Why do games take so long to update?!
Back in the day, I remembered when games would take at least five minutes to load via cassette on my little 8-bit computer, and I distinctly remember maintaining a list of how long each game would take to load because … well, even then I’d prefer to maintain lists of things. Mind you, back then, I had all the time in the world.
Fast forward about thirty years, and after a fun-but-tiring day of running around with The Kid, I wanted to settle down with a little Grand Theft Auto V action. It had already been installed, so surely it was just a case of putting the disc in, and playing, right?
Err…. no. The dreaded auto-update screen popped up – one you can’t get out of. So I thought “Fine, it needs a quick update, it won’t take long…”
TWO HOURS LATER, and it had finally updated. Just in time for me to go to bed.
And game companies wonder why gaming on the iPad is so appealing to most demographics…
Discussing the end of the world…
I used to devour apocalyptic literature – I read a lot of it as a kid, watched many a movie about the end of the world, and even wrote essays about it at University. Back then, it never used to phase me or scare me as a topic – I’d have a kind of horrified fascination with it, and during the height of the Cold War, the End could potentially be no more than four minutes away for the United Kingdom.
Fast forward to now, though, and I’m living in West London and a married father to a kid who really couldn’t even begin to fend for himself for another seven years… so oddly that puts a totally different spin on things. I’m not so much horribly fascinated by “black” topics so much as just horrified and actively repelled by them – so that’s another thing that changes in the transition to fatherhood…
Review of Chipex – a simple three-step car paint touch-up system
As you can imagine, living and driving in London does mean your car will get the odd scratch, and my basic hatchback is no exception:
Fortunately, Chipex offered to let me test their simple three-step car paint touch-up system, and despite being an utter novice when it comes to car maintenance and care, I thought I’d give it a try.
Orgies, sex with trans-sexuals and sex with someone from a different ethnicity…
According to a YouGov survey, they’re all examples of the “widest range of sexual behaviours”, in an article for BBC News.
Wait till I tell the wife this…
Thoughtful stroking… (#movember)
So… for the last 29 days I’ve been attempting to grow a moustach, for plenty of reasons:
– to raise awareness of men’s health (testicular cancer, or mental health issues)
– because I would like to have a proper moustache that I can stroke thoughtfully when musing on things or with menace… Something like:
Tony Leung in Infernal Affairs
Here’s the progress so far:
My growing moustache
If you’d like to see the full result – or if you feel like being generous and donating to the #movember charity, then please please do so via http://mobro.co/almostwitty
Surely green is the universal colour for “Go”, not blue?
I was idly browsing through the website for the forthcoming Nine Worlds convention (no idea – I only know four of the guests listed!), when I came across their Communications Preferences System.
This basically means you can opt to wear a different coloured clip on your convention lanyard if you don’t want anyone to start a conversation with you (red), or if you want only people you know to start a conversation with you (yellow). Which would make sense for some people with particular social issues.
However, there’s a different colour for those who want to indicate that they’re happy for other people to initiate a conversation with them. Logically, I’d have thought that colour would be green for go – after all, cars move on green, pedestrians move on green, green is the logical action colour for most human endeavours.
But nope, it’s blue. I wonder why that is?
Tiananmen/Beijing massacre and all that…
So it’s been twenty-five years since the mass shootings of civilians by soldiers from the Chinese Army. 25 years since I saw the strange footage on the news. 25 years since I was naively asked by my secondary school science teacher if I knew anyone in Beijing.
You’d have thought that having TV cameras and eyewitness accounts would be enough to ensure that some version of the truth would remain.
But no. The Chinese government doesn’t really talk about it, while keeping a very close eye on who goes into Tiananmen Square today. There’s a constant “disagreement” over whether those protesting were students hoping to change the way China worked, or counter-revolutionaries determined to overthrow the state. However, you’d have thought there was a general consensus that those protesting wanted to change *something*.
Unless you’re this Tumblr blogger, who asserts that the students were “resisting their country ‘modernizing’ in the age of Reagan, the godfather of neoliberalism”. Which is an explanation that seems to come so out-of-left-field for me, it beggars belief.
So much so that I had to blog about it, without actually having anything to say. Which is very bloggy, really.
What Google Photo Stories thinks happens on a Friday night in Great Britain…
Google are proudly trumpeting their new Stories feature, which basically automates the tiresome thing of organising your photos – assuming you’ve let Google+ upload all your photos to the cloud for you. And it’s a pretty nifty automatic feature.
Perhaps too automatic. Because left to its own devices, this is what it trumpeted as one of my more recent stories…
What Google+ Stories did with one of @almostwitty’s photos
The most British thing of all…
It’s sometimes joked or cited (especially by Buzzfeed) that this is the most British thing of all… Stephen Fry walking a corgi outside Buckingham Palace.
The most British thing? Stephen Fry walking a corgi outside Buckingham Palace
Indeed, it is the most British thing of all, in the sense that they pretty much all originate from outside England.
Stephen Fry, is one of the finest examples of populist intellectualism that Britain has ever produced. His maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jews.
Buckingham Palace was re-modelled by King George III. His grandfather was born in Germany.
The Union flag was probably made in China, and was created to celebrate the union of England and Scotland.
The corgi originates from Wales.
The road was possibly originally paved by the Romans.
Now, obviously, as the son of immigrants who nevertheless feels so British that I have to work at the British Broadcasting Corporation, I don’t see this as a bad thing in any way.
But if ever some pig-headed nationalists start saluting to this as a reason to keep immigrants out or to persecute “foreigners” in any way… well, they’re even more idiotic.