Sunday, 31 January 2010

Injury Bloggers 4 U.

Evening. If you and I are well enough acquainted then you'll already know this, but I recently injured myself playing an extremely rugged and manly sport.

My ankle went and it hurt quite a bit. I assumed it would be fine and went home to bed, thinking it'd be fine after a night of rest. It was not. By the morning, it was badly swollen and I could not walk. So after a trip to the cruelly-named 'walk-in centre' at the hospital, it was determined that I have a grade-one sprain and am now in a cast and on crutches.

Fun times. The cast comes off tomorrow but I have no idea how long I will take to fully heal. In the meantime, I imagine I'll be doing a lot of sitting about.

Anyway, it just goes to show. Sometimes this blog can function as an actual weblog. Oh also, standing on one leg washing your hair in a kitchen sink is NOT. EASY.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Self Satisfaction.

Whoops, not sure how I've let it get past a week with no plinx. I'm getting sloppy.

To distract you from my failings, here's a game! It's been around for a while but got passed over for plinking for reasons I no longer remember. Thanks to Andy for reminding me of its existence.

It's called The Company Of Myself and it manages a pretty unusual thing of being both fun and sad. It's a solid puzzle/platform game with a neat 'replay past actions' mechanic. This in itself is nothing new but rarely is it handled with such (and believe me, I know it's a weird thing to say about an online game) emotional intensity. It's a story of loss and loneliness, but as these things so often are, it's compelling. If you're a games geek, you'll appreciate the similarities to Braid.

Anyway, go and play it. Soak in the ambience.

Learn to enjoy The Company Of Myself.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

The Dude Abideth.

Every so often. I add something to plinx that would be of interest to, essentially, nobody but me. But hey, it's my blog. It's my perogative.It's my perblogative! Ahem. This is one of those times, gentle reader.

I'm going to come right out and say what the link is, if you read it and your first instinct is 'meh', I'll forgive you. See you next time.

It's an interpretation of the film 'The Big Lebowski' (my favourite film in the whole wide world) as if penned by Shakespeare. Yeah.

It's called 'Two Gentlemen of Lebowski' and it's bloody marvellous. Here's a snippet:

Thou err’st; no man calls me Lebowski. Yet thou art man; neither spirit damned nor wandering shadow, thou art solid flesh, man of woman born. Hear rightly, man!—for thou hast got the wrong man. I am the Knave, man; Knave in nature as in name.

Thy name is Lebowski. Thy wife is Bonnie.

Zounds, man. Look at these unworthiest hands; no gaudy gold profanes my little hand. I have no honour to contain the ring. I am a bachelor in a wilderness. Behold this place; are these the towers where one may glimpse Geoffrey, the married man? Is this a court where mistresses of common sense are hid? Not for me to hang my bugle in an invisible baldric, sir; I am loath to take a wife, or she to take me until men be made of some other mettle than earth. Hark, the seat of my commode be arisen!

Search his satchel! His words are a fantastical banquet to work confusion upon his enemies. There sits eight pounds of proof within; surely he hides his treasure on his person.

Villainy! Why this confounded orb, such as men use to play at ninepins; what devilry, these holes in holy trinity?

Obviously thou art not a golfer.


Read the whole shebang Here.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Plinx Quickie.

While I'm here, I might as well pour a forty on the curb for my missed opportunity. I was planning to go to London tonight to see Ok Go. Sadly, circumstance dictates that I can't be there. So here's their latest video. It's typically overblown in the usual heart-warming way, but for me, it is bittersweet. However, it does feature a stealth woodwind section. Not something I get to say often.

Ok Go - This Too Shall Pass.

Wide Load.

So hey, remember how I keep banging on about making some changes to the layout of the blog to enable me to embed widescreen youtube videos? Well after months of slaving over a hot CSS, I've done it. Don't tell me you didn't notice the difference as soon as you walked in here. Oh yeah, it took a real man to fix this place up...

Alright so all I did is change two numbers. How many numbers have you changed lately? That's what I thought. Those extra 100 pixels in width are going to change my life.

Ok, I need a video to demonstrate this brave new world. Something epic. Something with explosions, maybe. Or slow-motion...

Wait, do I dare to dream of a video that contains BOTH?

BAM, best 100 pixels I ever spent.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Spot The Difference.

Evening. Hope you're all somehow going about your lives despite the treacherous conditions. I fell over yesterday, but don't panic because I managed to contort my body in mid-air to avoid landing in such a way that would break the Kinder Egg in my pocket. A lucky escape, I'm sure you'll agree. I'm expecting a TV news crew at any moment.

ANYWAY, that's not why I've called you here today. I would like to direct your attention to another blog. This one belongs to a friend of a friend and is a genuine danger to your free time. I intended to dip in and read a few entries but now I've read the whole dang thing.

It's called 'London, Differently' and is the chronicled adventures of a girl who realised she was too broke to afford a holiday and decided to spend a year "rummaging through London to try on all kinds of the lives that are lived here." A champion idea, I'm sure you'll agree.

Now it would be all too easy to attempt something like this and only make pedestrian changes, but our author scoffs at that notion. Instead throwing herself whole-heartedly into the breach: Becoming a vampire. Getting covered in various animal poops and, yes... Taking a short break in a nudist camp only to discover it was in fact a sex camp.

Anyway, it's fascinating, inspiring and well-written to the point that it makes me feel bad about my own piss-poor writing skills. Hooray!

Have a squiz, it's London, Differently.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Plinx Quickie.

Hello, this doesn't really need much of a write up. But it did make me chuckle. So check it out:

Things Bears Love.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Never Mind The Blosics.

Hello, ready for your first physics game of the new year? This has actually been around a while but it got ignored in my scramble to provide christmas themed plinx.

It's called Blosics and it's a game in the 'chucky-ball-bouncy-knock-over-blocks' mould. But it's a good one!

You choose the power and direction of your shot and try to knock the green blocks off screen while (in some levels) keeping the red ones on screen. Also, there's a strategic decision to be made when choosing the size of your shot because it will detract from your score which needs to be over 100 for you to advance...

Ok, so that sounds more complicated then it actually is. Just play it and you'll pick it up in a snap. Also, the sound effects are pretty funny.

Play Blosics!

Friday, 1 January 2010

Snappy New Year.

Welcome to space year 2010, everybody. Hope you all had a great night. I saw in the new year with some friends playing 'Ghostbusters' on Lego Rock Band, I trust you did something similar.

Anyway, I meant to plink this yesterday but I didn't get the chance to get at a computer. So I'd like you to come with me as we go back... IN TIME!

To yesterday, to be exact. Because just like last year, have summed up the highs and lows of 2009 in photographs. Some of them are in due to recording historic events, and others are simply incredible pictures.

It's in 3 parts, 40 photos a piece.
Part 1.
Part 2.
Part 3.

You can use the J & K keys to move between pics without scrolling. Oh, and some of the pictures are potentially upsetting so steel yourself.

Happy New Year everyone, thanks for sticking with plinx. I'll try and keep you entertained for another year!