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Posted by aListers - August 15th, 2016

Clockday is coming to a close for me now but i've enjoyed it this year somewhat. Being on the frontpage art was a bit of a surprise but it was probably a good morale boost for me - seeing as I had to finish my clockday project. This time I made the entire project in one day. I probably shouldn't do that again seeing as I ended up removing a lot of scenes and not making backgrounds but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Probably not my finest work either though.

Nonetheless, I consider today a sucess. This year was life's peak for me. I need to up my game next year but I have good friends to bring me through it. hopefully this 3d peak will last long into my life.

Posted by aListers - August 9th, 2015

I've been moving house and everything goes wrong. I got here and I forgot all my chargers (phone, laptop and 3DS) so the only internet source I have is my PC - this I can deal with because it's just like old times. Unfortunatley that means I can't work on anything though so I have a 0% chance of making a clockday flash. Despite that my game development team gave me work to do anyway so I'll be busy this month. Afterwards my flatmate got locked out of his room and had to pay £70 for a locksmith who proceded to open it with a cut open bottle of coke. After that my legs died after having to walk up and down 4 flights of stairs around 7 times. The next morning my legs hurt so badly that I couldn't even bear sitting down at my PC so I've spent most of my time in bed today. Also, this place is a bit of a tip and I've had to clean everything. There are stains on the toilet seat that aren't coming off either. It took a day to figure out how to switch on the hot water too. Now I find out that a new touhou game comes out on clockday which means I have to split my time 5'ing everything and playing a touhou game multiple times until I complete it then laughing at the reactions and arguing about the lore.

Meh, I should still end up enjoying myself this year. It's the time of my life with the lowest power:work ratio. I now have the freedoms of adult life without the responsibility of having to work long hours for the money.

Posted by aListers - December 31st, 2014

Happy new year!


I enjoyed last year but it was admittedly a bad year overall. It was an odd year for me because I actually had a life for 2 weeks of it. It wasn't any more enjoyable than not having a life but I loved that little time period - it's a little highlight of my life like the time I had that huge RPG battle on Smicothegreat's newsposts. Since then it's been sleepless nights and sleepy mornings as university life started. I've made brilliant friends over the time I've been in university. I have friends that I care about greatly. People who make it fun to just go to a pub and laugh with. Others are gamers and we can discuss the games we like without fear of them looking down on us for it. I actually know people who don't think anime is just hentai! Real life has gotten so much better since I left high school. University in Scotland is much more like anime high schools than high school is.

The big thing about last year was that the internet mattered less. I escaped a ship before the gamergate incident sank it to the bottom of the ocean.  This 4chan vs Tumblr war is destroying the internet and, as a student of game development, I can't escape it. I also failed miserably at trying to get back into the clock crew. I'll try again though some day.

Politically the world was messed up as well because the racists won an election in the UK. UKIP won about 30% of the vote in England, 26% of the vote in Wales and only 10% in Scotland. The racist National Front also won in France. This is a huge disappointment. I expected the English to be like that but not Wales and France. We also had the independence referendum which was enough to make everybody fall out with each other for a couple of days.

Overall though, leaving High school really did wonders for my life. When I moved out, I could be who I wanted to be instead of having to act on what people already knew about me. I could say "smeg" and people would let me because they thought it was local dialect. Life is good now. I just need to learn how to wake up.

New years resolution: wake up on time for class then actually pass the classes. Also do the coursework earlier in the year.


Posted by aListers - October 16th, 2014

Well I am now a student at university. I've moved house and my first term ends tomorrow. It's wierd having a social life but I'm glad I briefly experienced one. I'm happy to go back to being a social recluse but it's still taken it's toll on my time. I have to wake up at 07:15 every day to get into university by 09:00 and that's really hard when you end up staying awake till about 03:00.

I'm doing a computer game programming course at one of the best universities in europe (at least the best in the UK)  for my course. I've probably already failed my first maths test and I keep missing 09:00 classes due to trouble waking up. Usually i'd be fine but now it takes an hour to wake up and even then I can't be bothered. I set 2 alarms in the morning. One at 07:15 and one at 07:30 so that I should wake up but neither works. I'm having loads of trouble with time and I'm really not sure how to solve them. I live ages away from the university too so it doesn't help that being 5 minutes late now makes me 30 minutes late due to busses.

In terms of budget I'm actually doing really well. I'm eating a diet of mainly rice, chicken and broccoli - all at a price of under 50p a meal. Toast in the morning is so cheap that I end up getting so much that I can't eat it all and buying less is more expensive than buying more. My main loss of money is lunch where I lose £2 a day eating a KFC snack box - though it is well worth the money. I could lower this by buying from gregs or bringing a packed lunch but it's not much less money and takes up too much time respectivley.

My flatmates are alright in my specific flat. My block are a different story though. I don't drink so I'm left like Byakuren Hijiri - I'm restricted by the fact I don't drink. My friends from the little university warm up (we called it summer school) were acceptive and actually admired the fact that I didn't drink but the people who actually live in my block can be assholes about it. I can't get along with people here so it's no wonder one of my friends have already switched accommodation. I'm still here because it's cheap and it gives me the money to buy a PC - being a gamer and only having a laptop is unbearable.

Still, life goes on. My course uses unity next year so I may end up making some games using unity for newgrounds - if I can figure out how to use it. Right now I need to get my time in check. I should be asleep now.

Posted by aListers - May 24th, 2014

Yesterday I did my final exam in school. I'll no longer walk the halls of my high school.

It took 7 long years of primary school at Chatelherault Primary School and 6 hard years at Hamilton Grammar School (formerly known as Hamilton Academy) and it's all over. All those years of making friends in primary school and struggling to keep them in high school don't mean smeg anymore.

I can now say for sure that I prefered primary school over high school. Back in primary school the enemy was the person in charge - usually the teacher. In high school the other pupils were the enemy. I couldn't change in the PE changing rooms without the fear of getting bullied. I know that I consider Chatelherault primary school to be one of the best schools in Scotland, as I was told that we were as good as a private school when I went there, but the change in community was immense when I went to the Grammar.

Chatelherault had no neds but Hamilton Grammar was full of them. My biggest mistake was that I listened to them when they said it wasn't as bad as the movies. It was as bad - if not worse. At least if they try to stick your head down the toilets you could punch them in the balls. Name calling is far worse. You yourself may not care what they say but your friends do. It's gotten to the point where I don't tell people what I like anymore in fear of getting bullied for it. In primary school I trusted everybody and the people who are meant to ease the process thought it was better that way but it wasn't. I'm not the kind of person who would become like everybody else just to fit in. I liked the morals I learned in primary school. In my attempts to avoid bullying i got wrongfully diagnosed with aspergers and my school grades soared. I hated the neds and did my best to be different from them in every way - which meant paying attention in class. Luckly the friendships I made in Chatelherault payed off and I had loyal friends who stuck by me no matter what.

A long time ago, at the european premier of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya I believe, I was told to make the most of high school because it's one of the best times of your life. Thing is; that sense of community and that freedom are things I never had at high school. There was one time I had it though - primary school. I loved the people there, that sense of community and the freedom to do whatever you wanted that I got back then. When we were in P6 and P7 people would pretend to have sex with poles, jump from bunk bed to bunk bed, swanton bomb each other for constantly repeating a phrase, knock people out in pillow fights and hip thrust people in the playground so hard that we knocked them over. You can't do those kind of things in high school. Other primary schools considered us boring but they made school boring. Society and ettiquette are what really opresses us in modern day society. Those people who tell us to behave like adults are the true tyrants in modern day society.

Still, now I have left the simple part of life. I only did life so far because there was nothing else to do. I almost didn't expect to make it this far really. It really shows that the course I'm doing is for a career path into my childhood dream. I chose it because it was the only real thing i knew. I'm off to university. My grades will decide if I'm going to the one in my local town which will give me a really crappy degree or if I go to a city I currently don't like (the parking's crap, the shopping centres are empty, the nearest proper city is ages away and there's this huge hill in the middle of it which I'll probably die at if i try to cycle up or down it)  which will give me a really good degree with the possibility of a job. Sony's invested enough into that uni so I'll be surprised if it leads me nowhere.

The internet as a whole seems to have gotten me through quite a lot in this time. Without newgrounds I would've probably killed myself (I've tried my best to forget why so I can't exactly say that that's not true) and without Touhou I would still be suicidal. The clock crew gave me B and a friendship I will never forget. Touhou made me stop wishing for death and made me start wishing for Yukari Yakumo to take me to Gensokyo instead. Falling in love did me wonders and gave me a reason to get up in the morning - even if it was simply to go back to sleep. 2006scape taught me why I enjoyed 2007 so much as well. I'm bound by oath to keep coming to newgrounds until I die or it dies. This site is my home. It's the only regularity I'll probably have through my whole life - unless I do move to Gensokyo which I'm still open to.

Now I have to get a job, go to uni, get another job, build a PC, learn how to sword fight and make games. Smeg knows what's going to happen next.

Posted by aListers - December 31st, 2013

I actually enjoyed last year!

So many things have happened this year. The most major was falling in love at the end of last year which caused dreams to be the most important part of this year. They've developed me greatly over the past year and they've taught me that I'm not quite as unique as I thought I was but I'm still very unique in my own ways. I'm not sure if it means I'm creepy or crazy but I've been either one of the 2 for many years now. 1 thing is for sure though - Im in love and I love every second of it.

The other major thing that's happened is the "Relapse of Runescape and Wrestling" which dominated my life from the latter half of last year until the middle of this year. It's a little sub-era. I still watch wrestling but I stopped caring about the WWE because it suffered the same problems as Runescape. WWE and runescape both backstab their veterans. This era I fought against these companies in mass boycotts. We didn't want the EOC and we still don't want John Cena. Our WWE one failed to do practically anything (people don't think there is any competition to the WWE and therefore keep watching it) but the runescape one brought Jagex to it's knees as 40% of users left runescape to play on private servers. On those private servers I became part of a community which brought back feelings I hadn't had since 2007 - which I still to this day consider to be the greatest year of my life on the internet. I made a name for myself on the 2006scape fourm games board and made some brilliant friends there. I was the most common name on the count to 50 before a mod game - which I brought here when I signed up. Unfortunatley the site was taken down by Jagex and then we all mosed to ProjectRS06. The community kind of went to die there as fights broke out between those who believed that Mod Vault had no choice and those who thought of him as nothing but a scammer. Eventually our boycott lead to jagex bringing out old school runescape which had no EOC. We had won but I never went back. I was F2P and will always be. There is still a hole in my heart from those days. I miss my friends on 2006scape. Still I learned the true value of community. It was that which caused me to love 2006scape and the year 2007. It wasn't the activity it was the people and I think this is one of the most important lessons of my life so far.

Oddly enough, these events both started last year but as they ended this year, I can look back at them and say with all my heart that I enjoyed them.  In terms of real life I've found my friends again. The year before it was a bit awkward because there was nobody I could truly trust in the group I hung out with. Now I know my friends and play cards with them. I've also applied to 3 universities, only 1 of which has replied and given me a conditional - so I have to pass Maths with a B before I'm allowed in. Seeing as I'm doing this level of maths over 2 years, I'll be severly disappointed if I end up getting a C which is what I was expected to have gotten last year if I hadn't decided to do it over 2 years.

Still, there is much left to enjoy in my last year of High School. All the neds have left so I like almost all the people left in my year. I don't bear quite as much pride for my High school as I do for my Primary School but I will probably miss my friends when we all go. Of the 2 people I trust most, 1 will be staying in the Glasgow area and going to a university there while I risk leaving the other to go to another City in Scotland and continue my studies - if I do well. I hope I'll find good trustable people wherever I go but unfortunaley that may not be the case.

This been a good, eventful year for me. I hope that 2014 will be as good if not better. Happy New Year everybody! I wish you all enjoy it like I enjoyed last year!

Posted by aListers - August 28th, 2013

It's my 17th birthday today. Ignore the 21 that my userpage says I am. I have a tradition of lying about my age on the internet.

Well, I slept in, couldn't find my shirt and had problems starting up the internet but there's a long way to go on my birthday. I've already got money for my brithday.

I'm now old enough to drive. I've already got all the applications for driving lessons and I had my first shot with a car a few weeks ago (I stalled it pretty quickly) so I'm looking forward to those. Only problem now is trying to fit that in with school.

Still I'm the same age as Miku when she was released (or at least she was back in 09. I seem to have travelled into a different dimension since 2010) so this should be a good year for me. I'm getting my own money now so life is starting to hand responsibilites to me now. I just need to make sure I don't mess it all up like I do with everything else.

Posted by aListers - August 15th, 2013

It's the 15th of August again! That means clockday! I would have a flash but unfortunately I didn't finish it in time for the move from my house to the flat I'm staying in for a while so even if I did finish it, I would still be unable to submit it.

It's unfortunate but oh well. This is my first clockday without submitting anything to the portal since 2006. Tis unfortunate but as a clock I will still spread the <3 and vote 5 on everything in the portal. It's my duty and I'll always do it.

unfortunately this clockday is also the first clock day I remember that I have school on. I remember waking up at 6 to finish a madness day flash but not a clock day one. Luckily at school, I got everything I wanted and will be proceeding as planned.

Sorry I can't take part but happy clock day

Posted by aListers - May 31st, 2013

I have made over 2000 posts on the NG BBS. It took me 6 years to do somthing that I've seen done in about 3 months. I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

Anyway exams are over now so I am now free. I should be able to go on newgrounds much more again and I'm going to work on projects that I've had planned for ages. I just need to think of somthing funny for my clockday movie and a verse melody with a bridge if I'm to finish this song I've just started today.

Posted by aListers - April 19th, 2013

Today marks the 6th year that I have had an account of newgrounds. Over the years I have been thorugh 2 eras of my life but the newgrounds era stands out as the first major one. I made an oath never to quit from this site 6 years ago and I have not broken it. Newgrounds may have changed much since I first joined, and it will keep changing for as long as it lives, but I can gaurantee that till the day either me or the internet dies that I will always be here.

I'm still very nostalglic about how this site was 6 years ago though. Back when all the noobs loved the clock crew, back when sign up dates mattered, back when photoshop threads were common and when we all made cock jokes. They were the days. Newgrounds has changed since then though and I guess I have too. Newgrounds has become much more mature than I remember it. I still enjoy it here though.

One day I'll have spent half my life on newgrounds. Scary thought.