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Friday, May 9th, 2008
11:29 pm
We wrote a story
Me, Rob, Jen and Gayle.

It is called "37th birthday"

So, I was at work and we were having cake.
When all of a sudden, I felt a clammy hand on my breast, and I said “That’s my cake. You can’t have any.”
And he replied, “On the contrary; I already have my cake.” As he squeezed firmly, I felt my childhood slipping away.
I thought back to that time in the park, when my teddy bear “Maurice” decided that he would like to “experiment”. That was a most unusual day. In fact, very similar to today. I looked down at the hand on my breast, and thought a little more about what I should say next.

My cake was beginning to squish into my fingers, I don’t really like that gooey way it goes. What should I do? Should I eat the cake? Perhaps I should say something about the hand on my breast. I don’t know, this sort of situation always makes me uncomfortable. I think I’ll just gaze out the window for a few moments and see what happens.

Hmm, the hand is still there, and my cake situation is getting worse.

This was almost as bad as last year’s birthday.

I miss Maurice.
Sunday, December 16th, 2007
4:07 am
DDR Universe
Or, as they call it in Europe, "Dancing Stage Universe".

As I totally failed to enjoy Mass Effect in any way, I took it to Gamestation today and traded it in to part pay for this. It worked out pretty well as they gave me £28 against the game for it, and it only cost me £30 to begin with, so £2 for having a game for a few weeks seems reasonable. It's also worth noting Mass Effect is the first game I've ever felt the need to actively get rid of, normally I like to keep things I bought.

I like the new DDR and the mat it comes with seems excellent, sticks to the floor on it's base and doesn't constantly think the left pad is down like the Logic3 one I have. Also DDR Universe includes "Quest Mode", which is some sort of punishment provided by the Japanese. I've made $1200 in game or something, I don't think there's any point in the money, as to unlock songs I need to successfully beat the entire of America and Canada or something. One video I saw on YouTube appeared to be a scantily clad anime woman dancing provocatively over a song that Google tells me is to do with an Irish children's story, excellent.

Finally, and most importantly, I checked if the dancemat (being a 360 controller) would work with my driver on OSX - it does, so you can now use it to Dance Dance Karnov your way through StepMania on OSX to your heart's content. I've released the new version 0.07 which adds support for the official Konami dance mat, and fixes the bug where the driver wouldn't work on OSX 10.4 anymore because Apple attempted to confuse me with SDKs. In addition to this, the driver now should support the Rock Band guitar and drum kit. I've never heard of or seen anything about this game or these controllers, but people keep e-mailling me to get me to add them to the supported devices list (confirmed that they do work with my driver), so whatever they are people can use them on OSX now.
Friday, December 14th, 2007
2:39 am
Apple TechTalk
So I was at the Apple TechTalk for Leopard on Tuesday. For some reason they held it in Edinburgh this year, which made it pretty convenient to go to ;)

Basically, they talked about a few things, some Leopard-specific, like new features in Objective C 2.0 and Core Animation, and more general stuff like Core Image, Image I/O and Image Kit.

So basically, they managed to make me want to write a paint program with unnecessarily flashy animation :P
Monday, August 6th, 2007
4:13 am
Singing Tesla Coil!

I'd love one of these, although I've no idea where I'd keep it, and apparently it's very loud. I'd also definitely call it a Zeusaphone.

In other news, my iPhone is almost here...
Sunday, July 29th, 2007
1:03 am
Cat photos
I found this website, where a man straps a camera to his cat set to go off at a regular interval, then looks to see where his cat has been.


The photos are quite interesting. I think I might try that in future, using a wireless video camera strapped to the cat.
Saturday, July 28th, 2007
5:13 pm
Attn: 4chan users
Apparently you're now Internet Hate Machines

Saturday, June 30th, 2007
3:50 pm
Attention Red Dwarf fans
Thanks to fahran, I just learned of this product: http://www.asovision.com/putiputi/

Basically, it appears to be a tension sheet. Sadly, it's not red. Perhaps we can set up a Western distribution project, with a red version.
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
7:33 pm
To whoever left the multiple cans of Tennant's Lager in our fridge, please come and remove it. In future after a party I would prefer you leave things I actually drink, such as Coca Cola or Irn Bru. I have to pour all this worthless stuff down the sink to clear space up :P
Sunday, May 20th, 2007
4:02 am
I bought a new black MacBook from PC World with 6 months interest free credit, it's very nice. I particularly like how the battery actually lasts more than 2 minutes and it has built in Wifi and Bluetooth.

We're also going to see Prince in August, and Bill Bailey in November ;)

PS I'm writing this from my bed :P
Sunday, April 29th, 2007
2:12 pm
So the GA is doomed
So, I hear that Nick and Sharp want to upgrade the GA with some sort of new name, some sort of new forum and some sort of new venue.

(Note that this post is just an observation, and isn't meant to upset anybody :P)

Sadly, I've seen this sort of thing happen several times on other places - not to say it'll happen here, but it could - and usually it means the death of the group, in both it's old and new form. Generally, people don't like change, so when everything changes, some people cling to the old way - including old forums, friends who stayed in the old forum, etc. with only some people moving to the new place. It ends up that both the old and the new are inferior to what the old was before.

Also, I overheard Chiyo saying that they were going to move hosting to Bry's hosting as it was free. I'm offended, what's not free about hosting where you don't need to pay anything, there's no adverts and I pay for your domain name yearly? :P
Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
3:22 pm
My friend code is 6924 6192 8701 1165

If anybody wants to add me, reply to this post with your code and I'll put it in ;)
4:06 am
I finally got a Wii!

As well as the bundled Wii Sports, it came with (thanks to Toys R Us) 4x4 Monster Truck Racing, some sort of Classic Pinball game and Super Fruit Fall, which is relatively entertaining.

Trying to decide what game to get next...is WarioWare out yet?
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
4:21 pm
My employers would like it to be known that their new product is out:


It's currently only available for PocketPC 2003 and Windows Mobile 5, but it's basically a predictive text system that suggests entire words and phrases ahead.
Monday, September 11th, 2006
12:07 am
Silly video
Last night while in Pizza the Hutt I received a spam e-mail. As usual, it was the "HOT STOCK TIP" variety, but the stock tip was actually just a still image, and to confuse spam filters the text (hidden when you viewed it on a PC) beneath was gibberish. As a PocketPC doesn't show the HTML (and thus image) version, you just get the gibberish.

So I thought it sounded quite funny read out as if a news item, so me and some friends did so:


It contains spam nonsense reading, and some other weird nonsense too.

It features sephikun, a cardboard cut out, me, ace_reaper (in drag), epicureal and the voice of ninjasteve. The script used is at http://www.mice-software.com/blah/script.htm
Monday, August 14th, 2006
7:14 pm
So we've just got back from "Amecon", which is some sort of anime convention. I got various things, including some Dirty Pair Flash figures and a hat.
Monday, June 5th, 2006
11:38 am
Wrist watch and such
I have bought a new watch, as I like gadgets. It calculates the current phase of the moon and tide, and for some reason contains a thermometer too.

Also if any of you have an XBox 360 my tag is Electric Skrill.
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
7:11 pm
Nintendo "Wii"
Discussing it on IRC, I can't get over the suckiness of Nintendo's new name for the Revolution, and so must post about it here.

Nintendo "Revolution" sounded pretty cool, but apparently it was no good. "Wii"? Sounds like they just wanted a small name that easily goes between Japanese and English - sadly, they picked one that's regularly used in various places worldwide to mean urine (or here in Scotland, "small" too)

Even worse than Puff Daddy becoming "Diddy", which here means "idiot" or sometimes "tit".

And while I'm complaining about stuff, that episode of the Simpsons written by Ricky Gervais was terrible.
Sunday, March 12th, 2006
2:24 am
I'm currently at chiyo_misato's house, and it's started snowing. We didn't know about it until she happened to check her LJ friends page and saw a lot of posts from people in Glasgow about snow. We didn't think it'd actually snow here, but were pleasantly surprised when we looked out the curtains ;)

I took a few photos:

We went out and played in it a bit (mainly just wandering around, and she pelted me with some snowballs) but within half an hour of coming back in our footprints were almost hidden, so it was snowing pretty hard.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
1:05 am
Optimus Keyboard "Mini"
Well, the 1st of February has appeared, and we finally get to see what the "Optimus Keyboard" fuss was all about.

...sadly, it wasn't the full size keyboard we all hoped for, but a $100 3-key device:


I am tempted to get one...
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
10:01 pm
New website
I have created http://tattiebogle.net and put some content up, including "about me" and my XBox 360 controller driver. It is a happy place.
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