What is best in life #21: Spray soap

Having children brings along a whole host of new life defining factors, some of which are bad but most of which are good! ¬†Definitely on the good side is soap that comes from a can! ¬†I mean what’s not to like, plus you can act out the final scene from ghostbusters movie! I urge you…

Gaming First & Last

What was the last game you played in 2016 and the first game you played in 2017? Last thing I played in 2016 was Sonic Allstars Racing Transformed on the Wii-U, which I was bought for Christmas. It felt a bit like a poor man’s Mario Kart but I’m hoping the Sega fan service makes…

Happy new year, we are still alive… Just.

Smashing in the new year has been a solitary experience the past few years, having kids and ageing friends will do that for you. However this year a nice trip to the brother in laws and then back to mine to put the little ones to sleep. The good wife ordered in a tasty Chinese…

Easy As 1-2-3

Every Christmas this ABC-rhyme biscuit/sewing(?) tin containing our Nativity Set comes out from the cupboard under the stairs. The tin goes way back through a couple of families and I am but its custodian, not its owner. I thought I’d share it with you because… well, just look at it! Fair warning up front, G…

ZX81 Manual Cover Art

Here’s the glorious sci-fi cover art for the ZX81 manual minus its usual contrasting red text. Not sure of the original provenance, but was pretty chuffed to happen across it at such a decent resolution online. And just for lagniappe have pics of the French-language cover along with the English original: RUBOUT rubs out the…

SDTOTD #9: So Mega

Noticed this while watching the news. SUPREME COURT OMEGA SUPREME Guess he transforms into a court building too, ha! To catch a T/F

Xmas time is here again

So it’s the first of December, time to dust off the star and erect your tree! I’m having a decidedly un technical year for gifts, I’ve not asked for anything electronic at all. Must be the first time in a long while that a video game is not on the old list to santa. A…

Waltisms/Slips Of The Tong

I’ve endorsed the NSFW comedy chat podcast Tell ‘Em Steve Dave before. It’s definitely worth checking out if 40-something New Joisey blokes ribbing each other is your thing. One of the regular cast is Brian “Q” Quinn from Impractical Jokers. The other two are Brian Johnson and Walt Flanagan who are from Comic Book Men…

Pac-Merch

Happened across a couple of ’80s Pac-Man related ads which I didn’t remember. First, a red Pac-Man flogs 7-UP to the tune of a cruelly-repurposed version of Bette Davis Eyes. Second, here’s an ad for the classic boardgame which some kid always brought in to school on the last day of term. I didn’t realise…

SDTOTD #8: Not Poodles

So there I was in my local hypermarch√© reviewing the flavoursome range of Pot Noodles [NSFW] on offer, when I happened upon this old favourite. A stray (sober!) thought occurred to me. Surely with the gradual renaming of Indian cities over the last couple of decades this was an error egregious! I hereby propose the…

People = The Shit

I’m very much an all-or-nothing person which isn’t particularly positive a quality, but is nonetheless true. I’m pretty bad at new people. The part in The Hobbit where the Dwarves are introduced to Bilbo two-at-a-time resonates with me, since I’m essentially fine with groups where I already know 50%+ of the attendees, but tend to…

Beautiful blue planet

It had been a usual busy weekday at work and I’d sat down after consuming the evening meal. My eldest started to ask me about space and the planets in her often inquisitive way. So out came the trusty phone and YouTube app (what a wonderful time of technology we live in), a few taps…