Not thinking with Portals…

For the first time in as long as I can remember, I played Portal 2 on my PC in the early hours of this morning.

It made me realise that it’s been far too long since I last played Portal 2 – or pretty much any game on my PC – for a while. I remember when I played Minecraft every day and you pretty much couldn’t get me off it.

However, the consoles have got me rather hooked – been playing Batman – Arkham City on the WiiU and F1 2011 on the Xbox 360 a fair bit recently.

Yesterday’s ClanBase Radio show went really well, had a pretty awesome show, and most seemed to enjoy it and the music. This pleases me greatly and hopefully next week’s show will be just as good – or maybe even better.

Currently installing a new (yes, again) billing system. This will take a day or two. Any problems, get in touch. The new system is awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

Spotify, Deadmau5, Web Hosting, Puppy, Drunk, Laptop, Internet Radio…

A lot has happened since my last post, which is why the subject of this post is so long. I’m going to try to say everything that’s happened since my last post, and usual for me, I may go into too much detail, so this post may be a bit long.

You have been warned. Also, new Theme! I like it a lot. ๐Ÿ˜€

So, what do I start with? Oh, I know – alcohol. May as well get that out of the way first.

So, I was back in Taunton, it was New Year’s Even & I was alone, as Katie and her family were still in Ireland until the 3rd of January. I’d already planned to get drunk over the New Year, but I hadn’t realised I’d be alone. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I knew we had a bottle of vodka (in fact, we had two) so I grabbed them & the two 2 litre bottles ofย  Coca-Cola I’d bought just for the occasion and got started.

The problem was I pretty must had an empty stomach so the alcohol affected me a bit quicker than I thought it would. Plus I was making the drinks a little stronger than I usually do. I ended up making a complete fool of myself live on ClanBase Radio (more ClanBase Radio later) and spent at least ยฝ of New Year’s Day recovering from a rather horrible hangover. Being drunk was fun. The hangover wasn’t.

Next is Spotify & Deadmau5.

I’d never used Spotify before. And I couldn’t remember, for the life of me, why I hadn’t. Then one day, while browsing about the internet, I saw a link about Nokia doing an awesome show in London using massive projectors and Deadmau5 was doing the music. The show was awesome, and so I decided to look into more of Deadmau5’s music. A Google search came up with Spotify, Completely forgetting why I’d refused to use it, I made an account and searched for Deadmau5. It found “Get Scraped”, so I downloaded it (to the client) and played the first song.

I spent the next 4 or so mins gobsmacked. What incredible music! Everyone knows I’ve always liked that kind of music – some of my favourite bands being The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Pendulum & Knife Party – so I was shocked and overjoyed to hear how incredible Deadmau5’s music is. There’s only 2 songs from that album I’m not that fond of – but it’s rare I’ll like every single song from an album. I’m weird like that.

Spotify nicely let you trial their paid versions for free for a month, so I activated the most expensive one (usually ยฃ9.99/month) and was overjoyed to find out that, with that subscription active, you can download music to the app for your phone (iPhone and Android). This meant that, for nothing (at that point), I could download the whole of the Get Scraped album onto my phone and listen to it whenever I liked, without abusing my mobile internet. Brilliant!

So, what’s next? Puppy? Why not.

So, Lilly. She’s doing okay. Still peeing and pooping pretty much where she likes. She was (thankfully) okay with the trip to and from Ireland, and a repeat of the sick 14 times from the Kennels to home didn’t happen. I believe she may have hurled once – but that’s much better than 14 times.

She sleeps in the funniest positions – I’m gonna have to get some pictures of her in these crazy positions and get them online, so people can see them and (hopefully) go “awwww” like we do. ๐Ÿ™‚

She loves going on walks though. So much so she’s already learned what “walkies” means and will literally go insane until you’ve got her lead on her. She’s really well behaved when we’re walking her and not much scares her – apart from vehicles, she’s sometimes wary of those. But other dogs? Not afraid in the slightest. Other people? She legs it towards them, demanding attention. So much so that if she hears someone awww’ing her, she’s pulling as hard as she can towards them for attention. And as soon as they start giving her attention, she’s on her back so they’ll rub her tummy. Attention whore. ๐Ÿ˜›

Laptop next. Only a short one. I think.

Got myself a “new” laptop. By new I mean used/2nd hand, of course. ๐Ÿ˜›

It’s not the best thing in the world, but then for ยฃ50, what do you expect. It’s an Advent too, which makes it worse, but replacing the 533 RAM with 667 helped, as did replacing the 120GB HDD (that was dying) with a 250GB HDD that was in much better condition helped. It’s running Win7 64-bit and seems happy enough.

I got it so I can access the internet and so on while watching the TV, as the PC is in the other room. It’s so much easier to multi-task on a laptop than a phone. Plus it’s pretty quiet.

Internet Radio (Remember I said I’d talk about ClanBase Radio later?)

ClanBase Radio (CBR). Anyone at Wireplay will know that I used to DJ there, on their internet radio station Wireplay Radio (WPR). For a while, I ran the station. It was fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, due to many a reason, it was closed down, and I stopped DJ’ing for a while. Mainly as I didn’t know what other stations I could trust, and which ones would let me broadcast in my crazy, swear-word filled, shouty way.

Then, out of nowhere, Neur0 PM’d me on IRC and asked if I’d give ClanBase Radio a try. Neur0, for those who don’t know, used to broadcast on WPR. He was now staff at CBR. At first I was apprehensive, but I was invited to do a trial show, which lasts an hour. Well, the listeners loved me, and I’ve been a “regular” (I say that as I sometimes miss shows) ever since.

Link to my show page

I’m on every Friday from 8PM until 10PM UK time.

Minecraft

Just quickly, my Minecraft server will be shut down, for good, in the next week or two.

Web Hosting

So, finally, web hosting. Some of you will know by now that I host websites, and for a while, I was only hosting a few. I now have 9 customers. The last 2 months have been really good for me and I only hope it gets better.

The Billing site is pretty much properly up and running, and services can be ordered from it. I’m still working on it though, adding entries to the Knowledge Base and adding more services and addons that people can order.

However, my newest thing is that I can sell Domains! Properly! This is pretty cool, as it will hopefully get more people to join up.

I’m also planning on upgrading the server – as I won’t be running the Minecraft server anymore, I can upgrade to my hosts’ newer and awesomely powerful servers, meaning I can host more sites and everything will run faster!

However, I’ll still be offering to host Minecraft servers for other people – if you’re interested, simply get in touch.

Random Last Bits

The WiiU is actually a pretty cool console, and Batman Arkham City is pretty rad. The updates to the game are pretty cool. The Gamepad gets some getting used to, however…

I have F1 2012 for Xbox 360 and I can’t wait to play it.

I got Tooned for Christmas, and it’s pretty funny. It’s a set of cartoons of McLaren F1 and it’s pretty funny. I also got Sherlock (the BBC version, both seasons) and I’m chomping at the bit to watch them too.

I’ve gotta ask, how many people are actually going to change from MSN/Windows Live to Skype? I have, but then I’m on Skype anyway, so the change wasn’t that hard. What about everyone else?

Well, that’s it from me, I’ve done 2 early morning shifts and I have another one today – except today is also a full day shift. ๐Ÿ™ I’m gonna be shattered when I get home. ๐Ÿ™