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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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[Feeling |artisticartistic]
[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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[Feeling |happyhappy]

*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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[Feeling |sleepysleepy]
[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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[Feeling |accomplishedaccomplished]
[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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[Feeling |excitedexcited]
[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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Work Secret Santa? [Friday 8th December 2017 at 11:01 pm]
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[Feeling |confusedconfused]
[Playing |Enya - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel]

Oh dear, I seem to have become responsible for a Secret Santa at work.

It all started innocently enough - there had been vague mentions, so I asked if anything was happening or not and the answer was probably not because the original suggester didn't think anyone would be interested. So I asked around some more, and it turned out that about half of the team were indeed interested in a Secret Santa... and in the process I somehow ended up actually organising it.

I have no idea who's getting whom a present (everyone pulled names out of a bag), so it'll be interesting to see the results next week.
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Atmospheric driving [Thursday 7th December 2017 at 11:51 pm]
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[Feeling |peacefulpeaceful]
[Playing |Forest Swords - Congregate]

I've taken to listening to the radio on journeys to and from pasta night - heading there I usually get to listen to Radio 1's Ten Minute Takeover somewhere around Chichester, and until recently my soundtrack for the return journey was the Huw Stephens show. Normally that's a mix of pop and rock, but a while back Huw Stephens picked something a bit more atmospheric...


Forest Swords - Congregate (official visual)

Now traffic is normally very light on the trip back from Jonners' given the late hour of the evening, but on that night the roads were unusually clear. It was rather eerie listening to that as I passed Portsmouth at 11pm, wondering where all the other cars were.

Advent Tea update:

Detox (tastes... interesting, couldn't work out what was in it)
Lemon Drizzle green tea (rather sweet, I think I prefer the non-Drizzle variant)
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White Advent [Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 7:30 pm]
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Pasta night was replaced with Christmas night yesterday - it was the only Monday before Christmas that we were all around on! I say Christmas night, but the theme was actually cheese night with a collection of finger foods, two cheese fondue things, and a Christmas tree shaped cheese and Marmite straw tear'n'share thing. Om nom nom...

We also had a white elephant gift exchange. Our rules were that each gift could be stolen three times - on the third steal it became locked and the lucky winner got to keep it. We had an interesting collection, including a couple of kids games (they were very popular), a glow-in-the-dark moustache, a tin of baked beans (blame Beth for that), a literal white elephant plushie (elemnar's contribution) and I failed to hold onto a chocolate duck and instead "won" a copy of Damon Hill's autobiography.

And since it's advent, myself and elemnar have also started on each other's advent calendar. I can now reveal that hers consists at least partially of interesting teas from Arundel's Tea and Biscuit Club and Portsmouth's All About Tea. Mine also contains teas, at least one chocolate coin, and a bizarre plastic half-a-snowball with wheels and a surprised face. So far I've enjoyed:

English Breakfast tea
Turkish Apple tea (puts me in mind of Graze's toffee apple snack)
Smoky Lapsang tea
Strawberry and Cranberry infusion
Garden mint infusion

I wonder what tomorrow's pocket contains?
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Quote of the day [Friday 1st December 2017 at 10:56 pm]
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elemnar: Oh, I'm winning, this probably means I should start paying attention

The bonkers gaming has spread to Settlers of Catan! We gave the Forgotten Tribe scenario from the Seafarers expansion a try tonight - it seems complicated, but the turns went fairly briskly compared to previous scenarios - and elemnar won by an absolute landslide with 15 points (out of 13 needed!). It turns out that grabbing the 2:1 brick port and surrounding a high-probability brick hex with cities is a very effective way to build whatever you want. My tribe didn't do anywhere near as well, with a final score of I think 6 points - it was a bit higher at times as allegramente fought back and forth over longest road, until she joined two of hers up and had the Very Definitely Longest Road (and then elemnar swiped it for the win). I went for a very risky starting position in the bottom of the map which really didn't work out at all, not helped by The Gnu cutting me off from the rest of the map with a east-west road.
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Who wants a Christmas card all the way from England? [Friday 1st December 2017 at 4:34 pm]
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Who wants a Christmas card all the way from England (snow not included)?

It's December now which means the international posting dates are fast approaching. So if you'd like a Christmas/Solstice/Yuletide/Excuse-to-eat-chocolate card from me with a reasonable chance of arriving before the 25th, comment with your address (comments are screened) or email it to gimmeacard@thomasmccorkell.me.uk.
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NaBloPoMo result [Thursday 30th November 2017 at 11:43 pm]
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[Feeling |thoughtfulreflective]
[Playing |Enya - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel [And Winter Came]]

It's somewhat ironic - I had so many plans of varying degrees of cunningness for NaBloPoMo, and in the end hardly used any of them. Disregarding the traditional filler posts (Guy Fawkes, Remembrance Day, the LJ Comments Meme, and the obligatory poll) I only made two Zelda blogs, scanned one film, and didn't dissect a single Magic deck. Admittedly some days were easier than others - Monday is always good for a pasta night gaming blog, and Wednesday provides the odd bit of bible study from housegroup - and there was a fair amount of last-minute filler and ramblings to bump up the post count (and a handful of fudged timestamps). But still, this seems like one of my more successful NaBloPoMo months.

The question now, as always, is will this blog descend back into radio silence for December or will I somehow manage to keep up some level of blogging? There does seem to be a cyclical effect where NaBloPoMo gets me blogging again, but it then quickly fades off and by the next summer the posts are few and far between. Perhaps I should try and do a regular schedule of posts (say Tuesday gets a Zelda update, Magic happens on Wednesday, Friday becomes Film Friday, ...)? I don't intend to repeat last year's daily advent calendar posts, though tea miniblogs may become a thing (I have seen my advent calendar from elemnar and it is intriguing...) and I really ought to blog more snippets of real life randomness. I sit on potential posts for far too long and then they just don't happen.
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Every puzzle has an answer [Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 11:33 pm]
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[Playing |Terl & Jules Bryant - Water into Wine]

My latest distraction is Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy (because I clearly don't have enough in-progress games at the moment - how many Zelda games was I blogging again?), which is the latest incarnation in the Layton series. It's an interesting twist on the classic Layton gameplay - there's definitely a much more episodic style to it, in that there's a series of individual cases with an overall plot thread running through all of them. The puzzles seem to have less importance to the plot, though the game still throws no end of them at you to solve.

It puts me much more in mind of a Phoenix Wright game than a Professor Layton one.

That said, this game has an unusual twist in that there's a tie-in website with 50 real-world puzzles to find and solve. Some of those puzzles are surprisingly tricky!
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Advent calendar [Tuesday 28th November 2017 at 11:50 pm]
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So last year allegramente sewed fabric advent calendars for myself and elemnar, which she stocked with tea and chocolate (this all started in 2015 when myself and elemnar gave allegramente an advent cabinet of tea). The plan this year is that elemnar and I will restock the fabric calendars with suitable surprises and then exchange them this weekend.

Of course, half the fun is finding what to stock it with. Now saying what I've bought would spoil it, so instead I shall hopefully puzzle elemnar by mentioning that the contents of her advent calendar involved a special trip to Arundel, an online order from somewhere in Portsmouth, and a trip to the local supermarket...
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Stone Age [Monday 27th November 2017 at 11:24 pm]
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Today's game was Stone Age which I've played a few times now - we're playing that almost as often as Ticket to Ride these days (in fact those of us who weren't playing Stone Age did indeed play Ticket to Ride). It's a very mathematical game - the basic mechanic is deploying workers to gather resources to buy victory points, but there's a lot of thought involved in working out the best way to maximise your potential victory points. The complication comes both because the resources are luck-based (each additional worker improves your chance of getting a resource), and because a lot of points aren't calculated until game end and are multipliers on your current victory point items. Paddy, for example, got an additional 35 victory points at the end as multipliers on built huts, while I gained 64 from collecting a complete set of gifts of civilisations. And some items multiply spectacularly - I tend to go for tools, as with the right cards they both act as bonuses to resource gathering and give substantial amounts of points at the end.

And then just occasionally the dice are on your side, with once particularly productive roll allowing me to buy a hut with 7 gold (worth 6 each) for a total of 42 points - the highest single scoring item in the game. That took me from 4th to 3rd place overall - unlike in previous games, I didn't do particularly well on any of the endgame multipliers and acquired very few points during the game. Paddy and Jonners have wised up to my like of tools and blocked me from getting many of them!
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(no subject) [Sunday 26th November 2017 at 10:42 pm]
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Well, that's a nice little surprise. If you buy a discounted item on the Nintendo eShop, the amount of points you earn is based on the non-discounted price. So my little Black Friday Nintendo spending spree has earned me over double the points I was expecting!
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Thanksgiving karting! [Saturday 25th November 2017 at 4:06 pm]
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[Where |Teamsport Crawley]
[Feeling |happyhappy]

Today was the annual pre-thanksgiving-meal karting (or as Jonners put it one year, "let's get some exercise that involves sitting down"), and for a change we had the upstairs track at Crawley. I think the last time I did that was for my birthday a good few years back. There were enough of us today that we could do a proper qualifying and race with a reverse grid start.

The qualifying went quite well - I qualified 6th out of nine with a fastest lap of 27.450, only slightly ahead of Paddy on 27.482. We were managing very similar times with Paddy right behind me for several laps - I would out-accelerate him on the up ramp, but then he would carry a little more speed through the corners and catch up by the end of the lap. I let him pass at one point (so I didn't have to consider his position when braking for corners) and he pulled away slightly, then we hit traffic in the form of Jean and I snuck past him while we were both trying to pass her. Looking at my overall lap times I was continuously improving over that session.

The race was a reverse grid with myself and Paddy on the second row. I got a fairly decent start, and managed to stay level with Paddy into the ramp - then I as before out-accelerated him and Paddy did a sterling job of keeping the faster drivers behind. That left me in 3rd and within a lap or two I passed Jean for 2nd place (the printout shows me in 2nd place from the start). Then I ended up stuck behind Oliver who I just could not get past despite being faster than him in qualifying. Jonners and later Martin caught up and passed me, and then on lap 22 it all went pear-shaped as I turned the corner into the down-ramp to discover a kart (probably Martin) facing up the hill. Well, I didn't really have anywhere to go and rammed him spinning me sideways, and then David powered over the crest of the hill to see this pile of karts with no time to do anything except thoroughly shunt me! I can tell I'll be sore in the morning! Resolving all the mess took a red flag and ended with me a couple more places down (which was a bit unfair as I was 4th before that mixup), and in the end I finished in 7th with Jonners having only just lapped me. On the flip side, I again improved during the race and found almost a second of pace, with a fastest lap of 26.588 (interestingly my 3 fastest laps were the 3 before the multi-kart pileup, so I'd presumably just gotten into a nice rhythm).
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Ankh-Morpork [Friday 24th November 2017 at 11:06 pm]
Thomas

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I ended up playing a weird game of Ankh-Morpork with the family this evening - for once, none of us had one of the Lords (win condition: control of areas) as our player card. The Gnu played as Dragon, King of Arms (win condition: lots of trouble), allegramente had Lord Vetinari (win condition: lots of minions), I was Chrysoprase (win condition: lots of money) and elemnar drew Commander Vimes (win condition: empty the draw deck). Vimes won, as he does so often, with me causing the last card to be drawn at the end of my turn, but as it happened the rest of us were all a turn or two away from a win. I needed another two turns - one to get enough money and one to actually win. The Gnu would in fact have won if I hadn't ended the game as I ended my turn with enough trouble markers on the board (and I didn't have any way to reduce them). And allegramente was only a turn or two away from adding enough minions to win as Vetinari.

It all made for a very strange game as no-one seemed to be particularly trying for any of the potential win conditions, or attempting to shut down anyone else's win condition. Abut the only overtly defensive action that occurred was The Gnu breaking a potential win by me as Vetinari by moving one of my minions into a space with a dungeon dimension demon, otherwise nothing really stood out as being especially aggressive (of course minions were assassinated all over the place, but that's par for the course in Ankh Morpork!).
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Ring ring [Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 11:58 pm]
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[Feeling |amusedamused]

You can do all sorts of wonderful things with modern office phones. Like, to pick a totally-not-random example, set someone's ring tone to this hilarity...

One colleague did that to another as a very long-delayed prank - the recipient's reaction to their phone blaring that out was interesting...
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Today's surprise [Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 11:36 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |surprisedsurprised]

Today's surprise is the latest Professor Layton game is an age-restricted item in the local Sainsbury's - the self checkout declared "approval needed" when I scanned it and the slightly bemused attendant had to overrule it. Because they're all about making sure 6-year-olds can't buy items rated PEGI 7.
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Have you ever used Microsoft Encarta for your homework? [Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 10:19 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |sillysilly]
[Playing |Stormzy - Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2]

Overheard on Radio 1 this evening:

"Have you ever used Microsoft Encarta for your homework?"
"I have no idea what that is"

This was on the Greg James show (1h22m in) which occasionally tries to guess the age of a random phone caller. You could do quite well with that question - if they answer yes, then they're a child of the eighties (as Encarta was the reference source in those pre-Wikipedia days). If the answer no, then they're older. If they haven't heard of it then they're part of the iGeneration.

And the answer for that caller's age? 19!
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Pasta night [Monday 20th November 2017 at 11:41 pm]
Thomas

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I'd swear the traffic on the roads round here is getting worse week on week. I know the highways folks are doing something to the M275/M27 junction and have stuck a 50mph speed limit through it... but that shouldn't cause issues as before the works traffic was only doing 50-60mph along that stretch anyway (it's uphill and an awful lot of drivers seem to slow down when faced with a hill) with lane 2 mostly empty so it should easily absorb the traffic from the reduced speed. The A27/A32 down towards Gosport has also gotten noticeably worse over the past 6 months or so. Weird.

Anyway, tonight's game was Superfight, a game that is "all about arguing with your friends about ridiculous fights". We did a complete round of the villain ruleset followed by one battle royale. For the villain rules, one player is the judge and plays a set of cards to describe their villain, such as "a k-pop star" "driving a tank" "6 feet tall". The other players come up with cards to represent a hero, for example "chuck norris" "that can clone themselves except each clone is half the size" "swinging a shark on a rope". Everyone then argues over which hero is most able to defeat the villain, and eventually the judge picks their favourite opponent. Battle royale is similar, except it's a free-for-all with no designated villain and we all argue over who would be the last fighter standing. Arguing is definitely the right description - people can get very passionate about their fighters, and without a clear win mechanic it can be quite hard to work out what is a good or bad play. The debating also slows down gameplay quite a lot compared to Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity and with nine players we only managed the one round.
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KRACK-KOOM! [Sunday 19th November 2017 at 11:07 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |surprisedsurprised]
[Playing |Globus - Doomsday [Break From This World]]

So a while back I was coding away at work, listening to the Break From This World album by Globus. My MP3 player started playing Doomsday, an epic end-of-the-world rock track that begins aggressively and builds even more over 3 or so minutes to reach a crescendo before abruptly ending in silence for the next track.

This time, however, in the silence that followed there was a very bright flash of lighting outside the window followed almost instantly by a loud KRACK-KOOM! of thunder, perfectly timed to match the beat of the music. If I hadn't seen the reflection of the lightning I would have been convinced the thunder was from my MP3 player - as it was, I did ask my colleague if they saw the lightning too. That was the only bit of thunder that day as well.

I must admit, that coincidence was a little bit scary.
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Guess the Movie, round 6! [Saturday 18th November 2017 at 8:06 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |creativecreative]
[Playing |Theophany - Molgera (ft. Alejandro P. Heinze, Laura Intravia+)]

I had an ulterior motive when I posted the answers to Guess the Book yesterday... because I've put together another round of Guess the Movie! I quite enjoy putting these together and picking out the various quotes - some of them are fairly plain, some are downright silly, and some are deeply meaningful.

Guess the Movie Meme, round 6!

To recap, the rules are:

  1. Pick some of your favourite films.
  2. Find a quote from each film.
  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 IMDB for the answers.

Onwards and upwards!

  1. My history’s a little hazy Cassius, but shouldn’t the Barbarians lose the battle of Carthage?
  2. You're not invulnerable. I can repair your body, but I can't protect your mind.
  3. Gondor calls for aid!
    And Rohan will answer.
    Half-guessed by olego (right series, wrong film)
  4. I feel lighter. Maybe I lost some weight. All that dilly dallying.
  5. It's a trap!
    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...
  7. Out there is a new world! Out there... is our destiny!
  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.
  9. I can teach you to fight with the Green Destiny, but first you must learn to hold it in stillness.
  10. Don't touch that! It's my lunch.
  11. Split my infinitives!
  12. Do you think he plans it all out, or just makes it up as he goes along?
  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.
  14. You can call me anytime. I'll put you on hold, I like to watch the light blink.
  15. What about harbour patrol, radar?
    If they have anything that can pick up our jet, they deserve to catch us.
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Red 7189: Red Arrows over Goodwood 2014 [Friday 17th November 2017 at 11:01 pm]
Thomas

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[Where |The Trundle, West Sussex @50.892585,-0.753894]
[Feeling |artisticartistic]
[Playing |Ivan Torrent - Remember Me (feat. Roger Berruezo) [Reverie - The Compilation Album]]

Bonus post!

Today's random film Red 7189 - a fitting identifier, as it's got these chaps in it. This is from a few years back when I spotted that the Red Arrows and the Vulcan were going to display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It was not long after Father's Day which elemnar and I hadn't done anything for yet, so we came up with a sort of delayed Father's Day outing for The Gnu to go and watch it. This was very much planned at the last moment so we didn't actually visit the Festival of Speed, but instead trundled off to The Trundle, an iron age hill fort on the Downs north of Chichester that's well placed to see the display (allegramente posted about it at the time). I brought the F-301 and a couple of rolls of film (though it looks like allegramente may have managed better photos with her cellphone!), and here's the first of the two films!

This one just has the Red Arrows in it - film Red 7190 (which I need to rescan as VueScan decided to change the colour correction settings it was using halfway through) also has the Vulcan.

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Guess the Book Meme, round 3: the answers [Friday 17th November 2017 at 10:15 pm]
Thomas

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You've had your bonus week and so it's time I posted the answers to round 3 of Guess the Book.

  1. Three million cheers!
    Nancy Blackett, Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  2. I wish you could be happy.
    A perilous wish, but some good may come of it.
    Jane and the leader of the village women, Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
  3. There's no use trying, one can't believe impossible things.
    I daresay you haven't had much practice. When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
    Alice and the Red Queen, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Your storm, Thlayli-rah. Use it.
    El-ahrairah, Watership Down by Richard Adams
  5. By your leave, Mother, I will stand. The watch is not done.
    Rand, The Wheel of Time: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
  6. That's a sweet piece. You didn't snatch that off a street.
    No. I got it from the neck of the governor's mistress. In the governor's manor. In the governor's bed. With the governor sleeping next to her.
    Jean and Locke, Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
  7. That actually worked? Interesting. My high priest didn't think the squirrel's brain would be capable of following such complicated Commands.
    Oh. I mean "Whoops. It completely misunderstood me. Stupid squirrel."
    Lightsong the Brave, Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  8. You have been told to mind you manners, Page Nealan. I will have an apology for your insolence.
    An apology for general insolence, your lordship, or some particular offense?
    Lord Wyldon and Neal, First Test by Tamora Pierce
  9. And did the mouse squeak under your pillow, and the china dogs bark?
    Mrs. Oldknow, The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston
  10. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.
    Mr. Beaver, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
And the winner is... well, there is no winner as apparently this quiz defeated everyone. Or perhaps audience participation is merely down on past years?
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P ≠ NP and Martian teapots [Thursday 16th November 2017 at 11:58 pm]
Thomas

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This took a little longer to write than I was hoping for. I did at least start typing before midnight...

While chatting with elemnar earlier we ended up discussing P versus NP (not quite sure how we ended up on that topic), and she came up with a surprisingly good analogy for it: proving P ≠ NP is like proving that there are no teapots orbiting Mars.

In a nutshell, P versus NP is about splitting problems in Computer Science into Easy and Hard problems. Problems in class P are Easy to solve, while problems in class NP are Hard to solve. Except we don't know for certain that NP problems are Hard because no-one's managed to come up with a proof for this. The best we've got is that we've only been able to find Hard algorithms for NP problems.

Note that this is very oversimplified. Some Hard problems are quite quick to solve in practice. Some Easy problems take ages to solve. Some Hard problems can be done in an Easy way to give a "good enough" answer for most purposes. But in general, Hard problems take longer than Easy problems and the difference becomes more significant as the problem becomes larger.

The general thinking in Computer Science is that P ≠ NP, i.e. there is a class of problems that will always be inherently Hard to solve. Indeed a large chunk of modern computing relies on this assumption.

Anyway, what has this got to do with teapots and Mars? Well, how do you know there isn't a teapot orbiting Mars? There aren't any giant teapots as someone would have spotted them by now, but all that gives is an upper bound on the potential size of any teapots (similar to how we've found various algorithms for NP problems and so have an upper bound on how Hard they are). No-one's come up with a formal proof for a presence or absence of a teapot, similar to how there's no formal proof either way for P versus NP. So all we know is no-one's seen a teapot, and there probably isn't one because it all makes much more sense that way... but there could be one out there somewhere that we've just not found yet. And P = NP might be true after all.

Poll #2074983 P ≠ NP and Martian teapots

Are Hard problems Easy?

P ≠ NP (Hard problems are Hard)
3(100.0%)
P = NP (Hard problems are Easy)
0(0.0%)

Is there a teapot orbiting Mars?

There is tea on Mars!
1(33.3%)
The teapot is a lie!
2(66.7%)

All polls need a ticky box

Ticky box!
3(100.0%)
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Psalm 46 [Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 11:08 pm]
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[Feeling |peacefulpeaceful]
[Playing |Theophany - Deku Palace [Time's End II: Majora's Mask Remixed]]

Housegroup was strange this evening - that's saying something given how bonkers our housegroup normally is! We ended up discussing no end of random topics from cat ownership to nuclear power plants.

I'm reminded of times at the Brighton House, wherein we would start off chatting about one topic and an hour later have passed through a whole slew of subjects to arrive at some vastly different item. Occasionally you could almost see the cogs turning as someone would go through and pop half-a-dozen or so items off of their mental stack before heading off on another tangent.

Anyway we did manage to make time for a short piece of bible discussion. Ca dug out a book of studies on the Psalms and randomly picked Psalm 46 which oddly enough I posted about last year - an extract from verse 10 forms the motto of Sussex University. This time rather than the whole Psalm we particularly looked at the first few verses (NIV translation):

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.



Of course housegroup then went off on another tangent - the way the sea is considered to be this unfathomable hostile thing with waters roaring and foaming, while the river is peaceful and brings life (possibly these references come from the Nile and how the regular floods nourished the land?). But we came back to the start of this Psalm, which is God is there for us as a refuge no matter what the world brings.

I find there's something very comforting about that.
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Submanifolds of a Hilbert Space [Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 11:41 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |sillysilly]

If you do software development then you've probably had the misfortune of working with Git as a source control system. Now, those of you who use Git will be aware that it makes very heavy use of branches, and that it's all too easy to end up with a whole pile of them of of which are the one that you actually need.

Well, it turns out it's all very simple after all, as this image that dropped into my work inbox reveals:



You could tell the email's progress around the office by when different people burst out laughing.
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Pasta night! [Monday 13th November 2017 at 11:49 pm]
Thomas

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I'm not quite sure what's going on, but the past couple of trips to pasta night have been weird. The M27 eastbound was full of spontaneous near-standstill queues with people doing silly things on lane changes, and both trips have involved surprise!police. Last week I was trundling along the A285 when I spotted a distant pair of blue lights in the mirror - this turned out to be a police car in a hurry, who ended up chasing me for a couple of corners before overtaking me on Duncton Hill and vanishing into the distance (perhaps I could have pulled over, but in the dark I wasn't sure where I could safely do so while I did know that there was a nice straight bit of road coming up with good sightlines for overtaking). And today while descending towards Upwaltham (along a nice long sweeping bend that the Alfa will happily take at 60mph) I found another surprise collection of blue lights going to the aid of someone who had taken the corner a bit too fast and left the road.

Anyway, today was Pasta Night with SCIENCE BREAD! This time we used most of a head of garlic, three large dollops of butter and a generous helping of parsley to fill a pair of tiger bread batons and the verdict was unanimous: very yummy, and very garlicky. We almost ran out of garlic butter near the end so perhaps another chunk of butter will do the trick.

After that it was time for gaming, and Paddy brought a new one: Formula D. The aim is to complete a single lap around Monaco, with attention paid to choice of gear (which affects which dice you roll for movement) and wear & tear (which affects whether you survive to the end or not). It's an interesting mix of strategy, gambling, and plain luck as you try to work out if it's worth dropping a gear to take a corner slower and ensure you stop within it, or rolling a faster die and accepting the damage from missing the corner. I came second-to-last thanks to a collection of unhelpful die rolls resulting in me losing a lot of places in the 2nd half of the lap - but not last, as Paddy went for broke on the final corner, rolled unexpectedly highly, and precisely ran out of wear points on the start/finish straight!
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The Stat-o-matic! [Sunday 12th November 2017 at 11:28 pm]
Thomas

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Amazingly I don't think the Stat-o-matic needs any tweaks this year.

[ 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 ]

Top commenters on boggyb's LiveJournal
1boggyb557557
2olego179179
3pleaseremove123123
4tau_iota_mu_c7272
5pewterfish7070
6ralesk6868
7talismancer6767
8omgimsuchadork6363
9jecook4343
10Anonymous4343
11-86Collapse )

Total Commenters: 86
Total Comments: 1978
(not including 476 deleted and 2 screened)

Report generated Sun Nov 12 23:06:57 GMT 2017 by boggyb's LJ Stat-o-matic 1.2 (inspired by scrapdog's LJ Comment Wizard)

There's been a little more activity than last year with another 28 comments received. No single user stands out as being particularly chatty however (with the exception of anonymous users, who have conspired together to boot mirrordreams out of the top 10). It's still massively down from the heyday of LiveJournal - a quick calculation shows that this blog has averaged 145-odd comments a year, so given how quiet it is now there must have been a few very comment-heavy years. Perhaps I should have a go at graphing the comments against time?

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Megatron! [Saturday 11th November 2017 at 9:54 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Playing |Wintergatan - Paradis]

I finally finished another one of the many construction kits I received last Christmas...



Cross-posted to deviantArt


It's Megatron!



Oh, and the spider-robot was also completed ages ago (though I never did get round to repacking the video for Youtube - and now they've dropped support for side-by-side 3D videos, so it looks like I'll have to re-encode it myself anyway), along with the mystery gears (although that needs a fair bit of tuning before it will work properly). That leaves I think just one kit from 2016 still to construct!
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No grave but the sea [Saturday 11th November 2017 at 3:37 pm]
Thomas

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[Where |Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, England]
[Feeling |thoughtfulthoughtful]



THESE
OFFICERS AND MEN
OF THE
FLEET AIR ARM
DIED IN THE SERVICE
OF THEIR COUNTRY
AND HAVE
NO GRAVE
BUT THE SEA


3rd June 2014 HMS Daedalus flypastCollapse )
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Ocarina of Time: Ice Cavern [Friday 10th November 2017 at 11:59 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |sleepysleepy]
[Playing |"Lost in Space" custom Rollercoaster Tycoon track]

Ocarina of Time: Ice CavernCollapse )

Time passes, people move... Like a river's flow, it never ends...
Sheik
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Ocarina of Time: Fire Temple [Thursday 9th November 2017 at 10:03 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |nostalgicreflective]

Wasn't I trying to blog Let's Play's of several Zelda games or something...?

One on a high mountain...

Ocarina of Time: Fire TempleCollapse )

Isn't that funny, Brother?
Well, this must be what they call destiny.

Darunia, Sage of Fire
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Moar performance testing [Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 11:57 pm]
Thomas

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So as part of the grand performance test experiment I spotted that my PC wasn't set up as best as it could be. In particular, the RAM I've got is certified with better timings than it's actually running with. The only reason it's not using them I think is down to the particular chipset/BIOS I've got (as well as the JEDEC profiles the SPD chip also contains an EPP profile but that appears to only be understood by nForce chipsets). I'm also not convinced the RAM was properly running in dual-channel mode as CPU-Z listed it as being Dual/Asymmetric.

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