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  1. Thinking about next years travels. It's been a dream of mine to rent a lakeside cabin, somewhere very green like the Adirondacks, or Vermont. Doesn't need to be a hot place - would in fact prefer it to not be hot - but not freezing either. Somewhere not to far from civilisation, and somewhere we won't all get butt-raped or murdered. Does anyone have any experience of this sort of break away?
  2. Just don't foul anyone in the penalty area.
  3. I take it he wasn't the best. Or is that a good thing?
  4. Most years i attend a staff development conference in deepest darkest mid Wales, at a place called Gregynog (pronounce Gregunog). It's owned by the Uni of Wales, so we get ready access to it. The original building has evolved over time, but was first built over 800 years ago (which means it had already been there for 300 years when Columbus took his trip). About 50-60 IT Professionals in Education attend, some of whom deliver presentations on what's new in tech. It's a 3 day conference. I deliver a quiz and Chair a few sessions. IT suppliers sponsor the event and that pays for all the food and beer. We have a really good time. It's has a very old coach and horses stop, with a classical cobbled courtyard and stables enclosed by buildings. My room was on the courtyard. The first night i arrived, i saw what i eventually worked out to be a dead bat on the cobbles with it's head down in a puddle. It was tiny, and i took it to be young. I picked it up and poked around with it for a while, and took it into the room to see it in the light. After a few mins, i could swear i saw an incredibly slight movement, which couldn't be explained by gravity. I poked it a bit more vigorously and eventually decided it still had a tiny bit of life left. But similarly certain it was going to die very soon. Having no clue how to revive a nearly-dead baby-bat, i put it on a towel in my room and folded the towel on top of it. Next morning, no change - barely perceptible reactions to poking and proddings. I returned at lunchtime to find this. So I placed the towel on the window sill and it flew off within seconds.
  5. Whoops. I linked the wrong video. That's MY house.
  6. My colleague brought his drone along and took this video. I was literally in the middle of a conference session on the 3rd floor when i saw his drone shooting past the window.
  7. Pining for the Fjords!
  8. This thread passed me by. Details pls Las! Photos if poss.
  9. It's the kind of game i would want to take to a desert island with me to play for the rest of my life, but could not get up the motivation otherwise. I'm also extremely non-competitive and would feel no compunction to beat anyone else.
  10. On the recommendation of a colleague, i've bought another copy of Portal 2 and have been playing cooperatively with my lad for the past week. We're having a real blast. I've long been a fan of the Portal series and, to my senses, co-op play is the best of the best. I've probably mentioned many times that cooperative game-play is my 'thing' and being able to work on a game together with my son at the same time is just the best. The sense of achievement at working together toward a common and often seemingly impossible goal is very cool. We sit at 45 degrees to each other, so can turn to see each others screen, as well as being able to see each others POV in the game too. The levels are designed that you simply must work cooperatively to complete each and every one, and the actual level design is first class; requiring real thought to logic it out. There are a lot of levels, but i'm only half way through, so i could tell you how many. We've had around 5 hours game-play so far. I am also told that there are a world of after-market co-op levels to be had. The experience has also told me that i am impatient and have ran out of patience with him a few times. It's taught me that i need to be cooler with him. I am frustrated that he insists on using a controller which, to my mind, severely limits and slows down his control. In spite of my suggestions, he refuses to use the mouse and KB. I feel i need to respect that. Even when it means levels can take far longer to complete. I highly recommend this, and if you have similar co-op experiences with other games suitable for children, i'd love to hear about it. We've played and finished Brothers together years ago, and that was a similarly great experience.
  11. Seems like you're having a lot of fun with the game.
  12. It has a steam-punk-ish look to me.
  13. Means nothing to me, but i guess it might to you.
  14. The only way i would have noticed any of that, is if i was doing a google search. I don't use any of the other stuff. So, for me, that's not the internet. Now if you'd cited, midgetsonpoodles, hamster-anal-fetish or scrotum-nail-fixing i'd have been weeping like a small child.
  15. You're not the first to say similar. Will add it to list. Watching fleabag at the mo. Excellent for very different reasons.
  16. Ahh. The balance between life and a life-worth-living.
  17. Damn it. I only have the high sodium soy sauce <shakes fist at the sun>. Why am i always hindered at the last.
  18. Nice. Thanks. I have everything in that list except the Mirin. But i have seen alternatives in teh interwebz.
  19. Lepin are a Chinese company who make fake Lego, based on existing Lego sets. I have been reading about Lepin for a while. In all honesty, having used fake lego on very small builds several times, i considered them a high risk investment. But after reading a couple of half decent reviews, i decided to give them a go. I ended up buying the Larger version of the Hogwarts castle by Lepin, from a Spanish outlet. It cost £120, and the Lego version is £350. So just over 1/3 cost. Being distributed from Spain, i didn't face any import duties. It arrived in about 2 weeks, in a plain cardboard box. Anyone expecting Lego style packaging would have been rather shocked. Photo one shows how it presented, around 100 bags in a shabby brown cardboard box. So i was a little nervous. Not wanting to sort through 100 bags every time i needed a new one, i decided to sort them out into sets and store them grouped into sets of 5 in ziplock bags. This has worked very well. The very first thing you have to do in the instructions is to build 1 minifigure, which has a beard and hair. The hair they include is the wrong style (it's very different to the picture), and too big to allow both the beard and hair to fit the head at the same time. Let's just say that i was now very worried about the future for this set. Generally speaking, the plastic is good quality and very good colour. I would say around the same quality and colour as lego - if it weren't for the branding, i doubt i could tell the difference visually. In using Lepin, I would say it is ever so slightly tougher, with less give than Lego. Pieces fit slightly tighter and, after a few hours use, I feel it in my hands. However, i would say this is no bad thing. Possibly one piece in every few hundred has trace edges from the moulding process, but these are very slight and fragile, and no issue to remove. About 3 of the bags are unnumbered. So i am waiting to find out where they belong. They used the right numbering on the bags, but substituted the letter "q" for the number "9" on about 15 bags. That took me a while to figure out. Cutting to where i am now: I am on bag set 39 of 48, so around 5000 pieces out of 6020 in, and every one of the pieces, except 1 coloured stud, has been there. But it hasn't all been plain sailing. After building the core of the main tower, you need to build and apply 6 sheets of cladding to the outside. These ended up slightly shorter than the tower, but not short enough to fit on the next stud down. I laboured with this for around 4 hours, often ending up with the tower in pieces. I ended up having to remove a single layer of Lego from the height of the core of the tower, and now the cladding is slightly longer, bows slightly and doesn't fit right - it would likely collapse with a knock. I believe this points to the manufacturing tolerances inherent with Lupin, and never seen on Lego in my experiences. But, even with all of that, i would accept it for a saving of £230. Overall, my main intentions going forward were to buy the Super Star Destroyer, but i wanted a test set first. At this point, i would have to say that i have no intention of buying Lego for any expensive sets. It's just not worth 3 times the price. I just wish i had bought the Lepin Falcon 18 months ago, and saved myself £400. Unboxing - note the beautiful graphics on the main box... So Lepin as a brand and logo, is banned in the UK. Note the stickers over the Lepin logo on the instruction manuals. By the way, the instruction in the manuals are identical to Lego. Let's just say it; they are Lego's instructions. The Great hall, The Chamber of Secrets and the changing staircases. Note the flying Dementors. If you zoom in on the last photo and look at the centre of the main tower, you can notice the bulge. This is about half the model constructed so far.
  20. Damn you and your application of perfect reason and logic.
  21. I have one more prediction. Jon is a Targaryan and next in line. I reckon, when tested, Drogon recognises this and changes allegiances away from Dani to him. This may even be how she dies, by the fire of her own child... Man that would be a fitting end: Jons last word in the show.... "Dracarys". Even if that isn't true, it fucking should be.
  22. Finished it last weekend. Overall, and in spite of the ill-fitting tower pieces, i enjoyed this quite a lot. Fantastic attention to detail throughout. The front of the finished model shows the external views of all the buildings towers and connected landscape. The rear of the model show all the internals, most classrooms, a few offices, and a few of the more famous set pieces from the movies. It's big. Really big. I installed very deep shelves in my study just to be able to install large models. But this won't fit; it's too deep. I think it's going to have to go on my desk in the study. I've recently added another leaf to the main table, to take a printer. So i'm hoping that i should have the space. In terms of cost and value against quality. All i can say is that i won't be looking at Lego, unless i cannot find a Lepin alternative, or Lepin costs go up. The difference in not enough to justify paying 3-4 times the price. Next project is likely to be either a Super-Star Destroyer, or the Death Star Mk II. Both of which are around £120. Or possibly the UCS Slave I, which is around £70. Lego stopped production of the Death Star Mk II, and you'd be hard pressed to pay less than a couple of grand for it today. I think that i perfect justification for buying Lepin, in that case. Pics inc.
  23. Good to see this revitalised. It has been in my thoughts recently. I still have a small tub frozen from last year. The 2nd batch i made was a tad disappointing. compared to the first. Not quite as smokey, or sweet. We've already had one bbq around a friends, and my thoughts are turning to our regular bash for the neighbours, and the reason i made this last year. I was thinking of doing something different, although i know not what...