Playing Pokemon Go Again

I’ve started playing Pokemon Go again.

It started a few months ago, I started playing it while walking to and from work. It was the best time to play because it meant I could hatch eggs and there were also gyms/pokestops on my route.

So I’m now back on it, checking daily even when I’m not leaving the house (we actually get quite a few Pokemon spawn around the house) and always trying to have the app up in the background when I’m walking anywhere to hatch my eggs.

Today though I have taken it to another level and installed Pokemon Go on my old phone. I thought this would be good because it’s easier to have the app open there when walking so, if I have to check a message I don’t have to close the app to open another one, and it will mean my phone battery isn’t drained because of the game.

I don’t know how often I will carry around both phones because I will keep Pokemon Go on my current phone, I just think if I will be out during the day it might be easier to have it on a separate device.

I have also joined a local group chat for Pokemon Go in the hopes that it will encourage me to participate in more raids. So far I only do raids I can do on my own because I don’t have a group of people to go raiding with. I’m surprised that so many people still play Pokemon Go, but at the same time I know people do because the gyms are always changing etc.

So I’m excited to once again be embarking on my Pokemon Go journey, however long it lasts this time.

If you want to add me as a friend my friend code is below, I will send you gifts when I have them and will do my best to open ones you send me if I have room in my bag.

~ Courtney x

A Year as a Software Engineer Placement

After a long 11 months, I have finally come to the end of my software engineering placement.

It’s crazy to think that this time last year I was preparing myself to start this placement. I was super nervous about it because it was going to be my first full-time job. It was also going to be the first time I was doing a job that was related to my university degree and I was worried that I was going to mess it up in some way or another.

We all hear those stories of people working in software who have been able to bring down important servers/websites/services. I was worried I was going to be one of them.

Luckily, nothing like that happened.

But it was still a concern, I was also worried that I was going to have no idea how to do any of the work that was expected of me. I had only been programming for two years, and I wasn’t sure that was enough.

So I was definitely feeling the pressure before I even walked into the place. But I suppose the hard part was already done, I had applied to a lot of places and been to a few interviews, and then I was lucky enough to be offered a placement at one of them.

Next thing I knew, I was picking out something to wear on the first day and making my way to the office.

The first few days were about learning things, health and safety talks and lots and lots of training. Not the most exciting but things that had to be done. Getting all of the training done early meant that you didn’t have to scramble to get it done before the deadlines.

After that, it was just a matter of waiting to be assigned tasks.

Thankfully the tasks I was given were not completely out of my range, I thought that the first time I was given work to do on a program I wouldn’t even be able to read it never mind understand what was going on. But none of the code that I looked at looked too different from what I was used to seeing before, it was just doing different things.

Of course, there was still a lot I had to learn while working too, things I hadn’t encountered in university or hadn’t been taught. Luckily everyone on my team was nice and was able to help me. So I didn’t feel helpless or that I couldn’t do my job. And of course, if all else failed there was Google.

For the most part, I did enjoy the work that I did, and it gave me more confidence in my abilities as a programmer. And allowed me to learn a lot about the industry as well.

I was also happy to work with a team of people that were passionate about what they were doing. The only other teamwork I had done was at university and it was always hit or miss with teammates. But it really makes a difference to your productivity when everyone else is passionate about the work and wants to see the projects you’re working on succeeding.

When I think about my team, I think I was placed in the right one for me. Everyone on the team was kind of quiet and very focused on the work that they did and I felt I fit right in. It took a while for me to really be able to talk to everyone and learn more about them but once I did I thought it was great.

At first, I thought it was a bit weird to be surrounded by so many people who were at least ten years older than me but it wasn’t at all. The fact that they respected me and treated me as an equal was great, they didn’t dismiss my ideas or opinions because of how old I was and that is something I really appreciated.

We didn’t really have any team outings or social events until towards the end of my placement, which is something I do wish we had done more because when we did all go out we had a good time. It would have been nice to spend more time outside of work as it gives you a chance to get to know people more personally. But aside from that I really enjoyed working with them and couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to help me while I was there.

The only other people that I really interacted with outside of my team were the other placement students. I was grateful that when I started working I wasn’t going to be the only one who was starting out, not having a clue what to do. We were quite a big group and it was nice to be able to meet up with them to talk about work and other things.

When we first started work, we all ate lunch together in the canteen. There was a long bench that we filled and it was comforting to not have to worry about where to sit at lunch and things like that.

After a while, we did sort of split into two different groups at lunch who did our own thing but that was to be expected. I enjoyed the company of people who were the same age as me, as we could relate to each other a lot more and were able to talk about the work we were doing and compare experiences as everyone was on a different team.

Towards the end of the year, it felt really weird to say goodbye to other placements. It kind of felt like saying goodbye to people when we were leaving secondary school. We’re all going to go our different directions but there is a chance we might come across each other again. So it wasn’t really a permanent goodbye.

Another thing I was involved in during my placement year was People Strategy. It was a group of people that met on a regular basis to organise seasonal events inside and outside of work, as well as organise things like town halls.

It was really nice to be involved in something aside from my main work, I liked organising things that got people away from their computers every once in a while.

Towards the end of the year, I put together a Mario Kart tournament on the Nintendo Switch and it was a huge success and really fun. We also did things like bake sales and floor lunches. It gave us a chance to interact with people we normally wouldn’t. Which meant we got to speak to people outside of our teams, and I think that’s great because the company is more than just your small team that sits at one end of the floor.

Overall I really enjoyed my placement. I think that I learnt a lot and am more prepared for the working environment when I graduate from university.

Will I go back to work in the place that I did my placement? I don’t know yet. I think I want to see what else is out there for me. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t come back in the future.

But for now, it’s back to university for my final year. It’s going to be tough and it’s going to be stressful but I think placement has also helped me with dealing with stressful situations, so I should be okay. It’ll definitely be weird going back to university though, I feel like you don’t have the same kind of routine there as you would with a 9 to 5 job but at least you get to sleep in.

I would highly recommend getting a placement if you can while you are studying your degree. It gives you experience in the working world and helps you figure out if this is something you can really do. I also think it really helps with your confidence in your field of study and is a nice change of pace from studying.

~ Courtney x

Playing Little Big Planet!

This summer I have decided to finally complete Little Big Planet & Little Big Planet 2.

These games were probably the only ones I ever played on the PlayStation 3. I never personally owned one but my little brother did. So I never really took to PlayStation gaming.

But I was talking to my brother last month about it and he said he would lend me his PlayStation so I could play the games.

So far, I have completed all the levels in Little Big Planet and have started on Little Big Planet 2.

Ideally, I do want to collect all the stickers and items in both games but realistically I know that probably won’t happen. But that won’t stop me from going back and trying.

I’ll let you know if I succeed in my mission or not. But the main thing is I complete all the levels!

If you want to add me on PlayStation I do have a PSN account: CullenGirl1901. I made it way back in 2010 and only use it so my achievements are synced lol. And if you wanted to help me complete some levels that would be cool too!

~ Courtney x

Finally Scrapbooking!

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I bought this scrapbook last year and it has sat in a drawer in my desk ever since. Then the other night I finally decided it was time to go through my photos and decide which ones I wanted to print to start scrapbooking.

So far I have only done the first page but I have kind of figured out the order I want to put things in so I can’t wait to get into it!

I don’t know if I will share more updates as time goes on – I guess it just depends on how well the finished product looks.

~ Courtney

Twitter’s Age Lock Issue

This is probably old news but I am still going to post about it because I still have an issue with it – said every bitter person on the internet ever.

Hello, my name is Courtney Shek and I am addicted to Twitter.

It started in 2009, I joined a website, I wasn’t really sure what it was but it was pretty cool. I liked to post there because I related to other people on the site. It was a place where I could fangirl about Twilight and find people who also fangirled about Twilight. It was wonderful.

That place was Twitter.

Flash forward 8 years and I am still an avid user of the site, still fangirling though not over Twilight anymore. Twitter has now become a sort of journal where I share random thoughts on things, mainly TV shows or things that happen in day-to-day life. There’s a reason my Twitter handle is Tweeting2Much.

Anyway, that’s all well and good, I like to use Twitter, I have established a little following and I follow all the people I want to be following.

Until a couple of months ago.

I was on my Snapchat and I saw that one of my friends had been locked out of their account because they changed their birthday. That was weird.

Naturally, I decided to check my Twitter account and my birthday.

Twitter has only allowed you to add your birthday in the last couple of years. And I remember when I first found out you could add your birthday, I couldn’t put in my correct birth year. When I went to set my birth year the earliest year I could set it to was 1996. I was born in 1997.

This always annoyed me, but that day when I went to set my birthday, I found I could finally set my birth year to 1997. So I did.

Two seconds later, I was locked out of my account.

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This made no sense to me, especially because I was 20 years old. How could I be under the age of consent?

So I googled Twitter’s rules to find out what the age of consent was.

The age of consent for Twitter is 13.

Again, I was confused. I am clearly over the age of 13 so why was I suddenly locked out of my account?

Well, because in 2009 when I signed up for Twitter I was actually 12. Not 13.

They had locked me out of my account because 8 years ago I wasn’t the age I told them I was.

Oops.

I guess it’s all my fault. I mean it happens. People lie to sign up for websites all the time. It didn’t seem like a big deal especially when I’ve been using the site this whole time and have never had any issue with my age.

And now I clearly am old enough to use the site so why block me now? What is the issue?

After getting the email I sent a photo of my ID to Twitter in the hopes of getting my account back.

While I was going through this ordeal I found out that this had happened to a lot of people. Everyone had turned to Reddit to complain about their issues and so did I. We all wanted to know what was going on and if there was a chance of us getting our accounts back.

After reading what people had to say, I didn’t hold out much hope.

A week or so later I did get a response from Twitter, and it said:

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Great. 8 years and that’s how it’s going to go down Twitter?

Thankfully Reddit users gave me hope that even if they reject you the first time if you sent in your ID again you could possibly get your account back.

So I sent my ID again. And have been waiting for a response ever since.

This was at least a month ago and I have heard nothing, I have tried sending my ID again but all I get are emails saying that I already have an open case with them and to be patient.

Sadly after two weeks or so of being ‘patient’, I couldn’t wait any longer and set up a new Twitter account. Something I didn’t want to do because I didn’t want to start again with a different username and having to go through and follow the 300 something people I used to follow before.

But I did it because as angry as I was at Twitter for blocking me out of my old account, I missed my timeline and sharing my thoughts.

So here I am with my new Twitter. I’ve had it for a month. Nothing too exciting but I guess it’s something.

Not long after I made my new Twitter I saw that Twitter support had tweeted and were aware of the issue of people being locked out of their accounts. So again, I got my hopes up thinking that they were going to fix the situation.

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I still haven’t heard anything.

I know that a lot of people got their account back just by sending in their parents’ ID. Which is something you can do instead of sending in your own. But not only do they want your parents’ ID they also want proof that they are your legal parent/guardian. Which to me is a bit excessive just to get your social media account back.

That, and I told my mum what was going on and she thought it was stupid. And probably doesn’t want me sending her ID away to a random website.

So I’ve been holding out.

I know it seems kind of stupid to be so focused on getting my old account back when I have my new one but I was kind of attached to my old account. It basically documented my entire teenage life. And now I can’t get access to it at all.

The only thing I really want out of all of this is to be able to download a Twitter archive and have my original username back.

It’s the least they could do before shutting the account down forever – if that is even something they are going to do because I can still log into the account.

And so that is my whole story about this age lock fiasco. I felt like I needed to tell my whole story because I explained it a little in a YouTube video a while back but I don’t think I explained it very well.

It’s a mess, and if they had just asked for your birth date when you signed up back in 2009, instead of just having you tick a box, this probably wouldn’t be happening right now but there you go.

I still feel like it’s stupid to lock people out now when they are clearly old enough to use the site. I mean I guess it goes to show that actions have consequences. Even harmless things like lying and saying you’re one year older than you actually are to sign up for a website.

Oh well.

I was hoping to have my account back by now but at the rate it’s going I don’t see much luck. So I guess I’ll stick with my new account, see how it goes. Hope that in another 8 years I don’t get banned again for some obscure reason…

And if you want to follow me on Twitter, you can @Tweeting2Much_ because even though I am mad at Twitter for what happened to my account, I can’t stop tweeting.

~ Courtney x

The Schuyler Sisters From Hamilton West End | Sims 4

A new create a sim video where I create the Schuyler sisters from the musical Hamilton!

I have loved the Hamilton musical since I first listened to it and I got to see it on the West End in January and it was so amazing. So of course I wanted to create some cool sims to celebrate!

To download the Sims from the Sims 4 Gallery just search ‘SimmingAndSuch’ or #LondonSchuylerSisters

Welcome to my New Home!

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I’m Courtney and I can’t hold a stable blog to save my life.

Yes, this is another blog…

But this time it’s special. Why?

Because it’s actually my own website! And by that I mean, I bought the domain, I paid the hosting fee, I’m all in.

This is my space, and I am going to use it! And keep it!

No more moving blogs. This is my blog home.

I have been through so many different blogs and I felt like it was finally time to settle down and keep one (though I thought that about my last blog). But this time because I have put money into it I think I’m going to keep this one.

For the longest time I have wanted my own website and now finally I am doing it. So here we are.

It’s not going to be anything fancy, realistically it’s still just going to be a blog. But I do want to post more content here. I want this to be the main place where I post content. From YouTube videos to book reviews to any other random thing I feel the need to share with the world. I think it would be nice to keep it one place.

Which is why I have decided to import the posts from my previous blog to here. I didn’t want to start with an empty website when I had already posted a lot of things on a previous blog. I also thought it was cool that I could import everything with a few mouse clicks.

But starting from today the posts will be fresh and I’m excited.

So I hope to see you back here for some new content very soon!

~ Courtney x