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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.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Stuart's Panoramic World 16 - Evesham, Bengeworth - January 2016


The first panoramic of 2016.  This 360° panorama has been taken on a green just opposite our house.  It shows Broadway Road in Bengeworth. 
 
Use your mouse (or cursor keys) to look.  Your mouse wheel allows you to zoom in and out.


 
 
 
 
Location : Evesham

Date : 16th January 2016

Camera : DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Drone Built-in Camera

Download/Enlarge : Click here to enlarge 
 
 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Another year....

Wow, well here I am...  39 years old today.  I now begin the last year of being a thirty-something before I finally reach the big 40 in another 365 days. (and 4 hours!)
 
As posted at the start of the year, the past 12 months have seen some really positive things happen, and life does seem to be looking up for me at the moment.  No longer am I always looking at the negative things in life and being a pessimist all of the time. 
 
Hey, I can honestly say that I'm actually enjoying my life, and the wonderful things that are happening in it.  This time last year I would not have imagined ever saying that 52 weeks later.  It still amazes me how much things can change in such a short space of time.
 
Anyway, enough of that.  What highlights do I expect to see and do during my 39th year on planet Earth.... 
  • Further Retro Game Boys episodes with Kieran (and more frequent), and lots more retro game playing, especially now that I have my own Retro Games room.
  • Start writing music and again (in particular, I need to try and write a song in time for Michelle's 40th birthday party next year).
  • Improve my photography and try to visit lots of new places where I can take some great pictures.
  • Reduce my anxiety and stress (I'm already making progress).
  • Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek by watching the entire Original Series, and of course Star Trek Beyond when it's released in the cinema in July.
Let the year commence!

Friday, January 08, 2016

Deluxe Paint Pictures

I've been rummaging through some old floppy disks on my Commodore Amiga recently and have been looking at some old pixel art drawings I did years ago.  They're pretty naff compared to some of the work I've seen done on the Amiga, but these are my very own dating all the way back to 1993 and I remember being rather proud of them.  I still am.
 
All were created on my Commodore Amiga 500 and hand drawn pixel by pixel using the excellent Deluxe Paint III and IV between 1993 and 1996. Remember, I only had a screen resolution of 320x256 and 32 colours, or 640x512 and 16 colours to work with.
 
Just click on the pictures to enlarge and view them in all their full blockiness.
 
Aft Stations - 1993
 
Aliens (based on a pencil drawing I did) - 20th May 1995
 
The TNG Bridge - 29th October 1995
 
The TNG Bridge - 31st December 1993 to 1st January 1994 (I remember doing this on New Years Eve)
 
The TOS Bridge - 2nd December 1994
 
Control Room - 5th March 1994 (Based on a picture I saw in a Commodore magazine)
 
Docking - 1993 to 1994.  This was the first proper picture I started working on using D-Paint.  It took me awhile to get it perfect.
 
Galileo Shuttlcraft - 16th April 1995
 
Country House - 24th July 1995
 
Star Trek/Wars - 31st March 1996
 
Lt. Jadzia Dax by me and Steve Ready - 28th July 1994.  I was never happy with the face, but the rest was good.
 
Engineering - 1993
 
Deep Space Nine and Runabout - 20th to 26th June 1994.  Gosh, I needed some tips from JJ Abrams on how to do decent lens flares.
 
Star Trek Generations - 2nd February 1995.  The Enterprise was scanned from the TNG Technical Manual if my memory serves me correctly.
 
Star Trek Generations - 30th January 1995.  Simple but effective use of colour gradiants in D-Paint.
 
Stargate - 1995 - Another simple picture that didn't take me long to do, but I think it came out really well.
 
The Flintstones - 3rd October 1993
 
AND finally a couple of stills from a video I did years ago with some early green-screen effects on my Amiga, featuring a rather young (and thin) me.  Blimey these are 20 years old.  I feeeeeeel old.
 
Stuart on Eminiar VII - 1996
 
Stuart on Delta Vega - 1996
 
 

Friday, January 01, 2016

New Year, New Beginnings

Those who know me know that New Year is usually a depressing time for me.  Another year older, and the start of another year where anything can happen (usually bad).
 
Well, I can honestly say 2015 will be remembered as being the year things started to look up for me. It's been a great year, and it's so nice that it's ended on a high.  I'll always go in to each new year as a pessimist (that's just me, expecting the worst), but at least (at last) I've gone in to 2016 happy, with my wonderful family and some wonderful memories from 2015.
 
For me, the big event of the year was us moving to a much larger house.  It's surprising how much happier we all are with the extra room.  Of course, that's not the only good thing to happen in 2015.  I've been able to manage my work/life balance a little better, and all in all I'm feeling a lot better and happier in myself.  Still some way to go, but at least I'm on the right track.
 
Anyway, have a fantastic and happy new year everyone and I hope 2016 is 'your' year.
 
Stu