29th June, 2011

Guardian

A good day for Tsonga, a bad one for Federer fans

Plan: Learn the basics of Java, read my present copy of ‘The Economist’ to page 20, draw future ‘house’, enquire about artists’ pen, read Birdsong

One could say today was in two parts – I went to bed at 5am, obscenely late (or indeed early) and I don’t know why I did it, but I say this to justify my awakening at 11pm today.

I first enquired about purchasing an inking pen, since I am looking to develop a, presently distinctly lacking, artistic side. I’ve purchased some acrylic paints and would like to paint some landscapes of the lovely area I am fortunate to live in. Pertaining to this pen, I am interested in attempting to do some cartoon work and develop my own style. I’m a huge fan of Simon’s Cat on youtube as well as Mark Crilley, who is a Manga artist primarily and has written his own books. He has a real treasure chest of his trademarked ‘how to draw’ videos helping people develop their art. I don’t often follow them but still watch them because he’s a sound speaker and interesting to listen to, and see how he works. He is also phenomenal at still life and this video of ‘How to draw a photorealistic eye‘ is simply breathtaking. The long and short of it being that he uses the ‘Pigma Micron’ pen and I investigated as to whether the art shop had it, which did not – but fortunately one is on its way through the wonders of the world-wide web.

I was crippled watching the tennis today and simply gutted seeing Federer lose. I didn’t watch the whole match but most of the last two sets. Many congratulations to Tsonga, he played very well indeed and definitely had that determination. However, I hold Federer very highly indeed and was saddened to see him lose. I think he’s a real gentlemen of the sport and I very much admire that. I’m sure he will be back next year since he seems to be improving from a lull in the past few months before the French Open.

An hour or two of my day was spent on the Wii and outside in the garden, which I am not too sorry for at all. It is nice to have a break and leave the mind entirely unstimulated  for some time – as long as it is strictly controlled since it is so easy to spend more time than you’d like. I’ve also been trying to get the knack of juggling the past week or so and today it seemed to be coming together nicely, almost able to start and stop at will without them all crashing one by one onto the floor.

I’ve taken a desire to learn French this holiday, but I’ve also stumbled upon programming languages and, after a discussion with a person doing Computer Science, I have been recommended to learn Java. A man called ‘Bucky’ has done a wonderfully informative series of tutorials on Youtube which I am following. Even now it’s amazing to see how powerful it is, and it would be wonderful to have a sound command over it by the end of the summer.

From five, the evening was taken up with tennis at my club since Wednesday evening is club night. I’ve not been for months due to university and it was wonderful to be back and stretch the tennis muscles again. I met a few new members who were especially friendly, and it was wonderful being able to have a solid few hours of exercise, socialising and playing a sport you take great enjoyment in and to leave with a broad smile on your face. I shall definitely make more of that over the coming weeks. Indeed, I ought to since I am in the mixed doubles and men’s singles club tournaments and the matches will be played from now onwards.

If I am disappointed at some things today it is my lack of reading and drawing. I really want to crack on with ‘The Economist’ and Birdsong, and a book on cryptic crosswords. All of which will be excitingly discussed later!

Tomorrow I am off to the capital to meet with a lecturer to see the possibility of doing some research over the summer, it’s an early start since the train is leaving at seven, but it should be a good day and I will hopefully be able to make the most of my time there and may visit some places of interest.

Thanks for reading.

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