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  1. That was great. Reminiscing on both an amazing film and an amazing game simultaneously. I won't tell you what i just did in my pants.
  2. Exactly the same colour as my thoughts...
  3. I think i mentioned some time back that my old box room was running out of space as a study. I've been planning to relocate it to our spare bedroom, as it's hardly ever used and twice the size. We started the move on Friday, and making good progress. I have a couple of pics to share and comment on. It's a wide-angle lens, so the proportions look a bit odd. The room will contain my gaming PC, the main file server and Fins PC. In the first photo you can see Fins desk on the right and mine straight ahead. There's still a triple wardrobe in the room, which is going to disappear. If you note the window on the right and look at the wall space just to the left of it, it has a small painting on it. That's the spot where the Lego Falcon is going. There's a power socket just below it, to plug the engine lights in. I gave Fin my old, but still decent, Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 speakers and bought myself the Logitech Z906 late last year. I've just installed them and they're wonderful. Can't see them in the photo, but the sub is huuuge. This room is in our newish extension. when it was being built i opted for sound-proofing to go into the floor of the room. That is now paying dividends, as sound is very effectively dampened down to the kitchen below. The second photo is a work-in-progress of the shelving in the room. There's an extra 10 points and stacks of street cred for anyone who can tell me the name of the model on the top shelf on the far left, or even where it's from. There's a few more models to go up there, including the Jawa's Sandcrawler, which i haven't built yet. I'm thinking of buying the Lepin Super Star Destroyer, but am a tad sceptical abut the lego-alike. I also have two picture to go up on the walls. One i bought last year, but haven't put it up yet: The other is a star destroyer triptych, probably from Etsy, which i haven't bought yet. Something like this: I think the idea came from Dunnar. I've also discovered that, over the past few months, the puppy has chewed both the cable to the rift and the surround sound headphones. I can buy a replacement for the Rift, which is £50, but I suspect i might need to replace the headphones. That's £120 worth of damage by the little fucker.
  4. That was one of the original reasons for relocating in the first place. And remained so, until i found the Rift cable chewed through. I'll get around to it when my hearts back into it. And i've killed my dog.
  5. Yes. The bolt is screwed into a wall plug (wikipedia says you call them anchors or rawlplug). I used 8mm coach bolts , which felt really sturdy. In the UK, power for sockets on floors above the ground floor is supposed to be fed directly from below the socket, in a vertical run up to the socket. On the ground floor, it's supposed to be fed vertically down to the socket, directly from above. So in a two storey house, all the electrical runs are centred on the cavity between the ground floor and the one above (we call it 1st floor, you call it 2nd). With a dot and dab wall, or a cavity wall, yes, it would be run, more or less, in the cavity. When the wall construction is solid, plaster directly onto block or brick, you use a technique called "Chasing", when you cut a channel into the wall using a chasing cutter. Walls of older houses were built to last better than the newer houses. Anything older than, say, the 1960's would be more commonly built of brick, for both external, and internal walls. More modern houses would be built of brick or cinder block external, and for internal walls, often just "stud" walls, made of wooden frames with plaster board covering. The beer is my current favourite (and it's been my favourite since last Summer). It's called "Life & Death". It's an American style IPA, made from citrus hops. Quite strong in alcohol. Quite stunning on a hot day, when you've built up a thirst.
  6. That also crossed my mind.
  7. So I am around 75% through SoTR, and have been pleasantly surprised. Reviews weren't great, with the general consensus being that it was the weakest of the three. It feels like the longest. It looks like the prettiest (although that could be the GPU upgrade), and it feels like the biggest in terms of play-area. They've also toned down those slightly annoying rush scenes, where you have to react fast to a choreographed scene. Jonah has outstayed his welcome, being little more than baggage in a pony-tail, that needs rescuing from time to time. He's clearly in love with Lara, but just can't push it beyond friendship (although the game is not yet finished!!!). The story is ok; still against Trinity, of course. Located in various parts of South America, but largely within Jungle terrain, and featuring several of the indigenous tribes, both as historical notes and to play with. I'm assuming Trinity will be wiped of the face, as it's the end of the Trilogy. That bit is fine, although I feel I was never taught to properly hate Trinity. They're all a bit faceless, and i suspect the whole series could have done with one person at the top to focus on. The puzzles are not difficult, but you need to be in the whole Tomb Raider head-zone, for them to make more sense. I would definitely recommend this title, even if you'd not played the previous ones.
  8. Finally... After a year on the kitchen island, the Falcon has been mounted. Repeat... The falcon has been mounted. Considering that it was just a Lego model, it was a mammoth project, requiring a special mounting bracket, as a i wanted to mount it twisted, and it's heavy - very few brackets fitted the bill. Secondly, my walls are block covered with dot and dab plasterboard, which means there's plasterboard, then air and then a block. So i need to buy special longer coach-bolts. 15kg when extended on the bracket arms, creates a high weight load on those bolts. But it's well fixed. And it's fully adjustable, both in and out, swinging right and left, and it can tilt 15 degrees and rotate 360 degrees. A few bits exploded onto the floor, struggling with my wife to get the model up on the rig, but 30 mins rebuilding in place should do it. Finally, i attached the electrics to a Echo compatible electrical socket, and renamed the socket "Falcons Engines". So now i can turn on the engine lights by asking Alexa to "turn on the Falcons engines". Woo-hooo. I will be tidying up the electrical stuff at some point.
  9. Good times my friend. Great times. With your hound woofing in the background and me eating Fish-mash n beans. Hunters rock.
  10. I really don't know what you see in her.
  11. I think the last DC film i liked was Superman in 1978. Although the first Wonderwoman film wasn't too bad.
  12. I get you, but i'm not sure i agree. I see so many hundreds, if not thousands of indie-games released each year. It's possible to get access to most of them if you look.
  13. Yay for quoting oneself. I got curious. Both Mario and Wolfenstein could be argued as still releasing games. But you might argue that Mario games are not the same style of games; they just have that character appearing. Comparing Donkey Kong to Mario Kart is a bit of a stretch. Wolfenstein, however, is still the same style of game, featuring the same main char, doing the same things, to the same people, and still FPS. Both are 1981.
  14. ... and still going after 32 years. Last game was released late last year: "Wet Dreams Don't Dry". Is there an gaming IP lasting longer than that?
  15. Firefox private window for untraced security. VPN to remain anonymous to your ISP. I'd recommend PIA.
  16. Basically, we're relatively broke after shelling out north of £10k on the US trip last year. So we've decided to take shorter, less expensive, but more frequent breaks this year. So far, we have 2 planned. We're going to a holiday resort on the North Devon coast in March for 4 nights. Here. It's not particularly glamorous, but it's dead cheap and they allow dogs. Then during the week of the late may bank holiday, we're taking Fin to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studio tour just north of London, and staying in a hotel for a night either side. Very expensive for what it is, but he is quite enjoying the whole HP thing right now. I'm reading the books to him before bed, and we're both loving that TBH. I'm also going camping with Fin, a mate and his two boys, which we do every year, in early May. But i don't count that as a holiday, as Caren can't come - no chicks! What have you guys got lined up?
  17. What's the draw for Thailand?
  18. Could you not just get a way with a new GPU. I did mine last year and it's given me another couple of years. My 4th gen i7 is probably the weak link in my current rig, but it's still playing nicely on WQHD and max all, with stuff like Shadow of the Tomb Raider (not half as bad as i was led to believe BTW).
  19. I was standing next to a Jamaican at the urinals the other day. The Jamaican loked down and commented on my cock-tattoo; asking whether "Shan" was my wifes name. I told him it was "Sharon", but it didn't show until i was excited. I then looked at his and asked if his wife was call "Wendy". He replied that it wasn't his wife, but "Welcome to Jamaica, have a lovely day". Badum-tish.
  20. Fascinating. As a scientist, you should now repeat the experiment on yourself, as it appears no lasting harm was caused and you are aware of the symptoms to look for. Heck, do it half a dozen times and write a paper on it. Publish it. Get paid millions by Logitech to refute/take down your own findings, Then offer me 50% for having the idea in the first place.
  21. Paris is a shithole that's outlived its reputation 30 years ago. It's rife with pickpockets and thieves and overpriced crap food. The only things worth seeing are the Sacre coeur and the Seine markets. The Eiffel tower is ok if you don't mind queueing for 2 hours to get up. Welllll Perhaps it's not THAT bad, but it's not a scratch on Barca.
  22. Sounds amazing. I'd like to visit Iceland at some point. I hear it's pretty pricey though. So i do hope you're as good with your bucks as you think you are. That French trip looks amazing too. Is that you're planned route? If so, I have a couple of observations. 1. The Dordogne is just to the east of Boardeaux, on your route. It's a river valley region, with a number of medieval towns, such as Sarlat and riverside camps, that are just lovely - especially in good weather. And awesome canoe trips. 2. At your southernmost point you will be only be a couple of hours drive over the Pyrennees to Barcelona - one of the finest cities in the world, and the home of, in my humblest, the most beautiful building in the world - the Sagreda Familia. It would be practically criminal to be that close and not go.
  23. So i'm moving the study from the old box room into our spare room, which is 3 times the size. I had to unplug everything and put it back together, and the BIOS freeze problem has disappeared. I blame the chewed up Rift cable. Cheers for the advice all. It worked.
  24. My gaming rig is starting to play up. It's an Asus Z97-K mobo with 16Gb or DDR3 running at 1600mhz, with an I7 4770k. It's just coming up on 4 years old, so pretty decent to still play todays games at ultra on a 3440x1440. But that could be the GTX 1080 upgrade about 6 months ago :). For the past month, every time i boot it up, it sits on the Post screen, with the press Del and F2 for BIOS message showing, and it's frozen. If i hit the reset button, it starts again, gets to POST, passes it and works fine. But this behaviour is 100% consistent. I upgraded the 3 year old BIOS today, which has made no difference. Any thoughts? I'm tempted to either: 1. Live with it, but believing that it could be the start of something more sinister. 2. Use it as an excuse to build a new rig (based around the 1080). 3. Strip it and rebuild it, hoping that something's wiggled loose. Can you think of anything else?
  25. It's a really emotive subject in our house, and i believe it's similar in the house of colleagues i speak to. Fin didn't really use screens until he was about 6-7. He can't use any screens now, including TV from bedtime Sunday, through to finish of school on Friday. On weekends, i'd guess he has around 3-6 hours per day, many of those hours being very early, before we get up. I'd say he has too much and we're discussing how to bring that down in a constructive way. He can use screens for homework, or lessons and learning stuff. But that has proven to be rare. My other concern is the content. All he wants to do is watch youtube videos. The passive/deadhead nature of this bothers me, and i'd be happier if he was interacting, puzzle-solving, hand-eye coordinating. Yes, even Fortnite. But he has no interest in most things and mum won't let him play fortnite, even when directly supervised (which i disagree with). I'd be interested in hearing from other parents of young children, what their approach is.