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The random ramblings of a Star Trek-obsessed schools ICT Systems Manager who likes a good moan.
This is a place where I can whinge about life, and express my love of my family, 80's music, retro computer gaming (especially on my Commodore 64),
 oh and Star Trek. I'm very open with my opinions and I like a good moan. If you don't like what I say, then you might want to consider not reading this blog.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

'It's a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake.....'

It is Kieran's 3rd birthday on Saturday, so foolishly I decided (as in ME - Mr I Can't Cook) would make him a cake.....

Ladies and Gentlemen... may I present..... The Cake!!!

Ok, I admit, I did have 'a little' help from Michelle, but not much!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Shame on you Mr Timbaland

Ok, this may be old news to some, but you may have heard of R&B and Hip Hop producer Timbaland. Well, apparently he has been ripping off some classic C64 tunes and featuring them in his music, taking ALL credit without even giving the original arranger/composer any mention. Since most kids who listen to his music were not even born when the Commodore 64 was out, none of them know this and believe Timbaland is some super cool and original producer.........

This is no joke! Don't believe me? Check this out <----- CLICK HERE

This reminds me of Kernkraft 400's Zombie Nation which was a blatant rip off from David Whitakers 'Lazy Jones' on the Commodore 64.

It also goes to show that even now, the 8-bit sounds of a 3 channel Commodore 64 (and the thousands of incredibly talented composers) are still popular as ever before.

AND, while I am on the subject of Timbaland, whats the deal with R&B (Rubbish & Bollocks), and Hip Hop????? I mean, I'd rather listen to a room of screaming babies then put up with the likes of Rihanna, Nelly Furtado, The Pussycat Dolls, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!

Right I'm off to listen to some real music - A real C64 Remix done properly, with full credit to the original composer - Matt Grey - and it's remake - Instant Remedy.


Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Geek Equation

Pinched from Dan.....

Ok... ok.... I'm a geek, but I didn't think I was THAT much of a geek.


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Still, I'm proud of my geekness!

Friday, January 18, 2008

To Boldy Go....

At long last.... It's here.....

The long awaited teaser trailer for the new Star Trek movie has finally made it onto Youtube. The film of course has a Christmas Day 2008 release date, but you will also be able to see the trailer if you go and see Cloverfield in the cinema.

I'm not ashamed to admit it, but boy, did I get goose-bumps just watching it, and listening to Leonard Nimoy utter those immortal words "Space, The Final Frontier"...

Star Trek is back, and it's going to be BIG!!


Saturday, January 12, 2008

31 Today!

Happy birthday to me,
Happy birthday to me,
Happy birthday dear Stuart
Happy birthday to me!!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Telly Addicts

After lots of hmming and umming, I've decided to take the plunge and replace our old JVC 32" CRT televison with an all new 40" Flat LCD Sony Bravia television.

Actually, I only decided to get one because there was a really good deal on the model that I was looking at, and fortuantly one of the teachers at the school was interested in paying a reasonable price for our old television.

Due to the rather large size of the new television, I've spent the last two evenings moving the living room around, and re-cabling the surround sound speakers, satellite and television aerial cables (with a little help from Kieran), and now I am knackered! The major change is that the television and settee have swapped places and are now on the other side of the room, which was no easy task with the amount of stuff we have in our living room.

I've even done the unimaginable..... I've completely taken apart my beloved computer and thrown away the computer desk to free up some more space in the living room. The computer hasn't gone completely though - The idea is to have it on the floor beside the new television and for it to be connected via a VGA cable directly for use as a gaming machine, and for me to use my wireless laptop more for other things.

It gets delivered tommorow morning, and I can't wait! The only thing is I'm at work all day, so I've got to wait until 4.15pm to play with it!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Pain in the head!

As you may have read in a previous post, over the New Year while we were down visiting in Essex I was suffering from some really severe headaches. I've suffered from them for years now and they are weird in that when I do suffer from them, I get them day after day at exactly the same time for weeks at a time. Excrutiating pain above the right eye.

I've been suffering them for every day for the past week, so I decided to finally go to the doctors and see if he can advise me on any medication.

It turns out that I have been diagnosed with 'Horton's Cluster Headaches'. Now, I've done a bit of online investigating and I was quite shocked to see what they actually are.

Taken from Wikipedia:-

"Cluster headache, nicknamed "suicide headache," is a neurological disease that involves, as its most prominent feature, an immense degree of pain. "Cluster" refers to the tendency of these headaches to occur periodically, with active periods interrupted by spontaneous remissions. The cause of the disease is currently unknown.

Cluster headaches are extremely painful, unilateral headaches of a piercing quality. The degree of pain involved in cluster headaches is markedly greater than in other headache conditions, including migraine. The duration of the common attack is 15 minutes to three hours. Onset of an attack is rapid, and most often without the preliminary signs that are characteristic of a migraine.

Cluster headaches are occasionally referred to as "alarm clock headaches", because of the regularity of its timing. It has been known to strike at the same time each night or morning, often at precisely the same time during the day.

In episodic cluster headaches, these attacks occur once or more daily, often at the same times each day, for a period of several weeks, followed by a headache-free period lasting weeks, months, or years. Approximately 10–15% of cluster headache sufferers are chronic; they can experience multiple headaches every day for years.

Cluster headaches often go undiagnosed for many years, being confused with migraine or other causes of headache. Medically, cluster headaches are considered benign, but because of the extreme and often debilitating pain associated with them, a severe attack is nevertheless treated as a medical emergency by doctors who are familiar with the condition."

For years I have always thought that they were migraines due to the intense pain (and also because my Mum suffers them too), but although the pain can be far greater than a migraine, they are classed differently. At last - an answer to a condition that has been affecting me nearly all of my life.

Happy New Year! (Part 3)

I've had reports (well only from Dan actually) that he can't view my New Year message!! Oh well, I'm guessing embedding a simple SWF flash file in an HTML page is just too much for some internet browsers(!!), so here is a link which should work, whether you are using MS IE, Firefox, Opera, or whatever other broswer!!

http://www.stu-wilson.com/blogger/helium/index.html