Archived Posts

All the old posts I have managed to salvage from previous incarnations of

Added mainly for the sake of completeness and to remind me that occaisonally I do post something!.

I am officially back!

Hi guys and gals!,

My apologies for not updating in months.  My computer died suddenly and without warning just

before christmas (like on the 23rd of december…).  I lost 160Gb of stuff (all my games,

website stuff, emails, music, you name it; I lost it!).
You know what the worst thing was?

The thing that made me swear, rage and curse the very molecules of the computer?

I knew it was dying.

I knew, and could do nothing.

My hard drives were going (you know the noises, random crashes and slowing down).

My DVD writer would write the DVD’s perfectly, It would give me the thumbs up,  “no

problems!” and smile at me. Then when I inserted the disc, it would appear empty….you could

plainly see the data on the disc itself, it would appear as having no space available on it

in the system view….but the data would be invisible to all intents and purposes.

I guessed the DVD writer was failing, but I could not afford one just yet, as the shop I

used to buy them from had closed suddenly without warning a few months before which left me

with a “PC-World” and “Curry’s” last resort shops really (no offence to anyone reading this

who likes those places but I have had extremely bad experiences at both in the past – but

that’s a whole new story…).

Anyway, here I sat, hard drives failing, writer failing (or failed?) no more blank discs, no

spare backup devices.  I even considered backing up online, but it was expensive and not

really what I wanted.  I even tried to buy a USB hard drive that I found on offer but it

didn’t work properly so…back it went.

Then the fateful day arrived, the 23rd of december 2008, I should have left the system on as

is the standard when concerned about hard drive or motherboard failure, but I didn’t I was

half asleep and off to bed and shut it down.

Which it did perfectly…

Then refused to boot again in the morning.

The motherboard had gone first.

The thing I was concerned about the least had beaten eveything else to the final post!.

So there it is.  The story of my prolonged absence.  A few days of frenzied activity

followed where I tore the system apart and tried every trick I could think of, but it was

too late.  It had gone.

I got a new system up and running and have managed to salvage some of the data off the old

drives, but this new system is so unfamiliar and different (vista for one – another day’s

story there…) that it has been slow to get going again.

Well, I am back again, and hoping to write more often, (even if it just gets it all off my

chest and noone ever reads it!).

Still got a few things to iron out, so please continue to be patient with me, if all goes

well, there should be a lot of new content up here shortly!

Happy New Year for last month, hope you all had a great Christmas and your year has gotten

off to a good start!

see you soon!  x


Forum back up…
Sunday, 25 October 2009 at 22:58 

The forum is back up (though under heavy construction!) feel free to check it out!.

NO SPAMMERS!! (as if THAT will stop them!! – if you can’t help it there is a space provided for your amusement… Forums


It’s been a while…
Friday, 23 October 2009 at 17:33 

I’ve been meaning to update you with something for ages, but iot seems whenever I plan to do so something else falls into my lap!.

I have some major plans for this site that require a lot of work and research (seeing as how I don’t know all that much about web design) I will hopefully get some plans up soon for anyone who may be interested or has any advice that could help me.

I’m pretty sure I will be losing WordPress, it’s a great bit of software, but I am most definitely not blogger material! (I don’t have nearly enough to say about anything so I got kinda bored with writing for the sake of writing (everybody loses..).

Anyway, I will see what happens over the next few days and try to figure something out.

Watch this space…


Friday, 12 June 2009 at 00:42 

Your Withnail and I character is Withnail.
You feel like a pig shat in your head,
and often wonder why Gielgud doesn’t retire.

Thursday, 09 April 2009 at 10:47 

Andromeda is a sci fi series I have recently began to watch.

Andromeda Wiki Entry – All the information about the series you could want.

Best (and just about only) site ahout all things Andromeda. – This site is beautifully done and contains information from all over the internet from sites long dead and brings it all together in one place, contains everything else you could want to know, written from an IC viewpoint and features a timeline, crew bios, pictures and much more!.

The series is set thousands of years in the future, and revolves around the Systems Commonwealth, a constitutional monarchy based in a distant star system called Tarn-Vedra. Humankind is a part of The Commonwealth, having been discovered by its members thousands of years prior. The Commonwealth is based out of three galaxies; The Milky Way, Triangulum Galaxy, and the Andromeda Galaxy, located 2.7 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy. Ships travel from one end of the Commonwealth to the other through slipstreams, following pre-guided roller coaster-like pathways through the cosmos to and from their destination.

The Commonwealth claims to be a utopian society, but it is actually in a state of war with the Magog, a humanoid species with bat-like faces that is dedicated to war. A few years earlier, to show good faith as a result of peace talks, the Commonwealth ceded to the Magog a key home world. This home world is a key planet of one of the Commonwealth’s member species, the genetically engineered Nietzscheans. The Nietzscheans, displeased with this peace agreement with the Magog, secretly attempt to usurp control of the Commonwealth. This is also the embodiment of their basic beliefs, as they see themselves as the race described as the “Übermensch” by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

The Commonwealth is defended by the High Guard, an armada of many ships. The protagonist of the series, Dylan Hunt, is the captain of a Commonwealth ship, the Andromeda Ascendant. The ship’s computer, a powerful AI (Artificial Intelligence), is a key character in the series.

The entire High Guard, including Captain Hunt, is caught by surprise in the first engagement of the Nietzschean uprising. He is forced to evacuate his crew, but Andromeda gets caught on the edge of an event horizon of a black hole, freezing him in time.

303 years later, the crew of the salvage ship Eureka Maru locates Hunt’s ship. The Systems Commonwealth and the High Guard have fallen in the centuries since he was frozen in time, beginning an era known as The Long Night. Hunt recruits the salvage crew to join him in an attempt to restore the Systems Commonwealth and “rekindle the light of civilization.”

The salvage crew comprises its leader, Beka Valentine, a con-artist and expert pilot; a super-genius engineer named Seamus Harper (rescued from Nietzschean-enslaved Earth by Beka) who can plug his mind directly into computer systems; Trance Gemini, and Rev Bem. “Rev” is short for Reverend; although he is a Magog and thus violent by nature, he has discovered a non-violent, Taoist-like religious order called The Way and become a Wayist priest. As for Trance, little is known at first about this pixie-like purple female alien other than that she has a tail and seems somewhat distant. The salvage crew’s beneficiary also brought along an insurance policy in the form of a Nietzschean mercenary named Tyr Anasazi (”out of Victoria by Barbarossa”) (of the nearly extinct Kodiak pride). Tyr is the leader of a group of Nietzcheans, of which he is the only one to survive the opening episodes. Tyr’s propensity for self-preservation leads him to also join Dylan’s crew until better opportunities arise.

(Taken from the wiki entry).

I really enjoy the show and it kinda reminds me of the game Star Control II in a lot of ways with a similar plot and situation. Please give the game a try and see what I mean, A link to the FREE remake of Star Control II is here it is called the UR-Quan Masters and is definitely worth a look if you like in depth storylines set in the far future with combat, aliens and construction.

Sadly the show ended at season five and the crew tried to produce a spin off, but the idea didn’t catch on and it was shelved. Not too bad I suppose for a show that had its ideas from Gene Roddenberry back in the 1970’s!.

I am thinking about the possibility for a game set in the andromeda timeline, as I was shocked to find not so much as an PBP RPG (though some tried and failed) though I am still learning the basics of various games systems, I would welcome any and all help and advice in this from people who are better informed than myself! If there is enough interest , I could even use the forums here for a PBP game. Well I have shared Andromeda with you and I hope to get some interested parties getting back to me about the possibility of a game as I cannot believe this hasn’t been touched when there have been far worse star trek games and others which should never have made the leap into a game!

Bye for now!


Wednesday, 01 April 2009 at 10:12 

Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment

I’ve been waiting for this for ages!, and when it came out I thought I would give it a while to see how well it is received!.
It adds a load of small additions, including starbases, defensive platforms and weapon upgrades. It allows the more defensive player (such as myself) to play defensively rather than constantly attacking. Check out these videos to get a feel for the game:


Entrenchment Review

IGN review of Entrenchment


Play Evolution!
Sunday, 29 March 2009 at 13:56 

A new round on has started!

The game consists of gathering resources and battling your opponents on the Evolution website with creatures loaded into fleets. Evolution competes mainly with Planetarion, Eve Online, and RuneScape.

The game is run solely by donation from the players, and currently has a population of over 400 active players.

I am, as always, revreese! fancy a game?

Evolution’s Wiki here

Helpful Guides:

Judal’s Guide

The Unofficial Manual


Skynet Research Message Decoded
Sunday, 29 March 2009 at 13:15 

Just found the following decoded message from Skynet Research, an ongoing viral marketing campaign for the upcoming Terminator Salvation which is hitting us in a couple of months.

Decoded Audio Message from Skynet Research here, just click play or download.

This was broadcast on the “hacked” site and needed to be slowed down to be understood, the site has since ‘fixed’ the problem.

Don’t know about you, but i’m getting more excited by the day about this!


Added new features
Saturday, 28 March 2009 at 12:02

Hi, Sorry about the long-awaited forum not appearing, i was having some trouble with it. I have since removed phpBB and switched to SMF. You will find the forums here. Forums

Also, added new gallery software as the last one was a bit too complicated for it’s own good!

You can find the new gallery here.


Tuesday, 03 March 2009 at 12:58 

I am really excited about this, being a huge fan of the franchise. Here is the latest trailer released, even if noone watches it but me! (haha).


Life Will Not Be Like Star Trek
Saturday, 28 February 2009 at 21:29 

Written by Scott Adams, published in “The Dilbert Future” by HarperBusiness. Copyright United Media, 1997. Please keep this notice with the text if you forward it by e-mail.

There are so many Star Trek(tm) spin-offs that it is easy to fool yourself into thinking that the Star Trek vision is an accurate vision of the future. Sadly, Star Trek does not take into account the stupidity, selfishness, and horniness of the average human being. Allow me to describe some of the more obvious errors in the Star Trek vision.

Medical Technology

On Star Trek, the doctors have handheld devices that instantly close any openings in the skin. Imagine that sort of device in the hands of your unscrupulous friends. They would sneak up behind you and seal your ass shut as a practical joke. The devices would be sold in novelty stores instead of medical outlets. All things considered, I’m happy that it’s not easy to close other people’s orifices.


It would be great to be able to beam your molecules across space and then reassemble them. The only problem is that you have to trust your co-worker to operate the transporter. These are the same people who won’t add paper to the photocopier or make a new pot of coffee after taking the last drop. I don’t think they’ll be double-checking the transporter coordinates. They’ll be accidentally beaming people into walls, pets, and furniture. People will spend all their time apologizing for having inanimate objects protruding from parts of their bodies.

‘Pay no attention to the knickknacks; I got beamed into a hutch yesterday.’

If I could beam things from one place to another, I’d never leave the house. I’d sit in a big comfy chair and just start beaming groceries, stereo equipment, cheerleaders, and anything else I wanted right into my house. I’m fairly certain I would abuse this power. If anybody came to arrest me, I’d beam them into space. If I wanted some paintings for my walls, I’d beam the contents of the Louvre over to my place, pick out the good stuff, and beam the rest into my neighbor’s garage. If I were watching the news on television and didn’t like what I heard, I would beam the anchorman into my living room during the commercial break, give him a vicious wedgie, and beam him back before anybody noticed. I’d never worry about ‘keeping up with the Joneses,’ because as soon as they got something nice, it would disappear right out of their hands. My neighbors would have to use milk crates for furniture. And that’s only after I had all the milk crates I would ever need for the rest of my life. There’s only one thing that could keep me from spending all my time wreaking havoc with the transporter: the holodeck.


For those of you who only watched the ‘old’ Star Trek, the holodeck can create simulated worlds that look and feel just like the real thing. The characters on Star Trek use the holodeck for recreation during breaks from work. This is somewhat unrealistic. If I had a holodeck, I’d close the door and never come out until I died of exhaustion. It would be hard to convince me I should be anywhere but in the holodeck, getting my oil massage from Cindy Crawford and her simulated twin sister.

Holodecks would be very addicting. If there weren’t enough holodecks to go around, I’d get the names of all the people who had reservations ahead of me and beam them into concrete walls. I’d feel tense about it, but that’s exactly why I’d need a massage.

I’m afraid the holodeck will be society’s last invention.

Sex with Aliens

According to Star Trek, there are many alien races populated with creatures who would like to have sex with humans. This would open up a lot of anatomical possibilities, but imagine the confusion. It’s hard enough to have sex with human beings, much less humanoids. One wrong move and you’re suddenly transported naked to the Gamma Quadrant to stand trial for who-knows-what. This could only add to performance anxiety. You would never be quite sure what moves would be sensual and what moves would be a galactic-sized mistake.

Me Trying to Have Sex with an Alien

Me: May I touch that?

Alien: That is not an erogenous zone. It is a separate corporeal being that has been attached to my body for six hundred years.

Me: It’s cute. I wonder if it would let me have sex with it.

Alien: That’s exactly what I said six hundred years ago.

The best part about having sex with aliens, according to the Star Trek model, is that the alien always dies a tragic death soon afterward. I don’t have to tell you how many problems that would solve. Realistically, the future won’t be that convenient.


I would love to have a device that would stun people into unconsciousness without killing them. I would use it ten times a day. If I got bad service at the convenience store, I’d zap the clerk. If somebody with big hair sat in front of me at the theater, zap!

On Star Trek, there are no penalties for stunning people with phasers. It happens all the time. All you have to do is claim you were possessed by an alien entity. Apparently, that is viewed as a credible defense in the Star Trek future. Imagine real criminals in a world where the ‘alien possession’ defense is credible.

Criminal: Yes, officer, I did steal that vehicle, and I did kill the occupants, but I was possessed by an evil alien entity.

Officer: Well, okay. Move along.

I wish I had a phaser right now. My neighbor’s dog likes to stand under my bedroom window on the other side of the fence and bark for hours at a time. My neighbor has employed the bold defense that he believes it might be another neighbor’s dog, despite the fact that I am standing there looking at him barking only twenty feet away. In a situation like this, a phaser is really the best approach. I could squeeze off a clean shot through the willow tree. A phaser doesn’t make much noise, so it wouldn’t disturb anyone. Then the unhappy little dog and I could both get some sleep. If the neighbor complains, I’ll explain that the phaser was fired by the other neighbor’s dog, a known troublemaker who is said to be invisible.

And if that doesn’t work, a photon torpedo is clearly indicated.


Given the choice, I would rather be a cyborg instead of 100 percent human. I like the thought of technology becoming part of my body. As a human, I am constantly running to the toolbox in my garage to get a tool to deal with some new household malfunction. If I were a cyborg, I might have an electric drill on my arm, plus a metric socket set. That would save a lot of trips. From what I’ve seen, the cyborg concept is a modular design, so you can add whatever tools you think you’d use most. I’d love to see crosshairs appear in my viewfinder every time I looked at someone. It would make me feel menacing, and I’d like that. I’d program myself so that anytime I saw a car salesman, a little message would appear in my viewfinder that said ‘Target Locked On.’ It would also be great to have my computer built into my skull. That way I could surf the Net during useless periods of life, such as when people talk to me. All I’d have to do is initiate a head-nodding subroutine during boring conversations and I could amuse myself in my head all day long.

I think that if anyone could become a cyborg, there would be a huge rush of people getting in line for the conversion. Kids would like it for the look. Adults would like it for its utility. Cyborg technology has something for everyone. So, unlike Star Trek, I can imagine everyone wanting to be a cyborg.

The only downside I can see is that when the human part dies and you’re at the funeral, the cyborg part will try to claw its way out of the casket and slay all the mourners. But that risk can be minimized by saying you have an important business meeting, so you can’t make it to the service.


I wish I had an invisible force field. I’d use it all the time, especially around people who spit when they talk or get too close to my personal space. In fact, I’d probably need a shield quite a bit if I also had a phaser to play with.

I wouldn’t need a big shield system like the one they use to protect the Enterprise, maybe just a belt-clip device for personal use. I could insult dangerous people without fear of retribution. Whatever crumbs of personality I now have would be completely unnecessary in the future. On the plus side, it would make shopping much more fun.

Shopping with Shields Up

Me: Ring this up for me, you unpleasant cretin.

Saleswoman: I oughta slug you!

Me: Try it. My shields are up.

Saleswoman: Damn!

Me: There’s nothing you can do to harm me.

Saleswoman: I guess you’re right. Would you like to open a charge account? Our interest rates are very reasonable.

Me: Nice try.

Long-Range Sensors

If people had long-range sensors, they would rarely use them to scan for new signs of life. I think they would use them to avoid work. You could run a continuous scan for your boss and then quickly transport yourself out of the area when he came near. If your manager died in his office, you would know minutes before the authorities discovered him, and that means extra break time.

Vulcan Death Grip

Before all you Trekkies write to correct me, I know there is no such thing as a Vulcan Death Grip even in Star Trek. But I wish there were. That would have come in handy many times. It would be easy to make the Vulcan Death Grip look like an accident. ‘I was just straightening his collar and he collapsed.’ I think the only thing that keeps most people from randomly killing other citizens is the bloody mess it makes and the high likelihood of getting caught. With the Vulcan Death Grip, it would be clean and virtually undetectable. Everybody would be killing people left and right. You wouldn’t be able to have a decent conversation at the office over the sound of dead co-workers hitting the carpet. The most common sounds in corporate America would be, ‘I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a bigger raise, but . . . erk!’

And that’s why the future won’t be like Star Trek.

Written by Scott Adams, published in “The Dilbert Future” by HarperBusiness. Copyright United Media, 1997. Please keep this notice with the text.


Flouridated Southampton
Friday, 27 February 2009 at 12:40

Well, they finally got around to it. They have been trying for years and after a small selection of “consultations” with the public, the Southampton Health Authority has finally managed to force through the mass medication of over 200,000 people around Southampton with the chemical Fluoride. For over 40 years, water companies have been afraid to add fluoride for fear of law suits after the west midlands was fluoridated. Now that is about to change, other councils around the country are now actively pursuing the Fluoride agenda.
Supposedly under the guise of “increasing the standard of dental hygiene” Fluoride is being added on account of the increasingly poor state of dental health in the region.
You know WHY dental hygiene is so poor?
An NHS dentist is now harder to find than an honest politician, so the poor bastards on low incomes have either to pay ludicrous sums of money for basic dental care, or have no dentist at all and suffer with poor teeth. The answer to this is obvious: stop the bloody dentists from going private and raping their clients for pure profits! Not add a highly toxic chemical into the drinking water, whether people need it or not! Stop adding so many chemical additives to sweets already laden with obscene amounts of sugar. Coca Cola anyone? Kids will be kids, and they will stuff their little faces with chocolate, sweets and sugar all day every day if they could. If they cleaned their suffering teeth occaisonally then maybe they would be okay, but putting this crap in the water is NOT the answer, some discipline is..
Yes, In SMALL amounts, fluoride has been proven to be effective at combating tooth decay, but in the high volumes they are planning to introduce, the only result will be a higher concentration of Dental Fluorosis and various other illnesses.
Fluoride is also a main ingredient in PROZAC (FLUoxetine Hydrochloride) and acts as an intellect suppressant and tranquiliser and will play a major role in the intellectual lobotomising of this country. Used by the the Soviets and Nazis in World War 2, a quick search on Google will quickly find millions of pages referring to the many dangers of Fluoride.
I live in Southampton, and will now be receiving my daily dose of toxin, but you know what?
I am going to be poisoned by my government (and pay for the privilege) and they cannot even be bothered to INFORM me?! I know of one person who was notified in the area. If I did not use the Internet I would have no way of knowing what was happening! 72% of people who contacted the SHA over this matter were AGAINST fluoride, and yet they were entirely dismissed and the decision was made for them, regardless of their wishes and concerns.
Rather than this post, descending into a mass of ranting and finger pointing, I am simply going to post a selection of articles and videos I found useful and/or interesting.
Please have a look and consider how you would act if it happens to you (and it will).

I have tried to provide both for and against arguments, if there are any you think I should add to get the word out please do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment.

I welcome your feedback and comments.

BBC’s Take on Southamptons Looming Fluoridation

Flouridated Southampton!

Daily Echo Fluoride Debate – Many articles and videos to get the details on Southampton’s latest threat

BBC Fluoride Article

BBC : Should Fluoride be forced upon us?

Daily Echo Announcement

NHS Forces City to add Fluoride – BBC

Southampton fluoride decision is a travesty of local democracy

Hampshire Against Fluoridation

Is fluoridation of our water supply a good idea?

The Truth About Fluoride – A parent’s Guide

Not In My Water Supply

National Fluoride Information Centre

Fluoride Action Network

British Fluoridation Society

NHS Fluoride Article

Southampton Health


Its official! Forced medicine is confirmed to be added to Southampton water!
Friday, 27 February 2009 at 10:19 

Its official, they have decided to GO AHEAD and add fluoride into the Southampton drinking water, even after a MASSIVE 72% of the voting public voted against it! And they call our country a democracy?!

Even after official medical reports that have outlined these risks: There is a mass of evidence showing major health dangers, dangers acknowledged, amongst many others, by the US National Research Council in their review of 2006. These include brittle bones, brain damage, gland disruption and osteosarcoma.

Here’s the news link if anyone is interested. It has been confirmed the rest of the country will follow Southampton’s lead now…

Or scroll through the ITV local news feed and see what even the press are saying and affected members of the public who already suffer from fluoride intake in Wolverhampton. It’s disgusting.

This is happening now people. Even against public opinion, they are still going ahead. I feel ashamed to be called British…

I’m totally shocked so I’ll leave this with you all to think about.


Sunday, 22 February 2009 at 13:46 
Yes or No
1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No!
2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and Asks!

Kissed any one of your facebook friends? Yes
Been arrested? Yes
Kissed someone you didn’t like? no
Slept in until 5 PM? no
Fallen asleep at work/school? yes
Held a snake? Yes
Ran a red light? No
Been suspended from school? no
Totaled your car/motorbike in an accident? No
Been fired from a job? yes
Sang karaoke? no
Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? Yes
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Yes
Caught a snowflake on Your tongue? Yes
Sang in the shower? yes
Sat on a rooftop? yes
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? no
Broken a bone? Yes
Shaved your head? yes
Blacked out from drinking? yes
Played a prank on someone? Yes
Felt like killing someone? Yes
Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? Yes
Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? no
Been in a band? yes
Shot a gun? yes
Tripped on Mushrooms? No
Donated Blood? yes
Eaten alligator meat? no
Eaten cheesecake? Yes
Still love someone you shouldn’t? No
Believe in love? Yes
Sleep on a certain side of the bed? Yes
Been in more than 2 countries? Yes
Shoplifted something? No
Colored your hair? no
Been Skydiving? No
Live with your parents? no
Still have all your original organs? Yes
Peed in Public? Yes
Swam with sea turtles? no
Played Doctor? no
Been to Washington DC? No
Been to Disney? yes
Like Beer? Yes
Had a baby? No
Been on a train? Yes
Taken a dare? Yes
Still have your wisdom teeth? yes
Been to a concert? Yes
Lied for a good reason? Yes
Been to a nude beach? No
Driven a boat? no
Been to the top of Eiffel tower? yes
Have a best friend? Yes

Another time killing survey thing..
Sunday, 22 February 2009 at 13:40 
001. Real name ?Terence Dean Bennett
002. Nickname(s)? Reese, Tez, Terry, Tel, T
003. Zodiac sign ? aquarius
004. Male or female ?male
005. Elementary School ? Brookvale Infantsl
006. More Primary School ? various cant remember
007. High School ? Hardley School
008. Hair color ? dark blonde
009. Long or short ? short
010. Loud or Quiet ? quiet
011. Sweats or Jeans ? jeans
012. Phone or Camera ? Phone
013. Health freak ? should be but no
014. Drink or Smoke? –> drink
015. Do you have a crush on someone? ? yup
016. Eat or Drink ? Drink
017. Piercings ? none
018. Tattoos ~

019. Been in an airplane? yes
020. Been in a relationship ? Yes
021. Been in a car accident ? yes not serious though
022. Been in a fist fight ? yes

023. First piercing ? none
024. First best friend ? cant remember
025. First award ? head teachers commendation
026. First crush? girl in junior class
028. First big vacation? corfu

029. Last person you talked to ?Tracey
030.Last person you texted ? Pete
031. Last person you watched a movie with ? Tracey and Philippa
032. Last food you ate? pringle?
033. Last movie you watched ? return to house on the haunted hill
034. Last song you listened to ? The Blue Valley Karsten Koch
035. Last thing you bought ? painting supplies
036. Last person you hugged ?Tracey

037. Food ? spaghetti bolognaise
038. Drinks ? Coffee, vodka,coke, coffee, coffee and more coffee
039. Clothing ? whatever I find that i like
042. Colours ? red, black
043. Movies ? Horror, sci fi, psychological
044. Subjects ? conspiracies, games, music, motorbike, books


In 2008, I….

045. [X] kissed someone
046. [X] celebrated Halloween
047. [ ] had your heart broken
048. [X ] went over the minutes/texts on your cell phone
049. [ ] someone questioned your sexual orientation
050. [ ] came out of the closet
051. [ ] gotten pregnant
052. [ ] had an abortion
053. [x] done something you’ve regretted
054. [] broke a promise
055. [] hid a secret
056. [X] pretended to be happy
057. [] met someone who changed your life
058. [ ] pretended to be sick
059. [ ] left the country
060. [x ] tried something you normally wouldn’t try and liked it
061. [] cried over the silliest thing
062. [x ] ran a mile (drunkenly)
063. [] went to the beach with your best friend(s)
064. [x] got into an argument with your friends
065. [x] hated someone
066. [ ] stayed single the whole year

067. Eating ?pringles
068. Drinking ? Coffee
069. I’m about to ? mess around with my website
070. Listening to ? DJ Tiesto, Adagio for strings
071. Plans for today ? after wasting time? strip the walls
072. Waiting for ? 21/12/2012

073. Want kids? ? not likely
074. Want to get married? ? yes
075. Careers in mind ? Developer, Researcher, Chef, Shop Owner

076. Lips or eyes ? eyes
077. Shorter or taller? ?Taller
078. Romantic or spontaneous ? romantic
079. Nice stomach or nice arms ? Stomach
080. Sensitive or loud ? sensitive
081. Hook-up or relationship ? relationship
082. Looks or personality ? personality

083. Lost glasses/contacts – yes
084. Snuck out of your house ? no
085. Held a gun/knife for self defense – yes
086. Killed somebody ?No
087. Broken someone’s heart ? no
088. Been arrested ? Yes
089. Cried when someone died ? yes

090. Yourself ? no
091. Miracles ? maybe
092. Love at first sight ? yeah
093. Heaven ? in some form yes
094. Santa Claus ? as a tradition, yes
095. Sex on the first date ? no
096. Kiss on the first date ? no

097. Is there one person you want to be with right now? ? she’s sat next to me
098. Are you seriously happy with where you are in life? ?not really no
099. Do you believe in God ? I believe in spirituality
100. Post as 100 truths and tag 10 people? i might if i want

Another 50 random things you never wanted to know…
Sunday, 22 February 2009 at 13:18
I was going to be named after James Dean.

ages ago, big domestic row

nope, left handed so i have an excuse 😉

garlic luncheon meat

I have a cat, does that count?

probably as a gaming/drinking partner mainly though!

what do you think?…


Yes but I prefer abseiling



some creamy vanilla one i found once..

their attitude


my laziness

an old friend

if they like

black boxers and boots

the computer humming


new carpet/matches

job centre



dark blonde

varies with mood, currently green/grey


spaghetti bolognaise

Scary movies

Return to house on the haunted hill (rubbish)

stripey grey/blue/green thing




who knows


“Red Mars” + “Terminator Dreams” + “Druid of Shannara”

mouse. post it pad. pringles tub

spaced, black books

woodland sounds wind, leaves, etc

Rolling stones

Probably Greece

I can procrastinate really well! ??



At college

half empty

Mississippi John Hurt, Albert Einstein, Stephen King, Tolkien and Sun Tzu.

Some useful free tools for you!
Friday, 13 February 2009 at 06:15 

Hi! Just updated my ‘useful tools’ page. Please have a look at the small selection of free and open source software I have listed and reviewed.  From office packages, to anti virus, to other utilities, I have listed a few to start with and will be adding more regularly, so don’t forget to check back often for updates!.

I have provided a search bar on the page to make it easier to find the tools, as I was finding a lot of the links were broken or confusing, at least this way, the relevant things can be found with minimum hassle.

Lots more to come, so keep coming back! don’t forget to leave comments  and let me know what you think.  If you have any ideas for software to include in the list that you use regularly and would like to share with the world, please leave a comment or message me about it and I will consider adding it.  This article can be considered to be under constant maintenance and will be frequently updated and added to as time goes on.

Once again, thanks for reading, I look forward to hearing your comments!.

Useful Tools can be found HERE.



Visual Studio 2008
Thursday, 12 February 2009 at 12:53

Hey readers! sorry it’s been a while, I’ve been quite busy with stuff recently.  Well, I say ‘busy’, when what I actually mean is ‘lazy because i’m playing a game’.

Yes I know i’m bad, but I reinstalled Spore recently, and I can’t seem to get enough of it! since EA brought out the new patch, I have been able to play again! (the last patch totally destroyed my game and shortly afterwards, my machine blew up..).  So a big “Yay!” for Spore, I waited over two years for the thing, and apart from a few niggles, (upcoming post on Spore to come) it is a great immersive game.

Those of you who read my last post, will know I installed the new Google Earth 5 last week, well I have had a chance to have a play around with it, and I must say that somehow Google have managed to improve on the phenomenal success of the Google Earth series.  With the ability to now travel underwater and view the terrain and features of the sea bed, to the now ‘de-classified’ flight simulator which allows you to jump into an aircraft and go for a spin around your house! okay, microsoft flight simulator it isn’t, but it is still really cool to fly around Area 51 in a light aircraft at a few thousand feet! (beware, Area 51 on GE5 has LOTS of spam videos, so you may want to disable the youtube videos feature).  There is also a ‘Google Mars’ and funnily enough, it allows you to fly around the craters and valleys of our red neighbour, examining many interesting tidbits about the Mars missions and prominent landmarks of Mars.  Well worth a look in my opinion.

Also, for those like me, who love Astronomy, the astronoly view of GE5 has been updated and there is a lot more information in there now, where you can zoom in to distant stars and galaxies and access a wealth of information on our solar system and various other astronomical phenomena.

The new scanned images are a lot sharper than previous editions and the “time-line” feature allows you to look at your area  and see how it has changed over the years – a really cool little gadget!.

One of my favourite things to do still though is to zoom into street level where they have these ‘view orb’ things (like shiny round spheres) where you can click on them and be transported into a 360 degree panoramic shot of that location and feel what it would be like to stand on that exact spot! There are also obviously many new addons/mods and sites of interest added a few I added were:

  • Berlin 3D
  • UK Militia (Fairly comprehensive addon about the British Army)
  • US nuclear Missile Sites (that’s an eye-opener I tell you!;-)
  • Ancient Pyramids of the world
  • Web-Cams worldwide (not what you’re probably thinking! it allows you to see in near real time various places around the world through web cams).

Anyway, I can’t think of anything else to say without sounding more like a Google employee, so I will end here and hope to see you on the google earth forums!

Download Google Earth 5

till next time!


Yet Another Google Earth 5 Post
Friday, 06 February 2009 at 22:02 

Slightly slow on the uptake, but I just found out that there is a new Google Earth out!  A friend called me in an excited state telling me of its wonders.

After calming him down and brewing a coffee, I decided to download it and have a go.

Here you go:

Download Google Earth 5

Google Earth Wikipedia Entry

The Official Google Earth BBS

Tour of Google Earth 5

Just about to fire it up and have a look about.  I will let you know how it turns out over the weekend!.


Panic Attack!
Friday, 06 February 2009 at 00:48 

I just had the fright of my life!

I have been here all day pretty much, fiddling around with the site trying to add sub domains.  No matter what I tried they would not work properly! after a lengthy chat with the great tech guys at Just Host, and a touch of that Google charm, I managed to get them setup..

To return triumphantly to my homepage to realise that ALL the internal links were broken!

Every flaming one! every page I tried to view returned the dreaded “404? error, even though the pages were still there!

Fast forward a few frantic minutes of desperate fiddling……

All is now well. (touch wood). I haven’t the faintest idea what happened but I’m so glad it fixed itself! 

My apologies to those of you who tried to access the site and were unable.

If you have time, please take a moment to introduce yourself at the forums, (which I am duly about to get on with while the kettle boils!).

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any problems or queries you think I may be able to help you with!


First snow, then this!
Thursday, 05 February 2009 at 22:49 

Hey Readers! Sorry I haven’t posted yet today, it’s been a real busy one!  It was my partner Tracey’s 21st today, so we spent the morning being lazy in anticipation of a night out tonight!

Then it started to rain.

..and rain..

..and rain..

We realised we had college, so we started the long walk (my bicycle is out of action at the moment and the buses are too expensive).

We got absolutely drenched! Tracey’s 21st and we had to spend the evening walking in the dark and gloom, with the rain incessantly hammering down!.

The class was really interesting today, we were learning about hydrocarbons and polymers.  The problem was, we were so tired and wet, that we really had trouble concentrating!.

The walk home was even worse! we just got in, threw on the kettle and collapsed on the sofa (well Tracey did, I collapsed into my back-less swivel chair in front of my computer! – the sacrifices I make for my readers!

Well, needless to say, a night out is definitely off the cards! maybe tomorrow or saturday (though I hate the crowds of passive-aggressive drunks on those nights! and the hour long wait at the bar…oh no don’t get me started, but the things we do for love!…).

Well, gotta go and make something to eat, were both starving! the only one who has eaten today is the flaming cat

Having a few problems with the site, so I apologise in advance if anyone has any trouble with it!.


Hi readers! Just made a new page detailing the campaign to save sleddale hall (as made famous in the cult classic “withnail & I“)  If you have the time, I would really appreciate it if you could check it out and have a browse through some of the places I mention.

It would be yet another blow for our heritage to lose such an old,  elegant building such as this.

Think for a moment: how many places do you remember from your childhood, or from historical research that were snapped up by some greedy developer’s small change and flattened to make way for a car park, or “luxury house” or some other such utter nonsense, when by all rights it should have either been left alone, or maybe renovated and opened for all to enjoy and learn about?!

The Crow Crag Collective (as seen on facebook) are arousing great interest in this site, and i’m sure they would appreciate any help and advice you could offer them.

Please check out my page and relevant links here.



Off To Town…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 at 10:10 

Hey Readers!, Now the snow is pretty much gone, I am going to try and make it to town today! It’s my partner’s birthday tomorrow and I still haven’t got round to getting her anything! (hangs head in shame).
I know exactly what I’m getting her but in case she reads this I gotta keep it quiet for now!…
It actually looks really nice outside now, so it should be a nice trip (apart from the cold!). I’ve had my coffee, checked my emails and now I’m ready to face the wet slushy streets of  Southampton!


It’s on its way..
Tuesday, 03 February 2009 at 15:33 

Well, the snow is still here! admittedly, it’s mainly slush and black ice.

The sky is a little bit brighter and the ground cover is wearing thin outside, (which is great because I would actually like to get to my appointment today!).  It seems we are slowly returning to normal down here, as the snow seems to have moved up north:

UK Snowfall Map

BBC Snow Latest

So I guess that’s that.

All the children were out yesterday, eyes bright and sparkling with the joy of seeing, and playing in, all that treacherous, frozen water.  It was almost enough to make a grown man cry… at least when he wasn’t preoccupied with trying his hardest not to fall on his backside in front of said children.

If we do get snow like that again around here, I doubt it will be anytime soon (insert obligatory Michael Fish reference here).  Usually “snow” in this area at least, consists of a pitiful sprinkling of dust, that would very seldom settle for any longer than a few moments before turing to hazardous slush and ice.  Thats is why it still feels odd seeing so much of the stuff still out there, okay, so it will be gone by tomorrow, but for now :

  • I don’t have to drive in it.
  • I don’t have to be in it longer than a few minutes.
  • At least it’s sunny.

For readers in the colder climates, you are probably thinking: “why all this fuss over such a small thing, you should see our winters!” .  Well, you are right, but it is kind of nice once in a while, to make the most out of something that makes us feel like a kid again, playing in the snow and marvelling at its pure, white beauty while temporarily forgetting about work, taxes and the credit crunch…

At least until the cold sets in.

Have a great one and enjoy something while you can, for you never know when it may be gone for good.



Heaviest snowfall in 18 years!
Monday, 02 February 2009 at 11:43 

Hi fans!  Just a quickie to let you all in on the latest news.  Went out for my dentist’s appointment today and beheld the heaviest snowfall in Southampton for eighteen years!—latest-travel-news.html

Southampton Common
Needless to say, I never made it that far! I had to turn back after nearly an hour and I wasn’t even a quarter of the way there!.

What is it with England that as soon as we get a sprinkling of snow, the whole country collapses?  We survive countless wars, invasions and other disasters over the centuries, only to be utterly defeated by snow!.

As I write this, the TV and radio stations are full of news about airports closing, flights national and international being grounded (Heathrow has essentially closed).  Schools all across the country are closed, I live right near one and the kids are literally everywhere.  I suppose at their age, they would never have seen snow this heavy, at least not in hampshire at any rate.  I know the last time I saw snow anywhere near this bad was about 1994-5, and I still had to go to school!  got at least two or three “ice-balls” in the face too I remember! (you know the ones? a normal snowball, held for a few seconds to melt slightly, then more snow added, maybe a stone or two, and it would be ready to split someone’s ear open).

Still it is pretty to look at to those who don’t need to go out in it.  I have just got in, grabbed a coffee, and decided to update you on my snowy situation.

I do find it shocking however, that in this day and age, with mobile phones and satellite navigation and whatnot, that a few inches of snow can cause this much chaos!  what happens if it goes on for longer than a day or two? or -heaven forbid- something else happens, like a power station goes down or a terrorist attack or something?  Is that it? are we, as a nation done for?

To paraphrase Spike in a Buffy episode I watched recently:

‘Goodbye, Piccadilly.  Farewell leicester bloody square!, know what i’m saying?’

It’s ridiculous! I know we are technically at the same latitude as Moscow, more or less, and the Gulf stream helps us keep wet and cold rather than snowed under; but has that really turned us from a once great and proud empire where the sun never set, to a bunch of cowards, hiding from the evil snow in our centrally heated homes, while our infrastructure collapses around us?

I mean no disrespect to the people out there right now, gritting the roads, policing our streets regardless and keeping our lights on; but, on the whole it is a sad state of affairs.

How are we going to cope in the future if this is a taste of things to come, with the weather patterns of our planet being thrown out of whack over the years?

Well, I somehow managed to drift of track (no snow pun intended) I only wanted to say “hey! wow! snow!” and ended up moaning about my fellow countrymen and women.  I had better just sign off now, drink my coffee and watch the snow fall.

Maybe, I may even get some work done on this thing today after all!?


Sunday, 01 February 2009 at 23:59

Just had a major update fans!.

Upgraded to WordPress 2.7 after finally solving my mystery login error (don’t ask).  Added a few new pages that are more to remind me what to do than anything else and a few photos.

So please give me your comments and let me know what you think!



Well Wishes for Milo
Friday, 17 October 2008 at 10:11 
Hi Everyone, can you all please leave your best wishes for Milo, he went to the vets today, we all miss him and I’m sure he would appreciate all the love and cuddles we can give him!

his page is here:

Thanks from Milo and from me!



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