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Northern Wolf
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As mentioned a couple of posts ago I've been exploring a number of 'social networking' websites. I'd dismissed a few of them previously but realised how many different sites various friends have been using, acknowledged a certain interest in the creative nature of these sites and decided to give a number of them a go. I feel that some of them provide more limitations than they do opportunities. Facebook for example seems to have become so fixated on status updates that the flexibility that profile walls and applications once promised is all but gone. Facebook's security issues aside a lot... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
Northern Wolf is now following Brad Choate
Jun 10, 2010
Northern Wolf is now following Kofla Olivieri
Jun 10, 2010
A number of friends of mine often joke that I'm "kinda ADHD". I have a varying and quite often exceptionally short attention span and tend to run with one interest at a time to the detriment of pretty much all others. I think this is a perfectly normal human behaviour, just somewhat exaggerated in me. It is very well observed in my computer gaming habits; I have a library of games that many a nerd would envy but they are partly unplanned and largely unfinished because I've simply lost interest before making much progress. I'm a fan of social games,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
As H.P. Lovecraft devotees know, Cthulhu (“kə-THOO-loo”) is the octopoid horror that slithered across the intergalactic wastes, in the time before Time, and slumbers now in the ocean’s abyssal depths, dreaming of apocalypse. As described in “The Call of Cthulhu,” he’s a cosmic obscenity, a partial-birth nightmare of “vaguely anthropoid outline” with the scaly hide and “rudimentary wings” of a dragon. But his most memorable aspect is his cephalopod head, variously described as an “octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers,” an “awful squid-head with writhing feelers,” or just “pulpy” and “tentacled.” via www.hplusmagazine.com I've been a Lovecraft... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 3, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
It's approximately 2am right now, the slow end of what has been another in an interesting few days for me. I've been poking around verious 'social networking' and self-styled 'web 2.0' sites and pretty much attempting to make full use of them. I have always been a late adopter of social media, partly due to my own tendencies for reclusiveness but also because the cynic in me sees the targeted advertising, data mining and trend monitoring prospects before the social benefits. This said websites such as the ubiquitous Twitter and Facebook have transcended the state of utility and have become... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
Northern Wolf is now following Elizabeth Klaviter
May 30, 2010
Even celebrities get kicked off... But do you think a non-celebrity would have ever gotten an apology?
Toggle Commented May 31, 2010 on KEVIN SMITH at The Unfit Athlete
I'm quite a gadget fan, apparently. I picked up an iPhone when it came out, I own a second generation MacBook Air. I'm also a long-term gamer, consoles as a kid and for the last decade PC games. I've had gaming rigs from Alienware (before they were Dells) and built more gaming machines than I care to think about. I tend to be an early adoptee, I've used Windows Vista and Windows 7 since their respective launch dates (in fact before). So why do you care? Well I'd like you to understand before reading that I am an Apple fan,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
I'm quite a gadget fan, apparently. I picked up an iPhone when it came out, I own a second generation MacBook Air. I'm also a long-term gamer, consoles as a kid and for the last decade PC games. I've had gaming rigs from Alienware (before they were Dells) and built... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at Virtual Wilderness
I'm typing this post on my iPad, which arrived this morning a day ahead of the official release (yay). I don't want to type up another review espousing the awesomeness of it and why the critics are wrong. It won't however handle the rich text editor on typepad so i have to drop in my own HTML line breaks *shakes fist*. It is however exactly what I expected it to be and definitely not for everyone. If you're still not sure about making the purchase then be sure to get your hands on one and try it out first. There's... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
My iPad has been dispatched, now I have to try and be patient. This is harder than it sounds. Blog posted here. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
Transhumanist theory aside, in recent years there have been some phenomenal changes in technology. It's not like the meteoric rise of the computer with arguably revolutionised our relationship with the world around us. It's not like the internet that transformed the flow of information and more recently the way we socialise. It's not even a jump in physical/electronic hardware power. Consider, if you're old and fortunate enough to have had the exposure, the early IBM clone PCs (which we'd now refer to simply as the 'PC'). Consider the operating systems from MS DOS to the early graphical Mac OS and... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
I just preordered my iPad. This wasn't an easy decision; the difficulty was being able to accept that on one level it will be an expensive toy. I understand it's practical uses and can accept it's limitations, but it has to provide satisfaction beyond these points. There's little it can do that I can't already achieve by other means (a desktop PC, Macbook Air and iPhone). So a judgement had to be made about not only how much use it would get but alsowhether or not I could justify it's purchase in terms of shiny gadget-derived pleasure. The answer is:... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
So I'm sat at work having just hit our deadlines over the past few days and waiting for the next torrent of work to appear and wondering why I've gotten so bad at updating here. Certainly part of it is down to my appaling attention span, which tends to latch on to things of interest and hold on at the expense of all things that came before until moving on to the next shiny and interesting distraction. It's a behaviour pattern that I'm slowly getting better at breaking but it does require some effort and I need more practice. Another... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
I don't know how popular this series has been but it's frankly excellent. I watch very little television, and this has been one of those few series that has won a shred of my attention. Not only is it very well written but the cast are also excellent. Nathan Filian in particular shines. For the uninitiated, its a bit reminiscent of Murder She Wrote, but rather than detailing the exploits of a neurotic, homicidal old woman with a penchant for diverting the blame to some random bystander it's actually remotely plausible. Please do check it out. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
Well I've been pretty abysmal at regular updates. I'm not going to make excuses though. I was recently floored by the Flu, which lead to an infection and a trip to the hospital. Much better now thanks to a course of antibiotics. I'm looking forward to getting to writing again. Hopefully there'll be some fresh stuff kicking around this space over the weekend. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
I've been wondering just how much of voter apathy is true apathy, and how much is a sense of alienation from those people who decide a significant driving factor on the course of your life. How many people really understand the electoral process here in the UK and how many people believe it operates on a more US-like system simply because that is the way it is sold in a modern campaign. I hate the UK election process. It requires me to go to some place I don't know and endorse an individual that I know too little about and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
I didn't expect to have much to say today, but I feel like I'm missing an opportunity if I don't make some effort to commit at least a little of what's being going on in my head today. I didn't have a whole lot of time to dedicate to this barely-germinating little novel seed of mine. A busy day at work and a booked-up evening pretty much makes for a day's productive activity. I spent some of my day considering the characters that the tale revolves around, and as a parallel to the 'one sentence' thought exercise I tried to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
I won't make a habit of posting about work, I don't feel that in general it is especially professional. However I was pleasantly surprised today. I've been campaigning for some process changes in the department to both help with productivity and with quality. it's been hard work for one reason or another and it's taken a lot of time to get certain changes made. So today we meet the new Overlord... that is, She is the 'Head of Software Development', which means she's positioned between my Manager and Operational Director. It's a new tier of middle management but not entirely... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
Northern Wolf is now following Walt Grayson
Mar 17, 2010
As mentioned in my previous blog post, I have my one sentence summary. However most of the evening was consumed by Leek and Potato soup, which I randomly decided to make this evening... Yummy. So I didn't get a great deal further than that, and have little else to write about this evening. At least it's a step in the right direction. Tomorrow is a busy evening, so I doubt I'll get the time to do much. Still, the soup was awesome even if I did have to suffer the wrath of some seriously potent onions to achieve my culinary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear
Northern Wolf is now following The Typepad Team
Mar 16, 2010
I've mumbled on about how this blog is in part an exercise in writing discipline. It's something I'm actually feeling reasonably successful at even in the short time I've been writing. I'm not doing this for anyones benefit but my own, and I suspect only three or four individuals on the face of the earth have read any of this, but it has helped prove something to me. A little spark of inspiration can be turned into a vaguely meaningful post, and this principle has to have a parallel in writing fiction. But I haven't yet really considered what is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at The Grumpy Bear