Jo got a new Canon PowerShot S5 IS camera for Christmas so we have taken up photography, we have always taken photos where ever we go, but we are at the stage now where we want to get up at 5am, ride into the local village to get “that shot” of the sun just coming up. Over the next few months we plan to travel all over to get some great photos. We have started a Deviant Art account called Pixcicle (don’t ask) at the moment we only have 8 or so pictures but will be adding new ones at least once a week.
What a fucking day! (Well a week and a half ago, but I’ve not been able to get online… detials for this are below) For all of today I have felt like Larry David stuck in an episode of Curb your Enthusiasm (Apart from every time I fucked something up I didn’t get the cool theme music). Everything I have touched has turned to shit. It all started around 2 o’clock at work, I have a 4 gig pen drive I use every day that has some very useful programs to aid me with my work. After trying to turn my pen into a bootable flash drive I managed to corrupt the pen (along with months of work). I then went to our Data Center to load some tapes ready to back the servers up, one of the drives was not playing ball and I popped my fingers in the drive to see if anything was hiding in there but in doing so snapped some plastic thats connected to a spring. So after a quick flick of my finger the tape drive managed to eat its self and in doing so fucked both the drive and the tape.
After all this going off there was a good part to the day, Some one at work gave me a AMD processor so once I got home I was happy to swap my AMD X2 5200 for a higher model, but little did i know it was a total different CPU to was it was packaged in. After finding this out I thought not a problem, I can pop my CPU back in and carry on playing on my pc. Then came the pain… windows errors left right and center. In the end I couldn’t see a problem so put it down to the CPU not being install proberly, so I opened up my pc and took the Processor back out to find I had bent the fucking pins on my fucking £110 Processor rendering my computer useless.
So I’m stuck without a PC for 2 weeks until I get paid, and a soon as I do im off to my local computer store to act like a kid in a candy store.
Thanks to now owning a rapidshare account I’ve been playing some of the latest games out. I’ve pissed all over crysis had a great time killing everything on Medal of Honor and I’ve had a dabble in Call of Duty 4, but I’ve not be played many RTS games in a long time, and I think that’s because they are far too hard. When I play a FPS I love it to be hard and push me as far as I can go, but in the RTS world I loved to beat the hell out of the computer so bad that it packs up its CPU and books a holiday to the Silicon Valley. Don’t ask me why but I like RTS to be easy and that got me thinking about the greatest RTS ever made and no it’s not a C&C but Dungeon Keeper 1, I got this free with my windows 98 PC back in the 90’s and loved playing it. I then Sold it to a friend and brought Dungeon Keeper 2 but still have a love for the old pixelated original.
I must have played this game about 10 times over as many years but this is the first time I’ve tried to play it on my new Vista machine and can’t get it to install (I think my new pc knows of the ass kicking it be getting if it would let me install it).
So I’ve had to download the latest version of Microsoft Virtual PC and load a copy of Windows XP, as I write this blog it is being installed but it looks like its hanging at Installing Devices, but if that fails I will go with a retro Windows 98 install.
So Fingers Crossed I will be running around the dark Dungeons of this great classic by tonight.
Also if you have not played this game then DO SO, you can pick it up for a few pounds or download it within 10 mins from your local download forum.
Pixelblock (aka adult lego) are fucking brilliant, Jo got them for me this Christmas and I’ve not stopped playing with them. They are all 1 size and you can use them to make random 2D or 3D objects from the Idea Playbook, but if you are a retro geek like me you will love making old Sega game characters.
The first item I tried to make was Sonic, but I ran out of blue Pixelblocks so I’ve ordered another box of pixels so I will give that a try again when it turns up next week. Here are some off the ones I have done so far.
I could not finish of Red’s arm, or Sonics face as I ran out of blue blocks, but I will do them again in a week
Here is my Pixel Gallery but also check out this 38,240 block (6 feet tall) minesweeper.
This year (Well last year) I said we wasn’t going out on New Year’s Eve, for the following reasons:
1)You need to get a loan out just to pay the entrance fee to any club/pub
2)I don’t like to pay to be crammed into a pub along with a load of drunk sweating teens
3)Paying 2 or 3 times the amount I would normally on a drink
4)Having to get out a 2nd Loan to pay for a taxi home
5)Then starting the new year with a hang over
While all this time you are spending money to be with the people you love, but you can’t at all talk to them as its far too loud, and I know once Jo reads this post she is going to tell me to stop being an old man and get my slippers and pipe out, but none the less I think new years eve is a rip off.
So back to on track with the reason for the post… as we spent the night drinking at home we decided to go out drinking last night, and what a great night out. As it’s the first Friday of 2008 every one is skint from the big blow out or they are trying to stick to the new year’s Resolution cutting down on the amount they drink (and for all the people that have stuck to it for a week will reward them self’s with a night on the tiles next week).
So because of this I had the town to myself, there was not 1 queue at the bar, there was a hand full of people in the pubs so it wasn’t a ghost town, but it also wasn’t packed and at the end of the night it took me all of 5 seconds to flag a taxi down.
Now that I know of this special day I will be giving NYE (Its how the cool kids say it) a miss and going out on the following Friday AND YOU SHOULD TO!!!
Happy New Year
Well I know it’s the 3rd of January but I’ve only decided today that it’s about time I had a blog for my rants, views and stories.
I don’t know which blog to go with at the moment (Home made, blogger or wordpress) So im going to give them all a quick try out… I’ve tried to install wordpress on my server but my great and reliable hosts over at brinkster have cocked somthing up so I need to wait for the linux team to get back to me tomorrow.. so for now I will use the free on over at wordpress.