Monthly Archives: March 2012


The Bookcase Dilemma

So where I’m moving too I can probably only fit in one bookcase. That means that a lot of my books need to go into storage. I’ve semi been planning for this eventuality and have been an ebook convert for years (an ebook library doesn’t take up any space!) But this gives me a major [...]

March 30th, 2012|Reading, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Palisades Toys’ The Muppets Action Figure Line

I’m packing up the action figure collection. Most of the Star Wars is now packed, as is the G.I. Joe, and last night with great sadness I packed up two of my favourite lines of all time: ToyBiz’s Marvel Legends and Palisades Toys’ awesome Muppets line. Where I’m going there won’t be the room to display them all and so they will be going into storage for the foreseeable future. […]

March 29th, 2012|Toys|0 Comments

New Books By Friends

OK, so I have nothing to shill at the moment (although I’m due to have an accepted non-fiction article in print soon). But work has decided to wait until this week, the week I need to be busy packing (have I mentioned I need to pack for the move? Really? I was sure I’d never mentioned it!), to throw issues that keep me logged in until 10pm. So rather than bore you with articles on how certain servers lose all their DNS settings after reboot, or how you go about packing a Millenium Falcon (or *cough* three), or how I need to do a couple of things today or the whole move will fail, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about a couple of books friends have just released. […]

March 28th, 2012|Publishing|0 Comments

The Free Universal Construction Kit Project

Close to 10 years ago, I wrote a big article on 3D Printers for Action-Figure. They were just starting to be used for prototyping by big industry with machines that cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. But prices were destined to fall and in the article I envisioned a future where you wouldn’t so much go out and buy an action figure or toy, but would buy the plans and print and construct your own. If I weren’t in the midst of packing, I would dig out the article and repost it, but needless to say it was probably the most popular article that year and drew a lot of comment. Maybe after I move, I’ll try and find it out? […]

March 27th, 2012|Toys|1 Comment

Eastercon Plans

So it looks like I am going to Eastercon. For a long time it didn’t look likely. First it was severe lack of funds, and then when I started the new job which has an out of hours element it was very likely I might be on call that weekend. And then there was the [...]

March 25th, 2012|Events, Writing|0 Comments

I Should Be Packing

So I’m going to be moving in… little over a week. I really should be packing. I really should be having a clear out. I should be arranging storage and separating things that should go into storage from things that I need to move with me. I really should be… you know… doing things. I [...]

March 23rd, 2012|Misc|0 Comments

Another Book Idea From Nowhere

The wonderful thing about ideas is that they never present themselves at the right time. In fact, they usually turn up at entirely the wrong time. They come out of nowhere and hit you sideways. Last night, an idea for a Swords and Sorcery novel dumped itself in my head. I’ve been thinking for the [...]

March 21st, 2012|Genre, Writing|0 Comments

Thoughts For The Day

Disassociated thoughts rattling around my brain today: Swords & Sorcery and the elements I love about the subgenre as well as favourite books. The fall of characters – characters who destroy their own self-worth by compromising their own integrity. Only by a little at first, but it starts a chain of events leading to their [...]

March 18th, 2012|Genre, Writing|0 Comments

On Alan Moore

There’s a story that always got told in the collectables industry about HR Giger. It’s one of those stories that has its origin in truth but has grown in the telling, such that I’m no longer sure just how much truth, if any, is left in the story. The story goes that a young sculptor got the opportunity of a lifetime to visit his hero HR Giger in Switzerland where he was to go through the artist’s work as part of a collectables project his employer had negotiated with the artist. The sculptor arrived at Giger’s house and was promptly shown to an attic storeroom where he was locked in for several days without food and water. The moral of the story is that you should never meet your heroes. […]

March 16th, 2012|Comics|0 Comments

Dragon Slayers

There’s a tendancy these days to say that World of Warcraft’s reign is over. But whilst I would agree with a lot of the criticisms, games like The Old Republic have yet to grow into something that might capture me away. So I continue to raid with my guild weekly and continue to have a lot of fun doing so. I’ve documented back in October just how crap we were when we started out. In that post, I marvelled at the fact that for the first time we were actually doing the current raiding tier’s content for the first time. Our improvement has continued and we were stoked when, come the release of the new Dragon Soul tier back in December, we tried it on a whim with only 9 out of 10 players and actually took down the first boss. […]

March 14th, 2012|Games|0 Comments