Four green thumbs

In the garden this year, for the most part, are the usual suspects. Tomatoes, beans, peas and corn are the big ticket items. But there’s also a few chili plants, broccoli, radishes and spring onions to round it all out. I’ve never gone all-in with starting from seed before but this year a mass sowing…

" Dumb flies. Why are flies so dumb? "Shelley

Diamonds In The Rough: The Sims

Cuh teekaloo, elicanto! With over 200 million copies sold, The Sims is a household name. In this episode of Diamonds In The Rough we listen to select tracks from the first title, expansions, as well as The Sims 2, 3 and 4! So polish your plumb-bob, put on your headphones and rediscover some music you’ve…

Diamonds In The Rough: Inns, Towns and Taverns

They are where adventures begin and end. They offer refuge to the harrowed adventurer. They offer ale, potions and insight into the worlds around you. Inns, towns and taverns have always been important locations in video games. And they often feature great music.

Diamonds In The Rough: Space

Space, the final frontier. Hear tracks from Hegemonia: Legions of Iron, Stellaris, Mass Effect Andromeda, Unreal Tournament and more!

" It was colder than the devil's heart, raining ice pitchforks as if the heavens were ready to fall. "Max Payne

Speedy 3 deedy

As an addendum to my previous post on the new 3D printer, over the weekend I used it in what you could describe as a “the future is here” moment. While base coating my Tatooine themed houses for a set of terrain I’m building for StarWars Legion, I decided that I needed some control panels…

Starting 3D printing – Anycubic Photon

I’ve recently purchased, and had immediate success with, an Anycubic Photon 3D printer. This is a FDM (fusion deposition modelling) type of printer that, for the cost, is allowing me to print some very detailed miniatures.  There are some tradeoffs but I’ve got no problem with any of them. But it will depend on what…

Diamonds In The Rough: Deserts, Dunes and Dust

The second episode of Diamonds in the Rough is now available. In this episode we trek into the dry and dusty wilderness of video games that feature levels set in arid areas. 

Diamonds In The Rough

I’ve been meaning to do a podcast for quite a while now. I’d been playing around with a few ideas and then after siting through a less than satisfying video games history presentation at PAXAUS2017 and then listening to a few of Meena Shemaly’s episodes of Game Show on ABC Classic FM, my mind was…

Master System: Castle of Illusion

My second addition to my Master System collection is Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. This title was pretty high on my to-get list because it’s one of the games that, visually, have stuck in my head the most. People who I talked to before buying a copy (Shelley, Frez) remember exactly the same thing…

Master System: Hang-on

A few months ago I’d decided to put together a list of the Sega Master System games I remember playing as a kid. This would form the basis of a collection I could work on. To that end I’ve added two new titles recently. The first is Hang-On which is a motorbike racing game. Apart…

This Season

Last growing season I left the fields to fallow. It was an important thing to do but i certainly missed the home grown produce. Since that time Annabel Eggsworthy and Yolko Ohno have established themselves as a fixture of the back yard, and their fertiliser has gone a long way to replenishing the garden beds….

The Master System Collection

I’ve been casting around for a little while for a new collection to pursue. My last serious effort was the Peanuts badges (Americans call them pins) by Butterfly Originals. I have just shy of 70 now, which is basically the whole series.I continue to collect Laurent Durieux prints but I am running out of wall…