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.