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Quote of the day [Saturday 21st July 2018 at 11:23 pm]
Thomas

boggyb
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[Feeling |sillysilly]

Driving back today, with elemnar navigating...

elemnar: Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout
elemnar: Actually you know what just follow that police car, they're going the right way
*follows police car through several roundabouts*
*police car takes a side turning*
elemnar: They're not going the right way anymore, don't follow them
boggyb: Excellent, we've lost the police
elemnar: Not really, we were following them
boggyb: Ok... excellent, the police has lost us
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Mutual WANT lists [Friday 20th July 2018 at 6:14 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |sillysilly]

The downside of elemnar and I sharing some interests is when I happen to be semi-randomly wandering round town and spot something that is on both of our WANT lists (like a wish list, except our mutual reaction to discovering the thing has been WANT). Then comes the awkward question-to-self: do I get it as a thing for myself, or does it become a present for her? And if it's the latter, do I get it now and then have it taunting me from the bag o' presents, or do I wait until nearer her birthday?

And has elemnar also found it and thinking the same thing? Yes, we've been known to get each other the exact same present at Christmas - we've done that at least twice now, and the first time neither of us had any idea we'd done so (much to The Gnu's amusement, who did know what was going on).

Anyway, I have bought... a shiny thing! Now to decide what to do with it...
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Pasta night! [Monday 16th July 2018 at 11:30 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |nostalgicnostalgic]
[Playing |Evanescence - Going Under]

Today's ten-minute takeover went old-school again, in particular with Evanescence's Bring Me To Life which elemnar and I spent the next few minutes trying to guess when that first came out. elemnar came up with Year 9/start of GCSEs, which would be around 2002 - wiki says early 2003, so that's not far off. Certainly I remember hearing it a lot on the radio on the bus to/from school.

It's not the first time we've played that game and been fairly close with our guesses. A few weeks back, on the journey back we were listening to Radio 2, which started playing Keane's Everybody's Changing of all things. I came up with mid-late 2004 via a chain of random memories... I vaguely recall it being out around the same time as KT Tunstall's Eye to the Telescope album. That I remember seeing an advert for at Three Bridges train station once. The advert I remembered because myself, elemnar, and a few friends (including hunter22?) decided to go to Brighton one day by train, and one of us spotted the poster and commented how it was someone's favourite album. And that journey I think was in the holidays between school and university, which would make it summer 2004. Talk about convoluted! Anyway, the answer is... December 2004 for the KT Tunstall album. That's later than I thought - perhaps the journey was over the Christmas break (it must have been during a holiday otherwise I would have been on campus and so wouldn't be at Three Bridges for a day trip)? But the real question is Keane, and that album (Hopes and Fears) came out May 2004, so I wasn't that far off after all! elemnar had guessed GCSEs/6th form which again would be 2004.

Actually, you know what - having looked through friends' old LJ posts (couldn't find anything in my own blog - but that made me wonder if anyone else had posted something) I'm fairly sure the Brighton trip was 22nd December 2004.

It's funny the random memories that get strung together sometimes.

Anyway, pasta night. We had a full house today so ended up with two games: a large game of Machi Koro (which elemnar played) and a smaller game of Terraforming Mars (that I played). Last time I played Terraforming Mars I managed to eke out a win thanks to amongst other things managing to not only slam a giant ice asteroid into the planet, but gain corporate sponsorship for it. This time I drew both those cards again but at different times so I didn't manage the same hilarious combo. I did however get several "slam an asteroid into the planet" cards during the game, each one bigger than the one before... but ultimately it didn't work out, and I lost by quite a few points. I think I need to concentrate more on basic terraforming and the resulting immediate victory points (which also turn into increased money), instead of trying to set up a combo involving half-a-dozen cards that all ideally need to be played in order for best effect. The final game board had very few of my markers on it as a result.
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A random snippet in the life of boggyb [Sunday 15th July 2018 at 7:05 pm]
Thomas

boggyb
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[Where |Plymouth railway station]
[Feeling |amusedamused]

(via SMS)
boggyb: Am on the train
pleaseremove: Quick, get off
boggyb: Too late, it's moving :)
pleaseremove: Quick. Get on
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Today's train weirdness [Friday 13th July 2018 at 5:28 pm]
Thomas

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[Where |Tiverton Parkway]
[Feeling |confusedconfused]

So I'm once again on a trip down to Cornwall to see pleaseremove, and this just happened...

*train starts moving*

*train judders to a halt*

PA: *bing bong* "One" "Two" "Three"... all the way up to thirty


Edit: someone's just come on the PA and explained - someone tried to leave the train as it was starting to move away from the platform.
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Prayer s'mores [Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 10:00 pm]
Thomas

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Housegroup's continuing with a different style of prayers each week. This time it was Rachel's turn, and she had scoured the internet to come up with Prayer S'mores! It's partly my fault - walking back from church last Sunday, I challenged her to come up with something for prayers involving a barbecue, marshmallows, and wine gums - and this is the result.

You start with your base (we used chocolate chip digestives) which represents God. Then you add chocolate, which is God's love and so this is your opportunity to thank God for the good things. Next is the toasted marshmallow, which being very gooey represents the sticky things in life and is your chance to ask for God's help. Finally you end your s'more with another biscuit and end your prayer with Amen!

Probably not the most prayerful end to a housegroup evening, but definitely one of the tastier ones! Even if it is a bit weird eating your prayer - but then again, one person did comment that a few Baptist friends once shared an improvised communion in a campsite with grape juice and stale doughnuts...
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Pasta night! [Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at 12:21 am]
Thomas

boggyb
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[Feeling |sleepysleepy]

Tonight's pasta night was a bit different - instead of digging out a board game or two, the voteamabob overwhelming selected Jackbox! So we gathered round the TV with a collection of tablets and smartphones, and gave a few games a try (they're all fairly quick games to play).

First up was Bidiots, wherein everyone scribbles stick figure art and then enters an auction to bid on the art for various buyers in the hopes of turning the most profit. And, being a Jackbox game, part-way through the option to quite literally screw another player (by forcing them to bid) appears. Jonners and I mutually screwed each other in the hope of gaining lots of points for ourselves, but also inadvertently gave each other points as the artwork we bid on turned out to be high scoring.

Next was the Trivia Murder Party, wherein we all fail at answering trivia questions, fail at not getting our adorable sackcloth ghosts killed, and then fail at escaping the haunted mansion (except for Jonners who successfully fled the mansion by getting the last question right). The trivia questions were surprisingly hard in that one and I was first to get my ghost killed - got the first question one, then choose poorly on the try-not-to-die minigame.

For a change we moved away from Jackbox and instead tried Use Your Words, a fill-in-the-blank game. This felt a bit lacking compared to the Jackbox equivalents, but it had its moments - one of the modes is complete-the-subtitle wherein we get a few seconds of a B-movie clip to subtitle.

We then returned to Jackbox for Guesspionage, wherein Jackbox have used their vast network of surveillance robot hummingbirds (or perhaps just lots of online surveys) to work out the answer to such questions as "What percentage of the world has laughed at a Garfield strip?". The active player guesses a percentage, and then all the other players guess if the true answer is higher or lower - the active player gets points for accuracy, and the others get points for guessing right.

After that it was our old favourite from last time we played Jackbox: Survive the Internet. This one has a few different rounds but they all follow a similar theme: first off everyone gets a different prompt to submit a comment (or hashtag, or review). Then all the comments get shuffled, and each player gets shown a different one and picks what post (or tweet, or location) would make that the most awkward comment. Then it's off to voting, and you get points for the best burn (with whoever answered the original prompt getting a reduced amount of pity points). I don't know what this has that Use Your Words lacks, but this feels much snappier to play and much more fun.

Finally we gave Bracketeering a try - essentially it's a showdown where we all contribute to a bracket on a topic (such as "what is the worst bedtime story to avoid giving your child nightmares") followed by a series of duels where only the best answer may win. To mix things up you get to try and predict the result of each bracket for more points.

All in all a completely bonkers evening! It reminds me of playing the original You Don't Know Jack games at the Brighton house, all those years ago.
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The future is now [Saturday 30th June 2018 at 9:26 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |excitedexcited]
[Playing |Dah da-da-dah, dah da-da-dah]

In today's episode of "the future is now", a friend is getting married right now in the USA and (along with 40 other people) I'm present virtually by watching a live stream of it.

And to set it up needed no more equipment than a laptop with a webcam, a web browser, and an internet connection.


On the flip side... the bride has just entered to the sound of the congregation singing a capella "Dah da-da-dah, dah da-da-dah..."!
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Guardian Stalker! [Wednesday 27th June 2018 at 11:11 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |artisticartistic]

The Guardian Stalkers are not small enemies...


Cross-posted to deviantArt

Yes, it's another Amiibo! The Breath of the Wild series are very hard to find from first-party sellers, but the other day I was putting together an Amazon order and had a look on the off chance - and spotted this one available for a non-insane price (still a bit more than retail, but not the 100%+ markup that most sellers have).
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I declare it to be summer [Sunday 24th June 2018 at 9:37 pm]
Thomas

boggyb
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[Feeling |mellowmellow]



elemnar: That is a good way to declare summer has arrived!
elemnar: What's in the pot to the left of the tea?
boggyb: more tea :)
elemnar: Haha, of course!

For the scones I used a BBC food recipe, halved the ingredients as it's just me, and glazed them with milk as I don't have any eggs. They actually came out very well which was a pleasant surprise as this is the first time I've tried baking scones in ages.

The whipped cream (not butter, despite the phone's camera) was less successful - I'm not entirely convinced the shake-to-make-whipped-cream thing actually achieves whipped cream. It came out a bit like it was heading towards whipped cream (it was fluffier than the double cream I started with) but hadn't quite got there.
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...and really bad eggs [Saturday 16th June 2018 at 1:15 pm]
Thomas

boggyb
[Tags|, ]
[Where |Fareham, United Kingdom]
[Feeling |mischievouspiratical]

A slightly different flotilla made its way up Fareham Creek today...



Shiver me timbers, there be more photos!Collapse )
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Chatting with pleaseremove... [Friday 8th June 2018 at 6:24 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |amusedamused]

pleaseremove: Well, I've had an idea, and as we all know ideas are dangerous things
boggyb: Could be worse, you could have said "cunning plan"
pleaseremove: No, no, it's not a cunning plan, those are much more dangerous...
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boggyb's highly inaccurate guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Final! [Saturday 12th May 2018 at 7:58 pm]
Thomas

boggyb
[Tags|, , , ]
[Feeling |excitedexcited]
[Playing |Eurovision Song Contest 2018]

Yes, it's time for another instalment of me liveblogging my highly inaccurate guide to the Eurovision Song Contest Final! This time round there's only £1 riding on it ($work has expanded over the year and so we only get one country each) - I picked France out of the hat, so while I'm not going to win I doubt I'll lose and so should at least avoid the forfeit of having my office ringtone set to a past Eurovision winner.

Anyway, it's time for the show, the pseudo-liveblog, and as always the snark!


I'm not sure what I was expecting as the intro but an acoustic performance wasn't it - though it was very good. I definitely didn't expect the followup pair of DJs with a turntable - or the olympics-esque flag parade!

For a change, they don't have a video wall this year. Instead there's a pattern of arches and pillars with some sort of projection or LED setup - it'll be interesting to see if anyone makes proper use of them.

  1. Ukraine: ...So we have a vampire with a coffin that turns into a piano that's on fire. What.
  2. Spain: And we go from Ukraine's madness to an incredibly sweet piece performed by a couple on a an empty stage. Proof that you don't need a special effects budget to achieve a great performance.
  3. Slovenia: Audience participation time! Which is totally spontaneous and not planned at all :P
  4. Lithuania: Surely it's cheating to mix images into the video feed? That aside, another simple but good song.
  5. Austria: Meh. Good, but not my cup of tea.
  6. Estonia: Wow. Someone who can really sing, combined with a shiny new special effect - projecting video onto a giant dress. Colour me impressed.
  7. Norway: It's Mr. Bean with an invisible violin/drum kit/guitar/keyboard - oh wait, he has an actual violin. Not convinced he's actually playing it.
  8. Portugal: I rather like this one.
  9. United Kingdom: WTF happened there - it looked like a protester grabbed her mic and started yelling something incomprehensible (the Twittersphere thinks it was an anti-UK-media rant?). Full marks to SuRie for keeping going through that! Stage-crashers aside I did quite like that song.
  10. Serbia: The intro to this one reminds me a little of the opening theme from Ghost in the Shell. Not sure about the rest of it - I don't think the techno-like beats work with it.
  11. Germany: So the solution to not having a video wall is to bring your own. Again, surely that's cheating.
  12. Albania: Meh.
  13. France: Awww.
  14. Czech Republic: What is this madness?
  15. Denmark: The vikings have discovered Eurovision and wish to point out how badass they are through the power of wind and snow machines.
  16. Australia: Meh.
  17. Finland: What.
  18. Bulgaria: You fail at statue impressions :P
  19. Moldova: What is this, a comedy show? I don't know what that was but it was very silly.
  20. Sweden: Meh.
  21. Hungary: Rock on, dudes, rock on! Complete with crowd surfing and the obligatory Eurovision Final Chorus Key Change.
  22. Israel: ...And now we have beatboxing with lots of pink clothing. And a couple of bookcases full of lucky cats because why not?
  23. Netherlands: Apparently their drummer can only be trusted with one drum... and an invisible cymbal :P
  24. Ireland: Awww.
  25. Cyprus: Meh.
  26. Italy: Meh


This year's theme appears to be vampires, zombies and werewolves - even the presenters have picked up on it! As a friend on FB put it "I have seen nothing yet to dissuade me that Eurovision is the one night a year Europe’s vampire get to come out and play."

So to sum up my favourites are Estonia, the United Kingdom, and Denmark. In other news Ukraine is apparently populated by vampires, Israel managed to fend off the Czech Republic for the "what is this madness" trophy, and Moldova win the inaugural comedy award.


Interval act 1: I have no idea what's going on here, other than it does all seem very laid back.

Interval act 2: A short documentary on Portugal's Eurovision history. Viva la Eurovision revolution!

Interval act 3: I don't think I've ever seen someone use a piano as a drum before.


On to the voting, with the traditional "This is $city calling" greetings from around the world as each country phones in with the votes from their official juries. Which are totally awarded on merit and have nothing to do with European politics at all... anyway, Latvia has given the UK some points! This will not be a nul point year! Watching the jury results come in, it does seem like they can't make their minds up. With all the jury votes in it's a tie between Austria and Sweden for the lead, with Israel, Germany, and Cyprus in the running for 3rd place... and France is somewhere in the top half. I don't think I'll be getting my £1 wager back :P

Time for the phone votes! My recollection is there's quite possibly 300-odd points up for grabs for the winner, so it could all change. ...And it just has, with Sweden, placed #2 by the jury, coming in the bottom few from the televote. That just goes to show how little the juries actually know :) Now Austria's been placed somewhere in the middle by the televote, so neither of the jury favourites are going to win.

With the top 8 to go, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict Israel as the ultimate winners just because of how bonkers it is.

Interestingly Denmark's still in the running, and the juries panned it... but the televote's just ranked them 5th.

With the top 3 to go, I doubt Italy can manage it so it's a fight between Israel and Cyprus.

And the final result... Israel! Madness for the win!
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Thin places [Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 10:09 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |relaxedrelaxed]
[Playing |Imogen Heap - Closing In [Speak for Yourself]]

At housegroup we're currently going through a series on aspects of Christianity through the ages, and tonight's (well, last week given that I'm actually typing this on the 9th) topic was Celtic Christianity and its focus on the natural world.

Ca was leading and asked us all to bring something that reminds us of our favourite part of the natural world - I was trying to work out what to bring, but ended up digging out a couple of sunset photos (taken on actual film, to much amusement) as I find when out and about with the camera I take an awful lot of landscape photos, in particularly of landscapes with interesting skies. A quote from Goodnight Mister Tom comes to mind - "I could never tire of painting the sky for it is constantly changing". It turns out quite a few of us had the same idea and had found similar photos of sky and fields.

Later the topic moved on to thin places - this also comes out of Celtic Christianity, and means places where the physical and spiritual worlds seem particularly close. One I found many years ago is this spot:



Hidden to the side of a path between Titchfield Common and the Chilling cliffs are steps leading down to a boardwalk through the trees, along and above a tiny stream. I just find it an incredibly peaceful spot to pause at on a sunny day, listening to the stream burbling along and birds chattering in the trees. The boardwalk has an inscription carved in it - "as time passes slowly by this place, pause awhile, then so must we".

Another one is St Mary's church at Hook-with-Warsash:



I've walked past it several times, but the other day I was attempting some geocaches around Warsash Common and thought I'd give the church micro a try. And having walked into the churchyard and found the necessary clue, I had some time and so decided to explore some more. Doing so turned out to be well worth it and I spent much longer looking around than I'd intended to (abandoning the geocaches due to lack of time) - as with the boardwalk above it was just so very peaceful, and also despite it being a grey overcast day inside the building was very bright and airy thanks to a large pair of clear windows at the rear of the church. Some churches have a particularly spiritual feel, and this is one of those.
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Pray-per planes! [Sunday 29th April 2018 at 11:00 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |sillysilly]
[Playing |Nightwish - Wanderlust [Wishmaster]]

I am convinced that all St John's churches are more than a little bonkers (and I mean that in a good way).

Take today's service - it all started innocently enough, with a collection of traditional-but-modern songs and a sermon from this week's guest preacher (our vicar being on sabbatical). Then Laura stood up to lead the prayers and announced that we were going to do something a little bit different... and make paper planes!

Basically you scribble a few things that you'd like prayer for on a sheet of paper, and then turn the sheet into a paper ("pray-per") aeroplane. Then everyone all throws their planes (gently!) at each other. Collect a plane that someone's lobbed in your direction, and pray for whatever's written on it. Simples!
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Pasta night [Tuesday 24th April 2018 at 12:27 am]
Thomas

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[Feeling |sleepysleepy]

Pothole count: 36. At least. I know I avoided a few when I was overtaking lorries (the lefthand lane has more), but I also encountered one that was a good few car-lengths long which must count as multiple potholes. On the plus side the Highways Agency are about to start resurfacing chunks of the A27, but on the minus side that means nightly diversions along the A259. Eh, that can't be worse for potholes.

Tonight's game of choice was Apples to Apples, which the voteamabob throws up every once in a while. In theory it's a fairly civilized game... in practice, it all depends on what the cards throw up and what everyone is happy with. We do have a house rule for this (and Cards Against Humanity) that you can discard and redraw cards that you find too offensive, and it seems like we've gotten quite good at judging what level of insanity different people in the pasta night group are comfortable with. In this group we usually end up trending towards crazy and surreal humour instead of becoming crude/offensive - after all, why pick a really offensive thing-card when "YOU MUST CONSTRUCT ADDITIONAL PYLONS" is an option?

And sometimes the cards just end up being plain weird. This collection appeared on one of Matt's turns, and as he read out each card he commented that they were forming a very strange story...



We ended up playing beyond the official 6-card winning threshold for our group size and kept going for an hour or so of total play time - the winner was I think Jonners with Beth second (or was it the other way round - I'm not sure?), while myself and Sarah were joint third.
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Chair fort! [Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 9:28 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |sillysilly]

Jumping back a few days...



This all started with elemnar moving flat, which involved many, many cardboard boxes. And what is one supposed to do with a few dozen banker's boxes except construct a box fort?

I sent the photos to housegroup, and Laura escalated things by creating a very cosy chair fort. So of course I had to come up with my own creation.

Unfortunately the way my living room is laid out means my fort is in the middle of the room and so if I try to lean back I fall backwards out of the fort. Clearly I need to rearrange my flat so I can build a better fort :)
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Going Ape! [Saturday 21st April 2018 at 11:18 pm]
Thomas

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[Where |Tilgate Park, Crawley, England]
[Feeling |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Playing |Nigel Stanford feat. Elizaveta - Icarus (Automatic Mix)]

What did I do at the weekend? Oh, just went a bit ape up in the woods...



This all started a couple of years ago. I don't know when I'd first heard about Go Ape but for quite some time I had been thinking it would be a fun thing to do, so for my 30th birthday instead of the traditional birthday karting I arrange with the extended pasta night group I suggested Go Ape instead. What with one thing and another it didn't actually happen near my birthday, but instead in March last year (the Facebook event ended up saying "I'm fairly certain that Go Ape will happen before my next birthday"). 'Twas great fun and we unanimously agreed that we should go again sometime.

So on Saturday we did just that, and met up at Tilgate Park to once again tackle the treetop adventure. After much car park fail (seriously, the entirety of Crawley must have been at the park at the weekend) we ended up spread across two booking slots, but managed to arrange things so that one lot hung back at the first slot and the others were at the start of the second slot so we could all do the course together. Memo to self: next time, just park at K2 and walk up.

It's an odd mix of obstacles and crossings they've got in the course. Some of them are so easy that you can almost run across without using the ropes for support, while others are very hard (there's one with diagonally supported logs that I struggled with). The bosun's chair crossing (a slightly downhill slanted main/anchor wire with a rope hanging beneath to pull yourself along with - almost a mini zipline) was actually quite fun despite having nothing at all to stand on, while the scariest one for me was the tarzan swings, because of that moment at the start of the swing when you just drop before slamming into a rope net at a surprisingly fast pace. Climbing that rope net afterwards is hard work as well - it reminds me of the old Gladiators show and I've no idea how the contestants managed to make it look so easy.

All the segments end with a zipline which most of the time I started facing the right way and ended up landing sideways/backwards (with wood chip ending up absolutely everywhere), but on the final zipline I managed a running landing facing forwards! Go me!
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Starfox! [Friday 20th April 2018 at 8:40 pm]
Thomas

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[Where |Tesco]
[Feeling |surprisedsurprised]

Wandering round Tesco's this evening, wearing this t-shirt...

"Starfox!"

"Yes?"

"Love it! Where did you get it"


Yes, that is a photo of me in the mirror
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Skreee! [Friday 20th April 2018 at 6:44 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |sillysilly]



I have a Metroid amiibo! It is squishy and I will call it squish!


Metroid: Third Derivative #64


And of course Samus will take potshots at it, because Metroid.


Cross-posted to deviantArt
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Potholes upon potholes, oh my [Monday 16th April 2018 at 11:40 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |sleepysleepy]
[Playing |Fluke - Life Support]

Potholes encountered on the A27 between Chichester and Bedhampton: 33. Yes, I counted them (the ones I drove over/through at least) - well, there's not much else to do and I'm convinced they're getting worse daily, let alone weekly. I'd swear that on the way to pasta night I found potholes that weren't there two days ago...

Anyway, didn't I used to update a blog here or something? Somehow it's been over a month since the last proper update. I keep doing blog-worthy things and going to blog-worthy places while just never getting round to actually typing up any of the drafts I start writing in my head. But I'm back from pasta night, in front of the computer, and talismancer has updated more recently than me... so here's a semi-random pasta night post!

Not sure what I'll do with other older half-written posts - there's a few that I ought to complete and will probably backdate to whenever the events therein occurred.

We were a bit thin on the ground tonight because of various reasons, so tonight we only had one game going: Colt Express, as being one of the few games we had that tops out at 6 players (Forbidden Desert was suggested, but vetoed as it officially tops out at 5 and probably isn't balanced for 6). With 6 bandits running up and down the train there was much chaos and thwarting of plans, not to mention an angry sheriff and rebellious passengers. I played Belle who has the special ability to not get shot or punched if there's another bandit that could be targeted (and just now, typing this sentence I've realised that I completely forgot that for the final round and really should have done the complete opposite of what I did - should have stayed in the crowd instead of trying to get out of punching range. That probably cost me the win in the second game).

We played two games of it. In the first round Matt stormed ahead with a very successful tactic of heading for the carriage full of jewels while leaving everyone else to squabble over the rear couple of carriages, then continuing to the end to try for the briefcases. Beth on the other hand (playing as the Ghost, who gets to play their first action card face-down) went for maximum chaos and scuppered several plans. The second round became more hilarious - Matt and I both went on top and headed for the front of the train. I tried to head down and discovered the sheriff, who opened fire, forcing me back to the roof. The sheriff then got moved by someone else and Matt headed down, collected the briefcase, returned to the top... and I punched him to force him to drop the briefcase, collected it, and then legged it towards the rear of the train. However it was not to last - the end-of-round action moved all players to the top of the rear carriage, I made the mistake of moving instead of staying put, and Jonners very successfully second-guessed my actions and managed to swipe the briefcase through persuading everyone else to move the sheriff to his advantage. Cheeky!

It's a game that requires decent visualisation skills - to really succeed at it, you have to keep track of which visible actions have been played, where all the players (and sheriff) could end up, and what they could actually do (as while you have to decide what action you will take in the card-playing/programming phase, you get to pick the direction/parameters of the action while resolving it. So someone playing a move action gets to pick the direction after all cards have been chosen). Each round involves everyone going round about 4 times to select an action, and to mix things up some turns have the actions played face-down so you have to guess what the players might do. I find I often lost track by the final turn though as long as you can keep track of a few players it's usually possible to not lose all your loot.
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Happy Easter [Sunday 1st April 2018 at 8:33 am]
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Happy Zombie Jesus Day!
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Poor snowpeople [Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 10:20 am]
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Name that Game, round 3! [Friday 2nd March 2018 at 9:24 pm]
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[Playing |Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - The Holly and the Ivy [Christmas with Kiri Te Kanawa]]

This is what you get when random inspiration strikes...

Name that Game, round 3!

  1. Pick some of your favourite games.
  2. Find a quote from each game.
  3. Post them here for everyone to guess, with comments screened so everyone gets a chance.
  4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it.
  5. Update with the answers in a week or two.
  6. No searching TVTropes for the quotes!

Let's rock and roll!

  1. Believe in your strengths... Believe...
  2. Science Team believes the Metroids can be trained. After several cycles of trying, I believe Science Team has vapor for brains.
  3. A true gentlemen leaves no puzzle unsolved.
  4. Farewell, my shadow, you who stand at the end of the path I chose not to follow. I wanted my own world, so I don't regret my choice. I would make the same choice all over again. I will continue to choose this path!
  5. There's also a chance, if all goes well, that I might be able to get you back to the place that you came from.
  6. Faker? I think you're the fake around here. You're comparing yourself to me? Ha. You're not even good enough to be my fake.
    I'll make you eat those words!
  7. The Great Mizuti never lies nor tricks. Maybe only sometimes. Rarely. Once in a blue moon.
  8. The wind fish in name only, for it is neither.
  9. Master, that synthetic life-form... There is a 99% chance that it was the pirate described by the captain. I can't help but admire the tenacity it has displayed in staying alive and functional all these years.
  10. Lightning brings the cactus pain.
    Now it all begins again.
  11. I am Blockhead! I guard this place so that all shall pass! Er, wait... I mean, none shall pass!
  12. Agents are... GO!
  13. Never give up. Trust your instincts!
  14. Did you just do what I think you did!? God damnit girl, I just spilt my joe all over the keyboard!
  15. I'll be waiting for you-- every day, in front of Hachiko... till you come back.
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The snowmen [Friday 2nd March 2018 at 6:45 pm]
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The housegroup WhatsApp was full of people building snowmen (not to mention my FB feed), and it occurred to me that I had a balcony load of pristine snow.

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The sky has fallen! [Friday 2nd March 2018 at 12:00 pm]
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Work is having a snow day - the boss texted yesterday evening to say "it's pretty tricky on the roads around there so don't try to come to work in the morning!" - so I went for a stroll with camera in hand...



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Guess the Movie, round 6: the answers! [Thursday 1st March 2018 at 4:36 pm]
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[Playing |Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - Coventry Carol [Christmas with Kiri Te Kanawa]]

And now for something completely different! I was randomly inspired to put together another guess-the-whatever, but before I can post that I really ought to post the answers for the last round.

So, without further ado, here are the answers for round 6 of Guess the Movie!

  1. My history’s a little hazy Cassius, but shouldn’t the Barbarians lose the battle of Carthage?
    Commodus, Gladiator
  2. You're not invulnerable. I can repair your body, but I can't protect your mind.
    Dr. Ouelet, Ghost in the Shell (2017)
  3. Gondor calls for aid!
    And Rohan will answer.
    Aragorn and King Théoden, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    Half-guessed by olego (right series, wrong film)
  4. I feel lighter. Maybe I lost some weight. All that dilly dallying.
    Cloud, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  5. It's a trap!
    Admiral Ackbar, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
    Half-guessed by olego (right series, wrong film)
  6. Well, get ready for a 800-foot statue of Pac-Man with Skeletor and Heather Locklear...
    Peter Quill, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  7. Out there is a new world! Out there... is our destiny!
    Clu, Tron Legacy
  8. It's a very difficult job and the only way to get through it is we all work together as a team. And that means you do everything I say.
    Charlie Croker, The Italian Job
  9. I can teach you to fight with the Green Destiny, but first you must learn to hold it in stillness.
    Li Mu Bai, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  10. Don't touch that! It's my lunch.
    Q, GoldenEye
  11. Split my infinitives!
    Hook, Peter Pan
  12. Do you think he plans it all out, or just makes it up as he goes along?
    Lieutenant Groves, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  13. Asante sana Squash banana, Wiwi nugu Mi mi apana!
    Enough already! What's that supposed to mean, anyway?
    It means you're a baboon... and I'm not.
    Rafiki and Simba, The Lion King
  14. You can call me anytime. I'll put you on hold, I like to watch the light blink.
    Tony Stark, Captain America: Civil War
  15. What about harbour patrol, radar?
    If they have anything that can pick up our jet, they deserve to catch us.
    Wolverine and Cyclops, X-Men

Today's winner is... olego, with 1 point! Congrats!

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Okay, now the sky is falling! [Thursday 1st March 2018 at 4:26 pm]
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Boss: You may as well head home, the snow's getting worse and those with further to go are already leaving.

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The sky is falling! [Thursday 1st March 2018 at 7:53 am]
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Only a light dusting of snow this morning, but the forecast is more later in the day.
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pleaseremove, putting a broken Firefox install back together... [Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 12:24 am]
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pleaseremove: When was the last time I sent someone a screenshot of my Firefox? Could you check your received files please?
boggyb: LOL
pleaseremove: Don't laugh, it's a perfectly valid question...
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Guardian tennis [Saturday 24th February 2018 at 5:28 pm]
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Green 1601: Chilling coast and Southsea in spring 2017 [Sunday 4th February 2018 at 11:10 pm]
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[Where |Meon, Titchfield, Fareham, United Kingdom]
[Feeling |artisticartistic]
[Playing |Linkin Park - Ppr:Kut [Reanimation]]

I swear I'm not intentionally making this a weekly thing... but here I am, another Sunday evening, and another random film.

boggyb: *turns on scanner*
Scanner: whirr whirr whirr THUNK BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ

Okay, there'll be short interlude while I open the scanner and give it another dose of PTFE lubricant...

Scanner: whirr whirr groan grumble whirr

Close enough. One of these days I'll pick up some degreaser and do the job properly by removing the existing gunk. Anyway, today's random film is another roll of Fujicolor 200 with the label Green 1601. I'm going with the Fuji Super HR 200 Gen 2 preset this time (insert standard rant about film negative colour correction).

Most of the photos on this roll were from a walk on a sunny spring afternoon in 2017 near Lee-on-Solent, heading from Thatcher's Copse towards the Chilling Cliffs. In photography terms this was one of my more successful outings - most photos that I took came out quite well, so prepare for incoming picspam!

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Red 6908: Battle Abbey 2013, Lee-on-Solent D-Day flypast 2014 [Sunday 28th January 2018 at 10:00 pm]
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[Playing |The Doomsday (Doomsday Zone) [Project Chaos]]

Another Sunday, another random film!

This negative claims to be a Fuji Color 200, so I'm scanning this one as Fuji Super HR 200 Gen 1. That gives... well, old-film-like white balance for the Battle Abbey photos, and fairly decent colour for the flypast ones. Eh, I've spent enough time playing around with presets in the hope of finding something that matches this type of film (Fuji Color seems particularly tricky to scan, which is a pain as I've got a lot of it).

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Green 1010: Titchfield Abbey 2016 [Sunday 21st January 2018 at 8:26 pm]
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[Where |Titchfield Abbey, Mill Lane, Fareham, Catisfield, Hampshire, England]
[Feeling |artisticartistic]
[Playing |Within Temptation - Covered by Roses [Hydra - Disc 1]]

Random film time! It's been many months since I last put a roll of film through the scanner...

Today's random film is mainly of Titchfield Abbey, and was taken sometime in the autumn of 2016 using the Nikon F-301. It's a Kodak Gold 200-7 film, scanned as Kodak Gold 200 Gen 6 with Neutral colour correction as that looks reasonable (one day I'll apply SCIENCE to film scanning and come up with a better colour correction system).

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More shinyness! [Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 5:46 pm]
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*ring ring*
Production: Hi, we've got a parcel for you, could you come and collect it?
boggyb: Sure!



boggyb: That's a bigger box than I was expecting.
Colleague: What did you order, a microSD card or something?



Nope, just slowly growing my Amiibo collection as and when they become available at not-insane prices.

This is actually my second attempt at buying the Champions Amiibo pack. I had actually managed to find them in-stock at Nintendo's own store and placed an order, only for them to sit on my order for a fortnight and then cancel my order as they went out-of-stock again. Nintendo did credit me 10% of the value (on top of the refund) which was a nice touch, though I'd be more impressed if their stock tracker was actually up-to-date and they had a notification system.
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Eat more snacks and take over the galaxy again! [Monday 15th January 2018 at 12:20 am]
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[Playing |M83 - Fields, Shorelines and Hunters]

It's been almost an entire year since I last played Eclipse...

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Another random coincidence in the life of boggyb... [Thursday 11th January 2018 at 9:59 pm]
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So I'm playing a sort-of visual novel game on my 3DS (Virtue's Last Reward) while waiting for the timer on my cooker to tell me my supper's ready...

Character in game: "I'm gonna push that button. That okay?"
Character in game: "Yeah, sure."
Character in game: *pushes button*
My cooker: BEEP-BEEP! BEEP-BEEP!
Character in game: "Whoa!"

It's the thunderstorm and my MP3 player all over again!
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Pasta night [Monday 8th January 2018 at 11:22 pm]
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[Playing |Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts 2 [Ghosts I]]

After Christmas and New Year it was finally time for Pasta Night again! Today (well, a couple of weeks ago now that I finally write this - this post is backdated to Pasta Night) was the day of new games - one group (Beth and Jonners?) brought Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and I brought RYŪ (picked up from The Works as it looked interesting and was on offer). The Harry Potter game from what I could tell was a co-op game playing the role of the heroes making their way through Hogwarts and trying not to get splatted by various death eaters. It seemed to result in a hilarious epic fail somewhere around book 5, and is definitely one I want to have a try at.

Today however I gave RYŪ a go, along with Jonners, Matt and Louise. The tl;dr summary of it is that a dragon is coming! This is a Good Thing as it's a friendly dragon, so each of the five tribes is going to build a dragon of their own to welcome the dragon. They all have a different idea of what a dragon looks like: one tribe has a sea serpent, another a tree dragon, the third some sort of jetpack dragon, the amazon tribe a cool-looking dragon skyship... and the lizards are building a swap dragon made out of hot-air balloons. The mechanic boils down to acquiring resource cubes to be able to buy segments of your dragon, with a side order of collecting merchant/smuggler tokens to spend to help acquire resource cubes. The twist is that the main way to get cubes is by exploring a player island which results in both you and that player gaining resource cubes. Oh, and if the white cube is drawn then there's immediately a sealed auction where the winning bidder gets to immediately build their dragon.

It was something of an odd game - Jonners got a quick lead thanks to aggressively bidding in auctions for the first few dragon pieces, then slowed down a bit as the others equalled or outbid him (if there's a tie then no-one gets a dragon segment). I think we all got up to 4 dragon pieces and were just trying to get the last few cubes needed - the final segment is more expensive to construct. As it happened Jonners got their first. I think I would have been a turn or two behind him, and I can't remember how close Matt or Louise were. Definitely a game to play again now that we've got a better understanding of the rules.

After that since the Hogwarts battle was still ongoing Jonners dug out yet another new game in the form of Camel Cup. This is a deceptively complex game involving betting on a camel race - oh, it looks nice and easy with a simple mechanic, except the trick is that the camels can form stacks and when a camel move it takes any camels on top with it. The maximum move of a camel is only 3, but with the stacking it's quite possible for a trailing camel to gain half-a-dozen or so places overall and overtake the whole lot. Working out the probabilities of which camel to bet on when is very complicated, and while one can defer the decision by rolling the dice to move a camel that both advances towards the end of the round (each camel moves once per leg and once all camels have moved the per-leg bets are resolved) and gives the next player more information to use to decide. Generally it quickly becomes clear which camels can't win the leg, but working out which of the remainder is most likely to win is another matter entirely...
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I'm not doing well with mugs at the moment. [Friday 5th January 2018 at 8:48 pm]
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[Playing |M83 - Farewell / Goodbye]

First one mug cracks just after I've filled it to make a cup of herbal tea, giving me a rapidly expanding pool of boiling water to try and mop up before it escapes from the worktop and floods the fridge underneath. That I managed to mostly catch by sliding a tray underneath the overhang of the worktop.

And just now while putting some mugs away I've discovered that another one has broken its handle and left the pieces underneath the draining rack.

To be fair, the first mug does date back to my university days... but still, isn't the entire point of mugs being ceramic that they don't break when you add boiling water?
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Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar [Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 10:01 pm]
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This time last year in housegroup we got all artistic and created banners reading 20 C ✞ M ✞ B 17, follow the Catholic tradition of chalking a blessing above the front door of your house. So since it's the start of a new year it was time to dig out the pens and put together another banner...



The CMB stands for two things: it's the initials of the three wise men (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar), and it's the initials of the blessing Christus Mansionem Benedicat (may Christ bless this house).
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Batten down the hatches [Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 10:49 pm]
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[Feeling |curiouscurious]
[Playing |Forest Swords - Congregate]

It's a tad windy tonight. No phonecall from the Environment Agency (yet), but a flood alert has materialised on their website...

The forecast tide is higher than normal.

Time and date of high water: 11:45 on 03/01/2018
Predicted astronomical tide level: 2.26 mAOD
Forecast surge height: 0.33 m
Forecast high water level at Portsmouth: 2.59 mAOD or 5.32 mCD
Forecast wind direction: Westerly
Forecast wind strength: Force 8


Interestingly they're warning about tomorrow's high tide, which looking at the astronomical prediction is higher than tonight's (and that's before you take the storm surge into account). I wonder if it'll be high enough for me to have a moat again?
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Memories [Saturday 30th December 2017 at 6:31 pm]
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Every once in a while this wanders across my feed...

If you're reading this, even if we barely talk, comment a memory of us. After, post this if you want to, because you'd be surprised the memories people hold of you.

(found via Rebecca on FB)
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Another construction kit [Tuesday 26th December 2017 at 11:08 pm]
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[Playing |M83 - I Guess I'm Floating (Before the Dawn Heals Us)]

So what was yesterday's construction kit?



A Nanoblock Santa! That was fairly straightforward to construct, albeit with some care needed as a few parts are only held together through a single stud (the hat, presents and satchel). So let's try for something more complex...

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Christmas construction kit [Monday 25th December 2017 at 11:35 pm]
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[Playing |M83 - Moon Child]

Merry Christmas!

I got given a frankly silly number of constructions kits this year - even more than in 2016 (and I never did get round to building all of those) - so here's kit number 1. Can you guess what it is?

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It's amazing how hard it can be to buy a app as a present for someone [Sunday 24th December 2017 at 4:08 pm]
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[Playing |Crush 40 - Live and Learn (Sonic Adventure 2 theme)]

> Inventory
You have:
* Web browser
* Credit card

> Look
You have a web browser with a blank address bar and a slew of possible destinations.


> Go to Google Play Store
You are standing in the Google Play Store.

> Buy app
Certainly! Which phone do you want to send it to?

> Send to friend
That command is not supported.

> Huh?
You can only buy apps for yourself.

> Leave store
You have a web browser with a blank address bar and a slew of possible destinations.


> Go to Steam
You are standing in the Steam Web Store.

> Buy app
For you or for a friend?

> A friend!
Certainly! Here's your list of friends - who would you like to send it to?

> *enters email address*
That command is no longer supported.

> Huh?
"The gifting process has had a bunch of friction in it for a while, and we want to make it easier for you to share the games you love with friends."

> What if they don't have a Steam account?
"Steam Gifting will now be a system of direct exchange from gift buyer to gift receiver, and we will be retiring the Gift to E-mail and Gift to Inventory options."

> Leave store
You have a web browser with a blank address bar and a slew of possible destinations.


> Go to Humble Bundle Store
You are standing in the Humble Bundle Store.

> Buy app
For you or for a friend?

> A friend!
Certainly! We'll send you an email with a special gift link that you can give to them.

> Checkout
Please have your credit card ready...

> Use credit card
Please wait.
Please wait.
Please wait.
Done!

> _
You have mail!

> Inventory
You have:
* Web browser
* Credit card
* Email (subject: Your Humble Store order is ready)

> Examine email
From: Humble Bundle <contact@humblebundle.com>
Subject: Your Humble Store order is ready
Body: Thank you for purchasing a gift from the Humble Store! Here is the unique URL for you to send to the gift's recipient...

> _
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On Roomba's [Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 7:35 pm]
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On the Roomba Glitter Stars Incident:

elemnar: I didn't realise that it would, as a friend put it, turn your Roomba into a unicorn Roomba that would fill your flat with sparkly unicorn poo...
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi [Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 12:49 am]
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Overall opinion: definitely going for a more comedic approach than Rogue One or The Force Awakens. Still gets a 👍. Anyway, here's a collection of random spoilery thoughts and amusements:

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Work Secret Santa! [Friday 15th December 2017 at 11:00 pm]
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Work's Secret Santa happened today. I got gifted with this, which raised a few eyebrows...



Colleague: "That looks delightfully dangerous"

Boss: "Do we need to do a health-and-safety risk assessment?"


Overall it looks to have been a success - everyone seemed generally pleased/amused with their presents, so perhaps next year it may become officially sanctioned (it ended up being a sort of unofficial don't-ask-don't-tell thing due to Reasons - except one of the directors did take part as well, so does that make it officially unofficial?).
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Brighton! SWARM! [Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 11:00 pm]
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For several years now I've tended to head to Brighton for my Christmas shopping - the Lanes and North Laines are full of so many quirky shops that are excellent for silly presents - and this year was no exception. For a change I drove down (to avoid having to rely on Southern Rail, or Southern Fail as they are known as these days), and it was actually a fairly straightforward drive. I even managed to park in Churchill Square with no problems.

I ended up meeting talismancer in town for lunch, followed by investigating various random shops in search of presents before he had to head off elsewhere. It's interesting to see all the changes in the shops - some old favourites are still there and have even expanded (Daydream Nation has moved from being well-hidden at the top of a clothing store to less well-hidden and taking over half the shop), some have evaporated (there used to be a good model shop near Churchill Square), and others are ticking over quite nicely (Dave's Comics and Dave's Books are exactly where they were in my university days). Anyway, I found a few presents for different people, and even one for myself - a small painting/print of West Pier caught my eye in a art shop that I've walked past several times, so I entered to discover a veritable Aladdin's Cave of random artwork. I swear extradimensional space is involved.

After shopping I trundled across to Sussex Uni for my traditional annual SWARM visit, where I hardly recognised anyone. It does look like less and less of the old SWARMites are turning up, though there's a few people I did remember from other visits and I ended up playing a couple of games (though not Magic, oddly enough). First up was Race for the Galaxy which I was managing a reasonable showing at until Kat stormed ahead to victory, followed by a new one for me: Machi Koro. This is an interesting construction game where actions can happen on anyone's turn - each player takes it in turn to be the active player and roll some dice, but depending on the resulting number and what other players have built it could be their opponents that benefit. Kat after a slow build once again stormed to victory (I'm beginning to spot a theme here...), but I'm happy as at least one long-shot strategy of mine paid off (a Tech Center with a ludicrous amount of tokens stashed on it, which I activated once and got nearly 30 coins out of).
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Cricket fpower? [Saturday 9th December 2017 at 9:53 pm]
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As proof that the Tesco's staff are just as confused by the age restrictions as the shoppers, today the self-checkout flagged up what was probably a kitchen lighter in my shopping. However, what actually appeared on the display was "CRICKET FPOWER". Myself and the checkout assistant looked at it for a bit trying to work out what it was, then she gave up and approved it, commenting "as long as you don't eat it, whatever it is".

Why a kitchen lighter? Well, the latest surprise from Not Another Bill was an incense set.
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