Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

28th November 2012

You may have noticed a number of changes to Empfire.info:

  • A new layout – It will do. I never have claimed to be a great designer. My skills don’t really lie within Photoshop. I’m a geographer for goodness sake!
  • Goodbye visitors content – It’s had its day and served its purpose, but now it’s pointless. Sorry for those of you who actually enjoyed the content.
  • Links to other blogs have moved – They’ve got their own jazzy page now. Fancy exchanging links? I’m always on the hunt for new blogs to read.
  • More blogging – Now that’s a ‘maybe’. I would like to blog more frequently but I will have to see how well my time can be managed.

I guess I’m moving with the times. It’s sad to see a large proportion of my content disappear from the site but these aren’t the days of Piczo anymore. Some of the content wasn’t too bad though. I liked the brushes, the Photoshop actions and the smilies I had created. And some of the articles I wrote were pretty interesting. I mean, lets be honest, it’s not like I was still offering glitter graphics. :P

I’ve kept the tutorials (for now) as I have been told that some of them are useful. Why thank you! Some of them are missing images so I will try and fix them.

Moving on. Time to talk about my life. I break up for Christmas on the 14th of December and I’m going home on the 15th. I have convinced my parents to pick me up from Liverpool rather than having to get the train home with three weeks of clothes and all of my Christmas presents for everyone. You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to the break. I never thought that not having a half term break would affect me so much, especially with having short lectures and days off in the week. But I think it might have pushed me over the edge. All I can think about is how much this course is annoying me and how desperate I am for a holiday (I’m in the process of flight hunting as we speak).

I shouldn’t hate my course. I don’t want to hate it, especially after working so hard to get into university, but it certainly does have issues. For example, one of my lecturers ignores the ‘3 week turn around’ rule regarding assignments. I’m still waiting for some feedback on my first assignment. I’m not particularly looking forward to getting it back but I suppose the feedback will help me. For my first assignment at university I shouldn’t feel too bad, but I want it to be as good as it can be. :S

The same lecturer has also set us a group work assignment to complete by the day we break up. I’ve met up with my group a few times and they all seem really motivated people. In fact, we’ve decided to set our own deadline slightly earlier so we can get it over and done with as soon as possible. We are writing a chapter for a book which will be a statistics guide. I am working on two sections of the chapter relating to how to run the Wilcoxon statistics test in a software called SPSS. However, I can’t start until I am given the data, and my lecturer is taking forever to put it online, no matter how much we complain.

On a happier note, Tyrone came to stay over this weekend. The Christmas Market has just started in Liverpool so we had a walk around it. We ended up buying pancakes which were delicious with Nutella. I also bought veggie paella so Ty could try it. On Saturday night we decided to go out for a meal at Pizza Hut. In the city centre, Pizza Hut is right opposite the cinema. Impulsively we decided to go and see Skyfall, even though the tickets were a little over priced. I recommend you see it if you haven’t already. It doesn’t matter if your not a James Bond fan; my brother isn’t and he loved it. It has a brilliant story with lots of twists in the plot.

Next Friday Tyrone and I are off to see Madness in concert. I bought the tickets for Tyrone’s birthday. I haven’t been to a concert in ages so I’m pretty excited! I often miss out on the chance to watch the older bands I love, so once I realised there were tickets available I snapped them up. Pretty cheap too if you compare it to the price of tickets for the recent concerts by The Rolling Stones. Apparently the cheapest tickets were going for £30,000 on eBay! :o

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  1. Hey Holly, I’ve moved!
    The .co.cc domain have closed down leaving me no option but to changed the site completely!
    So, if you want you can add my link up…

    I have heard a lot about Skyfall being a great movie but i didn’t have time and now I’m in no mood to go for movies…. but if I do end going to one, it’ll be Talaash, the new Aamir Khan movie…. which looks truly awesome in the promos! It’s a suspense flick and Aamir Khan movies have been completely great for the last whole decade and one had even been sent for Oscars (Lagaan).
    Enjoy your holidays, Holly!

    Take care!

  2. Btw…. LOVED THE LAYOUT!!!!

  3. Britney

    I listen to a lot of classic rock too. I listen to literally every type of music. Country, dubstep, Latino, Arabic, pop, metal, and everything else.
    I like bands like the Scorpions, Led Zeppelin, April Wine, Boston, Journey, etc etc etc. That list goes on allllll day!
    I really like the new look you have here. :)
    Enjoy your Christmas break. Mine doesn’t start til 20 December or something. And it goes til 7 January-ish. Whatever closest Thursday and Monday is to those dates. :)

  4. Jea

    The layout looks great! I love its simplicity :)

    I know that feeling when you wouldn’t like whatever you got into but I think that’s part of life. Hating school even though you tried hard to get into it, that’s part of life. (I think it’s redundant, but oh well.) Everyone gets that feeling but in the end, you’d be proud of the whatever comes in the end. :)

    Your group does sound great. It feels so awesome to end up with hard-working groupmates – well, no one wants the sloppy types, am I right? :3

    I saw Skyfall weeks ago. It was a really good movie despite the length. :P

    Have fun at the concert! :)

  5. Gretch

    I understand how harsh school can be. Sometimes it’s very hard to stay motivated. -.- But maybe it’s just the professor’s fault. Maybe you don’t actually hate the course?

    Good for you to have your well-deserved break. Hopefully you’ll return to school feeling better and refreshed :D

  6. Brandee

    That is very true, you definitely realize how much work you actually do in a day when you miss a day.

    Call me weird but I’ve never heard of Harley Quinn – I don’t read a whole lot of comic books. I read the odd Fruits Basket and Walking Dead comics, maybe a few others here and there but my interest lies in big books :P There’s a store in Winnipeg here that has tons and tons of comic books and they’re at a very cheap price. I bought my boyfriend I think it was #1 out of the series, and it was Star Wars. I was pretty old… 1967 I think? It was only around $5 -$10! The store is called Ravens. :3

    Your layout looks unique, and I’d say your designing skills are pretty amazing considering your bird actually looks like a bird! (When I try, it just looks… I won’t get into that.)

    It’s great that you left your tutorials up – I actually come here often just to read them. They’re quite helpful :)

    Your lecturer sounds lazy in my opinion. He should be getting his stuff done as well – just because he’s graduated and stuff doesn’t mean that he has to stop doing work! Ha ha.

    Pancakes and Nutella? Never heard of that combination, but then again I’ve never tried Nutella (Yes, I must live under a rock). I heard it was gross actually, so I’ve never bothered to try it.

    £30,000?!?!?!? That’s crazy! I get it it’s the Rolling Stones, but that’s waay too expensive!

  7. Cat

    Nice new layout! The birds are cute, and I like the colors and clean look :D

    A break is always nice, especially after classes like that. Just a couple weeks to go, so at least it’s not too far away!

    I thought Skyfall was a good movie, too. I like Daniel Craig as James Bond :) I saw it twice since my work treated us to it after I’ve already seen it. It’s kind of long for a Bond movie though! I dozed off a few times the second time I saw it, haha.

    I hope you guys have fun at the concert!

  8. Shweta

    I love your layout. It’s so clean and perfect. Please don’t remove your tutorials. They are so helpful. :)

    Wow Skyfall, I wish I could watch it but I have loads of exams coming up so I don’t think I’ll be able to watch it until the Christmas/winter holidays. I’m feeling little awkward to say this but I haven’t watched any of the Bond movies yet. :P

    Goodness gracious £30,000? Gosh no words!! :o