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Ooooohkay, this seems to be up and running now. There are a bunch of broken video links, to various movie trailers, it seems... *checks links to YouTube stuff* yup, those are broken, too.

Right, let's try a newer vid from the Ace of Thorns Channel:-


Good, that looks okay, even if it goes weird in preview. So, that's essential functionality in effect - but there's some stuff that *sighs* won't be coming back. The huge number of links to (some of) my fiction blogs are broken, 'cause those got closed down, probably for lack of activity - anything with "diaryland" in the link is gone from the online sphere...

All is not completely lost, however. I kept back-ups, and I'm thinking maybe an e-book might be the solution. That means a whole heap of conversion from HTML, and subsequent editing. Hm.

If all that works, I might even get round to finishing the stories I was telling when my writing focus finally expired.
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*sighs* Not been such a great summer, with my back messing up, and all this Snoopers' Charter sh8 - and it's been so damn hot recently that I struggle to stay awake sometimes. It should therefore come as no surprise that blogging has taken a definite back seat of late - so, what's new(-ish)...?

ITEM! The current series of Star Trek Online videos on my channel continue to be the biggest draw of views I've had since the DaveChaos "tutorial". This probably means that the remaining "Stargazer" videos won't now appear, unless I receive more response to what's already been posted. It could be that the "market" is already saturated - or that I've completely misjudged my marketing methodology.

I'm thinking of posting a VLog at some point - with Tera Online as a backdrop. I have plans there...

ITEM! Saw Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes at the weekend. It was pretty damn good, but I struggle to find the time, or energy, to give it a full review. Probably good for a 8.25/10, with my only criticisms being:

1) Caesar looks too human (but Andy Serkis is still an absolute master of performance capture).
2) The humans seemed a bit lacking in "substance", their characters perhaps lacking in development, where the same couldn't be said for the lead apes.
3) Just stop with the 3D conversions where it simply ISN'T needed!

ITEM! I am all booked up for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Plans previous associated with this movie viewing have had to be shelved following my recent infirmities - but I may just do something along the planned lines for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON next year!

ITEM! Josh Brolin... James Brolin... who care so long as he rocks Thanos? We'll soon see...
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I've not been posting as many videos lately because... well, the current Minecraft series is getting ZERO views, whilst the new(-ish) Star Trek Online stuff is in fact generating a whole bunch more traffic: Episode 1 now has 233 views, as I write - the only thing with more views is the "how to farm Blazes" video I created in response to the trouble DaveChaos was having a while back, and that's responsible for the vast majority of my views...

I'm scaling back for a bit, and hopefully the STO stuff will keep people interested until I can launch something else - "Ace In The City", anyone...?

Meanwhile, THIS is awesome...

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Current Status: Fair. Not in agony, and managing to get around a whole lot better than Day 1 or 2. Having a weekend to crash out throughout has been a big help, although I'm still not entirely sure some of the drugs are doing what they should, whilst others are doing a good deal more to ease me through this.

Not a lot else to report, apart from the scheduled videos. Just can't be arsed to link to them right now.

UPDATE: Doctor Who returns Saturday 23rd August. Niiiiice.
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Aww. England are out of the World Cup.

Am I heartbroken and inconsolable about this?

Like buggery.

Meanwhile, THIS...

OH, and this from this time last week:-

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So much for me being more regular with blogging.

Anyway, on to something else: new video series...!

Elsewhat... Toilet Bat was safely returned to the roost, I'm told - but not before another two bats had a similar problem, and one did not survive. A shame, but hopefully that issue is now fully dealt with, and the colony is now secure.

Other Elsewhat... All isn't entirely going to plan on the Star Trek Online front, as the special gear I was working towards (see video above) has turned out to be a bunch more expensive than anticipated. Bugger.

And finally, on a brighter note, I have received the main part of my recent "special present" order. I had thought to do an unboxing video, but I don't really have the proper setting for it. I will, instead, take a photo, and share it here...
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Hey look, kids...

I'm a bit behind on reporting the video uploads, I know, but there's the latest, and the rest can be found at Last week got only two videos, 'cause my Long Live The Queen series has reached its "Book 1" end, although I will be playing it again sometime.

Elsewhat... Shopping. I just spent a bit of money on myself (not a huge amount), in part to make good on a Move-related promise to myself. Also... I may be heading South later this summer for a bit of a vacation...
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Hmmm - Friday the 13th is almost over, and thankfully there hasn't been anything to worry about, except needing a new watch battery. The same couldn't exactly be said for the bat that ended up in the toilet at work, and was saved by staff from being flushed. I hope the little fella is going to be okay.

Meanwhile; videos. Guess I should get one ready to roll...
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Yay! I'm on time now!

Meanwhile... Looks like I'm not finished with the exams on Monday after all. Wednesday PM is the last slot where I'm needed... so that's another week arsed up, I guess...

...and it looks like I'll have to venture out of town for another cinema trip, on Spiritwalk Day (Thursday). That's not so bad - just mildly inconvenient.
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This one is...

Previously (Tuesday/Wednesday)...


...and last Friday...

We are now at NINETY-SEVEN videos. Next week, at this time, it SHOULD be the magic 100!
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Back on the exams again, and do I have these mini-deja-vu kinda things that make it feel like it's the lead-in to Christmas all over again... Same venue, same team. I'd go into more detail, but I'm behind on a bunch of things as it is - I'm uploading what should've been TUESDAY'S video right now!

Tomorrow (almost today) - GODZILLA. Yeeeeeesssssss...

One negative: it's a day off, but I don't get a lie-in.

Tomorrow, I'll post the links to the last week's videos, and present a movie review on Saturday - hopefully.

And Finally... Brace yourselves: I have been writing. I may have actually FINISHED something that's taken over A YEAR to do. "Back on the horse"? We'll have to see...
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Oh well, that's another birthday come and gone, and this year, no movie to go and see on the day. Shame, that - but next year may just be different...

In the meantime, videos - of the Minecraft variety. Episode 14 (from Friday):

Episode 15 (from Sunday):

Tomorrow, Day 4 of a four-day weekend. Considering how Friday and a decent chunk of Saturday were taken up by sorting out a fairly substantial Minecraft malfunction, I very much feel I'm owed the Monday, bank holiday or no.
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This was Tuesday's...

...and then, there's THIS:

I WILL try to get more blog posts done, and not just links to my videos.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
First, yesterday's video offering...

Also, a bit of a quandry - who the hell do I vote for now? One thing is certain - it won't be the Tories, the current bunch, after they put in place MORE rules to stick the knife into the unemployed. Sign on at the Job Centre EVERY DAY? Do they get travel expenses (I suspect not)? Headline-grabbing politicians just LOVE touting tales of big TVs and fancy holidays ALL paid for from taxpayers' money, and £1000 a week "dole cheques" - anything to get voters baying for blood... all while there are STILL individuals in this country who can get their rich accountants to fiddle the figures, and get them off paying ANYTHING.

And if it's true that Scotland's "First Minister" has been speaking in glowing terms about Russia's "dear leader" Putin, then Captain SNP can go screw himself, too...
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But for today, or more correctly the day before yesterday, a new video:

Now, about that Amazing Spidey 2 review... I have really fallen behind on that one, for which I have to apologise. I don't really have the time to do anything about it tonight, unless I really cut back to the bare minimum - kinda like this (spoilers "whited out")...

Amazing Spider-Man 2 - The Potted Review

- An improvement on the first, now that the obligatory retelling of Spidey's origin is out of the way
- The 3D actually WORKS this time, although it's still more of the "DUCK!" thing rather than the Avatar "added immersion" deal
- They really are piling on the pain for our hero!
- Thankfully, this one isn't overly "villain-heavy", as one of the expected bad guys (SPOILER) only appears in full at the very end of the movie, in an fight scene that is truncated by the rolling of the credits (END SPOILER)
- Negative points: 1) a villain's "previous life" is such an awkward misfire, harking back to the rather regrettable Superman III era of superhero movies; 2) (SPOILER) did Uncle Ben just get written out between movies? Hardly a fitting end for Spidey's greatest inspiration, unless I'm not remembering the first movie correctly (END SPOILER), and 3) the use of an X-Men - Days Of Future Past teaser was a bit misguided, as it seemed to suggest a "shared universe" that Fox now say wasn't ever going to happen (careless!)
- Final score 8/10 for a much more worthy addition to the Spidey reboot than this writer expected.

Hmm - not too cut-down after all...
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*Gasp!* On the same day as it goes live...!

*ticks one item off the list* Now, what's next? Oh, a movie review... well, I'm not quite as up to speed as that, but I'll try and have it ready for tomorrow.
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Sorry for the silence, folks, but YES, I am still alive, and just about functioning. So, what's new...?

Well, for a start, there are another two videos. From Thursday (which I'll from hereon make a Friday)...

and yesterday...

As I mentioned above, I've tweaked my schedule, and the plan now is to post videos on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, to minimise disruption to anything else I might be doing online at the time. Hopefully, I'll manage to do an update post here on the same day.

Meanwhile... technical issues. My TV is still screwed up, despite getting a new aerial, and now the laptop is making unhealthy fan-related noises. Oh, and I'm a bit stuck, room-lighting-wise - an expensive new LED bulb isn't quite cutting it...

*sighs* I hate crap like that.
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Guess I didn't post a short entry late last week, then. Oh well, suppose I should make up for lost time, now that I'm approaching normal health again...

First, videos. Yup, plural - from Sunday AND tonight!

Next: great news for Marvel Studios, as CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER does very tasty box-office on its US opening and its ongoing international run! Also, we learn that a third solo movie for the star-spangled Avenger is going to go head-to-head with the Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman follow-on from Man Of Steel - so that's Cap AND ANT MAN for 2016 then...

And finally... Had the TV aerial engineers in, to address my annoying channel drop-outs lately. New aerial, new connecting cable... and the same problem remains. Great...
patentdragon: (unexpected)'s ME that's leaking. Urgh, I'm ill...

A good opportunity to not only get all my Long Live The Queen videos titled and processed, but also make a start on my Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday planned release schedule...

Yay... *sniffs*... *sneezes*...
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I always seem to be a day behind with these...

Elsewhat... This weekend, I managed to start and complete a series of new videos, involving the game Long Live The Queen. It may seem a bit "girly", but it's actually a pretty complex RPG-cum-Fighting Fantasy arrangement, as I hope the videos will show...

Also, holy crap, are snippets of phone footage and photos pretty much pouring from the various sets for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON - we actually managed to see two "new" characters in those images BEFORE their on-screen debut in the mid-title sequence for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, a movie that does seem to have pleased the great majority of those going to see it.

And rightly so!

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