Thursday, November 30, 2006

Great Animation

Animator vs Animation. This is a very very cute animation and the real reason only professionals should ever create Flash animations. Via the Userfriendly link of the day.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Ouch! That hurts!

Looking through my stats log and found a new referer. The game reviews have a mention in GameRevolution in an article entitled "Mind Over Meta".

The ouch? Here is the paragraph linking to my site "In some cases, half the scores Gamerankings included in their aggregates were from small, unheard of fan sites with terrible writing and ghastly design, and we were certain the opinions of these amateurs were inflating aggregate scores." Yep, I am the example of a small, unheard of fan site with terrible writing and ghastly design.

Now let's see, small - yep that's ok. Unheard of - well, I do get 1500 page views a day - is that unheard of? Fan site - not by my definition of fan site but I'll let it pass. Ghastly design - matter of opinion there but mine is very basic. It's the 'terrible writing' that I object to! In a world where spelling is optional and complete sentences rarely seen, how can they point to my site and say it is 'terrible writing'?

On the other hand, I think their site has ghastly freaking design. White text on a black background is very difficult to read. And they have a set width which looks silly on my nice big monitor.

As a side note, I believe that Gamerankings has never used my site for aggregating scores.

Friday, November 24, 2006

More clips from Extras

First there is Patrick Stewart describing a script he is writing.. Pretty funny.

Second is Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter), as a 17 year old interested in any female. Extremely interested.

I have a long way to go

A report from Wired that iTunes library fails when faced with 90,000 songs. My little Nomad box says it only has just under 4,000 separate pieces of music. I obvious need to build my library more.

Oh, and to the writer of the article, that bloke wouldn't be the only one. I have a friend, Henry G. who would have that much music at least. Your 500 tunes would never do for me.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Harry Chapin Verities and Balderdash

For those that don't know about the folk singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (I read your comment!), this is a great album to start with. The album has three songs I love to listen to: Cats in the Cradle, Six String Orchestra, and 30,000 pounds of Banana. Mind you, Six String Orchestra - I always see Robin (the nephew of Kermit the Frog) singing because Muppet versions of songs tend to stick well. All of the songs on the album are worth listening to though.

Bowie on Extras

Brief video clip of David Bowie on Extras Looks like he was having fun.

Blog has been updated

I've made the big switch to the new Blogger, and with it picked out a new template and started doing some labeling. So what do you think; Simon, Daniel, Friendless? (I know all three of my readers ;) )

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Babooshka - Kate Bush

I'm fond of Kate Bush's music and Babooshka is one of her songs I've always enjoyed. But now someone has done a remix. It is just so irritating. Chopping up the song ruins the effect and all you get now is a lot of Babooshka without realising that there is a story behind the song. I hate that.

The last time I had serious problems in the remaking music vein was when Ugly Joe Kid covered "Cat's in the Cradle". After hearing a part of that once, I would turn off the radio if the cover started and bought Harry Chapin's original because that is a great song.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Very odd trend

My normal web site has had a feature for years now allowing visitors to post info about their favourite game and why they like it. There are comments dating back to 1999.

Lately, people have suddenly been putting guestbook type comments in it. There may be a few general comments about my web site in previous years, but this is the first time I've ever had multiple comments about the site left here in such a short time frame.

Make me wonder if maybe I should open a guestbook again. I killed it when almost all entries were to advertise someone's porn site. Now that my script a) hides new entries until reviewed and b) doesn't permit urls to be posted, a guestbook might not be too painful.