If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’ll probably know that I don’t talk about gaming much. It’s really not a big part of my life these days. I should be clear before we go further that I’m talking about computer gaming here, not gambling, which I know is sometimes referred to as the “gaming” industry. I don’t have any secret gambling problems. At least not that I know, unless I’m sleep gambling.
As a kid I enjoyed computer games like any other normal child of my era. When I was little in the 80′s I watched my older brother connect his ZX Spectrum to the TV in the living room and a whole new world of opportunity seemed to open up right there. Later I got a Nintendo Entertainment System or NES after seeing my friends play them for a while. I loved that thing to death, playing Super Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, Legend Of Zelda and many more classic games. I also played PC games as they began to take off in the early 90′s. The first Prince Of Persia was a favourite and later Doom 2 also. But as I got into my teens video games just didn’t seem to factor so much. They increasingly became less a part of my life as other things took over. Going out, seeing gigs, playing in bands, social life and all the things you do at that age. I briefly got into the odd game here or there, but it’s not been a big part of my life since childhood.
Having said all of this there’s one, and only one, BIG exception to that rule. One series of games I will do anything to play, cross the road just to hear about and give me left kidney for. Grand Theft Auto. I’ve said this many times before but offer me the chance to be a wizard, an elf or some kind of mythical dragon warrior from space and my answer will most likely be “piss off”. Nothing could sound more boring. But give me the chance to be Tony Soprano or Al Capone and I’ll bite your bloody arm off Luis Suarez style before you’ve finished the sentence. I just love the characters, the humour and the rich worlds they build in the GTA games. GTA 4 was the whole reason I got a PS3. I got the console just to play that game. Many years before that I bought a PS2 pretty much so I could play Vice City, San Andreas and the like. It says something about the power of this franchise that it can still drive someone totally disengaged with video game culture like myself to buy a console.
Right now the clock is ticking and Grand Theft Auto 5 is due out in September of this year. Rockstar games have just released 3 new trailers introducing the main characters and I can’t wait. It’s so damn exciting!
Hello everyone, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Life has been very busy lately and finding time to blog is difficult. It’s all going pretty well though and I don’t have any complaints. I like being busy. I just feel I’m slightly neglecting certain things, such as this blog but also writing for Seven Streets and others. I’m currently teaching 3 separate courses per week, taking a teacher training course myself on Mondays, trying to get an album recording with my band, producing 3 podcasts, running many events and also overseeing Jelly Liverpool every other week. No rest for the wicked eh? It seems like maybe all this running around has caught up with me as I’ve come down with a bad cold this weekend. I’ve made some amendments to the podcast schedule in light of that. So without further ado let’s get into this week’s happenings.
Monday March 18th @ 9pm UK – I’m postponing Rathole Radio from Sunday to Monday this week because of my cold. With Linux Outlaws moving back a bit I can do RR tomorrow night instead. Join us for an hour of live rambling and eclectic music with yours truly. You can also chat and get involved live via IRC.
Wednesday March 20th @ 8pm UK – Live Linux Outlaws episode 303. It’s hard to believe we’ve done that many episodes but yes, it’s really true. Join us for the live broadcast via Youtube and comment in our IRC channel. We love hearing what you think about things and it makes the show more fun to do. Continue reading →
Greetings all, it’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately as life outside has gotten more busy and taken over. I’m still involved in lots of events around town though and that’s what I’d like to talk to you about today. We run Ignite events every 3 months or so. Before all you pyromaniacs get too excited there’s no actual flames involved. We have a strict health and safety policy, honest. It’s a global movement started by O’Reilly, the book publisher.
Presenters have 5 minutes each to talk on any subject they’re passionate about. They get 20 slides which automatically advance every 15 seconds. That way when the slide run out so does your time. It’s always eclectic and fun, with diverse topics from Wimpy restaurants, to the space race, to organic gardening. Anything you care about and can enthuse others with in 5 minutes. The best thing is if the current topic doesn’t do it for you then you’re only ever a maximum of 5 mins away from another.
We’re doing another Ignite in the lovely surroundings of LEAF tea shop on Bold Street, Liverpool. This Wednesday 27th of February at 6pm. Everyone is welcome and it’s free to attend. There’s also a great social atmosphere as we all tend to hang around for a chat afterwards in the bar.
Have a look at the previous post to read more about it. Basically it’s a full day of training for £99 and you’ll produce your own podcast by the end. Plus, have the skills to go off and make more podcasts on your own.
Lately whenever I’m on my Google+ page this little message shows up. See below….
It asks me if I work for Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu Linux (for the uninitiated). I don’t. Not a company I am either for or against to any great degree. They do some great stuff I like and other stuff I don’t so much They know how to ignite some angry beards though, which are a bit like Angry Birds only more hairy. Just thought this was quirky enough to share with you.
Some of you may already know but I’m the co-host of a weekly podcast called Linux Outlaws. My colleague Fabian Scherschel and I look over the weeks releases and news, then discuss all the happenings in the Open Source world. Sometimes we get things wrong, sometimes we get them right. C’est la vie, as they say. We’ve been doing it since 2007 and it’s frightening to think just how long ago that actually is now. Once we were the new kids on the block (not the pop group) and now we’re long in the tooth veterans. In the last five and a half years we’ve gained a dedicated listener base of nearly 30,000 weekly followers. Hard to believe isn’t it? We’ve also won the odd award or two from magazines and other outlets, not that we’re boasting about it. Honest.
Our 3ooth episode is just around the corner and we really want to do something special to mark the occasion. To that end we’ve invited all our friends to join us for a live event. Linux Outlaws Live, we didn’t call it that jut for the LOL acronym but it certainly doesn’t hurt. On Sunday February 17th at 5:30pm we’ll be recording the 300th edition of Linux Outlaws in front of an audience at LEAF On Bold St in Liverpool. This is your chance to get on the show and be a part of it. Get your voice on this landmark recording. Ask questions, shout abuse at us, whatever you want really. All for the princely sum of 5 English pounds. All proceeds go to charity so you can even feel good about it. We’re supporting the good work of the Software Freedom Conservancy in New York.
So what are the vital details again? I’m glad you asked.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17th, 5:30 – 7:30pm @ LEAF On Bold St, Liverpool.
You can book tickets via Eventbrite for £5 and join us for a party afterwards in the beautiful venue. There is also an Eventbrite banner on the blog sidebar to the right there. Click that if you prefer.
Come along and join the party, you don’t want to miss it. Also, please tell any friends or contacts you have who might be interested too. The more the merrier. We’ll have a laugh and kick off the post episode 300 era in style, we promise.