Monthly Archives: June 2013

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – One Week Later

This has been a good week. The game I originally bought my 3DS for back in 2011 was released! Animal Crossing: New Leaf is awesome. There aren’t many other ways to describe it. In fact, in the days since release it’s now my 2nd most played game on my 3DS (Second only to AC:WW). I’ve played for 28 hours and 13 minutes at the time of writing this piece. That’s an average of four hours a day; considering I’ve been working 8 or 9 hours most days this week apparently I haven’t been sleeping much…


What’s so special? Everything! My favourite addition is the island. No more are you stuck farming fruit or turnips for bells. Just head to the island after 7PM and you can easily come home with enough beetles to sell for around 300-400,000 bells a time. At first I thought the community projects were expensive, but now I can see why they’re priced so high. 100,000 bells for a fountain? That’s fifteen minutes bug hunting on the island!

It’s also very easy to take screenshots in game now and share them online to services such as Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. They also save to your SD card where you can retrieve them whenever you want.

Some highlights of my first week in Pallet:


My gaming TV! Yes, that’s a Wii Balance Board to the Right


My girlfriend came to visit, we watched a movie!


Bad camera angles… Hmm.


Sharks, sharks everywhere!


Playing Hide and Seek… She can’t see me, right?


Completing my first community project!
It’s been a fun week in Pallet but now I feel like I’ll probably slow down a bit and take my time. I do actually want to play some other games, not just New Leaf for the rest of time…. As for online multiplayer, it works really well.


Easter, The Shard, and Netbooks

It’s been a while since I last updated with a new post. Since then I’ve been using Crunchbang Linux as my main operating system, visited the Top of the Shard, bought a cheap netbook to carry around with me at uni so I don’t have to spend ages looking for a computer when I (rarely, albeit) need one. I’ve also sold off quite a few of my old DS and PS3 games that although I wanted to play at some point the chances are that I never will. I even went for a bike ride last week…

Crunchbang is awesome. I’m currently using a Dell Mini 9 (Atrocious first gen intel atom, 1gb of memory) and yes it’s a bit slow. The thing is I paid less than £90 for it. The battery is still fine, I most likely will update the memory soon but it just works! Chrome is perfectly useable, I can happily read the notes that I export from my smart pen (I can’t however connect it directly. I have a Windows VM running on my desktop for that) and create my revision wiki and mind maps that I need to. It’s actually a good thing that it doesn’t play video very well. The only thing I’ve gotten to play is OpenTTD (again, a good thing).

Dell Mini 9

Dell Mini 9 Netbook

Windows on this netbook would suck. It only has a 16gb SSD, and when it arrived from eBay with a fresh install of Windows 7 it had 3gb free space… Who thought that was a good idea?! I installed Crunchbang from a USB key and have been happy ever since. When I’m back at home I’ll connect it to my local bridged network and run Synergy so I can share my desktop keyboard and mouse with the netbook on my desk.

We went to the Shard on Easter Sunday. Apparently we picked the best time and day possible. It was clear to the horizon when we went up at 10am, but started to get cloudly soon afterwards. Got some awesome pictures as seen below!

Me and Amelia

Me and Amelia 😀


Mm Trains!

Perfect Timing

Perfect Timing!

Nice view! Nice Day

Nice view! Nice Day

This thing is imposing!

This thing is imposing!

Back to Bangor at the end of the week! Six weeks or so till my next set of exams…