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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

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[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]
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[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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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[Where |Tesco]
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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]
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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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[Playing |Juno Reactor - Angels and Men [Labyrinth]]

Alas, the snow was not to last...Collapse )
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Name that Game, round 3! [Friday 2nd March 2018 at 9:24 pm]
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[Feeling |curiouscurious]
[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]
Thomas

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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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[Feeling |coldcold]

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]
Thomas

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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]
Thomas

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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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Breath of the Wild spoilers: Hyrule CastleCollapse )
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Green 1601: Chilling coast and Southsea in spring 2017 [Sunday 4th February 2018 at 11:10 pm]
Thomas

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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...

To the glory of the Hegemony!Collapse )
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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:

Spoilers!Collapse )
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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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[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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[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]
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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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