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Testing… Testing… Is this thing on?

Oh yeah, I have a blog, who knew?

So by way of catch up, what’s happened in the last 2 years and change since I last posted?

Well the impending fatherhood I mentioned last time occurred, in fact my son is going to celebrate his 2nd birthday next week, and I hit the “there’s no hiding it you’re definitely a grown-up now” benchmark of 35 the week after.

We’ve moved house (even managing buy, or at least mortgage part of it).

I’ve been fired, and re-hired (by the same people, different company, same job).

I’ve still yet to start any (or even finish any previously started) sculpts, and likewise any other ideas such as t-shirt designs, cg models/animations, games etc have remained that… ideas.

With the short gap I seem to have found between my son finally learning to sleep through the night (mostly) and the new impending landmark of us trying to teach him to stop pooping his pants, I might see if I can actually find something worth bothering ‘the internets’ with.

As I pre-cursor, I’ve started meddling with wordpress to see if I can achieve anything with my newly gleaned ‘mad web skillz’ (or rather after 5 years working as a junior web/whatever-needs-doing monkey I’m finally beginning to understand a little of what I actually do for a living, and so why not poke a bear with a stick and see if I can make it out alive).

If the site is up/down/up/down and designs start flopping all over the place, this is why.

That’s if anyone can hear me.

Halloween Pumpkins

Well it’s almost that time of year again, so I guess I’ll have another attempt at properly carving a Halloween pumpkin ‘a la’ the fantastic Ray Villafane.

I expect his site is getting loads of traffic as everyone checks his pumpkin carving tutorial nowadays, on how he makes such amazing sculptures out of a simple fruit (ok, vegetable if you prefer, but it has seeds, so technically it’s a fruit!), so if it’s down, try checking back later.

If I manage anything not too terrible I’ll post a few pics.

Bloody Pulp

Been reading a few of the web-comics over at Zuda recently, and impressed with the stories this month I decided to sign up and vote.

The deal is that the beginning of 10 comics is put up every month, and depending on the votes, the winner continues to be serialized.

I quite want The Adventures of Mr. Simian to win, but as it’s ranked number 9 it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, so I’ve voted for the better of the top few, Bloody Pulp, and just hope it beats out the other main contender Rockstar.

Rockstar is kinda fun and well drawn, but it’s just nowhere near as compelling and interesting as Bloody Pulp, so go on, as a favour to me, click the image below, sign up and vote so I can get to read the rest of the story, you know you want to.

Bloody Pulp

Ray LaMontagne

Finally done something post-worthy that I actually remembered long enough to write about!

I’ve been a fan of Ray LaMontagne since seeing him on an episode of Jools Holland a few years back, and on the 12th February, I got to go see him live in concert in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. It’s a great venue, especially when your wife buys tickets the morning of release to ensure you get a good seat nice and close to the stage to enjoy a really good gig.

A nice surprise for the night though was the support act, I’d never heard of her, but am now a proud owner of her album, and I suggest if you get the chance to go see Priscilla Ahn live then you do it, as I don’t think the album gets across quite how funny and talented she is on stage (gotta be impressed with a girl harmonising with herself twice during the same song after having to clear her throat at the start because of the head cold she’s suffering from), especially as ‘The Boob Song’ isn’t on her album!

Go to this link to hear the story behind the song, and then watch this version without the story but better sound.

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Upgrade

I know I’ve not posted for absolutely ages and so I expect no-one will even read this or be affected by it, but the site might be down on and off whilst I upgrade WordPress.

I cracked…

…and bought Leopard for my MacBook!

Not at all necessary but there’s a few cool new features (like coverflow and the folder stacks) and it’s all shiny and new, and I’m a sucker for new gadgets and toys, and this at least has stopped (well delayed) me buying yet another whole new computer.

Hard Day’s Work

Don’t you just love it when your boss gets into work on a Friday morning and tells you that as it’s been a really busy couple of weeks we’re all going to knock off work at about half one and go bowling, have a couple of drinks, some junk food and then leave for home about four.

It’s a hard life.