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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Dreams Can Come True.

So sang Gabrielle back in the 90's, if you haven't guessed this is kind of a follow up to the Plutarch debacle.  I have a bunch more Christian stuff get through and joy of joys found a pink DS thrown out a work to replace my much abused DS light with its cracked hinge and dodgy top screen.

The front of this is in with a bunch of other stuff waiting to be sorted out.
The front of this basically says do Dreams Come True? and as my knowledge of 17th century Scottish archbishops is woefully short, decided to have a little Google research trip.

As there is nothing online about the dream, we can speculate that this is an invention of the evangelist in question, more worryingly the real Archbishop Sharp was hardly a model Christian.

From what I can gather he was a kind of Jacobite era Peter Mandelson or Waylon Smithers, think lickspittle and you would be spot on. Here is a much more complete right up of his deeds if you want more as this goes into much more depth than Wikipedia.  But the potted version is this, he was one of the most hated Christians in the reformation and was dragged from his coach and murdered like the leaflet says.  
Apparently portrayed as a "devil" (Massive citation  required here) in modern day Scotland due to duplicity and brutality.

As a means of getting people to church its an odd one, I'm guessing what they are implying is that everything came true and that could happen to you.  Even if the dream never took place its of course much more satisfying to read about the real James Sharp than the fiction in the Bible.

In conclusion, its fun but this still remains my favourite bible card as its wrong on so many levels.

Is that the little guy from Rab C Nesbitt

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Junk Tour 2015

Been revisiting some old haunts with a brief trip to Walthamstow and the West End, with a feast of CD's and vinyl that didn't disappoint.  I was initially going to postpone this trip for next weeks Chinese new year, but its also a club night on the wednesday and I would rather conserve my ticket.  So decided to go out and see if I could get at least the Persona 5 issue of  Famitsu as well as a poke around some old haunts.

First of all Walthamstow doesn't change (except that there is now a whacking great Odeon cinema being built at the end of the market) its still a melting pot of every kind of race and culture and its charity shops still come up trumps when it comes to music. CD wise alone I picked up Steel Erector By Jodey Kendrick and a Cat Power CD (has Crossbones Style) which is worth the price I paid alone.
The downside is Volcano! paperwork which is OK if you really like pisspoor indie pop but as I don't its going straight back.  A few vinyl releases of note is a Double Trouble Megamix with Renegade Soundwave mixes on the flip side should be good and a Calypso / Soca release called Bumsy (Val Adams) which is a really funny word.

Decided  to go up town and as there wasn't a bus direct decided to go via the tube and as I boarded the train I noticed a beanie hat.  Decided to grab this as I've grown attached to the one I have at work and as its got no branding will be ideal to wear out.  I didn't quite get my Persona 5 issue of  Famitsu, it was a toss up between a SaGa anniversary issue or one with new details on Disgaea 5 both of which are my absolute faves.   Walking down by the old Leisure Casino site I saw anonymous out protesting against Scientology, they had a sign out saying that Scientology is bad mmmkay which was cool.

Also as a last resort tried to find the manga shop I saw once (and was convinced it's some kind of  Brigadoon) stumbled upon a brand new arcade deep in the gay heart of Soho. Its called Las Vegas Casino and while upstairs has a few Pin tables didn't realize that there was a proper arcade downstairs.  Spent a few credits on Gunbird 2 and Espgaluda as well as noting that Codemasters (the Dizzy people) have an arcade game out.  Its Called GRID and its published by Sega and comes in a massive car cab. Personally I'd have gone for a cocktail cab version of  Fast Food but there you go.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Short Update.

Sad news seems that That'z Entertainment in Romford is no more? They were a pretty decent game place and one of the few indies left in London. They used to do import games for PSP ( Picked up Jeanne D'arc as well as a few other obscure games too) as well as retro and card game stuff.  Went in the weekend and found that the small shop that they had had become a place selling sweets and drinks, sort of like a bespoke corner shop.  Don't know if they moved or what but they were cool.

Also finally got small laptop drive working in a shonky 2.5 external bay and had a browse through its contents.  Kinda know the guy who owned the laptop and feel really bad about rooting through a few bits to jailbreak an Iphone being the more interesting things there.  On the photo side there are a lot of pictures from Seaworld and a shot of a Grackle (we think) before linux started acting up.

Grackle Right?

Sunday, 1 February 2015

More computer Ideas.

Had this idea for awhile seeing as the found laptop I had is a total bust, and it goes something like this.

Its a bit of a hark back to the old days of computing this, but the weakest part of the laptop is of course the screen and whatever it uses to join to the main base unit.  It gets knocked and maltreated and before long its damaged often beyond repair. My idea is to make the screen optional, kind of like the Surface from Microsoft but not obviously a touch screen, unless of course you want that.

People seem to have either smart phones, tablets or big screen TV's that make would excellent replacement screens without you requiring an actual attached screen.  I'm not sure how or indeed if you can use a tablet as an external screen but most modern TVs can be put to use as an external screen thanks to modern displays (and appropriate cabling).  I'd love to see some modern day PC riffing off the old Amiga and ST of just a base unit but being light enough to carry round in a bag.