Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ziggy Shipper: Holocaust Survivor

Instead of having a medicinal chemistry lecture today we got to listen to Ziggy Shipper tell us about his life as a Polish Jew during World War 2, how he managed to escape to the United Kingdom to survive the Holocaust from the grip of Germany during the 1940s.

His overall message was not to hate, for there is no reason to hate somebody. He doesn’t hate the Germans, for it was not their crime but their grandparents. He spoke for an hour and a half and it literally felt like five minutes because it was so interesting.

One regret that he mentioned was that he had was not being able to thank his grandmother for bringing him up as they got separated in the concentration camps and she sadly died the day her camp was liberated never seeing freedom. He said he wished he had a chance to thank her for bring him up, and that he was the man he was because of her.

The whole talk was very interesting for me personally as growing up in Australia meant that I didn’t get to learn very much about the European side of WW2 at all. Seeing Ziggy talk from personal experience was fascinating, and seeing him in person really brought it home much more than I’d ever learnt at school from books.

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3DS Circle Pad Pro Review

I have pretty big hands, because I’m a pretty big guy. I love my DSi XL for this reason: it’s the most comfortable handheld console I’ve ever owned. I played three hours straight of Dragon Quest on it the other evening. The 3DS is completely different: it makes my hands cramp within half an hour of playing. This is more prevalent in games that use the shoulder buttons such as Mario Kart 7, than it simpler controlled games such as Pushmo.

At the beginning of January I was going to order a Nyko Power Grip for around £30 from the US, but I saw Zavvi selling the Circle Pad Pro and RE: Revelations for £30 delivered so I ordered that instead thinking I’d get a free game and something to solve my hand cramping issues.

The Circle Pad itself is pretty comfortable, but the new buttons (including the replacement R shoulder button) only work in games that support it (such as RE!) making the Pad pretty useless for making the 3DS more comfortable for normal use in the games I’m going to play the most. The R button is still sort of accessible if you have super bendy fingers. For some reason I guess I expected this to work. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t expect the new slider to magically work but the R button was…disappointing to say the least. As the main reason I purchased the unit was the make the 3DS more comfortable, something it does pretty well otherwise! (In my short 1 GP game of Mario Kart to test it)

Including with the Circle Pad Pro is a AAA battery (rated for something like 450 hours), the instructions, and a snazy wrist strap. I didn’t try it out with Resident Evil Revelations as I’d already sold the bundle to my friend who didn’t preorder it in time so I could order just the Pad from Amazon for 15. After trying out the device on Friday however I quickly cancelled my preorder as Amazon had failed to get stock soon enough which was handy!

If Nintendo manage to release an update that allows every game to use at least the replacement R button then I may try it again in the future until then I’ll keep looking at alternatives like the Nyko Power Grip and others.

Ziggy Shipper: Holocaust Survivor

Instead of having a medicinal chemistry lecture today we got to listen to Ziggy Shipper tell us about his life as a Polish Jew during World War 2, how he managed to escape to the United Kingdom to survive the Holocaust from the grip of Germany during the 1940s.

His overall message was not to hate, for there is no reason to hate somebody. He doesn’t hate the Germans, for it was not their crime but their grandparents. He spoke for an hour and a half and it literally felt like five minutes because it was so interesting.

One regret that he mentioned was that he had was not being able to thank his grandmother for bringing him up as they got separated in the concentration camps and she sadly died the day her camp was liberated never seeing freedom. He said he wished he had a chance to thank her for bring him up, and that he was the man he was because of her.

The whole talk was very interesting for me personally as growing up in Australia meant that I didn’t get to learn very much about the European side of WW2 at all. Seeing Ziggy talk from personal experience was fascinating, and seeing him in person really brought it home much more than I’d ever learnt at school from books.

3DS Circle Pad Pro Review

I have pretty big hands, because I’m a pretty big guy. I love my DSi XL for this reason: it’s the most comfortable handheld console I’ve ever owned. I played three hours straight of Dragon Quest on it the other evening.  The 3DS is completely different: it makes my hands cramp within half an hour of playing. This is more prevalent in games that use the shoulder buttons such as Mario Kart 7, than it simpler controlled games such as Pushmo.

At the beginning of January I was going to order a Nyko Power Grip for around £30 from the US, but I saw Zavvi selling the Circle Pad Pro and RE: Revelations for £30 delivered so I ordered that instead thinking I’d get a free game and something to solve my hand cramping issues.

I was wrong.

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Why I’m not going to buy a PS Vita straight away

I was tempted to preorder a PS Vita Wifi model today, but then I remembered my early 3DS adoption issues. I had Zelda to play for months and that was it. The ambassador games eventually game, but I bought the system in March and didn’t start playing it till December when the Mario games arrived on the scene.

None of the Vita launch titles excite me greatly, and some googling revealed that I won’t be able to play my PS1 classics that I bought on the PS3 ‘at launch’ but rather an unspecific time later. Seriously, what the fuck Sony? That would of made me purchase the system on Day 1. You have the infrastructure present, why can’t you role this out to your new flagship handheld?

Sony! If you had let me log into my PSN account and download my PS1 games I would of preordered a Vita. Sorry, but you’ve messed this one up and you’ve even had a year to one-up Nintendo with their dismal 3DS launch (which has flowered into a pretty awesome first year, by the way). I’ll just wait till Disgaea comes out in March it seems. Handily I get my student loan in early April….

Oh yeah, the Vita does Street Pass too. No wait, I meant Near Application.

"The Near application on PS Vita allows users to discover the games other PS Vita owners are playing nearby. Near also enables location-based gaming features such as gifting, where users can share and leave behind virtual items, such as costumes and treasures, at locations they have visited. "

That sounds… pretty much like the 3DS’s StreetPass, wouldn’t you say?

Why I’m not going to buy a PS Vita straight away

I was tempted to preorder a PS Vita Wifi model today, but then I remembered my early 3DS adoption issues. I had Zelda to play for months and that was it. The ambassador games eventually game, but I bought the system in March and didn’t start playing it till December when the Mario games arrived on the scene.

None of the Vita launch titles excite me greatly, and some googling revealed that I won’t be able to play my PS1 classics that I bought on the PS3 ‘at launch’ but rather an unspecific time later. Seriously, what the fuck Sony?  That would of made me purchase the system on Day 1. You have the infrastructure present, why can’t you role this out to your new flagship handheld?

Sony! If you had let me log into my PSN account and download my PS1 games I would of preordered a Vita. Sorry, but you’ve messed this one up and you’ve even had a year to one-up Nintendo with their dismal 3DS launch (which has flowered into a pretty awesome first year, by the way). I’ll just wait till Disgaea comes out in March it seems. Handily I get my student loan in early April….

Oh yeah, the Vita does Street Pass too. No wait, I meant Near Application.

“The Near application on PS Vita allows users to discover the games other PS Vita owners are playing nearby. Near also enables location-based gaming features such as gifting, where users can share and leave behind virtual items, such as costumes and treasures, at locations they have visited. “

That sounds… pretty much like the 3DS’s StreetPass, wouldn’t you say?

Day 5 of reduced caffeine

So nearly a week has passed with energy drinks! I did have Lucozade Cola at lunch today which apparently contained 0.012% caffeine or some small amount but I’m not going to count that. I didn’t have a red bull or monster, relentless or rockstar! Pretty proud of myself! I’m actually pretty tired now which is nice, time to go read a book (A Game of Thrones!) or play a game (Dragon Quest IX!) before I crash.

themos from work

I even got a free thermos (it’s red by the way!) at work today, neato. I filled it with ice water for bed not coffee… don’t worry.

My podcast

It’s been about 3 months since we recorded episode 1 of our unnamed podcast. I think I’d like to pick it up again soon. Maybe this weekend (unsurprisingly, I have university work that needs doing…) or possible mid February when I have a week off. Maybe I’ll actually get around to starting my let’s play… Who knows?

The time it’s probably going to be a monthly affair up to around an hour or two in lengths covering some of the following topics. Unscripted too.

  • Games (Specifically handheld and PC games, which are my speciality)
    • Play a game for a month, and report back on it
    • Previews / reviews if we actually buy any games on launch days
  • Hardware (I buy so much useless crap!)
  • Anime / Manga (Not by me, but possibly some of our contributors!)
  • General geek crap

I’ll post an update when we record (hopefully in the next two weeks!)

Day 3 of reduced caffeine.

Ouch. I think I realised I had a problem after I took this photo at the university library the other week.

caffeine problem

I was probably drinking an average of 1 to 2 cans of various energy drinks daily. (Rockstar Guava is the best energy drink ever. No debating.) It’s never caused me much problems until this week. It just continued the vicious cycle which crashed and burnt spectacularly this week. Withdrawal fucking sucks. Remind me never to take hard drugs, kthx.

After my late night library sessions earlier in the week I drastically (subconsciously, I think) cut back on my caffeine intake. I’ve probably had three cups of coffee since Tuesday which is something I should probably be really proud of. If my head didn’t feel like it was about to explode at any given moment.

I woke up yesterday (Wednesday) with a massive headache. As in, it hurt whenever I moved. Getting up hurt, having a shower wasn’t a fun experience and I ended up calling in sick for uni and lazing about all day feeling sorry for myself occasionally taking some painkillers. Today I went in to uni to get my feedback on the poster I’d handed in. (Size 40 is too big… Whoops!)

I got through that lecture and the headache returned for some more punishment. I decided that I probably wasn’t going to get anything done so I let my lecturers know that I was going home. I slept all afternoon and still feel pretty shitty.

Hopefully tomorrow involves less headaches and more feeling better. I don’t even want to think about work on Saturday currently! I think this may be my catalyst for getting healthier, sleeping more and generally not consuming as much crap as I have been known to consume in the past.

caffeine2

I don’t expect I’ll go caffeine free, I’m not that silly. I’m just going to avoid energy drinks!

I have (had, still have) a caffeine problem

Ouch. I think I realised I had a problem after I took this photo at the university library the other week with +jack watkinson.

Much Caffeine

I was probably drinking an average of 1 to 2 cans of various energy drinks daily. (Rockstar Guava is the best energy drink ever. No debating.) It’s never caused me much problems until this week. It just continued the vicious cycle which crashed and burnt spectacularly this week. Withdrawal fucking sucks. Remind me never to take hard drugs, kthx.

After my late night library sessions earlier in the week I drastically (subconsciously, I think) cut back on my caffeine intake. I’ve probably had three cups of coffee since Tuesday which is something I should probably be really proud of. If my head didn’t feel like it was about to explode at any given moment.
I woke up yesterday (Wednesday) with a massive headache. As in, it hurt whenever I moved. Getting up hurt, having a shower wasn’t a fun experience and I ended up calling in sick for uni and lazing about all day feeling sorry for myself occasionally taking some painkillers. Today I went in to uni to get my feedback on the poster I’d handed in. (Size 40 is too big’ Whoops!)

I got through that lecture and the headache returned for some more punishment. I decided that I probably wasn’t going to get anything done so I let my lecturers know that I was going home. I slept all afternoon and still feel pretty shitty.

Hopefully tomorrow involves less headaches and more feeling better. I don’t even want to think about work on Saturday currently! I think this may be my catalyst for getting healthier, sleeping more and generally not consuming as much crap as I have been known to consume in the past.

More Caffeine

I don’t expect I’ll go caffeine free, I’m not that silly. I’m just going to avoid too many energy drinks!!