Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Advent Calendar of Various Stuff - FAIL!

Yeah, I failed at that didn't I.

Seems that I forgot about it after day 6.. 
What I should do next time is pre-prepare the whole 24 days and set scheduled publishes.

Oh well.  Here are some festive things to make up for it:

Here is a picture of some polar bears in Minecraft.

A snowman we met in the park

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Advent Calendar of Various Stuff - Day 6 - Mixels Santa

Painting with our 6 year old son at the weekend, and he wanted me to paint a Lego Mixel. 
Here's the result - 

Sure, it won't win any awards, but I was quite pleased 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Advent Calendar of Various Stuff - Day 5 - Mince

Found this while tidying.

Seriously - 60 recipes for Mince from around the world, including Minced Beef Gateau, as featured on the cover.

I decided the world did not need any more problems, and so it has been thrown into the recycling to be turned into a tissue box or insulation or whatever else paper gets recycled into.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Advent Calendar of Various Stuff - Day 4 - Tiny Metal Pokemon


This is a tiny metal Pikachu from Pokemon Monopoly.
Pikachu is approximately 1.5cm tall.

Just look at the detail for something so small - look at it's cute tiny wee nosey.  Awwwwww.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Advent Calendar of Various Stuff - Day 3 - Face detection

Day 3 and we discover that Facebook Messenger's face detection for filters and overlays also works on lego figures. 

Just let that sink in.. 

That brings a world of opportunities - like this, for example: 

Yeah. This is gonna be fun! 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Advent Calendar of Various Stuff - Day 1 - Snow in Minecraft

Snow falls in Minecraft above a certain height instead of rain, or at sea level in frosty biomes.

It can be used to make snowballs (with HILARIOUS consequences) and if you have the right enchantments on your shovel you can dig up whole sheets of it.

As yet I haven't found a way to make a snowman.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Playing multiplayer Minecraft with just two phones

Got two phones with Minecraft on?

Want to play a LAN game of Minecraft without a LAN?

Easy peasy. 

  • Fire up a mobile hotspot on one of the phones
  • Connect the other phone to it
  • Start a multiplayer game on the one with the hotspot
  • Join the game from the one that's connected 


Monday, 2 October 2017

Minecraft - cross platform gaming!

On September 20th a large update was pushed out to many versions of Minecraft, regardless of the device. Even the Xbox One got a completely new release with a free upgrade for anyone with the 'Xbox one edition'

Three versions of me, in the same room. Terrifying.
Viewed from the Xbox One

Friday, 25 August 2017

Ode to a pickle factory

The smells all have meaning,
throughout the year,
much more than any sounds that you'll hear.

Mincemeat for Christmas,
Pickles for spring...
and, I think, Mango Chutney
And other spiced things.

So here's to the factory
that makes all that food.
You are noisy, and ugly,
but smell generally good


Written 26th March 2014, at the time I worked in Greenham Common, in a building opposite the English Provender pickle factory