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Thursday, April 13, 2006

An updated version of 'Another World' out on PC on the 14th April

Eric Chahi (the creator of Another World and Flashback) is re-releasing Another World tomorrow.
It is faithful to the original game but has been reprogrammed to work with high resolutions and on modern PCs, and best of all it's only going to be 5 euros.
The link is to a French interview. There is a Google translation link in the first comment.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Pimp My Snack

Fancy making a giant Jaffa Cake? Or a real Creme Egg Easter egg? These and other recipes for 'pimping' your favorite snacks can be found here.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The best game ever?



It looks like it could be.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

See, this is why I own a pair of this guys trainers

Although I didn't realise he could do this...



I seem to have a thing for posting videos lately...
Hell, at least I'm posting something.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Japanese Version Of Canon In D

I discovered this today, and couldn't stop listening to it at work.



Dear Lord. That man is awesome.
(More by this guy)

I've magicked an MP3 from the video, which you can download here (6.31MB).

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Some Photoshop Magic...


Flotsam 2
Originally uploaded by Grim....
I've removed the footprint from the top left of this picture.
It looks much better now.

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Blogger Grim... said...

And there is still a footprint in the top right...
Damnit...

1/16/2006

 

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

The View From Our Future Holiday Home?


The View
Originally uploaded by Grim....
Handily, H's Godmother owns this house in the Bahamas (and her father owns most of Freeport) and it has an awesome view.

It was pretty windy at the time, in fact the weather went mad for about an hour each morning, which was pretty odd.

It rained a few times, but that was a good thing - the rain was warm, and afterwards lizards appeared everywhere. Seeing wild lizards is not something I expected to see.

There are a couple of downers, however:
1) All the cars are American. American cars are not good.
2) Broadband speeds are crap.
3) It's far too hot.
4) The food is so good you'd always eat out.
5) I'd have to buy a jet ski.

Other than that, the dollar is so weak against the pound at the moment that H and I would be pretty loaded if we went out there.

I don't think it's going to happen, though.

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Blogger Grim... said...

I forgot to mention TV; American TV is good (especially Jerry Springer - Jerry in the USA is totally different to what we get shown in the UK. Get on the pole!), but the adverts are terrible.

1/12/2006

 

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Beach


100_1446
Originally uploaded by Grim....
This is a good picture, apart from the foot-print in the top left. I'll photoshop that out, and see how it looks.

It was taken on a beach in the Bahamas, where I went for part of my honeymoon.

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Christmas Rocks

I've got an XBox 360!
My wife is great!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn you, I wanted 2 and to sell one on eBay :)

1/03/2006

 

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Screw £87,000 - lend me €1,000,000



I don't want a Range Rover Sport any more, I want the Bugatti Veyron.

Strangely, the chairman of Bugatti is my dad’s boss. My dad doesn’t work for Bugatti, he looks after, builds (and rebuilds) vintage racing cars, like the Maserati 250f:




I found that picture on a Google image search, and the guy with the beard is my dad. Starting the 250f is one of my dad's friends called Ken.

I'm sure he knows a handy email address, so maybe I should just ask him if I can have one?

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Blogger Warhead said...

I assume you saw Jeremy creaming over this last night. Nice motor, but I can't help that it'd be uncomfrtoable after 13 hours, even with a couple of comfort breaks.

12/12/2005

 

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Backwards Stapler Bytes

I'm on the last page of that Backwards Stapler thing.
It's just a bunch of Hex values, and I get the feeling we have to make a picture with the colours he's listed.

I've got hints to each page in my comments for people that need help.

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Blogger Grim... said...

Page 1:
That’s correct, relpats-eht.com is back. Well, almost back. I have decided that I will put off completion – which I know truly matters to none of you – until a date which you will determine. This date will be exactly three days, fourteen hours, fifteen minutes, and nine seconds after the first person completes a little game I have devised. The concept is simple enough, each page will provide a clue as to the directory of the next, getting progressively harder until the end. I shall also note that while this contest is not for the weak of mind, it could be completed by anyone of any age, assuming they have at least the intelligence of the average high school student. Of course, I have also provided some incentive for you to play along. The first person to send an email to the address given in the final step, containing the method by which they received they answer to all previous clues will win a prize. I will not say what that prize is, but I will say that it is something of value great enough to make the contest worth participating in. If you think I am lying, then don’t participate, forget that you have ever read this little paragraph and wander off to any corner of the internet you please. To those which remain, I shall say this, the first clue has already been given, I hope you can at least get past step one.

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"three days, fourteen hours, fifteen minutes, and nine seconds"
314159 - mean anything to you?

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 2:
Congratulations, you have progressed to step two. Now that all whom are dumber than my pet rock are gone, I feel it is ok to speak more freely and may not confine myself to the even the rules of an informal essay. Though, because I am relpats_eht, I shall still always use correct grammar and spelling.

Anyway, as to prevent any confusion, I will slightly clarify how this contest progresses. As you discover more and more solutions, what you type into the address bar will get longer and longer. By which I mean, if the answer to this page was flibertyjibbet, you would and should head to www.relpats-eht.com/pi/flibertyjibbet, as www.relpats-eht.com/flibertyjibbet would take you to no more than a 404 notice. See you on page three.

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I can't help you with this. He's literally written the answer out for you.

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 3:
Well, now that we're on page three, and I’ve got you all thinking this is going to be an incredibly simple contest, I have decided to destroy that misinformed hope by introducing the real challenges. Without further ado, here it is:

1101100 1100001 1110100 1101001 1101110
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Find a binary converter and convert the sets one by one.

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 4:
Ok, now that you are on page 4, there shal be no more of me giving yoo the answers like on page 2. From now on, things will be a bit more hiden than that. Oh, and don’t worry, I’ll have you wishing you qit coon enough.

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You need to translate the word that all the misspelt/missing letters spell.

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 5:
So you know Latin? Big deal, a lot of people know Latin. That’s another thing I’m tired of, why do I keep giving you simple words like quake and model as directory names, I think it’s time to get a bit more cryptic on page 5.

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Encrypt the words 'page 5' with the encryption method that has something in common with 'quake' and 'model'.

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 6:
Ok, enough is enough. I am a lazy guy; I don’t want to be making a website. I’m kicking this thing up to the next level. No more paragraph riddles, no more subtleties, just shear brain power from here on in. Here is the next clue:

2147483647 524287 131071 8191 127 31 7 3

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That is a famous sequence of numbers. Find out it's name, and remember the sequence is backwards.

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 7:
I am true to my rasterized words.

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Start rasterizing!

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 8:
ARG! What is driving you to continue this game! The prize is not the answer to the universe!

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By far the easist one in the game.
What is the answer?

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 9:
Here is the riddle:

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There is nothing there. You need another word for 'nothing'. Try thinking SQL.

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 10:
{1 +7 -7 +6} – {1 +7 -6 +3}

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Solve out the problem, and you will have two dates. Bear in mind that the middle symbol is not a minus sign.

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 11:
9 53 28 16 1

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I guessed this one from a hint someone emailed me:
Remember, you are nearly at the finish!

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Page 12:
You only have one more extremely hard challenge left.
(Big bunch of Hex codes)

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So, now you're where I am.
Anyone got any ideas?

12/11/2005

 
Blogger Lisa said...

Yes. I made a web page with blocks the color given by each of the hex codes. I got this big colorful thing that changes configuration as I resize the browser. I was hoping a picture would resolve, but either I was wrong, or I'm missing something. <sigh>

12/20/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Bugger.

12/21/2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re 12. It's encoded text. You need to find out which bit of the hex is relevant, and what encoding has been used. It's an inexorable problem!

12/31/2005

 
Anonymous Yes said...

Public Function decryptola(RGBdata As String) As String
Dim GreenData As String
Dim XorData As String

If Len(RGBdata) < 6 Then Exit Function
GreenData = Mid(RGBdata, 3, 2)
XorData = Val(ConvertHexadecimalToDecimal(GreenData))
decryptola = Chr(XorData Xor 11)
End Function

Public Function ConvertHexadecimalToDecimal(BinVal As String) As String
Dim iVal#, temp#, i%, Length%

Length = Len(BinVal)
For i = 0 To Length - 1
temp = HexToNo(Mid(BinVal, Length - i, 1))
iVal = iVal + (temp * (16 ^ i))
Next i
ConvertHexadecimalToDecimal = iVal
End Function

Private Function HexToNo(i As String) As Integer
Select Case i
Case "0", "1", "2", "3", "4", "5", "6", "7", "8", "9":
HexToNo = CInt(i)
Case "A", "a":
HexToNo = 10
Case "B", "b":
HexToNo = 11
Case "C", "c":
HexToNo = 12
Case "D", "d":
HexToNo = 13
Case "E", "e":
HexToNo = 14
Case "F", "f":
HexToNo = 15
End Select
End Function

Public Sub dome()
UserForm1.Show
End Sub

1/03/2006

 
Blogger Brownguy said...

apparently some brave soul ran this through some sort of coders. idk, but apparently it's text that says some ridiculously stupid paragraph...



the link is this: http://www.ubersite.com/m/81865

1/04/2006

 
Anonymous Todd said...

If you take the middle character values and invert bits 0, 1, 3....they add up to the string:

You know, I have often been asked "What's the history behind your nick?" To the askers I have always responded a long answer of utter drivel. Today will be no different, for the true answer is unknown to me, as far as you know. I, relpats_eht, am no different from anyone else. Well, perhaps a bit different, a bit off, if you will. Most people have thus come absent mindedly to the conclusion that I am just that little bit different from the rest of society because of what they believe to be above average intelligence, despite frequent retorts to these claims. I am relpats_eht, neither smarter nor dumber than anyone else. The only true disparity is that I haven't the smallest inkling of anything which could be considered a life. Quite frankly, I do not even know what that means. Now, if you were to mull over that statement for a second, you may have a hint as to the origin of my nick. Now then, in the time it has taken for your two red eyes to skip over the few pixels separating this sentence, as well as reading this sentence, I expect you must have figured it out. The reason my nick is relpats_eht is because I was bored. There is no reason, history or meaning behind it. It does not have anything to do with staplers, the fact that when read backwards it does say such is strictly coincidence. It is merely a random combination of letters my fingers happened to fall on as I typed. No more, no less. When you have as little of life as I have, on occasion you may find yourself randomly typing at the keyboard. Not typing words, only letters accordingly to kill time, and tire your fingers out. It so happens that one day what I found among the bytes of pointless ramblings that the sequence of letters r e l p a t s _ e h t happened to emerge more than once. Because this string of letters was among the few pronounceable things that had ever fallen from my fingers, and the only pronounceable thing to appear more than once on the same page, it was chosen as my nick. An anti-climactic story, I am sure, but do not worry, their wasn't much rising action, so you wont fall too far back down the conclusion. This, of course being a conclusion to something I have written, will make not the smallest bit of sense. Have fun finding the last answer; there is nothing random about it.

1/04/2006

 
Anonymous whiz gurl said...

this is to the last page, anyone who gets this is a genius



http://www.relpats-eht.com/pi/flibertyjibbet/latin/game/6bfe1220d53e71bf3e67b60bba79ce4d/ennesrem/54fd23dn90sd4/42/null/monroe/finish/

1/07/2006

 

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Fucking Hippies


Yet More Hippies
Originally uploaded by Grim....
Hippies rode their bikes past my flat this morning, blowing whistles and honking stupid bike horns.

It's stupid.
They ride their hippy bikes protesting about the environment (or something), and hold up all the traffic, thus causing cars to spend more time on the road, thus causing more pollution.

If only they made smart hippies, then maybe they could actually do something useful about the problems they protest about rather than riding about and fucking up everyones day.

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More Hippies


More Hippies
Originally uploaded by Grim....
Well, at least they gave me something to photograph.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving day, when you Americans celebrate the fact that your ancestors slaughtered the natives of your country by eating turkey.
Make sure you thank an American Indian for his country (if you can find one).
Here's to all of you! But bear in mind that while you're celebrating someone else may come and slaughter some natives...

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Still can't quite get this into my head

The best man from my wedding, and the guy that helps out with disco's (N) and his fiancee, the wife's 'head' bridesmaid (M) (her in the photo down there), we're due to get married next year.
And now, they're not. In fact, they aren't even living in the same flat any more.

I tell you, it's fucking selfish of them, because now everything is wierd.
It's not that they scream and shout if they set eyes on each other, but they were together for six years, and they've been our best friends for seven, so if the wife and I ever went out, it was us and them.
Now, it's us and M and N.

And I haven't got my head around that yet...

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Blogger SoSu said...

wait till they make you choose between them, then it gets really fun

11/02/2005

 
Blogger Syl said...

Nice blog! (Jusp popping in to make a comment)

11/04/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Thanks, I update it myself =]

11/04/2005

 
Blogger frogkisser said...

people are really very very selfish sometimes. They should try for their friends sakes!
Hire a lawyer before making any decisions between the two of them. Just friendly advice.

11/13/2005

 
Blogger Grim... said...

Ha!
They're not married, and they don't own any large items between them (flat is rented, car belongs to him, etc).

No need for lawyers, methinks.

11/15/2005

 

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Monday, October 31, 2005

Range Rover update!

The Range Rover salesperson won't stop calling me! Anyone would think that she thought I was serious about buying one when I took it for a test drive.
Maybe I should just talk to her.

(Oh, and happy hallowe'en).

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Friday, October 21, 2005

And now my head hurts

Much giggles were had last night, but we are all paying for it today.
It was good to meet Zaff and Paul after only talking to them on the 'phone for 4 months.

I took quite a few pictures, and I liked two of them (these were taken with my small Kodak LS633, so they're not that high quality).

First is a picture of my drink, my phone and my wedding ring:

Drink, Phone, and Wedding Ring


Next is a picture of our drinks, and I think the colour came out really well in this one:

Strange Drinks


The drinks were really nice, too.

Finally, in case you were wondering, I managed to get into my flat using my key last night (or, more accurately, 4 hours ago), but I still woke up H and proceeded to make myself some toasted cheese sandwiches.
It's becoming a tradition.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Sheikh. Zaff Sheikh.

I've got a job (which is a pretty big deal for me).
It's a permanent job which I got through an agency, and I've been here since August.
The agency guy is (excellently) called 'Zaff', who calls himself 'Agent Zaff' on the 'phone. As soon as he started to do this, we called him 'Special Agent Zaff' (do you see what we did there?).
I'm going out on the beer to meet Special Agent Zaff for the first time tonight, and I've got my camera with me, so I might even take some pictures.

Incidentally, the last time I went out on the beer with my workmates (I hate the word colleagues, almost as much as I hate the word Brunch) I had to wake my wife (let's call her 'H') up because my office key wouldn't open the door to my flat. At 3am. I then proceeded to make myself a toasted cheese sandwich, which involved getting the brand new toasted cheese sandwich maker out of it's packaging, and, apparently, whistling a lot.
Let's hope I can keep that sort of standard up, eh?

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