Archive for 2011
I moved to my new home about 5 weeks ago, and only now have I got an internet connection at home! “Why?” I hear you ask. I get my phone line through the Post Office and they couldn’t get an engineer out any sooner than early November to connect my phone line, and it took BT another week and a half to get the internet sorted out!
So, for all my waiting, what speeds am I getting? I’m supposed to be getting 4Mb but at the moment it’s no higher than 1.5Mb, but there’s still the 10 days grace period where BT try and figure out what speeds I can actually get. Still, anyway, I’m back online now!! Not limited by my phone and tablet anymore 🙂
Well this is it… my 29th birthday! (cue cake!) So what did I get? Before I get into that, I want to share a revelation with you.
If there’s anything that I’ve realised as I’ve gotten older, it’s that you look forward to your birthday less and less as each year goes by. This isn’t to say that I dread my birthday when it comes along – in fact I still enjoy them – but they’re not filled with the excitement and wonderment that you used to get when you were a kid. It’s the same with any other kind of celebration or holiday that you encounter each year. (more…)
After almost 3 1/2 years of living in a flat, I have now moved into a fully-fledged house!!
Why did I move? Well first and foremost it was cheaper, £85 cheaper a month in fact! That’s a HUGE difference, and should make getting by every month that bit easier. Secondly, it’s larger. The flat was a single bedroom place, whereas this is a 2 bedroom house. There’s definitely more room here, and the 2nd bedroom means I can have people stay over… or simply turn it into a study. Thirdly, it’s part-furnished. The flat I used to live in was fully furnished – sofas, bed, TV, fridge/freezer, washer-dryer, everything was included. Sure, that means that if anything goes wrong I don’t have to foot the bill and, instead, the landlord would take care of it, but it also meant that I couldn’t get anything of my own in that place. (more…)
A website that I tend to enjoy most lunchtimes is Damn You Autocorrect. For those who don’t know, it’s a website full of screencaps taken on mobile phones, mostly the iPhone, where hilarity ensues when the phone takes it upon itself to “autocorrect” what you’ve typed in your messages, assuming you meant something else. Some of the pictures submitted to the site are questionable, but most of them are absolutely hilarious!! (more…)
Today saw the very last launch for the Space Shuttle programme, with the 33rd and final launch of the Atlantis at Cape Canaveral. The Space Shuttle programme has been in commission now for 30 years, with a total of 135 launches under it’s belt, and today sees it’s unfortunate end. Ironically, for most of today, I’ve been watching repeats of Star Trek: The Next Generation. With the shutting down of the Space Shuttle programme and Present Obama cancelling NASA’s Constellation programme, it makes me wonder if we will ever reach the technological achievements portrayed in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek franchise. The question on my lips now, as well as many others who look up to the stars in the hope that mankind can further explore the emptiness of space, is… What of the future of space exploration? (more…)
Since I’ve made a website to cater for those who play Zynga’s Café World (no pun intended), it would be negligent of me to fail to mention that the game has been given a bit of a spring clean this evening! A couple of months ago, we were given an entirely new cookbook in the game, which helped fellow chefs find the next dish they want to cook a little quicker than before (although perhaps not as well as I’ve done it). Now the rest of the game has been spruced up and I, for one, welcome it. (more…)
We’re currently into day 2 of the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011, and now all of the main E3 press conferences are over and done with. The rest of the time at E3 will be spent going to various stalls and trying out what all the main contenders have to offer… at least, if you’re there… Since I’m over 5,000 miles away and having to watch the Expo via live stream, I’m already calling it a week for E3.
So what have the main contenders shown us this year that reporters are immersing themselves in now, and that we’ll be immersing ourselves in later in the coming months? In this blog entry, I’ve decided to outline the key points from the three main press conferences (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo) that have stuck in my mind. (more…)
The PlayStation Store was re-opened a couple of days ago, and now the Welcome Back content has been made available for everyone!
“With the PlayStation Store back online, we’ve been getting all caught up this week, having launched an abundance of amazing content for download on PlayStation 3 and PSP. Today, we’re excited to launch the Welcome Back program to thank you for your loyalty and below we’ve detailed what is available, how to go about downloading it and a list of frequently asked questions.
Thanks again for your patience and understanding as we restored the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services – your support has meant a lot to us and is greatly appreciated.”
– from PlayStation Blog (more…)