patentdragon: (unexpected)
"...a brand new gaming PC!" - or at least that's what I'm now researching. Yeah, I got the laptop back yesterday (with a new fan in it), and following some advice from Ultima Online associate Aurelius (thanks, my friend), I searched online for any indication that this laptop's issues might be something others have encountered, and perhaps solved without any additional expense - only to learn that a whole bunch of folks have experienced the same overheating. There is an official "solution", in the form of a fan override program that forces the fan to work at maximum speed on request...

I installed it, and it worked just ONCE (so far). I got good FPS and a fairly cool system for a short stint at Minecraft, and Star Trek Online ran pretty well after that... BUT the heat then was definitely on the increase, to what felt like dangerous levels.

This is getting beyond a freaking limit. There may be other things I can do, but I'm now certain those will only be short-term work-arounds. A new desktop gaming machine is becoming imperative.

Time to climb the Mount Doom of computer specs. unfortunately, I don't seem to have a Samwise to share the journey with me...
patentdragon: (unexpected)
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...

patentdragon: (unexpected)
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:-

patentdragon: (unexpected)
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 aceofthorns.co.uk. 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...
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Struggling to get into a blogging mood. Maybe I should try and do it at the start of the evening, INSTEAD of the end...

News, news, news... is there any? Oh yeah: we ARE getting Thanos in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (57 days to go), played, or at least voiced, by James Brolin - but how big a part that will be remains to be seen. In the meantime, there's one less big movie between then and now, as Jupiter Ascending slides from July to next February, apparently to allow more work on the SFX (probably some tinkering with 3D conversion (sighs)...?). It could be that the makers are afraid that the "not a franchise" tag is going to hurt their product, like it seems to have impacted on Edge Of Tomorrow (unfortunately).

Meanwhile, and this may be hard to believe, I appear to be finding my way back into Star Trek Online, at the cost of any serious involvement in Minecraft. Crazy...
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Okay, so that's my extended Spiritwalk down-time done, and it's back to whatever counts as "normal" these days. However, I've not been in a Minecraft frame of mind, lately, and I've actually been doing a whole bunch more Star Trek Online (such as all this evening, bar the usual Ultima Online). I'm not sure I'll be going back to the level of activity I was at before I discovered "Minecrack", but it's been fun.

The Big Question... ...what next? I'm not entirely sure, but I feel inclined to spend some money, after two rather disappointing excursions where I came home with not a great deal of stuff. I may not have the room for much, but dammit...
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Huh. I really struggle to even consider blog posts right now. It hasn't helped that I've just had a week and a half of messed-up schedules, and that was all a bit more screwed-up than usual (yes, exams, I'm talking about YOU), due to some management issues. All in all, the whole exam period went by with absolute NO conflicts of personality OR procedure - but *sighs* there were other matters, such as unexpected additions to my timetable, and a sore heel that messed with my down-time...

Yeah, I just seem to be running into a stream of "negative input" at the moment - the early mornings, the long work-days, the heel pain, a domain host that has given me grief with making payments for as long as I've been with them, Stargazer Season 5 doesn't really have a direction - and I really don't feel like fighting the current just now. I still have to post a review for X-Men Days Of Future Past (which was really good - and sadly the only thing about Spiritwalk '14 that worked out), but that, and other stuff, will just have to wait for the right moment, probably another couple of days down the line.

I need to change down several gears after the exams, and get back into my previous routine for a full week, I think.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
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.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
This one is...



Previously (Tuesday/Wednesday)...



...Sunday-ish...



...and last Friday...



We are now at NINETY-SEVEN videos. Next week, at this time, it SHOULD be the magic 100!
patentdragon: (unexpected)
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.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
*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.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Okay, I admit it - I have been pretty piss-poor at posting entries recently. There's been a bunch of crap screwing with my routine, and I will try to sort that out, over the Easter weekend.

For now, there's more from the Ace Of Thorns channel. Tuesday's video...



...and tonight's...



I'm also due readers another movie review - Amazing Spider-Man 2, from Wednesday. Short version: better than the first offering from the "reboot", worthy of a solid 8/10.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
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.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
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...

Still Sick.

Apr. 3rd, 2014 03:42 pm
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Yup, still coughing and sneezing and generally feeling sh8 right now - and to make matters worse, I may just have broken Minecraft as well. I went to take on the fabled Ender Dragon, and *boink* no sound in game, before, during or after...

Wonderful. I've posted an enquiry on the MC boards, but 99% of the time, my requests for help get ignored there, so I'm not holding out much hope. Update - sorted by a relog. Weird, that.

Meanwhile, I stick to the schedule...



Sunday, Tuesday AND Thursday, as planned...!
patentdragon: (unexpected)
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!
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Note to self: must remember to do some more of those custom thumbnails...



I could also do with running off some more completed videos, for Season Three, 'cause I'm really needing the hard drive space - although I could just buy some more...

Meanwhile... Getting ready for wednesday, and the "kick-off" for the 2014 "Season" - Blockbuster Season, that is, and it's going to be a busy one over the next few months!
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Yesterday... The third of FIFTY (episodes of ...EDGE OF CHAOS that is)...



- complete with nifty customer thumbnail, of which I still have about forty-five to do. Things are genuinely looking more "professional" now - although I 1) need to finish my DUNGEON MASTER series, and 2) find more games to play - I do have Long Live The Queen, which should be fun, and there's a Game Of Thrones game coming sometime soon, too...

Talking of which... Damn, that's FOUR books read now, and there's not one moment where you feel even remotely disappointed, even when long-standing characters get it in the neck... or the gut... I think you get the general idea. Messy - and it really does seem as though NO-ONE is truly safe. Impressive.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
ITEM! I now have THIRTY NINE episodes of EDGE OF CHAOS ready to post, and there ARE going to be yet more! Best estimate so far is 44...

ITEM! Thinking about a special Spiritwalk outing - X-Men - Days Of Future Past apparently opens on that day, just a week after GODZILLA...

Also, there should be exams to oversee about that time. Tricky.

ITEM! Absolutely DEVOURING the books that have become the monster hit TV series Game Of Thrones - on satellite TV. I'm more than halfway through the fourth book - officially the second part of the third book - and holy shit do the "hits" just keep on coming! Compelling stuff, in a classic example of a fantasy world that has been crafted with great, and loving care.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
How about "THIRTY-SIX episodes and rising"...? I'm keeping them generally to 15 minutes or so, but Episode Thirty-Seven just HAS to be a bonus-length (dare I say "feature-length"?) episode.

Guess this season is going to run about as long as the first...

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