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.

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

Every Day I'm Settlin'
#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.