I like to take photos of things. Mostly peoples. Mostly pretty peoples, if I'm honest. But sometimes toys, or dogs, or maybe a tree. Y'know, interesting stuff.
I shoot a few burlesque shows, but that's just to kill time between photoshoots with models, where I can control the light and the pose and the magic.
My photos will have the tag "my photo". Otherwise, it's stolen from the vast wilderness that is the internet. I usually source pics from Model Mayhem, Flickr or We <3 it.
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Discover how you’re spending your time and money on Steam.
While we’re on the subject of Steam and jazz, I’ve been meaning to tell you all about this site, Gauge Powered.
You sign in with your Steam id, and it loads a list of your Steam library.
You then go through it and tell it how much you paid for each game. That bit is kinda a pain in the hole. Especially since most of my library is filled with games bought from humble/indie bundles.
I had to have a tab open with my Humble Bundle account page, so I could see what bundles I’d bought.
And another tab where I’d google for the date that that bundle deal was active.
And a Paypal history window, searching for that date period to see how much I’d actually spent on it.
And then xe.com so I could convert it from dollars into GBP.
And then calculator so I could divide the total cost by the number of games, to see how much I paid for each individual game.
it took me a few days off and on, but I got there.
From the looks of it, I have about $3,300 worth of games, that, since 2010, I have only spent about £230 to get! Woot!
So, yeah, check it out. And then invite me ( email@example.com ), so we can compare games!
I forgot to say, it seems my prayer to the Valve gods were mostly answered.
Long Live The Queen went on sale at 75% off. Not quite the 90% I’d hoped for, but it took it down to £1.74, which was within my budget.
And it’s great.
It’s just like Princess Maker, but everyone is out to kill you haha.
I’ve never had a penpal.
Anyone who has ever seen my handwriting will know one of the key reasons why. My penmanship is literally the worst. I’ve seen people write their dying wishes, in their own spilled blood, in better handwriting than me on any given day.
So, I’ve spent the past few days googling for “ways to improve your handwriting”.
But more excitingly, I’ve been googling about for fancy writing sets, so that my life can finally take a step closer to being a real world Animal Crossing.
Which is pretty much the sole reason I signed up for a penpal.
I’m looking forward to receiving my first wardrobe enclosed in a letter.
"I’m just looking for a bit of advice, really"
And I’m always tempted to stop them right there are offer up such gems as
"Never spit into the wind"
"Never pet a burning dog"
But I think the boss would just give me a bollocking for potentially upsetting customers, which could potentially scare them away from their potential sale, which we desperately need at the minute.
anecdotal sales trend: People don’t buy computer parts when major sporting events are on: Olympics, World Cup. Wimbledon. People also don’t buy components when there is a Steam Sale.
The only thing we can think is that people who would otherwise treat themselves to some new gadget or toy, are spending their pennies on booze or Steam games. But not us. :sad face:
Dear Steam Summer Sale 2014,
I know I’ve not been the biggest spender this year, having only chipped in a measly 57p, so my opinion isn’t as sought after as those who can afford to jump in with both feet, but may I make a suggestion?
Hows about Long Live The Queen for 90% off?
My finances don’t stretch far, but I’m sure I could find 70p for a game that I’m truly hoping is as much like Princess Maker as it looks.
Lots of love and kisses and a fluttering of eyelashes and a pitiful whimpering that sounds a lot like begging,
p.s. One Way Heroics is some of the best 57p I’ve spent in a long, long time. I recommend it to all. Well, all who like rouge-likes and retro graphics.
I often feel like this blog of mine is 70% Sophie post and 30% me rambling about work, photography or video games. And while on the surface that might look like an accurate depiction of my life, it’s actually missing a very huge part.
My super hot, super cute, super smart and witty, super funny wife.
I’m not normally a soppy person, so you’ll have to excuse this momentary lapse.
It’s not a special occasion, it’s not her birthday or mothers day, or our anniversary, or some other time where people feel they need to say nice things.
It’s not that she’s done anything especial recently to warranty commenting. It’s just her everyday, normal self is worth celebrating.
And I don’t do enough of it.
I’m luckier than I deserve to be able to share my life with her. I must done some mad charity work shot in a past life, because I certainly haven’t done enough good in this life to have earned her affections.
My wife is the best. And sometimes I take her for granted when really I should be worshiping her daily.
haveearswilltravel replied to your photoset “So this here is a Kagu Cozy Room. The chair slides out and you load…”
My computer is in a giant hallway cupboard. Same diff ;)
I’ve always been envious of your computer cupboard.
I’m not the sort of creature that likes change, and the thought of moving house fills me with dread, thinking about all the work involved in packing and moving and then unpacking and meh.
But then I think about moving somewhere with a garden for Soph.
And I think about, if we get a house house, instead of this flat, maybe there’ll be a room that I can have…a “study”. And I can have my Nerf guns mounted in box frames on the wall, and my anime figures and Monster High dolls on shelves, and maybe a gaming computer in there ( the xbox would obviously still be in the front room to serve media onto the big screen ) and maybe somewhere to set up my Gamecube and stuff.
I don’t like the phrase Man-Cave, but I think that’s essentially what it would be. But with Adventure Time posters in place of Pirelli Calendars.
I have rambled. Sorry.
So this here is a Kagu Cozy Room.
The chair slides out and you load yourself in like going into a Mecha cockpit or something. Inside, you’ve got
Could you imagine have one of these motherfuckers?!
A mere US$8,000 ( which is only about £5,000 ) which sorta seems alright, but then you get to thinking, if you bought two cupboards from Ikea and took the doors off, and faced the open sides together, you’ve pretty much got the same thing for about £100.
Buy a wee desk and a set of drawers some lights and you’re looking at a DIY version coming in at under £250 easy.
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THATS JUST ABOUT THE SCARIEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN
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He’s so perfect
Found a post about how geeky/nerdy my halloween costume have been for years.
I’m gonna post it here, so it’s “safe”; A site that I actually still use.
4:25 PM on 10.18.2009
For the past few years, I’ve made a point of doing Halloween as a video game character. You might think it’s sad or childish to dress up for Halloween when you’re nearly 30, but it’s the one holiday that I actually care about…and thankfully, my group of friends mostly feel the same way.
So, I thought since I’m in a bit Halloween-y mood today ( bought the last parts for my costume today ) that I would compile the past few years of costumes that I’ve done.
Now, it’s usually my job to take photos at our parties, since I have the nicest camera, so, trying to find photos of me fully dressed up has not been easy. Or possible, in some cases.
Leon S Kennedy
Not a single photo taken with me with the jacket on. Or doing a suitable pose, gun in hand. Not one. The fact is, I bought the jacket the year before, as my everyday normal jacket, purely because it looked like Leon’s jacket. And also because I’d just bought that jacket in GunZ, but the GunZ jacket has a much larger and fluffier collar.
Again, not a single photo of the big yellow 13 on my back. This was before Fallout 3 came out, so no one knew who I was. Except on guy, way up the back ( we were at a Radio Soulwax Halloween Gig ) who I think was working the sound, or checking coats…whatever, he got really excited when he saw me, and shook my hand and shouted in my hear who he thought I was. After three times on not hearing a single thing he said ( it was pretty loud there ) I just screamed “YEA!” and nodded emphatically. Does that count?
Ahhhhhh Manny Calavera. This outfit won me a prize over on Kotaku, actually. Course they, like everyone else, failed to pick up on the fact that Manny’s suit was white, not black. But, I didn’t have a white suit..and I sure as shit wasn’t gonna buy one for the sake of one night! So I just didn’t mention it.
I still have the Manny’s head. Was made ( as all of my outfits are ) by my wonderful girlfriend. She loves to craft! It was basically a large sheet of light card, with tights for eye. Or hose, if your american. That’s right, isn’t it? Tights = hose? God I wish you guys were learn to speak fucking English.
My boss actually borrowed this head last year for a Halloween LAN that he went to. Was it Halloween? Or was it just some stupid fancy dress lan? I can’t remember…
no idea. Did I do anything this year? There are no photos of it, and I really don’t think I remember it. But then, I barely remember any Halloween. lol.
I’m sure there was a great photo of this outfit, with me peering round a door, gun in hand….but I can’t find it. :(
A fairly simple outfit, in that it was a black long sleeve tshirt and a pair of grey cargo trousers, it was the night-vision goggles that were the key feature of this get up.
Made from some welders protective eyewear, a small tube with an LED was fitted to the front, with the cabling routed through a hole in the middle, to a battery pack with an on/off switch. Which I thought was well fancy!
And that is all of the photos on my hard disk…to get earlier years, I would need to go hunting down back up disks. Which, I should actually do anyway, at some point….So maybe I’ll make a part 2 of this, if there is anything interesting on the disks.
Which brings us to…
This year, I was going to go as Travis Touchdown, but I couldn’t find a decent red leather jacket. Then I thought about doing the outfit I’ve been half planning for the past few years…Razputin from Psychonauts….but sudden financial constrictions forced that one off the table, as well as any extravagant ideas I may have had.
I’m afraid to say, I bowed out to the ways of “keeping costs down” and went for Agent 47 from Hitman. I’ve got a suit, a striped white shirt, a red tie, a pair of silver pistols ( painted them myself ) and a bald cap, with a barcode drawn on the back. I’m considering a piano/guitar wire garrote and maybe a bright green syringe.
For some reason, I don’t have any photos from 2009 Halloween taken with my camera. I know I took photos…One of them is cheekily in my ModelMayhem portfolio, looking for all the world like a posed shoot ( but it’s really not ).
2010 was also geeky…I was Mal Reynolds haha. Didn’t look a fucking thing like him though.
2011 was the year Sophie was born. She was born in August so, as new parents, unfortunately Halloween took a backseat that year. Not ignored, not forgotten, just…not lavished as much care as normal.
When Katie was pregnant, her main craving was for watermelon. Pretty much, a whole watermelon a day for 3 or 4 months straight.
So, we did a family costume. Katie as a watermelon, Sophie as a baby watermelon, Soph’s buggy as a watermelon patch and me as a farmer.
2012 and 2013, we’ve not really done anything. We’ve not gone to any proper parties. ( I mean, Soph went to a toddler halloween party in 2012, and there are some great photos of that, but this is a post about me, for once. haha )
So, that’s my halloween journey since 2004. I’m sure it was at least as much fun for you guys as it was for me. Possibly more.