Work Experience and Welding

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:44

Music: Immerse Sessions 10/04/2008 from

Before this week I felt that my life had rolled to a stop. That I’d be come conformable where I was. It’s not where I want to be but it’s familiar. Being unemployed gives you a lot of free time, so much free time in fact you feel no pressure to get things done. You end up getting nothing done. And I don’t like that. I like to be able to look back and see the things I’ve done and how far I’ve come. If the weather was warmer I could go out riding in the countryside all day but I’m stuck indoors playing games on my own.

I started a welding course at a local college last week, so far I’ve had two lessons and burnt myself twice. I do four hours one afternoon a week for five weeks. I’d been thinking of doing welding as an evening course before I was made redundant. I think it is better to do it when I’m young as it’s a skill I can use for the rest of my life. I’m enjoying learning to weld and I think I’m doing a good job for a beginner. This week I welded together two bits of thin metal using oxy-acetylene then put them in a vice and hit it with a hammer. It bent instead of breaking meaning that weld is at least as strong as the parent metal which made me pleased.

This week I started doing work experience at Twist ID, a local web design company. It’s interesting and nice working there. I look forward to going there apart from on cold days where I don’t want to get out of my warm bed. My bedroom radiator is broken and I ride my bike to work experience. I left early on Thursday and had Friday off because they’d run out of things for me to do. So far the most challenging part has been using photoshop and understanding design since I’m more of a programmer. Since I left early Thursday I went to meet a friend who worked at the university for a nice chat.

Since I’ve moved my website over to Jekyll it allows me to write my blog posts in a number of formats and convert them for me. The old system used formatted HTMl pages which where then included in the page but for this post I thought I’d try out Markdown. Markdown lets me focus on writing instead of worrying about the HTML code that it will be wrapped in. I’m also trying to make my blog posts higher quality so instead of writing and forgetting I’ve come back on Saturday to rewrite this blog post. I hope it makes for better reading but since I’ve deleted / won’t post the original version you’ll never known.