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.



Monday, December 31, 2012

The 2013 To-Do List

There's something about Resolutions for the New Year that almost immediately makes people break them, so I don't come up with Resolutions.

Instead I come up with challenges, because I don't like to fail, or to-do lists, because these things really do need doing.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sexist or Just Different?

Advertising and marketing are both inherently aspirational, we all know that. They're also inherently sexist, partly because men and women are (or are supposed to) aspire to different things.

Take one of my stocking filler Christmas presents, for instance - All Weather Moisturiser by Rock Face, who's tagline is 'Conquer the elements'.

Or should that be:

CONQUER THE ELEMENTS!

Anyway... This is a product marketed, obviously, to rugged outdoorsy man types with beards like a clifface and single digit body fat percentages. These men go climbing the Grand Canyon without the aid of a safety rope and are tested every moment of the day by the beautiful and terrible Mother Nature, who sends the full apocalyptic force of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Heart at him every day.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Creativity Dedication

Creativity always flourishes when those around you are doing something creative too. So, while my girlfriend Kasia continued her outstanding Butterflies project, I set about playing around in Illustrator.

As far as the Adobe Creative Suite goes, Illustrator has always been the forgotten child on my computers. Photoshop is the big boy of the family, as I used to teach it as part of Digital Photography and, generally, it's my first port of call whenever I need to do something creative.

InDesign and the essential Bridge, too, are part of my workflow, whether it's magazines, random pieces of paper, photography session processing, or whatever.

Illustrator, with its vector graphic capabilities, has always been the one I've enjoyed using least, partly because I was always thinking how I'd do any technique in Photoshop instead. When wanting to translate my sketch of American Dream - the female version of Captain America - into a digital format, however, there is no better program to use.

Friday, December 21, 2012

No-pocalypse

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I know a guy who is pretty clever, and well researched with things.  I, and many others, refer to him as Arch (though that's not his real name) and many of us picture him looking like the picture I've included.

Though perhaps an Indiana Jones style hat might be more appropriate.

Being an exceedingly knowledgeable, jet-setting archaeologist, he had the following to say about the so-called 'Mayan Apocalypse':
The idea of 2012 as an apocalyptic/significant event stems from a misunderstanding of the Mayan Long Count.

The Long Count calendar is a base-20 system of dating from what, in western terms, is 11 August 3114 BC. There are four primary subdivisions consisting of the k'in (1 day), the winal (20 days), the tun (360 days), the k'atun (7,200 days) and the b'ak'tun (144,000).

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Oh My Gog.com

Steam is a lovely platform. You can buy your games, usually cheaper because they're all digital versions, and download them to any and every PC you log on to.

They do PC and Mac, which is both useful (in the case of something like Team Fortress 2 on both platforms) but can also really annoying (when that game you desperately want is only available in a PC version).

There are a lot of great new, and fairly old, games on Steam, and I thought this was a good thing. This is, of course, until I discovered gog.com, which essentially does the same thing.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Goodbye to Paragon City

Well, that was kept fairly quiet.

NCSoft and Paragon Studios (well, almost entirely NCSoft) pulled the plug on City of Heroes a week ago. Not being a current VIP subscriber - i.e. a paid one - I didn't get any e-mails notifying me of this, and the first time I found out was by going to the main website to see about downloading the game on another computer.

Monthly subscriptions for MMOs seems to only work for World of Warcraft, and that is such a juggernaut of IP there is evidently no stopping it.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Returning to Westeros

Note to TL:DR types who just want a review of A Game of Thrones The Board Game: it's about halfway down beyond my vague GoT rambling.

It's interesting how anything about the 'A Song of Ice and Fire series' has transitioned, simply, into being called 'Game of Thrones'. It'll all be down to the HBO series, of course, but if you're a fan of the books, the show or the various games, it's now all about GoT, rather even than AGoT or ASOIAF.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Drawing Education

My version of American Dream.
Not in the 'How to Draw' book (obviously)
This evening I've spent my time scanning in pictures in an attempt to put something together to teach school-age children how to draw.

This isn't because I'm an awesome artist, or excellent teacher, but because I'm a graphic designer. Sure, I used to teach Photoshop to interested adults who wanted to go on and be professional Digital Photographers of one form or another, but these are just kids. Kids who are doing the same sort of thing I used to, which is sit around in GCSE Art lessons and try to make their drawings better.

I love drawing, I always have. Right from primary school it was my favourite thing to do. I tried to get it into every other subject too, whether it was History, English, Geography or whatever. It's why I took Art and GSCE and A Level, and it combined with my love of computers to take me into the digital art domain, first through 3D animation and then into graphic design.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Transform and Roll Out


'Action RTS' is a new genre to me, because even though the likes of Warcraft and Command & Conquer are fairly action-packed, they're not quite as frenetic as the latest game I've been playing on the ever-wonderful Steam platform: Airmech.

Airmech is by independent developers Carbon Games, and is Free To Play on Steam for Windows. Here's a video rundown of it from an earlier Beta version by the man, the legend, TotalBiscuit in his 'WTF is...?' series.

Now, far be it from me to think I can describe Airmech in text better than a professional game commentator can do via a video, but otherwise there'd be no point in this post at all ("Is there one anyway?" I hear you cry). So here goes:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Longbow Hunter

Dark Knight meets Robin Hood meets Lost.

That's how I'd describe Arrow, after watching the first episode. Of course you'd expect the first two if you know anything about the Green Arrow character, but perhaps not the third. Although a mysterious island is the cause of his troubles, a dead father still features heavily.

This series looks lovely. Compare it to the Wonder Woman pilot and there's better acting, better concept and better action scenes. We're not expecting Royal Shakespeare Company here, but at least it's largely believable, plus there's Colin Salmon in there to lend a bit of good old English gravitas to the situation.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Settler Benefaction

or
Every Day I'm Settlin'
or
#TeamBurntCroutons and the Bowling Ball Gift

Yes, I couldn't decide which title to use. Anyway, I've played a previous version or two of Settlers, somewhere along the way. I got into the freemium browser/Facebook version, Settlers Online, for a while and that was good fun while it still felt like a game and not a part-time job (as most of those tend to after a while, whether it's Mafia Wars, Avengers AssembleFarmville or whatever).

Monday, October 15, 2012

Looking Back at TNG

Tasha Yar's Funeral in "Skin of Evil" - Season 1, Episode 23
I'm not sure why Tasha wanted to be buried in Windows XP
Warning, copious Star Trekkery ahead.

After randomly catching some episodes of Deep Space Nice. I've started re-watching The Next Generation. I've always been a fan of it, tuning in for the first time as a pre-teen because my mother loved The Original Series.

Going back to the first series, with all characters yet to be developed or even fleshed out properly, the series does begin to show its age. This is, however, mostly down to silly costumes ('silly' in comparison to the sleeker look of later seasons and spinoff series, that is, it's all relative) and recycled plot lines.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

That was easy. And scary.

I renewed my driving licence this week, because ten years ago I acquired it for the first time and since fashions change, I need to update my picture to something hip and trendy. It's always nice to have a government department who are style conscious.

I couldn't be bothered doing this by post, which would involve finding (probably purchasing) a stamp and finding (probably stealing) an envelope from the office. Neither did I really want to traipse into town and a Post Office counter with details in hand to queue up and do it that way.

Do it online, it said, so I tried. After fishing out my 'Government Gateway' number, I logged in and filled in the details.

Did I want to update my picture? Of course, that was the whole point of it in the first place. Did I want to choose a different picture to the one taken twelve years ago where I look like one of those 'HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? DO NOT APPROACH HE MAY BE ARMED WITH A BRUISED APPLE' Crimewatch posters. Of course I did. Now, pay attention, here's the science part.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pixels the Size of Your Fist

Top: Treasure Island Dizzy (1988)
Bottom: Resident Evil 6 (2012)
I know which I prefer.
Photorealism does not always a good game make. It's something I've said before and will always maintain. It doesn't matter how many polygons or pixels of horizontal resolution you can jam into a TV or monitor screen, gorgeous graphics won't save an atrocious game, while poor graphics won't hurt a great game.

Don't get me wrong, graphics get nicer and smoother as processing power goes up, and this is a good thing. It would just be nice if game developers concentrated on gameplay, level design and scripting before attempting to add the cutting-edge graphics.

I have an XBox, on which I play such egregious present-day titles like Tekken 6, Street Fighter IV, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Red Dead Redemption and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. I've owned a PS2, Mega Drive, Gameboy (original, none of this Advance or  Colour nonsense) and a ZX Spectrum 128k, with plenty of play-time on NES, SNE, a dash of PS1 thrown in and, of course, a boatload of PC gaming from 3.5" floppy disks up to present day. Present day consisting currently of the raft of Mac-supported 'PC' games from Blizzard and on Steam.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fire Pro Wrestling - XBLA

The best part of any wrestling game for me is the CAW section - Create A Wrestler. As much fun as it is to be your favourite WWE Superstar, it's much more fun to play Booker, Creative and Talent all at once by moulding Joe Brown from Outta Town into the next wearer of the shiny gold strap.

What's also fun is XBox Live avatars. For games like Doritos Crash Course where your avatar is running around in a Total Wipeout style, the cartoony, Wii-esque look to the graphics is part of the charm.

So, when you combine the two, what do you get? All sorts of shades of awesome is the answer.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dafuq, Tweeps?

Unusual for me to post twice in the same day, I know, but this was too topical to ignore (told you I was refreshed, didn't I?): Twitter has it's weird moments and people on it are weird.

Maybe I'm getting old and prudish, maybe I'm not (or should that be 'no longer') some strange internet pervert or horny net geek. Maybe I've grown up enough to consider that how many square inches of flesh women show is not proportional to how much interest should be shown in them. Or maybe, attempts at claiming modern, enlightened man points aside, it's just trashy crap.

I'm speaking about one of the trending topics of today, #boobsthursday.

Day Off with Darkness & DS9

I loved DS9 with a passion.
Some times you just need a day off. Whatever it is that you do, it can get to the point when all you need is a break.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy, with both weekends and weekdays filled to bursting with... well, just stuff. Blog posts, of course, come second to stuff. Hence why there's not been many of late. So, yesterday, I took that most wonderful of things, a day off.

What did I do with this fabled holiday? Absolutely nothing. Lounged around in bed, played some silly games on my phone, watched an episode or two of Deep Space Nine*, went to the supermarket and then watched a film.

Oh, and Terry Farrell is still smoking hot in the late 1990s, just as I had remembered.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Mano a Diablo

Let it never be said that I am not ahead of the curve and up with the times with my finger on the pulse. It only took me ten years to watch Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, for instance, and I managed to review The Force Unleashed on this blog at least two years after it came out.

Taking those posts into account, this one about Diablo 3 is practically a preview. I'm still three and a half months behind release but, crucially, only two weeks behind the release of version of the game that I'm playing.

Diablo 3: Starter Edition, is in the grand tradition of Blizzard giving you some of their electronic crack for free, then waving an oh it's not so big after all pricetag at you for all the content. A few days of Starcraft 2, 20 levels of World of Warcraft and, now, 13 levels and one Act of the new Diablo.

I've taken a Barbarian through the act twice, getting him to Level 11 with some neat gear, and also tried a Witch Hunter. Admittedly you only get five or six levels/dungeons/encounters in the Starter Edition, and it's fun, don't get me wrong, but it's all a little... samey.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fifty Grades of Shite

Maybe it's not the worst book ever written. It may also not even be the worst #1 Bestseller ever written. What it is, though, is total and utter crap. I speak, of course, of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Rarely do I put a book down before I finish it. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was the last time I did that, thanks to it being aimed largely at 10 year olds. I like the movies, and I like Stephen Fry reading the audiobooks of all seven, so it's not that bad. The Da Vinci Code, too, was so boring that I can't even remember if I finished it, or if it was the movie that filled in the blanks for me. Fifty Shades, however, is actually that bad.

There is some sense of guilty pleasure to it, how something so bad can actually be good but for all the wrong reasons. A little like Battlefield Earth, which is so uniquely awful you can sit back and enjoy the atrociousness of it all from concept to execution.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Biting off more than enough to chew

Polish Language vs English Language
I like a challenge. The satisfaction gained from overcoming difficulty to achieve success is matched by few other emotions. It lets you go all Daniel Bryan for a moment and bask in your own glory.

The difficulty level is proportional to the enjoyment, of course. No sense in completing things on Easy mode, after all, unless trival goals are your thing.

So, with that in mind, I'm learning to speak Polish. Difficulty level? It's over 9000. Let's quantify that a little more, shall we?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Strange Childhood Recollections

It's on rainy days like this that a line from a cartoon I watched as a child comes back to me. I now know that it comes from the song 'Stormy Weather', but back then it was just some guy on a boat complaining about the weather.

"Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky."

That was from the first anime I ever saw, a VHS tape of two episodes of Thunderbirds 2086. It had, essentially, nothing to do with the Gerry Anderson Thunderbirds, save for the concept of International Rescue on an island and some fantastic machines.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Following up the Force

It was not quite two years ago when I first posted about Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Even then I was already a couple of years late to the party on even playing it, never mind reviewing it.

That was the PC version, though, and I hated it. As lovely as the idea was, with nice technology behind force-gripping and repulsing everything in sight, it just didn't work, didn't flow through the keyboard and mouse control system.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Flame On!

Last night was beautiful. Gorgeous blue sky, intense sun and heat, the kind of weather that makes you want to sit outside in the pub. So waking up this morning with some pictures to take outdoors was not fun when I saw the grey sky out the window. Even less fun when I saw the rain falling from said sky fairly heavily.

The Olympic Flame came to Burton on Trent today so, what with living there and being the Designer for a magazine there, it was time for me to get snapping for a nice local picture of a national - even global - event.

It won't even end up an inch wide by two inches high in the magazine article I've written on the Olympics. There are countless pictures online of good-looking celebrities, young athletes and other local heroes carrying the torch that I could use. But this is local, and real, and relatable, so off I go.

Monday, June 25, 2012

With Age Comes Zero Expectation

Maybe it's because we're growing up, maybe it's because we have a more subjective view on world football. Maybe it's because plenty of other nations are actually much better than us, or that Roy Hodgson has managed to downplay our chances well enough.

I would imagine it's because of how awful we were at the last World Cup in South Africa, with four games off utter shite. A slowly growing realisation amongst English football fans that, no, just because the Premier League is amazing and that England has - had - some of the better players in the world, the England national football team are not instant world-beaters, to just turn up and immediately get past the Quarter-Finals without trying.

Spain, Portugal, Italy and Germany sounds like a more realistic Semi-Final quartet than Spain, Portugal, England and Germany, does it not?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Opera isn't just a browser

Rudolfo and Mimi meet for the first time in La Bohème.
It's actually a form of entertainment that's well over four hundred years old and still going strong.

Who would have thought it?

Last Friday I went along to the Birmingham Hippodrome for a production of La Bohème. This was lovely, as it was by turns dramatic, romantic, funny and heartbreaking. Though set in Paris, it is performed in Italian - what with being written by Puccini and all.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Finding Pro-metheus Reviews

Well, that got a bit interesting. I expressed my dislike for Prometheus in my last post, a correlation of conversations, thoughts and ideas that came out as somewhat of a ramble, written sparingly in a couple of sittings.

It still sums up my initial reactions to seeing the film, and my general problems with it. I've paid my money, made my mind up, discussed with with friends and put some thoughts out there. Here. Wherever.

So when someone I follow on Twitter (@sibrady, by the way) retweeted the following, I just had to bite.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Put the camera down, Ridley

Step away from the edit suite, please cease and desist from the Alien universe, where you're making prequels-that-aren't-prequels.

Alien. Blade Runner. Gladiator. Black Hawk Down. Thelma and Louise. These are movies that will (and have) stand the test of time as classic, great movie-making. There are nine Oscars associated with his films. Even the likes of Legend, GI Jane, Black Rain and Kingdom of Heaven weren't that bad. The point I'm trying to make there is that Ridley Scott is not a bad filmmaker.

Unless you've only seen Prometheus.

Prometheus contains the usual strong female characters and multiple daddy issues that are Ridley's usual hallmarks. It even touches on aspects of religion in a more overt fashion than usual (save Kingdom of Heaven, one would imagine). There are a couple of tense bits, a couple of gruesome bits and some nice music and sound effects.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Over: Above and Beyond

Sunday night's WWE Pay-Per-View, Over the Limit, was actually really good.

Not Wrestlemania-good, or 90s Summerslam-good, but a full card of largely interesting and well-performed matches.

Spoilers ahead. Is if that's actually required for a wrestling show that was free on Sky Sports two days ago. Satellite TV subscription-permitting, of course.

I'm liking that WWE are now putting their pre-show 'dark' matches - that are usually not seen by anyone outside the venue before the TV show begins - on Youtube and Facebook. The Tag Team triple threat match before Wrestlemania 28 was a good example of this, and they've continued it with the Kane vs Zack Ryder demolition (I'd struggle to call it a match, really, despite it being longer than 5 minutes).

All Brooklyn, No Brawler

A few things have come up recently that, with adequate participation, are severely threatening to enrich my life. How very dare they.

First there's the beginner-level salsa, or as the Hobbies and Interests section of the CV would put it: recently taken up Latin American dancing.

There's pen-and-paper roleplaying evenings, which aren't quite what I'd describe as a career prospect enhancer, but is enjoyable nonetheless. It's also much more fun than sitting around writing out my Starblaydia World Cup 60 squad and an accompanying roleplay.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Idling in Arcadia

Another blog post, another board game that I've played for the first time. This is one of the benefits of going to a primarily board game club in Coventry on Monday nights.

Agricola is one of those games you can play two different ways. Either you can try and build yourself a little farm to your liking, irrespective of what everyone else is doing, or you can go for the points and the win, denying resources and opportunities to the other players for your own scoring benefits.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Lesser of Two Weevils

The selection dilemma at the heart of the English defence is a simple one - Ferdinand or Terry?

Do England select the lion-hearted, good old fashioned English Centre Half and trench warfare specialist who will put his body and soul on the line for his country, most notably during the national anthem when he's pretty much the only one of the eleven singing?

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Did Cthulhu just pop your cherry?

Why yes, he did. My pen-and-paper roleplaying cherry, at least.

Last night I was down in Warwick at The Gaming Club for the first time to try some Call of Cthulhu, 1920s investigative style.

I'm not new to the idea of roleplaying itself, thanks to the various tabletop and computer games, MMORPGs, NationStates and similar that I've played over the years. Actually sitting down in a group with rolled characters and a DM guiding things was brand new to me.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Carcassonne

Monday night's main game - one that I've only ever played on an XBox a handful of times one evening - was Carcassonne.

It was great fun and an interesting game all the way through. Though I took an early lead with some tactical road placements, I ended up fifth and last on 50 points, with the winner on 81. Not a bad showing, now some of the more strategic parts to it have become clearer.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Not the Sauce

Let's face it, I've watched far too much Strictly Come Dancing in my life (I could end this sentence here, of course) to be able to resist an offer to go to a Salsa class.

Rather than having to get the drive to go for the first time on my own, a "you should come along" offer makes things much easier.

Despite the fact I've never had a moment's dance training in my life - the only steps I've learned are in Photoshop tutorials - I figured I could give this dancing thing a go.

Absolute beginner? Totally. This ain't Dance Dance Revolution to perky J-Pop tunes like I've been used to, but perhaps those lost years spent jumping around on a giant control pad to over 9000 BPM songs put me in good stead for this.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Some Assembly Required

Avengers, Avengers, Avengers.

No, not classic British John Steed and Emma Peel, but the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye and the rest.

Whether it's in comic books (Avengers Vs X-Men and Avengers Assemble), in the new Avengers movie or playing the Marvel: Avengers Alliance Facebook game to death, I'm feeling throughly Avenged. So much so that I'll try not to mention the word again.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Oh, Go On Then

So World Cup 60 is approaching, with the Sign-ups having just opened. Considering I haven't been part of the last couple thanks to a text-based roleplaying burnout, I wasn't sure whether I'd be competing at all.

It's now or never. If I don't sign up for World Cup 60, then I simply won't bother signing up for any more, ever. 60 is a nice landmark, especially considering I co-hosted both 20 and 40.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Może

Może, word of the moment. It means 'maybe' in Polish.

Maybe I'll start posting on here again, after a break of a couple of months. I've been all over the place, mentally, of late, but now things are starting to level out again.

Maybe I'll start on NationStates again, or maybe I'll consign Starblaydia to the history books for good. Both options are equally tempting.

Maybe I'll drop some of this excess weight through various ways and means and I'll feel a bit better about myself, or maybe I'll continue to put junk in my body and sit around doing very little, reaping what I sow.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Not Great at Picking These

At least when I went to sleep they were up by a point, after Tom Brady had eventually waltzed his way 98 yards down the field like the Giants defence wasn't even there.

With zero actual knowledge of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the teams involved - something that has been the case for almost ten years now since I last could pick the outcome of an NFL game with any sort of accuracy - my prediction was always going to be a coin toss.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Decisions, decisions

Some times, I can't decide who I want to win the Super Bowl (which, with a simple typo, becomes a Superb Owl, which would be equally as awesome).

Take, over the last few years, Saints v Colts, Steelers v Cardinals and Colts v Bears, for instance. I have no positive emotional investment in either of them, so frankly can't care less who wins.

Teams who I would root for in the Championship game would probably be Dolphins, Raiders and Eagles - maybe even the Jets after a blog pointed out that they were the English football team of the NFL (in that they've won the big one once and will never shut up about it).

Friday, February 03, 2012

It's Cold, So Man Up!

We can't all be a real man's man, not all the time. Only William Regal (pictured) can do that.

Dear oh lord, that was an atrocious gimmick. Some strange lumberjack/builder/tradesman persona which actually ended up looking gayer than Rene Dupree getting wood during a match. WWE needs more Regal in its life. Anyway.

When I got into my car this morning, the temperature diplay showed me -7º. When that sort of digit comes up in football scores, they have to spell it out '7 (SEVEN)' to quiet any disbelief at the thrashing one team or other is handing out.

Monday, January 30, 2012

I love your simple logic, Skywalker

I enjoyed the first cartoon adaptation of The Clone Wars, the Samurai Jack-esque stylings were fine at the time, and despite the first seaosn being all non-stop mindless (and pointless) action, it developed much better in the second season with an actual story arc.

However, looking back, it isn't really that great. So George Lucas decided they could do it again, properly. So Clone Wars became The Clone Wars, a 3D extravaganza.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Exhausting!

Brain no worky-worky now.

Described as 'the world's speediest game', Blink (by Mattel) is pretty much Snap for grown-ups. The rules are simple - you each get half the deck, take three cards into your hand, and flip the top of your deck face up.

Then, you match up either shapes (stars, feardrops, triangles, flowers or lightning bolts), colours (yellow, green, blue, grey, red), or number of symbols on the card (from 1 to five) and empty the cards in your hand as quickly as possible.

First one with no cards left wins. Simple, huh? Well.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I've Made It

No, not to 2012, or to some destination ia a great spiritual or physical journey, but I've made it.

I've been dissed on a rap, on the internet. How cool is that?

Fairly odd start to the blog for 2012, I know, but as it only came out on  January 1st, it's as good a time as any to mention it. Find it here, about 1h 56m in. Good old Zlurpcast.

This Christmas, I are been mostly Xboxing and eating, with family visits thrown in.