Welcome to Empirical Purple

A blog by Simon Brady to cover a surprisingly wide range of geekiness, in a combination that no-one else does quite the same way. Probably. Either that, or it'll just be Simon talking about the likes of Football (usually the Soccer variety), PC & Tabletop Gaming, WWE, Movies, Music and occasionally even my actual job of Graphic Design, depending on what I'm up to in the world.

Friday, September 30, 2011


So, Steam.

As with everything else I appear to be way behind the times on, Steam is on of them. Cheap(er) games, straight to my computer, with no fees or anything? Sounds good.

Sounds good, that is, until you realise that there is essentially nothing decent available for Mac only. Plants versus Zombies, Worms Reloaded, Civilization 5, and a load of total dross, too.

But, looky. Steam is made by Valve, who made some fairly excellent games. And, oh, looky here, they're offering Team Fortress 2 for free. For freekin' ever. This I like the sound of, but is it any good?

Simply, it's great. You can tell they love multiplayer FPS from way back in the day, as the original Team Fortress was developed from Quake. That's Quake One, of course, for the noobs.

With nine distinctly different classes, team play, great graphics and sound reminiscent of The Incredibles, Team Fortress 2 is a very good game, and one I'm definitely going to be playing a lot. Even better, it's free! More free stuff!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Who the hell uses QR Codes?

These things are pretty pointless, particularly when they appear online. Who actually uses them other than trendy advertising types trying to prove that they're in with social media marketing?

Certainly not potential customers of a piddly little business in a small, crappy Midlands town, that's for sure. So, when I'm asked by a client to put one on an advert, I decline the opportunity.

Let them know you're on Facebook: fine. Let them know you're on Twitter: sure thing. Let them now you're in Linked In: why? Nobody outside of desperate businesses use Linked In either, so customers won't give a shit about that. Give them a QR code to your website: why? If someone is seeing your advert and is that desperate to see your website, guess what, they'll keep hold of the advert and look later.

What they won't do is bring out their smartphone, load up their barcode reader app, scan the code, connect to the web and go online to view your website on their phone. Anyone with that much time on their hands, or that much dedication to view the website right that minute, won't need the QR code becuase they'll visit the site anyway.

For most random passers-by and the non-technologically minded (of which there are many, many out there), a QR code looks like a printing error or a smudge on the page.

Just don't bother.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Explaining the Absence

I've been asked by all of two people as to why I've stopped putting up blogs, which means the readership of this blog is at least 2 higher than I thought.

After not being able to come up with an answer, I finally realised that it was to do with work.

No, nothing to do with the amount of work I have to do, taking up all my free time or anything, but the fact that I've been tasked with keeping up a blog for work, with Blogspot being the obvious choice.

This means, of course, that blogging (or rather, posting up extended versions of already-printed articles online for free) has now become part of my job, which means that blogging here feels like work.

And that's not good.

But fear not, both readers. There's presently a good deal going on in my life, so plenty of things to share. Lots at work, lots at home, lots at play. So there will be a post or two before September is gone, meaning the July-September break was just that: a break.