Shogun 2 – Spring Ambience

When a flower is composed, it does not bloom all at once although the spring has come. Otherwise, yesterday’s friend will become today’s enemy, as yesterday’s flower will become today’s dust.

MBiosec

It took a while to get there but I’ve now graduated from Murdoch University with a Master’s degree in biosecurity. Studying while working full-time is a double-edged sword and studying remotely adds additional challenges. Taking just one unit a semester was probably a good choice despite it pushing the course completion date out by years….

From the library: c. 2020

I’ve been meaning to keep track of what I’ve been reading for a while and of course keep forgetting. So, for the record here’s what I can recall for 2020 and into 2021 Energy and Civilisation – Vaclav Smil Choosing Openness – Andrew Leigh Starship Troopers – Robert Heinlein Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irvine Promised…

Puerto Pollo Radio

Here’s something different for you. A little bit of foley work and sound design. The inception for this track was wondering what else might play on the radio in Blondebeard’s Chicken Shoppe. I’d been curious for years. Knowing I’d never find out and faced with the fact that my YouTube channel’s popularity was based on…

Mega Monkey Mix 2 – Storm over Blood Island

This is the second installment of the custom Monkey Island ambience I’ve been working on. It features music exclusively from Blood Island which is, without a doubt, most people’s favourite island in CMI. It’s mixed in with a bunch of field recordings of distant and not so distant storms and wind. It also includes a…

Cooking for Gamers: Bolognese

This is quick, easy and has a lot of room for error. It’s a good recipe for gamers since it can be left to sit once the sauce is done and doesn’t need constant attention while cooking – perfect for when that guild raid goes for longer than expected. It’s also a good base recipe,…

" It's magnetised. Don't you know?! "Shelley explaining Willy Wonka Pinball

I’ve been using August’s 3rd Gen smart lock pro for about a year now. I had doubts when I first bought it… here’s my honest review after a year of using it every day!

The Ambience of Max Payne

Following on from my Ambience of Monkey Island playlist I decided to start harvesting content from a few other classics that captured mood through audio. MP1 certainly fit that bill. YouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2ZOQg1f

The Ambience of Jurassic World

Triggered both by my recent purchase of Stern’s new Jurassic Park pinball machine and the fact that I ran out of Curse of Monkey Island scenes to capture, I’ve been slowly building up a playlist of 1hr recordings of the ambient sound and music from Jurassic World Evolution. It’s not a bad game. You can…

Pinball, uh, finds a way

I’d been avoiding looking at pinball news and for-sale listings for quite a while. I’m not entirely sure why I decided to check Stern’s site one morning, but I did. Within about 5 seconds of doing so I realised that I’d be returning to pinball ownership sooner rather than later. Sitting pretty high in my…

FYRTUR Smart Blinds from IKEA

I took the plunge and bought some of the new Fyrtur smart blinds from IKEA. Turns out they’re great!

Diamonds In The Rough: Florez & Sunny

Podcasting royalty Florez and Sunny are guest stars in this special episode of Diamonds In The Rough! They were challenged to bring 10 quality video game music tracks to the party. Join us for wide ranging discussion and a wide variety of music. We go from a jazz cover of Super Mario Bros 2 to…

Diamonds In The Rough: Unreal

With a legacy spanning over two decades, Unreal and its successors have become a fixture in PC gaming. Released at a time when 3D acceleration was coming to the fore, Unreal made waves in the industry. Unreal Tournament solidified its place in the FPS multiplayer pantheon and all games in the series are known for…

Armies on Parade 2019

Here’s how I put together my entry for Armies on Parade 2019. I decided to go full Hobbit this year and managed to win first place for best scenic board in the specialist games category! I’d wanted to do a Lord of The Rings style piece for ages, it took a lot of effort but…