Thursday, 29 October 2009

Bobbing Corks

Aah, the wonders of modern technology. I'm sitting in the departure lounge of Cork airport in Ireland, blogging. It's a nice enough airport, lots of wood, plenty of (slightly uncomfortable) seats, and *woot* free wi-fi for the budding business traveller.

As a cork rises in the waves it also falls...

There's a problem with Cork airport that I'm discovering. Well, two actually.

It's on a hill, in the middle of relatively low grounds, and not too far from the coast... And I can't see more than 50 feet out the windows. It's foggy, real pea souper. And apparently this happens alot! Who's idea was it to build an international airport (brand new, many millions of Euro) in a place that regularly gets fog?! Bah!

Second problem, is that nowhere does it say that my flight has been delayed. We should have taken off 10 minutes ago. It's been flashing in big green letters Go to your gate. Wohoo! We're now boarding as I write.

Addendum: I was in the process of pointing out that nowhere on any of the screens did it say that any flights were delayed, only an announcer every 15 minutes for specific flights (not mine), and a bit observation of the actual departure times Vs scheduled departure times on past flights to see they were delayed by 10 minutes to over an hour. Luckily my flight took off within half an hour... Still quite annoying, as I'm going to be flying through there a few times in the next couple of months.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Apron Militia

Quick fun find, found through the 'blogs of note' doodaa...

I may not share her chromasomes, or some of her counter activities, but I do own a Dyson with HEPA filter, and IT KICKS ASS! HELL YEAH!

Try to ignore the comments though, making me embarressed for the single mindedness of my half of the gene pool.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Pearls from the dredged interweb

I was knocking around, as I often am, when I re-found the link to an excellent 'water' article focused on the Grey Knights. While a little old (2007) it is a brilliant bit of theory, and quite applicable in any edition, and any game.

The way of the water warrior., Reactive warfare as applied to the Grey Knights.

This works for Grey Knights, Deathwing, and any other high model impact, low model count mobile army. New Space Wolves and some Eldar builds come to mind.

'Competative' VS 'Fun' is a fashionable topic at the moment - what use to be called 'beardy' army design, and WAAC players, derised at a local level and on the net a few years ago, has now turned into a huge debate across blogs and forums.

My personal view is similar to some people like Stelek - going into a tournament, bring your A game - you can be a nice guy while tabling your oponent. Going into your local club, find out if you're playing a 'fun' game or an A game - you will probably know your oponents well enough to agree before hand, or internally rated that person as a 'Beer and pretzels' or WAAC player.

As far as I'm concerned, WAAC is trying to win - no cheating, no rules twisting, just bringing your filthiest, hardest army. Of course army is only half of the issue...

Playing to Win: Becoming the Champion

An offshoot of this is TFG - they may be a newb or vet who thinks he's got it and rubs it in.

If you want to win, if you want to battle your wits against another player running at 110% - make sure you table him, or indeed get your arse handed to you - with a smile on your face. Be a hard arse, be a WAAC player, but make sure you don't become TFG.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Up, up and away on my beautiful...

Went to see 'Up' last night with the girlfriend. Kind of torn. It is an excellent film, nice story, if uncomplicated, beautifully rendered by Pixar. I'm sad to say I left the cinema with a tear or two, even after the many laughs.

It reminded me a bit too much of my Grandma passing a few months ago, and of other things missing in my younger years.
I'm very happy to say that things are much better than back then. It still reminded me a bit too closely.

Heartily recommend the film, but be prepared for a few heart breakingly sad bits, for anyone.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009


Spore is an excellent game! So far I've just hit the space age, but this game has been...

Its got the huge range of customisability of Sims (same guy), but without any of that family stuff ;-D
I spose the only thing holding it back so far is the slightly dated cartoony graphics, but I'm not sure you could get away with making it any more serious.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Another Year... And food!

Last Thursday was my birthday. I was off ill from work and lounged in front of the TV. Sigh... Not the most pleasant way of spending my 'special day'. The girlfriend took us out for dinner because I was feeling a bit better.
Our favourite Chinese which is conveniently less than 10 minutes drive away, a place called The China Garden in Whitminster. They give you a small bowl of nice prawn crackers for free which is nice. And most of the food is excellent, though the noodles we had seemed a little overdone that night.
Ribs are beatifully done, the wanton soup was good she said, then we had duck. Main was beef with black pepper and red wine sauce, nice, a bit too rich though. Second main (we share) was deed fried chicken in plum sauce which was delicious.
Didn't fancy any of the desserts, this place's weak point, so we stopped off at Tesco and picked up a cheap 'happy birthday' cake. Mmmm... Sugary.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

All Hail the FSM and his noodly appendage!

If you're unaware of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.... First visit the Website, then give thanks for sharing His noodly appendage with you.