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
Today’s current mood:
• HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? Or more importantly, do you know who he is? This chap is an “extra” in various TV shows and movies, and mostly always from Britain. He’s 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 Jones’ Diary. I even enquired at ITV, but they didn’t know, and told me to try IMDb. Yeah well, like I wouldn’t have tried that already. He’s never credited for the shows he’s in, so it’s 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 don’t have any other proof that that’s true. So, if you know, write to me and let me know.
• Someone reckoned it might snow today, but it hasn’t. At least not where I am.

Tuesday, 12th Of July, 2016
Today’s current mood:
• Did anybody notice that if you re-arrange the letters of Bill Gates, you can get “labels git?” Makes you wonder about those Windows stickers!

Thursday, 6th of August, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (14:38) I dunno what I’m going to do yet about putting my Morrowind plug-ins and other files in some other location that can be accessed on the web. I’d rather not spend money on it, but what I really need is some kind of paid storage space. Like a GB or 2. It’d kind of be good to use your own server, but with the low upload speed with my current setup, it’d probably make downloads a bit sluggish for other people. I’m not 100% sure how you’d set it up, and you’d need some kind of computer to act as a file server that’d be on all the time, and it would have to have a fixed IP address too.
• I’ve been trying to find other music videos from Europe, but I dunno where to start really. I tried looking up some French stuff without much success.

Saturday, 15th of August, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (19:46) Here are a few more music videos I liked, that I recommend. Some are older and some are new. Hopefully you’ll enjoy @ least one of them:
Waiting For Hope by Ko Hyun Joo. This has a kind of Chinese feel & is quite operatic sounding.
Disco Nights by Newton. Or in English if you prefer.
Echte Freunde by NEON
Bin Wieder Frei by The Rebel Tell Band
Atlantis Princess, performed by Bolbblgan4 / BOL4
Bobfahrerlied by Troglauer Buam — this one should put a smile on ya face.
Sorrow by Ravi, Yeri (of Red Velvet) & Kim Woo Seok
Party Mitanand by Troglauer Buam. Part of this almost sounds like it could be a bit Irish.
Das Schöne Mädchen Von Seite 1 by The Rebel Tell Band
Tomato Song by DDOA — one for the kids!
Bin Wieder Frei by The Rebel Tell Band
Du Hast Mich Tausendmal Belogen by The Rebel Tell Band
Ich Male Herzen In Rot by Susan Ebrahimi
99 (Gu Gu) by Keembo — This one’s okay if you don’t mind the mild rappy bit about ½ of the way through.
Gleiches Herz Gleicher Beat by Troglauer Buam

Sunday, 16th of August, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (16:00) Sujeong from Lovelyz has another solo MV out called Na, Ni. I like this one better than the other one she did. She still has her blue hair & looks as pretty as ever.

Monday, 17th of August, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (16:13) Next month, I’m going to bung in Windows ’95 for my monthly software review page. Or the Software Review Of The Moment, as I call it. Yep, so that will shift all the other reviews along by 1 month, because it’s my site and I wanna do that! Assuming I make no other changes, the line up will now be:
(August: Art Of Illusion)
September: Windows ’95
October: Windows 10
November: MS Works + JES DeInterlacer
December: Corel CHART!
January 2021: Cog + MacAmp Lite X + XMPlay
Febbo: iMovie + iDVD
March: Open Orifice 3
April: Winamp
May: My Titler Programs 1
June: My Titler Programs 2
July: Mac OS X Tiger
August: PowerDVD 6
September: Corel DRAW 8
October: Back to Art Of Illusion
Maybe I should change it to a fortnightly thing. Hmm… Anyhoo, I got Windows ’95 up & running in Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2007, with the guest extensions from the 2004 version. I added a high speed CPU patch to fix this NDIS error, and set up Internet access too. I installed Netscape 7 as my browser, and that works okay. Yep, no Internet Explorer in sight! It’s a miracle! LOL. Maybe not quite that good, but it is refreshing. My review thingy will talk about some other programs I tried, and what fouled up and what didn’t.
• (22:43) Here are a couple more Korean MVs that aren’t too bad. Jogging by Lucy and We Ride by Brave Girls. I’m not really in love with either of them, but if you have a few minutes to spare, you might find ’em worth checking out.

Thursday, 20th of August, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (23:44) Struth — I just found a German version of Colin Furze. Some dude called Alex Engel. Except he’s a singer.
• I hope one of the web sites I use isn’t on the blink. I was doing some stuff earlier, and it cr*pped out right in the middle of the last file I was getting. It kicked back in again a few minutes later though.

Sunday, 23rd of August, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (11:51) Brrrr! Where’s the snow?! My computer’s CPU temperature was only 13°C when I got to Windows XP.
• I thought I’d start on I Will Never Let You Go again last night. Just hearing that introduction music again gave me instant fond memories of earlier in the year.

Monday, 24th of August, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (13:58) I got a spindle of 50 DVDs for $25 with no postage cost, from eBay, which turned up today. I’m not 100% sure if that little RW bit means re-writable, or if it’s some other abbreviation. (Probably not Robbie Williams.) You’d assume it means re-writable. But it just says DVD+R. It doesn’t say RW on the main bit, unless they can make them all re-writable as standard now. Of course, if they don’t explain it, I’ll just assume that’s what it is. It’s on my new DVD drive too. Not that I re-use optical discs anyway. I usually only ever write once to them.
There’s also a weird bit on the packaging that says that only the state of California (in America, we presume,) knows about some chemical in the discs that may cause birth defects! Yikes! So, does nobody else know about it, or is it only the opinion of Californians? Well, Verbatim, I know about it now, so you better update your labels to say: …and one person from NSW of Australia too.

Thursday, 27th of August, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:11) Ah dear, Steven Spielberg’s father died 2 days ago, unfortunately. Although he did make it to 103.
• I had a nifty dream this morning that there was this web site where you could look up people who you went to school with & see them in the nude! I’d already seen one girl, and later I thought: “Oh! I’ll have to look up so & so.” I know their real name, but I’m not going to put it here.

Tuesday, 1st of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (16:35) Yay! My season 12 DVDs of The Amazing Race (for my b’day next month,) turned up from America today. This one’s better in my opinion to the season 14 & 16 ones I got in the past, because it’s still interlaced, so you get the full 60 f.p.s. fluidity. (Since it’s NTSC.) Yeah, so I’m happy with that, ’cos it’s like super smooth looking. The other ones were de-interlaced, and looked more pixelated, vertically, since one field was missing. It is pretty heavy on CPU usage though, using VLC. I might make backup copies and play them with PowerDVD, which seems to make more use of your video card, I think. One thing that seemed odd about the package, is that it said it came from Sweden.

Wednesday, 2nd of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (13:34) I’ve been looking up some basic 1 transistor amplifier circuits to see if I can boost the output from my Realistic PZM (pressure zone microphone) for my computers. I think on the 1st 2 PCs we had back in the mid to late 1990s, their sound cards didn’t have any issue, but all the computers I have now, seem to be really quiet with it. I dunno why. My Sound Blaster Audigy is supposed to tell the difference between a microphone and a “line” input. Like the input from a CD player / a game console or whatever. The microphone works fine with other amplifiers I have — it just comes out super quiet with my compos. My Power Mac, MacBook, main PC — you name it. I’m going to get out an old project box later — one of those 100 in 1 things — & connect up some of its components and see what works. I might try it with my HP laptop computer 1st before I blow away my Power Mac. I doubt it, but just in case anything goes kooky. I’m only going to run it on 9 V or so. Then, when that’s done, I’ll solder up some components from my box of left overs and make a more permanent dealie in a small box. I’ve got some soap boxes I could recycle.
I also noticed that those Dick Smith Fun Way books’ve been released on the Internet, as somebody else acquired the rights to them in 2016. Ah well, I have all 3 books anyhoo.
• (17:33) So, I cracked out my 200 In 1 Electronic Project Kit thing, (— not 100 —) and tried some amplifier circuits, and yeah, none of them worked! Struth. I dunno if the components in it are stuffed or the circuits were incorrect or what. Plus using those not-so-shiny springs as connections probably doesn’t help either. Anyhow, check it out to the left there! The thing’s older than I am. My uncle had it apparently, and he’s been in America for years! So, it really is getting on a bit. 1970-something it was made. The solar panel’s dropped out in the last few years, ’cos the tape it had holding it on has worn out of stickiness. I knackered the L.E.D. in it years ago. Probably too many times running on 9 V instead of about 2. It should say Reed Switch to the bottom right, but it was made in Japan, and they seem to get their Rs and Ls mixed up. The glass broke on that, so that’s why it’s missing. (For those who are clueless, a reed switch looks like a reed that grows by the side of waterways. It’s a magnetically operated switch in a glass package.) One of the ceramic capacitors has a busted leg / wire, and the big 1000 μF one seems to be leaking the electrolyte stuff.
If you ask me, MFD looks more like Mega Farads! They should’ve use the micro symbol like I just did. (Wouldn’t 1000 μF be like 1 millifarad or something?) Also in terms of decay, the 2nd silicon transistor has an old note by me there saying it’s apparently faulty, and the 2 germanium transistors are peeling. I’m not sure what that’s about.
That RF transformer is a weird looking thing. I dunno if that’s more like those metal things you see these days with the screw bit in the top. Maybe not. I checked a few of the resistors with a digital multimeter, and they seemed to be okay. One had a value that was spot on too.
Dad used the kit back in the 1980s as an intercom between the house and the garage area. You could make radios and amplifiers and other peculiar circuits. They even made use of the germanium transistors’ sensitivity to heat.
So yeah, I dunno how I’m going to proceed yet. I have the components to make a simple amplifier; I just want to make sure I have a circuit that actually works before I start soldering stuff together. & maybe 1 transistor is less powerful than I need. I’ll just have to experiment with that. I need one of those white boards with all the little holes in them. Then I could plug in some newer components and test that out.

Thursday, 3rd of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:06) Before I went to bed, I made up the super simple Transistor Tester in my Fun Way 1 book, and checked the transistors in my 200-In-1 box of tricks. Yep, the right side NPN one is “leaky,” or whatever the word is. The book says that if you disconnect the base of the transistor, both L.E.D.s will go off, and whaddya know? The right side one stayed on. I have a feeling that this tester only partially works for the germanium PNP transistors, because they seem to be normally leaky anyhow. That’s how the temperature change circuit worked in the book. When the transistor heats up, I think more electrons flow through the collector & emitter. But the 2nd L.E.D. did go quite dim with the base connection removed, so that must be as good as they get. Perhaps this is why you don’t see germanium transistors as much now.
• (21:04) This picture here seemed to be the gist of some designs of 1 transistor amplifiers, but I don’t think it works overly well in practise. I fiddled around a bit more in that circuit box and almost fried one of the poor PNP transistors. I think I had something connected up wrong, and it got really hot. Ooops. I might have another fiddle around before I go to bed later, and see what works, or not. I think this design could probably use more resistance between the output socket and the collector of the transistor. ’cos if you connect a 8 ohm speaker, and the transistor becomes fully turned on, wouldn’t that be close to a short circuit? I dunno — I’m not overly smart with this stuff, so don’t go blaming me if you copy this design and something dies on you.

Friday, 4th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (16:30) I didn’t have any further luck with amplifier circuits today. I ended up adapting a multi-vibrator circuit in the 200-In-1 kit doodad to work with L.E.D.s like the Dick Smith one instead. Except this was with PNP transistors. I had to increase the value of the capacitors to something a little closer to the Dick Smith version, and ended up using a 10 μF and 100 μF one, which made it rather uneven. The box of tricks doesn’t have any in that range that match. So, I added the variable resistor in series with one of the other 10 kΩ ones, but I dunno how much that helped. At least that transistor I thought that I fried, was still working. I also put the 2nd L.E.D. where the reed switch used to be. So, there it is working, to the left, with wires going in all directions. This is why people use PCBs these days. Seriously though, it is neat to have a reusable set-up like this though.

Saturday, 5th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (14:28) Hey, Lovelyz have a new MV out at last! Obliviate, the song’s called. That sounds a little Harry Potter inspired there, I would say. It was a bit different from some of their other stuff. I’m not sure how much I fancy it yet. I could swing either way.
I also checked out Open Mind by Wonho, which wasn’t too bad. Day6 also have a new song called Where The Sea Sleeps, but I’m not too sure about checking out that one, going by the preview I saw. Initial S by SoRi was convincing with her swimming costume, but I don’t think I really like the song that much.
• (15:47) Laboum have done some collaboration song with BabyBus, called Smile Pop Pop. It seems to be related to some kids show by the looks of it. It was kind of okay-ish. Plus, there’s also Milkyway by Red Velvet, which seems to be a cover of a song by BOA, or something. BOA’s 20th anniversary. I’m a bit hazy on what that’s about.
• (16:08) In terms of that amplifier business, I decided to try this audio mixer (to the left,) that my dad gave me some time ago, and that seems to do the trick! So I won’t need to make my own pre-amplifier circuit now. If I crank the microphone (— which you can see to the right —) level on it to full and put the input level in Mac OS X close to full, it’s then loud enough to record my voice while I’m sitting next to it. (The microphone, that is.) Although, I want to check with my better headphones tonight how noisy it is. Or not.
These microphones used to cost about $70 back in the 1990s, and have a semi-spherical direction property. Probably with a bit more to the front, really. They work by collecting the sound that bounces off the metal base, which can be attached to a wooden surface for better performance. It has a built in switch box, which you can see, that takes a 1.5 V AA size battery to power the mini I.C. in the electret microphone inside. The quality is really good, especially when compared with my over-bassy sounding hand-held dynamic microphone. We had one of these PZMs in my Electronic Media class back in high school, but they’d adapted it to use a XLR plug, which provided the power from the other equipment that we had there. Now that Tandy’s gone by the board in Australia, you pretty much have to resort to eBay (probably), and the prices are almost twice as much as the original cost now. There was a foam piece that went over the end as well, but I’m not sure if I still have that. I do still have the original box somewhere.

Sunday, 6th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (0:40) After doing that multi-vibrator circuit the other day, I wondered if it was possible to do a similarly simple chaser circuit without ICs, and from what I found, it is. Although if you extend the pattern, and add more and more LEDs, it ends up using more components than the likes of a decade counter IC. I thought I might do such a thing with 3 of the transistors I have, but I don’t have the right value capacitors or resistors. At least in my box of odds & sods. I think I may have some more stuff hidden in the garage, but who knows where?
• (23:20) I looked up some prices @ Jaycar for stuff today, and yeah, I might get an order of some ICs, capacitors and what not. What I did do though, was get some more bargain L.E.D.s from Phipps on eBay. 150 of the beggars for $23.85!!! Holey cow! You’d be lucky to get ½ a dozen high brightness ones for that price several years ago. I got red, blue & pink! I’ve only ever had one pink L.E.D. before, and it faded out to just white. So let’s hope these don’t. I think they’re more magenta anyway.
• Yeah, some of the parts are quite affordable from Jaycar in terms of I.C. sockets, capacitors & resistors. The resistors only seem to be available in packets of 8. Outside of the L.E.D.s, a power socket and optional potentiometer, which I considered adding for speed control, the cost was only $5.75. I’m not sure what kind of box to go with, but I was thinking of something round-ish.

Monday, 7th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:07) I rang up Jaycar a few minutes ago, and asked if their potentiometers come with the nuts for panel mounting. They said, it depends on the warehouse where they’re sent from. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Yikes! The cost of the nuts separately (as a packet,) is worth more than a single potentiometer though.
• My order from Phipps is on the way, and the L.E.D.s should be here by Wednesday.
• Speaking of Jaycar, some months back, I found my old 1997 catalogue from the Penrith store. That thing looks brand new! The front cover doesn’t even have any damage to the page corners. Somebody’s trying to sell a 28 page 1997 Myer sale catalogue on eBay for $10. Plus, there’s a 2002 - 2003 Dick Smith catalogue for $17. Hmm, maybe it might be worth a bit in years to come.
They certainly did have blue L.E.D.s then — in fact slightly higher intensity ones for that year. Although nothing like the several thousand m.c.d. ones you can get now. They also had a RGB L.E.D. which had 2 blue parts to it, probably for extra brightness. It was $9.95. No straight white ones though, or any other fancy colours of course. I still have my first blue L.E.D., which was probably from the early 1990s. Maybe 1993-ish? I dunno. Regular red, orange, yellow & green ones used to only be like 20 or 30¢, but when blue ones came out for $3.95, it was like: “Wowzer! That’s super expensive.” It’s a low brightness, colourless, frosted type one, with a bit more of a pointy top than the usual sort. It’s part of my custom “relay box thingo” in my bedroom, which allows me to work my heater, fan and lights from a hand-held switch box.
• (22:11) I was reading more about chaser circuits, and after looking at a forum dealie on the subject, it would seem more wise to add a ULN2003 I.C. as well. Dick Smith’s dice circuit, which could act as a chaser, only ran little 3 mm red L.E.D.s, which probably didn’t draw much current. If I’m looking at powering 2 or 3 L.E.D.s per count, we need something with a bit of @r$€ to do so, that won’t stress the counter. They do add $4.95 @ Jaycar, but Phipps have a packet of 5 (actually 18 pin Toshiba ULN2803APG types) for $8.95, and 5 NE555 timers for the same price. The ULN2003 (or similar) can handle up to ½ an amp (per output), which is plenty for several L.E.D.s. You just connect pin 9 (or 10 of the Toshiba one) to + and pin 8 (or 9 of the Toshiba one) to -. Then the outputs of the 4017 I.C. to the inputs of the ULN2003 I.C. I’ll have to check the L.E.D. polarity. If it changes, I’ll need to connect their common connection to positive through the resistor instead of negative.
• (23:54) Yeah, the L.E.D. negatives have to go to the ULN2003. So it’s reversed. You then connect all their anodes together and run them via the limiting resistor to +. Of course if you’re going to connect more in parallel, you’d use another resistor for that set, like for another colour for instance.

Tuesday, 8th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (14:29) My 3 packets of L.E.D.s turned up today! Wow! That was fast. They only got sent yesterday. I’ll never need those colours again! 50 of each is quite a lot! The pink ones are a kind of magenta shade.
I wonder if you could do an audio level display with those ULN2003 ICs. That Dick Smith kit had 10 transistors for each one, and you needed 2 kits for stereo. You could use 4 of the I.C.s instead of 20 transistors. Although it depends what worked out cheaper. It’d be less soldering to do the transistors I think. By about 4 connections.
Anyway, I looked at PCBs, and this one looks like it would be more than adequate. I did a little drawing in Corel DRAW of the component layout on a grid, and I think you could build maybe 4 chaser circuits in that space. That’s with the L.E.D.s separate from the board, as well as stuff like variable resistors. With the Toshiba ULN2803APG, you could do 8 outputs, so I think you’d have to connect pin 9 of the 4017 I.C. back to 15 to reset. In the Dick Smith book, they used pin 5 to reset for the dice, and it represents output 6. (Pin 9 is output 8.) So that’s like the output AFTER the last L.E.D., since it starts on 0. So I’d have to connect, in order, pins 3, 2, 4, 7, 10, 1, 5, & 6 to the inputs of the ULN2803APG I.C.
• (16:09) I drew up the connections for this circuit as well, and yeah, I’ll either need the components spread further apart to use more tracks, or connect some stuff with wires. Looking at it, it almost feels like it’d be better to turn the 4017 counter upside-down. There’s stuff going in Alan-Alda-rections! Those Dick Smith circuits are supposedly in the public domain now, but I’ve also based this on other circuits I saw too, so it isn’t exactly anyone else’s design, and a lot of the stuff can only be done one way anyhow, like the positive and negative connections to the I.C.s.
I’ll be using IC sockets so I can take my time soldering, and then when I’m done, I’ll just plug all the I.C.s in, and that way, I won’t over heat anything.

Wednesday, 9th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:24) The Lily Pad button battery holder that I got for the brooch I made for my Mum’s Mothers’ Day pressie ended up breaking under the pressure of the battery! That’s no good! I dunno if I can fix it for her.
• My Software Review Of The Moment has been updated now to Windows ’95.
• (22:17) Ooooh, I broke the bank & got myself my chaser components. They should be here soon. Next week maybe. It came to about $52.40, with stuff from both Phipps & Jaycar. Phipps had 3 “prototype” PCBs for $8.95, so that was $5.90 better than Jaycar if you’re buying more than 1. I only got 1 Jiffy Box to start with. I may use something more creative for my 2nd & 3rd chaser circuits.

Friday, 11th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (14:56) My goodies from Jaycar have turned up. But I need the stuff from Phipps to get started, since they’re sending the PCBs. I’ve also been looking at the LM3914 I.C., which is designed to show different levels of stuff to 10 L.E.D.s. Although you can add extra ones for more. I just watched an example video of somebody who connected one up to a mobile telephone and got it to play some music, and that’s the kind of output level I’d be looking at, I’d say. They also had a 470 kΩ variable resistor to adjust how intense the thing was. Not the brightness, but the reactivity of it. I also compared it to the examples in the specifications document I got from Jaycar, and it was similar. It’d certainly be a quick and easy alternative to the Dick Smith level thing, which had diodes, resistors and transistors laid on. You could put 2 of these I.C.s on the one PCB with no worries. What I aim to do, when I get some green & yellow L.E.D.s, is have a “full spectrum” of them in terms of colours. Start with the purple ones at the bottom, then blue, green, yellow, orange, red & magenta. Maybe I could set the colours out like this:
1. Purple
2. Purple
3. Blue
4. Green
5. Green
6. Yellow
7. Orange
8. Red
9. Red
10. Magenta
The purple ones look slightly more dull than the others that I got from Phipps, so maybe they’re a touch into the ultra-violet range. So, that’s why I’ll start with 2. The LM3914 I.C. can handle up to 30 mA L.E.D.s, and with 2 of them running 20 of my 20 mA ones at once, (for stereo,) that will be 400 mA in total, so I’d need a power supply capable of handling that too. Those regulated switch mode ones are good.
I might put this all on my Christmas list this year.

Saturday, 12th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (0:09) So, here’s my list of components that I’ll be needing for my level display project. But this is minus the box and PCB. (The extension cord is more something I need personally.) I dunno what I’ll have left over of the PCBs from my chaser circuits. So, this came to quite a bit of money. It’ll definitely have to be for Chrissy, I think. (Those L.E.D.s are 50 packs by the way.)
It’s more than I initially thought. If I could’ve got a dual gang potentiometer, that would’ve saved some of the cost on the knobs. I’d like a white box, but Jaycar don’t have any of their regular Jiffy Boxes like that. Only a medium sized grey one.
• (14:09) On the right here, I’ve put my latest chaser circuit L.E.D. positioning idea. This is the one I think I’ll go with. It looks a bit like a cross between a fountain and the shape of a heart. I tried other layouts as well, but I think this one probably looks the best.
When I get the green & yellow L.E.D.s, I’ll probably do one like a rainbow shape with 49 dots, as it were. That’s only 140 mA at any one time, so that should be fine. I might need a box about 21 cm wide though.
Next week, when I get the 1st chaser dealie done, I’ll be sure to include a piccie of it. That can go up then on my Shelf Of Light, as I called it in March. Hopefully it won’t take too long to assemble. I’m just a bit anxious to get started. I’m going to print out all the L.E.D. positions, then stick 1 copy to a piece of cardboard. In that, I’ll make 3 mm size holes, and that’ll hold all the L.E.D.s against the box lid, which will have the 5 mm holes for them to poke through.
• (17:32) I was looking at some videos of how a bunch of these people show you supposedly haunted locations, but in reality, it’s just them faking it for the money. I reckon most of them are all in on it together. Moe Sargi, OmarGosh, UGUE, C’s Crazy Crossroads, Franko TV, Chelsea Luna & James The Fam. That’s what the “fam” is — just one big mob of them conning as a team. I reckoned Franko was pretty good up until recently. There was a video that got out of him “teaching” some other guy how to do stuff, which also revealed some other things that you don’t see in the videos. Some other chap, who actually does seem to be legitimate, talked about how he was a fan of UGUE, and then when they stuffed up, he quickly changed his mind. I think because of the fakers, it’s hard to determine who’s genuine and who isn’t. Once you get caught faking stuff, you’re pretty much done, ’cos it’s like that “boy who cried wolf” parable dealie. Nobody’s going to believe you again.
One of the worst fakers was Moe Sargi, who didn’t edit his video properly, and then got caught out with his friend in there, pushing a door open that was supposed to’ve looked like some kind of ghostly activity. Then he tried to cover it up by re-uploading the video and claiming the original was a prank. Then UGUE got busted when the main guy (Joe, I think,) was doing some challenge where he was supposed to be alone in this joint which was apparently haunted, and his friend was hiding in the garage, and he just walked by, as if he wasn’t really there.
Some of this stuff is sketchy at best, even from people who aren’t making anything up. So when people come along and get caught doing such a thing, their credibility is gone. I don’t think there’s much chance of recovering from it, unless you apologised and admitted it. But that would be your final chance.
One lot of videos I’ve been looking at, is from the WW2 History Hunter. He’s a German guy who looks at locations related to World War 2, and finds various items, and explores bunkers and ruins. Now he doesn’t do anything related to paranormal activity — in fact he didn’t seem to buy into it all that much anyway. But he did have some odd feelings in this forest he went to. So he set up these special motion detection cameras for about a week or more, and the stuff he ended up recording was certainly pretty odd, that’s for sure. So, maybe because he’s not one of those people deliberately involved in this line of stuff, perhaps what he got may actually have had some kind of legitimacy to it. And he said himself, it is what is, and he didn’t try to explain it or make you believe it was definitely something abnormal.
• (20:48) One of the funniest fakers, is Exploring With Danny, from England. This guy’s so obviously fake, you don’t even need to be told. Although he & his friend Andy did have 1 that was kind of convincing. Some of the time he didn’t even look like he could be bothered. It felt like it should be the Russell Coight of paranormal investigations. You’d be better off watching them for a laugh rather than a fright.

Sunday, 13th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (16:28) I printed out the guide drawing I did, which was the base of that animation up to the right, from yesterday, and stuck it to a piece of cardboard. I then used a darning needle to poke holes on either side of the central dots, and I then put all the L.E.D.s I’m going to use in it. That’ll then be bolted to the inside of the plastic cover. Those magenta L.E.D.s do seem to have some kind of coloured stuff inside them, unlike the other ones. So like I said the other day, I hope it doesn’t fade and end up just making them look white.

Monday, 14th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:23) All right! My goodies from Phipps turned up this morning. Now I can get on with doing the chaser #1! I think I’ll only be fitting one per PCB, by the way, but then these aren’t the ones I mentioned from Jaycar anyhow. Placing the I.C. sockets and what not on there showed that I’ll probably want to use most of the room.
• (19:47) I was out in the garage for probably 2½ hours, soldering the stuff onto one of the new PCBs. I still have to make the connections between where the 4017 counter I.C. will go & the ULN2803APG’s socket. Plus the connections for the L.E.D.s, once I get them in the box. But I did connect the anodes of the orange ones together. I even used an old resistor out of an old record player that my grandfather had yonks ago. It was still showing the correct value, so I chucked it in. I basically swapped it for the 22 kΩ one, because I thought it would make the timer too slow.

Tuesday, 15th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (17:48) Day 2 of the chaser assembly saga. As you can see, wires everywhere! There’s 5 more to go to connect to the PCB yet for the L.E.D.s. I hope they’ll all stuff into the box without popping off. I still need a switch! I’ll have to look harder. I put the power socket in the box. Drilling the 24 holes in the lid for the L.E.D.s took a while, but at least they all pretty much line up. How do you like my paper strip insulation? LOL. It was awkward to get the soldering iron around, but at least it stopped me soldering to the wrong thing. I hope all that electrical tape and sticky tape holds. I was pretty sweaty doing this.

Wednesday, 16th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (16:26) Ahh! My chaser dealie is done! Phwoar — never again! Ha ha — just kidding! I have 2 more to do at some stage! But not immediately. What did I learn? I should’ve forked out the extra $12 for 24 pluggable header sockets. Then put the L.E.D.s into them. The pressure from that many wires being stuffed in the box caused 2 (wires) to pop off (of the L.E.D.s). If I ever have to fix it, this is what I’ll redo. I’ll dump all that crazy paper & make that section much more reliable & neat. Also, I think I’ll put my next one in an even bigger box! Like a hat box.
Because of the exposure time of this photo, all the L.E.D.s look like they’re on, but it works like the animation on the 12th. I put a hole in the front to adjust the speed, but there aren’t any figging fine enough screw drivers in the place which are long enough to reach in there! Typical. What else? Oh yeah! The f***ing integrated circuits. It’s 2020, and they STILL can’t manufacture those little b*ggers with the pins straight, can they? So, I’m out there, swearing & sweating, trying to get them squeezed in to fit the sockets. At least with the amount of juice on my fingers, I wasn’t going to build up any static electricity to fry the poor 4017 counter. Getting that Toshiba one into the 18 pin socket was a right pain!

Sunday, 20th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (19:42) Here’s another music video from about the end of last month: Green Light by Ruamin. I was re-checking some Korean tunes samples of new songs from the last few weeks, and thought I’d check this one out. It’s quite pleasant, plus it isn’t over amplified like a lot of stuff either. I also found a German song that seems to translate to 3 ply toilet paper! The dude in it had a roll of butt fodder as well.
Then I found a dude called Andreas Gabalier who’s rather good. He reminds me of Joaquin Phoenix with a touch of Alec Baldwin with Elvis’ hair and a bit of a raspy voice. This one’s pretty good.

Wednesday, 23rd of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (13:08) It really pi$$€s me off when these dumb morons use that mother-fudging “clear type” cr@p in bitmaps on their web sites. This is a personal monitor KLUDGE that can’t be used in this fashion!!! You can’t use it on a web page in a bitmap! It doesn’t work the same way for EVERYBODY’s monitors. And what’s worse is that they display the bitmaps at the wrong size as well! This is a trick that can’t be resized either. This is why it’s such a stupid type of kludge that should never have been implemented in any software. Some dumb git with a cr@p, cheap LCD thought they could get it sharper, and because it worked for them, they were too brain dead to realise that it doesn’t affect everybody else.
• Anyhoo, with that ranting over, I was trying to get more information on the LM3914 I.C. before I get any (, like for Christmas). While you can use reference resistors to set the current requirement for the L.E.D.s you use, there don’t seem to be any examples which show the use of resistors in series with the L.E.D.s. While the ones I got from Phipps are apparently rated the same as each other, the brightness BETWEEN colours in reality is a lot different. I figure, if I’m going to make a multi-colour display, I’ll need to add extra resistors in series with the L.E.D.s which are brighter than the dullest one, which I assume is the purple one. I haven’t seen the yellow and green ones yet, but I think they’ll probably be quite bright. The red L.E.D.s aren’t as bright as you think, and possibly less than the orange. The blue and magenta / pink ones are very intense. On my chaser, they’re definitely more grunty than the orange ones. I obviously don’t have any brightness testing equipment, but what I could do is use sheets of paper. For however many sheets of paper I can JUST see the purple L.E.D. through, is the brightness level required to reduce all the other L.E.D.s to, by trying out various values of resistors.
• (15:25) I did some tests with various resistors, 13 sheets of paper and the L.E.D.s I got from the Phipps joint. For 9 V operation, I may need something like an extra 560 Ω of resistance for the red and orange L.E.D.s, and somewhere in the region of 2.2 kΩ for the blue ones. As for the pink, I might need to go as high as 6.4 kΩ. I really need to get them all on at once, and try different resistors like that to compare the brightness, but I didn’t want to do any soldering today, and I really need a bunch of alligator clips to connect to the L.E.D.s.

Friday, 25th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:14) This year, it’s 350 years that J. Herbin have been going for. That’s a pretty long time. (They make ink and sealing wax as well.)

Saturday, 26th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (14:26) I saw a few new Korean MVs that were fairly decent, so here are 3 you can check out:
Boss Rabbit Project (Featuring Doo) — Hi Sweetie
Ryu SuJeong (of Lovelyz) — Lie After Lie (from Lies Of Lies / Geojitmalui Geojitmal.)
Jin (of Lovelyz) — Until The Eyelids Become Heavy (from Love Is Annoying, But I Hate Being Lonely.)

Tuesday, 29th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:12) I’ve been pondering doing another computer game called Teddy Utopia. Maybe like a little adventure game, but I don’t have a very clear idea of what it should be like. Plus it’ll probably be really tough to write as well. If I have scrolling backgrounds, I’m wondering if I should have it as just some huge bitmap, and then select a piece out of it to be drawn at any one time. Although if I have a background of say 3200 × 2400 pixels, that would take up something like 21.97 MB in 24 bit colour. I guess that’s not too bad really. My iMac G4 has the least amount of RAM, and that’s 512 MB. I’d probably load each background from the hard drive into RAM only as required for whatever stage it is.
Anyway, I’ve got a headache right now, and I feel half asleep, so I might just do some fiddling with drawings and stuff, in case I decide to go ahead.

Wednesday, 30th of September, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (20:17) I started on Teddy Utopia. I got the title “screen,” teddy choice section and a test of the scrolling background done. That was nothing to be concerned about! Loading up that whopping huge bitmap, & selecting a piece out of it as I used the arrow keys, produced no significant slow down. The CPU usage was less than the animated title screen. It did use up like 40 MB of RAM in total though, but that probably includes other stuff that the program was doing too. I’m trying to recycle and delete images as I go to save on RAM use, more than I’ve done before.
What I’m hazy about, is making up the text files to determine what the game’s like. That’s going to take some thinking, swearing and re-thinking I think. Also, for the inventory screen, I’d like to pause the game and blur the background behind it. I might have a separate “sub” dealie for that I would say. I know a pretty quick way to blur stuff and it only needs to be done once per inventory open, so it’s not like something that’ll be redrawn for every frame. (Which would be too slow.)

Friday, 2nd of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (20:45) I’ve been slaving over a hot Power Mac today, writing my new Teddy Utopia game. I’ve got most of the stuff done regarding the file loading. That is, the file which determines what’s in the game, and how things look and are laid out etc. I’ve also written in the zone collision detection, which I initially had some issues with.

Saturday, 3rd of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (22:22) I added in the item pick-up business & finished up the “exit” things for Teddy Utopia. I need to create the inventory next. It’s been quite time consuming. I must be a slow programmer.

Monday, 5th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (20:48) I’ve got the inventory system close to finished for Teddy Utopia. You can now use items during normal game play, and buy & sell them at a special seller teddy bear. I might do the enemies next, but I have to draw them! Plus I have to work out their weaknesses and strengths to spells. Those I haven’t added yet either.

Wednesday, 7th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (16:17) Here’s a sample of Teddy Utopia, for where I’m currently up to. You can see the nifty blur effect behind the inventory screen. Today I did the information overlay thing at the bottom left, which shows your health, magic level, bop power and quest progress. At the moment, I’m drawing up the enemies.

Thursday, 8th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (20:20) I got the enemies part of Teddy Utopia done today, so I’m glad about that. (Writing collision detection is a drag for me.) I thought I had some kind of weird bug relating to spells from your player character hitting the enemies, but it turned out to be another bug relating to reading how much health they had in the .INI file! Talk about throwing me for a loop. I also added a bit which lets you specify how much damage an enemy does if it touches you, & it’s completely independent, allowing you to change it for every enemy there is, rather than just per type. That also applies to how much health they have. Enemies 1 to 10 are regular, 11 to 20 are ice types and 21 to 30 are fire ones. Shooting fire spells for instance, at fire enemies has no effect. The zap spell always does 10 points of damage, but uses 15 of your magic points, instead of 10, like the other 2 spells.
• I’m going to recommend that Green Light song again from Ruamin. I think I could use a few more views. I don’t think it’s even hit 3000. You just click on that link to the left and watch it! It’s very good!

Tuesday, 13th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (20:55) I’ve done the save game part of Teddy Utopia, and it appears to be fully working correctly. Whew! I’ve started on making the background bitmap for the main town stage, and also a desert area. I’d like to have 32 zones in my own stuff, but the game should support up to 500 if you’re that enthusiastic and creative. However, you can only have 16 teddies to rescue in the quest. This isn’t going to be like Morrowind. It’s just a mini adventure. But that said, it’s still the most complicated game I’ve ever fully written myself. No RPG Maker business, no whatever other game maker software… this is all my own stuff. I still have to come up with another 16 items, and work out what they do, if anything. Phwoar. That could be tricky. Maybe something to paralyse all the enemies. I don’t want to do anything that boosts your speed, as it may affect the collision detection. It could be possible to jump over bits of thin scenery if that happens.

Thursday, 15th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (21:59) Oooh, I had a fabbo dinner for my birthday this evening. I’ve also got a bunch of those Pure Pops ice blocks in the freezer, which are pretty delicious as well. I’ve got some Proper Crisps onion & green chives chippos too, which are… okay, but I don’t think I’ll get that flavour again. Back to salt & vinegar, I reckon.
• Teddy Utopia is going pretty well. I put in a new item today to paralyse enemies and a bit that shows the health of the last enemy you attacked. It even goes into negative numbers if you completely blow them away. It only shows for 3 seconds after each shot.
• I thought I mentioned this before, but apparently not — @ the end of last year I made a new year’s resolution not to look up any more stuff for a whole year about anything Microsoft related, since it seemed to be getting too depressing. Plus I wanted the News Page to be a tad more positive. So, let’s hope there’ve been some equally positive changes for me to look up about in January.
• I need just 4 more Korean songs this year that are superb, to match the amount last year. (23 so far. 27 last year.) Although I do have a bunch of “interesting mentions” as well, most of which were quite decent at least.
• (23:22) If you feel like something German to listen to, here’s another song, which I apparently forgot to mention earlier. It’s called Fensterln Gehn by Rotzlöffl. Here’s another one from Andreas Gabalier too, who I mentioned last month: Sweet Little Rehlein.

Monday, 19th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (22:08) I got out my plush Sonic toy from Sega World to give him a clean up today. (& a hug. ) Then I had a look @ eBay to see if any were for sale, ’cos they’re probably going up in price now. Not that I’m ever going to sell mine. Anyway, there weren’t any. But they did have some of the cards that were used for Sonic tokens in the earlier times. There was one there for about $350! Later, Sega World just made you pay the one price for the entire day. Then I saw Sonic Blast for the Master System (on eBay), which I don’t recall before. I looked up some videos, and it looked more like a re-hashed Sonic 2 or something. Nothing like Sonic 3D on the Mega Drive & Saturn. (& Windows ’95.)
• I had ANOTHER dream about NiGHTS: Journey Of Dreams this morning! My brain secretly saying: “Get this game, so you really know what it’s like.”
• I’ve been on the go with Teddy Utopia for Mac OS X. Nearly @ every spare moment. I wrote in another pick-up item, which allows you to travel instantly back home. Although I haven’t made up the house zone for your playable bear yet. I did a cool zone though with glowy, transparent paths in the sky. I did something like that for Teddy & Bunny as well, but not this good looking. There’s also a castle stage, which I started on last night, a frozen lake, a forest, beach, cave, lava joint and a desert place with a pyramid. I wanted 32 stages, but I’m not sure how long that’s going to take. I could still be going in December @ this rate.

Saturday, 24th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (16:59) Here’s a shrunken piccie of my Silver City stage for Teddy Utopia. I only started on it yesterday, and I’m surprised I got so much of it done. The actual size is 3200 × 2400 pixels, although during the game you only ever see an area of 640 × 480 pixels. The black paths are about 48 pixels wide. This is stage 9, and there are going to be 24 stages in total now, ’cos it’s going to get too dragged out. Especially when I run out of ideas. (The main town, your house & the shops aren’t included in that count. It will be 24 major stages where you face enemies.)
Anyway, this stage and the forest would be the most detailed. I’m not sure what I’m going to do next. I did a wooden looking zone and a factory as well.

Sunday, 25th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (0:00) If I read correctly, I think Twice have a new dealie out tomorrow. The 26th. Wait a moment… let me reload that!…… Yeah, that’s right. Maybe it’ll be a good one this time. Then on the 18th of November, they have a Japanese dealie out as well. So if one sucks, maybe the other one’ll be good. Very optimistic, aren’t I?
Then on the 8th of November, Norman Lloyd turns 106! Hang in there! I think I’ve only seen him in Dead Poets Society.

Monday, 26th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:36, I think) Yep, more clock oddities with my main PC. I turned it on, and the clock said 1:45! (When it was more like 12:20.) According to the Event Viewer, I turned it off last night at 0:52. So for some reason, the clock never advanced even as much as 1 hour from then until just a few minutes back. Now I just replaced that button battery in July, so something else kooky must be going on.
• (19:23) I Can’t Stop Me from Twice is out now. It wasn’t too bad. Better than their previous songs, I reckon. I need to hear it again a few times. The audio quality wasn’t too over-amplified, like some of their ones. I looked visually at the wave form as well, and it seemed a bit more sensible.
Nayeon looked pretty stunning as usual in the video. Mmm mmm.
• (19:46) Twice’s new Japanese song in November, is called Better, apparently. That’ll just be a single. I Can’t Stop Me is from their 2nd full size album, called Eyes Wide Open. I think I got all that right.

Wednesday, 28th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (13:04) Apparently some creepy German guy’s been nigh on stalking Nayeon from Twice. That’s not good. Plus he’d said a few unnerving things from what I read. There was supposed to be a restraining order against him, but he didn’t seem concerned by that. You watch your back, girlie! We don’t need any nutters potentially spoiling things for everyone else.
• Yesterday I did a Mysterious Shrine stage for Teddy Utopia, and @ the moment I’m preparing the paths for the next stage, which will join to its north side. This will be stage 14, so I’m closing the gap between the few end stages which are already done.
• (18:05) I just remembered that there’s some sound effects that came with Corel DRAW 11, so I might use a few of them for Teddy Utopia. Get my money’s worth a bit more!

Thursday, 29th of October, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (20:47) I dunno what’s up with Open Office 3.3 (on Mac OS X Tiger), but there seems to be some strange colouring issue going on, where the colours aren’t correct. Like, they’re not vibrant enough. I dunno where you can fix that. It’s fine in version 2 on Windows XP. I went through the various options, but I couldn’t find any relevant dealie. I’m not very happy about that.
• (21:08) I had another fiddle, and it seems to be a glitch directly related to what monitor profile you’re using. So I dunno how they f***ed that up. That should only affect how your colours are viewed to your monitor, not how the program works with them. Maybe I’ll just dump it from my Power Mac, ’cos you’d never get the fizzin’ programmers to get off their ar$€$ to fix it if you ask me. Assuming you could even get in contact with them.
• (22:55) I tried a slightly earlier version of Open Office on my MacBook, and the colours were spot on! So I got another version close to that for my Power Mac, and guess what? The same problem! The colours are completely inconsistent between monitor profiles.
• (23:45) So, I also tried out Libre Office, which is enormous, and yep — the same problem! The wrong colours again. It must be a core issue with the whole of the Open Office related software. So, how are you expected to get accurate colours on the Mac renditions then? I’m also going to check out Neo Office, and then that’s enough wasting time on this B.S.

Friday, 30th of October, 2020
Mum’s birthday

Today’s current mood:
• (0:20) I tried out Neo Office. The colours were correct! But what a buggy piece of $#!+ it is! How did they even release it like that? The menu bar items sod off at random, it’s non-responsive, has focus issues and half the time when you go to type stuff, nothing happens! Who bug checked that ever?!
Bah! What a f***ing great waste of time on all that sodding $#!+ tonight. I think I’ll use Apple Works on my PowerPC Macs from now on. I barely watched any shows tonight, and now it’s time for bed! Sh*gging bl**dy cr@p!
• (12:13) What a pain in the @$$ that was last night about freakin’ Open Orifice. I was wrong about the one on my MacBook. If you change the monitor profile on there, the colours get out of whack as well. Also, I don’t think I’ll really be using Apple Works somehow. I looked at that again last night, and it’s like something out of the mid 1990s.
• (21:52) I did some more important stuff in Teddy Utopia tonight. I still had to add in a procedure to reset most of the global variables. So that’s fixed up. Otherwise when you start a new game / load another one, bits of what you previously had loaded might still be hanging around.

Sunday, 1st of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:31) Oh no! Sean Connery’s died. He went yesterday, after a long illness, according to the IMDb. He was 90. You always kinda think he was one of those actors who’d last forever. That was kind of how I felt about Sir John Gielgud before he went 20 years ago.

Tuesday, 3rd of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (15:49) Last night and this afternoon, I did more of the Teddy Utopia program. There’s now a 500 level back list of messages & an options menu. I also added 18 of the sound effects, but I have more to record tonight. Probably of me trying to make teddy bear noises. I tried again to find music for games, but I haven’t had any luck. At least not MIDI type stuff. So, I may write in the ability to play music, but you’d have to provide it yourself. At least that would also avoid some licensing issues. You’d just need to put a music identifier for each stage of the MainGame.ini file, and the program would play it if it exists. Plus, because it uses QuickTime, you could play whatever you have support for. Like MP3 files, MID, Ogg possibly, and what not. Anyway, I’ll see about that later.
CPU usage is about 25% now (on my 2 GHz Power Mac G5), and that’s on my test stage. So, mmm, a bit higher than I would’ve liked. I wanted to offer the game for people to play on older G4 CPU based Macs too. I’ll have to see how well my 800 MHz iMac G4 can manage it.

Wednesday, 4th of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (20:22) I did some corrections to Teddy Utopia today regarding the music, and added music volume control with the + & - keys. I also made up an oasis stage, which came out looking pretty sweet! I had the idea last night in bed, and made it up this afternoon.

Saturday, 7th of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (0:17) Ooh dear. First Sean Connery went, then John Sessions, and now Geoffrey Palmer’s died as well! That’s no good.
• I finished up a rather good looking “Mystery Ruins” stage for Teddy Utopia yesterday, plus I also did a “Crystal Fantasy” zone.
• (20:11) I added a “Fast Potion” to Teddy Utopia today, which I wasn’t initially going to do, but it works fine. Here’s its little image to the side. Your bear will move @ twice the speed if you drink it.
• Berry Good have a new MV out called Accio. Sounds like that telekinetic kind of spell in the Harry Potter shows. Also, BOL4 (or Bolbbalgan4) have 2 new ones out. Dancing Cartoon, which was probably best, and Red Lipstick.

Tuesday, 10th of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (14:32) AAAAAAAGH! Mother f***king bl**dy c*nt sucking f**king sh*gging Windows f**king XP! I f***ing HATE it right now. That sodding piece of UTTER $#!+ known as Explorer has been driving me nuts this afternoon. If I ever meet Bill Gates I’m going to do something with his nuts as well. That freakin’ automatic sorting BULL$#!+ somehow kicked in again and was affecting Q-Dir as well. Son of a B!+¢H!!!! I dunno how all the sheep users of Windows ruddy 10 can put up with & say good things about it when cr@p like this goes on. Explorer is the biggest stain on Windows XP, which would be so much better if it worked properly.
• Anyhow, over in the more sane world of Mac OS X, I got more of Teddy Utopia done. Specifically, the sliding heads of the main characters on the title “screen,” which has been on my to do list pretty much since I started the thing. In terms of coming up with more stages, I’m a bit stumped @ the moment. I did 1 yesterday of a Gothic inspired joint with twinkly, glowing paths & a handful of stained glass windows. It is getting close to being done though.
I have 1.45 GB of files related to the game, with all the stuff I used to make it, but the actual “installed” dealie will be a lot smaller. At the moment, there’s about 170 MB of background bitmaps, which is the biggest directory. All the others, apart from the music I’ll be personally using, come to only 2.29 MB. And the program file itself will probably only be about 1.5 MB, I’d say.

Saturday, 14th of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (13:50) Oooh, I had nasty bug in Teddy Utopia. I’ve been testing out the proper levels, and on certain stages, the game would crash with an out of bounds error. I thought it was to do with one of my arrays & something trying to access an element that was like 1 more than what there were. But no! It was in fact, enemies going off into the region beyond the collision bitmap and the program trying to read colours that don’t exist. So I had to put a border of black around all my collision bitmaps so they didn’t walk off exit pathways. There were a whole lot of other bugs I fixed too. Especially one to do with checking the presence of gates for collision detection of both yourself and enemies. They weren’t being drawn where they shouldn’t’ve been, but they were ALL being checked for collision in one zone. As if they all existed at once. I’d forgotten the zone condition in the IF statement doodad.
CPU usage is now a little above 30% in more detailed stages, which is higher than I would’ve liked.
• (20:08) I added a map to Teddy Utopia as well, which shows the entire stage at 1/10 of the size, and your position as a black dot with a white centre.

Sunday, 15th of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (16:48) Dang. I didn’t even realise I had the months still on October here. I just fixed all the November ones up then.
I tried out Teddy Utopia on my other Macs and… ooh dear! It doesn’t run too well. The programming language I use can’t be too efficient really, considering what it’s doing. I dunno what else I could use really. So I think the CPU requirements are going to have to be a dual core type, which I think exists with G4 Power Macs, or more cores of course. I was surprised by my iMac G5. Even though its CPU runs 100 MHz faster than my Power Mac, it was still showing more CPU usage in Activity Monitor, and there was a lot of tearing. My iMac G4 was crazy sluggish. It was like slow motion! My MacBook managed okay, but the CPU usage was like 70%, instead of about 30% on the Power Mac. And it went over 100% during stage changes. I didn’t think those programs I do could do that, unless it was something to do with the QuickTime stuff included, and the OS assigning that to the other core. *Shrug.* It’d be nice if it ran at like 10% usage on my iMac G4, considering what it’s doing.
Also, sadly, my MacBook’s battery seems to be well & truly stuffed. It’s no longer charging at all. Mac OS X Leopard just said: “Battery is not charging” in the Menu Bar.

Monday, 16th of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (23:34) I saw GFriend’s new MV today, called Mago. It wasn’t too bad. I dunno if it’ll make my best of tunes list for this year, but it was better than a lot of their songs, I reckon. And of course having a look at Eunha is always a plus in my book. This video has a strange 3:2 aspect, which I don’t think I’ve seen before. Other new Korean MVs which weren’t too bad, are So Bad from STAYC, & Pit A Pat from XIA, which was just all right. Ah, I wish there was another b!+¢#ing song from APink, Pink Fantasy & Red Velvet before the end of the year, but we do have Better from Twice on Wednesday, in Japanese. That reminds me — maybe I should check if there’s a teaser of it…
• (23:59) Actually the MV is out already. I just found it. Hmmm… the song didn’t live up to its name though. I thought it was cr@pola. I think JYP Entertainment need to spend more money on better composers and less on the videos. So, that was disappointing.

Saturday, 21st of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (22:40) Taemin from SHINee’s got a new MV out set in Paris, which isn’t too bad either. It’s called Think Of You. Maybe the ending could’ve been a touch better.
• I’ve been doing a 2nd test run of Teddy Utopia on my Power Mac, and so far there’ve been no issues. I would like to give this out, but it’s about 201 MB.

Tuesday, 24th of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (0:00) I knew it! I was listening to So Bad from STAYC, and thought: Man, that sounds like %% (Eung Eung) from APink! So I looked them up, and it’s the same composers, lyricists and arrangers. I was trying to figure it out the other day too. So I paused the song, and thought: What does that sound like? And then APink’s song came into my head… so yeah! When I looked that up, it was a match, as you can see from these links. (You don’t need to understand Korean; you can just compare the writing, and it’s the same.) I’m like that a little bit with movie music as well. Especially stuff from James Horner, Hans Zimmer & John Williams.
If you want to see the 2 music videos of the songs I’m on about, here they are: %% & So Bad.
• (0:23) If I’m reading this correctly, Dumhdurum is also by the same people, and I’m So Sick. So that explains why I picked up on similarities in the music. I guess I should’ve got off my bum and confirmed that earlier! Maybe they’re regulars for APink. At least that adds to their consistency.

Thursday, 26th of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (16:48) Here’s another Korean tune I heard a couple of days ago, which I thought was pretty good: Firework by Kim A Hyun.

Saturday, 28th of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (23:32) Last night & this evening, I actually played Morrowind again! That’s the 1st time since the end of June last year. (Not including the testing of Outer Realm.) I finally got the last 3 items I made for my Morrowind Riches plug-in, & I’m up to meeting Sanguine soon in Outer Realm. Since it’s been hotter today, I ran that CPU ID hardware monitor program, or whatever it’s called, and my 2018 PC runs cooler when it’s busy than my main PC does when it’s idle! Bah. Although its fan’s been compensating better today. I wasn’t aware that the Intel Core i7 CPU I have would go over 3.8 GHz, but it does. It’s probably only briefly I suppose.
• Yeah, so I’ve got 4 161 284 gold in Morrowind now. Still a bit of a way to go for 5 000 000. I was trying to organise some of my loot a bit more and sell things.

Sunday, 29th of November, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:16) What the fudge? Mail on a Sunday? I got e-mail from eBay saying my new headphones cord had arrived this morning. And yep! It was in the letter box! It must’ve been part of generous Christmas time deliveries or something. Anyway, it worked fine, so I’ll go and leave my feedback in a jiffy.
• Ooh yeah — also, when midnight comes around at the end of today, it will be 21 years ago that the Dreamcast came out in Australia. Today was also my Nana’s birthday.

Saturday, 5th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood: +
• (19:43) Hmm. My Power Mac G5 didn’t seem to want to start earlier. Or so it seemed. Anyway the last 2 times it was fine, and earlier today I had it running busily with stuff, and nothing was up. I better keep a close eye on things. Hopefully it’s nothing more serious than something a bit iffy with the button. It did make me feel awful and anxious though.
• My main PC’s CPU temperature’s been a bit spiky lately, according to SpeedFan. Maybe the heat sink needs cleaning again. The fan in this has just never really compensated properly either for temperature changes. Even right from the beginning in 2006. If the temperature goes up, the fan speed should crank up. Instead it stays around the same mark with some brain-dead expression on its face like some moronic zombie. Then it’s like: Oh! It’s getting hot. Huh. Maybe I should do something in 20 minutes about it. Bluh.

Sunday, 6th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood: +
• (0:22) Oh dear. My poor MacBook as well! The battery’s well & truly stuffed, I think. I tried a SMC reset, (which is the System Management Controller,) but it didn’t do anything. The System Profiler says the battery is in “check” status, meaning something’s wrong with it, I think. I’m having trouble starting up off the power supply at times too, so it’s all quite sad. At a couple of stages, it wasn’t detecting any battery at all. Check out The Computer Cock-Up Page too, where it reckons the hardware test was last run on the 28th of May, 4012! What the fig is that about?!
• (12:55) Ooh dear. I’m a bit sleepy. I didn’t get to sleep until about 3:00-ish this morning. Not that I went to bed that late. I was up late with my MacBook, and cleaning my main PC’s CPU heat sink. Since I’ve been up, (back out of bed,) I’ve also moved my case fan from the side panel to the back. I’m going to see if that’s better for air flow. So far, the temperatures are much better, but I’ll keep an eye on things throughout the day. The computer’s been on for about 24 minutes now, so it may heat up more, but the CPU seems to be about 20°C cooler, which is quite the improvement. I just need my Macs to behave now, and we’re all good. If that was something as simple as the power button wearing out on my Power Mac, that would be an easy fix.

Monday, 7th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (23:16) I found quite a few new decent Korean MVs tonight. Here are some to check out!
Shine by Uza & Shane — This one actually has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is a change.
Knock Knock Knock by Han Lee Jae featuring Young Tak & Jeong Dong Won — this is kind of more traditional sounding or something, and has a vintage look to it.
Day & Night by Ali — This is a cartoon style MV, which I think must be aimed for Christmas, going by the tree in the window towards the end.
Dazzling Night by La Poem — This isn’t an official link, but one with added subtitles. This is the only one I could find though so far. Anyway, it’s a bit of an opera-ish sounding song, but very good. I’m not too sure about the audio quality on this copy of it. It sounds a bit fuzzy and maybe overly compressed. Well, a touch perhaps.

Wednesday, 9th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (15:20) The change of my software review happened earlier, as usual for the 9th. It’s now Corel CHART! 3 again.
• Happy 16th birthday to J from STAYC. I was reading about them yesterday, I think.
• I may have some other Korean pop tunes listed later, as I got some more preview videos to check out. So hopefully there’s 1 or 2 good songs in there. Of course you’d probably have to have the same tastes as me to actually like them.
• My list of this year’s best tunes has now exceeded last year’s amount, so that’s a plus! I want to see some great stuff next year as well! I have high hopes for the start of the next decade, and I’ve got a good vibe for some really awesome music.
• (22:14) All right then! Some more tunes, like I said!
1. Twist King by Nam Seung Min — this is REALLY good! It’s a bit retro in style too, if that’s your thing.
2. Then, Now And Forever by CNBLUE
3. Shall We Get Married? by Maijin. This one’s a maybe.
4. Fly Away by Lee Mingyu
5. Four Seasons by ClassMate
I can’t believe I got so many!

Thursday, 10th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (14:17) This is the official link for Dazzling Night by La Poem, and yeah, the audio quality is better.
• Also, Blue Hour by TXT. If you skip over the squeaky introduction and ending bits, the main song in the middle is really good.
• Holy cow — it’s only 15 days to Christmas now. Can you believe it?! I kind of feel like watching The King’s Woman again, like last year, but I should complete I Will Never Let You Go for my 2nd watch.
• (19:38) I just checked out some more songs from Ruamin, and found 2 that I liked. I Can Fly and also Always. Check ’em out — especially Always; give her some more views; I reckon she’s a bit overlooked. This last one’s only had 32 509 views in the last 5 years. And there’s no way that bl**dy awful thing that BLACKPINK did (Ddu-Du Ddu-Du), which had over 1 400 000 000 views, is better than this. Ah well, different genres I suppose. But all the same, that’s what I reckon.

Friday, 11th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (13:01) I can’t believe the stupid spelling checker in Open Orifice. I had 2 words so closely spelt to being correct, and it had no clue as to what I was on about. I had “Tittilating”, and it couldn’t even suggest the correct spelling of “Titillating,” which is barely any different. Plus it couldn’t work out how to correct posie / posey and make it posy. The Aussie dictionary had no idea about alkanet or bugloss either. And there were other common words like movies and reminds missing from it as well. But they were in thesaurus dealie. I think that’s ’cos it’s an English one. Oh well, I got some exercise having to get up and crack out the dictionary from the cupboard.
• (19:28) You’d think we were back in Winter, not Summer, with the current temperatures. Brrr! But that’s fine by me! Yes, sir! I like this coolness. If it stays like this through to Christmas, I’ll be a happy chappy.

Tuesday, 15th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (13:26) 2 days ago, I did a web page design based on various background “elements” that I liked in I Will Never Let You Go & a touch of Queen Dugu, those Chinese shows I’ve mentioned before. Have a little clicky on the image to the left, and you can see it bigger. I compressed this quite a bit, because it’d take up less room just uploading the other files I did. Although I’m not sure if I want to give it away for others to use, or if I might use it myself for something yet. I also did a slightly different version with metal corners for the central section, instead of the fancy wood, and vines without the flowers.
• It’s a bit humid feeling today, yet not overly hot. It makes you want to put the fan on, and then you feel too cold.
• I’ve got a big wad of Korean MV previews to sift through later. Ones I didn’t think were going to appear from a certain YouTube channel, that did after all, and another one which goes for over ½ an hour. That seems to have just about everything, whether it’s pop style music or not. I noticed that La Poem have another song out called Crescent, but I haven’t listened to it yet, so I’m hoping it’s good.

Saturday, 19th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (0:31) I found out the name of another song I like from I Will Never Let You Go. Since I don’t speak or read Chinese, it was only thanks to those who’d translated it into English. The Song is Ban Hu Sha sung by Cori Liu. If you’ve seen the show, it’s the one for Xue Fei’s dance, and when Qingwu does it as well. There are a couple of videos on YouTube with it. This one is probably the best, but I’m not sure if it’s related to another show or if it’s just for this song, or what. It seems to start a few seconds into it. The only official music video I’m 100% sure of from the show is White Teenager / White Youth by Xu Shiyin of SING. That’s the ending music for the show.

Monday, 21st of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (19:44) My 2018 PC’s doing another “fly-through” animation now in a 3D scene I did of some buildings, which I hope will be done by midnight. This is the longest one I’ve done yet. At least if it stuffs up, I can just continue rendering from the time it got up to, since they’re individual bitmaps for each frame.
• It was a year ago, yesterday, that I first watched The King’s Woman. Dang. Where did that time go to?
• Anyway, only 4 days to Christmas now! I hope everything’s ready. The tree’s chock full of decorations, and there’s a bunch of pressies underneath.

Tuesday, 22nd of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (20:17) I just watched a whole bunch of new previews for Korean choons, but nah — nothing all that good this week, it would seem. I think my lucky streak ran out. One I forgot to mention from around the end of last month, was Sugar Bomb by Jyunky.

Wednesday, 23rd of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (15:42) If my Nanna was still around, she’d be 118 today. If you’re in Clovelly, over near Coogee way, make sure you call into my Grandpa’s street, Donnellan Circuit, & say Merry Christmas. There’s a café joint there by the beach as well.
• We got the Christmas food from Harris Farm just a few moments back, so that’s that ready to go! It was pretty busy out there, and everyone seemed to have nice manners and consideration. I thought the ice blocks I wanted were out of stock, but they had a few more boxes right up the back of the freezer, which you couldn’t really see unless you bent half way down to the floor. I got some Spiral Organic Turmeric Spiced Mustard, which I haven’t had before. It’s really quite nice. I need that for my salad dressing recipe. It’s usually honey mustard, but this is pretty close in flavour, as it turns out. I was hoping to get this Barambah (— I think it is —) sour cream, but we ended up with a Norco one instead, since there didn’t seem to be anything but milk from… yeah, Barambah, or however it’s spelt. & we got 2 lettuces, 2 lemons, 2 avocados, 2 bags of chips and a few other odds and sods. Only 2 days to go now! It’s coming ’round way too fast.
• There’s one more week load of Korean tunes to go, and then I’ll have my list of favourite songs for the year.
• Also, I’m not checking my e-mail until after Christmas. I don’t want to deal with anything depressing that may turn up in my inbox.

Thursday, 24th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (12:06) I’ve got my usual self-imposed Internet ban tomorrow, so have a happy Christmas! I’ll say that now while I can.
It’s apparently only going to be about 16°C where I am, so that’s what I’m talking about. I’m used to hot Christmases obviously, but I prefer the colder temperatures. Thank goodness it’s not going to be something like 46°C!
• (14:29) Get ready for reminiscing story time, kiddies…
I was looking up a couple of old things from my Nanna’s place that I used to remember as a kid. I found somebody who had the same washing machine. It was a Simpson Delta 10. It’s a medium sized top loading washing machine, which apparently came out in 1979. My Mum used to hate it. She said it always got out of balance, and you had to fiddle with it to get it to keep on going. I tried again to see if I could find anything on the old combo record player & radio my grandparents had too, but it was so long ago. Probably like 1953. I think it was something like a Philips FX800 series, or something around that model. I saw one for sale from Victoria, which was very mildly similar, but not quite the same. It had a felt kind of padded record player platter dealie, which is made of metal, and that I still have in the garage. On the right was the radio, and in a semi-spherical… uh, moulded hole thing on the right, was the volume knob. I think it might’ve had a magic eye valve too, which was the biggest valve in it, and possibly Philips’ Miniwatt valves, if that’s the correct name. I was only like 3 or 4 years old when it still existed, so I’m trying to think back over 30 years here now. It had 2 cupboards I think, plus a big speaker and a small one in the middle. The front opened outwards and down to show the controls and record player. It had different stylus needle wotsits for 78 r.p.m. records and the other 33 & 45 r.p.m. ones. I remember these creamy coloured, ball shaped knobs for adjusting the settings.
Then some of the other surviving appliances are the Hoover 6525A Convertible Cleaner, which is an upright style vacuum cleaner with a light on the front, and the Sunbeam AT40 ToasterMatic toaster. We still use that all the time. That’s from about 1973, and it’s still going good. They must be long lasting elements inside it. The instruction manual says it has a 1 year warranty! It lived up to that, and then some! It’s almost half a century old now.
Then there’s the Singer Slant-O-Matic 401 sewing machine. The instruction manual is 96 pages long, and even includes colour pictures of what the machine can do. Its copyright date says 1958. My Nanna left that to me personally, but I haven’t used it for probably 10 years or so. It smells very heavily of oil though from the last time it was seen to.
There was also a General GC 211 50.5 cm colour TV, but something fried in it around 1994-ish. I used to love the remote control and the little numbers that showed what channel you had, ’cos we didn’t have any of that back at home. We had to get up off our butts for our old telly back in the 1980s. Even though TVs have had various styles of remote controls going way back.
• One of the instruction manuals in the drawer here for a Hoover Dustette Model 100 vacuum cleaner, is so old, it says by appointment to King George the 6th! Holey moley. Plus Queen Mary and also King Gustav the 5th of Sweden.

Sunday, 27th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (15:32) I’ve started on my 2nd L.E.D. chaser circuit. I soldered in the 3 I.C. sockets and 2 capacitors earlier this afternoon. I’m going to have green & magenta L.E.D.s for this one, but in what kind of shape, I’m not sure. I did some tests with the resistors in my 200-In-1 box of tricks, and for 9 V operation, I’m going to go for 4.7 kΩ for the green L.E.D.s, because they’re quite a bit brighter. Those little locking & polarising header plugs that I got from China are really easy to solder to as well. I just snap off the metal piece from the big strip of them, and put one into the hole of some corrugated cardboard. That way, instead of using pliers, I can solder to it and not have it cool off. Then when you have the pair done, you just push them up the holes, and insert whatever colour L.E.D. you want. Perfect too, if you want a change of colours at any stage.
It looks like I’ll have to order more goodies from Jaycar. I have sod all resistors, so I should get more. I don’t have any 4.7 kΩ ones outside of that project kit box thing, and my second 6.8 kΩ one has gone missing somewhere. I need more solder, and probably another little switch mode power supply. I’m not sure if I’m going to do that level display thing yet. That will need its own transformer / switch mode doodad, because the L.E.D.s will use about 400 mA of juice, (I think,) and I want it near my computers; not up on my Shelf Of Light.
• (18:38) Ooh dear — I spent more money at Jaycar before dinner. I ordered 2 lots of resistors, 1 toggle switch, 1 roll of solder, a bunch of sockets and plugs & a 500 mA 9 V switch mode power supply. I didn’t order the LM3914 I.C.s for the level display. I wonder if there are any integrated circuits already made up for L.E.D. chaser circuits? I wouldn’t be surprised. Maybe with 10 outputs, some kind of speed control pin and stuff.
• (19:22) Yeah, uh, I didn’t find anything about any other I.C.s mentioned outside of using those 4017 counter ones.

Monday, 28th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (19:18) Something went a bit iffy with my UPS before. We had a storm, so I had everything turned off. I turned the UPS back on, and yeah, I forgot to plug it in again, and it only ran the computer for about 15 seconds and turned off! Now I know I turned it off properly earlier, because I even remember the clunk feeling from the relay, or whatever it is. So, after dinner, I found the cord it came with and the software, and decided to check that out for the 1st time in about 11½ years. According to that, the battery was 100% charged, so I must have turned it off. So if it’s going to chuck wobblies, I might have to look for another one. The software it came with was running about 4 new processes in Windows XP, so I thought: Hmm. I don’t want more RAM used up just for that, so I sodded it off again. In any case, Windows XP already recognises the thing being plugged in, and has battery monitoring that works fine with it. So I chose to enable the system tray icon, and I can see what percentage of oomph is in the battery now without extra software. So if you have a look on the right there, you can see that Windows gives you a bit of control over what happens with the thing, and also how it already recognised mine.
• (19:56) All right then! It’s time for the best Korean tunes list (according to me) for 2020! I just watched 3 more videos for week 4 of the month, and there was sod all that I fancied. Oh, apart from a Christmas one by Super Junior, which I haven’t seen yet. Uh, Tell Me Baby, it is. So if it’s worth a mention after I’ve seen it, I’ll add it to the list. Like last time, this comes from an Open Office file I made, so hopefully I’m not repeating any of what I just said! I’m going to just copy & paste most of it in.

Here’s a list of my favourite Korean tunes (that I’m aware of) for 2020. I’ve tried to keep this absolutely truthful with no biasing based on past performer popularity or any other influence. I will also include any songs by Korean artists sung in other languages, as some groups occasionally do Japanese releases too. This is in no order of preference. I may add extra songs after 2021 has started, if I only become aware of them then. So long as they were from this year.

Song Name & Performer:
Comments:
1. Paradise by Siyeon
This one reminds me of one of those module files in some parts. It’s not what I would call cheery sounding, but has a good strength about it. The ending seems a bit sudden.
2. All For You by Sechskies
This is a pleasant song with a lot of yellowness to the video. Yellow curtains, flowers, paintings, floating lanterns and umbrellas.
3. Fate by Paradise
An absolutely fabbo song, with a kind of opera feeling to it. This could be a great, powerful piece for some amazing TV show. The notes at the start remind me of Scarborough Fair. The video’s a bit jerky looking in places, unfortunately, but at least it sounds brilliant. The chaps’ voices sound powerful and really pleasing. I would’ve liked the ending to have been a bit more epic though. The woman in it, is rather good looking as well.
4. Fiesta by IZ*ONE
Despite all the flash video action and nifty dance moves, there’s a great song here as well.
5. Primero by Kisum
I wouldn’t normally go for this kind of song, but I found it rather cheery sounding, and I liked all the computer generated stuff. Some of the dance moves look nifty as well.
6. Dumhdurum by APink
This seems just a little bit reminiscent of I’m So Sick in some ways. (Yeah, ’cos it’s actually by the same composers.) Naeun looks absolutely droolific in that black outfit. Expect lots of dum didda dum didda dum business.
7. Be Myself by APink JJR
APink are on a roll this year, and this is a special with Kim Nam Joo, Jeong Eun Ji & Park Cho Rong, splitting the group into 2. It reminded me of a friend who had a “collaborative” abbreviation with me, called J.J.R. So it made me think: “I didn’t know we did this MV!” This is just a nice, good sounding song, and Eun Ji’s vocals sound nice & powerful as usual.
8. Love Is Blind by APink YOS
The other half of the group, with Yoon Bo Mi, Oh Ha Young and Son Na Eun. This is a more fun tune of these 2 special ones, and as I fancy Hayoung and Naeun more so for looks, I guess I am partial to this one. The chorus has a bit of English in there, and the best bit’s when all the ladies pile onto the couch! Woo! Make room for me!
9. Bazooka by GWSN
This one has quotes from The Matrix. It’s a really catchy tune, but the ending’s a bit abrupt. This seems to happen a lot, doesn’t it? There’s also a brief credits bit tacked on. Seokyoung really stands out with her blonde hair, and just looking cute. Visually, there’s lots of cool lighting with neon & fluorescent tubes.
10. River Of Tears by Na Yoon Kwon
This is a nice ballad-ish song with folks playing violins in the forest. There’s a weird bit at 2:04, where it sounds like the volume changes.
11. This Is Not A Song, 1929 by Jun K. of 2PM
This sounds really great, with some powerful singing and a nice tune you just want to keep on hearing. I think the ending could’ve been a bit more strong, perhaps with another verse before it. It just sort of falls away quickly to an abrupt stop. But I’d still recommend it anyhow. I think Jun K. wrote the whole thing as well.
12. Concrete by DVWN + Cheeze
An easy going sounding song, but with such cute animation done with little toys and drawings. You’ll be captivated by the adorable bee and flower. I want to hug them both! At the end, you can briefly see how they did it. This one really grew on me over time, & I often found myself humming bits of it around the house.
13. Whenever Wherever by Jung Seung Hwan
This song seems to stand out by the amount of different instruments in it. It builds up to quite an orchestral finish, and even has a small choir. There’s a flute bit that sounds beaut, and the entire song seems to have a good level of oomph to it.
14. Naughty by Irene & Seulgi (of Red Velvet)
The dance moves in this MV will leave you stunned just as it is. The 2 ladies look amazing, and the song is fairly nifty as well. It feels like it could be from a movie. Another one with a bit of a sudden ending, and the wave form is a bit heavily clipped as well, which is disappointing. Luckily, the frame rate is NTSC, and there are parts where the video benefits from it too. Make sure you watch right to the end for the extra little bit.
15. Dreaming by Kyuhyun (of Super Junior)
A great song with some lovely piano playing.
16. HOLO by Lee Hi
Lee Hi makes a great comeback here with a really superb tune. I think this is one that’ll grow on you more over time.
17. Little By Little by Cheeze
This is a nice song from a Korean TV show called It’s Okay To Not Be Okay. The audio quality is pretty good too, and it doesn’t look like someone chopped the audio peaks off with a hedge trimmer.
18. Summer Breeze by SF9
This was kind of good. It seemed a bit repetitive though.
19. Stand By You by A.C.E. (Adventure Calling Emotions)
The MV of this goes for quite some time. About 6 minutes & 13 seconds, because there’s an intro bit, and credits as well! But the main bit is worth checking out. It probably could’ve ended a bit better though.
20. Waiting For Hope by Ko Hyun Joo
This one’s quite operatic sounding, and feels emotionally powerful. It almost seems Chinese-y. Definitely a lot different to most of the other Korean music I usually hear each week. Make sure you watch this one! It’s certainly got a wow factor. I’d say this one and Fate (#3) are the ones that’ll blow your socks off in the more classical feeling genre.
21. Open Mind by Wonho
This isn’t my absolute fave song of the year, but I think it’s good enough to make my list. I can see the women (& some dudes I guess,) drooling over Wonho’s incredibly fit looking chest. That’s one heck of a 6 pack he seems to have. The lift going up to over level 900 in the MV, reminds me of my grandfather’s 1000 storey building in my funny story that I write at home.
22. Green Light by Ruamin
I almost didn’t look at this MV. Now I love it! I was tidying up some files of previews of new Korean songs, and spotted this one again before I dumped them. I kind of found Ruamin’s face interesting, really. So, I thought I’d check it out. It’s quite pleasant and nice. Just a mild, easy going kind of song. Plus it has some nice teddy bears as well! It really hits a good point at about 3:02. The audio quality is very good. No clipping what-so-ever. In fact, it has room to be amplified even more. That’s a change. So yep — do check this one out. It could use more love! I think it’ll grow on you more & more over time.
23. Poison by Dahye
This is a catchy, Spanish sounding inspired song. If you want something upbeat and good to listen to, this one will be your choice.
24. 99 (Gu Gu) by KEEMBO
This is pretty catchy, but I’m not fond of the yacking some way through. Anyway, it’s grown on me despite that, and I watch this one quite frequently now.
25. Look At Me by DKSN
A pretty nice and lightly cheery sounding song. In the MV, a couple hang out doing fun stuff, and you can even spot Manx TT at some arcade. The frame rate is a nice smooth NTSC speed too.
26. Dazzling Night by La Poem
An operatic sounding song with 4 dudes. It sounds really good though, and the vocal ranges of the chaps are put to good use. One of them has a really high sounding bit in there. Also, their car looks like the same one in Feedback by Ladies’ Code.
This one’s a must see!
27. Knock Knock Knock by Han Lee Jae (featuring Young Tak & Jeong Dong Won)
This is one of those traditional sounding songs or something. (Is it like a Trot genre? I don’t really know.) I’ve heard Korean ones like this before, like that Cool Lady song by Jin Hae Sung with Eunha from GFriend. It’s got a vintage look to it anyway. It’s not overly cheery, but a good song all the same.
28. So Bad by STAYC
This is written by the same composers as %% by APink, which is why it sounds quite similar in a few areas. I think it’s probably better. Yoon, who has the cyan wig, looks pretty noticeable, although she’s only 16! In fact, they’re all in their teenage years. This is just there for being in my top songs of the year. It’s grown on me quite a bit since I first heard it.
29. Blue Hour by TXT
If you chop the bonus bits off the start & the end, with the squeaky guitar business, then the middle bit’s really good. The video’s quite vibrant with some attractive settings as well.
30. Twist King by Nam Seung Min
This is a really fun, cheery sounding song with a bit of a retro vibe, especially with what you see in the video anyhow.
31. Then, Now And Forever by CNBLUE
A great rock kind of song. It could’ve been a bit heavier in my opinion, but it’s most enjoyable anyhow & it ends well. Much better than a lot of their earlier tunes too.
32. Fly Away by Lee Mingyu
An easy going kind of song which you can probably hum along to. It picks up around 2:07 with a bit of a light, semi-bridge kind of bit & then finishes up in about 40 more seconds.
 
Interesting Mentions:
Love Is Like A Petal by Hong Jin Young.
 
Butterfly by WJSN
This is probably the 1st song from WJSN that I’ve actually somewhat liked since I Wish, back in 2017. Although I still prefer that one more so.
Hug U by DIA
This is quite different from the likes of Woowa. It almost sounds like the light kind of song April would sing.
AWay by Jeong Eunji (of APink)
This is kind of border-line for me. Eunji’s singing is powerful and pleasant to listen to; I just find the song to be a bit unimpressive. You could take it or leave it. For me, it would really depend heavily on my mood whether or not I wanted to hear it.
Say Yes by Jeong Sewoon
An upbeat kind of song, which is a bit repetitive with the title & the ending’s too abrupt. The MV has a lot of stuff going in reverse. Some of it also reminds me of how A!ght sounded by Jung Dae Hyun, last year.
Apple by GFriend
I’m not a big fan of GFriend passed Eunha’s good looks. This one isn’t too bad sounding. It seems to hint to the Garden Of Eden, if you ask me. You can seemingly get the video at 60 f.p.s., but it doesn’t look anything like it. It barely looks like 20 f.p.s. in some areas. So, I dunno.
Tomato Song by DDOA
This is a MV for kids, and only goes for just over a minute. The tomatoes look cute, and it certainly sounds better than a lot of the other songs out there.
Disco Nights by Newton
This song only has a computer animated thing of lyrics, but you can get both a Korean & English version of it.
We Ride by Brave Girls
This one’s kind of retro inspired visually, and the song’s rather mellow.
Jogging by Lucy
The video for this is really weird, although it might make sense if you can understand what they’re singing. A bus in the sky with stuff floating in the sky around it, huge animals and what not. ANOTHER song that just stops dead like the band was all shot before it could finish.
Losing You by Wonho
A pretty nice tune, although not the happy sort of thing I like the best. He sings about how he’d rather lose himself than his lover. This one’s in English.
This song picks up to a catchy kind of thing once it gets going.
Na, Ni by Ryu Sujeong (of Lovelyz)
How could I not mention pretty Sujeong from Lovelyz? Like Tiger Eyes, she still has her blue hair. The song’s so-so, and just kind of light going.
Milkyway by Red Velvet
A cover of BOA’s song from some years back. This year they’re celebrating 20 years of BOA (who I know pretty much nothing about). This is a pleasant, easy going song, and the ladies appear to be doing it live. This seems a lot different in style after Naughty.
Lie After Lie by Ryu Sujeong (of Lovelyz)
This is from the TV show, Lies Of Lies / Geojitmalui Geojitmal, so you’re going to see segments from the show that you’re clueless about. Well, I am. It would’ve been nice to have seen Sujeong singing this in a 2nd, alternative version. Although I’m pretty certain there’s only 1 video of it.
Pump It Up by Golden Child
This is okay-ish, I suppose. It’s cheery sounding. Way too over-amplified though. Another hedge trimmer jobbie here.
A better song than a bunch of their last releases, although the ending was a little off-ish in the MV. Nayeon looks absolutely gorgeous though, and I certainly can’t help wanting to do things with her that I’m not going to mention.
Boy by Zemean
This is pretty good. A bit over-powering with the instruments against the guy’s voice though. At least in the later part.
Mago by GFriend
A better one of GFriend’s song line up, if you ask me, but still not good enough to make the very best of the year’s tunes. This video has an odd 3:2 aspect ratio, so at least I don’t have quite as big black areas on my monitor. The song could’ve ended better and done without the bonus thing tacked on to it.
Think Of You by Taemin (of SHINee)
This isn’t too bad. I’m not a big fan of the majority of Taemin’s solo tunes, but this is pleasant. I wouldn’t gush over it though. The sights of Paris are pretty nice in the background. There’s a cool bit at 54 seconds where he slides down some bumpy plastic stuff on the ground. The ending, like too many songs, isn’t strong enough. It just kind of fizzles out.
Firework by Kim A Hyun
This is another song which is definitely worth mentioning. It’s quite pleasant to listen to, & kind of gentle sounding.
Shine by Uza & Shane
A bit of a seemingly retro inspired tune. This one actually has a 4:3 aspect ratio for a change, so it fits my monitor perfectly. An enjoyable song to listen to as well.
I think this one was aimed for Christmas this year. The MV is like a simple cartoon, and there’s also an instrumental version out there, which I haven’t looked at. It sounds a touch classical with a nice piano and an orchestral background. In the MV you see the dude grow up from a baby, and pass various critters and objects in the background. At the end it looks like he meets back up with his mum or someone, which feels touching anyhow.
Four Seasons by ClassMate
 
My Love by Lee Seung Chul (+ Taeyeon what’s her face)
This one’s okay-ish. It ends well, and the video’s got a proper frame rate, with no black borders, so that’s a plus.
Crescent by La Poem
The chaps sing up a storm again with this one, but personally, I don’t think the song’s anywhere near as good as Dazzling Night. It builds up some way through, and then kind of ends without a satisfying climax. You’re like: What happened to the rest of it?
Sugar Bomb by Jyunky (+ Jami Soul)
This is an old style sounding, jazzy kind of thing. It makes for a nice change, and it’s enjoyable to listen to & finishes well. It’s probably not a sock-blower though. (It doesn’t quite blow my socks off.)
This is semi-good. I felt it went a bit all over the place though, and tried to fit too many musical ideas into the one song.

• (23:09) All right! So that’s all that typed up now with links. I would’ve finished it earlier, but I was finishing watching The Good, The Bad & The Ugly for the 1st time ever. Wow — the credits in that put The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King to shame. It just said: THE END. LOL.

Tuesday, 29th of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (14:33) I’ve almost completed the main lot of soldering for my 2nd L.E.D. chaser. I just have to wait for my resistors from Jaycar now. Although I did find that one that went missing! The one out of my grandfather’s old record player. As you can see to the right, there are wires going all over the place again. But I still need room to get the I.C.s in there yet, so they can’t go tightly across the sockets. The very top row is going to be positive, and the bottom one will be negative, and I’ll connect up a strip of thin wire across each little pad bit when I’m done.
Yesterday I stuffed up, and “bridged” the solder across where it shouldn’t’ve gone. You can see how I fixed it in the picture to the left, but the gap is so minute, you can’t tell too well if it’s touching or not. A test with the multi-meter confirmed that there’s no connection. I put it right up on the 20 MΩ setting to make sure, and there was no reading, so it looks like I got away with it. Keep in mind that those little rings on the circuit board are like 2 mm or so in size, so this is shown quite a lot bigger!
• (15:56) Check out this tutorial on making your own 555 timer from discrete components. No wonder they made the I.C. to replace all that stuff! I also learnt that it has those numbers, because of the 3 5 kΩ resistors inside it. I didn’t read through the whole thing on this tutorial, but it’s there if you’re interested to know how it works, and what makes it up.

Thursday, 31st of December, 2020
Today’s current mood:
• (18:34) Somebody at YouTube nicked that Sonic & Sally video that my Dad let me upload, so I reported it, and hopefully I’ll get a reply soon. Fizzin’ Google wanted you to have an account with them to report it from the actual page, but I found an e-mail & postal address to use instead. Hopefully I won’t have to send a paper letter in the mail.
• Almost onto the next year! That means Lawrence Of Arabia tonight. Well, a large portion of it, anyway. My usual thing to watch for the transition of a new year. I still have some new Korean pop songs to potentially see tonight, plus that Christmas one from Super Junior, so do check the list up further for any new entries. Although I’ll mention them down here as well.

Friday, 1st of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:48) Happy new year! Happy new decade, and all that malarkey.
• I’ve been pondering about another titler program for my Macs, and I want to see if I can come up with a way to do hue changes. I can define colours using the HSV (Hue, Saturation & brightnesss Value) method, but I’m not sure about retrieving them that way.
• (15:36) Yeah, so this year will be 30 years since Sonic The Hedgehog 1 came out on the Mega Drive. That was also the 1st year I went to the ACT. It’s 20 years ago this year that Sonic Adventure 2 came out then! Yikes! Where did that time go? Plus the European version of Skies Of Arcadia.
• (18:37) I might make up a simple flashing dealie with a red & blue L.E.D. too, using a multivibrator type circuit. (No, it isn’t some kind of brilliant sex toy.) According to the 2nd Fun Way book of Dick Smith’s, this type of circuit was developed about 101 years ago. (About 102 later this year.) But yeah, I’ll be using transistors, rather than valves. Anyway, I remembered that I have a bunch of unused 10 μF capacitors, plus I’ve also got 4 NPN transistors still in their cardboard strip thing. Plus I haven’t used those last lot of 22 kΩ resistors from Jaycar, so they might do. It might run a bit fast though. I’ll find out. I need to use a higher value resistor for the blue L.E.D., because it’s much brighter than the red, so I’ll just wait for those 4.7 kΩ ones coming from Jaycar, hopefully next week.
If you do a picture search on the web for “LED flasher multivibrator circuit” or “LED flasher flip flop circuit,” you can see what I’m on about.

Sunday, 3rd of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (23:39) I started on my L.E.D. flasher circuit. Well, mounting the components in a piece of cardboard. Not completely professional, but it will do for this simple dealie. Apart from the L.E.D.s and their specific resistors, it’s only really 6 other components.
• I’m still going with my 2nd watch of I Will Never Let You Go. I’m up to episode 35 next. Dongfang Shi & Hua Buqi are in the desert following a snake @ the moment. So if that means nothing to you, check it out!
• It’s a bit early for any week 1 previews of new Korean MVs, but there’s still one that should be out for the last week of December last year yet, which I haven’t seen. Ooh, and it’s 10 years of APink in April, I think, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they have a few choons out this year. Well, you’d think so. Red Velvet had their 5th anniversary in 2019, and they had like 5 music videos out that I knew of.

Monday, 4th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:28) Just as I’d said about it being too early for any previews of songs from this year, last night, I found the link to such a video! Ha ha.
• Plus, my goodies from Jaycar have arrived too, so I now have the resistors to proceed with my chaser circuit #2. Although I still haven’t found a box to put it in. I wanted to recycle something.
• (17:05) So there was another storm earlier, and while that happened, I got on with soldering in the new stuff from Jaycar and mostly completing my flasher circuit. That came out a bit uneven, which means I learnt that those circuits need to be pretty balanced in all regards, including the L.E.D.s. By using 2 different L.E.D.s with different resistors in series with them, it caused the (blue) L.E.D. with the higher value resistor, not to go completely off, but just go dim. Maybe it would’ve been more off with higher value capacitors, like 100 μF or something. The flash rate was even though, because when I tested using a 33 μF capacitor on the other (red) L.E.D.’s side, it changed the timing. The blue L.E.D. went more off, but the red one had more time on. So perhaps I’ll remove the higher value resistor, and make them both the same, and then use 2 of the same L.E.D.s instead. Maybe 2 yellow ones or something. There probably is some way to balance it out, but figged if I know how. Somebody with more experience would know.
• (19:31) It seems I got an impossible bargain with my new roll of solder! It’s got 102% of its contents! 60% tin, 40% lead and 2% flux! LOL. The other side of the electronics industry that isn’t quite as accurate as that of circuit design. Yeah, it should be 59% tin, 39% lead and 2% flux.
• Anyhoo, I changed the resistors to match each other for the L.E.D.s in my flip flop flasher fingy and used both yellow L.E.D.s, and now it’s even Steven.
• (23:24) Seeing as my new year’s resolution from last year is up, on not looking up any more depressing Microsoft stuff, I had a quick squizz on Saturday to see if there was anything worth mentioning from last year, (regarding Windows 10,) but I think the only thing that stood out was some deal about an update to WordPad that added ads to that as well! Holey moley. Here’s a quote from a person’s video @ YouTube: “Have to laugh at win ten users being suckers this is next level sickening to see.” Mind the grammar and lack of punctuation there, but yeah. Although I didn’t watch it.
All those years people spent money on protecting their PCs from adware and other malware, and here we are with Microsoft doing stunts like this. They should get in on that Indian scamming while they’re at it.

Tuesday, 5th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:19) I wasn’t sure if you could get cyan L.E.D.s, but after having another look at eBay, it seems you can! They’re not so common though, compared to the other colours. I also got a little wavelength picture of colours, and I’d say just under 500 nm would be a good shade. Some of the sellers specify this too. Somebody’s selling 100 of them in 3 mm size for $7.95, which is very good. I might get some later in the year. I’ve spent WA-A-A-AY too much money at eBay in recent times. And I still have something on the way as well!
• I changed one of the yellow L.E.D.s in my flasher circuit for a purple one, and that wasn’t far off in brightness, so that’s made it a little more swish looking. A bit more interesting, or whatever.

Wednesday, 6th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:01) My folks were telling me earlier that they ran into Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban this morning. “Ah, hob-nobbing with the celeb’s now!” I said. If I said we actually knew them, I’d probably be getting e-mail laid on for a change. It’s like Nicholas Hammond from The Sound Of Music & Robyn Nevin who popped up a couple of times. If you lived in L.A. in America, you’d probably spot a few famous faces from time to time as well, I guess. We were only there on holiday and saw Ronn Moss.
• (22:39) Solder solder solder. It’s nearly all I did today. Oh yeah — one of the plugs from Jaycar had a short circuit between the 2… parts. Uh, yeah. Anyway, I soldered up 4 others as a kind of quadruple adaptor for my new power supply. Then, when I went to put it on my shelf, I picked up my 1st new chaser box, and pressed the top L.E.D.s in accidentally with my thumb. So I opened it up to fix it, and another wire popped off. So, like I said, I’d redo it with those pluggable polarising header socket thingos, and I spent probably over 3 hours doing that after dinner tonight. I connected 3 L.E.D.s in reverse by mistake, ’cos my brain was already half with it, but I got it all done in the end. It’s pretty rugged now. Oh I have a dodgy picture of the mess of wires too, so you can compare it with last time.
• (23:05) Don’t you reckon there’s a slight resemblence between John Malkovich and Richard Wilson?

Thursday, 7th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:02) Here’s an idea I had in bed last night. I was thinking of doing some semi-spherical dome kinds of objects made possibly from some kind of moulding resin, which I could sit over some of my L.E.D.s. I’ve never done that before, so I’m not sure where to start. I did this image on the left in Art Of Illusion to show you the kind of shape I mean. The 2 at the back seem to have an optical illusion that suggests there’s an indentation around the edge, but the foreground example shows the mesh in a more plain form. I wanted to go for a frosted kind of look to diffuse the light from the L.E.D.s, and I suspect you might need to add something to the resin, or get some specific kind to do that. Maybe you could add some powdered quartz or something. I dunno.
• (16:33) I was just looking up the likes of those Aerolux flower bulbs on eBay. They’re not cheap for the original vintage ones. One of those’d be a real nice addition to my Shelf Of Light. But which was new instead and made for 240 V. And not any of those knock-off L.E.D. based things either. I’m all for L.E.D.s as you know, but I don’t want them personally in fake “neon” looking lighting.
You can also get neon tube style flowers on eBay, but expect to pay over $200 or so. I wouldn’t mind one of those SunnyLife neon flamingo lamps.

Friday, 8th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:45) I found some preview videos of Japanese songs today too, so I’ll be checking them out later! Plus I have a few videos on stuff to do with resin moulding. Although if it costs a fortune to do this stuff, I won’t bother. I’m not going to take it up as some full time hobby. It’s a handful of cool shapes for my L.E.D.s & that’ll be it.
• I sent Jaycar another message about my stuffed plug, but there’s been no repsonse yet. I got some other e-mail from my credit union saying about some web site I could go to for my statement, but they’re supposed to send it by e-mail, so I sent them a message too. And there’s been no repsonse yet from YouTube regarding my Dad’s video that was nicked. So yeah, a lot of feeling up in the air.
• One thing I am glad about, are the cool temperatures! This is one of the coldest Summers I can recall. I mean it’s almost the middle of the season, & I’ve got a fan heater going! It’s good for my computers too. (Not the heater; the cooler temperature.)
• I need to get my brain into gear, and think where I can find some “scrap” sheets of plastic. Stuff around 11 cm², which will fit nicely on my constructions of used ice block sticks. It’s gotta be non-transparent as well.
• (23:22) I checked out a handful of Japanese music videos, but only 1 was half decent.
• A Korean one called On&On by Hong Eunki isn’t too bad. The ending’s a bit cr@p though. It’s dated from the end of last year, but those dates are usually a little before they actually come out, so it’s probably more of a this year one.

Wednesday, 13th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:20) I ran into some trouble with Art Of Illusion for another animation I’m doing. I decided to use version 3 on my 2018 PC, since it usually doesn’t foul things up, but this time it did. For some reason, the moving glass objects I did, were losing their reflectivity and refractions at certain parts of the scene. I didn’t have “reduce accuracy for distant objects” turned on, and I had the ray tree thing cranked up too. Although when I tested it with version 2.5 on my main PC, cranking that down by half still didn’t cause the same problem. So I dunno. Something weird going on there. I’m doing it with version 2.5 now instead, except it has a bad habit of not drawing objects / bits of objects now & then. I reckon that’s related to the newer version of Java that I have installed in Windows 7. What the randomness of re-doing it, and it working properly a 2nd time around is, I couldn’t say.
• YouTube responded and said that video that was nicked is now gone, so I’m glad they dealt with that.
• (14:58) All right then — I got the animation done. It took 1 hour, 22 minutes & 5 seconds, and it only runs for 4 seconds at 50 f.p.s. I’m going to use it with my Video Titler program. I had to get AOI to redo 22 of the 200 frames it did, and some of them had to be done twice as well! Things kept vanishing from the scene and sometimes parts of objects too.

Saturday, 16th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (20:25) I checked out a couple of Japanese MVs by SARD Underground, which I thought were all right. There’s Hitomi Sorasanai De, which I looked at tonight and Nemurenai Yoru Wo Daite, which I saw 5 days ago. Do have a squizz if you’re intrigued.
• My 2018 PC chucked a wobbly again today. Holey &^%$. Anyhoo, I went to the lav’, and when I came back I decided to take out the RAM and the right side stick’s contacts were filthy! So I dunno how they got like that. I took out some old cotton buds from next to my GameCube, which I usually keep for cleaning my Saturn’s backup memory cartridge, and gave all the 4 sticks a clean. Then, it worked again! So I’m not sure if THAT was the complete cause of my woes or something that just seemed that way.

Sunday, 17th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:58) I found some frosted acrylic balls, but so far only from overseas, which is good that they exist, but not in terms of postage costs. But yeah, something like that in a 3 cm size would be ideal for my L.E.D.s, to be cool looking, diffusing kinds of covers. You could just cut them in half and drill a little hole in the middle. People seem to use them for custom jewellery, but I guess they aren’t a very popular thing. I also considered fish tank frosted glass pebbles, but they mightn’t be quite right. They are easier to find though.
• (22:40) Oh hell! My Dad was talking to me yesteday, and said: “Can you find me a new monitor?” Struth. What a headache. I can’t seem to find any ones that are ideal. A lot of them seem to be these f***ing wide-@$$ things. We’re not in a freakin’ movie cinema. Why would you want a wide screen anyway? They all look like the tops and bottoms have been sliced off. And it’s gotta be 40 cm wide or less. Of course they’re usually measured from corner to corner. And they still seem to be in f***ing imperial measurements like it was the 1950s or something. There shouldn’t be ANY imperial measurements left in Australia. It’s been 55 sodding years since the change over occured now.

Monday, 18th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:33) I’ve got 2 new videos of Korean MV previews to watch this evening, so hopefully something’ll be good. There hasn’t been anything good this year yet. I had higher hopes for this month.
• I think I’ll tell Dad to find his own monitor! I don’t want to get stressed & waste my time on it. HP don’t make my model of monitor any more, which is understandable, since it’s 11 years or so old now, but you can still get some unused ones on eBay. There was 1 in Germany and 1 in South Korea, I think. I’m up to 32 459 hours on the back light thingy in my own one now, which is more than the guarantee offered, I think. Yeah, it’s lasted really well. I remember when I got it, it was hard to get used to, but you want to keep it out of any strong light sources that would face the LCD and keep the brightness down to about 30%. I also like how it has 2 inputs, which I probably have taken for granted. It’s a pity the USB hub in it died, but I guess that was only a little bonus feature.
That light bulb at the Livermore fire station in California has been running for 120 years this year. (If you click on the link, it still says 117 years in the background, but they just haven’t updated it.)
On a side note, I’d still be interested to see the likes of plasma bulbs; not to replace any other types of light bulbs, but just as another method of lighting. I probably mentioned this before, but there was a cool video of somebody who’d done their own electrode-less plasma balls, and one or 2 of them there would’ve been ideal for lighting, because they were just a fuzzy white blob, rather than the tendrils of plasma you see in more “regular” plasma balls. I think this is the link to the video. The particular type is in the later part of it, ’cos this person has some other wiggly ones in this as well.

Thursday, 21st of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:34) I’ve got a big ol’ vintage transformer from out in the garage which I was thinking of maybe using again for something. I’m not sure what it’s out of. It might’ve been from my Nanna’s old Philips record player thing. I dunno. Compared with those new plug-pack sized ones, this is a monster. It’s like 8 × bigger, probably. It’s in a wooden box, which I opened to check the wiring & insulation on, since I haven’t used it in years. It was okay. The output seems to be about 11 V, according to my multimeter. I’m going to check it with a slightly more accurate digital one as well, and see. As I said in July last year, I’ve got 8 bridge rectifiers, and I could use one of them with it to get some DC action.
• (15:53) All right then, the digital multimeter said it was between 12 V exactly and 12.4 V, as it seemed to be fluctuating. It’d be nice to get a fancy black box for it with a window, and then wire it up really nice inside and put it to some kind of use. I used to run a 12 V halogen light bulb on it, and it seemed fine with that, and I think they need about 4 amps of oomph. So, it’s probably got plenty of power to run some simple electronic gizmos. Although, even though my bridge rectifiers are rated for 3 amps, I would need a voltage regulator rated for the same. Or I just won’t load it up that much. They’ve got some good deals on eBay for 7809 regulators (which will cut back to 9 V), and I’d probably want a filter capacitor as well. You lose a couple of volts from your rectifier, so the regulator would probably be pretty happy. They should have a heat sink on them though.
• (16:32) I connected up one of the bridge rectifiers, and got about 9 V out of it then. At least according to my analogue multimeter. The digital one seemed to have a fit for some reason! It was showing 28 V & higher! Huh?! Maybe it likes a more filtered DC supply. Although I’m sure I’ve tested other non-filtered transformers and it’s been all right. So I dunno.

Friday, 22nd of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:30) Today’s been a bit of a bust. I was going to complete 2 more L.E.D. thingos, but the plastic I was going to use for the top “lid” / panel / cover bits ended up cracking. Tomorrow though, I’m going to go out and see if I can find some rough quartz by the road-side. I want to see if it’s possible to drill a hole in it without it shattering or cracking. It’s about 7 on old Moh’s scale of hardness, so I dunno how that compares to other stone, like for stone cutting drills. Well, if I have success I do, and if not, then it’s an experiment to learn by.
• I looked up cyan L.E.D.s on eBay again, and found some around the 490 nm wavelength of colour, which would be better than 500. There really isn’t much in it. You have to be quite precise with those measurements, because 565 nm is like bordering on yellow, and 440 nm is in the purple region. So yeah, 490 to 495 nm would be ideal, I think.
• Yesterday, I tested out that transformer with the rectifier again, and connected both multimeters in parallel, and the digital one behaved itself then. It said about 10 V. I dunno what was giving it the false readings.
• (16:04) Oh yeah — here’s another kind of fun Korean choon that I found a few days ago: Doom Doom Cha by Twin Girls.

Saturday, 23rd of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:56) I came back with like 2 bits of quartz from the side of the road that were worth keeping out of the other chunks I collected up. So I didn’t have much luck. Phwoar, and it was like 36°C out there too, so with my usual black coat on, it was pretty hot. I guess I could’ve taken it off, but it kept my arms from getting burnt.
• (19:18) Pink Fantasy have a new MV out called Lemon Candy, which was… tolerable I suppose. I think they kind of peaked with Fantasy from 2 years ago.

Sunday, 24th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:54) There are a few neon Sega signs on eBay at the moment. I spotted one seller who had 3 of them for just over $100, but you paid like $85.90 for the postage fee. Given the size of it (43.18 cm), and that it’s glass, is probably to be expected. And it was coming from like Hong Kong or some place.
• I’ve got 2 more Chinese choons to look @ later, & see if they’re any good. Like from September last year. I found a video of previews yesterday from that month, you see. There was one called Ying Xiang Weilai De Feng from AKB48 Team SH, which was fairly good. I think it translated to something like: Facing The Wind Of The Future. I also watched Letting Go, or Can’t Let Go, or something, by Hana Kuk, which sounded quite a bit like Hongchen Xiangkan from Legend Of The Phoenix. Well, I reckon it did.
• (23:44) Here are the links to more songs, which I should’ve mentioned earlier:
Your Ocean by Hoppipolla
With Your Everything by Ben (This seems to be related to some game.)

Tuesday, 26th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:00) Happy Australia Day! I was thinking in the bathroom earlier what things are good about Australia. No active volcanoes on the mainland to worry about, no earthquakes, some of the best diamonds and opals in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, no having to leave tips in restaurants and hotels, great beaches, kangaroos & emus of course, golden eagles, the famous buildings of Sydney, like the Opera House, Centrepoint Tower & the Harbour Bridge, clean drinkable water, and yeah… plenty of other stuff I’m sure.
It’s too hot for me for a BBQ today. And we don’t have 1 anyhow. But yeah, a sausage sandwich with some onion & ketchup would be pretty sweet.

Wednesday, 27th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:08) Today’s joke:
How does a plant get out of trouble?
It has an escape root.

• (20:30) I’m just watching David Suchet On The Orient Express again, and David said that the 1st train trip was on the 13th of August, 1888, which means that the mention of it in Shanghai Noon, which was set in 1881, was 7 years too early.

Friday, 29th of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:45) Blast! My UPS just failed on me. I was in the middle of writing some stuff, and wooshka! The power just went completely off. I was like: “What?! What just happened?! What the f*** happened to my UPS?!!!” It just switched off! There was like some kind of brief disturbance which caused the light in the room to go out, but the computer went off entirely. I thought the power supply in it had died, but I looked down and saw that my UPS was off. So I’ve ordered a new one from eBay from what looks to be a good brand. Plus I saved over $100 getting it from there than Office Works. It’s a CyberPower one, and it’s got a higher power output rating too. This MGE one of mine has been acting suspicious recently, as I said before, so I think it’s had its day. It’s probably 11½ years old now. I tried it manually just after the failure and it worked fine though. I shut down the computer, and then pulled the plug from my power board, and the UPS stayed on. The circuit breaker never popped out on the back, so it couldn’t have been to do with that.

Sunday, 31st of January, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (23:26) Hopefully I’ll have some sheets of plastic tomorrow to finish my L.E.D. flower thing, and my flip flop circuit flasher thing.
I’m just looking at frosted acrylic flowers on eBay. This is one category that isn’t short of supplies! Some of these’d be nice with L.E.D.s, although you’d have to enlarge the holes in them. They’re supposed to be for jewellery, but you could adapt them to other uses, I reckon.

Monday, 1st of Febbo, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:33) Well, my flasher thingy is now in its home made “box.” Once the glue’s dry tomorrow, I’ll see about getting a picture & showing that off. I had to fiddle with one of the L.E.D. socket doodads, which was screwy & had the wires falling out of it. As for my L.E.D. flower, that might be Wednesday, due to painting and more drilling required of the plastic.

Tuesday, 2nd of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (18:49) My new UPS has turned up already! It was only sent yesterday too. Phwoar, and it’s probably twice as heavy as the old one. Just over 9 kg. I was letting it charge up, since it takes 8 hours. But the display says it is charged. So I dunno. This is really fabbo with the display on the front. It shows you all sorts of stuff. Voltage in and out, power frequency, power consumption, time left in the battery, the level of charge and yeah. I wish my old one had all that. From the looks of it, my main PC is using about 122 W of juice, (including the monitor) when it’s not making much use of the CPU. It goes up to about 136 when you make it do stuff. So that’s lower than the 720 W this UPS is capable of. It should be okay to run my Power Mac as well. I’ll have to test that and see what reading it gives. Its power supply (— the Mac —) can deliver 600 W, but that’s probably fully loaded with the expansion slots, stuff on the USB and FireWire ports, full CPU use & 2 hard drives. Anyway, usually when there’s a power failure, I’m quick to respond in shutting things down.
• (22:01) Hopefully I’ll have some new Mac software this year to share, if I can come up with some new ideas. I know I haven’t had any requests for my titler programs yet, but I may come up with something irresistable. Even if it does something else. I’m going to add a bit more flair to the controls too; Mac OS X already looks really sweet (— well, the revisions I have —), so I want to build upon that and give my newer programs more of a wow factor.
• (23:08) Here are a couple of wonky photos of my new L.E.D. thingos. On the left is the flip flop circuit, which flashes between a yellow & purple L.E.D. The camera seems to show it more blue looking though. Yep, I used up a bunch of ice block sticks to make the “box” part. These “projects” were always aimed @ using recycled stuff. Mmm, & on the right, the flower, which has rubber bands to hold the lid down while the glue sets. I think I should have made the cardboard holder inside bigger, so the bolts weren’t so close to the L.E.D.s. Despite its simplicity, it still has quite a lot of wire inside. I just soldered directly to these L.E.D.s rather than using those header socket dealies. The 4 green L.E.D.s are regular low brightness ones from yonks ago. I’ve probably had these since the early 1990s. They’re using a 390 Ω resistor, the single orange one is using a 22 kΩ one, and the purple ones are using 6.8 kΩ, to try & equalise the brightness.
• I’ve got a little “pet” spider in the kitchen @ the moment. I reckon it’s a baby huntsman type, but I’m not sure. It has no web. It just wanders around the ceiling. It’s probably only just over 1 cm in size with its legs included, so it’s only tiny. I’ve grown a bit fond of seeing it now. Each day I say: “Ooh — where’s my little spider friend gone to?” So, here’s a picture of it.

Wednesday, 3rd of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:45) I had a look at the power usage of my Power Mac G5 with my new UPS, and it’s probably using about 100 W more than my main PC. But still well within the 720 W maximum range if there’s a power failure, when both computers are on.
• I hope there’ll be some better Korean pop tunes this month. Last month sucked like a vacuum cleaner. I think there were about 3 songs that were good. I have a feeling that if APink do something for their 10th anniversary, it’ll be in April, because that was the month they started in 2011. Dumhdurum came out last year in April and Everybody Ready? came out in April, 2019. So that’s what I reckon.

Thursday, 4th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:58) This month my Software Review Of The Moment will be of iMovie 6 & iDVD 7, and as usual, that should be on the 9th, unless I forget to upload the other files.
• (17:20) Ha ha! In a story I write at home, I mentioned that you should have a meal between dinner and breakfast called dickfast, because you have brunch between breakfast and lunch, and possibly linner between lunch and dinner. Or lunner maybe. So I had a look on the web to see if somebody else’d had the same thought, and I actually found 2 instances of it! Hee hee hee.

Friday, 5th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:43) I was going to say on Wednesday that if APink have a new album out, they should call it something suggestive, like Pink Bits. If the songs were all good, I’d buy it! I’m sure they have some very nice pink bits too. Hee hee. They might be too “lady like” to go for such a title.
• (15:17) Oh yeah — my little spider friend died. I found her / him dead on the floor last night. Awww! So I stuck it in my diary with some sticky tape. It probably starved. There aren’t exactly many bugs in the house to eat. Although, I’ve had this little puny spider near my bed for ages, and it’s still alive. I touched it with a tissue last night to see if it was still kicking, and it ran off in a hurry. Now it’s taken up a new location by the edge of the window.

Saturday, 6th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (23:27) I’ve been trying to work out a good layout for the L.E.D.s of my 2nd chaser circuit. I’m probably going to have 4 on at a time with this one, so it’s just as well I’m using that ULN2803APG I.C. to take all the load. I know a lot of chaser circuits out there just have the L.E.D.s connected to the 4017 counter, but after reading that forum dealie last year, I didn’t feel it was worth the risk of overloading it. I may put this one in another ice block stick box, since I’m making a double sized one @ the moment. Here’s a funny face prototype animation on the left, which is probably one of the better ideas. It almost feels a bit Mayan or something. So yeah, I don’t want to put any old thing together & then find out it sucks, so I’ve been doing lots of test videos on my PC.
I basically just make up a bunch of 0.5 cm circles in Corel DRAW, then I can print that out in the shape I like and drill the holes exactly where I want them. I’ll have to find more plastic again.

Tuesday, 9th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:00) I tried to find that old nVidia TNT demo again, but had no luck. If it wasn’t by nVidia, then somebody else did it to show off their video cards. If only I knew what it was called. That’d be a step in the right direction. I sent e-mail to nVidia again, requesting help in finding it, but they never replied 2 years ago, so who knows if they will this time? I tried video searches and picture searches, and just got completely irrelevant cr*p. I’m sure it was interactive too, because you could zoom into the lion head and see the little bug on it. I dunno if it was a butterfly, or a bee, or a lady bird or what. It was like 22 years ago. I know it was to showcase the video cards’ ability to do large textures. I think the lion was golden looking, with enviroment mapping, although that might’ve been something you could alter in the demo. And there was a pool of rippling water in front of it, like it was a fountain. And this was all on some roof top penthouse with a marble floor. Mmm. This has really eluded me.

Friday, 12th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:33) I vacuum cleaned under my bed and then re-did the sheets & stuff today. Whew! Thank fig for the air conditioner. Plus, my plush flamingo toy from eBay turned up. Hooray! It looks so good too! They said March, but it got here much earlier (from like Hong Kong, I think). Ha ha — & fizzin’ eBay — they said it had arrived tomorrow again! What is WITH that? Their clock must be a day out. It even says in their e-mail: “Dropped off: 13-Feb”, and at like 4 o’clock in the morning. I don’t think so! It was more like about 9:00. I mean, there aren’t even any other countries that far ahead of us in time either.
• (15:24) Hee hee — here’s a picture now of the flamingo. She’s really quite big. (This is just the medium size!) I think it should be a female perhaps. I need a glass display case for my better plush toys. Like Sonic, Knuckles, Tails & Cream as well. & my home made chao. Anyway, this is the seller @ eBay where I got the flamingo from. They seem to do more in the range of electronic goods.

Saturday, 13th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:37) I ended up melting down an old candle to make diffusing covers for the L.E.D.s on my flip flop flasher circuit doodad, instead of using resin. From a distance the result’s pretty much what I wanted anyhow. I used the hole in a glass candle holder as the mould, and smeared it lightly first with olive oil before pouring the liquid wax in. This then kept it from sticking. It was one of those little white-ish candles like you see in restaurants, so I used its metal base as the “melting pot,” which I held over a lit candle with a pair of pliers. Once the wax’d gone semi-firm, I poked another old L.E.D. into the centre, and this then made a good hole to allow the wax to be placed over the L.E.D.s in the flasher circuit, which you can see the picture of back on the 2nd of this month.
• I discovered that I can do windows for my Mac programs which have no title bar. So I could make a custom representation of that too, with my own graphics to make for a bit of a change. I know I could do the close and maximise buttons, but I’m not sure about the yellow minimise one. I’d have to check on that. There’d have to be a command in the programming language which would let you instruct the window to minimise itself.
• (17:13) I found another glass candle holder in a cupboard which has a hexagonal gap in the base. That could be interesting to use as a mould too. I filled it up with 70 ml of water, so uh… yeah! I dunno what size candle to melt down for that. There’s stacks of wax on eBay for sale. I had a look last night.
• I just need a rugged / thick piece of black plastic, around 23 × 12 cm for my 2nd chaser circuit, and I can then put the L.E.D.s in and get it up and going. I am going to do it like the face which I mentioned on the 6th.

Monday, 15th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:55) Here’s a song that was all right. It’s called The Night by Ha Jun Seok. Although I found myself watching what the traffic was doing more than the dude. Ah, we really need a bunch of new, happy, vibrant songs. Some of the recent Korean stuff has just been depressingly bad. Too many soft ballads that’d put you to sleep or make you want to jump off a cliff, songs with that blood curdling guitar squeaking, other bizarre things that sound like the composers and singers were stoned when they did them and more of that f***ing rap bull$#!+ that I don’t even consider to be singing at all. It all just sounds the same, with each “song” being equally as cr@p as the last one that came along. Maybe I need to put more effort into finding some other Chinese tunes.
• Speaking of things Chinese, I was reading about the Imperial Mountain Resort in Chengde. That is some huge place! Emperors from the Qing dynasty period used to go there in the Summer to get a bit more cool, since it’s about 200 km north-east from Beijing. It covers about 564 ha of land, and has a 10 km wall surrounding it. Not only that, but there are several temples further out. The most famous is the Putuo Zongcheng Temple, which is a smaller replica of one in Tibet. I think it takes up about 22 ha of land, and it certainly looks pretty sprawling. I reckon you could spend a week checking just the resort area out. There’s a hotel there, which I think is called Qiwanglou, & it’s inside the wall area.

Wednesday, 17th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:36) Here’s another song worth checking out: Guardians by Sumi Jo & Rain. It’s computer animated, and the singing’s rather impressive, especially that mega high sounding last note. I looked at a translation of the lyrics too, and they seemed quite pleasant too.

Friday, 19th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:14) Anyone remember the Philips DCC? (Digital Compact Cassette) If you’re only in your teens or early 20s, you may not know of it. I was thinking about it in the bathroom this morning. I don’t think that really stuck around all that long. I’ve heard more about those obscure American 8 track cartridge things than the DCC. I don’t remember how expensive it was, but it seemed like it would’ve been a cheaper alternative to CDs, where people could also play their current collection of regular cassettes too. What you had was a cassette in the same style as a “regular” one, that stored the audio as digital information instead. How good the quality was, I don’t know, but I think you still would’ve had that same issue of how tape stretches, and unless the players accounted for this by reading ahead, things would probably go quite wonky. The advantage of CDs is that they’re a randomly accessable form of storage, where as the cassettes were sequential. I think being able to program what tracks you wanted, and skipping stuff very fast, was a bigger appeal for CDs in comparison. Plus you can also use them for storing other data too, apart from just audio. (Well, in the broader sense over all.) Perhaps the erase-able nature of the cassettes was a plus, which I assume could be done, because at that stage, I don’t think they had re-writable CDs.
I remember in high school, in my electronic media class, we had a DAT recorder. (Digital Audio Tape.) This was another digital cassette based system, which must have been of a lot higher quality, because it cost $5000 in the mid 1990s. I think they were always aimed more for professional use though, and I think the cassette was smaller too.

Saturday, 20th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (0:26) Back in 2016 I did a 3D rendition of my Nanna’s old Ocean brand oil heater, and completely from memory, since it had been something like 22 years since I’d last seen it. It’s 27 years now. Anyway, I uploaded the original image to DeviantArt 5 years ago, and somebody commented that they’d never seen anything like it before, and that it looked like some kind of industrial style heater. Well tonight I did a search on the web and found one just like it in a sample stock photo of an old flyer for it. Or 1 very similar. I was fairly close, but decided to update my Art Of Illusion file to make it a bit closer to what the company once had. This is the new result on the left. It’s not 100% accurate, but it looks pretty close. In the 2016 version I had 8 tubes, but it really has 11. I also adjusted the wheel holders. Ocean describe it as “portable electric central heating.” It has “Danger-proof oil filled seamless steel tubes, heated by an easily replaceable electric immersion element.” Unlike my original version, the flyer actually says it runs on “All voltages; A.C. or D.C.” It was probably made in the 1950s. This is the colour of the one my Nanna had. It could get pretty hot, and had a water tray to keep the humidity in the room. You could also hang your wet washing over it, and the flyer mentions this. When I was a kid I knocked it over, but it survived. It was fairly weighty I think. Nanna just called it “the Ocean.” “Put the clothes / washing on the Ocean.” she’d say. It was mostly always in her “sun room” @ the front of the house. It must have been well made, because apart from the temperature switch, it was still running fine in 1994. It got chucked unfortunately after my Nanna died.

Sunday, 21st of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:57) For some reason, Windows XP has been putting other directories under my “Temp” one, of History, Cookies & Temporary Internet Files, which is weird, ’cos they’ve never been there before. And it’s being a right jerk trying to prevent me from deleting them. That “Temp” location is only supposed to be for temporary files, and it should be easy to clean it out. So, what’s causing the OS to make these other directories now? It almost seemed like something related to f***ing Internet Explorer, which I don’t even use. I don’t see what else could be related to a History directory anyhow. There’s no part of Windows that uses that, that I know of. Usually the History & Temporary Internet Files directories are in the level above. Like C:\Documents And Settings\user\Local Settings
Anyway, who knows? It’s not like it’s taking up much room there. I just wondered what caused it to suddenly do that.

Monday, 22nd of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (0:08) I decided to capture some video action of Teddy Utopia for a DVD I haven’t finished yet, and I almost had a melt-down when I discovered I’d left one of the music files out. Including on the CD I did. So that threw a big spanner in the works. I had to go and find what happened to it. And somewhere in there, some weird $#!+ happened to the built-in search feature of Windows XP, but I was too pi$$€d off to get a screen shot at the time. Anyhoo, I got a new CD image file created. Plus I remembered the custom icon. Mac OS X Leopard’s Disk Utility can do hybrid images, which I don’t think the one in Tiger allows for. The newer one does like HFS, something and UDF.
There’s still a bug with the loading part of the game, where if you choose to load a new file, and cancel, it goes back to the title screen. I just couldn’t be bothered to fix it. It should just do nothing if you cancel.
• (14:21) I fixed my Teddy Utopia game, (I hope,) so that now when you cancel a file load, it just reverts back to where it was. It wasn’t written too well in the first place for dealing with that. Ah well, I can only blame myself.
• (22:15) LOL! I went to the toilet, and the power went off again! Well, my new UPS saved me for the 1st time. But what is it with going to the bathroom and the electricity just sodding off like that?

Sunday, 28th of February, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:44) Ah, the last day of Summer. Good riddance too! Not that it was that hot this year, and in December.
• SHINee have a new MV out called Don’t Call Me, which is their 1st in a couple of years, I think. It sucked though. I’m currently getting some other MVs which I saw previews of, to see if they’re any good. If I reckon so, I’ll mention them here.
• (20:39) Nope. Nothing really great. Ah, this month has been a bigger bust than some woman with an over-inflated boob job. I really thought the start of this year was going to packed to the hilt with great new inspired tunes, but it’s been the same drivel and cr@p as usual. I think 2018 & 2019 started out better.

Monday, 1st of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:46) Hooray! Hooray! It’s Autumn. Although it’s actually a bit warm today @ 29°C.
• I checked out 2 MVs from SING Girls last night, which I’d never seen before, from last year, and they weren’t too bad. One was called Phantom, I think, and the other one translated to something like: Outside The Heart Of The Arena, but that’s using a translation web site, so it might be a bit inaccurate. I read that one of the girls left the group in 2018 for various reasons, including not being overly fond of their traditional style. But I like it. Maybe from a Chinese person’s perspective, it’s been done to death, but I’m not Chinese, so I find some of their traditional music influence to be quite intriguing. Especially the instruments you don’t hear so much in English music.
• (16:48) You know how there’s like the Intel Core 2 Duo, and Intel Core i7? Well, they should do a new CPU called the Intel Core Blimey.
• (17:14) Ha ha! How about that? I took this screen shot of Pale Moon asking me about some freakin’ cookie back in 2016, and named it: “Dunno If My PC'll Last That Much Longer”, but it has! I’m still using it right now, and that date was 2 months ago. Not that I accepted the cookie anyway, but at the time, it seemed like a long while that it had to go before it expired. I was just going through my various computer related screen shots and spotted it.
• On the 9th, as usual, I’ll have a new software review, and this month it’s Open Office 3.3

Thursday, 4th of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (22:21) Here are a few Japanese MVs I found, so check ’em out!
• Official Hige Dandism — Universe
• Boys & Men — Doeryaa JUMP!
• Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra — Tajuu Rokou (Featuring Kawakami Youhei, whoever the heck that is.)
• Momoiro Clover Z — PLAY! — the video’s a bit… eh… so so, but the song’s pretty cheery.

Sunday, 7th of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:16) Here’s a sample image of a little program I wrote today. As you can see, it’s for Windows. (It’ll work in Windows ’95 & later.) Not very fancy shmancy looking, but then Windows 10 is on the verge of going backwards into text mode anyway. Anyhoo, I just made it ’cos I felt like it. You can do the calculations on a calculator fairly easily as it is. You just click on whichever number you want to change, and then type in a new one. It’s best to put the ratio numbers in 1st, then when you change either of the upper numbers, the opposite one updates according to the aspect ratio. Because I did it at 320 × 240 pixels, it will go into full screen mode if you click on the maximise button, so I put a little message there, in case I give it away, so people know how to get it back to a windowed mode.
It’s most useful for multiple images, ’cos then you only have to click once, enter the new number, and it will give you the answer as you type. So, if I have a picture of say 1200 × 630 pixels, and I want to “pad” that out to a 16:9 aspect, I can type in the aspect to the program, and then 1200 at the top, and it will tell me it should be 675 pixels high. You can get the program now from my Downloads Page.

Monday, 8th of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:44) Twin Girls seemingly have a new MV out called North & South Women, but I haven’t found the link to it yet. Their other one, um, Doom Doom Cha, was hard to find too.
• (20:37) Ah ha! I found the link a few minutes ago. It may also seem to translate to Man & Woman, but when I copied the Korean text, it did translate to North & South Women, but I have no clue, as I don’t speak any Korean. The only word I know of is sipeo, I don’t even know what it means. Oh, and kungkwangdae, which I think means “my heart.” But enough of the jibbering, here is the link for this song. Also, Yang Yoseop (from Highlight) & Jeong Eunji of APink - Love Day (2021 version.) Plus one from 2016, apparently. Ooh, and I almost forgot, The Hill Of Wind by ZanHyang. This is more traditional sounding, and yeah, what’s that freaky instrument with all the pipes?
• (20:49) To answer my own question, it’s a Bamboo Sheng. Look it up, and you’ll find out about it.

Wednesday, 10th of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:22) I had a clean up of my teeth at the dentist today, but I have to go back next week on Friday for a filling. The doc’ took 2 X-ray piccies and spotted a cavity. D’oh. But it’s in the early stages, so it won’t be a big deal.
• I got some weird errors in Windows XP () earlier, which I’ve never seen before. Some EventSystem error, which was trying to read from a file on one of my CDs or DVDs, except it looked more like something from the Windows XP installation CD than anything. I’d never heard of it. Then a Volume Shadow Copy Service error, which I read isn’t a big deal. Although it sounds like it would be. Plus, this was only supposed to happen in Safe Mode! Well, I haven’t done that since last month. After I restarted, it didn’t happen again. And it didn’t occur the 1st time I turned on my PC either. Although the clock stopped again.

Sunday, 14th of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (16:49) My parents’ll’ve been married for 49 years tomorrow.
• I reckon if I see less than 16 great Korean MVs this year, I’m calling it quits. Let’s be generous and say there’s about 75 new music videos per week. (I watched one dealie, and it was more like 90 though.) Anyway, that would be 3900 per year. And out of that many, I probably like, say 39 of them. That’s like 1%. It hardly seems worth it. I think I’ll have to make more of an effort on finding the Chinese stuff. There is a preview dealie at YouTube that does Japanese ones each week, and that’s been interesting to have a look at too. I’ve got 2 I want to see this evening when I put my better headphones on, so if I see anything perky / epic, I’ll be sure to mention it here, if I find a link to it.
• (19:34) Ads are a pain in the bum, but sometimes there are a few classics which stick in your mind, years later. Here are a few memorable TV ads:
BlockOut Shutters — I can almost do the entire thing off by heart! “NO! And I’ll show you why!” Then he gets tackled to the ground by the ol’ granny at the end. I’ve got this in better quality and smoother from one of my own video cassettes too.
Chris Marshall’s Organ Warehouse (3 Day Sale) — “As Donna & I say: Have a musical day!” I could always remember that bit, but I couldn’t remember the guy’s name until I looked it up. Lucky we didn’t see his own organ. LOL. Struth he could yap at a high speed. Free rock watches huh? Just for calling in. I bet they went quick.
Light Up Canterbury — Ha ha ha. Holey mackerel. Light Up Canterbury. They were ALWAYS closing down! Weren’t they “Light Up Somewhere Else” & closed down there too? I think it was just an excuse to have a sale. After 20 years their lease was up, the dude says. Yeah, I think they took about 20 years to close the place down in the end.
Tony Packard — I knew some joint was “up the Windsor Road!” But I couldn’t remember what. Get rid of your old bomb car and get a new one. “Let me do it right for yoooou!”
Hee hee — these must date me a bit.
• (20:25) Here’s another funny one: Hahn Premium Light. It says 2004, but I have a video of it from 2003, but yeah — close enough. The guy just hurls himself into the tub and floods the place. That really would’ve hurt, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was made of rubber somewhere, or something. There were others of these too.

Monday, 15th of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:10) I called up Beagle today about issues they seem to be having with their FTP server, in terms of slow down, but they said they’re not going to be supporting the web hosting any more. Although the guy said he’d look into it. So this maybe the end of my time with Beagle. In which case, I will let you know if I change ISPs and what the new one will be if possible. If I can’t log-in here towards the end, please try and look me up again elsewhere on the web. My site will still look the same though.
Last night I had a whole stack of troubles logging in with massive slow down and yeah… it just not working!
• As for the Japanese songs, I’ll get around to mentioning them later.
• (19:56) Here are a few of the Japanese MVs I looked at (both old-ish & new):
* New Direction by Takano Akira
* Sexy Zone — Let’s Music
* Lovers by Sumika
* MAGIC by Sumika
* Lamp by Sumika
Yeah, this Sumika band does some rather upbeat, kind of traditional looking stuff.

Wednesday, 17th of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:17) In sad news, Yaphet Kotto died the other day. On the 14th. I mostly remember him from James Bond: Live & Let Die. I didn’t know his great-grandfather was a king. (Not James Bond — Yaphet Kotto.)
• I feel a bit sick & tired today. Like literally. I watched 2 episodes of The King’s Woman last night and couldn’t do much else. I felt so knackered.
• (23:37) Here’s another Japanese song called Tarinai Sakunai by Fujifabric. I hope I got that ’round the right way. It’s rather good too!

Tuesday, 23rd of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:51) I found some more Chinese music video preview videos, so hopefully there’ll be something good in one of them. You mightn’t think so, but in comparison, finding the Korean tunes is super easy. I’ll have find out what “new pop music” is written as in Chinese, and then search with that!
• Here’s a recent Korean MV which I thought was nice-ish: In Hongdae by IGWI.
• (16:00) Windows XP is about 20 years old some time this year. Although I’ve only been using it for 15 years. That’s pretty good going though, hey? I think my Logitech keyboard is about 20-ish as well. It was to replace the Acer keyboard we had in 1995, and it’s still working fine. My Lite-On CD burner is 18 years old this year — another item built to last!

Wednesday, 24th of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (22:22) Here’s a nice, more traditional Chinese song, called something along the lines of Standing On The Grassland Looking At Beijing, depending what translation you get. This is by Wulan Tuya, who’s a singer from Mongolia.

Thursday, 25th of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:01) Next month’s software review will be Winamp 2.8. I’ve also made some minor additions to my Corel DRAW 8 review, which will appear again in September.
• I did some rotating flag animations today for some personal stuff I’m doing, and they only took just over 4 minutes each for my 2018 PC to render, so that was good. It was a pretty simple scene with only 100 frames.

Friday, 26th of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (18:28) Here’s the new $100 note. I finally got one to add to my collection. The black parts on the slightly left central section are actually metallic, and don’t scan too well. Don’t go printing out your own copies now! Ha ha. It’s a bit small for that. This one has the micro printing too, like the 1st polymer $10 notes had. You can actually read it with good eye sight in strong sunlight, without magnification. Well, I can. I did these at 1200 d.p.i., so on the compo, it’s pretty easy to make out. Dame Nellie Melba says: “If you wish to understand me at all… you must understand first and foremost that I am an Australian.” & it just repeats that over & over.
• I don’t really have much against the British royalos, but I reckon once Queen Elizabeth #2’s gone, they should have somebody Aussie on the money. Like in regards to the $5 note and the coins. Maybe Mary McKillop or somebody, unless she’s already on one of them, and I can’t remember. When they 1st introduced the plastic $10 notes back in the late 1980s or whenever it was, they had some Aboriginal dude on there, if I remember right & a ship on the other side. They should do something like that again. Actually, there was a $5 note with Henry Parkes and Catherine Helen Spence, and no sign of Queen Liz. So maybe once she’s passed on, some time in the future, it might be good to revert to them.
• (19:36) Ah! Here’s a site selling some rare editions of the $10 I was on about. They should do one along the lines of this one again, I reckon. I think that was pretty good looking.

Wednesday, 31st of March, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (20:37) Here’s another Korean MV I was looking for: Sha Ru Ru by Park Minju.

Sunday, 4th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:21) Happy Easter!
• Yesterday & today, I was trying to write a text editor program on my Power Mac for Windows, (— yeah, you can do that —) but it didn’t work out too well. So I’ve abandoned it now. It was pretty bloated in size as well for what it did. Also, some of the stuff didn’t work as expected compared to how it ran on Mac OS X.

Tuesday, 6th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (21:38) Here’s 1 new Korean MV so far, with a bit of a semi-trot feeling, would you say? Look out for the Twin Girls in there too! It’s called Ppurr by HooniYongi.
• (22:12) Here’s one by Yoon Jong Shin called Monster. It’s like Dural from V.F. 5 meets 1980s rainbow colouring with a touch of 1960s psychedelic-ness.
• Also: Hush by Kim Sung Kyu (of Infinite). The bass is a bit strong in this one, I reckon, so adjust your equaliser / tone control.
• (22:28) We also have Stalker from 3YE, which is probably the best I’ve heard from them. It was okay.

Saturday, 10th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:14) Prince Philip from over in England, died last night. I didn’t think he’d be going on much longer. Well, he almost made it to 100.
• Yesterday I ordered a pressie for Mothers’ Day from eBay, so let’s see if their clock’s still in the future this time ’round.

Monday, 12th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:19) Rosé from BLACKPINK has a new solo MV out called Gone, & it’s in English. I haven’t watched it yet, but I saw a preview. Also Wendy from Red Velvet has her own one called Like Water. I’ve got 14 weeks worth of Japanese song previews to watch from last year & 2 videos of Korean tunes for week 1 & 2 of this month. Ooooh, so yeah, I’ll get to them soon-ish and see if anything’s to my taste. If anything’s good, I’ll mention it here. Plus I’ll mention Rosé & Wendy’s videos when I get the proper links.
• (17:48) Gone by Rosé
Like Water by Wendy
I didn’t really fancy either of them.
• (23:29) Well, my watching of Japanese music previews paid off! I found the sock blower of the year. And it probably would’ve blown my shoes off as well. Aaliyah from 9bic. A real perky sounding song that felt like it could’ve come from some cool adventure game! Oh, and it just seemed to get better as it went along. I was amazed the 1st time, and then when I went to watch it the 2nd time, I was worried it mightn’t have the same impact, but it was equally as good! So if you want something to brighten you up and make you move a bit, this is the one!

Tuesday, 13th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (23:22) I watched The Darjeeling Limited this evening, which is actually going to be a present for Mothers’ Day. I had to check it to make sure the disc was in good nick. I knew the sheila on the train from Poirot: Cat Among The Pigeons, and the main assistant dude from The Grand Budapest Hotel, even though that’s a newer show than T.D.L. When I heard Champs Elysees @ the end, I thought: I know this! Troglauer Buam used it for Mei Is Des Schee. Anyway, the movie was good, if not a little strange, but I think that’s a trademark of Wes Anderson. The DVD had Hotel Chevalier on there as well, which you can watch together with the main movie.
You’re probably thinking, what’s with all the links? I’m not getting paid for them. They’re just there for your convenience.

Thursday, 15th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:52) Weren’t APink supposed to have a comeback music video this month? Hopefully anyhow. April’s half cooked already. It’ll be May before you know it.
• I’ll have to do a table of my fave Japanese songs that I found this year too. Although that includes ones from last year. I’m just finding what I can from whatever year. Back in 2017 when I got my Cowon X9 and felt like some fresh Japanese tunes, I turned to the Korean stuff because it was easier to find, and I didn’t really care. But now that this year’s sucked so far, as far as the Korean stuff’s concerned, I’m making more effort to look elsewhere. I tried to find Mongolian music too, but without a great deal of luck. Maybe I should try African music @ some stage. Hmm…

Friday, 16th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (22:24) I was looking up some more videos of old lifts / elevators if you prefer, and then thought: I wonder if there are any of wooden escalators… And there are! Quite a few from Macy’s in America, and surprisingly, ones that used to be at Wynyard railway station in Sydney up until 2017. I would’ve gone there to see them, if I knew. Town Hall had them too, but I dunno if there still are any there. Who’s old enough to remember the ones at David Jones in Sydney? They had a different sound about them too. Kind of more clunky. This might sound mean, but it used to be a little amusing when people with high heel shoes almost got them stuck in the thick gaps between the wooden strips. They technically should have been lifted out at the end anyhow. And the old lifts at Myer, and David Jones too, with the gates and the drivers, and the sensations on your guts from the fast stops & starts. I’m sure Myer still had those in 1994. And the Strand Arcade still had drivers around 2000. I’m sure they did. I’ve got a bit of one of the lifts there on a video, with the part of the old controller gizmo, even though it doesn’t do anything now. And they used to have swing out doors (like a room door), and no inner doors either. When the drivers were present anyhow.

Tuesday, 20th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:37) APink’s new MV is out. I think this is the link. I think it’s supposed to have a kind of computer generated feel to the music or something. I guess it does a bit. It wasn’t too bad. It sounded a bit more cheery than Dumhdurum last year.
• (13:15) I was just looking at KPopTown, and it seems there’s a new album on the way from Oh My Girl, which I’m not sure I knew about. I didn’t see anything about APink’s new dealie though. You can also get a record of Wendy’s new Like Water song, & it looks like it’s actually transparent. Even though I didn’t fancy the song, it looks pretty cool. I remember a really flexible transparent record years ago (that somebody in my family had), but I dunno what it was. Something from the 1980s probably.
• (16:06) Sodding Open Orifice 2 died on me twice in the last 2 days. It was the same cause both times. Copying text from WordPad instantly caused it to die, and go into a state of CPU hogging zombie-ness. It must monitor the clipboard or something. I was prepared for it this second time, and had saved the stuff I was doing, instead of losing ½ a page of typing like yesterday. It tried to recover yesterday, and claimed it had, but that was a huge load of B.S. It went back about 3 files prior to what I was up to, and saved nothing at all of what I lost. I think it forgets to update the dictionaries when it crashes too. I added a new word in and it wasn’t there later. It does remember the automatic word corrections though. Luckily. I’m always hitting 2 keys together and typing something kooky, so it’s good to have it fix stuff on the fly.

Thursday, 22nd of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (0:23) I should be off to bed! But I found some more interesting tunes this evening, including one from Kazakhstan called Kuirshyktar by Kesh You. That was from 2015 though, but I’d never seen it before. Also Spacecraft by Sui Sui Duck, (from 2019) who are a group that do a lot of music of the digital / electronic genre. This one could’ve finished better, but it’s quite unusual and kind of funky. A Korean one which stood out a bit, is the new I Got Ya by Jung Yong Hwa, from the show, Sell Your Haunted House. This is just the audio only unfortunately. Lastly, Blush by Zom Marie from Thailand. Although the song’s in English. Are they your cup of tea? Check ’em out and see!

Tuesday, 27th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:58) Actually, I do feel a bit sleepy again. So I’m going to use that sleepy face again.
• I seem to be having such little luck finding any lists of new Chinese music that I’ve now started to try searching in Chinese instead of English. I’m getting some pretty odd results here, so maybe the translation of "new songs” isn’t too accurate. There always seems to be pictures on these preview pics of Dilraba Dilmurat, and even though I find her to be gorgeous looking, I dunno how relevant she is. Yeah, us English speakers are lucky to get the Korean music names in English and so many preview videos of what’s newly released, also in the same language. Without them, people like me’d have no clue about new songs from there. I only know of about one Japanese preview dealie, and that’s The DX. So without them, I’d be clueless with Japanese music as well. Hee hee — I’m certainly not going to learn a whole bunch of other languages just to look up new songs though either.
• (22:37) Today’s bonus joke: Why does the father of the bride bring scales to a wedding?
To give the bride a weigh.

Wednesday, 28th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (22:11) Ahh! I had a very nice steak tonight at the hotel. Oooh — they had the fire lit tonight, so it was nice and cosy.
• Check out this young kid called Lim Seo Won with Shoulder Dance. Man, she looks about 10 years old or something. Also, check out The Day by Yun Sen Ae & Don’t Say Goodbye by DooRi of Venus.
• (22:39) Today’s bonus joke: Why don’t many people hang clocks on their belt?
It’s a waist of time.

Thursday, 29th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:37) I reckon it’d be pretty sweet if Sega did an all-in-1 kind of retro console with all their Model 2 board games on it, like how they did those Mega Drive ones with built-in games. (Which you probably can still get.) You could have 2 controllers like the XBOX 360 pad, which would be ideal in my book, and maybe 2 light guns for Virtua Cop 1 & 2 + The House Of The Dead. You’d just plug it in to ya TV, turn it on, select the game you wanted, and off you’d go! I think the Model 2 board had a pretty strong line up of titles too. Daytona USA, Virtua Fighter 2, The House Of The Dead, Sega Rally, Motor Raid, Last Bronx, Dead Or Alive, Fighting Vipers, Virtua Cop 1 & 2, Manx TT, Top Skater, WaveRunner, Indy 500, maybe those slightly iffy Jaleco racing games, (OverRev and Super GT 24h), Dynamite Cop, Rail Chase 2, Sonic The Fighters, Sega Ski Super G, Sega Touring Car Championship, Sega Water Ski & maybe Zero Gunner. Virtual On would be popular too. Heck, that line up poops on what the 32X had if you ask me, so I’d buy it!!! (& there were other games it had too, like Pilot Kids, Dynamite Baseball & Virtua Striker.) Struth. If the quality was good, including the controllers, I’d plonk down $200 for that & no worries. Ah well, we can dream I suppose…

Friday, 30th of April, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (22:00) Tomorrow, probably, I’m going to do another titler program with lots of random dots, which fade into a background colour. Both of which can change colour depending on a bitmap. Pretty simple, but it should be effective, I reckon. I’m going to jazz up the background behind the controls this time as well. Make it look like I put more effort and artistic-ness into it.

Saturday, 1st of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:41) Here’s a sample of my new Super Dots titler program! It took a bit of tweaking to get it how I liked, and it’s better at 25 f.p.s., rather than 50, because that’s a little too fast. I did a fancier background image for the controls too. Let me know if you want it, and I’ll send it by e-mail. Although I may actually offer this one to download, since it’s only about 1.01 MB.
Anyway, it uses a 2 pixel high bitmap strip to determine the background and glowing dot colours. You can have whatever you want then. The dots can be any shape too, and bigger / smaller.
• (22:08) Wiggly lines seem to be popular from what I’ve noticed, so maybe I’ll do a titler with them and some other weird, moving shapes. You can draw a pre-made wavy line and trim its alpha channel, but if you want curved ends, it’s best to have the program do one in “real time,” using a bit of mathematics, and then add circles to the end points. Anyway, I’ll think about whether I really want to do that.

Sunday, 2nd of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:20) I just fixed my headphones the other day, and then fixed them again today! First there was a break on the left side wires, and then one on the right. I ended up replacing the whole cord today, since there were wire strands popping out of the old plug too. But now, the new plug, which I got at Altronics, is a bit dodgy. The black plastic insulation on the tip area is a bit narrow, compared with the metal, so it keeps catching on the sockets. Plus it doesn’t line up properly with my extension cord’s socket. So I ordered another one from eBay, which I hope will be better, but it’s often hard to tell. This is a gold plated one with a metal cover too. It only cost $6 with free postage, so cheaper than the likes of Jaycar, who would’ve charged $8 postage on top of the base price. Plus with that last plug I got from them, which they ignored my e-mail messages about, I’m inclined to look elsewhere, huh?
I did ponder about putting a stereo socket in the headphones, where the wires usually go, to which you’d just plug in a sex changing extension cord, and running 2 wires over the top to the other speaker. It’d probably last longer, and if you stepped on the cord or got it caught in some fashion, at least it would disconnect instead of breaking the wires. Plus the plug could spin in the socket as well.

Monday, 3rd of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (16:09) Ah good, my site’s working again. Something must’ve happened at Beagle yesterday, and it only seems to have been fixed just now. I sent a message, and maybe they’ll reply and say: “It was this that & the other that conked out.” Maybe.
• The new video of Japanese MV previews from The DX is out @ last for week 2 of April. Whew! I was beginning to wonder if it’d ever happen. Even though I didn’t spot any great songs, at least I got to see it.
• I did check out some African songs recently too, but I only saw 10, none of which I fancied, so that isn’t much to go on. I might look again later @ some stage.
• (17:02) Holey moley! I was just watching a video, and found out about radioactive toothpaste! Yikes! (Which was deliberately made that way.) Not only that, when I went to look it up, I also found out about cigarettes with radium (!), other toothpaste containing thorium, and a company from Denver Colorado, called The Colorado Radium Products Company, which made a thing called a Rayode, which allowed you to make your own radioactive drinking water! Flippin’ heck! “The Rayode will last a lifetime.” it says. Yeah, you mightn’t though. I’m sure that’d be great for the locations the sewage went to as well. Struth. The radioactive smokes sounded perfectly suicidal. Their slogan should’ve been: Don’t just try to get cancer with regular cigarettes, accelerate it with our included radium!

Wednesday, 5th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:22) I had a go of Oblivion again last night, which I haven’t really played properly in ages. I’d still like to make a joint of some kind up to the north west region of Hermaeus Mora’s shrine. I’ve just never really done any big plug-ins for Oblivion. I’m confident with Morrowind of course, but things might be a bit different for The Elder Scrolls 4. Does having Shivering Isles installed change the dependencies or not? When you open the Construction Set, it seems to have everything from the add-on pack listed in there as well.
• (19:08) I read through some tutorials to do with Oblivion this evening, and quite a bit of building a house is the same as how you’d do it in Morrowind, but there are some differences. It seems with objects, you can now click the OK button, which was a big no-no for Morrowind. You always cancelled or closed windows, or you’d affect the master object. Unless that was your intention. The object ID system seems a bit different too. If I do decide to make something, I’ll start slowly and small! Then I can get an idea of how things work. I’d probably do a test file first to see what dependencies it has. If it tells you that. When you make a plug-in for Morrowind, it says what parent masters it has in the Construction Set. (Like Tribunal & Bloodmoon.) But if Oblivion uses an updated ESM file to add Shivering Isles, how will that work? Maybe simply not using any Shivering Isles items is the key, but I feel there’s more to it than that. Especially if it has stuff for new script functions and the like.
Anyhoo, I only have it installed on my “2018 PC,” since it has 8 GB of RAM, and my main PC only has 1. They recommend 2 GB for the Construction Set. Mmm, if I was going to add a new building to Morrowind, I’d know exactly what to do right now. I’d just slap it in there, bung in the doors and all that, ’cos I’ve done it so many times before.

Saturday, 8th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:43) So, I had to fix my regular Sennheiser headphones a 4th time today! The 1st time, there was a break in the wires to the left speaker. So I fixed that. 2. Then a day or 2 later, one occured in the right side as well. I couldn’t determine where the break was though, and replaced the entire (original) cord with some UNUSED triple core stuff from Jaycar, and a new plug from Altronics. 3. The plug was iffy, with what looked like a distortion in it, and the black insulators in the tip weren’t wide enough. So I ordered a gold one off eBay. I soldered that on yesterday. 4. Then today, there was somehow a break in the white wire inside the new cord! How that happened, I have no idea. So I had to chuck that, and put on some other wires instead! Flippin’ heck! How does a new, unused cord have internal damage like that? And the wire that was broken, is one of a pair that are bonded together by their insulation. (One red, one white.) And that pair of wires are inside an outer, common copper wire with the outer grey insulation around the entire thing. I could understand if it was like a mm or 2 from where I soldered the wire on, perhaps caused by stress when I removed the insulation, but it was about 15 cm up the cord somewhere.
• The other day, I noticed that the Dark Mace icons from the Dark Seducers in Shivering Isles, weren’t showing up in the game. I think I may’ve had that problem in the past, but anyway, I did a fix for it yesterday, which you can now download from my site here. (See the Downloads / Oblivion page.) Basically, the icon was missing, and the Construction Set was saying “where the fig is it?” as well. I basically copied this other 64 × 64 pixel version that did exist, and edited its alpha channel, to remove this extra bit it didn’t need to show.

Sunday, 9th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:48) Struth! I thought my 2nd hard drive for my main computer had died or something. I turned it on as usual, and there was no wallpaper image for the desktop area in Windows. So that put me in a panic. I rebooted the thing, and still nothing. It didn’t seem to be listed when the BIOS went through the stuff either. So I turned it all off, and noticed the purple LED in the caddy wasn’t lit. So I unplugged the power supply for it, and checked it with my multi-meter. Nothing showed up. Although it was fine last night. So I thought, “Well, it looks like the power supply’s dead. 2 A? I dunno if I have one elsewhere that’s that powerful.” I found a 1.5 A rated one for another portable drive, and went to try that. I went to check its plug polarity first, and it showed no power either! What?! It turned out the fizzing power board plug to the UPS had slipped out by like 2 mm! The sodding sockets on this new one are so ridiculously loose, it’d come out to the point where it wasn’t connecting! I dunno what DUMBO made the sockets on this, but they’re a completely clueless knob-head. Don’t these idiots test these things in the factory?! I should write to CyberPower about it.

Monday, 10th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:11) My new Westinghouse extension cord (for my headphones) turned up today, but the socket’s a bit tight. Even on that new loose-ish gold plug. If it’s not one thing, it’s the other.
• Here’s a recent MV from Sumika, called Shake & Shake, which I saw 4 days ago. It’s a bit repetitive in the lyrics, but it’s perky sounding.
• There’s still been sod all out of Korea lately that I’ve liked (music wise). It really is shaping up to be my last year looking at anything from there at this rate. Duetto have a new MV out called The Moon, and while their singing is great as usual, the song was a boring piece of $#!+€.
• Last week I mentioned about that radioactive toothpaste, and today I read an article about this American chap who drank over 1 400 little (56.7 gram) bottles of Radithor (over 5 years), back around 1927. It was awful. It pretty much disintegrated his head. He had to have his jaw removed, had 2 teeth left, and holes in his skull were exposing his brain. He’d promoted the stuff too, and even gave samples to his friends and his horses. In the end he’d taken in 3.6 × the lethal amount of radium and was buried in a lead lined coffin. So yeah, all that cr*p was just bogus in terms of what the companies were promising.
• (19:16) I got a really nice, respectful reply from CyberPower, so I hope they don’t stumble on my site here and find the bit about dumbos and knob-heads. They even offered to possibly replace the UPS, but it probably isn’t worth the inconvenience. If they take my comments on board and make positive changes to their future units, and mine doesn’t cr*p out entirely, I guess that will be enough. Hopefully. Unless my plugs start dropping out like loose petals on old flowers or something.

Tuesday, 11th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:01) I’ve probably mentioned this in the past, but I’ve got an old American book which belonged to my great-grandfather, called Fortunes In Formulas. This copy was published in 1939, so it’s quite old, and some of the stuff in here nearly makes your jaw pop open in surprise. Some of the ingredients are considered quite dangerous these days, and some of the stuff would be illegal as well. It’s aimed at allowing regular people to make their own products from the base chemicals, rather than having to go out and buy more expensive pre-made stuff. I bookmarked a couple of beauties here on page 211 for cold & cough mixtures. One cough syrup calls for 6 grains (I think about 0.065 grams) of heroin! Holey moley! Where are you going to find that legally these days? Then further down the page is a cough “balsam” with morphine acetate. Following that is another cough syrup with camphorated tincture of opium! Woo yeah! The whole lot of those’d be taboo these days. There are also formulas that contain white lead, asbestos and mercury. Ooh, and one of things was even quite racist sounding too. “Skin Bleach For Negroes” it says. Ooh dear, that’s pretty bad. By that standard there should be a corresponding formula to make people with light skin a bit darker. But there are some recipes in there for food and drinks, which might be worth a crack, if I can understand some of the bizarre terms in it. There’s recipes for chocolate, beers, absinthe, condiments, lemonades of various types & confectionary. Some of the ingredients I’ve never heard of in my life. For confectionary colours, it says for Carmine Green, use Woodruff (Waldmeister), Rosa 2, Dextrine and potato flour. I have no clue what those first 3 things are. Of course being this old, all the measurements are in imperial, so it mostly goes over my head. Not only that, but there are measurements I’ve never heard of either. Like minims, grains, scruples, and fluidrachms. Although under glass grinding fluid, it has cubic centimetres and grams, so a few metric bits got through, and there is a conversion section as well.
There’s also a section on explosives, including gunpowder, dynamite, Berge’s Blasting Powder & fulminating powder to name a few. Plus types of cheese, cosmetics, perfumes, inks, cholera remedies, chewing gum, embalming fluids, types of solder, and also a short section on early colour photography.

Wednesday, 12th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:42) I got another reply from CyberPower. It seems they really do care about their customers’ experiences and feedback. The person who wrote to me said they’d definitely pass on my concerns and what not. I feel a bit bad about the dumbo & knob-head comment on Sunday, now it seems they’re actually taking it in and are going to possibly rectify the issue. Not that I said those words in my messages to them.
• (12:58) Ah, dang, Norman Lloyd died 2 days ago. I was hoping he’d make it to the end of the year. Ah well, he got to like 106½ or so, so that was good going.

Sunday, 16th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:03) I’ve got 6 new Oblivion related screen shots lined up for my page of them, on Wednesday. 2 funny ones and some other pretty pictures.
• I finally finished converting & editing my 9th directory load of Oblivion screen shots today. They’d only been waiting for about 11 years to get done. It came to 1047 files in the end. Then I have 199 more to do in my 10th directory!

Monday, 17th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:00) Whew! Here’s a sexy looking new MV, called Amasia by Pyoapple. It’s not the best song, but if you like cute looking girlies, this is worth @ least 1 look, I reckon.

Tuesday, 18th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (22:49) Today’s bonus joke:
How did Noah find his way ’round at night time?
He had an ark lamp.

Wednesday, 19th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (0:00) Today’s daft joke:
• The 3 great bridges of San Francisco: The Bay Bridge, The Golden Gate Bridge & Nash Bridges.
• (0:10) Yeah, the Screen Shots Of The Moment page has been updated again now.

Thursday, 27th of May, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:37) Struth, where’s the month going to? All that time waiting for May to come around again, and now it’s almost gone.
• Here’s a new Korean MV which I liked & thought was a little bit more unique with its… uh… channel panning thing. It’s called Feel Me Up by Ice Cream. A suggestive name, huh?
• This new gold plug (— see the 2nd of May —) I got for my headphones is getting to be a pain. It doesn’t connect properly, and you have to keep spinning it and fiddling around to get it right. I think I’ll de-solder it and use the plug, and a short length of the cord, from my old PSB headphones. I know that plug’s good. I might look into that tonight.

Thursday, 3rd of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:42) Here are 2 new music videos from Joy of Red Velvet: Je T’aime & Hello. Plus Ggoma by Tae Ho, which I meant to look @ the other day. It seems things are picking up a bit now in the Korean music line up. It must be ’cos they’ve gone into Summer in the northern hemisphere, but we need some good cheery tunes for Winter!

Thursday, 10th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (23:05) Here’s an English song for a change: Nathan Evans — Wellerman (Sea Shanty) - 220Kid & Billen Ted Remix. I thought that was quite catchy, and you could hum along to it pretty well too. If you fancy a little something instrumental from Korea, check out Challengers by Jane, Funtwo & Jack Thammarat. The ending’s a bit abrupt, like too many songs, but the rest of it’s well worth a listen. It feels like it could go well with OutRun 2 or something. If you want more music, check out the Japanese Distance by Flumpool. This one finishes abruptly too.
• (23:33) Here’s another MV to check out: From China, the really nice Ruhua by Interesting + Pai Gu Jiao Zhu. (I didn’t do that translation, so don’t shoot me if it’s wrong.)

Friday, 11th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:00) It was 17 years between 1986 and 2003, and that was pretty much the gap between the original OutRun and OutRun 2. It’s now been 18 years since 2003! Can you believe it?! Maybe Sega should consider an OutRun 3 game now.
• (22:52) Sneakers by Ha Sung Woon isn’t too bad.

Saturday, 12th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (20:39) Holey moley. I was just watching some videos of this British dude who collects vacuum cleaners of all things. They were everywhere! In his garage, in his house, in the attic… it was like an infestation more than a collection! He had a bunch of old Macs which I checked out a video of first. He had 3 of mine too. An iMac G4, iMac G5 and Power Mac G5. But the vacuum cleaners! My word — he didn’t even remember what he had! I think there were more cleaners than carpet from what I could see. I saw one like my Nanna’s and some really old ones (1930-ish) that would’ve been interesting, but the rest of them didn’t do much for me. From what the guy said, it sounded like he worked on them and sold them too. I think we have about 3 vacuum cleaners. The Hoover one my Nanna had, which I mentioned, which is more sentimental these days, (although it does work,) a new Vax thing (which actually uses loads more power than the old one) and a mini pull-around-by-the-hose dealie, which just packed it in. (Some modern plastic piece of cr@p, which was about 5 years old @ best.)
There’s another video result I have here about some fella who collects washing machines! Imagine the room they’d take up! Not to mention the pipes if you were using more than 1 @ a time. We’ve got a Hoover washing machine (which was actually made in Australia), that makes a heck of a racket and shakes the whole room around just about. So that’s more than enough. It’s got L.E.D.s and almost flat buttons, so it looks fairly new. I think it’s from about 2000 or so. Back prior to that, when I was a kid, my Mum had this open top Pope brand one with a ringer. It had some electrical fault that kept switching off the circuit breaker doodad. Earth leakage I guess. Or whatever you like to call it.
• (22:16) Here’s a video of an American chap who collected somewhere in the range of 1 500 washing machines! Mostly vintage and antique ones. He had to build 2 warehouses to store them all. I hope he’s wearing clean clothes!

Monday, 14th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (23:22) I’ve been doing a clock program (for my Macs) yesterday & today. It’s going to have a handful of different styles, chimes, an alarm, & synthesised speech announcements. I did “fancy” clocks for Windows in the past. About 16 years or so ago. This one’s a little intense on the CPU usage for the analogue style clock you see here, so I added an adjustment option to let you choose how often the image updates occur. The L.E.D. mode is much more efficient, & I’ll see what happens for further styles that I add.
I was using a slide-out options menu, but it was causing issues, so I did a detached window, which is placed ideally out of the way of the main window, depending on your resolution and where the main window’s located.

Wednesday, 16th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (20:53) I added a sliding wooden clock to my new program, of my own divising, which has raised gold numbers and dots. A centre point on the display points at the current time value. There are 3 sliders — hours, minutes & seconds. I still have to add the alarm function. Of course, it wouldn’t be a very good multi-clock program without a nixie tube clock, so I did one of those too.
I’m using MIDI files for the chimes. I’ve done the Westminster one so far, but I may do the Whittington chime as well. My Nana had that on her clock. I’ll have to figure the notes out though, and that’ll be a laugh! I’m clueless when it comes to reading music, and knowing what note’s what. I’ve got a little program for Windows that lets you make MIDI files with your typing keyboard.

Friday, 18th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:37) You can now get my Fancy Clocks program for Mac OS X. (Up to Snow Leopard.) I added the Whittington chime option, like I mentioned on Wednesday, and that took an age to figure out, last night. If you don’t have an appropriate Mac, get yourself a virtual machine program and install Mac OS X Tiger. That’s what I say. And if not, well, I guess you’ll miss out. Ha ha. I think all the bugs are squished, and I fixed up the wrong MIDI files at the last moment.
• (20:44) I noticed a video result tonight for some Russian chap who makes nixie tubes. Apparently he’s close to the only person who does. I think most companies stopped making them back in the 1970s. L.E.D.s probably do use less power for displays, but you wouldn’t think nixie tubes would use THAT much juice. They’re just a fancy neon bulb of sorts, where the gas glows around the electrode number. They’re not like filament type bulbs.
I remember them used in an old cash register at a butcher shop in the town where my Nana lived, and that was my first sighting of them. I didn’t know what they were until years later. That would’ve been the early 1980s, and it was probably 2002 before I found out what they were called.

Saturday, 19th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (16:31) I spent a while trying to find cash registers with nixie tubes, but pretty much found nothing. I’m wondering now if it was some scales at the butcher shop all those years ago, which had the nixie tubes instead. There used to be a little people counter, I think, at Grace Bro’s @ Penrith Plaza pre-1992, which might’ve had some mini nixie tubes, but I can’t remember too well now. It might have been something else.
I also looked up nixie tube clocks on eBay, and found quite a lot from the Ukraine. They weren’t too cheap either. Probably $200 or so and up. Then again, people pay a lot more than that for mechanical clocks. There are some fake nixie tube clocks you can get now too, which are L.E.D. lit numbers, probably done in the same fashion as the ones @ the very bottom of this page. That’s nice & all, but if I was looking for nixie tube clocks, I’d want the real deal. It makes me wonder if other gases would work besides neon, or if they could be coloured like neon tubes. I think they “dope” them with other elements, don’t they? Or something. Maybe it’s half a century (or more) too late to be thinking that now.

Sunday, 20th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:13) Last night I was fiddling with my Mac game, Teddy Utopia, and thought I’d see what’d happen if I compiled it for Windows. Well, it actually runs really well! Much better than the Mac rendition, I partially dread to admit. Although the sound effects are a bit delayed. But CPU usage is a lot lower. I tried it on my HP laptop PC as well, and that was just as good, and it was no effort at all for my 2018 PC of course. It was like 1% CPU usage or something. I also tried it on the minimum requirements of Windows ’98 with QuickTime 5, and it was rather sluggish. Although that was in a virtual machine. But I dunno if that really had much to do with it, because the real CPU usage was minimal. But yeah, Windows 2000 through to Windows 7 (with QuickTime 7.2) was great! So I made a new CD of it for myself with a hybrid file system in Disk Utility in Mac OS X Leopard. That way it’ll be read with Windows too, without having to install any HFS support. Ah, I’ll have to find some kind of decent file storage site on the ’net and that way people can download it. It’s about 194.92 MB without the music. I did use public domain music, but I’m not sure if there was any crediting required, based on what the site said from where I got the tunes. With the music, it’s 356 MB.

Friday, 25th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:19) Oooh! I made up the potion I really wanted to make, last night in T.E.S. 4: Oblivion. I wanted something for when I’m lurking about in dungeonous kinds of places that had Chameleon, Light & Detect Life. So I looked through my ingredients chests, and wrote down what I should go for. & then I found the ultimate combo! An Alocasia Fruit, an Onion, a Screaming Maw and a Wisp Core. And to my surprise, you get 5 positive effects in the one potion! Sweet! As well as the Detect Life, Chameleon and Light properties, you also get Restore Fatigue and Restore Health. I’ve probably got about 50 Alocasia Fruit now, since I almost stripped the Mania side of the Shivering Isles bare, but I am a bit short on Screaming Maws, so I’ll have to go back to a cave there and look for them. I think Dunroot Barrow, or something, has a good amount. I couldn’t remember where you found the Wisp Core ingredients either, but there’s a bunch of the plants in Bliss, which makes for a good starting point.
I was considering enchanting a pair of Daedric Gauntlets with the spells, but it seems you can only put one spell onto 1 piece of armour. What a rip off that is, compared with Morrowind. You didn’t even have to have Constant Effect in Morrowind either. In fact that was much more expensive. Plus gauntlets were 2 separate items in Morrowind as well. Left & right. I didn’t try it, but I think you might be able to do 2 separate boots in Morrowind too. Boots, as a piece of armour, use both left & right foot and ankle areas of your body. But if you only set it to one foot and ankle, I think it should theoretically only go on 1 foot. The body parts aren’t specific to any side of your body either. But the game would still name one boot as “boots” probably. There’s like a tail thing too, for the Argonian and Khajiit races, and that didn’t seem to get much use from what I could tell.

Monday, 28th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:48) I finally found a Chinese MV I wanted to see, called Like True As False by Wang Haoxin. It’s from a comedy show from Hong Kong, called Al Cappuccino. Hee hee — I always said Al Pacino’s middle name should’ve been Cap. If you watch the video, you can see a temple looking place, from the inside, which looks like the Man Mo temple that they used for Shenmue 2. You can get the DVDs of the show off eBay too. I think I’d wanna see a sample 1 off the ’net first before I forked out for it. The DVDs have apparently got English subtitles for us poor sods who don’t speak Chinese.
• Here’s another good MV called The Paramount Show by ProducePandas.
• (16:55) How many web sites out there seemed to have degenerated into a sucky looking knock off of Windows 8 now, huh? IMDb seems to be taking a downward slide, DeviantArt went off (despite the UI designers on the site), & even Viki looks a bit icky. I want to know from you, the reader, if you’ve found sites that look more ornate and elegant than my own! Of course, nothing controversial, illegal, filled with porn or anything distasteful, please. And don’t be disheartened if I disagree either. But yep, stuff about Egyptian knick-knacks, fancy custom diary covers, sites on architecture… whatever. I want to see more web sites that make you go: “Wow! They really made this look amazing.”

Tuesday, 29th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (21:46) Guess what I’ve been doing today? Making my 1st proper Oblivion plug-in is what! It’s about time, huh? Since I’ve had the game for 15 years now. Longer than I had the PC version of Morrowind. It’s going to be a house in the Talos Plaza District of the Imperial City. I’m going to make it about 11 grand, which seems pretty reasonable, considering the prices of the other houses you can buy. It’s going to have a “secret” basement, and hopefully a magical travel ring, like ones in Morrowind. Fast travel may be a “thing” of Oblivion, but it still takes up in-game time. I want something that does instantaneous travel. I think there was something like this offered in Knights Of The Nine, but I don’t have that expansion. Of course that means I’ll have to write a script, which seems a bit daunting. In Morrowind — no worries! I wrote scripts like I was in love with them, but Oblivion is obviously going to be different, and I’ll have to learn the new ways.

Wednesday, 30th of June, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (20:53) I had a Big Mac for dinner tonight for a change.
• My Talos Plaza Manor plug-in for Oblivion’s going well. I like how the game now lets you have a different cell ID from its name. I did a bunch of potted plants. They really didn’t focus much on plant pots after Morrowind. The pot used for the indoor Nirnroots is some old pot from the ruined forts, with some shrunken sewer dirt slung in the top. That’s one thing that’s better now — a greater range of object scaling! Morrowind let you scale objects from 0.5 through to 2, and if you wanted another number, you had to use a script to change the size in-game, which was no good for object placement. Anyhoo, I made 2 NIF files for windows, which I didn’t plan to do. But I wanted windows in my upstairs alcove, and it lined up with the outside piece of the building too. I had to use a BSA file extractor program, as well as good ol’ NIFSkope. It seems you could make a ring to teleport you somewhere else. I’ve only read a little bit of the scripts & how they’re done now.

Friday, 2nd of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (22:09) I’ve done 3 scripts for my house now! I never intended to do any. I converted a crystal from the Ayleid ruins to offer restoration like the chapel altars. Well, it had no collision, didn’t it? So as an activator, it didn’t show up any indication in-game that it did anything. So I had loads of “fun” in NIFSkope, adding collision to it, and making it something which was immovable. At one stage, its collision was falling away into the scenery, and leaving the object behind! LOL. I got that fixed though, and it works as intended now.
I also got the teleporting ring happening, but since there seems to be no MenuTest command for Oblivion, unlike Morrowind, you don’t actually travel until you close your menu from equipping the ring that the script’s attached to. Since it’s Ayleid in origin, it takes you to various Ayleid ruins, near to main cities. Plus it takes you back home. So it’s ideal for dungeons you don’t want to walk back through again. You can just leave and head home. But there’s no faked Mark & Recall feature. Although, it won’t work from the Shivering Isles, because the portals that take you there and back, set a bunch of variables and stuff that need to be done, and I don’t want to mess with that. Stuff to do with your bounty, the Gate Keeper and what not. Even the Grey Cowl thing from the Grey Fox has been updated for the Shivering Isles with some head-spinning scripting.
Then the 3rd script — something I wanted for Morrowind, but could never get working. Either because I never did it quite right, or it just didn’t work as expected. And it’s a “portable chest.” Or more specifically, a chest which is located in a fixed location, but can be accessed from anywhere. This time it DOES work! I read a warning that the script shouldn’t be attached to the container, like it was trying to open itself. It should be targeted (to its reference name) from an activator or a quest script. Well, that was a no-brainer for my purposes anyway. I tested it on an Activator @ 1st, and that worked from a different cell, and then I put it on a bottle that you can carry. And that worked too! Hooray! Of course it has to ask you whether you want to access the chest, pick the bottle up or do nothing. Hopefully there’s none of that 72 hour bug business like in Morrowind. I’ll have to go the Shivering Isles, rest up for just over 3 days, save, quit, reload, and try it again. If it works fine then, then it’s in permanently. Oh, but it’ll be so good! Especially going through the dungeons in the S.I., and I can’t get to the Ayleid Sanctum (by Phoenix T’ril) to dump my loads of loot.
• There’s a vehicle horn sound in As Time Goes By, which always reminds me of the violin @ the start of Wings Of Kynareth (by Jeremy Soule) from Oblivion. Every time I hear the toot, I start humming the song. I had to put it on now to play.
• Anyhoo, I’ll have this plug-in of mine available here on my site when it’s done.

Saturday, 3rd of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:12) I’ve almost completed my Talos Plaza Manor plug-in for Oblivion. I’m having a strange issue with the restorative crystals in the sub-basement not making any sound when they should. I might have to tweak the script and see what I can get happening. I figured the spell would make a noise anyway when its cast, but it doesn’t want to.
• I found that it’s the region editor in the Construction Set that determines the boundaries of Cyrodiil, but they still don’t seem to be shown in the Render Window by any means that I can find. Now that I’ve got a tiny bit of experience making this house, there are 2 other areas where I’d like to put stuff in the game, and one spot in particular, is a place I’ve long wanted something at. And that’s at X: -64695.4 & Y: 170509.44 on the map. Or around about there. It’s close to the meeting point of the borders of Cyrodiil, Hammerfell & Skyrim. I walked up there years ago, and said: “There’s nothing up here.” I really would’ve liked another cave, or mine, Ayleid ruin or something to go to there. There’s even a stairway to the south which leads to that region. I looked up that official… oh… what’s it called? Thing-a-me-bob’s Tower, and it seems to be closer to Bruma anyway. I obviously don’t have it, regardless. Another spot I’d like for a nice Cheydinhal type manor, possibly with some kind of suitable tower nearby, is at X: 210057.95, Y: -12332.06, to the east of Abandoned Mine. There’s a nice flat spot on the hill, which would be ideal, and it’s very pretty there. I’d probably whack in some test objects first, go there, make sure you can walk around them, and then carry on. Again, another right-near-the-invisible-boundary location.
• Oh yeah! I did that test last night with my remote access chest. I slept for 4 days in the Shivering Isles, saved the game, quit, reloaded, and it still worked. So there were no worries there.

Monday, 5th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:21) I had troubles again on the weekend uploading files to Beagle’s server. I don’t know why it’s happening, and they don’t seem to know either. On Saturday night at about 21:00 or so, it just cr@pped out entirely. It couldn’t retrieve the list of files or let me upload, and when it did, it was going at about 80 bytes per second. Whether something’s overloading it or what, I have no idea. I just want to let everyone know that if things take a turn for the worse, please try to find me on the web again @ wherever I may end up. The site’s still going to be called the same thing and all. I don’t know if / when I’ll be able to update all my files @ DeviantArt with any new addresses or the like. For the mean time I’m hopefully still going to be here for a bit longer.

Tuesday, 6th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:29) I had a great dream this morning about this skipping video game called Vapour Rope. They were demonstrating it @ some shopping centre. It was on a console of some kind, and you held these 2 skipping rope controllers and did various moves with music going. I did this example picture in A.O.I. to show you a concept of what it could look like. I think Nintendo has a skipping game, so this could be from some rival company perhaps. Ha ha — if you want to buy it off me, give me 10 grand, mention my name, & it’s a deal.

Thursday, 8th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (22:22) I’ve been making another plug-in of houses for Oblivion. Mostly because I want to. During writing some scripts, I noticed I somehow fudged up the timing part of the ring script for Talos Plaza Manor, but the issue is insignificant. The timing part doesn’t really need to be there anyhow. Anyway, it’s correct this time. I was going to have a doorway method of teleporters to various other cities, but it stuffs up your fast travel timing. Because you close the distance across the map, travelling from west to east takes like 3 minutes or something. So I did away with that. Unfortunately if you have a companion, you won’t be able to have them follow you in this method. Unless they can just jump to you anyhow. Mmm — you really need to be careful.

Sunday, 11th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:46) I was looking at the windows in Oblivion, and the bump mapping they use is really weird. It initially looks like a strange purple bitmap, but on further observation, it seems that each colour channel does something different. The blue seems to be an inversion of the regular bump, the alpha channel controls how glossy it is, and the red and green don’t seem to make much sense at all. I dunno why they chose to do it that way, and not use a regular greyscale height based bitmap. That’s the correct way to do it in 3D graphics programs. If anyone’d like to write in and explain what Bethesda were doing here, that might be interesting to know. It looked like quite a lot more awkward and time consuming over the usual method. This probably also explains why the bump maps look so blocky in the game. The texture compression is affecting certain channels more than others, significantly lowering the quality. They’d have been better off to use uncompressed greyscale images in my opinion, like I did for Morrowind, and pretty much everything else I’ve made.
• So yep, I have 2 houses so far for this 2nd Oblivion plug-in. One’s actually over near a fort that you get in Knights Of The Nine, where Mehrunes Razor is, and I only found this out from a video I was watching. Luckily they don’t clash, but I don’t have K.O.T.N. anyway. The other house is a fort style joint in the Shivering Isles on the Mania side. It was going to be called Xetterend, but then I realised that the X places are pretty much all on the Dementia side, so I called it something else. I’m probably going to have a upper class Leyawiin house on an island perhaps, down that way too. Something better than that joint you buy that’s like a shack. Well, you’ll have to buy this place too.
Oh yeah! And for the one in the Shivering Isles, you’ll only need to purchase it prior to becoming Sheogorath. Once you’ve gained his powers, the locks to the joint will yield to you, since you’re running the realm from then on.

Tuesday, 13th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:26) Those houses in Leyawiin (, in T.E.S. 4: Oblivion, of course,) seem quite inaccurate between their interiors & exteriors. You often see a 3 or 4 storey building, but inside, it’s only got 2 levels. Plus they have more windows on the inside than what exist on the outside, and chimneys on the outside that don’t have a fireplace internally. What happened there ever?
• I also looked at dialogue, but I can’t work out how the text matches up with the sound files for the voices. It must be specified somewhere. It’d be good if I could add hired guards to my places that just used speech that came with the game. I could do it with Morrowind — no worries! There isn’t speech when you’re interacting with a character most of the time anyway. Although with Oblivion, they now have topic IDs and topic writing, which is much better than Morrowind. It didn’t have IDs for topics; just the topic name, which could clash with other mods.
• It seems you can have potions that fortify your skills in the Construction Set, but I don’t remember if any existed in the game. And there may not’ve been ingredients to make them either.
• I want to know if you can just place a “HorseMarker” & your horse’ll go to the nearest one when you go indoors. I did a search for that on the web, and found absolutely nothing about it.

Thursday, 15th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:14) Flippin’ burgers! I spent over an hour this afternoon, trying to change the textures on 3 paintings for Oblivion. It seems that even if you don’t want to use a bump map, you still do, because otherwise, it comes out too dark. How the f**k does that make any sense? The way they implemented that bump mapping is so peculiar. To cut a long story short, the trick is to just use a really small white bitmap with a completely transparent alpha channel, and the texture will come out correctly with no bump, and be at the right brightness. From my testing, it seems they used the blue channel more as a… like a specular highlight, based on the colour of surrounding lights. I think it might actually be the green channel that’s the bump height, but then it doesn’t make sense for how the windows implemented it. So, I dunno what they were doing. Maybe somebody knows how it works. It makes me wonder if it is a proper bump map, or more of an illusion. Although in the game, the stuff that is bumpy does tend to look correct, based on where the light’s coming from.
If you take a look at this example on the right, you can see how regular bump mapping is done, if you don’t already know. The top image is the source bitmap, and the bottom is the the result of it as a bump. The lighter parts of the image make for the height, and the darker parts make for the indentations. There are 2 light sources to the top left. So I guess Bethesda tried to squeeze a whole bunch of control elements into the one image, which is a bit confusing.
I also read about how NPC dialogue was done, but seems you can easily stuff it up, if you’re not careful. Another thing I still can’t figure out, is how the voice sound files are linked to the text. It must be somewhere there. How else would the game know which ones to pick?
I’d also like to know how some meshes are reflected off the water, and others aren’t. You’d think it’d just reflect everything, but I guess that must be too intensive.
(23:57) Oooh, I just feel like an egg sandwich for lunch tomorrow. I think I’ll have to see about having one. Um… anyway I found another cool spot with a great view for a 4th house of sorts for my Houses Collection plug-in. Kind of north-west of Broken Promises Cave, over passed Chorrol. I think I should do it like a mini fort, I reckon. Something compact, instead of the more sprawling houses I’ve done already. It’ll need a tower for the view of course. All the places have to have a great view. I’m hoping to make a verandah for the joint near Leyawiin, but connecting it realistically up to the interior is also my goal. The back of the central part of the interior, where that mysterious exterior chimney is, is all just stairs. I was also wondering about putting in some kind of bonus merchant, but I still feel wary about the NPCs in Oblivion. Perhaps I could just copy some other merchant, give them a new I.D., more gold and make ’em look sexy, but I have another 3rd party merchant plug-in (that I mentioned before), and the dude’s inventory never seems to empty out. Usually when you go back to a merchant, the stuff you sold them sods off after 3 days or so. This guy keeps it forever. I think it must be something to do with being a plug-in. I couldn’t see any particular reason from analysing the mod to suggest otherwise. Anyway, I can always do a test run of a NPC merchant, see what happens, and if I’m not happy, just revert back to a previous ESP file that I’ve done.

Friday, 16th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (22:02) I added a place called Fort Setback to the location I mentioned last night. It’s got a great lookout tower on the hill behind it, where you can see Chorrol, Skingrad, Kvatch & the edge of the Imperial City. It’s a bit of a pain to get to, but once you do, you can fast travel there, and use the teleporting item too. (Which I haven’t made yet.) The inside has a hallway that goes to the tower, and a room off to the right where everything else is. There’s room for a garden at the back, before you hit the ol’ invisible border.

Monday, 19th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (0:20) I ended up putting a merchant girl into my Houses Collection plug-in after all. She’s at the most expensive house — Topaz On The Water, near Leyawiin. She doesn’t have any custom speech, but she does read a book and sleep down in the cellar. I couldn’t work out if there was a way to get such NPCs to clear out their inventories after selling them stuff. I said the other day about this. So I gave the woman a script to do it on the minimum of a daily basis. It just checks that if the day changes, to do it. There is a slight chance that if you leave on one day of the week, and come back on the same day in the future, it might not happen, but it will the next day that doesn’t match. I realise that in the PC version of Morrowind, merchants keep all the stuff you sell them, but in Oblivion they don’t. And I want to keep it that way for this plug-in. In any case, if you have the Construction Set, you could just remove the script from her before you start, if you wanted. In Morrowind, containers with a negative count of an item seem to respawn instantly when owned by a mechant. Like the next time you buy from them. But in Oblivion, it seems to take that 3 day period to occur.

Saturday, 24th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:19) I’ve almost finished my Houses Collection plug-in for Oblivion. I was doing more testing of it yesterday, and I got the last issues sorted out.
• Beagle’s FTP server is still giving me issues, and it looks like I’m going to close my account with them, if they can’t fix it. So this could be good bye from this address, if you’re reading this now. Please keep your eyes peeled for me on the web, possibly with an ISP called Swoop.

Monday, 26th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:21) The Swoop deal is out. They’ve ended their hosting support! What am I? Cursed or something? They were offering 500 MB of space just 4 months ago, and then they told me today that it ended years ago, or something. So I dunno. I sent a message to another company called IIG, I think it was, so I’ll see if they reply with what I need. I also read up about using your own server at home, but there are a lot of issues with this, and it’s mostly the initial cost. 1stly, I’d need another computer that would run ALL THE TIME. 2ndly, a 2nd UPS to keep it running during a power failure. But ideally, professional companies would have backup power supplies that could run for days on end. The next problem is the slow upload speed. Unless I got Internet access with something like a 10 MB per second upload speed, everyone’s going to experience sluggish downloads. Although I don’t think my site is all that heavily used anyhow. (And I sure wouldn’t be using my main PC with its utter CR@P network thing. It can barely maintain 400 KB per second on our LAN.) And then you’re also paying for the electricity to run the computer, and maintenance of it, like hard drive failures and anything else that pops off. So you know what, if this all goes south, and you’re reading this now, I’d recommend you save the stuff you like from my site now, and keep your own personal copy. Don’t re-upload it though. Apart from stuff I have given permission for.

Wednesday, 28th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:15) Well, I have some sad news. My site here is going. I just received a message from the owner of Beagle, saying that on the 28th of August, there will be no more hosting. It’s been mostly good these past 14 years or so, since the fall of Tel Pacific, but now it’s time for me to move somewhere else. Thanks to those of you who wrote in about my Morrowind plug-ins too. Please feel free to contact me at my Lavabit e-mail address, as I’m in limbo about how long I’ll still be with Beagle. If there are any plug-ins, programs or what not that you want, do write to me, and I can still provide them once the site’s gone. I’m currently waiting to hear back from a company called IIG about hosting, so keep your eyes peeled for me SOMEWHERE on the web. I will definitely be getting paid hosting, hopefully for a good price. If you’re doing a web search, you can try stuff like “John Kahler Sega review” or “JMK Morrowind” or something, and hopefully I’ll pop up again. I don’t know how long that will take for a transition to occur, but hopefully pretty quickly.

Friday, 30th of July, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (22:50) Well, the site isn’t dead yet. I finally started on finishing up my 2nd L.E.D. chaser circuit, which I mentioned on the 6th of February. I just have to do the 16 little sockets for the magenta L.E.D.s that make up the “mouth”, connect them all to the output pins of the ULN2803APG I.C., & the common connections, add the power socket & switch, stick it in the box, and it should be ready to go.
• I think I noticed a light which shouldn’t’ve been there, in the saloon, in Back To The Future 3 this evening. Like something from the crew. It was like when the Doc was waking up from the whisky.

Sunday, 1st of August, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:46) I finished my 2nd L.E.D. chaser off last night. Here’s a picture! This was a 1 second exposure, so all the L.E.D.s appear to be on at once. Head on back to the 6th of February to see how it animates. The mouth L.E.D.s do actually look more magenta than this in reality. So there you go; I was able to recycle a bunch of stuff to make the box. Lots of ice block sticks, a piece of cardboard that I turned black with Noodler’s Ink, and some rubber bands & string. I hung it under my “Shelf Of Light” and ran the wires up to an old film can, which has the switch and 3.5 mm power socket. That then connects to the splitter thingy in the old magnesium tablets jar, to get power from my switch mode power supply. So yep, you can do quite a bit of stuff with recycled goods.
• Today’s bonus joke: What do you call a doctor made of Lego?
A plastic surgeon.
• (19:10) So apparently Microsoft really are doing Windows 11 now. Or it’s out or something. From the video results I saw, it still looks the same as Windows 8, unfortunately. Not that I’m ever going back to Windows again anyhow, but it seemed worth a mention, I s’pose. All that malarkey about Windows 10 being the end was a load of old hoo-ha. Hoo hoo! Hoo hoo hoo! Ha! (Just doing a little dance there.)
• In more interesting “news,” it was apparently 45 years ago, last month, that the Z80 CPU 1st came out.

Thursday, 5th of August, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:32) Well, my site will be moving now to I.I.G. I will try to get the new address mentioned here as soon as I can. It should be along the lines of jmk.drag.net.au, unless that’s taken already. The chap I spoke to said I can set things up to automatically redirect… well, I’ll do that if I can figure it out! Ha ha. I think some of the stuff he said was a bit over my head, or stuff I hadn’t considered. Anyway, they said leave off fixing the NBN related part of it for now. Things with that are in the process of changing. Anyway, the staff there seemed very friendly and helpful, and didn’t try to get me off the ’phone or anything. I was on there for quite a while. And they said they can tweak stuff about the account to what I was told in their e-mail, if stuff isn’t quite right based on what I filled out in the application.
• Ooh, and I have another mini plug-in done for Oblivion, which is probably a bit more customised to my own “needs.” It basically adds buttons to the Hall Of Epochs and guards room place thing, to allow you to return to the upper part of the Imperial Palace, once you’ve done the big heist quest for the Thieves’ Guild. Plus it adds a key to open the door in Unmarked Cave, although somebody else has probably done this too. I’ll try to get around to uploading that eventually.

Friday, 6th of August, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:29) All right then, this is the new address to go to for my site now: http://jmk.drag.net.au/ I’m currently uploading my files as I type this, so they should be done by the time anybody reads this. I had to get a new FTP program, because the server likes a more secure connection. Plus there were a bunch of pre-defined directories already there, which I knew nothing about, so I had to find the correct one to make it work. If of course, you’re at the new address, congratulations on finding it so quickly!

Tuesday, 10th of August, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:40) I’m slowly getting things done related to my site now. The software review for this month is uploaded. I’m going to try to get ALL my Morrowind plug-ins available here now, since I have much more room. I have to update the e-mail addresses in all the “read me” files.

Friday, 13th of August, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (16:31) All righty! I’m getting Mousehunt & Shanghai Knights for my birthday this year. I’ve seen Mousehunt, like yonks ago, but I’ve never seen S.K. And tomorrow is my Dad’s birthday.
• Yep, all my Morrowind plug-ins should be available now from the site here. Ooh, I do still have to add that newest Oblivion one as well. I’ll get to that soon.
• (19:04) Here’s a question you can try answering, because I have no clue! I tried looking it up, and found nothing about it really. Anyway, under my desk, I have a little “night light”, which is basically a neon bulb in a small white plug. I use it to make sure there’s power coming out of my UPS, after the issue with the plug becoming loose. When the light’s off in the room, it flickers like crazy, and sometimes goes off completely, yet if you shine just a bit of light from a torch at it, it stabilises. What is it about the light that makes it steady? Send your answers to my usual e-mail addresses!

Monday, 16th of August, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:21) I decided to look up any new Steps MVs last night, and found quite a few from the last few years. Perhaps I should’ve looked sooner! Anyway, here are a couple I recommend:
* Scared Of The Dark
* Something In Your Eyes
And if you want a feel-good, upbeat kind of song, check out Sumika’s new one called Jasmine, from the end of July. Oh yeah, and this Vietnamese one from January 2017, called Ði Về Ðâu from Tiên Tiên is really worth a look as well.

Wednesday, 18th of August, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:03) Red Velvet have a new MV out called Queendom. It wasn’t really my cuppa tea, but it seemed perky.
• I’m just backing up my 3rd DVD of The Amazing Race 16, which cracked, probably when I knocked the case on the floor last night. I’m using Burn CDCC, which I don’t usually use for dual layer DVDs, so hopefully it will work fine. It hasn’t stuffed up so far, so let’s see…
• (13:07) Well, it’s hit the “read verifying” stage, so I guess that’s a good sign. I had a look on the web for this program and dual layer DVDs, and didn’t really find anyone mentioning their success or failure with it. It’s not exactly in the realm of Nero’s popularity, I suppose. It only burns ISO files anyway.
• In Oblivion the other night, I found this burnt out looking joint with some skulls, a chest, and lots of cobwebs, up in the Valus Mountains, kind of north from Malada. I thought it might be where an Oblivion gate was supposed to open, but nope! I checked the Construction Set, and there was none there. A bit further south was a strange way shrine with no activator, and a chest on it. So that was kind of unusual.
• (13:28) That DVD burnt fine.

Monday, 23rd of August, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (16:10) I was pondering doing a music page for the site here, but I’m not sure. If I went to somebody else’s site and read through what they liked, I’m not sure how much it would convince me to check out any of their recommendations. I look through those weekly previews of songs from Korea, which I get to see and hear, and that still doesn’t convince me.
• I backed up my BWitched albums last night & today. Then I found Sweet Like Chocolate from Shanks & Bigfoot, although that’s not as good as I remember it. Plus Friends Forever [Graduation] from Vitamin C, which I don’t really fancy much any more either. I’ve got a cardboard box of CDs that really need to go in some kind of new rack or something.
• Oh yeah! See that dude at the top of the page? The Mystery Man? I saw him in Shanghai Knights as well. I wonder who he is.

Monday, 13th of September, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:47) If you want to see some Japanese chicks by the pool in their bikinis, check out Welcome by SuperGirls. Whew! The song’s a bit generic though, like most of these ones with the massive group of girls. The one with the dark green bikini is a real looker.
• Yeah, so I did the new Music Page of course. I still have more of it to fill in yet.
• STAYC have a new MV out as well, which isn’t too bad, called Stereotype. I wouldn’t gush over it, but the girls look great, it’s got good dance moves, and seems to be presented pretty well.

Thursday, 16th of September, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:48) Struth — what a lot of faffing about today. I changed the light bulb in my bedroom, and 5 minutes later, it exploded! F***! Some Olsent brand thing. It was one of those ones with the halogen style dealie inside the outer glass bulb. It was only the outer glass that broke, so it must have been heat related. I was just standing by the computer, after having just turned it on, and then: “POP!” Glass went all over the place. Actually the filament died as well. So I had to carefully walk around with a torch to make sure I didn’t stand on any, picking what pieces up I could see, then vacuum clean the carpet. Later, wearing goggles, and using a thick rubber gardening glove, I got some pliers and had to twist out the remnants of the bulb from the socket. It was a standard bayonet cap type one, so it only needed a little twist. But more glass fell out on my arm, and oh… what a chore. Luckily nothing went onto my bed. This is why I never look at a light bulb when I turn it on, ’cos I’ve had bulbs explode in the past too. It’s pretty rare though. So, I might see about a new lamp shade that’s completely enclosed. The glass one I have now took the impact of the thing going pop, but it’s still open underneath.
• (16:39) So, I have this little plug pack type 300 mA 6 V transformer, which was SUPPOSED to have a DC output. I hadn’t used it for years, and decided to see if its voltage was accurate with a multi-meter for my 8 L.E.D.s that I want to put under the desk. It showed up as nothing. I listened to it and heard it humming and tried it again. All I got was 0.5 volts. So I figured: Maybe some component’s died in there. After getting it sawn open, what was inside? Just the figgin’ transformer! WTF?! Where’s the rectification? There wasn’t any in sight. I figured maybe they put 2 diodes under the heat shrink tube around the output wires, but nope! So, why did it say it was DC on the label? Anyway, it showed up as about 7 volts AC. I chopped the old cord, and put some wires on myself. At one stage I thought there was rectification in the plug, but the multi-meter showed no sign of any kind of polarity. What a f***ing crock of $#!+!!! No wonder it didn’t work properly with my rotating crystal display thingo. Anyway, I have a bridge rectifier, and that will probably drop the voltage down to 5.8 V or something. Isn’t it about a 1.2 V drop over 2 diodes? Something. I’ll measure it again before I use it. I’ll probably just use the same resistors I’d use for 9 V operation, and run the L.E.D.s at lower power. They’re still pretty bright. I don’t have a voltage regulator, so that might make up for any power fluctuations then.
• (17:08) Yep, I got 5.88 V using the rectifier. So I guess that’ll be the way to go.

Friday, 17th of September, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:03) Sir Clive Sinclair died yesterday. He was 81. I knew him mostly from the computers he designed. Plus a pocket sized TV with a CRT.
Also Norm MacDonald went the other day too.
• I ordered 10 mini SPDT toggle switches off eBay for $13 today, and I’ll use one for my new box of 8 L.E.D.s for under my desk. I cracked out my Canon camera, and noticed there is quite a bit of flickering from the L.E.D.s, so it might need a filter capacitor in parallel with the output of the bridge rectifier. Although, you can’t really see any flickering just by looking @ them. I’ve got a 1500 μF capacitor from my box of odds & sods, so that might do. I think it came out of a power supply years ago.
• (20:16) I added the capacitor I had to the proceedings, and after that, no noticeable flickering on the camera. So that smoothed things out. I wondered if it was still good, ’cos it’s probably 30+ years old. Although that’s not really fair, because I’ve older electronic gizmos than that.
• (22:22) If you like vintage electric gizmos, here’s a picture of an old transformer that belonged to my Dad’s uncle. (My Nana’s brother.) Check out that whopping great capacitor. Yikes. Uncle Ken was involved in a lot of electrical stuff, so his house had all these neat goodies. He made his own transformers, there was a complicated doorbell dealie, he had train sets, a speaker system around the rooms of the house, including in the kitchen cupboards and even a real traffic light, that changed colours. All kinds of intriguing things. He even had this really old carbon filament light bulb, which he showed me back in my teen years, I think it was. I got a photo of it, after he died in 2014, but I think it got chucked, or something terrible. Plus everything was really neatly arranged and labelled in a professional manner, unlike my dodgy, slap-it-together methods.
Lastly, cop a load of these old model train controllers! They look like something out of Back To The Future 3. How old do you reckon they are? I think the train set was saved by somebody in the family.
So there you go; I hope some of you found this stuff of interest.

Monday, 20th of September, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:43) La Poem have a new MV out for their song, Oasis. I thought it was pretty good, and it ended well too. Chuu from LOOΠΔ + Kim Yohan (of Wei) & Eric Bellinger did a song for World Vision called World Is One 2021, which was rather good sounding.

Wednesday, 22nd of September, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (17:18) I found out from IIG (— my site host —) that there’d been an earthquake (!) in Victoria this morning! It’s very rare to get earthquakes in Australia, because the country has no fault lines under it. Apparently what happened was the tectonic plate of the country hit the one of the Pacific region, or some such thing, and this caused some shift in pressure. Back when I was a kid there was 1 in Newcastle, but this was completely human made, because it was a result of mines collapsing.
• I got my switches today, so I’ve screwed one in for my box thingo of L.E.D.s for under my desk. I just have to wait for the glue to dry on the ice block stick that I put it in.

Monday, 4th of October, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (23:44) I’ve got a little something on the way, which I’m keeping a surprise for now. It’s not earth shattering though.
• Here’s a great new song: In My Space by Kim Woojin (of Stray Kids).

Thursday, 14th of October, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:28) My birthday tomorrow! Oooh yeah! Back to 25 this year. I’m still waiting on something to arrive, which should’ve been here by now, but anyway, I’ll let you know when it does turn up.
• Other famous people’s birthdays tomorrow are: Yoon Jong Shin, Dong Hae from Super Junior, Penny Marshall, Stephen Tompkinson, Tanya Roberts, Larry Miller, Mario Puzo, Princess Ferguson, P.G. Wodehouse, Bárbara Lombardo (who’s on the same year as me too) and Prince Christian from Denmark.

Friday, 15th of October, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:19) All righty — welcome to the best day of the year! Hee hee. And just on time, my order from Japan has turned up today! Yep, I got myself Hi-Fi POPS from Oresama! It came out in 2018, but I liked the samples I listened to of it, and thought I would get it. It cost a fortune, but if you live in Japan, it’s only about $27 or so, which isn’t too bad. (¥3000.) I got it from CD Japan, and their service was really good! I got a ¥500 discount for my first order, plus another discount offered later, because it was my birthday this month! Although I didn’t get to use that, since that was after I made the order.
Anyway, there are 12 tracks in total, and you can also get an alternative version of the CD, which comes with a bonus BD of the music videos, I suppose. But since I don’t have a BD player, I just got the CD on its own. The tracks are:
1. Hi-Fi Train
2. Ryuusei Dance Furoa (Meteor Dance Floor)
3. Cute Cute
4. Kirei Na Mono Bakari
5. Dare Mo Ga Dareka Wo
6. Mimi Moto De Tsukamae Te
7. Ne. Kamisama?
8. Trip Trip Trip
9. Hello Eve
10. Sweet Room
11. Wandadoraibu (Wonder Drive)
12. Ginga (Album Mix)
That’s translated of course from a lot of the Japanese writing. The audio quality is as you would hope, with no over-amplified looking tracks. I haven’t looked through the cover booklet yet, but I expect it’s filled with loads of great pictures. If you like Ginga, be sure to check out the DressUp Cover #1 remix dealie as well.
All the tracks are great, and most are quite upbeat, although Sweet Room is closer to a ballad of sorts. This is Oresama’s 2nd album, and I’d say their 1st one is probably worth a look too. Doramachikku on the 1st one is a pretty nifty track.
• (15:48) I had a look at the album booklet dealie, and inside are all the song lyrics, plus some nifty pictures as well.

Thursday, 21st of October, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:33) There’s some current problem with downloading archive files from my site, which I’m waiting to hear back about. ZIP & RAR files may not do anything from the links to them in certain browsers, such as Safari, or newer Mozilla based ones (such as Firefox or Pale Moon). If you have Opera or an older version of Firefox, or even Netscape installed, you may have more luck, or a download manager, like GetRight. Until I get an answer to the problem, this is the only solution I have for now. I wasn’t aware the problem existed until tonight.
Also, if you’re still going to my site at Beagle, that address will probably be gone by the 28th.

Sunday, 24th of October, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (15:00) The issue with downloading those files may have been to the server’s over-sensitive security settings rejecting certain browsers, but which ones was not made clear, or why it was limited to those types of files in particular. I was able to test it with Firefox 93 under Linux, and the problem didn’t show up, so if you have a more recent browser, it might not be a problem.
• Yeah, I think this will be the last year I bother with the Korean music. I’m not enjoying going through the preview videos each week, and just seeing cr@p after more cr@p. There’s no point if I don’t enjoy it. I may just check every now & then on groups & people who’ve had some level of consistency, such as APink, Red Velvet, maybe that Kim Woojin chap and La Poem.

Saturday, 30th of October, 2021
Mum’s birthday

Today’s current mood:
• (22:20) It’s about time for some news, and the best is my Inner Depths plug-in for Oblivion! If you know of my ones from Morrowind, then this is similar to that. I’m going to have at least 11 zones, each featuring mostly different enemies. I’ve started on doing all new, fresh bandits, with a much better variety than what you get in the game. While Oblivion (and even Morrowind), levels up your loot and enemies as you do, I want to take a more randomised approach, but with weaker enemies to start, and tougher ones at the end of all the zones. There’s also going to be a slight story to part of it, and a nice & special place to end up at.

Sunday, 7th of November, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (20:24) I’m still going with Inner Depths: Oblivion 1. I have 1 more zone to do for the locations. But there are more bandits to do, marauders, conjurers and vampires. Today I did more of the Undisturbed Crypt, as I called it, levelled lists of Daedra and various containers. It’s going to feature stuff from Shivering Isles as well, so you will need that.
• I’ve got 6 new videos of Korean pop MVs to check out eventually. I see Laboum has a new tune out. It’s been a while since they did something. But I’ve got a headache, and I feel knackered, so it might take a while to get to them. I need to check for new Japanese songs as well.

Friday, 12th of November, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:04) I finally remembered to update the Software Review Of The Moment page. I meant to do it on the 9th, but I’ve been so busy with my new Oblivion plug-in, I forgot.

Monday, 15th of November, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (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 that’s all I have to say about it for now.
• (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. That’s right — 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 “Internet Radio,” ’cos you’ll get all new, irrelevant results about new radios related to the Internet. But do a picture search with the model, S-1000, and you’ll find it. (Just type in Internet radio "S-1000" and you should get some pictures at a search site.)

Friday, 19th of November, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (12:49) Inner Depths: Oblivion 1 is done, by the way, and you can download it now. Just head to The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion Page.
• Last night I was making up some flags with food. Although not all countries would be that easy. Italy was the best. I had basil, spaghetti & chopped tomatoes. For France, I had a blue steak, garlic and red wine. England was chips and ketchup. (That’s like St. George’s cross dealie. Not the whole Union Jack flag.) Japan’s sushi on rice, and China’s egg noodles on Sichuan chillies. Although you couldn’t tell the noodles too well, since the stars only take up a small portion of the flag. I think for Ireland you could have something in green, Irish stew and Irish whiskey.
• (13:38) I think Germany could be Black Forest cake, bratwurst and beer.

Saturday, 20th of November, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:47) Awww — Bart (the bear) died 6 days ago. He was 21. I only saw him in We Bought A Zoo & Game Of Thrones.

Tuesday, 23rd of November, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (16:11) Next month I’ll be having a collection of 10 mini “reviews” for my Software Review Of The Moment. Then I’ll probably do Windows 10 again for January next year.

Friday, 26th of November, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (21:51) I got some more bargain L.E.D.s from Phipps on eBay. $9.95 for 50 white L.E.D.s! (About 14 000 m.c.d. brightness.) Holey moley; you’d be lucky to pay less than 10 × that price in some stores. I’m not being given anything to promote this; I’m just pointing out a good deal. So, that’s just a touch under 20¢ each! Wooo! (Although they’re actually for Christmas.)
When I think back to the 1980s, you could only get regular, low brightness red L.E.D.s for that price. But then, they didn’t have white ones back then anyhow.
• (23:12) I found my old Tandy Doodads, Thinga Majigs, Watcha Macallits, Bits & Pieces catalogue from 1992, with its range of L.E.D.s. They did have blue ones by this year, but not at Tandy, unfortunately. The cheapest on offer were probably the 3 mm ones for about 50¢ each, but you paid like $1 for 2, since they only came in packets. The brightest they had was a 10 mm red L.E.D. of 5000 m.c.d. for $6.95. If you got a packet of assorted L.E.D.s, you were looking at about 20¢ each, and sometimes you got some really unusual ones in there, like triangle shaped ones, square ones and rectangle types.

Friday, 3rd of December, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (16:38) I was hoping to find a lot more interesting videos of home made L.E.D. based clocks on the ’net, but I didn’t really find all that much. There was an interesting one in Texas, America, made completely of discrete components. (No I.C.s that is.) I’ve been wondering about making my own clock using green 7 segment displays. (8 segments with the points of course. ) Hmm. But I’d have to get some clock kit, because it’s beyond me to design such a circuit. Or get a free circuit diagram off the web somewhere. I’d just have 4 of the 7 segment dealies, with no seconds probably. You’d probably have 4 I.C.s to run the L.E.D.s, and then they’d connect somehow to… who knows what! LOL. And there’d probably be a crystal to keep the thing accurate, I guess.
• There was also some bull$#!++er on YouTube promoting these “battery-less” circuits for clocks, that wouldn’t have a hope of working. It’s like some of these other fake free energy videos that are just a con. So it pays to be careful what stuff you attempt to make, ’cos you might just be getting diddled.

Friday, 10th of December, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (16:15) F***king Microsoft has really hit beyond rock bottom. Promoting porn now?! Are you freakin’ joking?! I was just reading about it, and not only that, but mentions of it in e-mail people had received, stuff hosted by them, and in messages in Windows regarding their OS testing thing. The insider dealie. Was it somebody from the company who had a thing against them, or have they just gone completely off the rails now? I swear they’re going to just self destruct one of these days, when the majority of people have got completely fed up. Plus the 2-faced gits have been putting out more anti-competitive propaganda regarding Google’s Chrome browser, when their own Edge browser is based on it now anyway! How does that make sense?!
• Only 15 days to Christmas now! Hooray!
• I’m trying to get through the last of the Korean music video previews I got, just in case anything good comes along, so I can add it to my end of the year list. Then that’s it. I’ll have to put more effort into finding tunes from other countries, I think. China and Kazakhstan perhaps.
• (22:02) I’d be interested to connect up a whole packet of those 14 000 m.c.d. L.E.D.s from Phipps, and see if that would put out enough light to do my whole bedroom. That would work out to 700 000 m.c.d. brightness in total, which would be 700 candelas I guess. You could run the lot with just 5 ½ watt resistors. The total power load would be just 2 W, and you’d need a power supply capable of at least 1 amp. Maybe give or take a bit, depending on the component tolerances. (You’d be putting 0.4 watts of load on each resistor for 2 V, 20 mA L.E.D.s, according to my calculations. Tell me if I’ve gone wrong here somewhere!) If you ran the L.E.D.s a little underpowered, by using a higher value resistor than they needed, they’d probably last for 20 or more years maybe. Although it’s hard to predict it. As I’ve said before, I’ve had L.E.D.s that have literally run for decades, which are turned on pretty close to permanently. Although they aren’t high brightness ones. But THAT said, I haven’t had any high brightness ones that have ever failed either.
Anyhoo, I have another couple of personal, lower brightness projects to have fun with yet, which’ll be more like night lights, running on rechargeable batteries. I’m going to do something pretty, hopefully with quartz crystals.
• (23:04) Here’s a tip! If you’re looking for one of those plugs which you put into a light bulb socket, you should look for a “B22 adaptor plug.” In case you’re clueless, these were used more so in the earlier times of last century. They’re like the end of a light bulb, but designed to run other appliances up to 5 A. Of course, not for anything which needs an earth connection though. Did you know, they actually had double adaptors for light sockets too? Yep. Anyway, there seems to be a good source of the B22 plugs on eBay from Sri Lanka, which have a nice brown, bakelite appearance.

Saturday, 11th of December, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:50) On the 17th of September this year, I mentioned some old model train controllers. Head back up and see the picture. Seen it? Good. They were actually custom made by Uncle Ken, according to my Dad, from old full size tram controllers. His work allowed him to acquire all sorts of electrical equipment that was being sold off from peculiar places.
• (23:09) Here’s something interesting. Well, to me anyway! Tandy actually had an alarm clock with blue L.E.D.s, according to my old 1992 - 1993 catalogue. Although from the look of pictures on the web of it, I think it’s really a gas plasma display. They had 2 other clocks with green L.E.D.s which I’d buy right now, if I wasn’t 28 years too late to get them. Bah!

Monday, 13th of December, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:22) Things have been a bit iffy with Lavabit lately, with internal server errors, and other stuff ups, so hopefully they’ll soon get that fixed. In the mean time, it might be a good idea to send your e-mail to my other address, which you can find in the “Contacting Me Terms & Conditions” page.

Thursday, 16th of December, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:46) Next month, for January, 2022, I was going to have the Windows 10 review again for my Software Review Of The Moment, but I’m not in a very good mood regarding Microsoft. So I might have something else instead. I’d kind of like to take a look at BeOS, but I’m not sure if I could be bothered. Starting with an OS you’ve never used before means learning a lot of new stuff, and acquiring software, tweaking stuff no doubt and what not. Wasn’t it written for PowerPC CPUs to begin with? And then later an Intel CPU rendition? I wonder if that means the software was often done for both, like Mac OS X’s “universal binaries.”

Tuesday, 21st of December, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (13:46) I only noticed last night that La Poem have a new MV out for their song, Sunshine. That was rather great! Although I’m still inclined to like Oasis more.
• Only 4 days to Chrissy! Ooh yeah! And the freezer’s loaded up with nice cool ice blocks and 3 ice cream sandwiches this year as well.

Monday, 27th of December, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (19:11) Ooh — I hope everybody had a fabbo Christmas. It felt a bit rushed for me really, and maybe not as good as previous years.
• I will be having another table of my favourite Korean tunes for this year, but it might be at the end of January next year before I get it done, since I have such little interest in going through all the previews right now.
• I got my white L.E.D.s for Chrissy too, but they really do need their 3 V rating to be bright enough. I was going to run them on 2.4 V from a couple of AAA size rechargeable batteries, but they were too dull. In fact, one of my blue ones was as well. So now I’ll have to get another battery holder for 3 batteries, and knock the voltage up to 3.6. Although the joint where I got the previous battery holders on eBay is having a holiday until the 10th of January. I ordered some resistors too for a good price, but I’m not sure when they’ll be sent. They’re coming from Katherine in the NT, so it might take some time.
• Oh yeah, in regards to what I said on the 16th, I think BeOS programs were done in a “fat” style, from what I read, which means they had both Intel & PowerPC machine code, like Mac programs were often done. Although I think later ones were just done for Intel CPUs. Apparently only pre-PowerPC G3 CPUs can run BeOS in terms of Macs. As for me, I’d probably just run the Intel version via VirtualBox I guess.

Tuesday, 28th of December, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (14:40) Here’s a pretty nifty song I just found from 10 days or so ago: Mou Ii Kai by Mimi. I like the speedy feel of it.
• I’m pretty up to date now with the Korean music, after watching all the preview videos I had to do. But there wasn’t much worth mentioning. I thought I was going to see something good in one new song from Laboum, but that fell apart mid way through with some utter cr@p bit. Plus Oh My Girl had some really $#!+ new song too, which was disappointing, considering how they’ve had some really good tunes. Of course there are a lot of Christmas tunes right now, and that’s brilliant, but after Christmas, you don’t really feel like watching them again until the next one comes ’round.

Wednesday, 29th of December, 2021
Today’s current mood:
• (16:29) I did another program for Mac OS X last night & today. One that slides bitmaps up the screen for credits in iMovie. iMovie 6 does let you do credits, but just as text that you type in. I wanted a bit more flexibility, so I made my own program, and with bitmaps, you can have whatever look you like. I might offer this one to download, but I dunno if many people’d be interested.
• (23:09) Ooh yeah! 20 years of my web site next year. I’d probably only had it in action for a couple of months before I went overseas to Britain. I don’t think I have much planned though. Ha ha. So don’t worry about rocking up one day, and it looking bizarre all of a sudden.

Saturday, 1st of January, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (13:33) Happy new year!
• All right, it’s time for my table of all the best Korean songs I found during 2021! This was converted from an Open Office file I did during 2021:
As usual these are all my personal preference. I don’t care about sales amounts, other popularity levels or past success. After all, even some of my more favourite groups have had songs that just really stunk.

1. Your Ocean by Hoppipolla
This one hits a good high point with the instrumental bit at around 3:20, and the dude with the cello is a nice difference to most band types of groups. It’s not a cheery song, but it sounds really good. It goes for about 4 minutes & 46 seconds, but the video has an extra bit at the end which has it go to 5 minutes & 24 seconds.
2. Guardians by Sumi Jo & Rain
This feels like it could come from some movie, and the video is all computer animated with some magical looking stuff going on. There are 2 main characters, who I assume are the guardians, and they have cyan-ish looking hair. The singing is quite operatic and impressive sounding, especially the really high note at the end. It would’ve been nice if it’d been at like 50 f.p.s., but I suppose you can’t have everything.
3. Doom Doom Cha by Twin Girls
I’m not sure what to think of this one. It looks like fun though.
It may’ve actually come out in 2020, but it was on a list for this year, so that means I only saw it this year too!
4. Insomnia by Yukika
This is kind of dreamy feeling and mellow. It’s not the usual thing I’d go for, but it wasn’t too bad. It takes quite a while to grow on you. The video’s another one of those ones that looks fatter than a pregnant rhino, and like you’re squinting through some slit. Although at the end there’s a mention that they used Ubuntu to make it, so I guess it’s good to see Linux getting more use.
5. Sha Ru Ru by Park Minju
Another trot kind of feeling song, if I’m correct. The link for this was a right pain to find, so here it is to the side. This is probably just there for being one of the best songs of the year, in my opinion.
6. Feel Me Up by Ice Cream
This is a pretty pleasant song, which has some cool bits of channel “panning” I suppose you’d call it, although I don’t know how well it works. I like the idea; I just don’t know if it sounds 100% correct. It ends well with a funky effect that sounds like something from a video game. And uh, how can you not like the name?!
This one took quite a few listens to grow on me, but I like it now, and I feel more used to that “panning” kind of thing.
7. Ggoma by Tae Ho
This is quite a bit different from the usual stuff you hear, and feels a bit more jazzy. Or something.
8. Hello by Joy (of Red Velvet)
This is a pretty perky song, and it’s nice to see Joy doing a solo tune.
9. Challengers by Jane, Funtwo & Jack Thammarat
This is a completely instrumental tune with 3 dudes playing electric guitars. It sounds like something which’d go well with the likes of OutRun 2 perhaps. I reckon the ending could’ve been a bit better and more satisfying though. That said, I really like it, and I think you need to listen to it a few times before you really enjoy it.
10. Sneakers by Ha Sung Woon
This is rather quite good. Quite perky and lots of views of his shoes.
11. Free To Fly (2021 version) by Kangta
This is kind of spacey looking. I never saw the original. I think it might have been in 2007, but I’m not sure of that. The girl’s smile is cute @ the end. (About 4:51) I think this has grown on me even more, watching it a few times.
12. Left33Right33 by Miss T & Mr. BoomBox
There’s that woman who was in Ppurr. I dunno who she is. I’ve watched this one a lot, so it should probably be one of the best on the list.
13. Oasis by La Poem
If you want something a bit more operatic, this is a rather good one. The chaps go up on the roof of the same building as Park Hyunho in Money Money Money.
14. In My Space by Kim Woojin (of Stray Kids)
This one’s surprisingly good, and this dude sure can hit a nice high note. The song ends better than My Growing Pains as well.
15. Be Deep by Tae Jin Son + Wendy (of Red Velvet)  
16. Sunshine by La Poem
This needs 2 listens I reckon. The La Poem quality of singing is out in full force, but at the moment, I’m still inclined to prefer Oasis. (#13) Maybe ’cos I’m more used to it, but I think it ends more epically.
17. Part Time Lover by Gaho
It took a bit of time for me to get into this one, but I must’ve sensed something good about it in the brief preview I saw, before I watched the whole thing. I’d say give it a few whirls & see if you like it.
 
Other Interesting Mentions:
One Day by Kook Kyu Hee
This is a pleasant sounding song, plus it has a nice teddy bear as well. ^_^
With Your Everything by Ben
This is a promotion for a multi-player game that you’d play via the Internet, called Trickster M, so expect to see lots of imagery and videos to entice you in to playing it. Of course I’m going to do that, just ’cos I saw this.
In Hongdae by IGWI
This is a nice, easy going song. The table looks really pretty too! So that’s a visual bonus. It’s kind of repetitive though with all the “ap ap ap” business.
Man & Woman / North & South Women (/ Something like that) by Twin Girls
Twin Girls are back with another pleasant tune. It’s got a bit of that… what is it? Trot kinda feel? Something along those lines.
Love Day by Yang Yoseop of Highlight & Jeong Eunji of APink
This is a newer version of the same song they did in 2016. It’s pretty nice.
The Hill Of Wind by ZanHyang
This has a traditional kind of feeling to it. I’ve never seen one of those instruments with the pipes sticking up before either. It’s called a Bamboo Sheng. I’m sure there are oodles of people who knew that, but I didn’t until this one.
My Starry Love by Lim Young Woong  
Hush by Kim Sung Kyu of Infinite
The bass is a bit strong in this one, and it’s too loud as well, so you might want to fiddle with your equaliser for this MV. It’s a strong kind of ballad style song, I’d say. You think the ending’s going to be a bit quick, but luckily there’s an extra bit that almost finishes it off well. It’s okay @ the end, but it could be a tad better.
Alley Captain by Springs
The song’s not bad, and rather catchy for most of it, but the video looks really cheap. Like it was done on some old mobile telephone or something, ’cos it looks wobbly and cr*p. It felt like it had potential, but I think the song even could’ve been slightly better too.
Thank You by APink
The group’s 10th anniversary song. It was pretty good, but I just couldn’t bring myself to really gush over it. I don’t think it had quite the level of impact as Dumhdurum from last year, plus it doesn’t finish well either.
The Day by Yun Sen Ae
This is a bit of a ballad with an emotional kind of overtone, I reckon.
Shoulder Dance by Lim Seo Won
This one’s worth checking out to see how great this kid is. She only looks about 10, but you can tell she’s pretty talented.
Don’t Say Goodbye by DooRi (of Venus)  
Amasia by Pyoapple
I just like this one ’cos the chick looks so hot & cute! But that is a bit shallow. The song’s so-so.
Ppurr by HooniYongi
This is an electronic dance kind of thing, I suppose. It sounds pretty good, but it doesn’t have a cheery feeling about it that I like. The Twin Girls also make an appearance in there, & maybe the other people are related to the genre too. I dunno. One of the other sheilas looked like somebody from Venus.
Je T’aime by Joy (of Red Velvet)
This is a kind of one-take, out-of-the-studio sounding one. Joy sounding a bit more “live” and in person. The song name sounds French. It’s okay, but I like Hello better.
Stop by Minimani
Some of this reminds of me of some other song, but I’m not sure what. It’s okay. I wouldn’t gush over it though.
Rain by ReVorn
I like the dude’s voice in this one.
See You Again by Han Seung Woo (of Victon)  
Door by Kwon Eun Bi (previously of IZ*ONE)
This is semi-pleasant, but the finish is cr@pola. Too many songs just have these sucky abrupt endings, and this is no exception.
Tick-Tock (Electronic Dance Music Version) by Shin Mi Rae  
Stereotype by STAYC  
World Is One 2021 by Chuu (of LOOΠΔ) + Kim Yohan (of Wei) & Eric Bellinger
This is a song to help promote World Vision.
My Growing Pains by Kim Woojin  
Make It by 2PM
Despite what looks like the world coming to an end, the most important thing for the chaps is that woman they find so hot.
Money Money Money by Park Hyunho
This is a dance feeling kind of song, and it has a good kind of constantly moving vibe about it.
Bbeong by Jeongho  
Stardust by Younha
This is a really nice song, which I may put as one of the best for the year. The break at 3:27-ish is a bit too long though, although I suspect that if you buy it, it could be different from the MV.
Sirius by Cignature (Live)  

So yep! That’s my list for now. If I find any other songs I like that came out last year, I’ll add them on there. Please let me know if any of the links are stuffed as well, and I’ll see to fixing them.
• (15:47) Up next, the Japanese songs I made a list of during 2021. This has a lot of older stuff as well, but probably not more than 10 years old, I would say.

1. Lamp by Sumika
This song seems more like it was from somewhere outside of Japan. It’s got a folk music kind of feel about it. Super worth checking out! It’ll have you back for more!
2. Magic by Sumika
An olden style song that’s very perky and will leave you feeling great!
3. Lovers by Sumika
 
4. Universe by Official Hige Dandism
This is very pleasing in sound. It’s related to some Doraemon movie, I think.
5. Aaliyah by 9bic
This is absolutely amazing! The 1st time you hear it, it’ll blow your socks off! It just sounds so satisfying. It’s fast, perky and catchy. Wow wow wow! It’s definitely got a mostly computer generated / electronic sound to it. Like, instead of “regular” instruments. One of the dudes’ voices sounds a bit out of whack though. Like he can’t hit the right notes.
6. Haru Yo, Koi by Ayumi Hamasaki
A traditional sounding song from Avex Trax. Super nice, and kinda classy too. This deserves a few watches.
7. Gimmme! by Oresama
This one’s got cute teddy bears! But some bad ones too. I think it’s to do with some show called Sleepy Princess In The Demon Castle. You’ve gotta love the dancing bed at the end as well.
8. Peach by Otsuka Ai (Tomggg Remix)
This one’s quite unusual, but I found it grew on me over time. Actually, I haven’t heard the original version either, so I can’t say how different it is.
 
10. Wake Me Up by TriEchoes. (A cover of a song by Avicii, and played on kotos.)
 
11. Sukitte Itteyo by Juice=Juice
Dance Shot Version
Close Up Version (This one’s more dull, & the girls look a bit bored.)
 
12. Let’s Music by Sexy Zone
 
13. Tarinai Sakunai by Fujifabric
 
14. New Direction by Takano Akira
This one’s got a great, fresh, positive feeling about it, and the special effects in the background with the glowing stuff in the clouds and beams, look really superb.
15. Dreamin’ On by Da-iCE
 
16. Doeryaa JUMP! by Boys And Men
 
17. Ame Nochi Hare by Generations (From Exile Tribe)
 
18. Tajuu Rokou by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (Featuring Kawakami Youhei)
The ending on this one’s a bit abrupt for my liking.
19. Caliburne ~Story Of The Legendary Sword~ by Team Grimoire (from MaiMai)
I found this one in 2018. I don’t have the link to hand. I saw a video of somebody playing the game with this tune, and really liked it.
20. Rock Tonight by WARPs
Japanese
Chinese
From what I gather, this is their 1st song, and it’s also available in Chinese. It kind of feels like something Michael Jackson would’ve done. I think WARPs are also related to Avex Trax.
21. Spacecraft by Sui Sui Duck
This is a real electronic / computer generated sounding tune, despite the more regular looking instruments in the video. Well, 1 guitar anyway. It’s got more of a synthesised sound, and this is apparently consistent to this group. It’s quite unusual and unique, and although it doesn’t end too brilliantly, I did find it kind of catchy.
22. Whenever You Call by Arashi
This is a pretty good song, and it’s in English.
23. Shake & Shake by Sumika
A rather cheery tune, which feels a bit like the style of Lovers, I think.
24. Nai Nai by ReoNa
This sounds like something good for when you go off the rails. It ends well too.
25. Distance by Flumpool
Check out that truck in it with the chandelier!
26. Jasmine by Sumika
Another great, old style song with a happy kind of feeling about it. Jasmine wants to make shoes, but her father’s lackeys try to bring her back home. She meets another girl called Jasmine, who looks like her twin, and they swap places.
27. Ginga by Oresama
This means Galaxy in Japanese, and the music video is like a comic book. It’s really cute though and has a bit of a story to it, plus the lyrics in Romajii. (That’s Japanese for Romanised.) After listening to other Oresama tunes from their MVs, I wanted to get the CD with this song on it. It’s from their 2nd album, Hi-Fi POPS.
28. Doramachikku by Oresama
This is basically Dramatic. A cartoony one from 2015, which I also only found recently. Well, I only found out about Oresama this year anyhow. This is from their 1st album, which is just called Oresama.
29. Meteor Dance Floor by Oresama
This is from Mahoujin Guru Guru apparently. I have no idea though.
30. Hi-Fi Train by Oresama
This is a good looking one, and the train’s loaded with speakers on the front, and looks really nifty inside too.
31. Wonder Drive by Oresama
The name sounds like a Sega console. The WonderMega was a combo of the Mega CD and Mega Drive. Anyway, the video has a bit of a retro vibe in some places. This is on the Hi-Fi POPS CD as well.
32. Trip Trip Trip by Oresama
Another one from their 2nd album, which is also really good, of course! The MV starts off like something from a RPG, but this part isn’t on the CD.
33. Mou Ii Kai by Mimi
This is pretty good. It’s not much of a MV — just the lyrics and some drawings, but I think the song’s enjoyable enough to make up for that.
Other Interesting Mentions:
IZA!! by EMPiRE
 
Anata Ga Iru by Wacci
The acrobatics are worth a peek on their own.
Shinkai by Eve
This is done with a quite strange cartoon, in which the girl seems to rescue an opposite of herself, or something. You might have to read up about this one to understand it.
Lifetime by SixTONES
 
Final Piece by Hyde
This seems to be in English mostly.

Sunday, 9th of January, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (14:41) I’ve got another “lamp” thing of sorts, made with more ice cream sticks, with 5 of my white L.E.D.s that I got for Christmas. I’m just using a 9 V power supply with 330 Ω resistors, which is ideal, since these L.E.D.s are rated at between 3 & 3.4 V. They’re definitely bright enough, and just testing it with 3 of them put out a lot of light. When I get all 5 in, it’s going to be strong enough for a bedside table light, I reckon. Not that I’ll be putting it in that location. Anyway, I’ve ordered a packet of 60 mixed acrylic flower “beads” off eBay, of varying sizes, and I’m going to drill out their 1 mm holes to 3 mm, then use them as mini lamp shades for the L.E.D.s & make them look pretty. Actually, it’d probably work better with 3 mm L.E.D.s, but the 5 mm ones should be okay as well. The pin spacing is still the same. I cut up a green drinking straw and put it over the 3 wire pairs closest to the front, to make it look a bit neater as well.
• I’d like to do a really big lotus flower out of L.E.D.s, but I think it would take an awful lot, and I’d probably need… I dunno… 75 of them or something, and like a 1.5 amp power supply to take the load. Could you imagine the light coming out of that? It’d be enough to light the entire room up, I think. I could use a mix of white, green, magenta and maybe yellow ones. But I’d probably want a big PCB to mount them all on, rather than using those little sockets, ’cos that would be too crazy.
• (14:55) I just did an image search on the web for LED lotus flowers, but didn’t spot anything like the idea I had. More along the lines of plastic flowers lit with L.E.D.s, rather than an outline of the shape of the flower made from individual ones. These ones look pretty though.

Tuesday, 11th of January, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 couldn’t find where I’d put them since we moved house at the end of 2012. Anyway, this one’s from 1993, so that’s 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 ’phones! 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 you’re 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 ol’ 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 thing’s 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 don’t 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. “Normal” L.E.D.s were red, green, yellow & orange, and these were 50¢ 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 6½ × 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, that’s for sure. You could get a bulk pack of 100 regular low brightness L.E.D.s for $19.95, which would’ve been just under 20¢ each, so that’s pretty good. But these days you could get high brightness ones for that kind of price.
Let’s 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.) There’s another one here listed as a V20-88MHz, which was a high performance 8088 CPU replacement, and that was $19.95. But I don’t 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 goodies… but dang! Whose hard drive could even store much video back then? It certainly wouldn’t have been the likes of DV quality. You’d 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.
Here’s a funny bit: “Imagine receiving a large document at 300 b.p.s. — you could bake a leg of lamb while you wait.” 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 “graphics accelerator” card would cost you $249. It only did 15 bit colour, and no, it wasn’t the kind of 3D accelerator card you’d get now, that worked with Open GL and all that — 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 “The Microsoft Office.” 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! You’ve gotta be joking. Microsoft Money was $10 cheaper than that. Corel DRAW! 3 was $329, Geoworks Pro was $199 & Microsoft’s 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 ’phones? Like in America, they called them cellular ’phones in the catalogue, unlike mobile ’phones these days. These seemed to be more related to installing in vehicles too. There are no prices listed, so they must’ve been expensive, and you could also get loan ’phones, 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 girls’ ’phone numbers from school in mine. Although they’re 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 didn’t have a VCR, you could pay $139 for another kit, which was a tuner module required for it. Holey penné! You’d have to be a real couch potato with a need for teletext to get that, and then make the thing yourself. The combined cost would’ve 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 there’s a web site of old catalogues out there somewhere. It’s 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 “dog ear” corner in sight.
• (19:02) Ooh yeah — I worked out a lotus design in Photo-Paint, and it came to 225 L.E.D.s! So, mmm. I don’t think I’ll do that somehow. I think it worked out to 4.5 amps of juice they’d 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
Today’s current mood:
• (19:11) I was going to have a look at my Sharp EL-6073 Memo Master 100, but its battery’s completely dead. Then I went to take a photo of it, and my camera’s battery ran out of oomph as well! It wasn’t meant to be. So I’ll 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 that’s like 0.2 milliwatts, or 200 microwatts. It’s 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 isn’t something you’d normally think it did. For instance: (4³)². 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.
• Yep, it’ll be the 8th of March that my site’s been on the web for 20 years. Although over 3 different ISPs.

Saturday, 29th of January, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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: What’s with all these border lines around this town? It was like somebody had a fit drawing the map. It’s 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. It’s 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! It’d be a good attraction for its obscurity. It’s worse than that Llívia joint, which is part of Spain, but in France, or something.

Sunday, 30th of January, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 it’s done! Struth, it took long enough. I realised about 9 years ago that I’d have to pull my finger out & get it completed, because at the rate I’d been typing it up until then, I’d 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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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 I’m still typing up the new stuff — it’s like one of those soap operas on the TV that just keeps going & going.

Tuesday, 1st of February, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (13:28) This month’s software review will be back to Corel CHART at last. That’ll be on the 9th as usual.
• Um… dang… I forgot what I was going to write about. Oh yeah! I was reading about Oresama’s 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 don’t think I’ll be getting it though. It’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (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 don’t think I’ll be buying that one. I didn’t fancy some of the tracks I heard.
• 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 don’t 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 aren’t 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 yeah… you’d need different resistors for each one, to equalise them. Maybe you could do that with the LM3914 dealie, but I’m 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 that’s more than any of my L.E.D.s require. Anyway, I don’t think I’ll jump into doing that immediately. I’d have to buy a whole bunch of components for it first, probably a large PCB, and really, it’s not something I currently want to spend money on.
• 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 don’t like looking at “best” songs and “top” levels and stuff, ’cos it’s based on other people’s 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. Let’s do a search for videos on the web, saying: new songs January 2022 — 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 you’re expected to understand the language to find the music, which I don’t.
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. It’s divided up into colour coded genres, so you can go straight to what you want. For Japanese, have a look for JPKRCH’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (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 “smart ’phones” these days. This one talks back too! So you’ll really get an ear full. So think about this, all of you mobile ’phone 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 must’ve been a good omen. I always say it’s a good omen when it comes back on.


Thursday, 10th of February, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (12:59) Hands up who knows what a tattie-bogle is? I didn’t know either until I looked it up. It’s 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 must’ve been somebody’s user name somewhere. Like at eBay, DeviantArt, or on YouTube perhaps. I couldn’t find it in either of my dictionaries. In fact, I had to do a search on the web with suggestions to see if it’d come up, and when it did, I didn’t know what the results would be. Strange, huh? I wonder where I heard it.
• (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
Today’s current mood:
• (18:12) Flippin’ heck. I spent most of the afternoon waiting for Windows XP to check my 2ndary hard drive, after the Monkey’s 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 “hex editor”, and that it had changed significantly. But the disk check didn’t 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 it’s 2nd “drive,” but it’s 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 wasn’t showing any evidence of (it) having been changed. Very weird.
• 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
Today’s current mood:
• (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 wasn’t unlocking anything on my hard drive caddy. Probably only a flash memory unit. Perhaps I’ll avoid using it.
• I looked at a bunch of GARNiDELiA MVs, but I didn’t like much of their music. Mirai was kind of good, but it didn’t end the best. Aikotoba wasn’t too bad, and Otomeno Kokoroe, which I saw last year, was sort of okay. I think MARiA’s looks are more stunning than the music. She really seems quite mesmerising. As for Toku, who knows? I’m not interested in looking at blokes.
• (21:57) Australia’s a pretty big joint, so tonight I thought I’d 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. (That’s 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 that’d fit into the lake. On the flip side, I should see how much of Australia will fit into Russia, ’cos that joint is humongous.

Thursday, 17th of February, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (22:44) I think we’ve 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 — there were quite a few made by various companies. National and General both had one, plus some company called Yorx, which I’d never heard of. Ah, I used to use cassettes all the time when I was a kid, but I haven’t used any for years unfortunately. I’ve 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 kids’d 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 “Gaf Control” 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 didn’t treat it the best when I was just a kid, I suppose.

Friday, 18th of February, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (16:17) Check this dude out: Dimash Qudaibergen, who I believe is from Kazakhstan. Tell me that’s not one of the highest pitch male voices you’ve ever heard. He’s like a boy soprano, except he’s a man now.

Monday, 21st of February, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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.
• I’ve been looking up a few other songs from around the world in countries I don’t usually look at stuff from, and yeah, that’s been a waste of time as well. It’s really hard to find something good. It’d be great if Oresama did a MV for Chewy Candy.
• Ah, I’ll 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 don’t live in northern Australia. When I’m tucked up in bed in May with 2 blankets and 3 quilts on, I’ll be happy.

Wednesday, 23rd of February, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 must’ve 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 can’t. Anyway, I wrote to the person who did the site, and perhaps they might have something interesting to say.
What’s 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 wasn’t aware of the special 800Ω speakers though.

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

Saturday, 5th of March, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (13:02) Good grief — Shane Warne died yesterday of a heart attack in Thailand! Holey moley. I wouldn’t have picked that happening to him. He was only 53 as well.

Saturday, 12th of March, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (13:22) I was thinking of finally getting off my butt & looking at BeOS, but I’m 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 ’98 or Windows ME installed to reboot to it, or something. So that’s a bit iffy. (I think you must have the professional edition for Macs.) The pro’ version has its own bootable CD & installs on its own, which I’d 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 you’ve 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 ½ 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 what’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (15:25) I’ve 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? It’s one of those things lost forever. I sent another message to nVidia, but whether they’ll reply is hard to say. I even offered to host it myself, if it isn’t humongous. That’d be pretty neat, if I had the only site to have it. It’s a pity it isn’t 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 I’m pretty sure it was interactive, ’cos you could zoom in on the lion. Anyway, I’m currently downloading a driver CD “image,” which does have some GeForce demos, so maybe it might be on there too.
• (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 didn’t spot anything like the one I’m after.

Tuesday, 15th of March, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (12:28) It’s my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary today.
• I finally found that lone piece of Bloodgrass in Oblivion, when I was playing it last night, in the Great Forest. I’d seen it years ago, and thought: “What’s this doing out here in the middle of nowhere?” 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, it’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (14:34) I saw a dude picking mushrooms in Oblivion last night. Honmund was his name. I didn’t even realise people went out picking anything, and I’ve 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 aren’t active. Probably during the attack on Bruma.
At my Verdant View Manor, I have a horse stable, where I’ve 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 wouldn’t stop until I killed them all. Then I could ride it back again. But dang — it took some damage from the jump. It must’ve leapt about 100 m or more.
Also, this horse up near where Honmund was, walked into a rock and just vanished! It must have “teleported” back to where it was supposed to be. It’s 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, I’ve just passed 1200 hours. Last night, I think it was. So that’s 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 that’s kind of cheating on both accounts, if you ask me.

Tuesday, 22nd of March, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (13:19) So I did start on a new plug-in for Oblivion, called Cyrodiilic Outposts. Now there’ll 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 “good guys.” Oblivion has barely any female members of the Imperial Legion, & possibly none at all. Although I think there is one sheila who’s 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 couldn’t get to. There are actually path nodes out there in those locations too, because I think they’re automatically generated by some dealie in the Construction Set.

Monday, 28th of March, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (20:50) Ooh, Red Velvet have a new Japanese tune out called Wildside. It wasn’t quite what I’d go for, but some bits of it were okay.

Thursday, 7th of April, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (19:49) Yeah, um… Cyrodiilic Outposts is nearing completion for The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. I didn’t use anything from Shivering Isles, but I don’t know if that’ll necessarily mean you won’t need that expansion. I have to finish checking everything’s working fine with the guard patrols and other NPCs 1st, and add some more decorative stuff. But you’ll get 10 joints to go to. Most of which seem to be on the eastern side of Cyrodiil.
• I was thinking about how Morrowind seems to have more joinable factions than Oblivion too. Let’s see, what’d you get to join in Oblivion? The Fighters’ Guild, the Thieves’ Guild, the Mages’ Guild, the Dark Brotherhood, and I think the Knights Of The Nine, if you had that expansion, which I don’t. 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 Fighters’ Guild, the Thieves’ Guild, the Mages’ 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
Today’s current mood:
• (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 it’s 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, I’d have them at the full frame rate.

Tuesday, 12th of April, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 it’s the proper deal. It doesn’t 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 it’s worthwhile.

Wednesday, 13th of April, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (13:58) I’ve 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?
I’ll 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
Today’s current mood:
• (22:13) I added 2 more Japanese MVs to this year’s page of them. I think I’m just going to concentrate on music from there @ the moment, unless some random thing comes along that I like.

Sunday, 17th of April, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (12:05) Happy Easter!

Friday, 22nd of April, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 one’s got electronic bits in it. L.E.D.s and little buttons to control the temperature. It’s a bit fancy. The old one just had a thermostat knob, and the light bulb. What more do you need? I’d be happy with a fridge from the 1950s.
• I just ordered a 2nd hand alarm clock off eBay for my “Shelf Of Light” as I call it, in my bedroom. I wanted one up there, so when I’m on my back with my headphones on, I don’t have to turn way over to see the one on the bedside table. It’s an electronic type one. Blue L.E.D.s & a radio as well. I won’t need the radio, but which ones don’t have one? I won’t need the alarm either. It’s got a 24 hour or 12 hour setting, so that’s good. I tried looking for new clocks, but a lot of them are just weird, and gimmicky with stupid features I’d never use. They even have ones with USB ports on them. WTF would you need a USB port on a freakin’ 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 don’t need all that B.S. I almost thought of making one myself, but it probably would’ve cost more. I’d have to track down a clock circuit off the ’net, buy four 7 segment displays, maybe a PCB, the I.C.s for it, a power supply, a box… You start to get the picture of the costs piling up.
• There’s an Ayleid joint in Oblivion that was never put in, from what I can see in the Construction Set. I don’t remember the name. The outdoor cell is named for it, but all that’s there, is an Ayleid well. If nobody’s created it, or it wasn’t part of Knights Of The Nine, I might take a crack at it one day. Otherwise, I’ll 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
Today’s current mood:
• (14:28) That Ayleid joint that was never done for Oblivion, was called Ulkanen, in the Tamriel cell name. But somebody’s already made a plug-in that adds their interpretation of it.
• 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. It’s got a nice look about it. As for that snooze button, you wouldn’t want to be too off your face trying to press that from your bed, or you’d 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.
• I’ve 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. There’s a place in Australia selling 3 mm ones on eBay. I think I’ll 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, I’ll 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 don’t need anything too fancy.

Monday, 25th of April, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (13:27) Hooray! I finally went up to level 38 in Oblivion last night, after something like 12 years. (Although I hadn’t 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 trainer’s skill using a spell and they’d teach you something else.
Anyway, I also went back to Fort Strand, and found a whole bunch of armour, and a sword, which I must’ve left there years ago. I could’ve sworn I’d 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 can’t drop it, because it’s a “quest item.” 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.
• (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 didn’t exist then, that’s 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 wasn’t right for the area, or perhaps people just didn’t want expensive audio systems, and so they closed. Maybe now’s a good time to collect older audio equipment that’s 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 I’d really make any purchases, because I probably wouldn’t use the thing. I already have other audio equipment from the past which doesn’t see a lot of use.

Tuesday, 25th of April, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (12:22) I was watching Black Adder 2: Money, the other night, and didn’t 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 Lacey’s his name. So he had a red hot poker in both those shows.
Oh good heavens! He was in Z Cars as well. Who wasn’t in that show?
• Oblivion’s been acting a bit weird again with its bugs. I’ve had a couple of instances in recent times, where 2 of an object appears in an enemy’s inventory, when really you only get one of it. I dunno what that’s about. Also, it still has the nasty habit of getting stolen items mixed up. Stuff that’s marked as nicked, sometimes loses its stolen status when you stick it in another container, and last night items that weren’t stolen became stolen, because the next item down the list of the same type was. In Morrowind though, you couldn’t 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, who’d nick ’em back.

Saturday, 30th of April, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (20:06) I ordered 100 cyan L.E.D.s today for just $7.50! What a bargain! They’re about 500 nm on the colour wavelength dealie, so that’s 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.
• I’m still working out what I’ll do about my audio level display. I got some new prices (off eBay), and it’s 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 haven’t 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 things’ll work, and if I’m on the right track.

Tuesday, 3rd of May, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (20:06) Check out this digest movie for Heesey’s 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 “bup shoo wuddy” business. Other recommended tracks:
9. Samba No. 9
8. Thunder Gate Shuffle
10. Super Hyper Ultra Extra
11. Infinity Of My Groove
2. Rock ’N’ Roll Survivor
3. Double 3
J!T!T!T! from one of his other albums is great as well. Especially if you’re in the mood to check out a big collection of electric guitars.

Saturday, 7th of May, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (12:23) Ooh boy. My main PC didn’t want to start up properly this morning. Although it’s obviously fine now, since I’m typing this. It didn’t 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 it’s 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 it’s never done something quite like this before. I hope it doesn’t die. I’m too dependant on it!

Monday, 9th of May, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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. They’re really nice though, all the same.
They’re probably like this colour, where what I’m 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. They’ve 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 you’re an Aussie & want to shop locally for L.E.D.s on eBay, check this joint out.

Wednesday, 11th of May, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (12:41) All right — 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. It’s 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. I’m wondering if I should use my purple L.E.D.s, since they’re not so intense. Although, I still have to see what these ice blue ones are like. Maybe if I put a ½ 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.’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (13:19) My LM3915N I.C.s turned up yesterday, which was quick. I’m 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 I’ll stick with plastic.
• Last night I found some pictures on the web of my Nana & Pa’s 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 they’re called. I think the radio must’ve been for AM only, since there doesn’t seem to be any band changing option. It had 2 headphones sockets — 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. I’m pretty sure it used transistors. I don’t think it would’ve had valves. Anyway, something snuffed it, and Pa dismantled it. All that’s 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 must’ve 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 it’s pretty hard to find.
As for Briconic, I’m pretty sure they were an Aussie company. I don’t know how long they lasted for. If they are still around, well struth, I haven’t heard of them again.

Wednesday, 18th of May, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 anyone’s 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 wouldn’t be surprised if the Japanese have some cute bathroom related products.

Thursday, 19th of May, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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. They’re rated at 2.8 to 3.1 V, and on a button battery, they’re very bright! If I put them into my level display circuit, I think I’d 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.
• I’ve 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 it’s 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 that’s 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 don’t work in quite the same manner with the LM3915 I.C.s. When my breadboard turns up, I’ll be able to do some tests.

Tuesday, 24th of May, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (12:55) Ooh! I was just watching new Japanese MV previews, and found one by Dreams Come True, and it’s a sung rendition of the original Green Hill Zone music from Sonic The Hedgehog. Check it out here. If you don’t like that one, there’s also a computer animated one as well, but you’ll need to look that up yourself.

Tuesday, 31st of May, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (20:39) Next month’s software review will be an updated dealie of Winamp 2.8
• 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
Today’s current mood:
• (13:57) You can now download FireWorx, Video Titler & Hypno-Shapes 2 from my Titlers Page! Hooray! But if you want any others, you’ll have to ask me still. And yes, please do write in and let me know what you think.
• (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 µF capacitor to be charged, and it’s this capacitor which keeps the L.E.D.s steadily lit, which is paramount for the “dot” mode. One problem is that the diode’s voltage drop causes pretty much no activity with the L.E.D.s unless you crank the volume to full, so I’m 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, I’ll 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 — 1 per L.E.D. — instead of just 1 for the lot. I didn’t see any issues with this on my bread board. But I’d 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 I’ll be protecting them from being run at too high a power level, and the I.C. from taking on their load.
Anyway, when I’m done, I might release my take on the circuit, which will be guaranteed to work! Although don’t get me to explain it! I’m not an electronics expert. Just a dabbler.

Friday, 3rd of June, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (20:56) I decided to get some LM386 I.C.s and try them to amplify the audio to my LM3915 I.C.s. I’ll need 2 of each for stereo. I’ve seen other circuits using these for such purposes. I tried various things with single transistors, but I don’t 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 don’t have things cranked very high out of my computer, and that’s 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, I’ll 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
Today’s current mood:
• (15:38) Here’s another pretty shnazzy looking amplifier — the Pioneer SA9800 from 1978. What’s a little different, is that the volume knob works in an anti-clockwise fashion to make things louder. I looked these up on eBay — 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!
• Tomorrow — the Winamp review again, as I said. Hopefully I won’t forget.

Friday, 10th of June, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 can’t seem to get ones with rubber insert pieces like Tandy used to have. They just seem to be one brand now with a plastic “grip” piece. So long as it does grip. Plus 6 RCA sockets, which I’m 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! It’s all rip-off prices. I really would’ve thought there’d be loads more of them. I’ve been trying to buy only from Australia, ’cos I don’t want to pay any f**king Get Stuffed Tax on overseas items. The freaking government. They’ll only waste it anyway. Ooh, and I still need to find a decent looking box. I don’t 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 I’ll show you my circuit diagram once I get it nicely drawn up, and perhaps I’ll 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, I’ll only stick to what I know, because I’m certainly not an expert in electronics.

Monday, 13th of June, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (23:33) Almost 2 years ago, on the 22nd of July, I said: “I was trying to work out what this show was that I saw years ago with this chick in it, whose name I don’t know. I think I have a bit of it still, on a video cassette somewhere.” 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.
• 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 they’re both attached to. I thought: “That sounds funny.” It was lucky I’d woken up to pause my CD player. So I dunno what happened. They’re okay now. I really don’t want to have to fork out over $200 for another pair.

Tuesday, 14th of June, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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
Today’s current mood:
• (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. I’ll do some more tomorrow. You really need good lighting to see what you’re 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. I’m 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 aren’t 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, didn’t I?
Unfortunately the metal L.E.D. holders I got depend on the L.E.D.s to have a “skirt” / fatter piece of plastic at the bottom. But with the ice blue ones I bought, these don’t 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 I’ll be using, will hold them in.
I’ll 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 that’d 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, there’ll 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. There’ll 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.
• 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 didn’t 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: “Papua Or New Guinea,” which is also like that on the 1924 map. Plus Sumatra, instead of Malaysia, and America didn’t 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 doesn’t 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 didn’t seem to be mentioned on the 1820 map either — 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 you’ve done geography all your life, all this is probably like: Yeah, yeah, yeah… But I found it a bit of an eye-opener in places. It’d be interesting to go back to like 1720 maybe, and see a map from even further back.

Friday, 24th of June, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (16:46) Day 2 of the level display soldering today. Here’s 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, I’m 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, they’re of different values as well, because the L.E.D.s are of different brightnesses. I’ll be using ice blue (490 nm), turquoise (500 nm) and magenta. The magenta ones are actually weaker in brightness, but they’re still pretty bright all the same. Ooh yes! I still have to put in the integrated circuits, but they’ll be done last thing, pretty much. The transistors at the bottom are just acting as diodes, since I didn’t have any decent little signal diodes. They (— the transistors —) seemed to work fine on the bread board.
Those leaning capacitors aren’t under stress or anything. They’d 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. I’ve had the 4 dark blue (10 µF) capacitors for years, so I hope they’re still okay. I don’t 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, I’ll let you know how well it works and if I ran into any issues. It was fine on the bread board, so it’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (13:30) Oh my gosh! Mary Mara who was in Nash Bridges drowned 2 days ago! That’s really sad to find out. She was 61.

Friday, 1st of July, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (17:41) My box from Jaycar turned up, so tomorrow I’m going to start drilling to complete my level display doodad. I got a UB2 sized Jiffy box in the end. I’m 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.
• I’ve 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. They’ve mostly been for personal DVDs of mine, and saying: The following content is from this country. That kind of thing. But I don’t 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 I’ve done since probably last year some time, are South Korea, Japan, Germany, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Belgium, Austria, Britain, Thailand & Abkhazia. I’ve also done non-rotating ones of Iceland, Switzerland & America (/ USA).

Thursday, 7th of July, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 they’re down on the ground, this somehow offends the Dremora, and they start attacking you!
• On Saturday, my Software Review Of The Moment will go on to my titler programs (part 1) again.
• (20:11) I was looking for new MVs as usual, and thought I’d check out Loveade by Viviz. I thought: “Gee, that chick looks like Eunha from GFriend.” But clonk me on the head with a rolling pin! Because: Duh! It IS her! GFriend’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (13:43) I’ve almost finished my audio level display… thing. Circuit thing in a box. I just need the variable resistor to turn up from China. It must be coming by a boat, it’s 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 it’s 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. I’m a touch nervous that it won’t work, but it’s the same thing as I did on the breadboard, so it should.
• I was playing Oblivion again last night, as usual, and the same thing happened with a bandit as that scalon that didn’t collapse when it died. The body just sort of froze there. That’s twice in recent times, and it’s 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, he’d fallen down.
• (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.) It’s 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. It’s running okay at the moment. As for what the issue is, it could be anything without some kind of report on what’s 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 don’t know if the hard drive suddenly being disconnected would cause a full system freeze up. You’d think it would at least panic and report it. I got some dust off the motherboard, but that may not’ve 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 may’ve 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
Today’s current mood:
• (13:18) I’ve got the Apple Hardware Test CD running on my Power Mac G5 now. It’s up to the RAM check but it’s not done anything for a while. It says it may become unresponsive. I’ll give it until 14:00 or so, and see what happens. What’s 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 “airport” card, and the RAM test took an age. I think it was about 2 hours. I dunno.
• (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. Something’s screwy, that’s for certain. I held in the power button, and it turned off. Then I turned it back on, and it started fine. I’m running the quick test this time, but I think we can conclude from the extended one, that something’s severely wrong. Damn.
• (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 “DONG!” sound, but “boop boop boop” 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, it’s 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 can’t have died.
• (22:35) What a cursed night it’s been. I cracked out my newest portable hard drive to get the backup copy of my iMovie project I’d been working on, on my Power Mac, and for some reason, part of it couldn’t 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 my… 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 couldn’t read it properly either. It started reading fast, and then trickled down to nothing. What do you make of that? Why didn’t Mac OS X have a fit when it was writing the stuff? Maybe the drive’s a con. “Oh yes, it wrote fine, it wrote fine, uh huh, uh huh.” There goes the data down the potty.

Friday, 22th of July, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (17:52) I dunno if something’s 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 3½ hours to process a 1½ hour DVD. It’s jumped to over 5 hours to go now. What the fig? There’s nothing CPU specific, surely, about iMovie projects. Although, even JES De-Interlacer has been running about ½ the speed as my Power Mac. It’s like the MacBook’s CPU’s gone to half speed or something. I put on iStat Pro, and it says the fan’s running fine. I wonder if it’s related to that SMC reset thing I did, when the battery konked out in 2020.
• (19:20) On further reading, it may be reducing the CPU speed because the battery’s failed. This is so it doesn’t take too much power from the power supply. I wasn’t aware it did that. This is the 1st time I’ve had it do something so CPU intensive in years. I don’t think my HP laptop computer does that.
• (20:00) Yeah, I’ll have to see how fast my iMac G5 is at processing iDVD projects. It’ll probably be about the same as my MacBook @ half speed. I can always run a test and cancel it. I’ll have to get a 2nd hand 2008 model Mac Pro or something. They’re around $500 or so on eBay, and I don’t want to fork out any more money at the moment for stuff.
• Oh yeah, I got my audio level display doodad together, but the capacitors seem to be knackered. I should’ve known better & not used ones from 20+ years ago. So today I removed 3 of the 4 of the old ones. I’m 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, I’ll 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
Today’s current mood:
• (13:42) The DVD I was doing, was number 13 in a series, and the unlucky number struck hard again last night! Just after I’d 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 I’d better backup the iDVD project too, ’cos I forgot it. What happened? The sodding hard drive packed it in! It wouldn’t start up again from it! I couldn’t believe it! First my Power Mac’s 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 I’ve put that in there now. Struth in a booth with no roof! What a torment. I dunno if I’ll back this drive up again, ’cos if my MacBook’s 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 I’ll have another period of my life where I have 7 working computers. Although that’s now down to 6.
• (16:05) I cracked out my HP laptop PC earlier to see if it was running at the full speed, since I think its battery’s 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 — 9 years and a month fast! It’d gone on to August 2031! Holey beep!
• 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 it’s 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 MacBook’s one. I mean it’s 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 (— like 500+ GB each), and backup a 2nd copy of everything on my portable hard drives. I just don’t know if I trust them for the long term. I’ve got a flash memory unit that survived the washing machine, so they can’t be too cr@p. I think it’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (17:07) For those of you with an interest in The Elder Scrolls, I’ve started on Inner Depths: Oblivion 2 now. Well, 5 days ago. I’ve done about 5 main zones so far. I’m 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 “blocked” areas I might have to take into consideration.
I had to crack out my ¼ sized sewer tunnel again from I.D.: O. 1, since parts of the sewer don’t 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 “Daedric Cube,” 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 won’t end there! Those gems need a purpose, and with some other feature, you’ll 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
Today’s current mood:
• (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.
• As for Inner Depths: Oblivion 2, I did sod all of that today. I’ve 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 — conflicts of fighting each other. All the main zones are complete, but they still need decorating and having containers of loot added.
• 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. It’ll be his birthday on the 14th too, and this year, he’ll be 75.

Wednesday, 24th of August, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (12:50) So, I discovered a nasty bug in Oblivion yesterday, which should be no surprise, considering Bethesda’s 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 “placed” 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, ’cos I have such an item for Inner Depths: Oblivion 2. Items which are newly created though, and placed in containers, don’t have this problem. The thing is, I can’t 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 — what a pain! Other items which are specified by the master file (Oblivion.esm), don’t have this problem at all of course. They probably would’ve noticed it anyway.

Thursday, 25th of August, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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.
• Inner Depths: Oblivion 2 should be done soon-ish. I’m going to play through and test stuff in a jiffy.

Friday, 2nd of September, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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. I’ve been trying to see if I ever put it on 1 of my video cassettes, but it hasn’t shown up yet. I’ve got dozens of them — a lot of which have no writing to say what’s on there. So I’ve 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 video’s one too. How quickly I’d forgotten about such things, since I haven’t used a video cassette in probably 11 years. Thanks, LG, for putting the record button right above the fast forward one.
• Inner Depths: Oblivion 2 was done the other day as well, if you didn’t notice. Head to the Oblivion review page and grab it up!

Sunday, 4th of September, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 I’m not totally convinced that the quality is any better. Anyway, I’ll 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
Today’s current mood:
• (15:39) Here’s 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 freakin’ toys, which I don’t give a rat’s butt hole about. Anyway, I found a photo of a door bell transformer, and it reminded me of my Nana’s aunty, who had one for her door bell. It was just screwed to the floor in her lounge room. I thought: “You’d want to have the primary side connected to the door bell button, or the thing’d be using power all the time.” 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 that’s 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, there’s no gap on mine, in the lid, for a bell piece. (That’s 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 don’t even know where it came from. I thought it was from my Nanna’s place at Coogee, but perhaps not. The relay coils are rated at 250 Ω, and they’re 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. That’ll 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: “A.C. ONLY” 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 it’s 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 they’re 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 there’s a pair of them! You just don’t 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 you’re running a lot, you need a tranformer than can handle a good load, like 2 amps or more.
• Anyhow, yesterday, I looked at my big transformer, which I think was in my Nanna’s old Philips record player. The one I’ve mentioned in the past. I worked out that the red wires are 1 secondary winding, and the black ones are the other. And they’re 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 Dad’s 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. I’ve 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.
• I’ve 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
Today’s current mood:
• (12:15) I’m 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. I’m not sure the exact time. It’s 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. We’ve seen other rulers who’ve died, but probably none who’ll make as great an impact on the world as Queen Elizabeth. It’ll be strange to think of a “King Charles” now. He was always Prince Charles. For new kids being born, that’ll be something they’re used to now. It’s 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 don’t think that would go down too well with some people. If it was Princess Diana, she’d’ve been made the Queen in a flash, I think. Over at IMDb, they still have him as Prince Charles. Maybe they’ll change that soon. I guess once the crowning ceremony has taken place.
I guess there’ll 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
Today’s current mood:
• (16:06) I’m going to be doing a L.E.D. “sequencer” for my birthday. Or around about that time. This time it’s 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. I’m 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
Today’s current mood:
• (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, it’s the weakest of all of them. (And no, it’s not a frosted type either. They’re all colourless & clear.) Perhaps the camera’s responding to UV light coming out of it that I can’t 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 don’t have every single value of resistor in my drawer, and these values won’t 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. I’m 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 I’m going to do about my old transformer, and re-boxing it into something nicer.

Thursday, 22nd of September, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (15:43) It’s funny how you get these sites saying about FaceBook apparently tracking what you’re up to, even if you don’t use it. Just do what I did and block ’em entirely! That’s the easy solution. If you have a browser extension like Block Site, (for Mozilla browsers,) you can black list every site you don’t want to load.
• 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 it’s really some loop hole people are using to try and gain access to various accounts. Who targeted my address, I couldn’t say, but they probably get other people to do it for them, possibly to prevent themselves being implicated.
• I’ve been looking for more inspiration in doing something arty with my L.E.D.s, and those vintage Aerolux “electric flowers” are on my mind again. Somebody really needs to bring these back! I’d have one in every room! It’d 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 “sequencer” thing done.
• I also took a bit of an interest in some apparently “retro” 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
Today’s current mood:
• (15:28) If you like vintage electronic clocks, here’s 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. I’ve never seen ones like this before. Rather than using a single V.F.D., they’ve gone for these dotty tube things. Perhaps they could be replaced more easily.
• (22:45) I went looking for transformer cases on eBay, and got the ruddy toys again. Holey cow! “Metal project case” is a better search under industrial supplies. But they keep coming up with these AWFUL blue coloured things. They’re 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 that’s 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. I’d 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! I’ll have to weigh it too. I reckon it could be 1.5 kg perhaps. Hmmm… it’s probably going to cost a bit to do though. I reckon it could pass $75, meaning it’s a labour of love.
• (23:49) So yeah, here’s a picture of the old thing, plus some writing to point out what’s what, if you didn’t know. If anyone knows what the numbers on the left are, let me know! I’m pretty certain it’s the Philips one from my Nanna’s old record player & radio, so it might be a Philips specific thing. Anyway, you can’t say too much more about a transformer really. I’ll just leave it in this wooden box until I’m ready to move it to its new case.

Saturday, 1st of October, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (12:47) Yesterday, I was reading a little bit about the Japanese trio, Perfume. Apparently they’ve 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 music’s quite weird, but I do like their presentation. They always seem to have proper looking music videos & not some half-@r$€d amateur looking thing around somebody’s bedroom. I also like how they have closely matching clothes, and you can almost always pick who’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (21:59) While I’m focussed on dealing with electronic things and transformers, I decided to have a snoop inside another one I’ve had for years. My grandparents gave it to me along with an old View Master dealie. (If you don’t know what that is, it’s 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 “C” for common, then 4 V & 6 V. Next up were 3 connections for 2 out of phase 385 V… uh connections. (D’oh. I said connections twice.) So that winding would’ve been 770 V from end to end, but with the central “tap.” 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. It’s pretty large as well, but it’s mounted on a block of wood.
If I’m correct about the one above being the Philips one I think it is, it probably would’ve 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 would’ve been. (Based on a similar model I have the schematic diagram for.)

Sunday, 9th of October, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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: “Holey beep! A place I haven’t found?!” And I think I’d just been thinking that it’d be nice to find some joint I’d never been to. Well then I did! Corpserot Passage! The funny thing is, I’d 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 can’t 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. They’re 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
Today’s current mood:
• (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. It’s better than my Bow Of Storms, or whatever it was called. The Daedric one. So I’ve 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 that’s like 1000 extra gold for them. I presume you can still do investments now too. I’d have to check on that.
I’m 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
Today’s current mood:
• (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 “ThisIsMyFile,” but I haven’t 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 “surveillance” 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 “surveillance” designation. *Sigh.* I’ll 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 that’s in my caddy now. So long as it isn’t the caddy that’s got issues. The weird thing is, no other files seem to be corrupt. Maybe I play the same music too often. There haven’t been any errors reported to Windows though. Usually if a drive had bad sectors / blocks, you’d get a red error message in the event viewer. I’ve got them for improperly inserted SD cards and a dodgy DVD I had, so you’d think it would show for this. I dunno. The other thing is, you can’t check its S.M.A.(A.)R.T. status, because seemingly that can only be done if it’s connected directly to the motherboard. Anyway, I think it’s about 7½ years old, so it’s probably due for replacement.

Sunday, 16th of October, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (16:27) No hard drive yet. It’ll probably be this week.
• Tomorrow I should start on the soldering of my new L.E.D. “sequencer” 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. That’ll 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 I’m doing anyway. I printed out a “grid” 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 I’m positioning the 3 I.C.s as well.
• I found out about a show from 5 years ago called Babylon Berlin, which is a German TV show. It sounds rather intriguing. It’s set back in the 1920s and early 1930s from what I gather. I don’t understand German though, so it’d have to have English subtitles, and I think it’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (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 you’ll be able to adjust the speed.
My new hard drive hasn’t turned up yet, but I have a feeling it might be tomorrow, so more soldering may have to wait until Wednesday. At least I won’t be doing much in the way of drilling this time. There’s only one socket, and it’ll be on the end of some long wires. No switches, big potentiometers or LED holders to deal with either.

Thursday, 20th of October, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (18:57) Today was my 4th day of soldering for my happy face doodad. It’s taking much longer than I expected. I’m still waiting on my replacement hard drive to rock up, so I may or may not get more soldering done tomorrow. It’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (23:25) My new hard drive turned up today, (— yes, on Saturday —) 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 it’ll 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
Today’s current mood:
• (22:05) Hooray! I finally finished my L.E.D. sequencer thingo. With the perspex front, and protective cardboard rear. That’s to protect the wall when I hang it up. What’s 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 it’s 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 they’ll 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.
• (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 they’re connected on the circuit board. So that’s not too bad. I dunno how much the whole thing uses.

Tuesday, 1st of November, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (13:32) I’ve just completed another house plug-in for Oblivion. This time it’s called: Ayleid Mansion. It’s located on the Orange Road, south-west of Bruma, and there’s even an entertainer who juggles and dances. Plus a cleaning woman, and 2 other shop keepers. It’ll cost you 39 grand, but you get a pretty impressive joint, with lots of display space in the Grand Gallery, and there’s also a transportation room too. I’ll upload it soon-ish, so keep your eyes peeled on the main page for when I announce it.
• I’m 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. There’s 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 can’t remember what! Anyway, as this won’t need plug-in files to work, I can update it at any time, and you can choose what meshes you want, and don’t want. Somebody else might’ve done a similar thing, but you can always choose from mine or theirs.

Wednesday, 9th of November, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 “button” (if you could call it that) didn’t work! So I logged out, and went to try Firefox 93 in Tiny Core Linux, and nothing! The site didn’t even load! Every other site I tried did. So I tried Pale Moon in Windows 7, and the same thing! It said it couldn’t 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 what’s figged up with them. I had to find the ’phone 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 don’t think so.
• (23:46) I found a song from Armenia tonight, and the “video” was just a still picture. But it had an interesting looking church. So I thought, all right — let’s 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.
Here’s 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 would’ve been possible to play it with something like the fishing rod…

Friday, 11th of November, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 Microsoft’s fault! LOL. Basically, if it wasn’t for all the sneaky back door accessing of sites on the ’net when you run Oblivion, I wouldn’t need to block I.P. addresses in the firewall program thing. Apparently eBay must’ve 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 I’m going to do after Christmas. It’s 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 µF capacitor, and the box. I have pretty much everything else. It’d 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 don’t want the thing glowing like Las Vegas. It should be subtle.

Saturday, 12th of November, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (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 somebody’s head, you’d probably crack their skull. It’s just a big chunk of metal. Anyway, it’s 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. There’s 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 I’d say it is the one from my Nanna’s old audio system from the 1950s. The primary winding wires are a little short, so I’m going to solder on some new, longer ones, cover them with heat-shrink tubing, and run the new ones to a terminal strip, which’ll 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 “S-bend” of the cord, so it’s 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. It’s 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 it’s working fine.
This picture is the side that was facing the bottom of the box, which you didn’t see on the 23rd of September. It’s pretty plain and to the point. It’s been sprayed with some kind of silvery looking paint. The metal’s iron, I’d say, since it has patches of rust. The part around the windings is like a thick paper.

Wednesday, 16th of November, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (22:42) I was watching One Foot In The Grave — 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 it’s just Doreen Mantle’s name, with the letters rearranged. They even have a page for her at IMDb.

Thursday, 17th of November, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (15:38) I just tried another couple of MVs — one from France & one from South Korea. Nope. Both cr@p. I never have any luck with French music anyway. I shouldn’t’ve bothered with the Korean one, especially after last year’s mediocre line up from there. This year’s 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 I’ve been looking for! It’s a pity they didn’t 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 isn’t over yet, so I guess something else impressive could still be coming too! On the whole, this year’s had quite a lot of great songs. I’ve mostly been focussing on Japan, but I have found stuff from a few other places too. If you haven’t had a squizz, pop on over to my list of music videos for this year.
• The box for the transformer above turned up like yesterday, or Tuesday, or some time. It’s 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
Today’s current mood:
• (14:57) I’ve 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 battery’s stuffed), the iMac G5 is only about 86.6% as fast. So at 2.1 GHz, it still can’t 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. It’d beat them both in the MacBook’s current state. I’ll 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
Today’s current mood:
• (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 they’re nice and smooth.

Sunday, 4th of December, 2022
Today’s current mood:
• (12:32) Here’s a car you don’t see much. (Unless you own one.) The Pagani Zonda C12. Hasn’t Horacio Pagani been spotted in Monaco? That’s where this is, back in May, 1999 — the year the car 1st appeared. I can’t say it IS his car, but it’s 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 wasn’t aware of. He said the one he reviewed was only one of very few in America, and the 1st one he’d seen for real. I’ve 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, you’ll 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.
• (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.










John’s Top 5: Most Recently Played Games:

Game:
System:
The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
“2018 PC”
Teddy Utopia
Main PC
Tetris (For Windows)
Main PC
JezzBall
Main PC
SkiFree
Main PC

John’s List Of Interesting Articles & Scams:

“Beach’s Bizarre Broadway Subway” — An article about Alfred Beach’s pneumatic transit system in New York, which you may have seen a reproduction of in Ghostbusters 2.
City Of Darkness - Revisited — A fascinating look at what was the Kowloon Walled City.
Livermore’s Centennial Light Live Cam — Get an up to date view of the world’s longest running light bulb! This thing puts modern bulbs to utter shame!
Making Ice In Mississippi
A Keeper’s Account - A Quiet Night In — This is Charlie Riding’s 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.
Game Copy Wizard — 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 aren’t 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 they’re not as straight as you may have thought.
Transparent Audio — Another company bordering on scam status. Anyone who makes $777 USB cables, and somehow magically thinks they’re 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 they’re selling makes a difference.
AudioHarma’s Cable Cooker — more snake oil for the poor delusional “audiophool.”