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18 Dec 2012 - 00:3495169
back on CL
but I REALLY wish somebody would hire me...
its soo anooying when you go around your local town centre and hand out a bunch of your CV's, and you don't get any response back.


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19 Dec 2012 - 10:3795213
Dear Darkshines body,

I get it, body, I really do. You don't like stress, you are allergic to everything, it's a hard life. But can you please decide which one thing I am going to suffer from, because having a sneezing fit while suffering from a kidney infection is so painful, it makes me cry. Also, stop getting kidney infections, we live in England now and we have to pay for medicines, and antibiotics are expensive.

Yours sincerly,

Your owner, Darkshines


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19 Dec 2012 - 13:2095221
I have a deep papercut on the tip of my index finger on my off-hand. You would not believe how many normal tasks require the use of this finger, or involve it pressing against something.


20 Dec 2012 - 17:4595252
Fed up of having no money all the time


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29 Dec 2012 - 14:3695401
Electric shavers.

You get one (in my case a gift) and you expect to use it out of the box. No, you can't. Why? because the stupid thing comes with 2 pin plug. What is the point of selling the thing in this country without a 3 pin plug?!

So you have to go out to buy a special plug for it. Which isn't even a transformer or and AC adapter. It's just a normal plug with holes in it for the two pins. What the hell is the point of that?! What's worse is that nowhere that sells the shavers actually sells the damn plug! You might be able to pick it up in a supermarket, but more likely, you have to pick it up from some tiny shop that sells random crap with stuff like light bulbs.

What the hell is up with this crap!?


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29 Dec 2012 - 18:5295408
Quote Ice-climber:
Electric shavers.

You get one (in my case a gift) and you expect to use it out of the box. No, you can't. Why? because the stupid thing comes with 2 pin plug. What is the point of selling the thing in this country without a 3 pin plug?!

So you have to go out to buy a special plug for it. Which isn't even a transformer or and AC adapter. It's just a normal plug with holes in it for the two pins. What the hell is the point of that?! What's worse is that nowhere that sells the shavers actually sells the damn plug! You might be able to pick it up in a supermarket, but more likely, you have to pick it up from some tiny shop that sells random crap with stuff like light bulbs.

What the hell is up with this crap!?


I've never seen an electric razor with a three pin plug. Most bathrooms, including my new one put in a house of girls, has a two pin plug - three pin plugs aren't suppose to be in the bathroom, as them + water = very bad situation.

As to adapters being impossible to find? No, they're not.

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9821352.htm - took a moment on google. FIRST result.


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29 Dec 2012 - 20:5495410
Yeah as Nixie says quite easy to find, big supermarkets (Tescos etc) generally have them in the hardware section, B&Q, Homebase, Argos (as Nixie linked).

Also if you're confident with wiring a plug you can just strip the plug off and put a normal UK plug on it if you're never going to use it in a bathroom.

Pound shops/bargain shops should have them too.


12 Jan 2013 - 00:0795808
Tiny bit of backstory. Sorry if I throw the thread off, I just wanted to get all these angers out.

I used to belong to a very close-knit group of friends who all cosplayed, and they used to "claim" characters for themselves. So if one character was taken, you essentially couldn't cosplay the same thing.
There was a big big argument that happened when I, who was relatively new to the group, wanted to cosplay Gin from Bleach, and he'd already been taken by a particularly aggressive group member.
It wasn't a particularly positive atmosphere for a newbie cosplayer.

After I left that group, I was free to cosplay what I wanted. I haven't really belonged to a group like that since. Sometimes my friends and I team up in little groups for cosplays, but it rarely ever works out, haha.

Anyway, I thought those days were over.
Then I tell one of my friends I want to cosplay a character from a game we're both into.
She goes "no you can't cosplay him, I want to, he's mine".

Really?
She even brought up the fact her Twitter username references the character in order to one-up me.
Grow up.
I didn't raise an issue when she decided to cosplay the same character as me to the same convention as me. Even when I'd spent months making my cosplay by hand, and she ordered it. Even when she sent me a photo of someone cosplaying the character, said "you should quit because you'll never be as cute as them." Then went to cosplay them herself.

I'm sick of her thinking the character entirely belongs to her. Now she's acting really cold to me because I think she saw me posting about searching for wigs for the cosplay...


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12 Jan 2013 - 19:3995828
Quote AkujiDelano:
Tiny bit of backstory. Sorry if I throw the thread off, I just wanted to get all these angers out.

I used to belong to a very close-knit group of friends who all cosplayed, and they used to "claim" characters for themselves. So if one character was taken, you essentially couldn't cosplay the same thing.
There was a big big argument that happened when I, who was relatively new to the group, wanted to cosplay Gin from Bleach, and he'd already been taken by a particularly aggressive group member.
It wasn't a particularly positive atmosphere for a newbie cosplayer.

After I left that group, I was free to cosplay what I wanted. I haven't really belonged to a group like that since. Sometimes my friends and I team up in little groups for cosplays, but it rarely ever works out, haha.

Anyway, I thought those days were over.
Then I tell one of my friends I want to cosplay a character from a game we're both into.
She goes "no you can't cosplay him, I want to, he's mine".

Really?
She even brought up the fact her Twitter username references the character in order to one-up me.
Grow up.
I didn't raise an issue when she decided to cosplay the same character as me to the same convention as me. Even when I'd spent months making my cosplay by hand, and she ordered it. Even when she sent me a photo of someone cosplaying the character, said "you should quit because you'll never be as cute as them." Then went to cosplay them herself.

I'm sick of her thinking the character entirely belongs to her. Now she's acting really cold to me because I think she saw me posting about searching for wigs for the cosplay...


Do it anyway.

Friends like that aren't friends. They're people you know.


12 Jan 2013 - 23:0995843
Quote JaeXD:


Do it anyway.

Friends like that aren't friends. They're people you know.

I thought it'd be quite funny to cosplay it before her, haha. If all goes to plan I'm trying to cosplay it to Hyper Japan.
The cosplay community's a bit of a weird place. You can talk to people so often simply because you've got the same interests, but they can turn very easily.


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12 Jan 2013 - 23:4195845
Quote AkujiDelano:
Quote JaeXD:


Do it anyway.

Friends like that aren't friends. They're people you know.

I thought it'd be quite funny to cosplay it before her, haha. If all goes to plan I'm trying to cosplay it to Hyper Japan.
The cosplay community's a bit of a weird place. You can talk to people so often simply because you've got the same interests, but they can turn very easily.


Aye, I've been in it for a few years and started a blog on it. Link is in my sig.

Hey, who knows me from MCM forum pages here? That lot can vouch for my disdain of the negative aspects of the community.


12 Jan 2013 - 23:5995848
Quote JaeXD:
Quote AkujiDelano:
Quote JaeXD:


Do it anyway.

Friends like that aren't friends. They're people you know.

I thought it'd be quite funny to cosplay it before her, haha. If all goes to plan I'm trying to cosplay it to Hyper Japan.
The cosplay community's a bit of a weird place. You can talk to people so often simply because you've got the same interests, but they can turn very easily.


Aye, I've been in it for a few years and started a blog on it. Link is in my sig.

Hey, who knows me from MCM forum pages here? That lot can vouch for my disdain of the negative aspects of the community.


Muchos disdain in that blog. I've read a few entries myself, they're fab

As for Hyper Japan I think you're referring to Spring? At the moment it's a bit up in the air as to whether there will be one as they're tearing down the venue they usually hold it at and there has been no word about it yet.


13 Jan 2013 - 11:0895856
Quote Angel Tear:

As for Hyper Japan I think you're referring to Spring? At the moment it's a bit up in the air as to whether there will be one as they're tearing down the venue they usually hold it at and there has been no word about it yet.

Yes, I think a lot of people are of the opinion they'll sort it out with a different location, so I'm just remaining hopeful, haha.


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14 Jan 2013 - 15:5295908
Quote AkujiDelano:
She goes "no you can't cosplay him, I want to, he's mine".


I really don't understand that mindset. I love meeting cosplayers dressed as the same character as me! And when its a show with a small group of characters, and there's a lot of people in your group, it's going to be impossible for everyone to pick someone different.

I've occasionally chosen not do a particular character because someone else is doing them, and I want to be different. But that's not the same thing at all. Your "friend" seems like a jerk!


14 Jan 2013 - 16:0595909
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
Quote AkujiDelano:
She goes "no you can't cosplay him, I want to, he's mine".


I really don't understand that mindset. I love meeting cosplayers dressed as the same character as me! And when its a show with a small group of characters, and there's a lot of people in your group, it's going to be impossible for everyone to pick someone different.

I've occasionally chosen not do a particular character because someone else is doing them, and I want to be different. But that's not the same thing at all. Your "friend" seems like a jerk!


I've actually dropped out of groups in the past because people have thrown up a stink when I said I'd like to cosplay a character but a different variant. And even then, the person who was also playing that character could not care less, as the two versions of the characters were polar opposites costume wise

EDIT: and it would have made for cool photos. It was like throwing up a stink if someone wanted to do Dark Link and they already had a Link.


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14 Jan 2013 - 19:1495920
Quote NixieThePixie:

I've actually dropped out of groups in the past because people have thrown up a stink when I said I'd like to cosplay a character but a different variant. And even then, the person who was also playing that character could not care less, as the two versions of the characters were polar opposites costume wise

EDIT: and it would have made for cool photos. It was like throwing up a stink if someone wanted to do Dark Link and they already had a Link.

Oh no, that's awful! I'm sorry you've had to go to such extremes because of other people's behaviour! D:
I've had someone drop out of one of my groups because she was originally cosplaying Rose, and another person showed up wanting to be Rose, so I told the first girl there might be two Roses, and she just quit like that...

The photo opportunities are so cool if you have different variations of characters, ugh. The ownership of characters mentality is a really unhealthy thing.
It can be slightly awkward bumping into yourself at a con [especially if you feel really insecure about your cosplay quality <coughcoughme>], but usually I just roll with it and try to be friendly. If they're into the same fandom and character as you, they're probably gonna be someone cool you'd maybe like to stay in touch with c:


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14 Jan 2013 - 19:3295921
I have never ever ever EVER had a good experience running into someone dressed as the same character as me (bar at meet ups because people expect and know what you're going to be) but whenever I run into someone at random I always get filthy looks or they blank me. It's really strange even though I'm usually very excited to see them.

It just separates the mature cosplayers from the ones who are so afraid of others doing it better than them. It might sound a bit elitist, but if they don't come up to you to say hi or whatever, I cant really put it down to any other reason XD


14 Jan 2013 - 19:5895922
Quote Angel Tear:
I have never ever ever EVER had a good experience running into someone dressed as the same character as me (bar at meet ups because people expect and know what you're going to be) but whenever I run into someone at random I always get filthy looks or they blank me. It's really strange even though I'm usually very excited to see them.

It just separates the mature cosplayers from the ones who are so afraid of others doing it better than them. It might sound a bit elitist, but if they don't come up to you to say hi or whatever, I cant really put it down to any other reason XD


I sometimes get that too but I remember a few times seeing small groups cosplaying from a fandom that I happened to have cosplayed from and was given strange looks for it and there was even a slightly tense aura, even when I dont have a double (which I find rather odd :/). Personally, if I get a double and they seem nice enough I see no harm in it as at the end of the day is it your own decision. The whole character ownership thing is really silly and why should it matter that much if on the internet there is obviously many other cosplayers of the same characters already?

Its true that as humans we are pretty competitive but in cosplay it can really affect people from both ends of the spectrum, some really get anxious and paranoid over competition, where some really dont mind and sadly there are plenty of jerks over it while there is the few that get excited meeting something with the same love of a characters.



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14 Jan 2013 - 22:1095927
Quote Aerblade:
Quote Angel Tear:
I have never ever ever EVER had a good experience running into someone dressed as the same character as me (bar at meet ups because people expect and know what you're going to be) but whenever I run into someone at random I always get filthy looks or they blank me. It's really strange even though I'm usually very excited to see them.

It just separates the mature cosplayers from the ones who are so afraid of others doing it better than them. It might sound a bit elitist, but if they don't come up to you to say hi or whatever, I cant really put it down to any other reason XD


I sometimes get that too but I remember a few times seeing small groups cosplaying from a fandom that I happened to have cosplayed from and was given strange looks for it and there was even a slightly tense aura, even when I dont have a double (which I find rather odd :/). Personally, if I get a double and they seem nice enough I see no harm in it as at the end of the day is it your own decision. The whole character ownership thing is really silly and why should it matter that much if on the internet there is obviously many other cosplayers of the same characters already?

Its true that as humans we are pretty competitive but in cosplay it can really affect people from both ends of the spectrum, some really get anxious and paranoid over competition, where some really dont mind and sadly there are plenty of jerks over it while there is the few that get excited meeting something with the same love of a characters.


I admit to having asked myself whether someone else's costume is better or worse than mine when I've met people dressed as the same character but I always try to be friendly. If they've picked the same character as me, then its clear we have something in common. And although I do have an attachment to characters I've cosplayed, I think character ownership is really dumb. When people start getting pissy like that it really takes the fun out the hobby.


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15 Jan 2013 - 14:0095956
If I find someone dressed as the same character as me at a con my usual response is to ask for a photo with them . Most people seem ok with it. I dont do this though is the person is with a large group of people, feels a bit awkward on those occassions.


My rant: I've been at my job for just shy of 1 year and today at the staff meeting my manager said I was inexperienced and could learn a lot from a certain other member of staff. This certain member of staff doesnt care about any of the people we are meant to be caring for, to her it's just a job and the service users are an inconvenience. I personally think she could learn a lot from me about empathy and how to speak to people without being rude/ insulting their intelligence. Grrrr Im really annoyed!


15 Jan 2013 - 17:3195968
Quote yumcarrots:


My rant: I've been at my job for just shy of 1 year and today at the staff meeting my manager said I was inexperienced and could learn a lot from a certain other member of staff. This certain member of staff doesnt care about any of the people we are meant to be caring for, to her it's just a job and the service users are an inconvenience. I personally think she could learn a lot from me about empathy and how to speak to people without being rude/ insulting their intelligence. Grrrr Im really annoyed!


Some people, especially managers welcome results over service. It's all numbers, SLA and KPI.

If you can establish relations and get on with those who you're caring for, you'll get very very far (before you too succumb to the results driven side, the higher up you get). My first proper job after uni was working in a call centre for the HSBC helpdesk, I got headhunted in 2 weeks to work on an FM contract for a massive global management company based in London simply because I was chatty and friendly.

Luck + your nice personality = success.


Edit:
Also I wanted to say that when I see someone in the same costume as me I too try and get a photo of some kind of mirror image May as well play with it. Good picture poses;
DBZ Fusion pose
Hugging (forever alone)
If one of you is shorter, sit on the tall one's knee
Fighting stance each other
Armwrestle
Clink pint glasses



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15 Jan 2013 - 17:4495970
I'll have to try thrusting myself at them next time rather than letting them shy away from me, and therefore feeling intimidated. Or if I get a filthy look, smile even more at them!



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15 Jan 2013 - 20:1095973
Quote Angel Tear:
I'll have to try thrusting myself at them next time rather than letting them shy away from me, and therefore feeling intimidates. Or if I get a filthy look, smile even more at them!


Wild Sakura appeared.

You're also Sakura!

Wild Sakura used FROWNY FACE!

Your happiness fell.

You used SPARKLY SPARKLE FACE!

IT WAS SUPER EFFECTIVE!

Wild Sakura fainted.


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16 Jan 2013 - 19:1396023
"Hey, I need to borrow money because we can't afford food, heating or electricity. Oh, but we bought cigarettes, cause like, they're more important than staying warm when we've covered in snow everywhere and there's freezing fog, and who needs food?! Not us, even though I'm pregnant!"

Essentially what has just come out of my sister's mouth. She fecking pisses me off! She's 6 months pregnant and she's still smoking. Her and her husband smoke inside as well, in a room with NO ventilation! It's so bad in there that my mum can't stand it, and she's a smoker! I feel sick from the stench when I open the door to her home.

I mean, Jo's been to the neonatal ward! She's been around prem-babies. OUR NIECE was premature, and Barbara followed all the rules when she's pregnant. Our aunt LOST her baby after having a healthy first 6 months! Jo has miscarried in the past, she's had an ectopic pregnancy AND YET SHE STILL SMOKES! She's still being very sick! The Doctor told her not to have fatty or protein rich foods. LITERALLY the same day he said that to her, she had chicken nuggets, a chicken bake, an ice bun and coca-cola, as well as a smoke! ALSO! Gestational diabetes (diabetes through pregnancy, gives us a high sugar level) running through our family.

She is so fucking selfish it's unbelievable. That baby is gonna be so ill when it's born, if it actually survives. I can't believe her.


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24 Jan 2013 - 22:4296416
Why... Why... Why do we have to learn stupid things like Pythagora's Theorem? We are NEVER going to use it... Ever. And instead of teaching us important things like: How to pay council tax; How to buy a house; How to take a loan...etc They teach us how to find the length of the hypotenuse of a bloody triangle.

So when you're 30 years old and you're at home thinking, "Oh! What a lovely lesson I had! I'm so glad I learnt how to find the hypotenuse of a triangle! I use it every day!". That is never going to happen.

Why does maths even exist? You don't have to know the exact amount of sheep you have. Or the chances of you having a lamb from trying specific sheep. You can just estimate how many sheep you have and if you have enough pregnant for next year. (Sheep rearing is just an example... You can apply it to anything!)

You. Don't. Need. Useless. Things. Like. Pythagora's. Theorem.

Standard Form? When am I EVER going to need to shorten a number with 16 digits, eh? Never. They should teach useful things, not useless formulae that you will never use. *sigh*


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