Happy Belated Birthday… to Me.

Hello readers! I have been paragliding for my birthday! Incidentally, that was the first time I did it. Also incidentally, it’s one of my favourite sports. Here I have a photo of me before take-off:

Le me, just before take off.

Take-off itself is possibly the most terrifying. I wasn’t particularly scared, but that’s just me. Basically, for takeoff you run down a steep slope until you lift off the ground. And by steep, I mean really steep. And by run, I mean really run.

Now, as a pretty inquisitive boy with an odd concern for my own life (funny that) I naturally wondered what would happen if I didn’t go fast enough. Turns out: nothing bad. It’s just easier.

I’m ashamed to say that one of the first things in my mind before takeoff (after clearing up that mess about the possibility of falling off a cliff with our (flights are tandem unless experienced) parachute un-inflated) was the things the wind would do to my lips. Oh, and my lack of gloves.

When I took off those thoughts vanished. To illustrate, here’s another photo:

Now think that photo just sums up my thoughts. This is more of a photo post. And then the landing? The paraglider harness turns into a sort of seat. Beneath the “seat” there’s loads of air-filled slack. That acts as a cushion for landing. I’ll add a video soon. :)

Me, mid-flight

The Cultural Value of Video Games

Let me start off (no intro I’m afraid) by pointing out that film (scarcely older than video games) is considered by many to be an important aspect of human culture. So please, don’t use the “it’s only been around for a few decades” argument. Film has been around for not much longer. I mean, seriously.
Games are also not all the same generic, violent, pointless things many people think they are. That’s like saying all movies are violent, stupid and racist because Taken is a heap of shit. So please, don’t use that argument. Also, the idea that games encourage violence is true. The same, might I add, as it is with books, movies and religion.
Now before I get half a terabyte of hate mail, might I just say that religion has also been used to broadcast messages of peace, friendship and loving to the world. And educate it. The same goes with film, books and games. So honestly, I don’t know why games are not accepted as part of our culture.
Hell, they’ll be the world’s new hobby soon. So just go with the flow and stop fighting it as stupid.

Intelligent criticism (and praise) only, thank you very much.

And Now I Guess I’ll Go To The Himalayas

I have endeavoured to distribute my surplus boredom among you in another exciting blog post from me. Prepare to be bored to the brink of excitement! So yeah, I’m going to the Himalayas. I am doing a blog post about it because I value your audience you are all pawns in my quest for world domination muahahaha mum said so. -_-

So I guess I’ll write about how scared I am and stuff. I have, out of knowing perfectly well how much it means to mum, agreed to do this. It’s a cool thing to do, no doubt. And the bragging rights? Amazing. But really, I am f███ing scared. I mean, who ENJOYS (non-mes excluded) climbing up a s███load of f███ing mountains to get to a few f███ing huts?

It will hurts us. The cold, it will burnses us. And after, we will bragses about it. Thus we embark upon our journey to destroy the Ring. Srsly though, you will nawt hear the end of it. I would like to say that I will write a post about it, then disappear utterly for the next few weeks as my legs re-adjust to a climate of joyful procrastination. I hope.