You am I

For a very short while I thought about writing in to respond specifically to an article I read in The Daily Telegraph. About five seconds in I abandoned the idea – it’s not a venue for sharing ideas, more an echo chamber for poorly thought through social positions. What follows is an example. You could…

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ACT Pinball Championship 2016 – This weekend!

The second ACT Pinball Championship is on this weekend. Last year went down very well with a good crowd and visitors from interstate. This year it’s on 20 August 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm, and on Sunday 21 August 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm at Exhibition Park. The lineup includes an ACDC Lucy, Tron LE, a Ghostbusters…

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The Age of Sigmar

A long time ago battles raged access large swathes of fantasy land. Great armies rose and fell. High technology and magic were used to unleash devastation. As a kid, Warhammer was a bit complicated to play. I did however so a lot of painting of the miniatures. My key army was Eldar, space elves of the…

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The Hobbit pinball

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend an “unboxing party” for a shiny new The Hobbit pinball machine. Limited edition no less! This is Jersey Jack’s second entry into the scene, with Wizard of Oz preceding it. I’m a huge fan of Woz.. If there’s a lineup that includes it, I will pick it…

Composer notes: Chris Tilton

As a PC gamer I’ve spent plenty of time listening to Chris Tilton’s music but missed out on his earlier work because the games were released on the PS2 and Xbox. Black (2006) had a significant following but as a PC gamer I never played it. As an action driven FPS it was no surprise to see…

Philips hue update

The new Philips Hue app is just what was required. There are some key differences that make it easier to use that were maybe a bit overdue. When I first got the kit I did make note that the colour picking method was difficult because of the size of the drop pins and that you…

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Nice haboobs

I wasn’t sure if it was worth the effort to post about the hubbub that is the haboob. But after realising that it sounded funny I had no choice. Some Texans are upset that their weather bureau used the term “haboob” to describe an incoming dust storm. The term has been around for quite some…

Enter the Dragol

So there’s a guy called Dragol who sometimes has something to say. Generally he does this by yabbering away in his clan’s TeamSpeak channel. That necessarily means that his audience is limited. And maybe some of those who hear his message aren’t appreciative of it. The solution, I realised, was to give him a proper…

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Dragol Says: XCOM2 Review

A solid sequel with numerous welcome additions and changes, particularly mod support. XCOM 2 is superior and an overall upgrade to the first of the rebooted XCOM series and should serve to be highly enjoyable for those who were a big fan of vanilla XCOM 1, though poor performance is a concern. Despite the advancements,…

Composer notes: Jesper Kyd

A key name on the video-game music landscape is Jesper Kyd. He created an impression on people when the Assassin’s Creed franchise exploded in the late 2000’s. As the AC brand bled into the mainstream market, the chance of hearing his music was significantly increased. “Oh yeah, that guy who did the Assassin’s soundtrack!”, I’ve…

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Yerrabi

This year I’ll be voting in a brand new local electorate. Since I’ve moved and since boundaries have redrawn and the size of the legislative assembly increased, I now live in Yerrabi. This is a good opportunity for those with a democratic orientation. While the seats will be filled with familiar faces, north Canberra is…

Last drinks laws not right for ACT

I don’t support the proposed 3am last drinks rules for Canberra. I feel as though we’re just getting to the point where people are starting to see Canberra as a city with a vibe. We are finally starting to escape the sleepy country town image. With the new international flights starting, we’ll soon have an…

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No clicks for you!

I don’t click on ads. Even when on the rare occasion they interest me I never click them. If I am interested I’ll open a new session and type the vendor’s address myself and navigate there “manually”. It’s a force of habit I’m happy to have, especially in 2016. So when a website serves me…

Projects help strengthen community

Andrew Leigh, member for Fraser, was kind enough to give mention to CASE in his column in The Chronicle this week. He’d written asking for comments on people’s experience in the community service sector here in the ACT. I was happy to oblige. While its a fraction of our discussion the basic point was that…