About Paulus (18)
... so I'm probably best placed to tell you a little more about myself ...
These pages are an attempt to give you some idea of the sort of person I am, obviously the truth of anybody is a little difficult to convey in words and pictures, but this website is likely to give you a little better insight than a piece of paper with a list of qualifications and previous employment ... and at worst (for me) you can save yourself the expense of an interview :D
Also - please don't judge me from this photograph ... I am 'quite' normal - honestly!
Some time ago, I decided to do an evening class, something creative but something that could be done indoors on rainy days ... unlike my love of photography!
... I settled on stained glass making ...
I have to say, I'm not the best at it but I really enjoy having a go, and once you've become accustomed to blood over everything that you are trying to work on, its rather satisfying :D
Obviously, having planned to leave the country, I no longer have any of the tools to make any stained glass :(
... hey, my photo's seem to have vanished from here ... will find them and update as soon as possible!
So, I've been away from my personal site for some time now ... things to do, places to go ... yadda yadda ...
Ok, truth be told, I've been trying to make ends meet by doing lots of different things, and trying out many new (and sometimes exciting) things ... more of that later if you are all good!
It's been a bit of a roller coaster of a journey over the last 18 months or so ... being dumped from 3000 miles away by somebody you spent the last 10 years of your life with is (if nothing else) a bit of an eye opener :)
I'm not one to dwell on self congratulations, but (if I'm honest ... and one of the things I've tried to be more of, is honest) ... I've become a much better person for the process ... won't bang on about 'positive thinking' ... but it worked for me (and I don't mean the 'pay some idiot called Rainbow or Brad a lot of money to be told you are worthy' type of positive thinking ... I mean the 'hey I'm alive ... think I'm not going to sweat the small stuff any more' type) ...
I'm pretty handy with most types of software ... both desktop and web based.
If I don't know how to use something, I can get up to speed fairly quickly (as long as there is a good help system, or a community with a decent tutorials section!) ... I tend to believe the best way to learn about anything is to get stuck in and use it - I draw the line at heavy machinery - especially if it has sharp fast moving bits, for those I read the manual first (twice), then have a go!
Over the years, I've tinkered with many things and one of the things I've got most enjoyment from is attempting to make jewellery ... strangely, I don't wear much (if any) jewellery but I'm more than happy to solder, glue or twist something together!
Much of my interest stemmed from originally making chainmaille from garden wire (for the life of me, I can't remember how I got into doing that ... I think, as I used to whittle a lot, I must have found some wire and just started fiddling - idle hands and all that!)
I graduated on to silver wire and have been making small trinkets for several years now.
I did woodwork at school - it wasn't very interesting.
Woodwork I've done since has been much more rewarding.
I can do the usual shelf building, door hanging stuff, but what I really enjoy is the more unusual ...
I have no official training in anything interweb or computer related - I'm totally self taught, which is another way of saying I've made many many many mistakes and then found a ways to make things work, they'll more than likely not be ways you'll find in manuals or online tutorials, but if it works ... it works.
It also goes to prove that you can teach old dogs new tricks, I'm learning new things every day ...
... forgetting just as many things to make room for the new stuff, but there's always a price to pay.
As long as I can remember, I've always had pets ... one of my first memories, is of our cat Mitzi being rundown (yes that was her name - you can imagine my porn star name!) ... happy ending, she survived and lived for many many more years (until she was 15 I think) ... she was a fighter, even having a rats tooth removed from her paw ... I recall my dad telling me the vet commenting "it must have been the size of a terrier to have had teeth that large!"
Over the years, I have numerous pets, and rescued numerous wild animals (admittedly most have been as a result of overzealous pet cats, but at least I tried).
I've never had a lesson on anything metalwork related - I've cut myself, burnt myself and broken loads of tools trying to work out how to do it!
I like metal, I can't explain it, I'm guessing its that hardwired idea that its somehow elemental, the way blacksmiths must have been looked upon with awe ... in fact I've often wondered how exactly somebody worked out that heating some rock up (a lot) made some of it melt, and that (liquid) bit could be used to make really hard and strong things ?
I'm guessing people had more time then, no Facebook updates to keep them from doing anything remotely useful :D
I love my Flickr account :)
Not only do I get to upload my photographs for all my friends and relatives to look at, but I've also learnt lots from looking at the sort of things other people do ... and just making mistakes ...
I think we all like music of one type or another (although, saying that, I know of one person who doesn't like music, and I think thats probably a pretty good indicator of sociopathic tendencies ...) anyway, as is normal with my diatribes, I digress ...
They say you tell a lot about somebody from the type of music they like, so frankly I would be at a loss to analysis my preferences :)
When it comes to any computer problems, I've learnt that you should always try the obvious first ... seriously, if your mouse is not working (even if it is only a week old) try another mouse don't waste hours bitching at your operating system ... then, if it still doesn't work, try another USB port ... then check those ports are working using another device ...