column, and LO AND BEHOLD. The mail sorted itself properly and all the missing mail appeared! The woman had written back to me all angry without even TRYING what I had suggested. Because she thought SHE was right.

So a) Humbug at Helpdesk for assigning the job to us;
b) Humbug at Desktop Support for not figuring it out and giving it to Systems Services;
c) Humbug at users that think they are smarter than they really are.

I wonder if Angry Woman will email me back? :3

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CTRL-Z

You know what life needs? Life needs a big fat undo button. So we can try stuff out that we would otherwise be afraid to, knowing that we can undo if necessary.

At the moment, my time (when I'm not eating or sleeping) is pretty much equally divided between work and comic. Each takes around 40 hours per week (eep o_O). Unfortunately, this means that when people want to commission me to do extra work, I have to turn them down because I don't have any more time left.

I have considered the idea of dropping my job in order to become a full-time commissioned artist. Then I could do all those other projects for other people. But I love my job. What if I didn't like being an artist full time? What if I didn't like drawing for other people? What if I didn't get enough work, and my income dried up for long periods?

I wish I could give it a try, and come back to this job if it didn't work out. But the IT industry is so fast-paced, that it's easy to lose the currency of knowledge. One has to stay up to date with technologies and trends. I'd be afraid that it would be hard to get a job again if I'd spent several years doing something else.

Blah. I see myself just doing what I am now, and just wishing there were a few more hours in each day (or perhaps that somebody would invent some drugs that would remove the need for people to sleep :p )

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Jack

Being the proverbial 'Jack of all Trades' actually sucks. It might seem nice to know that no matter what you try, you'll be good at it; but in reality in the end you just feel like 'second best'.

It's been like that my whole life - I've done really well in everything I've tried, from drawing to programming to singing to chemistry. But I just can't seem to do better than 'really good'. In the end, I just try something else.

Maybe one day I'll find something.

Or perhaps I just need to concentrate on one thing. I'm already dividing my time between being a 'logical' IT person and a 'creative' art person.

Maybe I'm just being too arrogant to think that I could possibly be the best at something. I think what I'm feeling is that I would like to do something better than all the other things I do? Like I wish I was a better artist than a programmer, for example. Then I would really know what to focus on.

Please don't flood the comments with 'oh but I love your comic you're so great', that's not what I need. I'm just sort of musing here.

How did you find the one thing that you were really good at?

Colourise!

It's funny the number of people (read: US Americans) who so helpfully email me to let me know I've made a spelling mistake in my story, when it is in fact proper British spelling. I think most people are quite aware of the 'u' we add to words like colour, honour, and neighbour, but it looks like replacing 'z' with 's' in realise, patronise etc is less known. As is our spelling 'jewellery' instead of 'jewelry'.

So next time you'd like to politely point out somebody's 'mistake', perhaps you ought to check their country of origin ;)

Contract Renewed

Well, I officially have this job until the 31st of March. In January I'll be applying for the esteemed position of 'Systems Engineer' (because some annoying guy somewhere in the restructure plan decided we shouldn't be called Systems Administrators anymore... bleh).

The Director of ITD gave me a bit of a wink/nudge that because I'm young and I'm a girl I have an excellent chance of getting the job. I think they're afraid of the Systems team being a boys club.

I dunno, should I feel bad about my gender giving me an advantage here?

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