A blog by Grant Stephens

It's a new day...

Hey hey hey, its a new day, no, a new week and even though it might not be something particularly special it is new and this week is going to be made special. It is going to take effort and will power but special it will be.
Does there have to be a reason, but then again by that logic every week should be special so where does that leave us? Well every now and then I think we have to re-evaluate what it most important to us and start working on it again and this is my Hakuna-Matata week. Don't worry, be happy type deal. The last while has been rough- You may have noticed the absence of posts- and thus it is hitting the reset button.
This begs the question how does that happen when we just start having a rough time and stuff starts getting you down? Well to be negative about the whole thing, I think everybody else is being negative and the effect rubs off eventually so we have to start again, this time aiming to do better than last time, hold out longer, kinda like getting over an addiction.
Hmm, negativity and addiction? Well if it is, it something I do not understand. How does being negative make you happy? Sounds weird. Anyway, not worth debating, this is the beginning of a big new positivity week and like the lyrics go: "Nothing going to bring me down…"

Be Positive
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positivity Monday

That awkward moment

So yesterday I played paintball and usually people are scared and stuff. This time, not so much. Paintball is a different game when two people start running straight at each other instead of trying to dodge bullets.
I have also decided that when they say pain is temporary but glory lasts forever it is very true, but since glory is well, there is a post coming up about that, but in this case the silly grin lasts at least a day or two. That being said, the pain is still there, but the grin more than make up for it.
Another thing to note is that as usual it is the people that make the game, so choose wisely and don't be surprised when you find yourself in a paintball-quick-draw.
Be Brave

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awkward moment brave

Doing things nobody know about

So at the moment I am doing some work in maths, numerical methods for partial differential equations to be exact. I am the a point where I am learning about spectral methods and even more specifically the Chebyshev spectral method. So why am I telling you this? Well for one it isn't to make me feel clever cause I only have a very little idea of what is going on, never mind if that idea is accurate or not, no it is because I am pondering weather anybody knows anything about this stuff other than the person that wrote the book on it. I have certainly never met anybody and it is not exactly something you hear in a passing conversation.
Anyway, here I sit, on an unremarkable Saturday morning procrastinating by bloggin instead of learning some more stuff that is remarkable but only to me.
Be Doing Stuff

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I love Africa! I especially love the chicken that was chillin outside the main entrance to the University of Pretoria this morning. Also when your waitress calls all the dishes ayoba. It has been said many times before, but it is the little things that count.
Be African

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Instant Gratification Generation

Life has changed. I want food- get some out the fridge and warm it up. I want to watch something- open my computer and watch exactly what I want for however long I want. The I want and I get reality is here. Just look at the companies making big profits and they are providing a service for right here tight now. The result a world wide debt crisis.
Now I always try and be positive in these posts and this is not something to be positive about. It doesn't only extend to food and such things but if you were to look at divorce rates I think that is also a reflection of the scale of the problem, point being it affects us all and more than we realise. Take facebook as an example. News about friends used to deepen a friendship as you would have to have a conversation to get the news, now it is all online and available to anybody. You no longer know the person, you know their online profile.
Sorry, got a bit distracted there again, now for the positive part. People have started realising that there is an issue and if this is anything like an addiction, which I believe it is, admitting that you have a problem is the first step. So in a way, this is me, Grant Stephens (for those of you that didn't know) admitting that I have a problem and it is something that I plan on fixing.
I have one last point and that is that I believe happiness is kinda like compound interest- it grows on itself, so start saving and being ready for the compound happiness ;)
Be Less-Instantly-Gratified

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Dam Photos

So I have a some more dam photos that I think are kinda cool but I can't have loads of single posts with all of them so here is a post with what I think are some of the best ones, other than those previously posted.

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Lesotho sunset panorama

Free State Flats


The story goes that you can see your dog run away for about a week. Maybe he went for a drink at the windmill over yonder. Taken close to Linley in the Free State.
Be Running Away... or don't
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