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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Getting Sick of life on the farm.

If you're wondering why I've updated on a Saturday is  that we are out tomorrow celebrating a mates birthday at a mexican restaurant, so I'll be too stuffed with Enchiladas and tequila to do anything worthwile.

So you'll get our restau-rant / round up here instead of tomorrow, staring with the traditional soup.

Stephen Lawrence 20 years hence.

Just a small update to say its now 20 years since his death.  We finally have his killers behind bars thanks to some awesome forensic work, and perhaps the rest will be soon caught up.  There are flowers down at Well Hall terrace and more police than ever before.  I would list all the posts I've made regarding Stephens death but I won't cos I'm lazy.

Murdercapital / Intergalactic FM now up and running?

They have a brand new interface for Intergalactic FM after a few weeks of non updates.  It now has a film showing along with your selected music channel, (our favourite is of course Murdercapital channel 1 for the real electro, techno, house, minimal wave heads.) If you can follow on the link above as the pop out player hasn't worked in years thanks to adobe scotching Vista support.


We've not been watching much, but we did see Robert Milkins playing and a bit of Judd Trump vs Marco Fu.  Mostly I've been watching crazy Thai players on the news including Dechawat Poomjaeng forfeit a match due to a massive crazy miss on a red (hampered by the blue).  I also found you this flook not at the Crucible but involving a Thai player and Robert Milkins.  So enjoy.

Main course.

Our main (shudders) is ready and the meat of our entry is done.  Time to carve it up and serve. 

We're getting sick of Farmville 2, a few issues like email bonuses expiring before I get a chance to redeem, (they always used to be redeemed) and my cousin quitting means stuff that I could post for to complete are lying unfinished around the farm.  I have a small social circle comprising of workmates, schoolmates and a few people I know through Farmville.  The problem is this no one else I know plays it and Farmville mates are not regarded as proper mates which is a bastard shame.  The only alternative is to pay real money to skip those steps which due to deep pockets and short arms I ain't gonna do.

The main fact is this, the main quests never change, autumns thanksgiving table (shudder) is now the spring country fair table.  Novel stuff does come along (seed packets and kilns) but they either require cash money or add a layer of complexity that means they will never be used.  You either have to ask for stuff or post for stuff cluttering up your timeline in the process with stupid posts.   The upshot is this if you are antisocial you'll only get half benefit from these games.  Stick to something lonerific instead.

We would have room for a sweet but it seems the chef has not only stolen the trifle but burnt down the kitchen in a fit of pique. See you soon.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Round Up 2000

Hallo readers we may have something special for you in upcoming weeks, a genuine mystery but for now they say a picture paints a thousand words, and this would have been perfect for the match 3 post.

So much Engrish Goodness here, it hurts.
Amazonia wants you to do... something.  Pawn your ears perhaps or at least your brain.  Whatever "it only a time barrier".

Alan Turing.

The father of modern computing currently has an exhibition on in the science museum.  The first we heard  of it was seeing a poster at South Kensington tube station on route to somewhere else.

Taking over the right side of the ground floor, it dedicates half of this to his work in Bletchley park and on computing and the other half to matters more spiritual.

Alan Turing: the Kraftwerk years.

The stand out shot for me is of a small bottle of female hormones backlit with an explanation beside it.  This was to curb his homosexuality, in lieu of a year in prison.  Being gay was a punishable crime right up until the 1960s when the practice was decriminalised.    
Sorry its blurry but this was a really powerful image.
It touches on his death from Cyanide poisoning and brings together his work on morphogenesis and life after death as well as 3 enigma machines and a robot tortoise (see above).

It finishes off with a short interactive bit, which allows you to program a robotic tree through an Arduino piputer controller. (Incidentally Piputer really should be a word it just rolls off the tongue).

Alan Turing exhibition, The Science Museum, London. Price Free (donations Optional)
Tube station: South Kensington. Either Piccadilly, District or Circle lines will get you there.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Maggies Last Party

I really didn't want to spend the entireity of my birthday writing about Thatchers death.  For those that have spent their entire time in a hole Margaret Thatcher has died of a stroke at the Ritz hotel in London.  For some of you she was a hate figure along the lines of Fred West or George Bush Jnr, for others she was a saviour of everything. 

Me I didn't care much for her to be honest, she sold off a massive amount of council housing and failed to build more. She stopped our school milk and worse of all her tits wobbled if the old school yard picking rhyme was to be trusted.  
Functionally Immortal.
Incidentally googling for that comes up with zero results so to rectify this, this is the complete rhyme.

Ibble obble black bobble Mrs Thatcher's Tits wobble, with wobble being the word used to send someone out.  Useful if you're going to play Had or its off ground version, Feet off London. Mostly used in junior school untill Ip dip came in. 

Of course we are not going to talk tag here, though its probably better than what I'm going to do.  Its the second time I've broken out Ding dong the Witch is dead this year.  The first time was for commie dictator Hugo Chavezs long overdue death from cancer and subsequent embalming, (what is it with the left wing and mummification).  But mainly its people holding Thatchers dead parties, mainly up north but a few in Brixton.  Of course she cracked down on warehouse raves along with football when she was in power but to be honest there were very few acid protest records back then.   This and House Crews All we wanna do is dance is much more better than tamp the earth down or Judy bastard Garland, and certainly beats a load of unwashed trots, drinking milk and dancing round like the cunts they are. 

I always imagined her along with Barbara Cartland as funcitonally immortal.  Living a sort of undeath for centuries, always there in the background casting long shadows over everything.  So her death is like one of the signs of the apocalypse, along with mass rejoicing in the streets by cunts.   I can't get worked up by this praise of her death.  Is this what we have become, insensitive pricks playing years old songs from the Wizard of Oz and drinking pints of milk, at the passing of a very frail old woman.  I know she was hated by the left, but will you when say Tony Benn passes on play the same song, or have a party in the street when Arthur Scargill snuffs it.  Or is it just dead Conservatives.


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Match 3 variants / varmints.

This should have gone up at Easter along with me wishing you a happy Easter and that but it didn't because I was A. away and B. when I was away the internet was down.  The better news is this PF Slot is done, we've decided to call it Puyo slot and apart from the congratualtions screen being in Japanese (it says congratulations) we've decided to release it and let someone else probe the SWF file and that.

Really Minuscule 5kb download below for those that like promotional Puyo Puyo based slot games.

Load it up in your web browser to play and ignore the tiny page size as it was made in 2003.

Actually while I was away at my aunts of all places we happened to use her Laptop for stuff and stumbled onto Acers game zone.

Serving up casual games like Diner dash and Zuma, it also had a few variants of the match 3 game I haven't seen before. 

Amazonia Oberon Media.

This is a hexagonal based version of the classic Bejewelled, where you match jewels in lines of three and they disappear.  Being hexagonal though, its really confusing and makes matching 3 a nightmare, you can match diagonally here as well which is a new feature.  The plot is some badly translated plot about releasing the spirits and seems to have been done in Bing translator and a potato.  We played about an hour before they kicked you out for not buying, and sadly there doesn't seem to be a free download that isn't riddled with crap like Yontoo, however you can download the demo here

Heroes Of Hellas.  Alawar Games.

This was the other stand out game from Acers pack.  A match 3 game where you have to run your pointer over 3 or more identical symbols to erase them.  The plot involves Zeus, father of the greek gods and some bollocks about a missing sceptre. 

Its all inconsequential stuff as the game is a gem allowing you to match some truly massive chains through this simple mechanic.  You'll also get coins to build a temple with and special thunderbolt panels that when linked can set off massive chains when they hit other thunderbolts.  When you free a hero you can make his or her panel to get a desktop wallpaper.

Heroes of hellas Demo versions can be downloaded here

Monday, 1 April 2013

3DS game hacks appear.

It seems that the first ever hack of a 3DS game has been announced, we can't say when this will be released but proof of concept code has been shown to a select few in the community in case Nintendo decide to C+D it like Squenix did for Crimson Shadows

A Japanese hacking team comprising of veterans Ichiyo, Getsu and Aho Mario have shown off a preliminary hack of the Japanese version of New Super Mario Bros 2 running on a flash card on an American 3DS.  Its not perfect at the moment crashing out at level 4-1 but its thought that future upgrades maybe able to bypass Nintendo lock outs for good.