August 27th, 2018

Tall ships (porthole)

There and back again

So on Sunday I got back from a week-long holiday in Cornwall, wherein I managed to see and do quite a bit. It's amazing how many places one can visit if one actually gets up early enough :)


Shiny new smartphone! The battery life on Mercury (a Nokia 6210 Navigator) and lack of performance reached the point where I was sufficiently annoyed to Just Upgrade It, and on the Saturday before leaving I went and got a shiny new Sony Xperia XZ1 (which I've named Theia - I tend towards Greek mythology for naming my computers)! It proved its worth almost immediately when an accident closed the A35 and I used Google Maps to find an alternative route - while I could have achieved that with the mapping on Mercury, or with a paper map, just being able to plonk a destination into the phone was incredibly convenient. I'm not a complete convert to satnav - Google Maps doesn't quite get double-mini-roundabouts and seems to delight in picking awkward back roads to save maybe 30 seconds - but it's telling that I did the rest of the trip on satnav despite having printed out routes beforehand.

Staying in a castle! Yes, I stayed at the Custodian's House at Pendennis Castle again, because why wouldn't you when you get your very own key to the gatehouse! On the one hand I should search for new places, but on the other hand the first entry in the current guest book did begin "this is our 4th visit..."

The weather - it held for pretty much the entire week, apart from Friday which was blustery and Sunday which was just wet.

All the places I did visit - Falmouth, Pendennis, St Mawes, Trelissick, Glendurgan, Tintagel, Saltash, Cawsand.


Hemera (my laptop) finally failing hard (terminal GPU failure), on the first day. Hence why there were no on-holiday blogs, because I'd have to write them up on Theia and I much prefer having a real keyboard for long-form blogging. This was doubly annoying as I also intended to use the laptop to copy photos off of the camera, but fortunately I'd brought a large enough memory card that that didn't really matter.

All the places I didn't visit - Truro, St. Ives, Porthcurno, Eden Project to name a few. Despite having the car I stayed fairly local to Falmouth, though I did achieve a trip out to Tintagel on the way to pleaseremove's.


Driving. On the one hand having a car was very handy for a couple of trips that I couldn't have done with public transport... on the other hand the journey up was horrendous, and the journey back just long. Train does have an enormous advantage in that I can just disappear into a book/film/3DS/whatever and not have to continuously pay attention (and there's the view from the Dawlish sea wall as well). That said the MiTo turns out to be quite comfortable for long journeys and did the 500+ mile round trip with ease. Would I drive it again - depends on what I plan to do. For a trip to pleaseremove the train makes more sense, for heading deeper into Cornwall the car gives me more options.
Tall ships (porthole)

Pasta night!

We've come up with a new game at pasta night that I don't think I've blogged about before: Cards Against Apples. Basically you combine the prompt cards from Cards Against Humanity with the answer cards from Apples to Apples, and then play with the normal rules. The combination we find works very well - Cards Against Humanity gives you better prompts to play with, and Apples to Apples makes for less awkward and more fun answers.

We've also tried Apples Against Humanity but that doesn't work quite as well. The Cards Against Humanity answers don't fit well with the Apples to Apples prompts.

After that we still had some time and I've picked up one of the Jackboxes for the Switch ('twas on offer), so we hooked that up for a round of Fibbage and a couple more of Survive the Internet. Hilariously jonners99_uk managed to win the final game despite not actually taking part - he'd gone to do post-pasta-night tidying, but a mixup meant his phone was still active and so he joined in without being in front of the TV. I have considered running a remote session of Jackbox as it all goes through a central server and it looks like you get just enough information in the prompts to take part, though ideally I'd want to livestream the main window as that's the only one with the scoring.