Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sto-Fen Omnibounce

I bought a Sto-Fen today to see if my direct flash images can be made to look any better. It creates a bounced light effect when you have nothing to bounce off (like when you are outside). Using it indoors as a fill flash is quite effective (it is not dark enough to test low-light usefullness yet). However, at £15 I don't think I can go far wrong...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

HTC Touch - new toy?

OOOoooOOOooo - check this out. I think I want one...well, maybe if it also had a slide-out keyboard I would.

Monday, June 25, 2007

BASH of the day

#772595 +(2241)- [X]
a bad workman blames his fools
damn keyboard

Taste Fest and Village Fete

K and I had an interesting weekend. The Knebworth village fete kicked off on Fri night with an 'invitation only' sneak-peak at the flower festival. K and I went as I run the Neighbourhood Watch. It was nice but we had to leave early as we were expecting L to come over. On Sat we went into London for the Taste Festival. This was a fantastic event with food and drink from all over the place. It was however, somewhat marred by both K and I being pretty ill on Sun and even still today. It just goes to show that even swanky food can still be bad :(

Friday, June 22, 2007

Weather - very English!

Having typical English weather today - one minute glorious sunshine - the next appauling rain - so heavy you can see it in the screenshot!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

TyTN flashed to Radio 1.43.00

I just flashed my TyTN to Radio 1.43.00 which promisses better reception and lower power use (especially when using GPRS). The flash took about 10 mins after installing HardSPL to be safe. The only thing that didn't go to plan was the autodetect on the first screen of the RadioUpgrade. I had to manually select 2.10 and HardSPL. A soft-reset happens at the end but you loose no info (like a hard reboot).

Radio Roms


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Party party party...

Two celebrations this weekend - V turned 25 and L turned 30. Had a great meal on Fri night for V and a party in Hertford on Sat for L. Needless to say I have drunk far too much on the course of two days and am looking forward to a week of work in order to relax and recover - personally I blame my step-brother N (pictured here encouraing me!);)

Friday, June 15, 2007

*LOTS* of rain...

Was working at home yesterday when a massive storm hit. My study is up in our attic and the rain was so loud I could hardly hear the phone!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tiki God Metamorphosed

When I first got my Tiki God it was black - very black, with dark hair. Fast forward a year to now and he has done a 'Michael Jackson' and totally changed... I guess we should have used sun screen :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

MINI windscreen cracked

Arrgghhhh - it happened again. My windscreens seem to last only around 20k miles in between getting broken. This time a small stone caused a 4" split that then continued to grow the more I drove. Last year's saga involved two companies, 3 screens and a lot of hassle. Hopefully this time I will skip that by going directy to MINI to fit the screen. Should be back with me tomorrow afternoon after the glue has dried :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Promotion and Fraud

Two items of recent news. Firstly I received a promotion at work (allbeit in name only). I am now an Implementation Manager (instead of Systems Engineer). My actual job doesn't change but the title more accurately reflects my actual day-to-day job. As far as I am concerned the most important thing is to show my career is progressing. Secondly I had my 3rd (yes THIRD) account of credit card fraud with my barclaycard. This time a holiday to Asia! Even more strange is that I have not really used my CC for 4 months now - wonder where they got the numbers from this time?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Forza Motorsport

Since last Friday I have been playing Forza2 (my new Xbox360 game) and I have to say I am very impressed. The game is very good but I most like the simulated damage that affects not only the handling but also aero and geartrain etc. Here's a pic of me having just hit a Golf - oops...

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Pirates - arrrggghhh!!!

K and I went to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie last night. It was actually very good and the 3 (yes - three) hours wizzed by. If you go to see it remember to stay for the credits - there's more film after them - so many people had not heard and walked out, v funny :)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Computer games...

It is not usual for me to play computer games. I mean, sure, I have the occasional fling when something good like GSR3 came out - but as my friends know I tend to buy a consol for a game, play it and that's it.

And so, it has been an unusual week. To start I bought a PSP (for the F1 game) but then also bought Myst and Ace Combat X too. Things got weirder when I got a Wii over the weekend. The final straw is that Forza2 comes out tomorrow for the Xbox360 (my pre-order from months ago turned up this morning).

It appears that I find myself surrounded by entertainment, and have an unusual dilema. There is not enough time to give each new game its due attention. Luckily I have tomorrow off in lieu - I think I might have square eyes by the end of the day :)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Wii age

So - if you have been reading K's blog you'll know we got a Wii. We plugged it in and had our first go last night. I was pleased to discover my Wii age was in the mid-thirties. K's was mid-sixties :)

Monday, June 04, 2007

A's new car

A got his new car at last - a very funky Jeep. We tried to persuade him to go accross some fields but alas he was being too sensible.

Smart pays up at last :)

Although technically K's story she said I should blog it as I did all the hard work.

We received a nice letter through the post from Smart with a cheque for £500 attached. This was to compensate K for the hassle and poor customer service she had from Smart of Ipswich with her new Brabus Roadster. It took me 6 weeks of negotiations, 2 letters and several phone calls. In the end they admitted it was their fault and sent a nice cheque to say sorry. K says it will go in the 'new tyres' fund - wise move!