The News Page.

Welcome to the News Page. Or more often, the ranting page, because nothing seems to make any logical sense. This is where I whinge about Sony, one of the banes of my life, (although not so much these days,) mobile ’phones, fizzing FaceBook, automatic software updates and Windows, the OSs I still need that were put together by the work experience kid. (And Windows 10 seems like it was done by the work experience kid of the 1st work experience kid. ) Plus anything else that frustrates and ticks me off, which is a lot these days, as well as providing news about cool gaming related stuff that I’m interested in and willing to share with everyone. :-D There’s also other boring news about what I’ve been up to on certain days. I try to keep it trimmed to the last 2 years, except for a few minor things I want to preserve. If you get your butt down to the bottom of the page, you’ll find a table of my 5 most recently played games also. So strap yourself in, grab a pinch of salt, and be prepared for me letting off steam! Toot!

Monday, 1st Of June, 2015
Todayís current mood:
ē HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? Or more importantly, do you know who he is? This chap is an ďextraĒ in various TV shows and movies, and mostly always from Britain. Heís appeared in Harry Potter twice, Die Another Day, Hustle twice, Poirot: Elephants Can Remember (as the Crime Author Of The Year announcer), possibly in One Chance, Love Actually, Marple: The Blue Geranium, and maybe Bridget Jonesí Diary. I even enquired at ITV, but they didnít know, and told me to try IMDb. Yeah well, like I wouldnít have tried that already. Heís never credited for the shows heís in, so itís almost impossible to find out. I even scoured a casting website for extra actors once, trying to spot him. One site suggested he may be Edward Wills IV, but I donít have any other proof that thatís true. So, if you know, write to me and let me know.
ē Someone reckoned it might snow today, but it hasnít. At least not where I am.

Tuesday, 12th Of July, 2016
Todayís current mood:
ē Did anybody notice that if you re-arrange the letters of Bill Gates, you can get ďlabels git?Ē Makes you wonder about those Windows stickers!

Monday, 15th of November, 2021
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:52) Inner Depths: Oblivion 1 is getting nearer to completion. I added a tent to the fort, which is where you start, and you can store your goods safely there. Mmm, and thatís all I have to say about it for now.
ē (23:33) I was watching a video last night about old stuff underground in some part of England, and one of the items was an Internet radio. Thatís right ó by a company called Internet, of all things! I decided to look up about it, and it was indeed correct. You might have trouble finding it, doing a search for ďInternet Radio,Ē ícos youíll get all new, irrelevant results about new radios related to the Internet. But do a picture search with the model, S-1000, and youíll find it. (Just type in Internet radio "S-1000" and you should get some pictures at a search site.)

Tuesday, 11th of January, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:00) I finally found an old Dick Smith catalogue last night. Well most of one. I was hoping to locate an old copy for a while, but couldnít find where Iíd put them since we moved house at the end of 2012. Anyway, this oneís from 1993, so thatís 29 years ago, people! I wanted to get a look at what the products and prices were from back then, and this was quite interesting. Especially the computer related stuff. Oh, and mobile íphones! So, for all those of you in the northern hemisphere, grab a nice hot chocolate with marshmallows, put your feet up and get ready for some more reminiscing. Or if youíre on my side of the planet, open up something cool & fizzy!
Compared with my old 1992 - 1993 Tandy catalogue, the Dick Smith one certainly has a different feel. Tandy of course were aimed at selling their own brands of products, where as olí Dicky seemed to stock more commonly known brands, like Sanyo, Sony & so forth. Plus Dick Smith was more about the components and kits of electronics. They also had a much bigger focus on communication radios, because Dick Smith himself was into this kind of thing. He even mentioned his licence thing of VK2ZIP in his Fun Way books. Anyway, one of the most expensive communication devices was the Yaesu FT-1000 Deluxe HF All-Mode Tranceiver, which cost $5995! This thingís got more knobs than a hardware store, more buttons than a shirt factory and not only an analogue meter but a super wide numeric display as well of some kind. I donít think Tandy had anything remotely like this kind of stuff. Dicko also had antennas, Morse code keys and all sorts of things related to communication equipment.
Anyway, they did have a blue L.E.D. this year, and it was listed under special types. ďNormalĒ L.E.D.s were red, green, yellow & orange, and these were 50Ę each. But the blue one was $3.25! So this is what freaked me out as a kid, I think. Ha ha. Since it was 6Ĺ ◊ the value. Absolutely no white, magenta, cyan or purple ones back then. Plus, high brightness was limited to 1 in red at 1000 m.c.d. A bit different these days, thatís for sure. You could get a bulk pack of 100 regular low brightness L.E.D.s for $19.95, which wouldíve been just under 20Ę each, so thatís pretty good. But these days you could get high brightness ones for that kind of price.
Letís look at computer related stuff next. You could get a 4 MHz Z80A CPU for $5.95. That sounds quite reasonable, I would say. (The prices vary widely on eBay at the moment, from less than that to quite a lot more.) Thereís another one here listed as a V20-88MHz, which was a high performance 8088 CPU replacement, and that was $19.95. But I donít think that would be 88 MHz in speed, somehow. Not in 1993, and not for that type of CPU either. A 12.5 MHz Intel 80287-XL maths co-processor would cost you $299! Yikes. I think they became built in by the time we got our 75 MHz Pentium 1 CPU based computer in 1995. As for RAM, you could get 4 MB for $399! Wow, it sure makes me feel as though we take stuff for granted now, with computer prices.
A 16 bit Creative Sound Blaster card would cost you $499! Holey beep! It did come with a lot of software though, plus a microphone. There was also a Video Blaster for $799, which allowed you to capture video and get pictures, with a bunch of neat goodiesÖ but dang! Whose hard drive could even store much video back then? It certainly wouldnít have been the likes of DV quality. Youíd probably record a minute and fill the entire drive if it was! For the same price, you could get a multimedia kit, which came with a CD drive, Sound Blaster Pro and 3 bonus CDs of software.
Over the page is LANtastic for Windows, which comes with a network card and cord for 2 PCs. The transfer rate of the card is 10 Mbits per second, which was probably mega fast back then. The price? $1199! Good grief! You could get a whole computer for that now, and not even need any extra networking goodies. For $559, you could get a 250 MB cassette backup drive, with a data rate of 500 KB per second. Thank goodness we have flash memory units now.
Hereís a funny bit: ďImagine receiving a large document at 300 b.p.s. ó you could bake a leg of lamb while you wait.Ē LOL. But with this QuickComm Spirit 2 modem, for $649, you can go up to 57 600 b.p.s., and it also handled faxes. A standard floppy disk drive would cost you $129, and a ďgraphics acceleratorĒ card would cost you $249. It only did 15 bit colour, and no, it wasnít the kind of 3D accelerator card youíd get now, that worked with Open GL and all that ó this just sped drawing operations up by up to 10 times. Various cables were about the only thing Dick Smith had for Apple computers.
They had a 2 button control pad for $39.95, which looks a bit minimal. Ooh, and a graphics tablet for $249. Throw away your mouse, they said.
In terms of software, the most expensive item was ďThe Microsoft Office.Ē Ah! They dropped that the business since then. And that was $849! Cha-ching! Microsoft Word on its own was $549. Holey macaroni! WordPerfect, in its pre-Corel days, was $495. Also for sale was Windows 3.1 for $169, Lotus 1-2-3 (for Windows) for $699, and some old Star Trek screen saver for $69! For a sodding screen saver! Youíve gotta be joking. Microsoft Money was $10 cheaper than that. Corel DRAW! 3 was $329, Geoworks Pro was $199 & Microsoftís DOS 6 was $99. So yeah, those were the days when you could probably blow 10 or more grand on a computer setup.
Oh yeah, now where are those freaking íphones? Like in America, they called them cellular íphones in the catalogue, unlike mobile íphones these days. These seemed to be more related to installing in vehicles too. There are no prices listed, so they mustíve been expensive, and you could also get loan íphones, instead of buying them. You also got instant access to Telecom Mobile Net. Not Telstra back then, but old Telecom. And then again, was there even anyone else?
(Onto the next 3 pages:) Ah, the old Sharp EL-6073 Memo Master. I still have mine, and it was $29.95. The battery lasted for yonks in this thing. I only changed it once since about 1993. I had some girlsí íphone numbers from school in mine. Although theyíre probably not much use now.
If you wanted to really blow your cash at Dick Smith, you could get a Teletext Decoder Mark 2! It was a kit for $319, and if you didnít have a VCR, you could pay $139 for another kit, which was a tuner module required for it. Holey pennť! Youíd have to be a real couch potato with a need for teletext to get that, and then make the thing yourself. The combined cost wouldíve been $458. They already sold a 34 cm Telefunken TV with a Teletext feature built in for $499.
So if you want to know anything else they had back then, you can just ask me. Unless thereís a web site of old catalogues out there somewhere. Itís amazing what old catalogues get sold off on eBay. I guess people buy them for doing TV shows in the past, or for collecting or whatever. As I said back in September, my old 1997 Jaycar catalogue looks brand new, so it might have a bit of value still. Not a ďdog earĒ corner in sight.
ē (19:02) Ooh yeah ó I worked out a lotus design in Photo-Paint, and it came to 225 L.E.D.s! So, mmm. I donít think Iíll do that somehow. I think it worked out to 4.5 amps of juice theyíd need, but only 9 W of total power. Assuming I calculated that right. Although the 54 white L.E.D.s might have used a bit more.

Sunday, 23rd of January, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:11) I was going to have a look at my Sharp EL-6073 Memo Master 100, but its batteryís completely dead. Then I went to take a photo of it, and my cameraís battery ran out of oomph as well! It wasnít meant to be. So Iíll need a new CR-2016 battery for the organiser, hopefully tomorrow. The previous one was about 29 years old after all. On the back it says it uses 0.0002 W of power. So thatís like 0.2 milliwatts, or 200 microwatts. Itís supposed to last for 2000 hours of constant use. The memory capacity of the organiser is just 1888 bytes, although numbers only take up half a byte in the number field. There are some interesting calculation tips in the back too, including how to do more complicated calculations, like numbers to the power of other ones, which isnít something youíd normally think it did. For instance: (4≥)≤. You just press 4 ◊ = = ◊ = & you get 4096. Although trying the same thing on the calculator in Windows here had the same result too.
One thing that was handy, was using the telephone function as storage for constants, so you could multiply by a number that was always kept, like for pi, or stuff for metric conversions.
ē Yep, itíll be the 8th of March that my siteís been on the web for 20 years. Although over 3 different ISPs.

Saturday, 29th of January, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:13) I was looking on an interactive map for Wuppertal in Germany, and later I decided to have a peek around the border of Belgium & the Netherlands. I was like: Whatís with all these border lines around this town? It was like somebody had a fit drawing the map. Itís a place called Baarle-Hertog, and its divisions go back to the middle ages, and the borders of Belgium & the Netherlands are still all over the shop. Itís really hilarious! They all get along, but the borders are jiggling about in a crazy fashion, with markings across car parking spaces, into shops and along the side of a restaurant. Holey moley! Itíd be a good attraction for its obscurity. Itís worse than that LlŪvia joint, which is part of Spain, but in France, or something.

Sunday, 30th of January, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:39) Holey moley! I just finished typing up the hand written stuff of my story, The 2nd 2 Year Holiday, which is about my grandparents. I started it in about February 1994, (when I was 13 years old,) and decided to start typing it up in mid 1999. Almost 23 years later, and itís done! Struth, it took long enough. I realised about 9 years ago that Iíd have to pull my finger out & get it completed, because at the rate Iíd been typing it up until then, Iíd be dead before it got finished. It takes up 1053 pages in typed form, and 1784 pages in my hand writing. (It has pictures as well.) Following that though, are probably another 1000 pages which Iíve only typed, and just printed out. I started writing it in Microsoft Works 3, then moved to Microsoft Word, when a friend of mine had it, then I think I had it in AbiWord, and then moved to Open Office, which Iíve used ever since. I made each file 100 pages, and I also did PDF files of them all. It feels a bit funny to have it done now. My pink clothes peg that I used to mark where I was up to, can retire at last. Of course Iím still typing up the new stuff ó itís like one of those soap operas on the TV that just keeps going & going.

Tuesday, 1st of February, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:28) This monthís software review will be back to Corel CHART at last. Thatíll be on the 9th as usual.
ē UmÖ dangÖ I forgot what I was going to write about. Oh yeah! I was reading about Oresamaís 3rd album last night, Continew World. You get 2 CDs and a 2022 calendar! The 1st CD is the regular new songs, and the 2nd one is the DressUp Cover remixes. Pretty sweet. I donít think Iíll be getting it though. Itís pretty expensive getting imported stuff. Anyway, I think it came out about the 27th of October last year, which was after I got Hi-Fi POPS.

Thursday, 3rd of February, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:13) You can hear just about all the songs from Continew World off YouTube for free. Although certainly not at CD quality, but pretty good all the same. Yeah, so I donít think Iíll be buying that one. I didnít fancy some of the tracks I heard.
ē Back on the 11th of September, 2020, I yacked about possibly doing an audio level display using L.E.D.s and a LM3914 I.C., but after going through the information on that I.C. again today, I donít think it would be quite right for my use. It seems more aimed at L.E.D.s which are all the same, or of exactly the same brightness, and the ones I have arenít matched in any way. The green ones are the brightest, probably followed by the magenta, the purple one is quite weak, as is the red, and yeahÖ youíd need different resistors for each one, to equalise them. Maybe you could do that with the LM3914 dealie, but Iím not sure. And being unsure about something is what I want to avoid. It just seems to mention using one resistor for controlling the brightness of all the L.E.D.s. I think I might look towards the Dick Smith Fun Way book method, despite it using more components. It has individual resistors per L.E.D., and uses a transistor to turn each one on. From what I read, those BC548 transistors can handle up to 100 mA, so thatís more than any of my L.E.D.s require. Anyway, I donít think Iíll jump into doing that immediately. Iíd have to buy a whole bunch of components for it first, probably a large PCB, and really, itís not something I currently want to spend money on.
ē I looked at a video of the 100 most viewed French songs @ YouTube last night. What a waste of time that was! How many viewers actually enjoyed them though?! This is why I donít like looking at ďbestĒ songs and ďtopĒ levels and stuff, ícos itís based on other peopleís opinions (which suck) and sales. I only want to see new releases with no prejudice on how good / bad the songs are. Then I can make up my own mind. But yeah, it is still so hard to find foreign music, especially from China, and even India. If you ask me, the Korean stuff is still the easiest to get. Even easier than English (and American) music. Letís do a search for videos on the web, saying: new songs January 2022 ó what do you know? K-Pop is the 2nd result, with more mentions below. If you search in other languages you get some different results, but not much. Then youíre expected to understand the language to find the music, which I donít.
If you want to see a broad range of Korean music videos, one person from YouTube I would recommend, is DJ Digital, who does a weekly in case you missed it (ICYMI) video of newly released songs. Itís divided up into colour coded genres, so you can go straight to what you want. For Japanese, have a look for JPKRCHís monthly top 40 picks, which usually have a couple of good tunes, and SK4 who puts out pretty regular new MVs as they find them, by the looks of it.

Sunday, 6th of February, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:15) Ha ha ha! Look at what I found in the old Dick Smith catalogue! This really made my night, what with all this other bollocks about so called ďsmart íphonesĒ these days. This one talks back too! So youíll really get an ear full. So think about this, all of you mobile íphone users. (Just click on the image to see it @ full size.)
Oh hey! The power button L.E.D. on my PC just came back on. My writing mustíve been a good omen. I always say itís a good omen when it comes back on.

Thursday, 10th of February, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:59) Hands up who knows what a tattie-bogle is? I didnít know either until I looked it up. Itís a Scottish scarecrow for minding potato fields. For some reason it popped into my head at some unholy hour of this morning, so I wrote it down on my note pad and went back to sleep. All I can think of, is that it mustíve been somebodyís user name somewhere. Like at eBay, DeviantArt, or on YouTube perhaps. I couldnít find it in either of my dictionaries. In fact, I had to do a search on the web with suggestions to see if itíd come up, and when it did, I didnít know what the results would be. Strange, huh? I wonder where I heard it.
ē (13:12) Ha ha! I remember where I heard that thing now. It was a web site for a XBOX 360 control pad driver for Mac OS X. The bizarre stuff ya brain thinks up in the wee hours of the morning, laddy.

Monday, 14th of February, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (18:12) Flippiní heck. I spent most of the afternoon waiting for Windows XP to check my 2ndary hard drive, after the Monkeyís Audio plug-in reported an error about a corrupt file I had playing in Winamp. After getting out my backup DVD, I confirmed it was corrupt with a ďhex editorĒ, and that it had changed significantly. But the disk check didnít report any errors. It just said: Disk Check Complete. Or something like that, and that was it. No log file or anything, even after waiting probably 6 hours or so. So if there were no bad blocks, or whatever, on the disk, how did that file get like that overnight or last night? I played it yesterday, and it was fine. Did something foul up when I shut down my computer? Usually if bad areas of any disk are discovered, Windows will add it to the Event Viewer logs. Like when I plug in my Cowon X9, it will say there are errors on itís 2nd ďdrive,Ē but itís just because the card slot is empty. But anyway, there are no hard drive errors (apparently). The date of the APE file was the same as my backup copy as well, so it wasnít showing any evidence of (it) having been changed. Very weird.
ē Anyway, I was going to check out some MVs from the Japanese duo, GARNiDELiA. The chick in it, MARiA, has a very intriguing look.

Tuesday, 15th of February, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:43) No issues today with my music, it would seem. The only other thing I can think of which might have caused some trouble, might have been This Is My File, but I wasnít unlocking anything on my hard drive caddy. Probably only a flash memory unit. Perhaps Iíll avoid using it.
ē I looked at a bunch of GARNiDELiA MVs, but I didnít like much of their music. Mirai was kind of good, but it didnít end the best. Aikotoba wasnít too bad, and Otomeno Kokoroe, which I saw last year, was sort of okay. I think MARiAís looks are more stunning than the music. She really seems quite mesmerising. As for Toku, who knows? Iím not interested in looking at blokes.
ē (21:57) Australiaís a pretty big joint, so tonight I thought Iíd get a map picture of the country, and then see how many other countries I could fit into the space at the same scale. Although rotation was required in some instances. In fact, you can get San Marino, Singapore, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Hong Kong & Macau all into Lake Eyre, and still have room to spare. (Thatís in S.A.) As for the rest of the country, I fitted in Spain, Portugal, Denmark, North Macedonia, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Israel, Lebanon, Cambodia, all of Britain, the United Arab Emirates, both Koreas, Austria, Cuba, Nepal, Hungary, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Plus Jamaica into the upper part of Tasmania. And there was still a huge portion of S.A. free, which was taken up by the writing I used to point out the countries thatíd fit into the lake. On the flip side, I should see how much of Australia will fit into Russia, ícos that joint is humongous.

Thursday, 17th of February, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:44) I think weíve all seen single & double cassette recorders, but what about triple?! I was looking up old Japanese TV ads today, and spotted one by accident, and yeah ó there were quite a few made by various companies. National and General both had one, plus some company called Yorx, which Iíd never heard of. Ah, I used to use cassettes all the time when I was a kid, but I havenít used any for years unfortunately. Iíve still got a lot of them though, including ones older than myself, which my grandparents had. I remember when we used to record stuff at primary school, and the other kidsíd be surprised by their own voices, but I was used to it, since I did a lot of recording at home.
A lot of my old ones wore out over the years, but I still have the remnants of my very first one; a light blue ďGaf ControlĒ radio & cassette recorder combo. What a weird brand name. It was probably some generic thing other companies slapped their name on. One of the switches broke off, the transformer died with a flash from the power point, the tuning knob came off, the handle busted off, the door broke off, and I think the plastic for the tuning area came out too. I didnít treat it the best when I was just a kid, I suppose.

Friday, 18th of February, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:17) Check this dude out: Dimash Qudaibergen, who I believe is from Kazakhstan. Tell me thatís not one of the highest pitch male voices youíve ever heard. Heís like a boy soprano, except heís a man now.

Monday, 21st of February, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:49) Ha ha! F**king WinRAR. I was just compressing 2 files, and the progress bar decided to go backwards! It got to 100%, then kept going, then jumped back to 80%. Eugene Roshal, my friend, you goofed on that one.
ē Iíve been looking up a few other songs from around the world in countries I donít usually look at stuff from, and yeah, thatís been a waste of time as well. Itís really hard to find something good. Itíd be great if Oresama did a MV for Chewy Candy.
ē Ah, Iíll be so glad when sodding Summer is over & done with, and we get onto mid-Autumn. The amount of storms this year, and @ the end of 2021, have just been crazy around here. Plus I hate the humidity as well. Last night was horrible. Thank goodness I donít live in northern Australia. When Iím tucked up in bed in May with 2 blankets and 3 quilts on, Iíll be happy.

Wednesday, 23rd of February, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:22) I found a web site from New Zealand, which had some Philips radio & record player hi-fi systems very similar to the one my Nanna had at Coogee. This FZ886A model would be the closest, I would say. I think the Z in the model was specific to New Zealand, because I also read about other FX800 series ones, which mustíve been from Europe, perhaps. It made me feel a bit whimsical and longing to bring back memories of my early years, when I was about 3 or 4 years old. When you want to bring back something from your past that you canít. Anyway, I wrote to the person who did the site, and perhaps they might have something interesting to say.
Whatís interesting to note, are the 3 speakers. I knew it had 3! I just knew it. I was almost convinced I was wrong in recent times, by seeing another one with 2. I was right about the Philips Miniwatt valves and magic eye. That I worked out myself anyway. I wasnít aware of the special 800Ω speakers though.

Friday, 4th of March, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:26) This monthís Software Review Of The Moment will be returning to the triple dealie of Cog + MacAmp Lite X + XMPlay.
ē Here are a few more music videos I found recently, which might be worth a squizz!
Ľ Believe by Rothy (2022)
Ľ Sabotage by Ryokuōshoku Shakai (2019)
Ľ Angle by Trio Ohashi (Yesterday)
Ľ Swee2wink Love Letter by 2wink (2022)
Ľ Bunny by Surii + Kagami Oto Ren (2022)

Saturday, 5th of March, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:02) Good grief ó Shane Warne died yesterday of a heart attack in Thailand! Holey moley. I wouldnít have picked that happening to him. He was only 53 as well.

Saturday, 12th of March, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:22) I was thinking of finally getting off my butt & looking at BeOS, but Iím a bit hazy about whether the professional rendition of version 5 is free to download. The personal edition is intended to be downloaded for free, but you only get about 512 MB or so of space, and you have to have Windows í98 or Windows ME installed to reboot to it, or something. So thatís a bit iffy. (I think you must have the professional edition for Macs.) The proí version has its own bootable CD & installs on its own, which Iíd rather do. Also, I read that version 4 is more stable. So what software there is and how much of it needs version 5 instead, is hard to say if youíve never used it before. The earlier versions were made for PowerPC CPUs, including pre-G3 Macs, but the last version of BeOS was apparently only for Intel CPUs. Anyway, I only feel about Ĺ bothered to look @ it at the moment. I dunno about graphics acceleration either. I think it used OpenGL for stuff, but what video cards would it support? And would that work for this OS in a virtual machine?
Anyway, BeOS has a nice appearance about it. The icons are all kind of isometric looking. I dunno whatís available for it in terms of word processors, graphics programs and the like. It was aimed more at audio & video work. If the BeBox computer had a PowerPC CPU, and was released in 1995, the company must have been quick off the mark to do it, because that was the same year that Apple introduced the CPU. (It was designed by Apple, IBM & Motorola.) Then again, I suppose Sega were using them in 1996 as well for the Model 3 board.

Sunday, 13th of March, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:25) Iíve been trying to find that nVidia TNT demo again. The one with the lion & the penthouse / whatever it was. Who the heck knows what ever happened to it? Itís one of those things lost forever. I sent another message to nVidia, but whether theyíll reply is hard to say. I even offered to host it myself, if it isnít humongous. Thatíd be pretty neat, if I had the only site to have it. Itís a pity it isnít just on the nVidia web site with all their GeForce demos. For a moment I was beginning to wonder if it was for PowerVR cards, but then remembered that archived web site I read, which mentioned it for TNT video cards as well. Maybe it was a screen saver. But Iím pretty sure it was interactive, ícos you could zoom in on the lion. Anyway, Iím currently downloading a driver CD ďimage,Ē which does have some GeForce demos, so maybe it might be on there too.
ē (16:20) No luck with the 1st CD I tried. It was more to do with the GeForce 2, it seemed. It had the Grass & Toy Soldiers demos, but I didnít spot anything like the one Iím after.

Tuesday, 15th of March, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:28) Itís my parentsí 50th wedding anniversary today.
ē I finally found that lone piece of Bloodgrass in Oblivion, when I was playing it last night, in the Great Forest. Iíd seen it years ago, and thought: ďWhatís this doing out here in the middle of nowhere?Ē Well it turns out that an Oblivion gate could have opened there, but it never did, because I ended the main quest before I ever went to that region. Anyway, itís about half way between Ceyatatar & Fort Wooden Hand. If an Oblivion gate did open for you, (if you have the game,) it will make sense. If not, it just seems to be a suspicious sprout of it growing through a grassy covered rock. The location is approximately at X: -35747.14, Y: 38725.2 & Z: 6091.48.

Saturday, 19th of March, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:34) I saw a dude picking mushrooms in Oblivion last night. Honmund was his name. I didnít even realise people went out picking anything, and Iíve been playing the game since 2006! Ha ha. It took long enough to notice this going on. Anyway, his AI dealie has him finding Clouded Funnel Caps on the weekends, if certain parts of the main quest arenít active. Probably during the attack on Bruma.
At my Verdant View Manor, I have a horse stable, where Iíve stuck the unicorn from Harcane Grove. Anyway, it keeps trying to get back there, despite the gates. Last night I thought it was safely held in place, so I set off west to Ondo, and the horse comes zooming over me like it leapt off a mountain! Then it goes nuts, chasing after 3 deer! LOL! It wouldnít stop until I killed them all. Then I could ride it back again. But dang ó it took some damage from the jump. It mustíve leapt about 100 m or more.
Also, this horse up near where Honmund was, walked into a rock and just vanished! It must have ďteleportedĒ back to where it was supposed to be. Itís the Twilight Zone in that game sometimes. Speaking of which, the other day it decided to reset my play time back to 0. Probably around the 7th of this month. But really, Iíve just passed 1200 hours. Last night, I think it was. So thatís 50 days.
I kind of feel like making another plug-in, but I dunno what though. Maybe something with wilderness outposts for Imperial Legion guards. Then you could see them fighting more creatures. Plus maybe you could rest in the places and trade goods too. I should do a fun dealie with a staff that has a scripted enchantment to give somebody a bounty. If you can do that. And one to resurrect somebody. Although thatís kind of cheating on both accounts, if you ask me.

Tuesday, 22nd of March, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:19) So I did start on a new plug-in for Oblivion, called Cyrodiilic Outposts. Now thereíll be places to stop off at in the wild, where you can sleep, store things and be protected by the local guards as well. The game has all those ruined forts, but none of them seem to be in use by the ďgood guys.Ē Oblivion has barely any female members of the Imperial Legion, & possibly none at all. Although I think there is one sheila whoís related to a Dark Brotherhood quest. So I decided to have some sheilas in there. It seems there is female speech for when you get arrested and stuff too. This is something that made me wonder if it was why they avoided women guards. Another thing I noticed, is that NPCs are immune to the invisible border. (The boundary which stops you going into places like Morrowind, Skyrim, Hammerfell, etc.) One of my guards was coming back for a snooze, and he was in an area I couldnít get to. There are actually path nodes out there in those locations too, because I think theyíre automatically generated by some dealie in the Construction Set.

Monday, 28th of March, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:50) Ooh, Red Velvet have a new Japanese tune out called Wildside. It wasnít quite what Iíd go for, but some bits of it were okay.

Thursday, 7th of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:49) Yeah, umÖ Cyrodiilic Outposts is nearing completion for The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. I didnít use anything from Shivering Isles, but I donít know if thatíll necessarily mean you wonít need that expansion. I have to finish checking everythingís working fine with the guard patrols and other NPCs 1st, and add some more decorative stuff. But youíll get 10 joints to go to. Most of which seem to be on the eastern side of Cyrodiil.
ē I was thinking about how Morrowind seems to have more joinable factions than Oblivion too. Letís see, whatíd you get to join in Oblivion? The Fightersí Guild, the Thievesí Guild, the Magesí Guild, the Dark Brotherhood, and I think the Knights Of The Nine, if you had that expansion, which I donít. Plus there were some minor factions you got to be in for doing a handful of tasks, like the Order Of The Virtuous Blood, Knights Of The White Stallion and Knights Of The Thorn, or something. And there was a faction for the Shivering Isles as well. In Morrowind though, you got to join the the Fightersí Guild, the Thievesí Guild, the Magesí Guild, the Morag Tong, the Imperial Legion, the Imperial Cult, one of the 3 Great Houses, (Hlaalu, Redoran or Telvanni,) the Temple & the East Empire Company (in Bloodmoon). Plus I think you got an honourary position in the Ashlanders, and I forget about the Twin Lamps. Maybe that too. You also had the ability to join with one of the 3 vampire clans, rather than just being a generic kind of vampire in Oblivion. Not that I ever did that either.

Monday, 11th of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:04) I was looking at a way to get interlaced videos into non-interlaced @ 50 Hz tonight. I recalled that you could do that with AVDemux, but itís a bit buggy, and I had white parts of the video coming out in black! Then, I finally worked out how to do it with JES De-Interlacer. You can read how on my Computer Page.
I figured if I ever put any videos back on my site, Iíd have them at the full frame rate.

Tuesday, 12th of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (17:20) Ah good! Things have been going even more right for me today. I finally worked out how to get FFMPEG to do that de-interlace method as well. Huzzah! I should be able to do that on both my Macs and main PC now. That will save a lot of room in terms of disk space, when compared with JES De-Interlacer. The general gist of the command line is:
ffmpeg -i InterlacedVideo.mpg -vf "yadif=1:-1" -vcodec mjpeg -r 50 -b 16000k -ac 2 -acodec pcm_s16le ProgressiveOutput.avi
You just change that -1 to 0 or 1, or something in the yadif part, if the field order is wrong. YADIF is just short for Yet Another De Interlace Filter. You could use a MOV container instead of AVI or a different codec instead of MJPEG too. I just did it like this for testing purposes with a DVD source. So there you go. This is another solution! And itís the proper deal. It doesnít just knock it up to 50 Hz and duplicate the frames. Each frame is different. I may add this feature to my AV-Friendly front-end program too, if I feel itís worthwhile.

Wednesday, 13th of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:58) Iíve updated AV-Friendly to version 1.3 now, and if you have a compatible copy of Mac OS X, then you can run it. (It must support PowerPC programs.) If not, install one in a virtual machine! Ha ha. Leopard is suitable. I made it for my Power Mac and other Macs, so why not share it with other people who might be able to run it too?
Iíll have to check about distributing FFMPEG again. That is hard to find for older Macs, so if I can give out the copy I have, then that could be useful to some people who have an interest.

Saturday, 16th of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:13) I added 2 more Japanese MVs to this yearís page of them. I think Iím just going to concentrate on music from there @ the moment, unless some random thing comes along that I like.

Sunday, 17th of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:05) Happy Easter!

Friday, 22nd of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:22) Yeah, the fridge cr*pped out on Easter Sunday, after 35 years of faithful service. (Actually, it was going down hill maybe a week before that. And a screw fell out of it years ago.) This new oneís got electronic bits in it. L.E.D.s and little buttons to control the temperature. Itís a bit fancy. The old one just had a thermostat knob, and the light bulb. What more do you need? Iíd be happy with a fridge from the 1950s.
ē I just ordered a 2nd hand alarm clock off eBay for my ďShelf Of LightĒ as I call it, in my bedroom. I wanted one up there, so when Iím on my back with my headphones on, I donít have to turn way over to see the one on the bedside table. Itís an electronic type one. Blue L.E.D.s & a radio as well. I wonít need the radio, but which ones donít have one? I wonít need the alarm either. Itís got a 24 hour or 12 hour setting, so thatís good. I tried looking for new clocks, but a lot of them are just weird, and gimmicky with stupid features Iíd never use. They even have ones with USB ports on them. WTF would you need a USB port on a freakiní clock for?!! Computers already have a clock built in. What would you be transferring from it?! Plug in your keyboard to adjust the time or something. And some other ones are these ridiculously huge clocks that would light up the whole room. Plus ones with projectors. What the fudge? Gimmicks, gimmicks, gimmicks! I donít need all that B.S. I almost thought of making one myself, but it probably wouldíve cost more. Iíd have to track down a clock circuit off the ínet, buy four 7 segment displays, maybe a PCB, the I.C.s for it, a power supply, a boxÖ You start to get the picture of the costs piling up.
ē Thereís an Ayleid joint in Oblivion that was never put in, from what I can see in the Construction Set. I donít remember the name. The outdoor cell is named for it, but all thatís there, is an Ayleid well. If nobodyís created it, or it wasnít part of Knights Of The Nine, I might take a crack at it one day. Otherwise, Iíll just leave it.
I hope none of my places from Cyrodiilic Outposts conflict with things from K.O.T.N., but as I never bought it, I dunno a great deal about the extra stuff. Apart from that tower up near Bruma way.

Sunday, 24th of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:28) That Ayleid joint that was never done for Oblivion, was called Ulkanen, in the Tamriel cell name. But somebodyís already made a plug-in that adds their interpretation of it.
ē After I ordered that clock radio 2 days ago, I decided to look up other old models from the 1970s & 1980s. One that was surprisingly feature packed, was the Realistic Chronosette-237 from Tandy / Radio Shack. This was more like a nicely done radio & cassette recorder with a clock thrown in, rather than the clock being the main attraction. It had stereo microphone inputs, a headphones socket, tone & balance control, and even an auxilary connection to which you could also probably use as an alarm, going by the rotary switches. It also had a L.E.D. to say when it was recording and a counter for the cassette as well. If you do an image search for it, you should pick up some nifty pictures. Itís got a nice look about it. As for that snooze button, you wouldnít want to be too off your face trying to press that from your bed, or youíd hit one of the other 6 buttons in the region.
If you want to see some more classic electronic clocks, and one that was more like electro-mechanical, check out this American site called Electronics USA.
ē Iíve been thinking about doing that level display doodad again, to put near my computers. But I still dunno if I want to spend the money on it yet. If I go back to the LM3914 I.C. based design, I may get some cyan L.E.D.s, which should look nice. Thereís a place in Australia selling 3 mm ones on eBay. I think Iíll have 2 inputs as well, and use RCA sockets for everything audio related. They last better than those phono ones.
When I could get off my butt, Iíll have a browse for some other circuit designs too. One I got was from a video I watched of somebody soldering to a LM3194N I.C., in a basic set-up, and if that works, then that would do. I donít need anything too fancy.

Monday, 25th of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:27) Hooray! I finally went up to level 38 in Oblivion last night, after something like 12 years. (Although I hadnít played it between 2013 & 2021.) My Hand To Hand skill going up is what did it for that last notch. I guess I can get training again now. That was another thing you got diddled with, compared with Morrowind. You could train as much as you liked in Morrowind, not just 5 times per level. Plus trainers had 3 of their best skills to teach you. Plus you could fortify a trainerís skill using a spell and theyíd teach you something else.
Anyway, I also went back to Fort Strand, and found a whole bunch of armour, and a sword, which I mustíve left there years ago. I couldíve sworn Iíd been back through that place in recent times. Bjalfi The Contemptible was still there, rotting away, and magically, his weapon, Rockshatter, had returned to his corpse. So I just took it again, and then realised you canít drop it, because itís a ďquest item.Ē But I completed that yonks ago, so I had to look up its form ID in the Construction Set and undo its quest status. (SetQuestObject 00014EC2 0) There are actually several versions of the weapon, based on what level you are.
ē (14:53) Yesterday, I found a nice looking power amplifier by Akai from 1980. The model UC-W5. It had a level indicator that looked like a vacuum fluorescent display / gas plasma display / one of those styles. The pre-amplifier which went with it, was the UC-A5. It has an auxilary connection, but nothing that says for a CD player. Because CD players didnít exist then, thatís why. It was a couple more years later. Has the division between pre-amplifiers and power amplifiers faded, would you say? I thought most of them were just the one thing these days. I remember as a kid, going to the Sydney Hi-Fi store at Penrith, and was stunned by the prices of the equipment in there. Maybe it wasnít right for the area, or perhaps people just didnít want expensive audio systems, and so they closed. Maybe nowís a good time to collect older audio equipment thatís being sold off cheap on eBay, so you can finally get the chance to grab something you missed out on 25 to 30 years ago. And there were some really nice looking pieces of equipment too. That nice aluminium look to the knobs and cases, I currently find very appealing. I like looking at those kinds of things on the web, but I dunno if Iíd really make any purchases, because I probably wouldnít use the thing. I already have other audio equipment from the past which doesnít see a lot of use.

Tuesday, 25th of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:22) I was watching Black Adder 2: Money, the other night, and didnít realise that the bishop was the same guy that played that German guy in Indiana Jones & The Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Toht, apparently. Ronald Laceyís his name. So he had a red hot poker in both those shows.
Oh good heavens! He was in Z Cars as well. Who wasnít in that show?
ē Oblivionís been acting a bit weird again with its bugs. Iíve had a couple of instances in recent times, where 2 of an object appears in an enemyís inventory, when really you only get one of it. I dunno what thatís about. Also, it still has the nasty habit of getting stolen items mixed up. Stuff thatís marked as nicked, sometimes loses its stolen status when you stick it in another container, and last night items that werenít stolen became stolen, because the next item down the list of the same type was. In Morrowind though, you couldnít even tell. And I think sometimes whole object types became stolen if one was, or something. At least in Morrowind, you could sell stolen items to anyone, except the original owner, whoíd nick íem back.

Saturday, 30th of April, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:06) I ordered 100 cyan L.E.D.s today for just $7.50! What a bargain! Theyíre about 500 nm on the colour wavelength dealie, so thatís probably closer to turquoise, rather than exactly on cyan. 490 nm is probably more cyan-ish. But anyway, I did want them a touch more on the green side, so they should be ideal.
ē Iím still working out what Iíll do about my audio level display. I got some new prices (off eBay), and itís come out cheaper so far than what I worked out 2 years ago. Although adding in the power supply & box may push it closer to $100. I found some dual gang potentiometers from China, some aluminium knobs and the LM3914 I.C.s as well. The rest I tried to find from here in Australia. Well, for my test list anyway. I havenít bought anything apart from the L.E.D.s yet. Actually, I might get a bread board first, before I start soldering, so I can test how thingsíll work, and if Iím on the right track.

Tuesday, 3rd of May, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:06) Check out this digest movie for Heeseyís new CD, 33. (Double 3.) Apart from tracks 1 & 12, I liked the rest. You can hear the tracks on YouTube as well. Only One Love Song, which is track 6, sounds like something from out of the 1960s or something. Especially with the ďbup shoo wuddyĒ business. Other recommended tracks:
9. Samba No. 9
8. Thunder Gate Shuffle
10. Super Hyper Ultra Extra
11. Infinity Of My Groove
2. Rock íNí Roll Survivor
3. Double 3
J!T!T!T! from one of his other albums is great as well. Especially if youíre in the mood to check out a big collection of electric guitars.

Saturday, 7th of May, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:23) Ooh boy. My main PC didnít want to start up properly this morning. Although itís obviously fine now, since Iím typing this. It didnít even beep, so something was wrong. I tried loosening and tightening the video card, and after that it was okay for one start up, but then not again later. It tried it again, and blew out some dust with my compressed air can, and now itís all right. Maybe the cold temperature overnight and this morning caused something to shift a bit. I dunno. It was running pretty warmly yesterday, and itís never done something quite like this before. I hope it doesnít die. Iím too dependant on it!

Monday, 9th of May, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:52) I got my cyan L.E.D.s today, but I also ordered some ice blue ones tonight, which I think might be closer to what colour I want. (Which are of 490 nm wavelength.) The cyan ones are more of a bluey-green. Theyíre really nice though, all the same.
Theyíre probably like this colour, where what Iím after is more like this.
Anyway, you should see some of the other stuff this store has! Long L.E.D.s, 8 mm hexagonal ones, oval ones which look like ice blocks, and even flexible silicone strips, which I asked about. They have a whole stack of tiny L.E.D.s inside them, it seems. Theyíve also got square, rectangle and ~1 cm square block kind of shaped ones too. It was like being a kid in a lolly shop checking them all out. The place is based in Queensland, so if youíre an Aussie & want to shop locally for L.E.D.s on eBay, check this joint out.

Wednesday, 11th of May, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:41) All right ó I ended up ordering a 5 pack of LM3915 I.C.s yesterday. I watched a video on how the LM3914, LM3915, & LM3916 integrated circuits all work in the same kind of circuit, next to each other, and after more reading, I felt the LM3915 was more appropriate for my level display dealie.
Today though, I ordered a bread board, so I can chop up some bread. Ha ha! No, just kidding. Itís to put components into for testing purposes. I want to test out one of my new I.C.s first, and see what happens before I start soldering stuff. I have 2 variations of the final circuit to try as well. Iím wondering if I should use my purple L.E.D.s, since theyíre not so intense. Although, I still have to see what these ice blue ones are like. Maybe if I put a Ĺ watt resistor of a few kΩ in series with the common connection of the L.E.D.s it might reduce their brightness, and at the same time take some of the load off the I.C.ís internal current reduction dealie.
I read at multiple places that the LM3914, LM3915 & LM3916 I.C.s have gone out of production by the original manufacturer, National Semiconductors, but you still seem to be able to get 3rd party ones easily enough. There was a LM3909 I.C. as well, that Dick Smith had for flashing individual L.E.D.s. I only ever bought one of those, and it was probably close to 30 years back.

Saturday, 14th of May, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:19) My LM3915N I.C.s turned up yesterday, which was quick. Iím still waiting on the bread board & ice blue L.E.D.s. I did find one box on eBay, but I think it clips together, so I might re-search for something with screws. I like the look of the aluminium boxes, but as it conducts electricity, I think Iíll stick with plastic.
ē Last night I found some pictures on the web of my Nana & País audio systems. They had a Briconic quadraphonic record player & radio, which also had inputs for 2 cassette recorders, using those DIN type connectors, or whatever theyíre called. I think the radio mustíve been for AM only, since there doesnít seem to be any band changing option. It had 2 headphones sockets ó 1 for the rear speakers, and one for the front ones. I remember the speakers my grandparents had as well. They had the smaller back ones on wall mounted shelves, and the big front ones on the floor. I reckon it was probably from the 1960s or 1970s, since quadraphonic stuff faded out after that. Iím pretty sure it used transistors. I donít think it wouldíve had valves. Anyway, something snuffed it, and Pa dismantled it. All thatís left are the buttons and the front panel, which I have. These were the kind of radio buttons that give their name to the ones you see in various computer programs. Pressing 1 would pop the other ones out. It basically had a spring loaded bar, which would cause other buttons to disengage from their pressed status.
Anyway, after that, they got a NEC M-255, the model apparently is. I reckon it mustíve been in the late 1980s or around 1991, because they got their CD player (a Sony CDP-190) around that time, and the old Briconic system had no inputs for that kind of thing. As for the NEC doodad, it had a record player, 3 band radio (FM, AM & SW), & double cassette players. There was also a level display with red square L.E.D.s, a 5 level equaliser, & 2 microphone inputs. You can look it up on the web yourself, but itís pretty hard to find.
As for Briconic, Iím pretty sure they were an Aussie company. I donít know how long they lasted for. If they are still around, well struth, I havenít heard of them again.

Wednesday, 18th of May, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:44) Some time ago I was looking at the back of the dunny rolls packet, and thinking that Sorbent should do a thing like the intro to The Pretender: There are toilet rolls among us. Paper with the ability to wipe anyoneís backside. In 1952, a corporation known as Sorbent isolated a young toilet roll named Jarod and exploited his softness for their butt holes. Then one day, their toilet paper rolled away.
Plus, some company that makes cotton buds could have a cute drawing on the packet like this one that I did some time ago. Maybe it could be for a special kids version perhaps.
I wouldnít be surprised if the Japanese have some cute bathroom related products.

Thursday, 19th of May, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (17:10) My new ice blue L.E.D.s turned up today! They probably are closer to a good cyan, and not overly saturated. So in certain conditions, you could almost mistake them for a white L.E.D. with a blue tinge. Theyíre rated at 2.8 to 3.1 V, and on a button battery, theyíre very bright! If I put them into my level display circuit, I think Iíd want to reduce their brightness significantly, so I can look at them and not have my eyes blown away by up to 20 on at once.
ē Iíve also been reading up more about the LM3915 I.C. today, hoping some of it would sink in. My main concern is the heat level. With 10 L.E.D.s lit @ once, these integrated circuits apparently get quite hot with a large amount of current being drawn. A lot of people recommend L.E.D.s of only 10 or so mA. The strange thing is, that even regular low brightness L.E.D.s at Jaycar, years ago, were rated for 30 mA, and my new high brightness ones are only about 20 or so. The resistor at pin 7 is supposed to be a reference for how much current the I.C. is to set for each L.E.D. So, if I increase that to a higher value than the typical 1.2 kΩ resistor shown in most examples, will that reduce amount of heat as well, or should I use a 1 watt resistor in series with the common connection of all the L.E.D.s? The thing is, these ice blue L.E.D.s that I want to use are really bright anyway, so if I can cut back their brightness and save some heat from the I.C. then itís a 2-in-1 bonus. The specification data for the LM3915 says that the current drawn out of the reference voltage pin, which is number 7, determines the L.E.D. current. So surely using a higher value resistor would reduce the current thatís drawn. Perhaps something like 3.3 kΩ would be better.
I did a test of the L.E.D.s in a basic circuit with a 9 V battery, using a high value resistor like that, in my experiment box thing, and it was a lot more dull. Although the values donít work in quite the same manner with the LM3915 I.C.s. When my breadboard turns up, Iíll be able to do some tests.

Tuesday, 24th of May, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:55) Ooh! I was just watching new Japanese MV previews, and found one by Dreams Come True, and itís a sung rendition of the original Green Hill Zone music from Sonic The Hedgehog. Check it out here. If you donít like that one, thereís also a computer animated one as well, but youíll need to look that up yourself.

Tuesday, 31st of May, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:39) Next monthís software review will be an updated dealie of Winamp 2.8
ē I added screen shots to my Titlers Page, so you can see what they do now. Well, most of them.

Wednesday, 1st of June, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:57) You can now download FireWorx, Video Titler & Hypno-Shapes 2 from my Titlers Page! Hooray! But if you want any others, youíll have to ask me still. And yes, please do write in and let me know what you think.
ē (21:53) My capacitors & resistors arrived today, so I was able to get on with my level display circuit testing. You need a diode in the circuit for the 1 ĶF capacitor to be charged, and itís this capacitor which keeps the L.E.D.s steadily lit, which is paramount for the ďdotĒ mode. One problem is that the diodeís voltage drop causes pretty much no activity with the L.E.D.s unless you crank the volume to full, so Iím going to try adding a transistor to boost the sound level. Ideally anyway! I think I got a bit in over my head on this one, but anyway, Iíll keep going. You can add resistors in series with the L.E.D.s, not just to take the load off the LM3915 I.C., but to reduce brightness further. Although the more L.E.D.s which come on, the more of them go dim, so it may be necessary to use 10 resistors ó 1 per L.E.D. ó instead of just 1 for the lot. I didnít see any issues with this on my bread board. But Iíd have to order more resistors to do that. I had it cranked up to like 22 kΩ to get the brightness down as well. Those new ice blue L.E.D.s are just insanely bright, and I have to look at them straight on. At least if I do that, I know Iíll be protecting them from being run at too high a power level, and the I.C. from taking on their load.
Anyway, when Iím done, I might release my take on the circuit, which will be guaranteed to work! Although donít get me to explain it! Iím not an electronics expert. Just a dabbler.

Friday, 3rd of June, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:56) I decided to get some LM386 I.C.s and try them to amplify the audio to my LM3915 I.C.s. Iíll need 2 of each for stereo. Iíve seen other circuits using these for such purposes. I tried various things with single transistors, but I donít think they have enough oomph. At least the ones I have.
This is my volume level for listening to music with my noise cancelling headphones, so you can see that I donít have things cranked very high out of my computer, and thatís why I need some more grunt to the input of the LM3915 dealie. Although during the day, I use my normal headphones, which do require more amplification from my compo, so I need to control the input level with a variable resistor.
Yeah, so when I get this sorted, Iíll maybe make some new page on the site and give out the circuit diagram. Hopefully with some level of explanation.

Wednesday, 8th of June, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:38) Hereís another pretty shnazzy looking amplifier ó the Pioneer SA9800 from 1978. Whatís a little different, is that the volume knob works in an anti-clockwise fashion to make things louder. I looked these up on eBay ó you could still be paying around $2000 for one in top condition. So it must be a very good quality model to be getting that price after 44 years. Apparently, these weigh in at 18.4 kg! Holey moley!
ē Tomorrow ó the Winamp review again, as I said. Hopefully I wonít forget.

Friday, 10th of June, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:37) I ordered a bunch more electronic goodies off eBay now that I have my level display circuit finalised. My LM386 I.C.s turned up yesterday, and after a bit of a headache of working stuff out, I got there in the end. I got a 100 kΩ dual gang variable resistor & aluminium knob from China, since that was cheaper. Some of those knobs are a rip off price from here. One knob for like $12 or something. F**k off! I know it was 22 years ago, but in the 2000 Jaycar catalogue, you could get a large black aluminium knob for about $3.
What else did I get? Oh, a 3PDT toggle switch for $7.65, (which is pretty reasonable,) a 9 V 660 mA PowerTran switch mode plug-pack style power supply for $28.70, with the postage cost, 25 more resistors for $2.80, which is just okay, and 20 I.C. sockets, since they came in packs of 10. (18 pin & 8 pin.) I still have to get chrome LED holders, but you canít seem to get ones with rubber insert pieces like Tandy used to have. They just seem to be one brand now with a plastic ďgripĒ piece. So long as it does grip. Plus 6 RCA sockets, which Iím also having trouble with. Jaycar used to have a 6 way panel mounted set of sockets for $2.25 or something in 2006, but do you think I can find anything like that on eBay, or for that price? No-o-o-o-o! Itís all rip-off prices. I really wouldíve thought thereíd be loads more of them. Iíve been trying to buy only from Australia, ícos I donít want to pay any f**king Get Stuffed Tax on overseas items. The freaking government. Theyíll only waste it anyway. Ooh, and I still need to find a decent looking box. I donít want this project looking like a cheap pile of junk. Plus I still have to order a 2.1 mm power socket. You know the kind. The ones with the central pin.
Mmm, so Iíll show you my circuit diagram once I get it nicely drawn up, and perhaps Iíll have a sub-page off the Gadgets Page of electronic doodads. Other circuits you can make for yourself. I might add a chaser circuit and a L.E.D. flasher, and how to make a regulated power supply as well. But yeah, Iíll only stick to what I know, because Iím certainly not an expert in electronics.

Monday, 13th of June, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (23:33) Almost 2 years ago, on the 22nd of July, I said: ďI was trying to work out what this show was that I saw years ago with this chick in it, whose name I donít know. I think I have a bit of it still, on a video cassette somewhere.Ē Anyway, I tracked down who she was. It was Belinda Cotterill, and she was in Over The Hill with Georgie Parker. I dunno how old she is, but probably a few years more than me.
ē This morning in bed, my Sennheiser PXC 480 headphones stuffed up. On the right side, it started up this kind of feedback sound, like when you put a microphone too close to the speaker of the amplifier theyíre both attached to. I thought: ďThat sounds funny.Ē It was lucky Iíd woken up to pause my CD player. So I dunno what happened. Theyíre okay now. I really donít want to have to fork out over $200 for another pair.

Tuesday, 14th of June, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:25) In sad news, Philip Baker Hall died 2 days ago. I saw him in about 7 various shows. Seinfeld, Air Force 1, Ghostbusters 2, The Truman Show, Rush Hour, Psycho & The Rock. Well, he got to 90, so that was pretty good.

Thursday, 23rd of June, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:32) I started the soldering today for my audio level display gizmo. I got the 4 I.C. sockets done in a flash. It was working out the best positions for the other components that took some time. Once I could no longer see straight, and things were getting a bit dark, I threw in the towel for the day. Iíll do some more tomorrow. You really need good lighting to see what youíre doing. Anyway, I pretty much got all of the left channel stuff done, so now I just need to look at that and duplicate it for the right side. Iím still waiting on stuff to arrive from China though, plus my RCA sockets. I still need to order a good box for it all, but there arenít many big ones on eBay, like 20 cm in height, and a lot of them are a rip off in price too. Oh, I said that the other day, didnít I?
Unfortunately the metal L.E.D. holders I got depend on the L.E.D.s to have a ďskirtĒ / fatter piece of plastic at the bottom. But with the ice blue ones I bought, these donít have that, so they just slide straight out. I figured the hole in the top would be slightly smaller than 5 mm, to prevent that, like the old Tandy ones used to be like. Luckily the plug-able header, polarising thingo sockets Iíll be using, will hold them in.
Iíll need something like 32 holes in the box. 20 for the L.E.D. holders, 4 for the switches, 6 for the RCA sockets, 1 for the power socket & 1 for the variable resistor. Ooh, and maybe another 4 small ones to bolt the PCB to. I should use PCB spacers but thatíd be more to buy.
Hopefully I can keep the length of the wires to the L.E.D.s below 15 cm, to prevent any of that oscillation business that the LM3915 I.C.s are sensitive to. Apart from them, thereíll be 3 or 4 wires to the PCB for the bar mode switches, 4 from the variable resistor, 2 from the power socket, and 3 from the RCA sockets. Thereíll be 2 pairs of input sockets, with a switch to select which one you want, and in parallel, will be the output sockets, which also run to the PCB for the circuit to monitor the sound levels.
ē I got a world map from 1924 last night, and one from 1820! (Off the Internet.) There sure were a lot of differences. In Western Australia, the 1820 one mentioned Edels Land & Lions Land. I didnít know about that. Lions Land looked around the Margaret River region, south of Perth, and Edels Land looked to be around Geraldton. Plus it said New Holland of course, which I knew it used to be. India was Hindoostan, Korea was one country of course, but spelt as Corea. Then Persia, instead of Iran, the Russian Empire, which says about the Government Of Yakutsk, or something, and Tungusi. I think Finland was even part of Russia once, and it just says Lapland. Oh yeah, Siam, instead of Thailand, & it also has: ďPapua Or New Guinea,Ē which is also like that on the 1924 map. Plus Sumatra, instead of Malaysia, and America didnít seem to have anything like the states you see now. There was a bit in the middle which said Assinpoels, and bits about where the various Indians were.
Around where Abkhazia is, it says Circassia, and then Georgia underneath. In a more recent atlas we have from the 1980s, it doesnít even mention Georgia. Or barely anything separately in the USSR, as it was @ the time. If you look up Georgia in the index, it points to the state in America. Greece didnít seem to be mentioned on the 1820 map either ó it seemed to be combined with Turkey. It does say Usbecks, for where Uzbekistan is, and Ethiopia, as it is now, seems to be there on the 1820 map, but Abyssinia on the 1924 map.
Mmm, so if youíve done geography all your life, all this is probably like: Yeah, yeah, yeahÖ But I found it a bit of an eye-opener in places. Itíd be interesting to go back to like 1720 maybe, and see a map from even further back.

Friday, 24th of June, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:46) Day 2 of the level display soldering today. Hereís the incomplete circuit board. I still have to add the larger filter capacitor yet, plus all the off-board stuff. The L.E.D.s, switches & sockets. As you can see, Iím using extra resistors for each L.E.D. to ensure a more consistent brightness. If you just use 1, the brightness of all of them goes down, the more that come on. Plus, theyíre of different values as well, because the L.E.D.s are of different brightnesses. Iíll be using ice blue (490 nm), turquoise (500 nm) and magenta. The magenta ones are actually weaker in brightness, but theyíre still pretty bright all the same. Ooh yes! I still have to put in the integrated circuits, but theyíll be done last thing, pretty much. The transistors at the bottom are just acting as diodes, since I didnít have any decent little signal diodes. They (ó the transistors ó) seemed to work fine on the bread board.
Those leaning capacitors arenít under stress or anything. Theyíd only fit in next to the I.C. sockets on a bit of an angle, so they were quite comfy. Then I soldered them in. I was using Blu-Tack in some instances to hold stuff. I trimmed all the wires 1st before soldering, which made it neater. Iíve had the 4 dark blue (10 ĶF) capacitors for years, so I hope theyíre still okay. I donít even remember where they came from. Somebody gave them to me I think. Maybe 23 or more years ago. All the other stuff is brand new.
I still have to order a box, so I can complete all this. Of course, when I do, Iíll let you know how well it works and if I ran into any issues. It was fine on the bread board, so itís the same circuit here. This is neat compared to the wires going all over the place on that thing as well!

Tuesday, 28th of June, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:30) Oh my gosh! Mary Mara who was in Nash Bridges drowned 2 days ago! Thatís really sad to find out. She was 61.

Friday, 1st of July, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (17:41) My box from Jaycar turned up, so tomorrow Iím going to start drilling to complete my level display doodad. I got a UB2 sized Jiffy box in the end. Iím probably going to put the PCB on the front cover in the centre, with the L.E.D.s on either side, and that will make things much simpler, and keep the wire length short too.
ē Iíve been thinking about offering some animated flags from Art Of Illusion. I dunno yet. They mostly just spin around, but I did some with other spinning elements too, like the Korean flag, with the central blue & red piece turning. Theyíve mostly been for personal DVDs of mine, and saying: The following content is from this country. That kind of thing. But I donít want to take requests, because there are just so many flags, and some of them are a bit too complex. Especially San Marino. The leaves, the ribbon, the crown, the castle towers and stuff. All the ones Iíve done since probably last year some time, are South Korea, Japan, Germany, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Belgium, Austria, Britain, Thailand & Abkhazia. Iíve also done non-rotating ones of Iceland, Switzerland & America (/ USA).

Thursday, 7th of July, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:16) I noticed another weird thing in Oblivion in my recent playing. If you have a summoned Dremora Lord, then paralyse your enemy, then pickpocket them while theyíre down on the ground, this somehow offends the Dremora, and they start attacking you!
ē On Saturday, my Software Review Of The Moment will go on to my titler programs (part 1) again.
ē (20:11) I was looking for new MVs as usual, and thought Iíd check out Loveade by Viviz. I thought: ďGee, that chick looks like Eunha from GFriend.Ē But clonk me on the head with a rolling pin! Because: Duh! It IS her! GFriendís contract came to an end last year, and now SinB, Eunha and Umji have become this new trio.
Apparently Baby Soul was the only member of Lovelyz who wished to renew their contract.

Thursday, 14th of July, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:43) Iíve almost finished my audio level displayÖ thing. Circuit thing in a box. I just need the variable resistor to turn up from China. It must be coming by a boat, itís that slow. I had other stuff from there turn up much sooner. Apart from that, all the other soldering is done. The PCB is bolted in and itís looking fairly good. Not quite as good as a flash Marantz amplifier, but not as cheap looking as my ice block stick boxes that I made before either. Iím a touch nervous that it wonít work, but itís the same thing as I did on the breadboard, so it should.
ē I was playing Oblivion again last night, as usual, and the same thing happened with a bandit as that scalon that didnít collapse when it died. The body just sort of froze there. Thatís twice in recent times, and itís never happened before. Even when I reloaded the game, the bandit was still standing. When I cleared off elsewhere, and came back later on a horse, heíd fallen down.
ē (23:33) Damn. My Power Mac G5 just cocked up again. It froze the other day trying to load Mac OS X Leopard, and tonight it froze again while I was checking the system error logs. (Not that much of it is understandable unless you work for Apple.) Itís not even doing the grey screen thing where it tells you to restart it. It just stops, and the fans do that kind of safety thing by going full blast. Itís running okay at the moment. As for what the issue is, it could be anything without some kind of report on whatís up. I might run that test CD again tomorrow. The Apple hardware check thingy. The hard drive data cable is a bit stressed looking in the case, but I donít know if the hard drive suddenly being disconnected would cause a full system freeze up. Youíd think it would at least panic and report it. I got some dust off the motherboard, but that may notíve done anything. I read a thing where somebody said one of their CPUs vanished from the Activity Monitor! Yikes! How did that not stop their entire computer?
Well, it mayíve lasted me 6 years, but it is 17 years old in total now, which is a long time for a computer.

Friday, 15th of July, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:18) Iíve got the Apple Hardware Test CD running on my Power Mac G5 now. Itís up to the RAM check but itís not done anything for a while. It says it may become unresponsive. Iíll give it until 14:00 or so, and see what happens. Whatís odd, is the L.E.D. in the mouse has gone off too. The logic board (/ motherboard) passed the test, apparently. I remember when I ran it before in 2018, when I had that issue with the ďairportĒ card, and the RAM test took an age. I think it was about 2 hours. I dunno.
ē (13:46) Dang. Something screwed up royally! The USB lost all power, so my KVM switch box turned off, meaning there was no signal any more to the monitor. It seemed to happen around the time I plugged in a 2nd mouse. Somethingís screwy, thatís for certain. I held in the power button, and it turned off. Then I turned it back on, and it started fine. Iím running the quick test this time, but I think we can conclude from the extended one, that somethingís severely wrong. Damn.
ē (19:09) No-o-o-o-o-o-o! It looks like my Power Mac G5 is well & truly dead. It just kept getting worse as they day went on. I tried cleaning the RAM contacts, but it made no difference. Plus I also checked the video card, but it was fine. That is something I never want to have to try & put back in a 2nd time! It was a real pain. Later on, the computer started making strange tones! Not the usual ďDONG!Ē sound, but ďboop boop boopĒ kind of noises. It turns out these are informing you about the RAM / CPU being iffy. 1 noise is no RAM, 2 is incompatible RAM, 3 is no good banks of RAM, 4 is to do with the boot ROM & 5 is a dead CPU. I was getting the 2 & 3 ones. I also learnt that the sticks of RAM have to be in pairs from the centre out. So the 2 inner slots must have a matched pair, then if you add more RAM, itís the next 2 slots out from the middle and so on. Anyway, I think it must be the motherboard, because I tried swapping the RAM around, and surely all the sticks canít have died.
ē (22:35) What a cursed night itís been. I cracked out my newest portable hard drive to get the backup copy of my iMovie project Iíd been working on, on my Power Mac, and for some reason, part of it couldnít be read. So, I dunno if my Power Mac, in its kooky state, made some mess of the file system last night, or what. So I had to get the drive out of the Power Mac, which was a right chore, stick it in myÖ what is it? Dock thingy, and then connect that to my MacBook to get the project off there. I verified the other portable drive, and it said nothing was wrong. So who knows? My iMac G5 couldnít read it properly either. It started reading fast, and then trickled down to nothing. What do you make of that? Why didnít Mac OS X have a fit when it was writing the stuff? Maybe the driveís a con. ďOh yes, it wrote fine, it wrote fine, uh huh, uh huh.Ē There goes the data down the potty.

Friday, 22th of July, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (17:52) I dunno if somethingís up with my MacBook now, but getting iDVD to process my iMovie project that I was working on when my Power Mac failed, is taking WAY longer than usual. Ordinarily, it would take about 3Ĺ hours to process a 1Ĺ hour DVD. Itís jumped to over 5 hours to go now. What the fig? Thereís nothing CPU specific, surely, about iMovie projects. Although, even JES De-Interlacer has been running about Ĺ the speed as my Power Mac. Itís like the MacBookís CPUís gone to half speed or something. I put on iStat Pro, and it says the fanís running fine. I wonder if itís related to that SMC reset thing I did, when the battery konked out in 2020.
ē (19:20) On further reading, it may be reducing the CPU speed because the batteryís failed. This is so it doesnít take too much power from the power supply. I wasnít aware it did that. This is the 1st time Iíve had it do something so CPU intensive in years. I donít think my HP laptop computer does that.
ē (20:00) Yeah, Iíll have to see how fast my iMac G5 is at processing iDVD projects. Itíll probably be about the same as my MacBook @ half speed. I can always run a test and cancel it. Iíll have to get a 2nd hand 2008 model Mac Pro or something. Theyíre around $500 or so on eBay, and I donít want to fork out any more money at the moment for stuff.
ē Oh yeah, I got my audio level display doodad together, but the capacitors seem to be knackered. I shouldíve known better & not used ones from 20+ years ago. So today I removed 3 of the 4 of the old ones. Iím going to bypass the other one, without having to de-solder it, since it was just a matter of cutting another wire. Then next week, Iíll hopefully have fresh replacements. What a pain! Yeah, the left channel was showing up as worse than the right, even when I swapped the plugs. Then it was fading away, so to me that points to old capacitors losing the ability to hold a charge.

Saturday, 23rd of July, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:42) The DVD I was doing, was number 13 in a series, and the unlucky number struck hard again last night! Just after Iíd copied the IMG file to my main PC for burning, I backed up the iMovie project from my MacBook and then turned it off. Then I figured Iíd better backup the iDVD project too, ícos I forgot it. What happened? The sodding hard drive packed it in! It wouldnít start up again from it! I couldnít believe it! First my Power Macís motherboard dies, and now this! I put the Mac OS X Leopard install DVD in to my MacBook and ran Disk Utility, but nothing else even showed up! Just the DVD was listed. F**K! I took the drive out and tried it from my dock doodad, and still nothing. I also tried it today with my iMac G5, and it showed nothing either. Luckily I have a backup drive for my MacBook, which I copied back in 2015 or so. So Iíve put that in there now. Struth in a booth with no roof! What a torment. I dunno if Iíll back this drive up again, ícos if my MacBookís only going to run at half speed with the dead battery, it might be time to let it rest in peace. I might aim for the Mac Pro perhaps. But that might not be until next year. Unless something affordable turns up on eBay, and I can wangle it for a combo birthday and Christmas present. Mac OS X Snow Leopard came out in August 2009, and that was the last revision of the OS to run PowerPC programs. Sodding Apple and their lack of compatibility. Anyway, I think this might be the last Mac I get for a long while. (The potential Mac Pro.) I might go to emulation of the operating systems then with PearPC or running the Intel ones in a virtual machine, or something.
Yeah, I doubt Iíll have another period of my life where I have 7 working computers. Although thatís now down to 6.
ē (16:05) I cracked out my HP laptop PC earlier to see if it was running at the full speed, since I think its batteryís a bit stuffed, and it was. Well, the DirectX diagnostics thing said it was at ~1.7 GHz. Then again, it is a different computer, so maybe only Apple do their laptop computers with CPU speed crippling when the battery fails. Anyway, the poor old clock was a bit fast ó 9 years and a month fast! Itíd gone on to August 2031! Holey beep!
ē I got my Power Mac G5 to stay on long enough to recover a few files off it. But then it snuffed it again. Maybe itís a heat related fault. Anyhoo, I think I have most of the important stuff off it. And I can still read that hard drive, unlike my sodding MacBookís one. I mean itís not even partially stuffed. It just threw in the towel like the 1st one did in 2012. Instant death and no hope of recovering anything. I need to get some huge SD cards or flash memory units (ó like 500+ GB each), and backup a 2nd copy of everything on my portable hard drives. I just donít know if I trust them for the long term. Iíve got a flash memory unit that survived the washing machine, so they canít be too cr@p. I think itís when you use them all the time that they die. But for long term storage, with the occasional read and write, they probably last for yonks.

Friday, 29th of July, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (17:07) For those of you with an interest in The Elder Scrolls, Iíve started on Inner Depths: Oblivion 2 now. Well, 5 days ago. Iíve done about 5 main zones so far. Iím going to get all the structural work done first before I start doing levelled lists, enemies and so on. The initial joint you go to, is a small castle, down the hill from Hame. It will be taken over by bandits. I plan to give the NPCs schedules as well. Although there are some ďblockedĒ areas I might have to take into consideration.
I had to crack out my ľ sized sewer tunnel again from I.D.: O. 1, since parts of the sewer donít always line up too well. Plus I had to make a copy of a sliding door, which had Forward & Backward animation names. It seems they need to be labelled Open & Close for doors to work. So I did that in NIFSkope. I also have an idea of doing this ďDaedric Cube,Ē which will operate slightly like the Horadric Cube from Diablo 2. In Oblivion, you have 3 grades of gems: Flawed, normal and flawless. So I thought you could put a couple of lower quality ones in the cube and have it magically make them the next quality up. But of course, it wonít end there! Those gems need a purpose, and with some other feature, youíll be able to get enchanted arrows which correspond to each type of gem. Plus some other choices, if I can think of something.

Saturday, 6th of August, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:50) I finally completed my LED level display today. That bread board was throwing me right off with its loose connections by the end, and had me questioning my choice of resistors. In the end, the 470 kΩ ones were right. They turned up in the mail yesterday.
ē As for Inner Depths: Oblivion 2, I did sod all of that today. Iíve got all 20 vampires done, and 7 marauders. There are going to be at least 106 new NPCs in this one, 100 of which are randomly picked from the levelled lists. They nearly all have travelling routines, so conflicts will arise with enemies! Not conflicts to stuff up your game in any way ó conflicts of fighting each other. All the main zones are complete, but they still need decorating and having containers of loot added.
ē Swing by to my DeviantArt gallery for some 50 year old photos from my Dad, one of which is an old lighthouse in Sydney which no longer exists. Itíll be his birthday on the 14th too, and this year, heíll be 75.

Wednesday, 24th of August, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:50) So, I discovered a nasty bug in Oblivion yesterday, which should be no surprise, considering Bethesdaís famous record of game kookiness. For all I know, a whole bunch of people already know of this. Anyway, after much testing and trying old saves, it would seem that pretty much any take-able item which was created with a new ID by an ESP file, and ďplacedĒ in a visible manner, will be deleted by the game if you drop it in an exterior cell. (That is, just about all the ones where you can see the sky.) What a bummer, ícos I have such an item for Inner Depths: Oblivion 2. Items which are newly created though, and placed in containers, donít have this problem. The thing is, I canít put my item in a container, because it has to have a reference name that a script targets. Plus it has to be set to a persistent reference. So yeah ó what a pain! Other items which are specified by the master file (Oblivion.esm), donít have this problem at all of course. They probably wouldíve noticed it anyway.

Thursday, 25th of August, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:12) I might have said this before, but if you stick an earphone in your ear, then you must stick an iPhone in your eye, and then cover it with an iPad.
ē Inner Depths: Oblivion 2 should be done soon-ish. Iím going to play through and test stuff in a jiffy.

Friday, 2nd of September, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (17:15) In case nobody noticed, I made a new page for that video I have of Sonic & Sally @ Sega World, which my Dad recorded back around 2000-ish, give or take a year. Maybe take a year or 2, more likely. Iíve been trying to see if I ever put it on 1 of my video cassettes, but it hasnít shown up yet. Iíve got dozens of them ó a lot of which have no writing to say whatís on there. So Iíve been trying to make the effort to write down the various stuff. Then I accidentally erased a couple of seconds of Shania Twain at the 1998 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, because the protection tab was still present. So I broke that off, and another videoís one too. How quickly Iíd forgotten about such things, since I havenít used a video cassette in probably 11 years. Thanks, LG, for putting the record button right above the fast forward one.
ē Inner Depths: Oblivion 2 was done the other day as well, if you didnít notice. Head to the Oblivion review page and grab it up!

Sunday, 4th of September, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (17:38) Well, I had some luck of sorts. Dad looked up his files and found that Sonic & Sally video on a DVD. It was recorded in January 1998. So at least I have a specific time for it now. The difference though, was that Dad was talking during it. Only a little bit. I used VLC to record a MPG file, and then, using a combination of VirtualDub & FFMPEG, I was able to recombine the audio stream from my other copy, back to the new one, since the length was the same down to the frames, pretty much. It does look nicer at 50 f.p.s., but Iím not totally convinced that the quality is any better. Anyway, Iíll upload the new one, I guess. It is a bit darker looking, because the older one was actually brightened up.

Tuesday, 6th of September, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:39) Hereís a new picture of a few old electrical items I have in an old ice cream tub. I was looking up pictures of vintage transformers last night. As usual, I got images of the freakiní toys, which I donít give a ratís butt hole about. Anyway, I found a photo of a door bell transformer, and it reminded me of my Nanaís aunty, who had one for her door bell. It was just screwed to the floor in her lounge room. I thought: ďYouíd want to have the primary side connected to the door bell button, or the thingíd be using power all the time.Ē It was pretty big too, from memory. Maybe 12 cm high. Anyhoo, I went on to looking up door bell transformers then, and came across a door bell that looked almost exactly like a relay I have. And thatís the top part of my picture. So whether somebody had adapted it to be a door bell, or this one I have was once too, I dunno. The difference is, thereís no gap on mine, in the lid, for a bell piece. (Thatís the lid / cover on the left.) But it would vibrate, if you had the switch connected in series with the coils, because it turns off when the power is applied. I donít even know where it came from. I thought it was from my Nannaís place at Coogee, but perhaps not. The relay coils are rated at 250 Ω, and theyíre connected in series. You probably want about 12 V to get this to turn on. I tried it with a 9V battery, and it did nothing.
At the same time, I also found my old B22 light bulb plug. Thatíll save me ordering more from Sri Lanka. This one was made in England. Now if I make my own L.E.D. based lamp, I can use this to plug it into the socket on the ceiling. Next is a 240 V rated door bell button. Who knows where that came from? It says: ďA.C. ONLYĒ on it. Would it really matter? 3rdly at the bottom: Check out that monster of a switch! Now that has some serious connections! (Plus it has 2 sets. So itís like a 2P3T thing but with about 4 contacts all changing at once with 2 more at the top doing stuff. Holey moley!) My Dad got these years ago from a surplus store in Sydney. They were out of telephone exhange joint. If you need to switch multiple things at once, these bad boys are ideal. Where do you see switches these days with all those connections? Lastly, one heck of a relay too! This was from the same shop, apparently. This has 5 connection points just for the coils! There seem to be 2 on this, or 1 with a central connection. And theyíre rated at 2 kΩ each. (The digital multi-meter I tested it with said 1990 ohms, so pretty close.) Check out all the switching connections too! And thereís a pair of them! You just donít see stuff like this in your electronic stores. Dad also used to use these back in the day as point changers on his model railway. He replaced them all with ones made specifically for the job though a long time ago. These seem to work fine on 12 V, but if youíre running a lot, you need a tranformer than can handle a good load, like 2 amps or more.
ē Anyhow, yesterday, I looked at my big transformer, which I think was in my Nannaís old Philips record player. The one Iíve mentioned in the past. I worked out that the red wires are 1 secondary winding, and the black ones are the other. And theyíre both about 6 V, connected in series to make 12. I thought the black was one side, and the red was the other side, so they could be phase matched, for wiring in parallel or series, but apparently not. That said, I dunno why it has 2 separate windings of the same voltage. Maybe they kept the valve heaters separate from the light bulbs? My Dadís uncle dealt with it, while I was a kid, since he manufactured transformers, and I think he lopped off the higher voltage connections from it. I was aiming to put it in a new box. I mentioned this back in January, last year. Iíve been looking on eBay, but I must be looking for the wrong thing as usual, because the line up of electrical boxes is just very limited and weird. I want to get a voltage regulator too, and run some electronic things off it. It fluctuates all over the place otherwise.
ē Iíve got an old selenium rectifier somewhere too, out of a model railway controller, or something. That might be interesting to try fiddling with again one day.

Friday, 9th of September, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:15) Iím sure everybody knows by now that, sadly, Queen Elizabeth #2 has passed on. She was at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. It was either today or late last night by our time here in Australia, but the 8th over there anyhow. Iím not sure the exact time. Itís almost hard to believe, because she was like a part of our lives in a way. Not necessarily somebody you thought of all the time, but she was somebody who was always there. Weíve seen other rulers whoíve died, but probably none whoíll make as great an impact on the world as Queen Elizabeth. Itíll be strange to think of a ďKing CharlesĒ now. He was always Prince Charles. For new kids being born, thatíll be something theyíre used to now. Itís going to be pretty tough for him initially. First to lose his mum, and then having to face becoming a king. What will happen in regards to Camilla? I dunno if she was even permitted to become another queen. I donít think that would go down too well with some people. If it was Princess Diana, sheídíve been made the Queen in a flash, I think. Over at IMDb, they still have him as Prince Charles. Maybe theyíll change that soon. I guess once the crowning ceremony has taken place.
I guess thereíll be a huge ceremony in England for the Queen. She was their longest ruling person in history. All that malarkey about people saying she was going to step down never happened either. She went right to the end.

Monday, 12th of September, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:06) Iím going to be doing a L.E.D. ďsequencerĒ for my birthday. Or around about that time. This time itís going to use a 4015 I.C., which is a dual 4 bit shift register, and you can do a nifty piling up kind of effect, rather than a chasing dealie. Actually, you can do some spiffy patterns, if you can work out how to set the bits. Iím going to use the 555 timer again, like in my other chaser circuits that I made, plus the Toshiba ULN2803APG I.C. to take the load.

Wednesday, 14th of September, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:05) All right! Here are 9 of my L.E.D.s all in a row, as I tested various resistors to try and get a good consistent brightness level between all these colours. (Click on the image to see it bigger.) The rainbow got a bit chromatically out of order at the end there too. So we have regular blue, ice blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, purple, red and magenta. That purple one is a queer LED. It looks really bright from that angle in the picture, but in reality, from the top, itís the weakest of all of them. (And no, itís not a frosted type either. Theyíre all colourless & clear.) Perhaps the cameraís responding to UV light coming out of it that I canít see. I dunno. For the magenta L.E.D., I used a 4.7 kΩ resistor, for red: 560 Ω, purple: 390 Ω, orange: 560 Ω, yellow: 560 Ω, green: 22 kΩ, turquoise: 22 kΩ, ice blue: 22 kΩ and 10 kΩ for the blue. Of course I donít have every single value of resistor in my drawer, and these values wonít apply to everyone, because L.E.D.s vary from brand to brand. The total amount of current, according to my multi-meter, was 40 mA, which was lower than I thought. That was off a 9 V battery.
Apart from the ice blue and turquoise L.E.D.s, I got the rest from Phipps. My prototype circuit boards turned up from them today too, which was quick. Only 2 days. Iím still waiting on transistors, the CD4015B I.C.s, and some perspex. But I have to wait for my birthday next month for assembling stuff. I still have to order some PCB spacers and a power plug. One of those 2.1 mm central pin ones. On top of that, I still have to decide what Iím going to do about my old transformer, and re-boxing it into something nicer.

Thursday, 22nd of September, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:43) Itís funny how you get these sites saying about FaceBook apparently tracking what youíre up to, even if you donít use it. Just do what I did and block íem entirely! Thatís the easy solution. If you have a browser extension like Block Site, (for Mozilla browsers,) you can black list every site you donít want to load.
ē Be aware of fake e-mail from FaceBook too. I got one the other day claiming to be some aid to helping you log in, but itís really some loop hole people are using to try and gain access to various accounts. Who targeted my address, I couldnít say, but they probably get other people to do it for them, possibly to prevent themselves being implicated.
ē Iíve been looking for more inspiration in doing something arty with my L.E.D.s, and those vintage Aerolux ďelectric flowersĒ are on my mind again. Somebody really needs to bring these back! Iíd have one in every room! Itíd be good if you could shape your own L.E.D.s, but the closest thing I saw to that was some chap making resin moulds to go over them. Anyway, stick around for next month, when I should hopefully have that new ďsequencerĒ thing done.
ē I also took a bit of an interest in some apparently ďretroĒ I.C.s; the MM5387 & MM5314, which are pretty much an entire clock. Apart from a few external components, including the 7 segment displays, and buttons, the rest is nearly done for you. So that might be a project to attempt in the future. Maybe next year some time.

Friday, 23rd of September, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:28) If you like vintage electronic clocks, hereís a really interesting one, which I found yesterday! The Russian Elektronika 7-06M. If you saw a picture of it without knowing the date, you might be mistaken into thinking it was something new with L.E.D.s, but nope! Those appear to be some kind of nifty vacuum fluorescent tube things, each with 7 dots. Iíve never seen ones like this before. Rather than using a single V.F.D., theyíve gone for these dotty tube things. Perhaps they could be replaced more easily.
ē (22:45) I went looking for transformer cases on eBay, and got the ruddy toys again. Holey cow! ďMetal project caseĒ is a better search under industrial supplies. But they keep coming up with these AWFUL blue coloured things. Theyíre probably well made, but why that colour?! Eugh! Why not a deep rosy pink, or black, white, grey or a murky green? As it is, they look like something out of the 1950s. Yeah, so I finally measured that transformer of mine, and it is quite big. About 12 cm ◊ 10 cm ◊ 10 cm high. You can put 3 little plug-pack transformers in their case, side by side in that space. And thatís just the width! All up, you could probably get about 9 or more in that 3D volume. So I need a case a few cm bigger to get the other stuff in there, like the PCB of rectification and regulation components. Iíd also like to add a volt meter, plastic windows and maybe a L.E.D. or 2 to light it up. A little bit of presentation, you know! Iíll have to weigh it too. I reckon it could be 1.5 kg perhaps. HmmmÖ itís probably going to cost a bit to do though. I reckon it could pass $75, meaning itís a labour of love.
ē (23:49) So yeah, hereís a picture of the old thing, plus some writing to point out whatís what, if you didnít know. If anyone knows what the numbers on the left are, let me know! Iím pretty certain itís the Philips one from my Nannaís old record player & radio, so it might be a Philips specific thing. Anyway, you canít say too much more about a transformer really. Iíll just leave it in this wooden box until Iím ready to move it to its new case.

Saturday, 1st of October, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:47) Yesterday, I was reading a little bit about the Japanese trio, Perfume. Apparently theyíve been going for about 20 years, and if so, that would make their youngest member, A-Chan, only 13 years old at the time. Personally, I think most of their musicís quite weird, but I do like their presentation. They always seem to have proper looking music videos & not some half-@r$Äd amateur looking thing around somebodyís bedroom. I also like how they have closely matching clothes, and you can almost always pick whoís who from their hair as well. They always seem to have the same hair styles. I like their outfits in Time Warp, so check that out if you have time.

Monday, 3rd of October, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (21:59) While Iím focussed on dealing with electronic things and transformers, I decided to have a snoop inside another one Iíve had for years. My grandparents gave it to me along with an old View Master dealie. (If you donít know what that is, itís basically a gizmo you look into to see stereoscopic images on film, which are mounted in a circular carboard disc.) The transformer just provides 6 V for the light bulb. But on opening its base, what else did I find? Multiple connections suggesting it came out of some old valve based appliance. It had a connection marked ďCĒ for common, then 4 V & 6 V. Next up were 3 connections for 2 out of phase 385 VÖ uh connections. (Díoh. I said connections twice.) So that winding wouldíve been 770 V from end to end, but with the central ďtap.Ē You usually see that with valve equipment, with the 2 ends of the winding going to a rectifier, and the single output from the (rectifier) valve being the positive, with the negative connections in the circuit going to the chassis and central point of this high voltage transformer winding. Anyway, it also seemed to have 3 primary winding connections for variations in voltage, and another 2 at the end which looked like they said 5 V and 2A, which seemed a bit odd. But yeah; I have no idea what it came out of. Itís pretty large as well, but itís mounted on a block of wood.
If Iím correct about the one above being the Philips one I think it is, it probably wouldíve had a winding for 45 V as well, because the valves for the audio output had heaters that ran on this voltage, rather than 6.3 V. UL84 is the type they most likely wouldíve been. (Based on a similar model I have the schematic diagram for.)

Sunday, 9th of October, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:28) I got a good shock in Oblivion last night. I went back to the Shivering Isles to get some more Withering Moon for Reflect Spell potions, and ended up staying longer than I thought, while I looked around the Dementia side of the land. I went down to Vitharn way, and Xiditte, and then headed further west. As I went along, a map icon popped up on the compass in the light beige colour. I thought: ďHoley beep! A place I havenít found?!Ē And I think Iíd just been thinking that itíd be nice to find some joint Iíd never been to. Well then I did! Corpserot Passage! The funny thing is, Iíd been pretty close by it before, but obviously not close enough to the map marker. It turns out to be one of the prisons for the Shivering Isles. Unfortunately, you canít explore it all, because roots block your path. Well, unless you get sent there. I got some good loot from it though. Wow the grummites were being a pain last night. They seemed to be everywhere. Theyíre like the goblins from Cyrodiil. Just painfully hard to kill off. They seem to be excellent at blocking and knowing exactly when to strike and overwhelm you with hits.

Monday, 10th of October, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:51) All right! Last night, I was playing Oblivion again, and I got myself a new Perfect Madness Bow made from Cutter, since I picked up a matrix In Corpserot Prison. Itís better than my Bow Of Storms, or whatever it was called. The Daedric one. So Iíve put that into retirement on top of a wardrobe. Then, back on Nirn, I went to sell some stuff, and got my Illusion skill up a notch when I charmed the person. But more importantly, I finally reached Master level of Mercantile! Woooo! It took long enough. So now, anyone you can trade with, has an extra 500 gold pieces, on top of any investments you made as well. So thatís like 1000 extra gold for them. I presume you can still do investments now too. Iíd have to check on that.
Iím 1/5 of the way to going up to level 43. Only my Blunt & Hand To Hand skills can be increased further from my major skills.

Wednesday, 12th of October, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:10) Dang. I think my secondary hard drive for my main PC really is having issues. I put my usual music on, and I got an error message pop up from the FLAC decoder. That made my heart sink. I had problems like this before, and thought it was related to an unlocking program I got called ďThisIsMyFile,Ē but I havenít used that in ages. So I got my backup hard drive out, and yep, the file had changed. I ran it by a hex editor program, and it showed the 1st mismatch. So I ordered a new ~1 TB ďsurveillanceĒ hard drive off eBay. These ones are supposed to have a high reliability for writing actions. I got a Western Digital Blue one again, which is the same as the one I have now, apart from the ďsurveillanceĒ designation. *Sigh.* Iíll have to copy the older one to it somehow as well. I might put the new drive into my 2018 PC and plug the caddy into that as well, and just do it that way. Then swap the new one over with the one thatís in my caddy now. So long as it isnít the caddy thatís got issues. The weird thing is, no other files seem to be corrupt. Maybe I play the same music too often. There havenít been any errors reported to Windows though. Usually if a drive had bad sectors / blocks, youíd get a red error message in the event viewer. Iíve got them for improperly inserted SD cards and a dodgy DVD I had, so youíd think it would show for this. I dunno. The other thing is, you canít check its S.M.A.(A.)R.T. status, because seemingly that can only be done if itís connected directly to the motherboard. Anyway, I think itís about 7Ĺ years old, so itís probably due for replacement.

Sunday, 16th of October, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:27) No hard drive yet. Itíll probably be this week.
ē Tomorrow I should start on the soldering of my new L.E.D. ďsequencerĒ circuit. Yesterday, which was my birthday, I set it up on my little bread board, and it ran fine, although the start position was offset by 4 L.E.D.s. So it was just as well I noticed that. I could change the inputs to the ULN2803APG I.C., but I can just leave it and make the L.E.D.s connect to the right pins anyway. Thatíll save me changing my printed schematic diagram, and causing confusion. So L.E.D.s for #1 will connect to pin 14, then 2 = 13, 3 = 12, 4 = 11, 5 = 18 and so on until 8 = 15. I know what Iím doing anyway. I printed out a ďgridĒ of dots at actual size for the circuit board, so I know what co-ordinates all the L.E.D.s have to go to, and how Iím positioning the 3 I.C.s as well.
ē I found out about a show from 5 years ago called Babylon Berlin, which is a German TV show. It sounds rather intriguing. Itís set back in the 1920s and early 1930s from what I gather. I donít understand German though, so itíd have to have English subtitles, and I think itís on some pay TV station overseas, so my chances of seeing it are probably slim. Unless they do DVDs of it with subtitles.

Monday, 17th of October, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:27) I got a bit of soldering done today. Up until my eyes wore out. On the left is a sample of how the thing will animate. But youíll be able to adjust the speed.
My new hard drive hasnít turned up yet, but I have a feeling it might be tomorrow, so more soldering may have to wait until Wednesday. At least I wonít be doing much in the way of drilling this time. Thereís only one socket, and itíll be on the end of some long wires. No switches, big potentiometers or LED holders to deal with either.

Thursday, 20th of October, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (18:57) Today was my 4th day of soldering for my happy face doodad. Itís taking much longer than I expected. Iím still waiting on my replacement hard drive to rock up, so I may or may not get more soldering done tomorrow. Itís mostly just lengths of wire to measure out, cut and solder in now. Most of which are on the back of the board to keep the central area looking neat.

Saturday, 22nd of October, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (23:25) My new hard drive turned up today, (ó yes, on Saturday ó) so I spent most of my time copying my other one to it. Then this evening there were storms, so I had to stop a couple of times. While the storms were happening, I got a bit more soldering in, so tomorrow will make 7 days of it. Just a few more wires to go, and itíll be done. I just have to finish connecting the L.E.D.s in parallel horizontally, and then the cathodes vertically on just one side for the matching ones that come on together from top to bottom.

Monday, 24th of October, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:05) Hooray! I finally finished my L.E.D. sequencer thingo. With the perspex front, and protective cardboard rear. Thatís to protect the wall when I hang it up. Whatís mildly interesting, is that the purple L.E.D.s on the upper level (3rd row from the bottom), are slightly more red. I can only assume itís a variation in the current limiting resistor over the one for the lower pair, and that has something to do with the colouring. In fact the yellow ones will go quite orange on a low amount of juice. Anyway, it worked pretty close to perfectly when I 1st tried it, except for the upper blue L.E.D.s not coming on. (5th row up from the bottom.) It turned out a blob of solder, I thought was a complete blob, actually had a microscopic gap in it. After a re-melt with the soldering iron, it was fine. The white L.E.D.s, as I think I said before, are connected in series. 4 groups of 3 in series, making the total 12, allowing for 3 V each off the 9 V supply. Although theyíll go up to 3.4 V each. Because I reduced the brightness of the other L.E.D.s to match the intensity of the purple ones, the white ones really stand out.
ē (22:53) The 12 white L.E.D.s only draw about 26 mA or so of current. I just did a test with my multi-meter in the exact same way theyíre connected on the circuit board. So thatís not too bad. I dunno how much the whole thing uses.

Tuesday, 1st of November, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:32) Iíve just completed another house plug-in for Oblivion. This time itís called: Ayleid Mansion. Itís located on the Orange Road, south-west of Bruma, and thereís even an entertainer who juggles and dances. Plus a cleaning woman, and 2 other shop keepers. Itíll cost you 39 grand, but you get a pretty impressive joint, with lots of display space in the Grand Gallery, and thereís also a transportation room too. Iíll upload it soon-ish, so keep your eyes peeled on the main page for when I announce it.
ē Iím also thinking of doing a mesh fix pack, which will allow for some corrections to the meshes in the game. Stuff I can fix that is. Thereís that weird one in the forts with the bits that are transparent, some of the Ayleid metal work could use higher level thresholds on the alpha channels, and there was something else too, but I canít remember what! Anyway, as this wonít need plug-in files to work, I can update it at any time, and you can choose what meshes you want, and donít want. Somebody else mightíve done a similar thing, but you can always choose from mine or theirs.

Wednesday, 9th of November, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:51) I knew things were going to be weird today. I had a whole heap of trouble with eBay. 2 or 3 local printing supply shops have just up and gone from where I live, so I resorted to the Internet to get a new yellow toner cartridge. You had to send a message to the seller on eBay about which colour you wanted, but the sodding send ďbuttonĒ (if you could call it that) didnít work! So I logged out, and went to try Firefox 93 in Tiny Core Linux, and nothing! The site didnít even load! Every other site I tried did. So I tried Pale Moon in Windows 7, and the same thing! It said it couldnít establish a connection to eBay. All the other sites I tried worked. And this was all prior to logging back in of course. So I dunno whatís figged up with them. I had to find the íphone number for the shop (outside of using eBay), and call them. Although I got the wrong number at 1st, and found somebody else with the same name. Anyway, I got it sorted out in the end. Plus, eBay seems to have their dates back to front. They had some offer that was supposed to expire on the 11th day of the 13th month this year. I donít think so.
ē (23:46) I found a song from Armenia tonight, and the ďvideoĒ was just a still picture. But it had an interesting looking church. So I thought, all right ó letís see if I can find it. And it was no worry! A few minutes later I knew its name, and then found it on the map, and when it was built. The place is Marmashen Monastery, which is not far from the border of Turkey. It was built between 986 to 1029.
ē Hereís a video I found of somebody playing Inu No Osanpo, that NAOMI dog walking game. If there was a Dreamcast version, I wonder if it wouldíve been possible to play it with something like the fishing rodÖ

Friday, 11th of November, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:14) I figured out what was up with my 2018 PC not loading eBay from Pale Moon or in Firefox 93 under Linux. It was Microsoftís fault! LOL. Basically, if it wasnít for all the sneaky back door accessing of sites on the ínet when you run Oblivion, I wouldnít need to block I.P. addresses in the firewall program thing. Apparently eBay mustíve somehow fallen into one of the ranges of addresses I specified. The send button ended up working again today anyway.
I decided to pull my finger out today & decide on what stuff I want for this transformer project Iím going to do after Christmas. Itís going to be a pretty loaded power supply! (Not that kind of loaded, or overloaded!) I found a seller on eBay with a good range of (panel mounted) volt meters, and then I just need one for amps. I also need a small circuit board, 7809 voltage regulator + a heat sink, maybe something like a 4700 ĶF capacitor, and the box. I have pretty much everything else. Itíd be nice to light up the meters with L.E.D.s, but they might be hard to mount. I was going to have 2 L.E.D.s lighting up the transformer itself, just to be flash, but I donít want the thing glowing like Las Vegas. It should be subtle.

Saturday, 12th of November, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:37) I took my old transformer out of its wooden box today at last. It only needed to have the primary winding wires de-soldered, and the rest was in terminal strips. (So, out with the screw driver.) Wow it felt heavy to lift out with just my thumbs and index fingers by the bolts. I put it on the scales, and it came to 2.8 kg. If you threw that at somebodyís head, youíd probably crack their skull. Itís just a big chunk of metal. Anyway, itís probably a touch smaller than my initial measurements in the box it was in, so it should fit fine in a new one I spotted on eBay. Thereís no brand written on it anywhere. But it looks pretty similar to another one in a New Zealand Philips radio & record player combo thing, so Iíd say it is the one from my Nannaís old audio system from the 1950s. The primary winding wires are a little short, so Iím going to solder on some new, longer ones, cover them with heat-shrink tubing, and run the new ones to a terminal strip, whichíll be bolted to the case. That will prevent any damage to the transformer if the cord gets pulled on. But I will be using 2 plastic cable clamps in a ďS-bendĒ of the cord, so itís nicely held in. The whole project will probably cost around $80, so a real labour of love for something you could buy from the shops for much less, and in a much smaller box for a lot less weight!
I also tested the primary winding resistance. Itís only about 200 & something ohms, but then a new transformer I have is only about 1 kΩ. Plus I had it running recently, so I know itís working fine.
This picture is the side that was facing the bottom of the box, which you didnít see on the 23rd of September. Itís pretty plain and to the point. Itís been sprayed with some kind of silvery looking paint. The metalís iron, Iíd say, since it has patches of rust. The part around the windings is like a thick paper.

Wednesday, 16th of November, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:42) I was watching One Foot In The Grave ó The Affair Of The Hollow Lady, which is episode 3 of series 5. In the credits they had the woman in the hospital as Edna Monterel, but itís just Doreen Mantleís name, with the letters rearranged. They even have a page for her at IMDb.

Thursday, 17th of November, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:38) I just tried another couple of MVs ó one from France & one from South Korea. Nope. Both cr@p. I never have any luck with French music anyway. I shouldnítíve bothered with the Korean one, especially after last yearís mediocre line up from there. This yearís album of the year is definitely shaping up to be 33 from Heesey, I reckon. Nothing else really pulled me in that much to see what the rest of the tracks were like, and the fact that I liked the majority of the album too, makes it the winner for me. That said, it was only this year that I found out about QU4RTZ, and I really liked a lot of their cheery, cute, upbeat songs. Very much what Iíve been looking for! Itís a pity they didnít have any official MVs. It was only because of an unofficial one that I found out about them. What is it? The Love Live series or something? Some computer game? I have no idea.
But the year isnít over yet, so I guess something else impressive could still be coming too! On the whole, this yearís had quite a lot of great songs. Iíve mostly been focussing on Japan, but I have found stuff from a few other places too. If you havenít had a squizz, pop on over to my list of music videos for this year.
ē The box for the transformer above turned up like yesterday, or Tuesday, or some time. Itís going to be a bit more of a squeeze than I thought, but it should be fine. The voltage regulators and capacitors turned up today as well. If I do a L.E.D. for the meter, I might have to glue it in place, or use a terminal strip to hold it.

Friday, 18th of November, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:57) Iíve got 2 MP4 files being converted from the same source, in the same manner, on my MacBook and my iMac G5. Even with my MacBook running at half speed (since the batteryís stuffed), the iMac G5 is only about 86.6% as fast. So at 2.1 GHz, it still canít beat the Intel Core 2 Duo at 1 GHz it seems. (The iMac G5 has a single core PowerPC G5 CPU, in case you missed that elsewhere on my site and had no clue to begin with.) The RAM might be slower too in the iMac. I dunno. I wish my Power Mac G5 was working properly. Itíd beat them both in the MacBookís current state. Iíll have to save up for a 2nd hand Mac Pro, and put that to use. As long as it lasts for several years.

Sunday, 27th of November, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:41) If you want to see something impressive, check out these chain reaction videos! The Blue Marble and Magnets & Marbles. These are at 50 Hz too, so theyíre nice and smooth.

Sunday, 4th of December, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:32) Hereís a car you donít see much. (Unless you own one.) The Pagani Zonda C12. Hasnít Horacio Pagani been spotted in Monaco? Thatís where this is, back in May, 1999 ó the year the car 1st appeared. I canít say it IS his car, but itís certainly one of the 1st Pagani Zondas. These are from a video my Dad got when he was there that year, near that snazzy casino.
I was watching a video last night by this chap called Doug DeMuro, about the Pagani Zonda S Roadster. The guy went into every brain numbing detail about it, but it was interesting to learn a few aspects I wasnít aware of. He said the one he reviewed was only one of very few in America, and the 1st one heíd seen for real. Iíve only ever seen one at the Sydney Motor Show. That was a S rendition of it, in yellow.
There was a black Jaguar XJ-220 at Monaco that night as well, and that car is pretty rare too. If you have Need For Speed 2, youíll know it. I actually found out about that Doug chap while looking up about quirky cars, I think, in 2018. And I spotted his one about that Yugo from Yugoslavia. Then the other day I watched one about the BMW Isetta.
ē (15:15) Actually, after looking at a video of the Motor Show from 2008, the Pagani Zonda S that was there, was the Roadster one as well. It had the open top, and it looked like it said Roadster above the radio. I dunno how much it was worth here in Australia.

Monday, 12th of December, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:19) Yeah, this yearís been pretty great, music wise, if my page of best MVs for this year is anything to go by. At least up until maybe August. I felt things kind of dwindled down in the stuff I liked though. Itís been a bit like 2019 with the Korean music. There seemed to be a big gap after July (that year), and I was wondering if Iíd ever hear anything good again. And it isnít just from Japan either, this year. Iíve been looking at music from other countries as well, but I mustnít be picking the right stuff. That said, I was glad to find out about Heesey (this year), as well as QU4RTZ.
ē Iíve started decorating the Christmas tree, but I donít usually do it all in 1 day. The old lights are still working, thank goodness, which are older than my Mum. So they might be about 80 or so.

Saturday, 17th of December, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:26) Ooh! Almost Christmas! Just 8 days to go! For anybody whoís feeling generous, (such as rich readers from Dubai,) here are some pressie ideas you can send me!
ē QU4RTZ CDs from Japan
ē A flamingo neon lamp thingy
ē An Aurora plasma ball from Canada
ē A 8 GB or 16 GB SD card
ē Some 500-ish GB flash memory units
ē 33 from Heesey
ē Some new regular (non noise cancelling) headphones from Sennheiser

Yep, those items would be good.
ē (16:24) As for what I said on the 3rd of October about my Nannaís old Philips record player & radio combo thing having UL84 valves, thatís probably not true after all. It would seem that the models here may have used an Australian only valve; the 6BH5. But it says itís a RF / IF amplifier, so that might not be right either as far as powering the speakers. And this one has a 6.3 V heater.
ē (18:12) Actually, after further reading, itís the 6M5 valve, which was used for the output on similar audio systems, and itís apparently equivalent to the EL80. So this should explain why my transformer seemingly has no 45 V winding, which I was inclined to think, based on the similar New Zealand models. Philips mustíve made a lot of circuit variations for similar models. This Grand 177A is the closest model Iíve seen to my Nannaís record player + radio. What you canít see though, since itís shown from the left, is the volume knob embedded in the right side of the cabinet.
ē (19:26) Iíve been looking through more Philips RadioPlayers, as the company seemed to call them, and found the Beethoven 178A, which looks even closer to my Nannaís one, I think. Especially since this has a magic eye valve. Plus, if you go to the 7th image, you can see the side mounted volume knob. Holey moley! Itís been nigh on 40 years since I saw the real thing. This one has the correct record player ó the AG1000 ó but Iím not sure about that central knob. This was a pretty expensive piece of equipment at £204.75 in Aussie money back in 1955! My Grandpa always bought my Nanna the best stuff though. If it was this model. But something very similar, if not.

Wednesday, 21st of December, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:00) Yesterday I completed a 3D rendition of the Philips Beethoven 178A, and you can check that out @ DeviantArt. It took about 3 days to get it done! But my computer only took 37 seconds to render it.
ē Itíll be my Nannaís birthday on the 23rd. If she was still around, sheíd be 120. Kashiyuka from Perfume has her birthday then as well. Except sheís 86 years younger.
ē Thereís a shed load of pressies under our Christmas tree this year, so it looks to be a good one. I ordered some heat sinks for my transformer project back in November, but they never turned up! I got my money back, and the 2nd lot I ordered (from somebody else) turned up yesterday, so that was good. Just in time to make it under the tree.
ē I havenít found any more decent songs lately. Maybe something goodíll turn up @ the start of next year. Maybe too many performersíve gone on holiday.

Thursday, 22nd of December, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:54) I think Iíll call it quits for hoping for any more decent music videos this year. All the good stuffís probably being held back for next year. Itís also everyone cashing in on Christmas now too. I like some traditional Chrissy tunes, but like my Mum says, after Christmas, you donít fancy hearing them again.
ē As usual, I wonít be doing anything on the ínet on Christmas Day. No checking e-mail or anything.

Tuesday, 27th of December, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:13) I soldered in the main components for my new power supply today, to a mini PCB, as you can see to the left. Iím going to get the transformer in the box first, before I put this in there with it. Anyway, I did test this circuit to the left, and it was pretty good! I had my plasma ball transformer, which has a 15 V AC output, so I tested it with that. The multi-meter said 8.92 V, so pretty close to the 9 V rating of the regulator. The diode on the right is there, just in case. Itís to suppress any remaining charge from inductive components, like relays or motors that I may run on it. They may not affect the voltage regulator, but I wasnít too sure. Itís obviously connected with its anode to negative, or it would just virtually make a short circuit.
So, for those of you who donít know, from left to right, we have the bridge rectifier, filter capacitor, 7809 voltage regulator, a small value ceramic disc capacitor, and the power diode. Iíll also be adding resitors for internal lighting with L.E.D.s. I was going to have one for the meter, but light doesnít go through it from the back, sadly.
ē Click on the picture on the right to see the circuit diagram of the completed dealie. Itís got more bits than the one on the Electronics Circuits Page too. Itís supposed to use a 0.1 ĶF capacitor on the output side of the voltage regulator, but I didnít have any, and 0.022 ĶF was the next best thing. It still seems to be functioning correctly.

Friday, 30th of December, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:09) Iíve been doing electrical and electronic related things all day, just about. I just put a new plug on the soldering iron. The old oneíd cracked, and if you werenít careful, you could touch the prongs from inside the power board, so I didnít want to risk that. Before that, I tested a rocker switch with a neon, which was fine, fixed my headphones again, and earlier I was drilling holes in my new box for my power supply project. Plus enough filing to last a lifetime.
Anyway, I tested my cable clamps, and I think I can get the cord to hold fine without any S-bend shape. Iím going to run it from the front left corner, to the front right corner for the 1st clamp, then have a 2nd @ the back. Then itíll connect to a terminal strip, from which Iíll run the other wires to the switch. I should have some pictures when itís done.

Saturday, 31st of December, 2022
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:17) Day 3 of the box drilling. So, this is the box I got off eBay. Like nearly all the sellers on there, theyíre pretty much these water resistant things, ícos they must think everybody wants to mount them outside for some reason. Another thing I canít figure out is all the strange attachment points in the bottom, and what they were intended for. Especially the ones on the left and right, which have brass pieces for bolts. I had to use a mini, spinning, cutting tool to slice the left one off. The holes you see in the base are for the transformer bolts. The square hole is for the window I wanted, the rectangle one at the top of the picture is for the power switch, the messy one on the right is for the meter, and the oval one near the hinge, is for the fuse holder. Other ones in the bottom are for the circuit board, terminal strip & cable clamps. I also put some air holes on the sides. But I wonít be running it all day long. Just a bit in the evenings, probably.
Yeah, so I was drilling, cutting, filing and even melting this thing to get the holes I wanted. I need some kind of LASER cutting gizmo, I reckon. As for the L.E.D.s, Iíll just be having an internal one, in ice blue. That was a real shame that the meter didnít let light through it. It wouldíve been really nice with one of my turquoise L.E.D.s.
On the whole, I probably shouldíve got a better box, like some small PC case. This wasnít really the masterpiece I visualised. Itís more practical than anything.
Tomorrow: Soldering, and attaching the stuff to the case. Iím going to use some string for the circuit board, but most other stuff will use nuts and bolts. The power switch is pressure fitted with sideways clips, the fuse holder has its own nut, the meter has built-in bolts, and supplied nuts too, and there should be some nuts & bolts in the garage for the terminal strip.

Sunday, 1st of January, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (23:45) Happy New Year!
ē I spent most of today assembling my power supply. I ran into quite a few hurdles along the way, unfortunately. I still have to put the plug on for the output, but the main part of itís working. You can check out the interior. Naturally you wouldnít run it, exposed like this. Iím not happy with the packing tape as extra insulation for the primary winding wires, so Iíll replace that with thicker heat-shrink tubing, when I can get some. Iíll have to desolder the wires to slip it on though. I did use some electrical tape 1st, but it had lost its stickiness, and just half peeled back off. I really wanted to avoid sticky things. I also had to enlarge the hole for the meter. It shouldíve been done as a 4.9 cm hole from the get go, and then had the bolt holes drilled next to it. I really did that the hard way. The transformer is resting on 2 pieces of wood, because otherwise the outer winding would be under pressure on the bottom of the case. I used a dentistís mirror last night to confirm it had a gap.

Monday, 2nd of January, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:34) I wonít be doing a list of best songs for last year on this page, because Iíve already done them on The 2022 Music Videos Page. I still have a bunch of videos to check out from last year, so more may be added to the list at any time. That goes for any other pages in the past, if something crops up which I didnít know about. Be sure to check the Music Page for tunes without videos as well.
ē (18:14) I tested my new power supply with the L.E.D. sequencer which I finished on the 24th of October. It worked perfectly! It used up to about 180 mA with all the L.E.D.s on. You could see the meterís needle going up & down as they went on and off.
Getting back to the transformer itself, I think it has the two 6 volt windings, because the rectifier in the Philips ďBeethovenĒ 178A had a directly heated cathode. (So the heater was connected on one side, to the high voltage output.) It was a 5V4G. So perhaps it wasnít suitable to have the light bulbs connected to that as well.
ē Well, I have 17 more MVs to check out soon, from various countries, so Iíd better get on with that!

Tuesday, 3rd of January, 2023
Todayís current mood: +
ē (14:14) Ah, Iíve got so many music video previews to finish up watching from last year. Itís getting a bit tiring and dreadful to have to face them. Iíve got 3 more weeks of stuff to watch from November, 3 more from December, and 7 whole music videos I got today. I just speed up all the preview ones when I find something cr@p. Which is most of the songs anyway.
ē I ordered a box / packet / some kind of thing, of 530 pieces of heat shrink tubing yesterday. So Iíll never need to buy that again! No more spending now!
ē Iíll add the 2023 music video page to the site when a song thatís great from this year appears. Iíve got a bunch from Vietnam to check out, but I donít usually have much luck from there. Itís probably going to be mostly Japanese stuff again this year.

Monday, 9th of January, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:19) Itís 60 years ago this year that the compact cassette was 1st revealed. It was invented by Lou Ottens, who I believe died a couple of years or so back. He worked with Philips, and was also behind the creation of the compact disc, which was actually invented in 1972! Can you believe it?! But it took 10 years for them to be something you could buy. Itís hard to believe they go back to just over 40 years in terms of public availability. I wonder if the 1972 invention had them storing 650 MB of data, because that wouldíve been humongous for back then. Even in 1982, that wouldíve been a lot. Then of course, they went up to 703 MB later on, and thatís pretty much still the standard for blank ones you can buy.
ē (15:22) My perspex, heat shrink tubing and a SD card for my Canon camera all turned up in the mail today. So, I was able to complete my power supply project with the window on the front. I also redid the wires for the primary side of the transformer, and got rid of that awful electrical & packing tape. I was hoping to use 4 nuts and bolts from my box of PCB spacers to hold the perspex window on, but they were too short! So I just used some string for now. One of the great and more overlooked items in the electronics industry. In any case, the whole thing isnít overly visible anyway, because Iíve put it behind my Dreamcast on my shelf of game consoles. Now itís within reach of my latest L.E.D. sequencer. It was supposed to be a bit artistic and fancy looking, but it ended up rather plain and just functional, as you can see. Ah well. Later, Iíll make up a multi-adaptor, with about 4 plugs and 1 socket, so I can plug more stuff into the power supply. As long as I donít go beyond that 1 amp limit.

Saturday, 14th of January, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:07) Last night I thought Iíd try making up a circuit with a microphone for my main PC. I found 2 electret microphones in my box of left over components, and I still have 2 unused battery holders, so something powered by a couple of my rechargeable AAA size batteries seemed like a good plan! If you want to read more, head on over to the Electronic Circuits Page.

Monday, 16th of January, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:46) I think my ISPís been wiped out. Or something between them and myself. Apparently thereíve been floods and loads of rain up in Queensland, where theyíre based, so maybe thatís the issue. So if youíre reading this, things are back to normal, obviously.
ē It was predicted that it might be 24įC today, but I think itís been hotter, really. I woke up at 8 something oíclock this morning, and was roasting. I had to fling all my bed covers and stuff off. Ah ó come back, Winter! I want it more like 8įC.
ē In case you missed it, I completed making that microphone circuit, and I recorded a sample sound file, which you can listen to here, if you want to know how well it went. Some web browsers may play this directly, but you can save the link if you prefer. Anyway, I thought it went really well! You could hear everything. My fans running, a little screw I dropped next to it, and other stuff. Although in the sample sound, itís just me reading a tongue twister and my PCís fan.
ē (18:19) I hope Iím not going to have trouble with my credit union again. I seem to have to keep nagging them to send my quarterly statement, and they can never get their $#!+ together. I suggested that somebody added it to their ďto do list.Ē Now I get some weird e-mail from them, asking to talk to me on the íphone about it. What is that about ever? This is the reason I gave the Condomless Bank the finger, because they said they could send you a statement whenever, and they never stuck to it.

Wednesday, 18th of January, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:07) Iíve been looking up early CD players tonight. Some interesting ones to check out, are the NEC CD-803 from 1982, the Hitachi / Lo-D DAD-1000 and Philipsí very original CD-100. I also found out about my Nannaís National Panasonic RF-507 radio. It was a bit older than I thought. 1978, it says. I thought it mightíve been from the 1980s. Another radio I got more information on, is my STC (Rambler) Transistor 7 from around 1960. I got it at a garage sale, next door to my other Nanaís house, back when I was a kid. Mineís a grey model. It has a different power & volume knob shown to this one though. I think this personís oneís been replaced. If you go to the ad for it, you can see the gold centre version, which is the original knob.
Iíll have to get my Mum on the case to finding a Stromberg-Carlson radio which my Nanna had as well. And possibly an old (reel to reel) tape recorder my Mum had as well.

Thursday, 19th of January, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:11) Iíve had it with that f**king Transport Mutual Credit Union. Iíve told them Iím going to close my accounts with them, apart from my term deposit one. They just will not give me my statement. The stubborn c*nts just want me to use some freaking web site of theirs to do stuff, and I keep telling them Iím not going to do it that way. I already agreed to change to e-mail from the paper statements, and now they want to change things again! They could never get their $#!+ together and automatically send the statements either. I had to remind them every 4 months. So Iím going to change to another credit union and see if they can serve me better. Hopefully without any weird surprises or inconvenient changes that only suit themselves.

Saturday, 28th of January, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:20) Iíve got another plug-in in progress for Oblivion at the moment, which adds more loot to the castles of Cyrodiil, and the Imperial Palace. While there are loads of containers in the castles, a lot of the loot is pretty worthless, and these places should have lots of expensive goodies. So with some level of subtlety, Iíve been adding new containers with more expensive, respawning loot. Not just stuff that comes with the game, but other items Iíve made too. New gems, more booze, ceramic ware, and some expensive metal bars as well. Itís early days yet though. Iím also going to recommend my ďA Little More AccessĒ plug-in, which will let you back into the top levels of the Imperial Palace after the Thievesí Guild main quest is over. Since all the stuff youíll be acquiring will be stolen, I also aim to add a fence to purchase it, since in Oblivion, traders somehow magically know what your stolen items are, and wonít touch them.

Friday, 3rd of February, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:17) My Castle Riches plug-in is now available from the Oblivion review page. I completed testing and tweaking it, so it should be good to try out. If you ever fancied more loot in the castles, which is actually worth something, this could be for you! There are close to 50 new objects, including over a dozen new gems, Dwemer artifacts, vases, metal bars, jewelled eggs and 4 new varieties of booze.

Thursday, 9th of February, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:25) The new software review is uploaded. Although, itís the multiple small programs this month.
ē I was pondering making an intercom for the house. This one looks pretty sensible. Iíve got 3 of those LM386 I.C.s already, and this is a single battery design too. There are some slightly odd circuits out there which need batteries in both ends. Those little 57 mm 8 Ω ľ watt speakers seem a bit hard to get off eBay in Australia. Iíd have to get some from China, I think. Or maybe something a bit stronger. Those LM386 I.C.s are usually for powering 1 W speakers. Thereís no buzz feature for this intercom as you can see, (assuming you can understand it,) but thatís not paramount really. Dick Smithís intercom from Fun Way 2 had what looks like a 2 transistor pre-amplifier and a push-pull amplifier stage for the output, but with 3 transformers as well. (Two 1 kΩ to 8 Ω ones and a 3 kΩ matching one.) This has a buzz feature as well, by making the amplifier work like an oscillator through positive feedback.

Friday, 10th of February, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:53) I was reading that back in 1990, apparently only 1% of the population of Australia had a mobile íphone. Now though, itís around 90%, with some people having MORE than 1 mobile íphone. (Struth!) Itíd be interesting to do a survey to work out why so many people have them now. Plus, do people feel they need one, do people enjoy having one, or not? Have people given in to peer pressure, thinking they should have one? Do you find your íphone to be a nuisance? Do you find other people who use them to be irritating? Have the ones with included cameras made people lazy about getting a real camera? Do you prefer to use your mobile íphone rather than a proper, fixed position house telephone? How much money do you spend on your íphone(s)? What did you pay for it initially? If you want to write in with your thoughts, please feel free! And if youíre from overseas, thatís okay too.
Iíve always found it hard to understand why anybody would actually want to use a mobile íphone out of any sense of desire. I wouldnít want people ringing me up and bothering me while Iím out. I can understand if it was for business purposes, like if you were a doctor, or involved with the stock market and stuff like that. The other thing thatís odd, is how palm top computers, like the Palm brand ones, seemed to fade away, yet current íphonesíve become more like PDAs than anything else. Is it the íphone feature specifically thatís the primary attraction, or just better company promotions?
Plus if youíre with a mobile íphone company, would you be willing to pay me $500 000 or more to use one? Send in your responses, people!

Thursday, 16th of February, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:26) I hope there are a few more QU4RTZ songs this year. Iím not keeping an eye on whatís happening with them to really know. But if theyíre done, it was great while it lasted.
I finally watched a MV by Nicolae Guta (from Romania). Heís this chap who seems to have new video out every day or 2. He was different from what I expected.
Apart from that, I also watched a bunch of utter cr*p MVs, which were a huge waste of time. Some of the stuff is either so offensive or just completely depressing. I dunno how some of these people ever get their music published. The standards must just be dropping all the time. And they expect the public to pay for the junk! Youíve got to be awesome and amazing for me to buy any CDs these days.

Friday, 17th of February, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:17) Our Sunbeam AT40 ToasterMatic toaster made it to 50 years old. Iím just having some toast out of it now. So yep ó it lasted 50 ◊ longer than its warranty. It might go for another 50 years! And out-live me.
ē I had an intense dream this morning about electronic related stuff. My main computer acting up, a cassette recorder I had connected to it, screwing me íround somehow, and trying to turn off that ďClear TypeĒ font anti-aliasing on an iMac with Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Normally you have System Preferences, but itíd been changed to some weird name, like ďBono.Ē I was really psyched up and a bit angry feeling in the dream too, so when I woke up I was really spaced out.
ē (13:37) Itís funny how they told me at Beagle that they were no longer offering the site hosting, and that would be closed down, yet my site @ the old address is still there! Not that I can log in any more & get rid of it. Anyway, it still acts as a notification to the new address here now.
I also re-submitted my site to search engines again yesterday, because I did a search for some stuff that I know only exists here, and it wasnít showing up. I did all that when I started at the new address, but apparently for some search sites, it still hasnít sunk in. The Beagle address one is still coming up though.
ē (16:24) I was looking through Panasonic radios from 1958 to 1972, and discovered the RF-60 headphones, which had a built-in FM radio. I thought: ďThose look like the ones that Philip had in The Towering Inferno.Ē So I got out the DVD, and yeah, I think they are. I didnít see anything else on the web about it though. Anyway, they weigh 825 g! Phwoar! A bit of a neck wrecker. Were my PSB headphones that heavy? You could also plug cords in each side and connect them to another amplfier, so you could listen to a record, cassette or whatever. The volume control only had soft, medium and loud, but there was a balance control on one side, which was interesting.

Saturday, 18th of February, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:07) Our Netcomm router thingís gone tits-up permanently by the looks of it. Itís been playing up for ages. Every time thereís a storm, we turn it off, and then when you turn it back on, it doesnít work properly. So, it looks like weíll have to get a new one from the computer shop. Or Harvey Norman, or some place. What a bummer! I had things to do on the Internet too. Itís just as well I didnít want to transfer stuff to my MacBook using its Airport wotsit, because thereís no ďWi-FiĒ transmission from the router. Itís completely stuffed. My PC couldnít access it by its I.P. address either.

Sunday, 19th of February, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:07) I found a Radio Master brand radio at an antique kind of shop today. I donít recall that brand before. One of those big floor model ones, probably from the 1930s or 1940s. It had a huge dial, and it was mostly taken up by the radio station letters. Then at the bottom was a tiny short wave section, which mentioned other countries, but only had the numerical markings in metres, rather than MHz. It has the AM frequency range though, at the top, but in reverse order. You can check out a picture. I had to use my flash, because it was too dark, and I didnít exactly have room to set up a tripod. I had my camera half stuck in a gramophone trying to fit it all in. I donít know if that speaker clothís original. It looks very odd with the red stripes.
ē I also got a photo of a Philips colour TV from probably aroundÖ hmmÖ 1978 to 1982 maybe. But itís very fuzzy, because I didnít use the flash, and couldnít hold the camera steady for better quality.
ē No luck at Hardly Normal with the router tooter. They donít stock any with the VOIP feature! Thatís really weird. How are people supposed to use their íphones? So, tomorrow, weíre going to try at the computer shop. Perhaps they can order one in. NetGear might be a good brand, like our hub, or D-Link, if theyíre still around, and making such things. Until then, no Internet access or telephone!
ē (20:42) Check out these old mobile íphone ads from about 30Ĺ years ago. This bit of newspaperís been folded up in a drawer for close to the same amount of time, so I didnít give them time to flatten out. Theyíre both from the Daily Telegraph Mirror on the 25th of August 1992. I couldnít even tell you if that snooze-paper still exists. I donít think NEC makes mobile íphones any more. (Actually, I never realised they did.) All you hear about these days is Apple, and figging Samsung. This one on the rightís from prior to the 8 digit íphone number change too. 02 was the Sydney area, but now itís like the whole state. Anyway, check out the price! $5 short of $1600! Fwoooo! Then again some of the ones now are probably about that too. They mustíve rushed this ad, because the capitalisation of the words is all over the shop.
Anyway, these ads were in the small business section. Every Tom, Dick & Harry werenít obsessed with the things like these days.
ē (22:16) I was trying to find my little white pocket sized Sanyo radio. At least I think itís a Sanyo one. But all I came across were a bunch of other things Iíd forgotten about for the last decade or so. And I swear there was a Sanyo RP-5115 radio somewhere too, but I didnít see any sign of it in the house.
When I was a kid I wanted to do a display of old radios, but more along the lines of valve based ones. I seem to have decent amount of transistor based ones to do such a thing though.

Monday, 20th of February, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:27) The computer shop chap looked up routers @ Office Works, and found none there either with a VOIP feature. Even he thought that was weird. So now weíre waiting on one from I.I.G., who are going to pre-configure it. So of course when youíre reading this, weíll be back in action. Iíll be interested to get back to eBay to look up what routers are available and with what features.

Saturday, 25th of February, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (23:55) I was looking up those Little Miss books on eBay ó holey moley! Theyíre worth a fortune now. When I was a kid, the Mr. Men books were about 75Ę each, or less maybe. I guess that was close to 40 years ago. Even the bigger books like Mr. Silly On The Farm were only 60p in English money, which is about $1.05. I still have all the Mr. Men books from prior to Little Miss appearing. So they might be worth a bit more now. Iíve also got Mr. Happy At The Seaside, 2 of The Mr. Men Times Table Books, Mr. Tickle In The Park, Mr. Nosey Follows His Nose, Mr. Greedy Goes Shopping, and as I said, Mr. Silly On The Farm. Letís see if you can get them on like eBay stillÖ
ē Yep! 2 listings of pre-owned books of Mr. Happy At The Seaside. The 1st one is $24.95, & the 2nd is $17.60! Holey figs! Iíd better put mine in a safe!

Wednesday, 1st of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:41) It looks like our telephoneís packed it in. I thought something was up regarding the settings in our new router dealie, and got on to I.I.G. about it, but they were seeing no issues, and suggested trying a different íphone. Well, the only thing I have close, is a (dial up type of) modem, so I thought, letís try ringing in to that. And yeah, the router was acting more normally on its íphone indicator then, even though the modem couldnít answer the call. So it looks like weíll need to get a new telephone tomorrow.

Thursday, 2nd of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:14) I ordered a new íphone off eBay today for about $37. That should be here by the 10th. So no íphone calls for a few days. Itíll be like going back to 110 or so years ago. Ah well, people back then survived perfectly well without them. They had heaps of those rotary dial style telephones on eBay as well, but probably with tone dialling now, rather than the old pulse dialling. Plus quite a few vintage ones too. People could use them to make intercoms. If you donít know about that, you can look it up. Itís possible to connect 2 telephones together with a 9 V battery in series, and possibly a resistor, I think, and you can use them around your house or one in your shed or whatever. Yep. Iíve never tried that though, as I donít have any old íphones lying around.
As well as our íphone dying, the oven started sparking last night too.
ē I donated some more pictures to that Radio Museum web site, of a General GC 211 colour TV from about 1985, and my grandfatherís Sharp System-CD550E(GY), so Iíll put links here in case somebodyís interested, once I hear back.

Saturday, 4th of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:19) In case you didnít notice, Iíve given my Morrowind ďsub siteĒ a visual overhaul.

Wednesday, 8th of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:49) The new telephone turned up on Monday. Itís a Y043, apparently by Orrin. Hopefully itíll last longer than that V-Tech thing. There really are some obscure brands these days. Anyway, it seems to be aimed for Indian users, because the instruction manual mentions 2 area codes in India. Even though the íphone was made in China. The other thing thatís weird is the ďOcean BlueĒ L.E.D. they keep going on about, like it was some amazing new thing. It just lights up the LCD on it. Anyway, it even has a calculator and an alarm in case somebodyís listening in on your call. But I donít think that would work with the router, because the audioís converted to some kind of data thatíd be interpreted by IIG or whatever. Plus itís got 8 choices of rings, I think. So yeah, rather feature packed for a telephone. Some of those old pulse dialling telephones with the dial you spin íround probably last a good length of time. They seem to keep showing up on eBay, and Iíve often seen ones in antique shops, so maybe theyíre pretty rugged. I saw some of those ones with a magneto the other day too.

Tuesday, 14th of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:50) Iím really tempted to get a couple of those QU4RTZ CDs from Japan at the moment, and a 3rd one related to the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club / Love Live! series dealie thing, in a broader sense. Like, whether it includes the QU4RTZ members or not. Iíve been looking at a site which lists all the tunes, and listening to which ones I can find on YouTube. Oh! And I found some QU4RTZ figurines too, which were all sold out. They were reasonably priced as well. I was feeling quite mesmerised and happy earlier! I think there were about 2 songs I didnít fancy, but most of them are brilliant, and consistently good. I donít want to spend too much, because getting foreign stuff is pretty expensive as far as musicís concerned. Iíd probably get Enjoy It!, maybe Make-Up Session ABC andÖ ooh boyÖ how can I limit myself to just 3?!!!! Well, some other one anyway.
ē (23:53) Actually, I think Make-Up Session ABC is only part of an album dealie. But Enjoy It! also comes with 4 Seasons, which is also great.

Wednesday, 15th of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (18:07) Oh dear heavens ó all the figginí mobile íphone stuff I seemed to run into today. I got a message from the credit union about some program they suggested you have, then a thing on the web, and then when I was on the íphone with the bank. But 1st, the good news! I ordered 2 of the QU4RTZ CDs from CD Japan! I had a bit more money in the bank than I thought. So: Yay! I got Enjoy It! & Pastel. Ooooh! They have instumental versions too, and yapping from the girls, which I wonít be able to understand. That cost $48.20, or •4334. Oh, but I got a discount too, because I had 300 points still. So that was a nice sweetener. Anyway, when I placed the order it did some check with your card provider, and it fouled up with the NAB, saying it couldnít authenticate me. Whatever THAT means. Then it said please have your mobile íphone number registered with the bank. Well, I donít have a f***ing mobile íphone! It said to ring the number on the back of your card. So I did that, which was a number in Victoria, and after being cut off somehow, and ringing back, and going through all the voice recognition stuff, and 2 humans, the woman asked if she could send me a SMS message. So I said: ďWell, you canít, because I donít have a mobile íphone.Ē Anyway, there turned out to be no restrictions on the card, and it was some cock-up with the storeís choice of verification stuff, or something. So I borrowed an American Express card off somebody else, and did the order all over again from a newer version of Firefox in Tiny Core Linux, and then it worked.
But yeah, donít go assuming everybody has a mobile íphone, people! As they said in The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert: ďAssumption is the mother of all f*** ups.Ē Or as Benny Hill put it: ďWhen you assume, you make an ASS out of U & ME.Ē
ē (18:52) Last night I did a web search of: ďIs modern music depressing?Ē And several sites were listed saying that it was. Well, from a majority perspective. They said since the 1990s, music has generally become darker, angrier and written in a lower key. So thatís quite sad really. Plus people have started turning to listening to older music. Well, I really need perky, cheery stuff. There should be more funny songs as well. Not just like Weird Al Yankovic, but ones written initially to be funny. Now, hereís a good one from close to 100 years ago! The Laughing Policeman.
ē (23:12) UmÖ oh yes! Next month for the Software Review Of The Moment, Iíll be having a look at Windows XP, since Iíve been using it for over 16 years now. I wrote it 2 days ago.

Saturday, 18th of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:33) So much for Autumn. Itís was over 30įC yesterday and today. Then tomorrow, itís supposedly going to be 36įC!!! Holey beepiní struth! I dread to think how hot itíll be in Sydney. Probably 46įC or something. But on Monday, it could be down to 18įC, and thatís more like it! Ah, I want to see snow this coming Winter.

Sunday, 19th of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:41) Yep ó itís hot all right.
ē I was wondering last night how much time people spend on finding new music. I donít know if anybodyís done a survey on that. It is quite time consuming to look up the stuff that I check out each day from only a small selection of countries. I did find a couple of web sites which mentioned this, but I think it was more to do with people who were dedicated to finding music from their favourite genres. Itíd be interesting to get this information from maybe 10 000 random people.

Tuesday, 21st of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:50) I think I got lucky with those QU4RTZ songs. I looked through more of the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club related songs, but in comparison, a large chunk of them were really cr@p. So I think Iíll call it quits for the Love Live! stuff now, and check out some other tunes. I got about 27 good songs though, so that wasnít too bad, I suppose. Some of the last ones I listened to just seemed to really overuse the electric guitars. They were just too intense. I know the Japanese are big on them in the forefront, but eventually I got sick of hearing them. I thought I might check out some stuff from that Ensemble Stars!! game, but Iím in 2 minds about that.
Anyway, my QU4RTZ CDs are on the way, and those particular songs WILL be excellent.
ē The temperatureís more like Autumn now. Iíve got the heater back on. So much for Sunday. It went from 37įC down to about 18įC yesterday.

Wednesday, 22nd of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:17) I was thinking about people having jet lag. Well, if you went somewhere before the invention of jet engines or on a plane with like an external propellor, itíd be more like internal combustion lag. Youíd come home and say: ďOoh, Iím so tired after that flight. I must have internal combustion lag.Ē Although it does sound like somethingís going to eventually explode inside your body, but itís taking its time about it.

Wednesday, 29th of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:39) Hooray! My QU4RTZ CDs arrived today! Enjoy It! and Pastel. I got some photos before I opened the plastic covers too. As usual with Japanese CDs and other optical discs, they have the edge cards (on the side of the box) and there are some bonus goodies inside the covers too. Enjoy It! came with a Rina Tennoji card, which Iím really glad to have got, and Pastel came with a sticker thatís the same as the cover. There were also some other cards with some kind of unique code that you can use on some web site for something. Ha ha! Iím not sure what though, as I canít read Japanese. Well, very little of it. The edge card of Pastel also mentions the 22nd of May this year. Maybe thatís an end of production date? I donít know. It says ďmadeĒ (which I think would be pronounced like mah-deh) after it, which seems to mean ďas far asĒ, or ďup toĒ, according to my dictionary.
Anyway, Enjoy It! runs for 16 minutes with the 4 tracks. I havenít put Pastel in yet to listen to.
ē In other news, Iíve also started on a 3rd Inner Depths plug-in for Oblivion, which is so far entirely based around an Ayleid ruin to the east of Anvil. Construction hit a standstill though when my new CDs turned up.
ē (15:03) All right, onto listening to my Pastel CD now. This one has a 5th track called Feeling The Sky, where the girlies talk about stuff, I think. Not that Iíll be able to understand it. It goes for 9 minutes and 58 seconds. Oh yeah! The cover for this has a special plastic looking coating with ďholographicĒ hearts, and as you move it about, they grow and shrink in a rainbow of colours. Inside you get the lyrics as well, but again, youíd have to be able to understand Japanese. Michi No Saki is only written in Japanese too, so it was lucky I already knew what it was called.
Anyway, Iíll update the Music Page with the new goodies some time later today.

Friday, 31st of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:34) I noticed another funny thing in One Foot In The Grave tonight, which I hadnít spotted before. In series 4, episode 2, when Mr. Swaineyís fixing Victorís food disposal gizmo under the sink, heís reading a manual which says Recording & Playback! Itís odd, because thatís the same one when Victor unintentionally gave away his VCRs.

Saturday, 32nd of March, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:01) Keep your pants on for the 1st of April. It seems that due to fluctuations with the sunís gravity, and the earthís orbit being a bit slower this year, weíre to have a 32nd of March.
ē In other news, it seems that Microsoftís finally given up on Windows, & IBM are going to jump in to release a new OS while the goingís good. Hopefully this will be the decent operating system weíve been crying out for.
ē Iíll also be making another trip to Siberia at the end of the year to avoid the Summer all together.

Tuesday, 4th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:46) Iím still going with Inner Depths: Oblivion 3. Iíve got the 10 main zones done, plus a shop. Iím going to add more areas yet. Iím falling behind again with what new musicís out though too.
ē Obviously there wasnít really a 32nd of March either.

Wednesday, 5th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:32) Todayís progress on Inner Depths: Oblivion 3 was making levelled lists, although I have a lot more to do yet. Thatís always pretty dull. I have to make the NPCs too. I might have about 60 or so. I dunno yet. I know thatís less than last time. And the 1st time too.

Thursday, 6th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:57) And now for the 19:57 news with your host, John Kahler:
Thank you, Claire. Today in Inner Depths: Oblivion 3, I completed the levelled lists, and got 6 smugglers done. This time there are going to be 4 groups of power levels, with easier, group 1 enemies at the start, and harder, group 4 enemies towards the end. But within each group, it could be a randomly picked bandit, marauder, smuggler or pirate. So this time fights really should break out, unlike how I intended with Inner Depths: Oblivion 2. Well, they could, but they didnít really happen as often as I wanted. There are also 3 grades of levelled lists for weapons and armour, so the easier enemies will have worse stuff, and harder ones will have any kind of gear, including low quality stuff.

Saturday, 8th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:19) Oh no! Paul Cattermole from S Club 7 died! It was 2 days ago, and apparently the cause is unknown. This is very sad news.
ē (19:26) I had a good day doing more stuff for Inner Depths: Oblivion 3. I got containers put in, beds and seats too. Tomorrow Iíll start on the pirates.

Sunday, 9th of April, 2023

Todayís current mood:
ē (12:43) I was fiddling around with a thing for Inner Depths: Oblivion 3 last night and discovered something about meshes for Oblivion. It seems you have to also choose ďface normalsĒ in NIFSkope, and as a result, potentially ďsmooth normalsĒ as well. Otherwise the meshes tend to look a bit odd. So Iím going to go through the meshes I made from scratch for Oblivion, and update my plug-ins. So if you got something for Oblivion from me in the past, you might want to update it. This will not affect your game in any way. Only ESP file changes can stuff things up. Hopefully I will let you know here when this is done.
ē I also added another mesh the other day that I corrected, to that mesh fix pack. It was the gas trap from the Ayleid ruins. I added an alpha channel threshold to make it smoother.
ē My Software Review Of The Moment has now been changed for this month. Itís Windows XP for the 1st time.
ē (13:32) Okay, Iíve updated the meshes for Castle Riches and the window in Ayleid Mansion, although I think that one will be more subtle. If you got either of these plug-ins from me before, you can consider whether you want the mesh updates. Youíll be able to tell which meshes were updated by the more recent file dates.
ē (20:22) I did 6 pirates for Inner Depths: Oblivion 3 today, but I spent more time working on a tiled scorpion to put on the floor in one of the zones. In the game, thereís a book called Gelebourneís Journal which speaks of an Ayleid place somewhere, which has a huge stylised mosaic spider as a trap. This doesnít actually show up in any of the ruins in the game. So I thought I would do a little scorpion instead, for my joint. It took a while to get it semi-decent. So it, and 2 other glowing scorpions on the walls, now activate certain things.

Wednesday, 12th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:48) Iíve got all 80 NPCs done for Inner Depths: Oblivion 3. I did the 20 bandits today. I did 5 new gems which werenít in my Castle Riches plug-in, but I still want to do 5 or more other new items which could be smuggled. Although I donít know what. What things would smugglers be interested in? Or pirates? Iíve done crates of skooma.

Friday, 14th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:38) Financial Friday, itís been. Iíve been organising the closing of an investment Iíve had for about 21 years, which hasnít been performing too well over the last 6 years. I rang the N.A.B. about 5 times, but nobody seemed to be there to answer the call. Itís more like a bank twig than a branch there. I was also on the íphone with the investment joint, and I had to print out some PDF files to update my details, since they were still set to the Commonwealth Bank. I then have to wait until I hear back from them about that, and then I can send in the next lot of forms to transfer the money. Then Iíll need to create a new term deposit account at the bank, and transfer the money from my regular account to it. Itíd be good if they had a 4 year one or something, with higher interest. Mmm. So I got sod all done of Inner Depths: Oblivion 3 today, or much of anything else. But since Wednesday, I did come up with 3 more smuggled items. Perfume, caviar and silk. The perfumeís using a mesh I made for Morrowind, but I obviously changed its textures to use ones from Oblivion, and I had to add a Havok shape as well, so when you drop it, it tumbles about and all that.

Saturday, 15th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:02) I havenít got back to I.D.: O. 3 yet. Maybe tomorrow. It might be complete by the end of the month.
ē Anyway, I did a test to see if my (Cowon) X9 can play M4A files, but nope. It just says: Invalid file. Ah well. It was worth a try. It mightíve been a nice surprise if it could. Iíll have to convert any M4A files I have to either FLAC or Monkeyís Audio instead. Theyíll take up more room, but I donít want to recompress any in a lossy fashion.
ē Well, I have some other Love Live! related song links to add to my Music Page, so I shall go and do that now.

Tuesday, 18th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:52) I called the bank on Monday, since my statements for March still havenít arrived. They said theyíd been sent on the 31st (of March), and that maybe Easter had held things up. But that was 9 days ago, and still nothing. Thatís 4 letters from them so far that havenít got to me. So Iím going to see them in person and get them to print them there, or send them again. I dunno if itís figginí Australia Post whoís to blame or what. Probably. Other people have had missing mail lately as well. So I dunno what the f**k theyíre doing. I got my QU4RTZ CDs from JAPAN faster than this!
ē Then surprisingly, I got a new Visa card from the credit union, on the account I emptied. So perhaps they donít consider it closed.
ē The Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra have a new MV out. Oikoshiteku Hoshi, which translates to something like: Overtaking Stars. Itís done at a (horse) race course, so maybe theyíre aiming for some kind of track record.
ē I.D.: O. 3 is almost done. I did 2 books for it today, and a 3rd one which might be a bit rude for it. But it is funny.

Wednesday, 19th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:30) Oh no! That Underground History siteís gone! Aww. I liked reading about the old abandoned stations on there. What a bummer! I was talking about the Bull & Bush station after dinner this evening.
ē I got my statements from the bank in person. The woman said if they donít turn up again, I can call a íphone number to see whatís up.

Sunday, 23rd of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:23) Ah, no more Dame Edna! Poor Barry Humphries died yesterday. Heíd had hip surgery, apparently, and things went downhill from that. He was 89.
ē In case you missed it, I released Inner Depths: Oblivion 3 the other day. Check The Oblivion Review Page dealie.

Friday, 28th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:12) Oh no! Jerry Springer died yesterday. Struth. First it was Barry Humphries, and now him. Whoíll be next ever?
ē (23:40) Iím still doing my 2023 MV page, in case anybody had thought itíd come to a standstill. I just havenít found anything else good enough to put on it.

Sunday, 30th of April, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:55) Hereís something I thought was a bit interesting: Probably about 5 years ago, I saw a bunch of L.E.D.s hanging down at Market City in Sydney, most likely for Christmas time, so I thought Iíd get a photo of them. When I checked it on the camera, I couldnít believe it! They were all off! This then proved that they were flickering @ a very fast speed, and the camera caught them at the exact moment they were off. To your eyes you couldnít tell though. So I took the picture again, and this time they were on. Itís probably a method for reducing their perceived brightness that reduces the load on the components doing it. You would need one really tough variable resistor that could handle a lot of power otherwise.

Saturday, 6th of May, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:44) Apparently it could be 0įC tomorrow. Brrr! Although itíd be nice to see some snow this year.
ē I thought Iíd look up the alphabet of Georgia yesterday, but they actually have 3 of them. Although 2 of them arenít even all that well understood even by the people who live there, supposedly. Anyway, this turned out to be beneficial, because I was able to translate some Georgian text from a bitmap I got off ICQ yonks ago. It was an ad for tours / travel stuff. Itís also 20 years ago that they changed their flag to the one with the red crosses. The central one is to do with Saint George, like the English flag, and the smaller ones are to do with a Jerusalem cross, or something.
I also wrote out a file of Hiragana & Katakana characters from Japan, to try and get them memorised better. Maybe I can read more bits of Japanese more easily then.

Tuesday, 9th of May, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:28) The weirdest thing ever just happened! I turned on the computer at the front of the house where the printer is, to print out something for Motherís Day, and inexplicably, the printer just decides to print out a picture from The Kingís Woman! What the fiddly-f***?! Where the hell did it come from?! I havenít watched The Kingís Woman since last night! And I never took any screen shots of it to print! I just canít work it out. It was a picture of Gongsun Li saying: ďNo.Ē I donít even have any recent screen shots from the show like that. I am literally stumped as to how that even happened.
ē (13:37) After searching my 2ndary hard drive, I did find a picture like that, but how did it randomly print?! It was from 2 years ago as well. It doesnít make sense. Even if Windows XP has its quirks, Iíve never seen it start randomly choosing images to print.

Thursday, 11th of May, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:38) Iím going to start on Story Of Yanxi Palace tonight. Loads of people have said itís excellent, so fingers crossed theyíre right! I heard about it in 2019, or early 2020, back when I started on the other Chinese shows I looked @. Itís got 70 episodes, so: Whew! A real long one. If each one goes for 45 minutes, thatís 52Ĺ hours. There are several sites, where you can watch it officially. I might take the YouTube route this time, but itís also at Viki, where I saw the other shows. Speaking of which, I just finished my 2nd watch of The Kingís Woman the other night. It only took me about 2 years to get around to that! Ha ha. Then last night I watched The Palace again.
ē (23:00) I got through the 1st episode of Story Of Yanxi Palace. Phwoar ó I had to pause a lot to read the subtitles. Not only that, there were translation notes as well! But I guess that helped you to understand stuff. It was mostly a translation to American, rather than proper English, but I kind of suspected it might be. Just about ALL these things are. Although The Kingís Woman was a mixture. Anyway, S.O.Y.P. was kind of interesting to a point. It wasnít very gripping from the 1st episode. I think it might appeal more to people with a deep interest in the finer details of past Chinese culture. The architecture, clothing & embroidery were very impressive though. Thatís my observations from the 1st episode off YouTube anyway. Iím not sure if I feel any great urge to watch any more though.
ē Iíve also got 2 hands full of music videos to catch up on, so I wish I could stop my clocks to drag the night out a bit longer.

Saturday, 13th of May, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:20) I decided to watch Legend Of The Phoenix again last night. (My 2nd watch ever.) I got through 2 episodes. That is such a great show if you feel like watching something Chinese. The inside rooms in the palace are really beautiful, and if youíre into clothes, thereís some fancy outfits too. Especially the Empressís head-ware. Itís got 41 episodes, so itís not overly long. The music is really good as well, especially the introduction tune, which gives it a really classy feeling. If youíve watched lots of Chinese shows before, youíll recognise bits from Hengdian World Studios, which they seem to use for everything over there.

Monday, 15th of May, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:56) I called the bank today and got their statement issue sorted out. For some reason they hadnít been set to come to me in the mail. There mustíve been a mistake when I set the accounts up. Not by me though. Perhaps theyíre too pushy & assumptive about people wanting to use their web based services. Then, like before, the chap asked if he could send me a SMS message, and I said: ďNo. Because I donít have a mobile íphone.Ē LOL. Holey moley. The mobile telephone infestation on the planet now is just ridiculous. Iím getting sick of seeing them in music videos as well, as if theyíre something we should all somehow relate to, or something. Youíd think peopleíd be fed up with them.
ē I watched episodes 3 & 4 of Legend Of The Phoenix last night, which was great. They went too quick. No íphones in there, thatís for sure. Itís probably set over 1000 years ago or something, but itís all fictional.

Thursday, 18th of May, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:11) Itís been 20 years since OutRun 2 came out this year, and 30 years since Virtua Fighter! Holey moley! That was the same year of Cool Spot as well. Next year, it will be 40 years since the 1st Apple Macintosh computer.
ē (17:04) My UPS saved 2 of my computers from going off about 16 minutes or so ago. I had my MacBook converting a video, and whoosh! The light just went off, plus my clock. It came back on in about 15 seconds maybe. The power went off this morning for 20 minutes too and several towns got knocked out, so I dunno what snuffed it. MmmÖ so without my MacBookís battery working now, itís just as well I have been plugging it into my UPS for such events. I got ready to shut down my main PC, but the juice kicked back in before I closed all my programs. I had 45 minutes anyway, but the battery recharge time on the UPS is 8 hours, so you donít want to drain it completely. Well, as long as the power stays on for dinner now. I remember last year, I was cooking a steak, and it went off. Holey moley. But it came back on maybe a minute later at the most. Our neighbours have a backup generator.

Thursday, 25th of May, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:19) The power company changed our meters today. Well, their meters. They werenít ours to begin with. So that took about 40-ish minutes. Now itís apparently just a single meter, instead of the 2 we had previously. They gave us a monthís notice about it, which was good. As long as the new ones survive a jolt from any lightning.
ē I watched 3 epsiodes of Legend Of The Phoenix last night. I was really getting into it. Then I looked up about some of the actors, and I couldnít believe how many of them were younger than me! Iím either getting old, or the new people look older these days than what they really are.

Saturday, 3rd of June, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:42) I spent a lot of yesterday looking up stuff again about the Imperial Mountain Resort in Chengde (which is north-east of Beijing). Iíve got a couple of maps of the entire joint, but finding pictures of the places listed is very difficult. Looking up stuff in Chinese worked a bit better, but I really need some kind of conversion web site that can do Pinyin into Hanzi. If thatís possible. I did find 1, but it didnít work. It just came up with a bunch of error messages. It was easier getting information on things in Guilin and Shanghai. Probably because theyíre more popular with English speaking tourists perhaps. Oh! But one thing I did find of interest, were a collection of old photos from about 1920, of the resort. That was really surprising after looking at stuff from there a couple of years ago, when I 1st found out about it. Seeing how some of the buildings had been so dilapidated, and how the landscape seemed more bare, was quite the eye opener. At the same time, recognising some of the stuff from over 100 years ago was an interesting feeling too.
ē Iíve only got 4 episodes of Legend Of The Phoenix to go now! Aww! It was getting so good when I was looking at it last night. Itís on YouTube now as well, with subtitles, which I donít think it was originally. Or when I saw it 3 years ago anyhow.

Thursday, 8th of June, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:25) It seemed something got a bit loose with my video card again yesterday, in my main PC. I lifted it up to push the glass back to where it should be on the desk, and it mustíve got slightly disconnected or something. So I loosened and re-tightened its bolt, and then when I went to try it again, Iíd forgotten to plug the monitor back in. Figginí heck.
ē Thereís nothing new to report from me in regards to Morrowind or Oblivion. I havenít played poor Morrowind for almost 2 years. And I havenít played much of Oblivion lately either.
ē Tomorrow, if I donít forget, Iíll be changing the monthly software review back to Cog, MacAmp Lite X & XMPlay.

Sunday, 18th of June, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:23) Iíve got a new game coming out soon, once Iíve done 1 last check for bugs. I had a couple of issues with the compiler which werenít my fault, and had to work around them. Anyway, itís called Teddy Maze, and like Teddy & Bunny, you can make your own stages once again. This time though, theyíre a lot bigger.
ē Iíve got some new Japanese songs to put on my page for 2023 soon too. But I should be going to bed now. Iíve had a lot of late nights recently.

Monday, 19th of June, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:21) I was watching season 2 of Ramsayís Kitchen Nightmares, with Mumma Cheriís joint, and there was a funny bit in the kitchen. He said something about buffalo wings! What the fig are they supposed to be? When has anybody ever seen a flying buffalo? That must be a like a comic name or reference to something, for whatever the food was. It was like one of Gordonís menus with a loin of tuna. Well tuna fish donít have legs for starters, to even have loins. So I dunno what heís on about sometimes.
ē I looked up some new Australian flags today. There are some REALLY good designs out there. I was sold straight away on some of them. Itíd be exciting to kick out all that foreign British stuff and finally have something thatís purely our own. On the money too. For those of you from overseas, who donít know, we only had Queen Elizabeth on our coins and $5 note. The other notes have Australian people. The government shouldíve made the cut off point at the death of Queen Elizabeth 2. None of that old stuff is relevant any more. I personally think the coins should take inspiration from the Chinese money, and have scenes that are specifically Australian. Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, maybe pictures of our capital cities, etc. If we had those changes, I would be totally for them. That said, us Aussies SHOULD still be friends with the British, and welcome them if they want to visit, but I think itís time for these changes.

Thursday, 29th of June, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (17:14) I was contemplating getting some fibre optic ďcableĒ / a strand reel to make up my lotusÖ thing, that I originally planned to possibly make with L.E.D.s. You can get 50 m for about $14.35 off eBay, from a place in Sydney in 1 mm thickness, which is probably what I would use. I asked the seller if you can melt the ends, because you need them thicker than the rest of the strand, so they donít pull out of the surface. I havenít bought any of this stuff since probably 1990 or so. It might be different plastic now. Iím probably going to stuff the other ends into a piece of heat-shrink tubing, over the L.E.D.s themselves, and that should keep them lined up. I have some black stuff, and itís a bit shiny on the inside, so any extra reflection is welcome to get more light up the cable ends.
This wouldíve taken about 225 L.E.D.s, I think it wasÖ Yeah, see the 11th of January, last year, if itís still there, above what youíre reading now. So that wouldíve been quite insane, and it wouldíve lit the room up. Plus soldering that many wouldíve taken me a week maybe. Plus, it wouldíve used a lot of current, I think. So, if I use fibre optic strands, I can have maybe 16 per L.E.D., or something. Iíd have to test that. There are 86 green dots for the leaves on this thing, so that would be 6 L.E.D.s, rounded up. (There are 54 white dots, 59 in magenta and 26 in yellow.) The other alternative would be to have a light ďboxĒ for each colour with all the fibre optic strands coming out of them, and going to their appropriate locations in the image. But, as this is going on my wall, it needs to be pretty compact. Even if I use 20 L.E.D.s, thatís less than 1/10 of the original direct L.E.D. count.
Another thing that interests me, is side lit plastic. This would have to be done at a professional etching place though. You have little etched spots on it, which catch the light from below. If you had more than one colour though, youíd have to have a different layer of plastic for each. Although I donít know how well that would work.

Saturday, 1st of July, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:43) I tried engraving / etching my lotus design onto an old CD box cover as an experiment this afternoon. As you can see, it works, but itís messy. Iím not a master engraver. So perhaps it might be better to do the lines as a bunch of little dots. That way the thing isnít sliding around. The tip did want to spin off course on several occasions. The other thing is the persective. When youíre looking through to a printed piece of paper that you have to trace, the thickness of the plastic throws you off a bit. So before I go anywhere near my perspex sheets that I bought last year, Iím going to come up with a more consistent way of doing this on bits of scrap plastic.
I just used 4 green L.E.D.s to light this up, but if I do get something good finished, Iíll use the 4 colours you see above, and have them run vertically, rather than etching 4 separate pieces of plastic and trying to align them.

Tuesday, 4th of July, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:53) I got my lotus engraved onto a piece of perspex, but after a lot of woe. I had issues cutting it, and it kept cracking and being a pain. I think you need better tools, like LASERs to cut the stuff. Or a band saw. Anyway, in the end I got the thing done with 3 colours of L.E.D.s, but it doesnít show up quite so much in the picture. I added a bit more of a tint to it on my computer. If I do any more, Iíll get pre-cut perspex at the size I want, and only do one colour, and have the L.E.D.s at the bottom. Putting them to the side was quite tricky, to get a small enough holder. Mmm. So, itís not perfect looking, but itís fairly pretty. As you can see, I did it with dots, which was neater than the the image from the 1st.
I need to make a triple or quadruple adaptor for my transformer now, so I can plug more stuff into it. Iím low on wire though.

Thursday, 6th of July, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:37) Oh no! No no no! CoCo Lee has died! This is terrible news. It never wouldíve crossed my mind that she would be dying any time soon. IMDb says it was suicide. Iím really shocked and sad about that.

Friday, 7th of July, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:38) Why is it that so many cars of the recent 5 years or so, are such ugly piles of $#!á? Not only that, but they all seem look the same, with these strip-like lights on their fronts too. I think this is another example of how my fellow humans are really brain dead sheep who canít think differently from one another. And customers with no taste obviously keep buying them. Not only that, there seem to be an enormous amount of vehicles of late with malfunctioning head lights, like it was some kind of mass design flaw. I dunno whatís up with that. Is it just in my area? People may be half bothered to fix them, but itís still illegal to have non-working car lights.
ē I passed 15 000 000 Septims in Oblivion the other night! I think I could buy up all of Cyrodiil with that. When you really need the money @ the start of the game, itís hard to build up, then when you donít need so much later on, you have too much.
ē I actually got a handful of new decent songs over the last few days, which has been surprising. I added 3 or so of them to the MVs page for this year as well. The countries Iím focussing on at the moment are Japan, of course, China, if Iím lucky, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia and Vietnam. If you ask me, the British music has gone right down the sewer since 20 or so years ago. All I seem to see listed these days is $#!á-head gangsters and other depressing cr@p, so I just avoid anything from there now. It used to be so much better around the turn of the century, and just before, like in 1998.
ē (15:30) Oh yeah! That was another thing I was going to rant about ó what is it with all these offensive, arrogant jerks in some music videos sticking up their rude fingers? Are they just so cocky that they think customers will buy their B.S. regardless? I made a list of all these little pr*cks so I donít accidentally get any of their cr*p in the future. There was even one from Australia, sadly. Weíre not all like them.

Tuesday, 8th of August, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:52) I tried making a 4 transistor based chaser circuit, based on the 3 transistor one I showed on my Electronics Circuits Page, but all I got was the effect of 2 flip flop circuits. I wasnít happy with that circuit with the 3 transistors either, so I removed it. This then threw a spanner in the works for a chaser circuit I wanted to make later in the year. I really wanted to do a 4 ďchannelĒ one with 3 L.E.D.s on @ a time from each channel. Perhaps output is a better word than channel. I dunno. Anyway, I regard this as a moving gap chaser, or inverted chaser circuit. There are circuit diagrams to do this directly off a 4017 I.C. This is okay for a couple of L.E.D.s, but from that forum discussion I read 3 years ago, I donít want to risk stressing the I.C. with the likes of 18 super bright L.E.D.s running off it directly at any one time. So Iím still inclined to include one of those ULN2803APG darlington transistor arrays. Or maybe 4 BC639 transistors. Anyway the solution to inverting the L.E.D.s from on to off may be a 4001 NOR gate I.C. This only has 4 outputs, so it would still fit in with what I want to do. This would then connect between the counter and the ULN2803APG I.C. I havenít seen any examples of people doing this, but I think it will work, based on how Iíve seen it in other circuits. I will include a circuit diagram here when I get one drawn up, and you can comment. If anybody actually sees this.
ē After saying about ugly and unoriginal cars the other day, I found out about Tang Hua electric cars from China 2 days ago, and they look quite unique. Thereís a strange 4 seat one, which looks like a van, and its front is quite cute.
ē (23:59) Okay, the diagram is to the left. I canít test it though, because I donít currently have any 4001 I.C.s.

Sunday, 13th of August, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:21) Ooh my goodness. I had to do a simple, but very awkward fix of my main PC today. Iíve pretty much only just turned it on. Well, about 20 minutes ago. Yesterday, I noticed that the power button was acting iffy, and I had to press it in a strange way to get it to turn on. Then today: Nothing! No matter how I pressed the button, it wouldnít work. The button is part of the case, and screwed in, in a way which would require you to remove a lot of stuff to get to it. So instead, I snipped the wires to it with some scissors, and went about connecting a push button from my box of electronic components left overs. The wires they used to connect to the motherboard though, are those awful silvery looking things that you can barely solder to. I hate that wire. Itís plain copper or nothing for me. So I eventually got my extension wires to stick, after doing most of it left handed, shrunk on some heat shrink tubing, tied my new wire to an unused SATA drive cable with bread ties, and ran a little red push button out of the unused ~14.8 cm drive bay on the top. Very professional Iím sure. So now I can press that, and it will turn on. Iím going to put a plastic cover over it though, I think. Iíve got a tube thing for ear plugs which might be suitable. Mmm, so if I didnít have a soldering iron, and left over buttons, and all the other handy things, Iíd be stuffed, probably. And Iíd go to the computer shop, and theyíd probably take an age, or say you need a new PC. Maybe.
ē (15:33) Yeah, I donít want to jinx myself, but there are so many things I need to be aware of with my main computer. If I ever did take it to some shop, Iíd have to warn them. So thereís the new power button dangling out the front as of today, the blue L.E.D. for the original button doesnít work most of the time, the USBís power is iffy, you can only have 1 hard drive internally now (for some reason I donít understand), you have to enter the BIOS set up section every time you turn it on, and the clock sometimes freezes when itís running off the button battery. When I say the USB powerís iffy, it means it may drop out unexpectedly. So when I used to have my mouse plugged into it, it would sometimes be seen by Windows XP as being unplugged. So I have to use the PS 2 port, and my hard drive caddy has its own power supply. I do have a USB hub in my monitor, but itís dead as well!

Monday, 14th of August, 2023
Dadís 76th birthday

Todayís current mood:
ē (14:01) Holey moley! I had trouble with my main PC again today! It seems the power button may not have been at fault after all! When I pressed my new button today, nothing happened! Then one of the wires fell off that mother f***ing silvery wire, so I had to resolder that, and still nothing! One I thing I noticed, which seemed a bit odd, was that the motherboard L.E.D. & mouse L.E.D. were flashing. Now normally I wouldnít see either, but it did seem odd. When I looked up about that on the web for this motherboard ó the ASUS A8V-MX, it was suggested that it could be an error with the RAM, but it said after power was applied. Does that mean when the PSU is turned on, or the actual motherboard from the power button? Because there was no power beyond the PSU coming partially on. So I dunno. I got out a load of dust, and eventually it was working again. Maybe something became a bit conductive in there. So much for my caseís power button, but all symptoms pointed to that yesterday. And the fact that it worked with the new button I put on, proved it in my mind. If the RAM has been at fault, there has been no suggestion of it. Nothing has crashed or frozen in Windows XP. There have been no instances of stuttering audio or anything acting weird. Unless something else is to blame. Letís see what happens tomorrow, or today.

Tuesday, 15th of August, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:16) More computer woes today. No start up again. The L.E.D.s flashing again. They should actually be ďstableĒ with no flashing, when the PSU is turned on. And by that, I mean the power from the house. Not when you press the power button. Anyway, itís obviously working at the moment, since Iím typing this. I took out my video capture card though, in case I kill it. I donít use it much anyway. I took the RAM out, and cleaned it, and put it in the other socket, and that made no difference really, but it was quite dusty, and a bit grubby. I also took the video card out, and tried the built-in videoÖ thing. And that didnít work. I think it might actually be the big power plug to the motherboard which needs attention. Thatís another possibility. I did sort of jiggle it a bit. Then it was working again. The 1st time the motherboard L.E.D. was stably lit, the computer was starting, but not beeping, and there was no image to the monitor. Plus the number lock L.E.D. on the keyboard was flickering a bit. So perhaps power hasnít been getting through somewhere. Iím not really too sure what Iím going to do if this thing packs it in completely. If Windows didnít suck so much now, Iíd aim for something new perhaps, but since it does, Iíd probably have to go for Linux of some description. Or at least something that can run Windows 7. I could probably deal with that. Or move everything to my 2018 PC, so long as it keeps running. My Dadís computer is even older than mine, and itís in better condition.

Sunday, 27th of August, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:35) My goodness. The last 12 days! My main PC just refused to turn on in the end, no matter what I tried. All I got was the flashing L.E.D. on the motherboard. So I dunno what that means. Maybe something was up with the power supply. I dunno. Or something else most likely failed. I was in the middle of typing, and the picture just went on the monitor. Although other stuff was still working, like my music playing. So I decided it was probably best to get a replacement computer off eBay. There were a lot of used PCs on there for real cheap, but I thought something new would be the more wise decision for the long term. I found somebody selling a bunch with a small tower case and Windows 7 for $550, brand new. So I thought I would take that route. This one also has one of those static storage drives, to avoid any ambiguity, rather than a motorised hard drive. Although, again, theyíre both hard.
The CPU is a 3.7 GHz Intel Core i3 6100, which I think is a quad core type. It shows up in Windows 7 as having 4 cores, but the hardware monitor program I have only shows it as 2 cores, but 4 CPUs. So Iím not sure. Anyway, itís still faster than my 2.4 GHz single core AMD Athlon 64.
ē (15:46) After a quick check on the web, itís dual core. Itís just hyper threaded like my Core i7 one. So it probably performs like a quad core CPU. Anyway itís fast enough for my uses. No Sound Blaster card this time. Just the built-in Realtek I.C., and Iíve just got the built-in Intel GPU as well. Although there is a PCI express slot for a better video card. But Iíll save my 2018 P.C. for games.
One thing I wasnít giving up was Windows XP, despite its quirks. So I installed it in a virtual machine ó in this case, Virtual Box. I made up a 30 GB virtual drive, and got it installed. That should be enough, because Iím using shared directories for dealing with my regular files. So I really only need room for programs to be installed. Plus, since some programs donít get along with Windows 7, this is my other option. Plus for 16 bit programs too.
Now itís time for the rant about how Microsoft really p!$$Äd me off. After I got Windows XP installed, as we nearly all know, you need to activate it. I tried the method over the Internet, and like 2018, when I did my last re-install, it failed. So I thought: ďItís late at night. Iíll ring tomorrow.Ē So the next day, I went to the íphone, equipped with that massive number you need to enter. I got onto the activation service, with some simulated woman yapping at high speed. For some weird reason, they wanted me to enter a number on the telephone that was told to me. In this case it was 432. So I entered it in. The simulated voice is like: ďThatís not a match!Ē & it gets me to try again. The same thing happens. Iím like: ďWhat the f**k?!Ē So I ring back, do a different number, and still nothing. ďF**king Microsoft!Ē Iím thinking. ďTheir íphone service is just as cr@p as their operating systems.Ē So Iím already p!$$Äd off at this stage, since I have a short fuse. But it gets worse, of course! So I go back to my new PC, and check the other telephone number, because the 1st one is toll free. So I get that, and head back to the íphone. (The telephoneís near the kitchen, not in my room with the computers.) Then all I get is a message along the lines of: ďThis number has been discontinued. Please ring blah blah blah blah instead.Ē
ďF**king hell!Ē Iím thinking. And she rattles the number off at some insane speed, which you canít possibly remember, or write down. The stupid, brain dead, mother f**kers! I had to ring this number about 5 times, and have somebody else write it down. I finally get it, and ring the 3rd íphone number. Then what do I get: ďOh, weíve discontinued this so that you donít have to wait in a queue. Just go toĒ And Iím in a RAGE by this stage. I almost smashed the íphone, and I was swearing about the absolute c*nts at MS for giving me such a run around, and I didnít even get to speak with anyone! So I said: F**k you! And I found a little 18 KB program that came out early last year, which basically simulates that íphone activation business. And it worked! So yay to that at least. But what a way to screw over your legitimate customers who PAID for their copy of Windows XP. Iím never buying any more Microsoft $#!+ again. Not even hardware.
Oh yeah ó and that web site ó it didnít even load anything. I used Firefox 93 in Tiny Core Linux, since itís my newest browser from like only 2 years ago, and all I got was a white page of nothing. So yeah. What a crock of utter $#!+ Microsoft truly are. I wanted somebody to execute Bill Gates. BillGates.exe. Run it and execute him!
ē Woo! That riled me up again, just thinking about it. Anyway, Windows XP is pretty snappy on this thing, even in the simulated computer. Prior to the new computer arriving though, I had to use my 2018 P.C. to do stuff, and it was amazing that even after 10 years, I still wasnít aware of how annoying Windows 7 is with Explorer. I had to install Q-Dir to survive, and make more registry tweaks to get consistency in file information. I also used Corel Photo-Paint 11 for some stuff, and itís a touch buggy too, which I didnít know. I got memory errors coming up. Although maybe it doesnít like Windows 7 much. Plus the over scroll is mega slow! Normally when youíre drawing a line in Photo-Paint 8, and go off the edge of the picture, it scrolls along rapidly so you can keep going, but in version 11, it was painfully slow. Anyway, I have version 8 re-installed under Windows XP now, so Iím back to normal. Hopefully.
DivX does not work too well either in that virtual computer environment, nor Power DVD 6. (You see no image, and in DivX compressed video, you get distorted lines.) But it does work fairly well on Windows 7, although the OS says it isnít really compatible. (PowerDVD 6 that is.) Another thing I didnít realise, is how VLC seems to have so much tearing in videos. This was pointed out by other people too, and if youíre running it on Windows, itís an idea to try it with Direct Draw for the output module. I guess when I used it in Windows XP, it wasnít too bad. Iíll try to mention that on my Computer Page for more tips. Plus about my Pegasus MJPEG codec.
So yeah, itís taken so long to get things back up and running again. I even had to re-write my text file searcher program, due to some file missing from Visual BASIC. Iím going to update that on the Downloads Page soon.

Sunday, 3rd of September, 2023
(Fatherís Day)

Todayís current mood:
ē (12:41) I had some partially good AA size Energiser batteries near my TV, and the beeping things leaked, didnít they? They were supposed to be used by November 2028! 5 & a bit years from now!!! What a crock. I should buy those Chinese EastPower batteries. The ones in my TVís remote control not only havenít leaked in 18 years, but they still work! They donít get a lot of use though. In terms of the 2 most popular brands of batteries, I used to prefer Duracell. I didnít buy the Energiser ones anyway. They were given to me. So now some of the paintís come off my TV and game console stand thing from the acid. Damn. OhÖ hereís an Ever Ready one by the keyboard. That can fig off into the bin too. (Bang, clonkÖ Damn! I missed.) Actually, I should change to rechargeable batteries in AA size, because I already have a charger for those nickel metal hyrdride type ones.
ē Things are feeling a bit more ďhomelyĒ with my new PC now. Sort of. Iíve had more issues on this one when it comes to playing audio and video files. Maybe some of my software could use updating here and there. This built in Realtek sound processor thing is a bit of a wuss compared with my Sound Blaster Audigy. Itís so quiet. You really have to crank it with my headphones on. With the SB Audigy, you didnít need the volume levels anywhere near as high. I could probably use a mini amplifier that will fit under my monitor, with an equaliser on it too. But I can use my Sharp audio system I guess.
My Windows XP installation is up to 3.18 GB now. So thatís not too bad.
ē I had to get a new CD ripper (program), because Nero 5 is a special version, which only works with the Lite On drive it came with. It installed fine in Windows 7, and worked, but you canít choose the new drive to copy stuff from. What a bummer. And that Lite On drive is still in top condition, even after 20 years. But because itís got a parallel connection, I doubt I could plug it in to this motherboard. Maybe I could find a caddy or something to connect it via the USB.
ē Be sure to check out my new review of those media player programs too!

Friday, 8th of September, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:56) I thought there was a new-ish TV company called Kogan. I just looked it up. It actually means testicles in Japanese! Yep, 睾丸. They had some big bollocks coming up with such a company.

Saturday, 9th of September, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:22) Brrr! Winter may have ended, but this morning you could freeze the balls off a brass monkey! Itís been colder than the last days of Winter. The monthly changing software reviewís been updated, and itís Winamp again this month.
ē (19:52) I was doing one of those word finder puzzles after dinner. One called ďIn Court.Ē There were some very funny extra words in there: Bob Hawke Hide Maid Coffin Loft Warm USA. Hmmm! A hidden message about the old prime minister! Then in one called ďFull Of Promise,Ē there was USSR hidden in there too!

Sunday, 17th of September, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:12) Happy birthday to Yuji Naka today. Heís 58 now. Boy, he mustíve only been 26 when he did Sonic The Hedgehog.

Friday, 29th of September, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:10) I was watching series 3 of Some Mothers Do íave íem again. When Frank goes to see about getting a telephone, thereís a poster on the wall for a service called Dial-A-Disc, which you rang on 160. Iíd seen it in the past, but I decided to look up what it was tonight. It turns out it was introduced in the 1960s in Britain to let you hear music on your telephone. The quality was understandably bad though. At 1st I thought it might have been like a record hire service, and theyíd bring one íround to your house, but apparently not. I dunno how much of an enjoyable experience it wouldíve been. Maybe you could put your íphone handset near a microphone for an amplifier, and listen to it better in your house. I read in a forum that there was even a service for bed time stories.

Satuday, 30th of September, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:03) I was reading up again to see if Britainís ridiculous TV licence fee had gone by the board, but it still seems that theyíre at it, hiding behind a corrupt portion of their law, and even trying to extend the licence to electronic devices that arenít even TVs, like computers. According to one video, they recently forked out £20 000 000 to send more thugs íround to peopleís houses for their racketeering, which is to last until 2027. Itís insane that they still expect people to pay for something that they make no effort to prevent. You donít see Microsoft sending people íround to various houses looking for valid operating system licences, and then expecting them to pay for them if they had a Mac! Itís exactly the same thing. By their manner of actions, this is self-evident. But itís not just the British ó even the Japanese still have the curse of the NHK demanding money. Apparently people there hide when the TV folks come knocking. Youíd think the Japanese with all their experience in electronics could come up with a way to encrypt TV shows to everyone, apart from those who pay. Itís the simplest solution. If you donít want a service, you donít pay for it, and youíre prevented from having it. That makes sense, and itís fair. How can supposedly civilised nations still have this irrelevant bull$#!+ now? It makes no sense, and it reflects badly on them in the eyes of those of us from outside their countries. I think even Germany still has something like this too. At least they did a few years ago. And also Ethiopia ó there you could even got to gaol for 5 years! What a crock of $#!+! Itís for a TV! The TV company dictators should be in prison. Not the other way íround. If this didnít actually affect peopleís lives so much, itíd be laughable. Thank goodness us Aussies ditched this cr*p decades ago. Some people argued that itís our tax that pays for the likes of the ABC, but we donít get a bill for it. I donít pay several hundred dollars a year for anything I donít use. I havenít watched the fizzing brainwashing box in 12 years. So Iím with you, the folks being screwed over, from whatever country youíre from. You do have foreign sympathy.

Thursday, 12th of October, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:57) Mother fudge! I was trying out SheepShaver yesterday and today, (to see how Mac OS 9 would run,) and the freaking thing f**ked up the time stamps on several hundred files for my web site! What kind of bug did they overlook for that to happen ever?! It somehow put nearly every file, except for RAR files, 15 hours ahead! WTF?!!! So to anybody who plans to use that, I would be REALLY careful about doing so, and what directories you access from it. For me: Screw it. Iím not going to risk that happening again. Now I have to go through all my files, restore them from backups and manually fix the times that it stuffed. Plus some other directories got messed with too. There wasnít even any read me file, or any other warning that suggested something like that might be a problem with it. You wouldnít even imagine such a problem anyway. Then to top it off, when I was restoring files earlier, the freaking power went off! Thank beep for my UPS!

Friday, 20th of October, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:16) Iíve got another Oblivion plug-in in progress. One with respawning NPCs who travel about. Like other adventurers, hopefully peddlers and so on. Iíve only done 1 NPC at the moment, and the way itís going, itíll be next year before I get it done.

Friday, 27th of October, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:29) My Wandering N.P.C.s plug-in for Oblivion is coming along well. I added some peddlers, but it took an age to work out how to get them to actually peddle. While a character is travelling to a destination, they canít offer services apart from recharging, training and repairing. So the trick was to add another AI package for them to wander on the spot, when you approach. I also worked out how to do a tree house.

Wednesday, 1st of November, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:14) Wandering N.P.C.s for Oblivion is almost completed. I was hoping to add some more books of poetry, but Iím too stuffed to come up with anything today. I feel like I want to go back to bed. Anyway, since I last wrote about this, I also added a group of 3 ďexplorersĒ who go íround together to 7 different locations. They do a different one each day. You can hang out with them if you feel like barging into a place and taking out all the baddies in a hurry. Or just watch to see if theyíll survive. As for the other 20 adventurers that I started with, if you find all of them, youíll be added to their faction, which lets you legally get stuff theyíve collected.
ē The amount of new songs coming out over the last month really seems to have dwindled. I dunno if itís related to the web site I go to, to see what there is, or if there really has been a decline. It feels like once October came around, everyone threw the towel in for the year.
ē (15:40) Mmm, so I would say that this yearís best finds in terms of music were the big wad of Love Live! songs from Japan, and Dejan Vunjak from Slovenia. They were the most impressive. Hopefully next year I will find somebody else whoís really great as well. Last year it was Heesey, and for 2021 it was Sumika, who are both from Japan.

Thursday, 2nd of November, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (18:30) I heard on the grape vine, as they say, that Grandpaís Shed at Fitzroy Falls is having a 20% off sale on everything, so I hope that isnít an indication that the dudeís finishing the place up. So, if youíre in that area, (in the Southern Highlands region of NSW,) swing on by for some bargains. They have old valve based radios, a really old car radio that I saw the last time I was down that way some months back, a cocktail cabinet style Zig Zag arcade game (which is a knock off of Dig Dug), an old TV, a couple of pianos, I think, various garden tools, a box full of old valves (as in the electronic ones), photography equipment, CDs, DVDs, weights, signs, some model trains, tableware, old magnetos for telephones and goodness knows what else! So if youíre looking for old wares, and are hoping for something interesting, swing on by. I will try to get there next week.
Also, in the area, my Dad tells me that All Aboard, the model shop, is closing after 35 years. Theyíre now at Bowral, but they used to be atÖ uhÖ ohÖ that town passed Mittagong. Braemar, I think. So if youíre looking for model railway supplies, pop on by there too. They might have some bargains.
ē In other news, I found some more Japanese songs last night, so Iím in the process of updating The 2023 Music Videos Page.

Saturday, 4th of November, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:44) There was some sodding sneaky service for M.S. Internet Explorer running behind the scenes on my main PC, (in Windows 7) that I discovered last night. Youíd think that when I removed that ďfeatureĒ as they call it, it would be disabled as well, but it seems all the junk under the sun still remains. So I was able to find where to turn it off, and I deleted all the files as well, so itíll never run again now. Something to do with RSS feeds, which Iíve never used in my life, even in any other browser. All that Internet stuff in the Control Panel is pretty much irrelevant outside of Internet Explorer as well. You can actually hide a bunch of Control Panel items that you donít use, by using the Group Policy Editor. Thereís a thing called Hide Specified Control Panel Items under User Configuration Administrative Templates Control Panel. You can just type in the name you see, and that item will be hidden. It makes it much more tidy and easier to find things of relevance. There you go ó you can see in my sample image how Iíve trimmed it down. Do a search for Control Panel images on the web, and you can see how much more there is by default.
I trimmed up my Windows XP one just then as well. Speaking of trimming things up in Windows XP, now that Iím running it in VirtualBox, I saved some space by deleting that entire ďdllcacheĒ directory as well. (Which is at C:\Windows\System32) Itís only there in case you delete the wrong thing from your system files, but since I have the entire OS installation backed up, thereís no need to worry about it any more. Thereís some program I got years ago, which I should crack back out, that does some kind of drive tidy up, so that virtual machine disk ďimagesĒ are smaller, when you delete stuff from the guest OS too. Although it canít be too bad, because my VDI file is smaller than what Windows XP is saying Iíve used, so that must be to do with compressed files in there somewhere. Windows XP says Iíve used 4.52 GB of space, but the VDI file is 4.12 GB. So Iím saving 409.6 MB somehow.

Tuesday, 7th of November, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:59) Well, I went to Grandpaís Shed. Sadly, it sounds like the chap thereís going to sell up, or close the place anyway. He said he built it 26 years ago. There was some interesting stuff, and I got a photo of an old car radio that looked like it came out ofÖ I dunnoÖ more like a truck or something. It was pretty rugged looking. So yep ó pop on in, if youíre in the region of Fitzroy Falls in the Southern Highlands. Theyíve got vintage jugs (for heating water), a few (electronic) valves, although some were unmarked, some big lamps, old radios, cameras, records, 2 pianos, those old ďPianolaĒ rolls, or whatever they are, that Zig Zag arcade game, various electrical meters, old coins, old bottles, old fans, old heaters, that old colour TV I mentioned the other day, and even a few pieces of full size railway track. The dude has 20% off everything.
ē (19:32) This right here, is the model of radio I saw today.
ē (19:50) Hereís my own photo now after all. I think they wanted a bit much for it. Although car radios arenít really my expertise. Mmm, but no frequencies listed on this. Just the station names for each state. But it was AM only, which is probably to be expected for 1953.
Some of the valves they had there were huge in size. I dunno what they were. Plus what they said was a spotlight, which had a massive light bulb. It was made with brass and stuff too, so I donít know how old it was.
ē I ordered some DVDs for Christmas today ó the original Psycho from 1960, and The Poseidon Aventure. Plus One Hour Photo for myself as soon it arrives. Iíve never seen that one, or Psycho. I saw the 1 with Anne Heche though, about 21 years ago.

Wednesday, 8th of November, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:13) I got a message from eBay saying you could now also use your finger print as an extra security measure for your account. But who the heck would even own a finger print scanner anyway? About 0.01% of people? Maybe if you were with the police or something. What else would you even use one for? That was really weird. And how the fig would it even work with your web browser anyway?
ē Ugh ó off to the dentist tomorrow for a filling, clean up and X-ray imaging. Or whatever you want to call it. Thatíll be the highlight of the week.
ē Iím still waiting on some replacement ear pads for my noise cancelling headphones that I ordered on the 26th of October. Crikey theyíre slow getting here. They only have to come from Punchbowl. They must have a snail delivering them. You could walk to Punchbowl and back quicker than this.
ē (19:03) All right! Heeseyís got some kind of new mini album out called Paint It Red. It only seems to have 3 tunes. The songs @ YouTube are dated from just 1 month & 5 days ago. I hope thereíll be a MV of one of the good ones. Anyway, check out Paint It Red, HomeTown and Tango De Cero.

Thursday, 9th of November, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (18:51) I didnít do so well @ the dentistís surgery. He wants me to come back for 3 more 1 hour visits yet, because todayís X-ray imagery showed up areas of decay in a few of my back teeth, including underneath some of my previous fillings. What a bummer. Itís lucky I do clean my teeth so well, & use dental floss, because they could be even worse. So now I need to spend extra time on using the dental floss. I had my 1st injection since I was a kid today too, for the anaesthetic. It wasnít too bad. My gumís a bit sore though now. My very 1st filling has to come out as well. Itís one of those amalgam ones with the mercury in it, I think. Thatís not the reason though ó itís the decay underneath. So Iíll no doubt be having more injections for all that. Thatís not until the 7th, 12th & 19th of December. Itís a bit disheartening when you make all that effort to clean your teeth, and you still end up with problems. But then imagine if I didnít clean them at all! Iíd probably be missing a whole bunch by now. As for the dentist, he didnít have time to clean my teeth today ó my one tooth took nearly an hour for him to fix up.

Wednesday, 15th of November, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:15) Iíve been going through more Japanese songs written in Japanese, and boy itís been dragged out. I can only read some of their letters, so itís super slow. If you are Japanese, or speak the language fluently, youíd be crying with frustration, watching me doing at one letter at a time, going: Hmm ó whatís this one? And looking it up on my chart of Hiragana & Katakana characters. Because itís written in videos, I canít select the text. I have to work it out for myself. As for the Kanji letters ó forget about it. There are thousands of them, so I have to skip them and piece it together & hope for the best with search results. Anyhoo, Iíd better get back to it. Keep an eye on my Music Page for new links if I find anything good. Specifically for this year.

Saturday, 18th of November, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:00) Holey moley ó look at this DVD of Downton Abbey. It looks like it came out of a muddy pond after a decade of lying there. I knew we had issues with both series 2 & 3 when we got them, but this oneís got even worse. Itís like the plastic is eroding or something. The look & feel is like it was covered in a layer of spray on glue, then sprinkled over with really fine dusty sand. It wonít wipe off; it seems to get worse if you try it with a moist cloth. Itís like moisture has actually broken down the plastic. It must notíve been finished properly. Or something went wrong with it. As for the squiggley lines, I can only assume this is where dust was protecting it, but it looks like a worm licked it off. Iíve never seen anything like this before. Luckily we got replacement copies some years ago. The other discs in the series also have what look like corrosion from finger prints, almost like theyíve started to grow mould. These are most likely far beyond saving now. All our DVD players had problems reading them when they were new, let alone like this.
This is in focus, by the way. Itís just that the reflection is causing a doubling effect.

Thursday, 30th of November, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:31) I got my 4th flags pack done, so do check that out on the Downloads Page. It also tells you what you get. Youíll need Art Of Illusion though to open the files. If you want to see previews, check out the images I uploaded @ DeviantArt.

Sunday, 3rd of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:22) Yep. Beepiní Summer now. Sticky, smelly sweat, storms & humidity. Ugh. I know some people love Summer, but youíre barmy.
ē One thing Iíve noticed about Windows 7, since Iím using it more now, is that itís slower sorting files than Windows XP was. When you go to open files in a program, you can see it adding the files in the directory to the dialogue box. In Windows XP, it would come up close to instantly. At least it doesnít seem to suffer with that random refresh problem now. Files you selected several hours ago seem to remain selected, which is good if you were looking at files by a certain collection of dates. Windows XP would go: ďOh yeah ó I need to refresh that.Ē And youíd be like: ďAh, you pr**k! Where was I up to?!!Ē Of course that still happens with it in Virtual Box.
ē If you havenít looked already, be sure to check out the Electronic Circuits Page, for how to make a battery out of some old coins. After doing the thing where you could make about ľ of a volt with your hands on copper coins & some foil, I figured you could replace your hands with vinegar and get a better result. It turns out other people have tried similar methods too, including using lemon juice. You only need about 5 clean copper coins, some aluminium foil, and some thick paper / thin cardboard / bits of towel soaked in salty vinegar, to get a L.E.D. to light up. Just the thing MacGyver could use in a power failure when heís out of batteries / candles.
ē Off to the dentist on Thursday. I need him to fix the tooth he fixed last time. It isnít quite right. *Sigh.* Why canít something good be coming up on the agenda instead? Like frolicking about in the nude with some beautiful women.
ē (16:42) Apparently Microsoft nagged some users of Windows XP and Windows 7 with messages that they were dropping ďsupportĒ for those operating systems. Well, this mustíve only applied if you were using Windows Update, as Iíve never seen them ever. As far as my Windows XP & Windows 7 installations are concerned, they both ďknowĒ nothing of any later editions of Windows existing. I donít think Apple ever used these tactics. Then again, I never used automatic updates on my Macs either. I downloaded what updates I wanted, and I can just add them if I need to re-install Mac OS X. Thatís the best way to do it. You donít have to wait for anything to transfer from the Internet, and you donít run the risk of Apple pulling the plug on hosting the files.
ē (21:07) From what I was reading, the NHK extortionists in Japan sound even worse than the British ones. Thereís actually a political party in Japan that aims to protect people from NHK, so that proves that there are decent people with common sense over there. I wonder what their excuse is for not encrypting stuff. And like the Brits, they seem to want money for non-TV products too, like computers. That really is just bull-$#!+, and stepping way over the line. Itís evidence of greed, trying to rob people from stuff they should have no right to do. But these bent laws that these companies abuse & hide behind lets this behaviour continue, rather than saying: ďWell, there may be this law, but we wonít treat people like this, just because it exists.Ē
In terms of computers, itís probably even easier to make an account based service for Internet provided content. Thatís the sensible solution.

Monday, 4th of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (23:27) I was reading that people from China were aiming to get a magnetically levitating train up to 1 megametre per hour by using some kind of evacuated tubes. As in a vacuum. That should give the airlines a run for their money for local travel. Yeah, and apparently without the vacuum, the trains could still reach over 600 km per hour. That one in Japan that goes about that speed is just nuts fast. I saw a bit of a dodgy video of it, but the gist of it could be understood. Itís not quite as quiet as I wouldíve thought. It still makes a bit of sound, despite not having any motors. Thereís supposed to be a huge railway project to link some part of China with Moscow in Russia. Whether theyíll negotiate with the Kazakhs to go through there, or use that gap between there and Mongolia, I have no idea. Thereís supposed to be some tunnel between Denmark & Germany being done too. My Dadís into all this train related stuff. If youíve read any of the Australian railway related magazines, youíll probably spot his name somewhere.

Tuesday, 5th of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:02) Todayís joke for your amusement:
How does a vulcanologist find their way íround @ night time?
With a lava lamp.
ē (14:02) I remember spending an age looking for recording locations from shows in England, like that Normansfield Theatre, Shrubís Wood in Buckinghamshire, and also the folly at Fawley Court, also in Buckinghamshire, but now Iím trying to track down this place that keeps coming up in Japanese music videos. Itís this location for indoor / outdoor use. Itís got this fake shop that stands out, with a sign that says: ďAmerican Gluting (?) Bar: EUDAEMONISM.Ē Whatever thatís supposed to mean. Thereís also a beige looking Citroen 2CV car there. iRis had it in Heart Beat Kyūjōshō, it was just in Heart Diamond by Super*Girls (on the 25th of November), Chou Very Good! used it for Congrazie!, Say-La were there for Seishun Igunoransu, and Iíve seen it come up in other videos too. Write in and tell me if you know where it is. Iím going to try to track it down myself, anyway. Iíd still be interested to know that white building with the British stuff inside is, thatís in Korea, too.

Saturday, 9th of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:00) Phwoar! It was a bit of a hot one today. Not the worst ever, but still more than Iíd like. My new PCís certainly running cooler than my poor old 2006 one. The CPU only got up to about 50įC, and the fan was only running a bit over 1000 R.P.M. The other one got up to about 90įC, or more, in the Summer, with fan speeds close to 6000 R.P.M. It was almost always like that. The AMD Athlon 64 sure was a tough CPU to survive it though. I shouldíve written some kind of eulogy for that computer, after all the stuff it achieved for me.
ē Well, itís only 2 weeks & 2 days until Christmas. Whereís the year buzzed off to? It only seems like the other day that the tree got put away.
ē I watched Kill Stalin the other night. Well, over 3 nights anyway. That was pretty good too. There are only 8 episodes, which run for about 51 minutes each. Hereís a link to the 1st episode @ YouTube, if you fancy it. Itís based on real events, and it has subtitles, luckily.
ē I had another tooth fixed at the dentist on Thursday. That was the one behind the previous 1, so the gap that was there is now closed up more. I got another anaesthetic injection, and boy ó my mouth felt so weird later one. Like I had a big blob of plastic jelly in it.

Monday, 11th of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:08) I was sorting through stuff on my new PC that I donít need last night, and came across this whopping big file that was over 800 MB, for Adobe Acrobat Reader. Well, it was nothing to do with the version I have installed, because it only takes up 25.1 MB normally. So it mustíve been from the person that installed the operating system. Plus it was under C:\Program Files\Common Files\ anyway. So that hit the bin super fast. Then I installed some other programs I was in 2 minds about, since I got more than double the space back that was required for it. So it pays to look around your drive for excess stuff.

Wednesday, 13th of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:20) Next month, Iím going to have a review of the Corel Draw Graphics Suite 11, which is around 21 years old. Itís hard to believe! I do a lot of comparisons with version 8, and speak about why parts of that are still better. In the meantime, check out my current software review.

Monday, 18th of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (21:59) I wonder how many operating systems the average computer owner has installed. I was making a count of my collection just then. Iíve got about 7 copies of Windows (Windows 3.11, Windows í95, Windows 2000, Windows XP ◊ 2, Windows 7 ◊ 2), React OS, 4 copies of Mac OS X, System 6, Mac OS 9, & Tiny Core Linux. So thatís a lot! Quite a few are in virtual machine status though. Windows 3.11 is in a state of ďsuspensionĒ though until I re-install DOSBox. Thatíll be Free DOS then too. I kind of feel like finding some cool, older programs to run for a bit.

Wednesday, 20th of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:41) I was just looking for another file searching program for Windows. Boy, some of them are an absolute joke. I got one called MultiFind, which Iím going to use, and see how that goes. XSearch is okay, but it has issues with opening files in some strange manner that some programs donít understand. And neither do I really! Plus you couldnít use the normal file context menu to send files to specific programs. But other than that, it was okay. MultiFind seems to run as far back as Windows 2000 as well, so I could even put it on my HP laptop PC. But the search feature in Windows 2000 is pretty good. I mainly needed something new for Windows 7, because its built-in thing is just ridiculously cr*p. How they stuffed that up since Windows XP, I have no idea. I disabled that on my Start Menu from day 1. Now, Iíve put MultiFind on there instead, since Classic Shell lets you modify it pretty easily.
ē Itís quite cool today. About 13įC. So thatís better than the 30+įC temperature of yesterday. I dunno how hot itíll be on Christmas Day. Never mind all this foreign bollocks with snow. Not at this time of year! Itíll only be cool if the air conditionerís making it so. We probably wonít have any hot food, apart from a bread roll in the oven. Itíll be cold chicken, ham, cheese, and salads. Iíll be off to Harris Farm Markets tomorrow, to get more supplies.

Thursday, 21st of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:04) I had a good trip to Harris Farm today, and got to see all the interesting goodies they had for sale. I got some different coconut & something ice cream things, some chips I havenít tried and other stuff for Christmas.
ē In computer news, I decided to disable the error reporting on my new PC in Windows 7, ícos like Windows XP, it never seems to provide you with any help, and Microsoft arenít going to provide any more fixes for Windows 7 anyway. Then chances are, if they did, I probably wouldnít install them. Since 2006, I think the only feedback I ever got, was when GetRight crashed once, and they just said: Get a new version. Yeah, really beneficial. Plus for just about every program crash Iíve had on this computer, it just says: Response: Not available. So f**k that for a joke. I think the error reporting service needs reporting too!
MultiFind is going pretty well, although I did find a bug with it. If you delete its list of files not to search through, they just come straight back again the next time you load it. But you can figure out how to remove them manually from one of its configuration files, or just turn that option off. As for turning things off, I still havenít worked out how you completely disable the built-in search feature (of Windows 7), or change it, because when you bump F3 from the task bar or at the desktop screen, it still comes up. Itís the stupidest broken thing Iíve ever seen. I just tried it then to look for files called ďBelleĒ, and itís like Spotlight on Mac OS X. Thereís no option to choose where to search, by what date or anything. And what does it do?! It loaded Pale Moon, which tried to open the address of: ďĒ LOL! What the f**king hell?! Seriously; what the fudge did they do to it? How does searching for a file open up some web site address? Itís not even a proper search program. Itís like a tacked on after thought to the Explorer file manager. Why didnít they keep the one from Windows XP ever? It wasnít perfect, but at least it worked most of the time. I really donít get how Microsoft didnít check all these things from a usability perspective.

Friday, 22nd of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:01) The file search feature in Windows 7 is disabled from the ďPrograms & FeaturesĒ section of the Control Panel, under Turn Windows Features On / Off. As for how you specify a different program to handle the F3 key ďshortcut,Ē Iím not sure. It says to do it with the default programs thing, but I canít figure out how.

Sunday, 24th of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:25) Ooo~ooh! Christmas Day tomorrow! Wow, itís come around fast. If I was a little kid, Iíd be getting up at 7:00 in the morning, eager to get to the presents under the tree. But I think itíll be more like 10:00 tomorrow, if weíre lucky.
Anyway, as usual, I wonít be doing anything on the Internet, since I ban myself from that. So Iíll say to have a good day now.

Tuesday, 26th of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:20) Yesterday was a bit of a mixed bag. It started out all right, but being Summer, we got another huge storm that went for about 3 hours or more, so I didnít get to watch my new DVDs until later. Then The Poseidon Adventure turned out to be in NTSC instead of PAL, but it was okay, since I was watching it on my computer. Why they released dozens of shows in a foreign format in Australia, Iíll never know. Anyway, I went on to Psycho after that, but it was too late to watch it all.
The Kingston flash memory units I got have been a real disappointment. Theyíre as slow as f**k, and theyíre supposed to be for USB 3.2 speed. They canít even do USB 2 speeds! I completely formatted one of them yesterday, and it took close to 3 hours! This was in the hopes of improving the transfer speed. But nup. A big fat, waste of time. Iím not even getting 8 MB per second on one of them. USB 2 should be able to do around 60 MB per second, and USB 3 should be much faster. (Both my main PC & 2018 one can work with USB 3 speed devices.) I shouldíve got another portable hard drive instead. And stupid Microsoft think these can be used for that Ready Boost nonsense?! When this came out for Windows Vista, there was no USB 3. And when has a flash memory unit from back then been able to out perform an internally connected hard drive? Never. Even parallel connecting hard drives can probably maintain a faster data transfer rate. Anyway, thatís irrelevant. So I asked the seller at eBay if they can claim from Kingston, and perhaps get me a refund. Although I did add some stickers to indicate the formatted size and contents, but I donít think thatíll be an issue when itía faulty manufacturing. Oh yeah ó thatís another thing: These were supposed to be 64 GB each. Now I know they always con you out of space, but these didnít even add up to 64 000 000 000 bytes. It was closer to 61 000 000 000. What a rip-off. They were only 57.8 GB formatted. (64 real GB = 68 719 476 736 bytes.) Plus they initially had an extra 100 MB of unallocated space! What was with that ever? Another thing I didnít realise, was how Windows 7 wanted you to use a command prompt to partition them. I thought they wouldíve dumped those methods years ago. In the end, I used my MacBook to erase and repartition them, then my main PC to format them with the NTFS. (They came formatted as FAT32, which I didnít think was possible for that size, but because I had to store files beyond 4 GB in size, I had to use a different file system.) I thought they might have internal L.E.D.s as well, since they have transparent plastic ends, but nope! No indication of activity at all.

Friday, 29th of December, 2023
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:49) Not much of the year left now! I had to go to the dentist again yesterday, unexpectedly. I was getting pain in one of my recently filled teeth. It just seemed to be a bit high, so the docí fixed it up, and now it should be good.
ē I got a reply from the eBay seller of those flash memory units, but they said I need to contact Kingston. So I did that, but I havenít heard back from them just yet. Hopefully theyíll say something like: Weíre sorry our product has not given you the performance you expected. Please send your flash memory doodads to such & such an address, and specify if you would like them exchanged or refunded.
Actually, I think the warranty thing says theyíll only refund you when the problems canít be resolved with replacement products. Thereís nothing on the packaging suggesting: This product may suck. It says USB 3.2, so that means it should perform above the previous level. Plus it says that it works with 4 operating systems on the back, including a really old revision of Mac OS X, which probably wouldnít have USB 3 on the computers it ran on anyway. Although thatís mostly irrelevant, since the speedís determined by your own computerís USB. Itís probably more to do with the file system they chose. Anyway, thatís not really a problem, because Iím not having issues with other USB 3 drives. My hard drive caddy for instance, is transferring just above USB 2 speeds. I was getting about 64 MB per second. That might be the limit of the drive I chose to put in there though. Yeah, I thought I was going to see something like 100+ MB per second, but Iím only getting around 7 MB per second. So thatís too slow when you need to transfer 30 GB, or more, of stuff in 1 hit. That would take something like 1 hour & 13 minutes.
ē Thereís a really annoying bug in Windows 7 that Iím sure will p!$$ me off for years to come. And other people have had this trouble too. For some reason, file lists sometimes truncate file names with a bunch of dots! What the f**k, Microsoft?! How are we supposed to read the file names, if they donít show the entire thing? This didnít happen in Windows XP. So now Iíve had to put in blank files with long names, like: WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.txt, to try and keep the longer file names shown. Freakiní heck. Users having to come up with these kludges is not a good sign of a well thought out O.S. Especially when the problem didnít exist previously. Anyway, this is my last Microsoft operating system now. If I canít proceed with Windows 7 on my next, future PC, itís on to something else. Although Iím not very enthusiastic about Linux these days either.
ē Speaking of bugs, somethingís gone kooky with the money in Oblivion. I reckon itís to do with getting into really high values, because it started to act up when I got around 16 000 000 gold pieces. Iím a master of the mercantile skill now, which means I get full value for items that I sell. But now, when Iím selling, Iíve noticed that sometimes the value doesnít quite add up. Especially on items which canít be divided evenly by 10. And sometimes for those as well. It might fall 2 Septims short, or you might get extra. So something isnít as accurate as it should be. In fact, it isnít just with trading. Last night I got some gold from a chest, and it came out wrong again with the amount I picked up. Maybe you could do a plug-in to allow you to drop off a portion of your money in a chest, and that might cure it, by bringing the amount you carry, down to a lower level. If thatís where the issue lies. You canít drop gold in Oblivion, like you could in Morrowind, so youíd have to have a script on something to add gold from you, to a container. But then youíd have to have a menu to let you choose how much. Also, I donít know if thereís a limit on how much you can transfer at once. In Morrowind, transferring something like 32 000 gold pieces in the one hit, caused problems. You had to have scripts break it into separate groups. I saw this with that Mournhold Clock Maker plug-in.

Monday, 1st of January, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (23:19) Happy new year. I may still have more tunes for my 2023 page of music videos, since thereís bound to be a bit of overlapping with finding out songs I didnít know about from the end of last year.
ē Somethingís up with Lavabit at the moment too. Iím not getting any e-mail. Itís like the start of this year triggered some change, or fig up. Anyway, I havenít heard back from Kingston yet. Everyoneís probably having a break.
ē (23:31) Oh yeah ó I said about snow on the 20th of December ó well it hailed on Christmas Day. I said it was because of: Hail to the new born King. Yeah, and itís been quite cool the last couple of days.
ē R.I.P. to Tom Wilkinson too.

Thursday, 4th of January, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:34) Iíve been going through more Japanese tunes pretty much all day today. Iíve got one here: Otonarisan by Team Shachi ó it sounds almost identical to Hapichoco from Fruits Zipper. If that isnít the same composer, Iíll turn gay for a month. The person who wrote it was probably knackered one night, sat on the loo with their to do list, and said: Aaaack! Iíve got to write another song for Team Shachi in 2 days time! Eh ó letís just recycle something from earlier in the year. Nobody will ever know. As for my 2024 page of favourite tunes, nothing goodís come along yet.
Iíll be adding another song to the 2022 page in a jiffy anyway.

Wednesday, 10th of January, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:23) I finally got a reply from Kingston. It came from Taiwan, so maybe the Aussie & New Zealand divisionís gone. Anyway, Iím starting to wonder if they even got my 1st 2 messages from Lavabit, because as soon as I changed to my I.I.G. hosted e-mail, which is connected to my web site here, I got a response. Then I sent myself a message to my Lavabit account, and it didnít turn up. So thatís a bit fishy. Anyway, I think the dude who replied to me, wanted to make sure I had USB 3 capable hardware, because he asked if I could take a photo of my PCís USB, and for a serial number! Well it doesnít really say on the case, and as for any serial numbers, I can hardly open the thing up to look for them. That was a bit of an odd request. I just told him what model of motherboard I have on my main computer. But both this one and my one from 2018 have USB 3 capability, and thereís even extra software installed specially for it. In any case, the flash memory units werenít even hitting the top end of USB 2 speeds, and the guy agreed that 3 hours to format one was a bit too long. As I think I said the other day, I tried that to see if it would improve the speed if they were fully formatted first, but it didnít. The USB 2 speeds off my SD card reader were faster than these supposed USB 3 flash memory things as well. I was getting about 19 MB per second, vs about 7. If Iím backing up 30 GB of stuff, Iím going to need it done faster than like 1Ĺ hours, or whatever Windows 7 reckoned it would take. Even if it was 50 MB per second, which is just under the top of USB 2 speeds, it would only take just over 10 minutes to transfer that much data, and my hard drives can certainly keep up with that rate.

Thursday, 11th of January, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:26) I got another reply from Kingston, and they gave me a number to send to the eBay seller to request some kind of return. Hopefully they can deal with that. The chap I got messages from seemed to be a bit confused. He seemed to incorrectly refer to the flash memory units as ďthe USB,Ē but thatís the bus that the ports use on the computer! So I dunno what he was thinking there. And then he seemed to think I was suggesting that some part of my PCsí USBs were slower, when I didnít. Fig knows. Although his English was pretty good, since he was from Taiwan. Now I just need to wait for a response from the seller. The way things are going, the warranty will run out before I get anywhere.

Friday, 12th of January, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:18) I was 100% correct about Otonarisan by Team Shachi. It was written by Sho Yamamoto, who did Hapichoco / Happy Chocolate from Fruits Zipper. It doesnít look like Iíll have to turn gay for a month now! I picked it like a dirty nose. Some composers just have that signature use of notes that you can tell without reading that it was them. Although I have heard some instances of songs that are similar, & yet are by completely different people.
You really need groups who mostly use the same composer, because otherwise they seem inconsistent, and you only end up liking 1 song from them then.
ē (14:49) At the Dummies web site, they said: The Windows 7 search feature is a wonder compared to its predecessors. *Snort!* LOL! Youíre pulling my plonker there! More like itís a wonder anybody used it. Or, itís a head scratching wonder, because you canít figure it out. I still have no solution for specifying a new search program as the default for Windows 7, when you press F3 from places that have focus, like the Task Bar, or desktop area. Maybe there isnít one.
ē (21:59) Iíve been busting my knob off, trying to find that location Iíve seen in a bunch of Japanese music videos. The joint I mentioned on the 5th of December. Wherever it is, itís not easy to find. I did however find the Aviral Resort Studio, which was used in some other MVs. It was interesting to see the rental prices. Probably an average of around $200 to $300 per hour, depending on the location. (•100 is about 95Ę in Aussie money.)

Saturday, 13th of January, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (15:15) Huzzah! I FINALLY tracked down that place in Japan thatís been used for at least Ĺ a dozen MVs that Iíve seen. Itís called Wedding Fantasia, in the Shizuoka Prefecture. Iíd have to look that up though, where that is. Phwoar! What a day of trying to hunt that down. Iíve seen so many studios and rental properties. In the end, I found it by the name of that shop in the place, that says ďEudaemonism.Ē I typed that in for like a studio and a picture came up of it. Alleluia! Thanks to nobody elseís efforts. You can all thank me now for finding it, if you like Japanese music videos and had no clue. Now I need to find the place with the indoor race track, I think it is, (in Japan,) and that white building in Korea.
ē (18:08) Another location found! Daikeien ó the place with the go-carts. I think itís in the Chiba prefecture. This was in Miryoku To Wa? by Girlfriend, to name one song. But I didnít really fancy this tune. So if it crops up again in anything I like, Iíll mention it on the appropriate music videos page.

Sunday, 14th of January, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:04) Iím onto South Korean places now. I found 1 that I knew from a couple of MVs, including one by Minseo. I havenít found that white joint though, with the arches & the British stuff inside. Maybe itís a wedding hire place, rather than a studio.

Monday, 15th of January, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:18) I found pictures of the place that Paradise used for Fate, but not the name of it. Itís some rental hall. I wasnít even looking for that one specifically. Aaaaah! This is really frustrating trying to track down places only by what they look like. Especially in a different language. Youíd think it would just show up, because Iíve seen it numerous times. Busters used it twice for their 1st 2 MVs, Laboum were there, and somebody else Iíve forgotten. APink was it? Hmm. I dunno.
I got the location of those pillars, from BLACKPINKís video for As If Itís Your Last. It was at some university. I mentioned it on the 2017 MVs page.

Sunday, 21st of January, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (21:58) I FINALLY found that white hall in Korea. The one that was in Bustersí MVs, and that one from Laboum. Itís the Namsan Art Wedding Hall. Thank fig! Plus, I also found another popular place in Japan! Itís this outdoor joint with a white roof with square holes in it. Well, itís the Plaza Of Kanagawa Institute Of Technology. Itís come up in so many MVs now. Phwoar! What a lot of searching. And it finally paid off. So thatís about all the areas Iíve been looking for, tracked down.

Tuesday, 23rd of January, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:45) Iíve added a section of locations to the Music Page of places that have cropped up a few times in various music videos. Iíll be expanding this over time, as I find out what locations are called, and if new MVs use them. If you know any of the locations I donít have listed, for music videos I do have listed, please let me know.
ē (18:44) If a binary digit is a bit, then a ďtrinaryĒ digit would be a tit!

Friday, 26th of January, 2024
Australia Day

Todayís current mood:
ē (12:45) Oh yeah ó I got a refund for those 2 flash memory units, so thank you, Clicking Trend at eBay, for your professional handling of this issue. That was a few days back anyway. Iím not sure what route I want to take from now, regarding backing up my virtual machine files.
ē I kind of feel like designing another flag for today, being Australia Day & all. I might go and have a fiddle and see what I can come up with, and if I feel like it, Iíll show it here.
ē (16:39) All right; how about this design for a flag? Although Iím not 100% sure about the kangaroo, yet I felt it was an important symbol of the nation to include it. I think the large star should have 8 points instead of 7, because we have 8 main states and territories. Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. The Southern Cross should stay, because itís part of the night sky from here. The background blue should be more vibrant as well, like our sky, and of course it needs the green and gold. In this case, it serves a 2nd purpose ó to represent the beautiful coastlines, with the land and then the beach. The light blue at the bottom is the sea. I think our surrounding ocean water and that, is another iconic feature. I donít think the flag should be too complex. Some flags do have a lot of detail, and yet others are exceptionally simple. Send in your thoughts! Lose the kangaroo? Change the positions? Change the size of stuff? Let me know. Would you have this on a flag pole to represent this country? And lastly, who would you submit the idea to?
ē (19:17) Hereís another flag idea I had. I like these colours, so Iím sticking with them. They have to have some resemblence to the country anyway. Perhaps in this one, we can have the kangaroo on the reddish, iron rich dirt thatís seen so much in the country. Although, maybe it is a bit like QANTAS. There really are so many possibilities, and Iím sure everybody has their own idea. I tried some other concepts too, but they didnít really look quite right. Itís got to be sensible looking.

Friday, 2nd of February, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:57) I reckon a clock with magenta L.E.D.s would be pretty nifty looking. I donít know if they make 7 segment displays in that colour though. But Iíll bet you can get rectangle L.E.D.s in that colour, to make your own ď8 shape.Ē
ē (20:02) I did an image search, and only really found 7 segment displays with RGB type L.E.D.s., but not any specific magenta ones. You can get magenta rectangle L.E.D.s though, like I figured. Iíd probably want extra wide ones for the likes of a clock. Ah well ó I have other things to do with my money before I try to make my own clock. Getting the special integrated circuit is a bit awkward too ó especially if you want 24 hour time. Iíd have to find the correct type and then track it down.
ē (20:44) Oh yeah! Check out this video of a Manning-Bowman heater from over in Canada / America / somewhere on that continent. Itís got a magenta element! What the heck is it?! Iíve never seen anything like that before. It looks really good anyway. I think itís from 1960-something. I saw it 3 days ago.

Sunday, 4th of February, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:10) I did another edge lit bit of perspex with a design of flowers on it today & yesterday. Itís okay, I guess, for hand etching, but I think for a really professional end result you need a LASER etcher. Those things are over $300 though for a good one, so youíd want to be doing a LOT of those kinds of signs, or selling like 10 of them, or more for $30 each to get your money back. And that would be just for the perspex without the L.E.D.s and power supply.fsfs Ah. f**king Dreamweaver. You press Alt + F, then S to save, and sometimes it doesnít respond to the Alt key. Anyway, it took me an age to hand etch the little dots, and some of them are a bit inconsistent. I saw some American dude in a video, who had a label with pieces cut out, and he sand blasted it instead, which is an interesting alternative. Cutting the paper accurately though would be a problem for me, and I donít have a sand blaster either. Iíve got 3 Sound Blasters, but they wonít work! For me, doing the L.E.D.s and power supply is the really easy part.
ē (20:02) Some time this year Iíd like to get my inverted chaser circuit done. To the left is the goal of how it should look. Iím going to use ďwarmĒ white L.E.D.s, which are slightly golden, I guess. Iíll only need weak ones for this too, and I bet Iíll still be darkening them up with some higher resistor values than usual. This will have 36 L.E.D.s on simultaneously, which might take 200 mA. I dunno. It depends on how much current I limit with the resistors. I may need 1 watt resistors to handle 12 L.E.D.s on each channel. Iíll have to work it out. I want this to be about the size of an A4 piece of paper, so Iím thinking Iíll probably go with those polarised header socket things. Those KF2510-2P type ones. But I might need to buy more from China. Iíll have to count how many I have. Iíd like a big black box to put this in, ideally, but it depends on what I can get. I may just need to settle on some black perspex, or something similar. Firstly I want to get some 4001 I.C.s to test if this will work as expected. The circuit board only needs to be pretty small, but Iíll need to get a few more prototype ones from Phipps (on eBay). Theyíd probably have the LEDs too, but Iíll shop around for them. You can sometimes get better prices elsewhere. Maybe that place I got my ice blue & turquoise ones. UmÖ SM Components. Iím also going to use a 4PDT switch as a sensible and effective way of changing the chase direction. That will just connect between the 4001 and ULN2803APG I.C.s. It does only use half of one of them though. I want to get a full size variable resistor and knob as well, for the speed.
Anyway, that might be some time off.

Monday, 5th of February, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:49) Whatever happened to the Windows Picture & Fax Viewer in Windows 7? All those extra functions you got in the Windows XP one have gone out the window. Although now, itís just called Windows Photo Viewer. Some people mightíve missed all the bonus features, especially for TIFF files. (Thatís Windows XP at the top & Windows 7 at the bottom.) The Windows 7 one looks nicer with those fancy central buttons though, but you canít save as a different image type this time, pictures are no longer smoothed out when you zoom in, and it doesnít play animated GIF files any more either! Thatís a bit of a diddle. Youíd think thatíd be something to add new features to, not get rid of them, when you get a newer version of something. I donít see why they couldnít have just used the previous program again, and made it look nicer.

Sunday, 11th of February, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:07) Iíve been getting set up to record some video action from Oblivion this afternoon. I thought that Rhythmyx mixer I have would work for the microphone, but you can only use 2 microphones or have everything in mono. So thatís a bit cr*p. I tried connecting my microphone to my 2018 PC, but those weird Realtek sound processor things seem to want a stereo input for 2 microphones as well! You only get the left channel otherwise. F**k! It was never like this on the Sound Blasters. Plus there seemed to be a delay in the sound coming through. So thatís a bit iffy. So Iím going to use my Sharp audio system again to mix the 2 lots of audio, which is a bit dodgy at times. At least it has a microphone volume control. Then I have my Gefen scaler thing doing the output from my video card, and then thisíll be captured with my Canopus ADVC-110 as usual, and that plugs into my MacBook. Iíll have my headphones plugged into that too, to hear whatís happening. Although there is a slight delay from the Canopus doodad, due to how it does stuff. I can see why some people use special software to capture game videos. Anyway, I have all this expensive equipment, so I should use it.

Thursday, 22nd of February, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:11) Somebody else on the web was asking about whose videos to watch for new Japanese songs. I think I mentioned this before, but at the moment, the best ones I look at from YouTube, are SK4, Akuma Musiik & Relatives Of Del Potro. SK4ís ones are usually pretty short, with a more limited selection. Akuma Musiik does ones at the end of each month, and sometimes has up to 3 of them with their favourite selection, but that said, itís usually a wide variety. R.O.D.P. does the broadest range, and covers most new releases every Tuesday in chronological order. The only thing is, youíll need to be able to read a bit of Japanese, or know how to translate it. Thereís also RiceCake, whose stuff I havenít seen for a while, (but they seem to mostly do top 50 charts,) and Japan News Network, but I think they quit doing them. POPNABLE is also worth checking for new songs worldwide, but they only have small percentage from each country. Parents be aware that any of these may contain offensive content, so just take note of that too, if you have young kids watching stuff.
ē Here are some sites for translations and conversions also, if youíre interested: This Romaji Converter will put most Japanese text into the Latin alphabet. Thereís also this one, which will do Katakana specifically. If you want to translate text, check out this site. If you want to convert Rōmaji (Romanised Japanese words) to Hiragana & Katakana, this is another joint you can try out. It seems to have issues with multiple words though, so you may need to manually add + symbols between the words in the address area of your web browser.
ē If you want to go back in time, check out The DXís line up of the most popular Japanese songs of the 1980s. (January 1980 to December 1989.) This was a bit of an eye opener, and something I never thought Iíd see. Take note of how much more mature the women singersí voices are compared to the more girlie ones these days.

Friday, 23rd of February, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:33) If you want to buy more local products, or if youíre from overseas and feel like supporting us Aussies, check out Wallaby Batteries. I spotted these on eBay this evening. (Just so you know, Iím not being paid to mention these.) They might be worth a burl. There are also Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable ones. Although I didnít spot any of these beyond AA & AAA size.
After those leaking Energiser ones I had, and some of the steep prices at Coles, I thought Iíd see what other options there were. I didnít see any of those Chinese East Power brand ones on eBay. Iíd probably go for the Australian rechargeable AA ones though next time, as I already have a charger for these.

Thursday, 7th of March, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:53) I ordered Toy Story 4 on eBay last week on Wednesday, and I donít know if the sellerís dead, their computer conked out, or some other disaster happened, because it still hasnít been posted, nor have they answered my message I sent. So I may have to tell eBay that it hasnít arrived, or cancel the order, or something, if too much time elapses. Iím in the dark on this one.
ē I FINALLY found a Japanese MV I was looking for last month, and yeahÖ it was cr*p! So, so much for that. Typical! Iíve been catching up today, because Iíve been busy with more important things.
ē (23:46) I was looking up the prices of mobile íphones per month, just out of morbid curiosity. Some of them are over $20 per month! F**k off out of it! Thank goodness I donít have 1. There were some other deals from some shops with some minimum costs of about $828 a year! Crack my gob! You could get a computer for less than that. I should have shares in Apple & Samsung. It makes me wonder how much money I could save if I became my own ISP, but Iím not sure what risks are involved in doing that. I read that you can do that somehow. The problems with running your own server for your web site, are power failures and storms. If a lightning strike takes it out, youíre going to be down a lot of money to get another one, so in that way, I think renting space from a company is the better option. At least for me.

Saturday, 9th of March, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:01) Still nothing about my Toy Story 4 order. This seller better be sick or dead. (Like that bit in The Shawshank Redemption.) Or waiting on a new computer, because if theyíre just lazy and disorganised, then thatís not going to cut it. Then this morning, I get a message from eBay asking me to leave feedback for them! Well they havenít done anything. I hope they nagged them too, to send the thing. If nothing happens by Tuesday, Iím going to say it hasnít turned up. This is really trying my patience at the moment.
ē The change to my Software Review Of The Moment page has occurred. Itís back to Corel DRAW 8 this month.
ē (13:58) Another thing thatís got a bit more cr*p in Windows 7, since Windows XP, is the disk defragmenter. It used to show you a visual representation of where the fragmented areas of the drive were, unmovable files and blank space, but now there isnít anything like that. Back in the original Windows line, with Windows í95, you used to see everyÖ uhÖ block, or whatever they were called.
ē What the fudge?! I just found porn related stuff on my computer to do with the getting started with Windows 7 thing. What the heck?! What did the installer have happening on here last year?! Iíd better check this out and make sure there isnít anything weird lurking on my drive.
ē (14:41) I found some other suspicious files and a registry entry too, so I hope I havenít picked up some kind of malware somehow. $#!+ ó the Start buttonís stopped functioning now. What the fig is going on?

Sunday, 10th of March, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:04) I re-installed RollerCoaster Tycoon today. Has it really been 14 years since I last played that? I couldnít find any newer files to suggest otherwise, unless some are on my previous main PCís primary hard drive, which is now in my other 2018 computer. Anyway, it runs okay under Windows 7. You just need to install the Windows XP patch, set it to run in 256 colours, and itís mostly good. Apart from the introduction bit that slides up. Sometimes itís in weird colouring. The graphics tear a bit, but not too badly. I donít remember if it did that before. I copied over all my old save games, so I could quickly complete each park. I did saves on the last day of the goal, and that way you could complete the stages quickly. There is some other tricky way to copy over your old completed files too, but Iíd have to look it up on some other web site. I thought it was 1999 that the game was done, but all the files say theyíre from the 15th of January, 2000.
It probably is better to be running it on a multi-core CPU as well, because it will hog all the free oomph on a single core one. So my Intel Core i3 CPU just goes up to 25% usage.
ē I got my XBOX 360 control pad installed in Windows XP in VirtualBox, so that worked better than back in about 2007-ish when I tried that on my MacBook. The one good thing about Windows 7 is that you donít need extra software to install that pad, because the O.S. is newer than the console.

Wednesday, 20th of March, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:39) I never heard back about Toy Story 4, and eBay just refunded my money, since there was never a response from the seller. So I ordered another copy, and that turned up today. It was really good, and the graphics were amazing! Itís hard to imagine that they could improve much on the earlier shows, but they did. It was a bit emotional in places, and the ending was rather unexpected, making me wonder if Woody really made the right choice. As for the DVD, I had some issues with it. Toy Story 3 seemed to have these mild stutters, and #4 was worse. It seems to be something odd about how Disney did them, because I have no other DVDs with these issues on my usual DVD programs. PowerDVD ďfrozeĒ at one point, it was so bad. 2 versions of VLC (on 2 different PCs) were skipping even more, and Light Alloy had trouble too, making the audio skip rather than the video. It did however play properly on my XBOX 360 & Appleís DVD Player on my iMac G5. Iím not sure if itís worth it to track down another DVD player program just for a couple of shows. A bit of a disappointment though. It says on the box that it may not be compatible with all systems. Youíd think all shows would stick to the DVD specifications so this wouldnít happen. I also tried doing a backup copy and running it from the hard drive, and it made no difference. Itís something about how the videoís encoded / compressed. But yep ó only Disney DVDs seem to do this. Some more than others.
I also watched The Light Between Oceans again ó or The LBO for short. Thatís how Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander got together. Or as I said, if the lighthouse went out: At least youíve a candle. There were absolutely no issues playing that one. It ran perfectly.

Thursday, 21st of March, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:03) M. Emmet Walsh sadly died on the 19th. I remember him from Frasier & My Best Friendís Wedding mostly. He missed his 89th birthday by just 3 days. I also saw him in A Time To Kill, which we watched in high school, Early Edition, Home Improvement & Wild Wild West.

Sunday, 24th of March, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:52) If you havenít noticed on the main page, Iím offering my copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga for the Sega Saturn. I want to try to sell it privately, rather than on eBay, because itís worth more than the $500 limit they have for 1st time sellers. Due to the prices being asked for it now, of over $1000, Iím willing to do better, and offer it to anybody whoís interested, for $825. But I will put this up in time, as eBay prices rise. Iím not joking ó people are asking for close to $1500 for this now! This is a rare title for collectors, and those of you whoíd like to experience one of the best RPGs for the Saturn. Iíve owned this copy since 1998, so itís only had me as the owner. See the new page for details.

Monday, 25th of March, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (23:31) Come on, rich Sega collectors ó get off ya bums and buy my copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga. You could be saving over $600!
ē Iím in a Toy Story mood of recent days. I just did a rendition of Forky in Art Of Illusion. Well, it actually took all day. Iím not too good with 3D characters, and cutleryís an awkward shape. It looks a bit like him. There are some tutorials to make your own Forky. Iíd have to buy a bunch of arty farty supplies though. And then Iíd probably have a bunch left over. I want to get a Jessie action figure. One of the really good ones. Thereís the signature collection from 2010, but those ones are worth a lot now. Like several hundred dollars. There are some newer ones too though. Iíd probably go up to $100 or so. Theyíve got pull strings & everything, but electronic components for the speech. Thereís a great looking Bo Peep as well, with the lamp and the Toy Story 4 style sheep. I must be turning into a girl. Maybe itís because I want to look at girls and not men. LOL. I want to get the Toy Story 2 sound track CD as well, and the Toy Story Of Terror DVD. Hee hee ó so buy my video game, so I can get some new toys and stuff.

Friday, 29th of March, 2024
Good Friday

Todayís current mood:
ē (19:24) Iíve been reading up about selling stuff on eBay, which has been really tiring. Some people were getting in a flap about providing a password for their bank accounts, for eBay to access as a kind of verification for new sellers, but that is only 1 of 3 choices you have. The one Iíll pick is to provide a picture of a bank statement. Besides, I donít do any banking on the ínet, so I donít have a password to give. Itís a bit odd though that eBay doesnít let you set up payment options prior to listing your 1st item for sale. That would make things a bit easier. Iím going to try selling one of my fountain pens 1st, and see how that goes. I think the whole eBay selling thing is aimed more at people who wanted to do it on a constant basis, rather than now & then, like me. So this mightnít work out in the long run. If I was a multi-millionaire, I wouldnít bother with it at all.
Some of the terms they use over there Iíve never heard of. Some service called Sendle ó never heard of it. Something about funging, or fudging, or fungus ó what the fig was that about? And some other kind of computer I didnít know about, and this thing called ďmetricsĒ, or something. Is that opposite to imperials? LOL. Most of the explanations you can understand though.

Tuesday, 2nd of April, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:24) Well, I got my Montegrappa Espressione 2012 fountain pen listed on eBay. There was nothing asked (so far) about providing a scan of my ID card, or any requests for a bank password, or even the scan of the bank statement. So, they mustíve changed all that malarkey from the time of what other people were saying. It was all just typed in stuff. I got a phone call with the security number to put in. That happened pretty much instantaneously, when I clicked on the button for that. It said they only accepted a driverís licence or passport information. Well, I just used my I.D. card for the licence, because other people said itís the same thing, and theyíre both issued by the same place. Here is the listing if you want to buy it. Unless itís sold by the time you read this.
ē (14:51) Woah! What the fudge?! I thought you could only sell 10 items when you began selling on eBay, with a limit of $500 total. It says I can sell up to 700 items this month, with a limit of $53 500! How does that work? Iím not on a business account either. Holey beep. Is this some kind of extra promotion, or something to do with bank credit ratings? Wow. I didnít expect that. Maybe I should list Panzer Dragoon Saga over there soon too then.

Tuesday, 9th of April, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:04) I sold my Pilot / Namiki Custom 74 Demonstrator pen on eBay last night. My 1st sale! I posted that today. I had to update MORE details after the sale that I figured eBay would have. I think they need to overhaul a lot of how they set things up for your selling. Mainly to fill all that stuff in before you sell, to avoid any traps and surprises. Not to mention the hideous appearance of the site too. They seem to have these vague, fat, custom ďslide switchĒ looking controls, which you canít tell if theyíre activated or not. Whatís wrong with using a standard tick box? Thatís a bit stupid and short-sighted.
Yeah, itís a bit of a rip off how they charge a percentage of the postage cost as well. Thatís a bit greedy. They should just take a percentage of what youíre selling. The postage cost should be a ďpass throughĒ kind of thing. I think you need to consider what you want to get for an item, and add on about 30% to cover all your costs, especially if youíre going to offer overseas postage. That is a huge amount for heavy items. Even light weight ones are a bit. They reckoned it was going to cost $10.60Ę to post my pen, but it was $13. So, maybe with eBayís postage labels. Live and learn, huh? So I shouldíve charged about $104 for the pen, rather than $92. Iíll be putting the price a bit higher for my Panzer Dragoon Orta sound track CD in that case. I want about $86 for it, so Iíll charge $110, or so. Thatís a little under 30% extra. Then if international postage costs as much as $58, that would mean Iíd get about $145 after eBay fees, minus the $58 Iíd have to pay to send it, and that would be about $87. So I donít know how some people offer free postage. They must get huge bulk discounts. Even Jaycar donít send stuff for free, and theyíre a shop.
The nice woman at the Post Office said I could get a discount for a lot of items, but I said I wouldnít be doing this all the time. Itís more like a clear out of stuff I want money for now. I may not sell anything again next year. Anyhoo, it should be about the 23rd before the money from eBay is released from being on hold, as they explained in the 1st place. Last night it looked like they were going to send some mini deposit to my bank account to check it was correct, but I heard nothing more on that. I might get the bank to print me a statement on Thursday if I need to check for deposits. You might be able to get a mini one at the ATM. Surely that would tell you.
Mmm ó so if youíre thinking of selling your old stuff off on eBay, youíd better have a lot of patience, all the identification information under the sun, and be prepared for the percentage youíll be paying to them as well. I think if you have a place locally, like an antiques store, or Cash Converters, that may actually be comparable and less hassle. Cash Converters only sell popular stuff though, and they put the price on it.
ē Iíve got another plug-in for Oblivion in progress @ the moment. Itís like my outposts one for Cyrodiil, but this time itís for the Shivering Isles. Iíve got 6 locations so far. 3 in Dementia and 3 in Mania. There are a few new items as well, and some neat enchanted goodies to buy. Iíve got 4 guards at each location, with 2 sleeping at about 12 hours out from the other 2. I donít think you saw Golden Saints & Dark Seducers sleeping and eating, but they can actually do it. Although I donít know if thereís any game lore that defines this.
ē Well, thatís enough of that. Iím off to see what new Japanese songs have come out in the last week! Toodle-oo!

Tuesday, 16th of April, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (22:37) When a mareís following you, thatís íorse trail ya.

Tuesday, 23rd of April, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:11) eBay notified me that my money was paid out from my Pilot pen that I sold. So that was good.
ē Iíve got Blue Stinger for sale now as well, for $80. Thatís less than another game shop here in Australia wanted for it. They were asking for $129 or so. Mineís in really good condition too. No box damage, the instructions look like new, and the disc is close to new looking, with 1 small finger print.
ē Holey moley! Street Fighter 3: Double Impact ó over $200 now! Somebody from America has the PAL version, and they want $323.75 for it. Wow. Iíd better take care of my copy. I havenít played that in a while either. The prices of Dreamcast games have really gone up. I even saw Crazy Taxi for over $100. I also saw one of those drive replacement boards that lets you load games off a memory card, or other type of drive. I almost got one of those some years back for my 2nd Dreamcast, since its motor failed in 2014. You should still own the original games though to make using that legal.
ē Ooh! Even Street Fighter Alpha 3 is over $200 now. Somebody from here in Australia wants $220 for it. Unreal! Speaking of which, Unreal Tournament is worth around $100 for the Dreamcast as well. The American copies are cheaper though.
ē Letís look up Skies Of Arcadia againÖ (WHISTLE!) $325 on a new listing here, from NSW. Iím never parting with my copy. Some of the British sellers are doing it cheaper. I really would pay $200 for that game though. Itís that good. But I already have it. And the GameCube one. Talking of that, check this out! Nigh on $370 for it! Holey fudge! I thought $79.90 was a lot when I got mine 2nd hand. The original music in the Dreamcast game is so much better though. It sounds a bit weird with the GameCube trying to play it.

Wednesday, 24th of April, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:13) Panzer Dragoon Saga is now listed to purchase at eBay. Itís $1100 with free postage, except if you live overseas, in which case it will be $15. This is the best deal on eBay right now for this PAL version, by the looks of it.
ē Wow ó even the Dreamcast (console) prices have leapt up in the past 10 years. I got my 3rd Dreamcast in August 2014 for $113.80 with postage. ($99.90 base cost.) Now theyíre up to around $300 or more. Itís like going back to 1999. Some even come with those SD card drive replacements. Thatís a good idea, since the motors werenít too good. It also saves the hassles of making a CD and optimising it for the motorised drive speed too. I would probably get one of those doodads, but I donít play my consoles so much now these days. It would be good for my 2nd Dreamcast which had the motor failure. I could put it back into action then.

Thursday, 25th of April, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (0:37) Ha ha ó here it is again in the old 1994 Dick Smith Catalogue ó the Team Concepts ďSmart Phone.Ē Under the toys section of course. These days so many grown-ups are playing with their ďsmart íphonesĒ too. Well, it does say 3 years & up. This one looks a great deal cheaper than some of the ones you can get now from Apple, Samsung and whoever else. The buttons are much more generous in size too.
ē It will also be 30 years ago at Christmas this year, that Iíve had my Mega Drive. I remember Dad getting it at the old Grace Bros store in Sydney, I think, and me looking around for who sold Cool Spot. Oh! I was so excited about getting that. I still like that game, but I donít play it very often. The Japanese got the Saturn 30 years ago this year as well. Figginí beep! Whereís that time gone? Honestly?! Itís hard to believe. I remember the day I got mine in 1996 and running Daytona USA. I was so amazed by that. It would take Daytona USA 2001 to impress me more these days.
ē (14:32) I had an eBay user from overseas contact me for more pictures of Panzer Dragoon Saga. Aaaahhhh! I had to unwrap it again to do that. Ah well, if they buy it Iíll be pleased. I didnít claim it to be in perfect, brand new condition. Maybe they want it more as an investment, rather than to play it. Or both.
Some of the NiGHTS toys on eBay are around the $1000 mark, and some nightopians for over $300. Ooooh! Theyíre so-o-o-o cuuute! But so expensive. I wonder what my Sega World Sonic toy is worth now. There were no listings of him on eBay. $1000 do you think? Iím not parting with him. Heís too special! I dusted him off a bit and my Knuckles, Tails & Cream toys as well. They really need a good display case. Maybe with tinted glass or something.

Sunday, 28th of April, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:18) All right! Panzer Dragoon Saga sold! It went to somebody overseas. So Iíll be posting that tomorrow. Itíll cost me about $36 for insurance, I think. Because Iíve only sold 1 thing, eBay are going to hold the money again until the end of May. Ah well; they paid out for that pen I sold, so Iíll just have to wait. I still have my Montegrappa Espressione 2012 pen for sale, the Panzer Dragoon Orta sound track CD and Blue Stinger.

Monday, 29th of April, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:28) I sent Panzer Dragoon Saga out to my buyer, so hopefully theyíll get it without any issues. It cost me just over $103 to send it! Thatís with the insurance cost too. Itís just as well Iím getting so much for it. Probably $862 or so after eBayís fee and the postage. Somebody said there were only 30 000 copies of the game. Well, the dude I sent it to said he was looking forward to it, so I think itís gone to a good home.

Tuesday, 7th of May, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:38) In sad news, Bernard Hill died 2 days ago, and Brian Wenzel yesterday. I was definitely not expecting Bernard to die @ any time soon. I had a dream once that my family drove over him in my old street. Sorry, Mr. Hill!

Wednesday, 8th of May, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:19) Holey moley ó now Ian Gelderís died too.
ē My Panzer Dragoon Saga buyer is finally getting the parcelÖ well, tomorrow morning here. I canít give away where theyíre from. It seems they had some issues from their postal service. I thought theyíd have it last week.
ē Iím watching The Mountain Between us for the 2nd time, tonight. I think I only watched it once before.

Thursday, 9th of May, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:21) Time for a rant about music videos! Yep ó one thing that gets annoying and tiring with a lot of them, is how companies seem to use the same old played out ďspecial effectsĒ, as if theyíre all just brain dead zombies using the identical software as everybody else, without picking something different. Iím sick of seeing that f**king reddish-yellow blurry transition thing, and that bloody ďold filmĒ looking overlay with the curvy rectangle on the left side. Weíve seen them 1000 times before. Do something different already! Itís not ALL music videos and probably not from all countries, but you get a lot of them in the Japanese videos. In a few of the Indonesian ones I watched, they seemed a bit too transition happy, with some really annoying and eye straining ones. Sometimes itís better not to use any transition effects. We really need to see some better frame rates too. I canít understand why everyone and their dog uses that same old cr*p 23.98 Hz one, or whatever the fudge it is, like some mass brain washing where nobody can think any different. Itís worse than the PAL 25 Hz speed. I always regarded that as the lowest acceptable frame rate. They used to use the NTSC speed in Japan, which was much better. They should all be 50 or 60 Hz these days. Not only because itís more realistic looking at a faster frame rate, but because itís less stressful on your eyes. Theyíve had those speeds since the beginnings of fully electronic televisions, (as oppposed to ones that initially used mechanical parts,) so things should improve, not get worse. Some of them use these ridiculously high resolutions and then donít back it up with a smooth frame rate. Thereís no f**king point if it isnít smooth to begin with! I think Iíve only seen about 3 videos that I can recall, that were actually done at 50 Hz. One from China, and 2 from Germany. All my personal videos that I do now are at 50 Hz. So if I can do that, surely the so-called ďprofessionalsĒ can manage it.
(On a side note to this, if you think Iíve been 2 faced about what Iíve said about NTSC DVDs in Australia, such as on the 26th of December, last year, the reason isnít to do with their frame rate. Itís obviously better ó the problem is compatibility with PAL DVD players, which generally make a mess of it with no conversion. You can end up with a jerky output, and scaling of the interlacing, which looks horrible. Itís probably an issue for NTSC players trying to play PAL DVDs as well.)
Next rant: One reason why I donít watch Japanese cartoons, apart from not really being interested in the 1st place, is the irritating habit a lot of artists have of drawing peopleís eye brows and even eyes, on top of their hair. I pointed this out at DeviantArt a few years back too. I donít claim to be a better artist than them, but it just doesnít look right. You canít really have your eyes or eye brows hovering above your hair.
I think what makes any of these things I mention, annoying, is because of the frequency that they keep on happening. Thatís what makes you get irritated and tired more than 1 off events for anything, I suppose.
Well, thatís that off my chest. I have some files to sort out on my main computer now.

Wednesday, 15th of May, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:01) Hmm ó no Relatives Of Del Potro video yet, for the new Japanese songs. This is one that usually comes out every Tuesday, and has the best line up of music for the week. Thatíll be a bummer if the person who does them has decided to call it quits, because there are not a lot of other people who do preview videos for new Japanese tunes. There are some others who do top selling lists, but thatís useless to me, because you only see popular music, which doesnít allow unpopular songs to have a chance. Also, I think that SK4 person has thrown in the towel already. Itíll be down to Akuma Musiikís favourite picks. If you know of any other people (, using YouTube,) doing music video previews from Japan, preferably with English / Japanese text, let me know!

Thursday, 16th of May, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:07) Still no sign of that new video of songs. Is there a Japanese web site that lists newly available songs? I looked at that Oricon site, but it just seems to be a top selling chart. I didnít spot anything about new releases. Although I canít read much Japanese, so I mayíve missed something. Figged if I know. I donít know if thatís like Japanís version of our ARIA. Probably a bit. Thereís sod all in English on the web that mentions anything new from over there. I didnít find anybody else doing videos of new releases either. Only top charts, which are useless, as I said yesterday. Thatís only good for excited kiddies to know how well the popular tripe is doing. It doesnít help the lesser known artists at all.
ē (13:24) There is a set of pages of new releases at Oriconís site by the looks of it. That might have to be my plan B method of finding new stuff. Although the translations & looking to see which songs have MVs is going to be much more time consuming.
It looks like Chō Tokimeki Sendenbu have something new, coming at the end of the month. Saijōkyū Ni Kawaii No!, which means Itís Superlatively Cute!, according to a translation site. Letís hope itís a good one. Thatís out on the 29th of May. Thereís 5 different versions you can get.
ē (14:57) Son of a beeping beep! My Cowon X9 has completely died! What a piece of $#!+! I was going out, and went to turn it on, and nothing happened. Later, I tried recharging the battery, and nothing showed up on the screen. I tried plugging it into my iMac, and no drives showed up. So somethingís carked it. What a b!+Ęh! It hasnít even been 7 years that Iíve had it. It was the 15th of July, 2017 that it was sent. My S9 is still working though, it seems. I just plugged it in for a battery recharge, and it kicked right in. Itís a pity the headphones socketís dead though. Thatís why I got the X9. I swear it was working about 2 weeks or so ago. I dunno if itís worth the money to get another one, or to get it fixed. Itíd be cheaper to get some rechargeable batteries and use my Philips portable CD player. If I had headphones with a BlueTooth feature I could put my S9 back into use.

Friday, 17th of May, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:47) That song from Chō Tokimeki Sendenbu, that I mentioned yesterday, is already out. It came out on the 20th of April. (I didnít fancy it either.) I think some of the stuff listed on that Oricon web site is a bit behind the times. Theyíve also got Morning Sun from Exile B Happy as coming out on the 5th of May, but the music video for that was back on the 6th of January. Or is it some kind of re-release? So I dunno. I wonder where else people are finding out new releases from.

Sunday, 19th of May, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:05) Hooray! The Relatives Of Del Potro video finally came out. Now I wonít feel so left in the dark.
ē (14:19) UhÖ White Superiors?! Isnít this groupís name just a bit racist sounding? Especially considering the history & events of World War 2, and the way certain races were treated in the slave trades further back. Maybe they didnít mean it in that way, but itís not the best choice. This is the kind of thing that should go on my collection of blacklisted groups with inappropriate names & lyrics.
Somebody else mentioned some group from like Korea, or China, that had some racist lyrics too. I donít remember what it was though. Something about ďyouíll never be this white.Ē It didnít really strike the right note.
ē Anyway, Iíve been fiddling with another plug-in for Oblivion. Itís a bit of an experimental one in some respects. I saw a nice spot in the Great Forest the other day, and thought: ďThatíd be a good location for some walkways in the trees, and a tree house too.Ē So thatís what itís turned into. Thereís also a little garden with some Ayleid related bits & bobs.

Sunday, 26th of May, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (19:48) Iíve got another plug-in for Oblivion in progress @ the moment. It was on my to do list while I was making the Mystical Garden one. This time, Iím doing a collection of gem mines. You can get 5 varieties of gems in the game, but where they come from is not really known. So now, you can visit such mines. Thereís also a bonus gem from one of the other gem families. Anyway, that probably wonít be complete until next month. Iíve only just started on the 5th mine today, but there needs to be a lot more detail. Like the other mines and caves in Cyrodiil, each place will have a selection of enemies. Although I may make one place friendly. Weíll see. Morrowindís mines were often friendly, with various miners. I donít think thereís a pick swinging animation for Oblivion, but NPCs can swing maces. It might be possible to implement that, with them attacking the gem deposits for certain times.

Friday, 31st of May, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (17:35) Aww! Itís the last day of May. My favourite month. It went too quick!
ē I started on my 9th mine today for my Gem Mines plug-in for Oblivion. This is the 2nd sapphire mine. The 10th one will be the 2nd diamond mine. I had miners swinging their clubs and maces in the earlier mines that I mentioned on Sunday. I just looked at how they did it for the Fightersí Guild people, and used the same method. I just did goblins for the 8th mine, and for the 9th one Iím going to have marauders. Iím not sure what to have for the 10th one. Iíve done bandits, vampires and conjurers, the undead and various animals.

Saturday, 1st of June, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:01) Bye, May! Now for Winter. I like Winter though.
ē This month it will be Yu Suzukiís 66th birthday, which is on the 10th. Itís to hard to imagine that he was only 35 when he did Virtua Fighter, back in 1993. Also related to Sega, is Toshihiro Nagoshi, who did Sega Touring Car Championship. Heíll be 59 on the 17th.
And the gorgeous looking Chinese actress, Dilraba Dilmurat will be 32 on the 3rd. And if you donít know her, click on the link. Woo! She would do for me. Not that that would ever happen. You wouldnít get me moving to China either.
ē As for right now, itís back to the mines, for my new Oblivion plug-in. That should be out by the middle of the month, I reckon.

Tuesday, 4th of June, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (14:56) Fig my crack itís cold! Brrrr! It should be snowing, I reckon. Iíve got the air conditioner on, and my heater, and itís still chilly. Iíve got 1 sheet, 4 blankets and 3 quilts on my bed, and itís only just enough to keep warm. It mustíve been like -3įC last night, outside. Itís like northern Siberia.
ē My Gems Mine plug-in for Oblivion is almost done. Iím going through some new Japanese tunes 1st today. Thereís a new one from Shuka Saito, but the link isnít working. Otogibanashi (which means Fairy Tale) from Mei Chan was rather good. Especially all the drawings. Ooh, and U from Morisaki Win is a winner as well. A video for this wouldíve been nice. Yotsuba No Kuro-ba- / 4 Leaf Clover was pretty good, from Natural Lag. Make sure you hold out for the final part of the ending.

Thursday, 6th of June, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (12:28) Next year marks 100 years since the 1925 Exposition Internationale Des Arts Dťcoratifs Et Industriels Modernes, which I suppose was like the peak of the original Art Deco period. It was apparently to be held in 1915, but World War 1 threw a spanner in the works. As this is a style that mostly appeals to me, it should be a good reason to celebrate it. And of course my web site has taken inspiration from Art Deco designs too. I think Art Deco should make a bit of a comeback, because thereís been nothing this century to really rival it.

Friday, 7th of June, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (20:16) Itís Anna Kournikovaís 43rd birthday today. So sheís almost 8 months younger than I am.

Monday, 10th of June, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (13:13) Happy birthday, Yu Suzuki! Crack out your copies of Fighters Megamix and letís celebrate! Some of the copies of that are worth a bit more now on eBay, than when I got my 2nd hand copy. Almost close to the original shop prices. (Anyway, I paid $12 for it in May, 21 years ago.) I think Virtua Fighter 2 is about 30 years old next year. Holey moley. Where did that time go? I remember playing it at Intencity at Parramatta, and trying to work out why it looked a bit different from the Saturn version. Well, the reason is: A lower resolution, but with texture filtering on the Model 2 board. Plus the 3D backgrounds. I think Dural had some kind of environment mapping too, which wasnít on the Saturn version. We didnít see that so much in Saturn games until a few years later. (Like the loading screens in Sonic R.) Somebody said it could do that using the sprite display processor, or something, and even bump mapping through some method with gouraud shading on paletted sprites. There was some long winded explanation.
ē (15:28) Ahhh! Yeah, baby. I just had a whirl of Fighters Megamix. Boy Iím out of practice. I think I was trying to throw in a few non-existent moves for Sarah from Virtua Fighter 5 as well. I also played as Pai, who Iím best at, and in my last play, I was Lion, who I did much better with than I thought I would. I also played as the Hornet, but how the fig do you get it to do anything good? Hee hee. Oh well. Also, I think my 2nd Saturn control pad is a bit wonky. The left direction didnít seem to work a few times, and the buttons in the menus seemed to cock up. I changed over to my other one then, and it was better. I had to clean my backup memory cartridgeís contacts again with methylated spirits, since itís pretty much been iffy since the beginning. Itís not like these days with USB connections, and only having to worry about 4 things connecting. This thing has contacts galore. Struth, and all the dust that had accumulated over there as well by my TV. It really needs a good clean up. Apart from my GameCube, all my other consoles have towels over them to keep the dust off. In fact, when I got my Saturn, they suggested doing that from Game Keeper.

Tuesday, 11th of June, 2024
Todayís current mood:
ē (16:44) UmÖ what the fudge is that on my keyboard? Oh, itís a bit of paper towel. UhÖ anyhoo, I was going to say something profound, but I canít remember what it was now. Oh yes! I remember. I literally had to find a web site today that could do some OCR of Japanese characters. Yeah ó I couldnít read that text to save myself. It was all Kanji. Anyway, it worked pretty well. I just took a screen shot of the writing, saved it as a JPG image, as required by the site, and uploaded it. You got the conversion in about a second or so. I could probably use a program to do that. I have Corel OCR-Trace, but it doesnít recognise Japanese as far as I know. And I donít think it supports unicode characters. Thereís also a Chinese converter, which actually worked better on the Kanji, because itís pretty much the same as Hanzi.
ē For some reason it smells like glue in my room here. Pew. I havenít been using glue.

Johnís Top 5: Most Recently Played Games:

Fighters Megamix
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Main PC
The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
ď2018 PCĒ
Main PC
Teddy Maze
Main PC

Johnís List Of Interesting Articles & Scams:

ďBeachís Bizarre Broadway SubwayĒ ó An article about Alfred Beachís pneumatic transit system in New York, which you may have seen a reproduction of in Ghostbusters 2.
City Of Darkness - Revisited ó A fascinating look at what was the Kowloon Walled City.
Livermoreís Centennial Light Live Cam ó Get an up to date view of the worldís longest running light bulb! This thing puts modern bulbs to utter shame!
Making Ice In Mississippi
A Keeperís Account - A Quiet Night In ó This is Charlie Ridingís tale of working at the Bell Rock Lighthouse in Scotland, on the 2:00 to 6:00 A.M. shift.
Read about Geoffrey D. Bennett who had a heck of a job trying to get a refund for Windows ’95, which he didn’t want with his laptop PC in the 1st place.
Letters from BBC Television Licensing — The BBC’s TV Licence over in Britain is one of the biggest jokes of our time, not because the BBC shouldn’t be getting paid, but because you still have to pay whether you watch them or not. It makes as much sense as me asking everyone on the planet for $5, because they may happen to stumble upon my web site. The BBC have always wanted to charge TV owners to receive their broadcasts, but made no effort to block them to viewers of other channels, and demanded payment whether you watched what they broadcast or not.
Ever wondered how to completely remove iTunes? Here’s an interesting article on the procedure. (This site now requires a pretty new web browser.)
London Underground History. (This has gone for now.)
Game Copy Wizard ó This is a big fat SCAM! Check out the website, but do not fall into the trap of buying! One affiliated site even claimed it could duplicate cartridge based games! It is also a pyramid scheme to draw in affiliates to put up positive reviews about it in order to get paid when they can sell a copy. Lots of people have been burned, and there are dozens of sites out there claiming it DOES work, when it clearly does not. As easy as it is to see through this fake product, I put this here to make it more well known to those who arenít familiar with copying console games. Click here for a list of sites that seem to be pushing this. (This site has finally gone, and just re-directs to some other thing.)
Ever heard of the Better Business Bureau from America? It would seem theyíre not as straight as you may have thought.
Transparent Audio ó Another company bordering on scam status. Anyone who makes $777 USB cables, and somehow magically thinks theyíre better, has no credibility at all in my book. Not to mention their $84 900 speaker wires. The problem is, I think they actually believe what theyíre selling makes a difference.
AudioHarmaís Cable Cooker ó more snake oil.