All Geek to Me

July 28, 2008

Rock Band

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 8:56 am

Anyone who has had the misfortune of hearing me sing or listened to any of the tapes made by either of the bands with which I am involved will know that my musical talent is marked by its total lack. I have therefore not played any of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games that are such phenomena on current generation consoles.

If you are one of those who have tried and failed with any of these games then you can take some solace from this video which shows Rush try and fail to play their classic Tom Sawyer on Rock Band.




July 22, 2008

WordPress iPhone App

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 6:53 pm

WordPress have made available a downloadable app for the iPhone. This makes it easier to blog on the go. It had always been possible to use the browser to access the blog via the net, but that works less well if you are not within wifi range. With this new application you can write offline. You can also include pictures from the camera or your iPhone library. See the example shot of the app below:


July 21, 2008

A Busy Weekend in Norrath

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 7:00 am

This was a busy weekend for me in Everquest 2. I went with my 32nd level Tier’Dal Coercer into the 70+ world of Kunark to keep a 25 druid company as they tried to find the ancient rings that are scattered across the world. By visiting these locations the druid will be able to open portals that can send us to those places. It was amazing that the fours of us took just three deaths.

I had my templar attempt to get our guild leader and another Paladin deep enough into Sebelis to get the next step on her quest for the Paladin Epic Weapon. That attempt failed. Pyrowin did manage a trio run into Mistmoore Castle so our Gnomish Ranger got his Epic Weapon update. Prowin also earned the Hunter of Vampire title as we fought our way through the blood-sucker infested castle.

Pyrowin started his own quest for his Epic Weapon. I plucked a rare night blooming rose in the Desert or Ro, purchased a rare extract of the air from a Hooluk in the Realm of the Dawn, and now needs to head into a deep dungeon that none of our guild have ever ventured.

Gorfkol, my wizard alt reached the level tradeskill (for the second time) cap as he reached 80.

July 20, 2008

Schrodinger Gets Payback

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 10:10 pm

This is the Geek’s perfect lolcat, if you get the joke then you are a geek.

Broken Link Fixed

July 18, 2008

The Other Doctor

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 11:26 pm

This week has seen the debut of a massive superhero event. No, I am not talking about “Dark Knight”. I refer to Joss “Buffy” Whedon’s “Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog”. I know that I get zero points for originality, as every geek blog on the web has already linked here, but it is too good to ignore, so here it is:

July 14, 2008

The Apple iPhone Appstore

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 7:00 am

The iPhone is a wonderful device; phone, PDA, iPod, and web client. It was the jack of all trades and near master of them too. The one thing that was lacking was the ability to add to the software that was developed by Apple. On Friday, the App Store opened and it became possible to install third party applications.

I have nine pieces of software from the App Store.

Box Office: which with the location software will give you details of the local cinemas, what they are playing, reviews of the movies and the ability to buy tickets. For those unwilling to book online it will use the phone part of the iPhone to dial the box office.

Exposure: A Flickr client which gives neat access to my online photographs. It also uses the location software to show pictures that were taken close to your current location; I am not sure there is any use for this beyond an odd curiosity. What it lacks is the ability to load pictures from the phone to your Flickr account.

Google: The default search engine for the iPhone has always been provided by the local firm at Mountain View. This application provides a unified search across the web and your contacts, which would have been more useful before the latest software update which added the much needed ability to search your address book.

Pandora: Streaming radio tailored to my own rather peculiar tastes. It picks up the preferences from your PC account. If I did have sufficient podcasts to keep me busy on my walks to and from work, then this would be a reason for a major celebration.

Aurora Feint: Wow, a simple and addictive game wrapped up as a compelling fantasy RPG. There are plenty of games for purchase, but this one is free and is so beautifully presented; the bar for asking for payment for iPhone games has been sent high out of the gates.

Remote: The iPhone works across your home network to control iTunes on your PC. This is definitely cool. Unfortunately, our wireless speakers are out of reach from my desktop. I shall look at setting up the laptop, so we can control the music as we relax in the garden.

SplashId: I had this software for many years on my Palm PDAs. It allows me to keep track of miscellaneous passwords for the myriad websites for which I have a user-id. I had initial problems, but an excellent support forum resolved the glitches and the one application that I knew I had to have was working.

There are still some things lacking from the iPhone. I cannot send or receive MMS messages. How can one of the most perfectly designed computers of all times not have cut and paste? Those shortcomings are made irrelevant by the one truly great killer app. Phonesaber uses the accelerometer; you can wave your iPhone in the air and the sound and screen image makes you an instant Jedi.

In the unlikely event that you are reading this blog and have got this far down the post without being a Geek, you may not find a light saber emulator represents a breakthrough use of accelerometer technology. In that case I offer you iPint, a game in which you slide a pint of Carling down the bar into your mate’s hands and then drink the beer. A free game sponsored by a certain brewery; the iPhone tastes no worse than their beer.

P.S: The new version of the iPhone software lets you do screen captures, just in case that was not obvious.

July 8, 2008

Ding 80

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 7:23 am

Last night my main character in Everquest 2 hit 80th level as a templar. This is the second time that he reached the top level, he made 70 in March last year. The level cap was raised last November. It has taken me over seven months to cover those ten levels, which reflects the fact that I have been busy outside of the game and that I am not generally focused on rushing to get to maximum level.

Geek Cake

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 7:00 am

This cake definetly falls into the wow category

July 4, 2008

Which Who are You

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 11:18 am

There seem to be a plethora of “Which Doctor Are you” personality quizzes on the net. Either they are not very rigorous in the methods they use to appraise your personality, as I have tried five of them and got five different results (Eighth, Seventh, First, Sixth, and Third) I stopped when I got the result that I wanted.

You are the third Doctor! Well, you certainly know how to dress. Even people saving time and space have to look good, I suppose. You’re not overly fond of the military. Strange how you ended up working for them. You can be a bit egotisitical, but this is tempered by your genuine dedication to putting right the wrongs caused by evil men and monsters and your sincere affection for those around you.

July 2, 2008

Top Ten Who

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 7:16 pm

The Daily Telegraph lists its ten favourite Doctor Who stories of all time. The list is fairly close to the one that I would draw-up. I would change but three of the stories: The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve, Inferno, and the City of Death.

The first one no longer exists on film and I am young to have seen it on its broadcast, so I cannot include it. I would nominate Aztecs or Tomb of the Cybermen as a candidate from the black and white years.

I think that Spearhead of Space is a better Pertwee story than Inferno; lacking the feeling of padding that all three seven episode stories of Pertwee’s first season have and being shot on film and not tape gives it a richer visual quality.

City of Death is a funny story and there is real invention in both the story and the script, but I think that Robots of Death is better Who. It has a sense of menace combined with a well realized decadent civilization that has become too dependent on the eponymous machines.

It is telling that neither the Telegraph’s list nor mine has room for a Colin Baker story; a potentially fine Doctor let down by some dreadful scripts.

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