New Project

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For my next flash game. An improved Killing chavs game.

Go to the games blog at

Upgrade or stick with DapperDrake?

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I don't know if to upgrade or just stick with the already pretty good dapper drake. I don't really fancy installing the usb modem all over again.

On the edgy release notes it states that you can upgrade from 6.10 by:

If you want to upgrade from 6.06 LTS to 6.10, run the following command (either via ALT-F2 or a terminal):

gksu "update-manager -c"
The "-c" switch instructs Update Manager to look for upgrades at all. By default the 6.06 LTS release will not offer that automatically because of its long support cycle and high stability.

Which doesn't work for me...
The apt-get method is probably the only way to go

Slow day

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Today I just re-coving from last nights beer festival. I had some honey stout and some pumpkin ale. Overall it was good.
My beer keeps poping the lid of the fermenter up. Its got to be good stuff. I already got a keg ready on Friday from town.

By-The-Way: Chris is alive. He has not run off or dead. Just indoors. :P as the picture shows.

My first brew with hops

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Today I made some beer. Funny sentence.

I'm using a coppers stout kit with some added hops and malt. Following "joy of home brewing" by Charlie Papazian cushlomachree stout recipe.

On the right you can see the amazingly complex Australian instructions on which end to open.
This is the malt extract kit I used as a base.

The main Hop I used is the Cascade for boiling then the Willamette to finish. The malt I used is a crushed roasted barley (seen below with cascade hops)

Cooking Richard style:
It all should be done in 21 days. 5 days till I put it all into a keg.
Well tomorrow I have to go to a beer festival. What a shame (over sarcastic).

Rainy day...

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I decided to do a rather more personal post compared to most posts on here. Its been raining for a while now and the only thing on tv is snooker.

A few things to tell is that I'm really enjoying using firefox 2. Lots of features I like but I love the spell checker and improved search bar/box. The innovation simply makes IE7 look like its from stone age. Its good to see Firefox 3 and 4 are in the works. If you want to install Firefox 2 on ubuntu now then you should try out this script. I had no problems.

My beer ingredients arrived.

I should be making some beer tomorrow. I'm planning on making some stout that's like the Murphy's Irish stout for Christmas. It will be something to do.

South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut (the whole movie)

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How does someone upload the whole film to
... crazy

My favourite quotes from movies/tv

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Ty Webb: You take drugs, Danny?
Danny Noonan: Every day.
Ty Webb: Good. Then what's your problem?
Danny Noonan: I don't know.

Black books
Manny: Is space hot?
Bernard: Of course it is, where do you think we get pineapples from?

Henry Hill: [narrating] One day the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect.

The Godfather
Don Corleone: Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.

The Godfather
Don Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.

The Godfather
Don Corleone: Never let anyone outside the family know what you're thinking.

The Godfather: Part II
Michael Corleone: There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

The Godfather: Part II
Santino: Your country ain't your blood. Remember that.

The Godfather: Part II
Michael Corleone: If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.

Out and about again 2

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

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This version of guinness is 7.5%
It has a very strong taste. Roasted malts and coffee.
Did not like it as much as the special export (bottle on the right) which might I add is amazing.
Im not a beer reviewer so ill get stright to it... 2 of these your light headed.

Dont have much to say about the beer really. If you like Guinness extra/original you will most likely like the rich taste of this stout.
I found it in sainsburys... if anyone cares to find it.

Rating: Good drink just not as good as special export
As you can see am a professional at rating beer
Overall: Good.

If anyone has anything to add then your welcome to...
sidenote: I'm running out of guinness to review!

Out and about again

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How To Lose Your Job

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Look What hes drinking >_>

Guinness special export

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Found this one in the mallard from ben. I been drinking it for a bit now.
Brewed in √Čire sold in Belgium found in a local pub... on bottle of course.

Ben took a picture in the pub with flash, which scared everyone there. (not the picture in the left. Ill add it when I get it.)

Comes in a small bottle at 8%. Tastes like Guinness Original/Extra Stout but has a more rich taste to it. This is more like an imperial stout. Very strong. Definitely my favourite beer.

Rating: I couldn't remember walking home
As you can see am a professional at rating beer
Overall: Amazing

CAMRA - north notts beers list

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Scanned in from the programme:

Cider/wine/bottled beer

Greene king: The beer to dine for

Had an idea last night when I banged my head. Ill start to keep a log of all the beer I find. Why not? I know am not a member of Campaigning for Real Ale but I must drink a few different ones now.

This one was given to me by mark. It’s English Pale Mild Ale. It’s got a weird name but its ok once you drink it.

Comes in 750ml bottle (an alcoholic sized bottle, so its good already, for me at least.) 5% too. Made in Suffolk but the hops are from Washington state and Oregon. Pretty far to go don’t you think.
Sorry about the picture. Someone drank it!

Rating: was ok
As you can see am a professional at rating beer
Overall: Easy drinking. Goes down well.

Browser test


The Top CSS menu has the courners nicely rounded off and the menus look fine.

Well What can I say most of the page looks fine. Bit bold around the bored but hey its fine. Uhm about the menu... where does it say this blog is designed for IE anyway?


Everything looks fine to me.


The KDE browser does nothing much wrong.


One of the many linux terminal browsers. I had no problems reading posts on this.

I want to take this further sometime and really get down to some CSS and even use IE7.

Black and Whites in photoshop

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Turning a colour image into a black and white is possible with the 'grayscale' mode or 'desaturate' adjustment. The only problem is that they don't create good results. You can of course play with the 'levels'.
Working with the channels in 'calculations' gives you a good result. There are 3 colour channels. Red, where all the contrast information is. Green, where all the detail is kept. Blue, when working with black and whites is where all the unwanted stuff is such as grain. Getting rid of the blue will create a much nicer image. This is how you do it:

Heres the image I am going to be using.

'Calculations' can be found in the 'image' menu. In Source 1: you use the green channel. In Source 2: you use the red channel.

Depending on the image and the effect you want you can play with the blending modes. I am wanting a darker image with contrast so I am using the multiply at 90% opacity.
Note: If your going to set it to result as a new channel your going to have to greyscale the image and select the new channel to save.
The finished result:

The image is much better than the normal grayscale:

You can always play around with 'calculations' tool till you get the result you want.