Want but can’t have


Monday, September 17, 2012

So the Wii U has finally been added to all my favourite online retailers as a product I can now actually pre-order.

I waited for the UK announcement last Thursday at 3pm with baited breathe; expecting to find out every last, tiny detail about the new console – sadly they didn’t really give much away (typical Ninety), even down to the price, giving off a response of “We’ll let the retailers decide how much to charge”.

They did announce a HUGE exclusive in the form of Bayonetta 2 and told us a bit about the different bundles, some of the already announced games and bits of information about some of the controller accessories but there was no top secret Nintendo IP’s announced like I was hoping for such as my beloved Zelda…


I came away slightly disappointed about that, but thought overall that for once Nintendo had quite good third party support, good features, decent spec and a few great games at launch. It was only once the console ‘bundles’ hit online stores for pre-order however, that I realised that I simply won’t be getting one at launch.

Not anytime soon anyway, I find the price to be fairly high, especially compared to the Wii which launched at £180 a few years ago – upwards of £300 for the new console is quite a lot to fork out for – especially as we don’t know what the new Xbox and Playstation consoles could pack as far as content, games and spec yet.

I also think 32GB of flash memory in the ‘top bundle’ to be tiny, especially with Nintendo’s promise of lots of downloadable games and an improved online store, although you can add your own via SD cards, but I guess I was hoping for a fairly large hard drive in the WiiU.

I have seen on a few forums that the lack of a solid launch title such as a Zelda plus the price hasn’t just put me off but seems to have swayed a lot of other hardcore Nintendo fans from making this a definite day-one purchase to a ‘wait and see’.

I hope the WiiU is going to be a huge success for Nintendo, I really do, I just won’t be getting involved just yet…



Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Dad is now on Flickr and I think you’ll agree that some of the stuff on there is fantastic.

He has always been a keen photographer but has really got into it over the last year or so again and I think the addition of Flickr into his photography arsenal has really helped him to strive for better and better photographs.

Please take the time to check out his work and add him as a contact on there if you can – he’s well worth a follow!



Friday, August 10, 2012

I saw Drive the other day after a few recommendations from friends… It was brilliant!

The film stars Ryan Gosling as ‘The Driver’ an unnamed and very quiet character who by day is a Hollywood stunt man and by night is a getaway driver.

Gosling plays his character spot on, oozing cool and a whole bunch of serious when necessary, the supporting cast is also very good with standout performances from Albert Brooks and an always cool Ron Perlman.

The film looks and sounds amazing, it was brilliantly shot by director Nicolas Winding Refn and has a catchy as hell soundtrack provided by Cliff Martinez which, evokes a really cool 80’s vibe, from the tunes, to the hot pink logo, to Gosling’s jacket.

The film has had mixed reviews because of the storyline, some thought it was a poor some thought otherwise, some also said it’s all style over substance, I however felt that the film worked very well, the style is executed extremely well and the story is all it needed to be, especially with the performances put in from Gosling and Brooks.

Definitely recommended!



Sunday, June 10, 2012

After all the hype and excitement originally surrounding Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus and then the disappointing reviews from magazines such as Empire, I was feeling a little wary about seeing Prometheus and what I would think of it – overall I was pretty disappointed.


Kill List


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I watched a film over the weekend called Kill List directed by Ben Wheatley, not only was I impressed with how good it was for a British Film (don’t get me wrong they aren’t all bad) but how intense the whole ride was right up to the closing credits.


Centering positioned absolute elements


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The other day I was needing to centre a positioned element and because the element had position: absolute; attached to it margin: auto; becomes null and void and instead you’re required to position it using left: 10px; top: 10px; etc.

There are many hacks for this including wrapping the positioned div in a wrapper div with the correct width and then centering that using margin: auto;, also the old left: -50%; hack on the div but I always found this buggy.


Multi Vs Single Line CSS


Monday, April 23, 2012

Aha, that old chestnut! I was recently tasked with writing down my preferred choice of multi-line or single line CSS declarations for an upcoming Coding Standards document at work and I thought I would share some of my pointers with the rest of you!


Facebook Timeline PSD


Monday, March 26, 2012

Facebook Timeline is here! and whether you love it or hate it, it’s here to stay and it’s inevitable you may need to design a Facebook page to match the new look.


Man Room


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Well I finally did it, I converted the spare room in our house from a basic dumping ground for all my DVDs, Video games and CD’s to what can more commonly be referred to now as “The Man Room”.




Friday, March 9, 2012

So I started putting themes on ThemeForest, I just have the one on there at the moment titled “Orange Moon” and I’m hoping it might do OK on there…


More Prints


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I just bought three awesome prints from a guy called Pixology on Etsy. His prints are extremely simple but the ideas behind them work really well.

I purchased the Dead Space, Half Life and Zelda (of course!) ones, I would have preferred to purchase a Gears of War or Bioshock one as I would state that those games are more favourable with me than Dead Space but I didn’t feel the prints of those worked as well as the cool Dead Space one.

Looking forward to these arriving and getting them up in my new office (more on that soon).



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

After being way overly impressed with my friends Olloclip 3-in-one photo lens for the iPhone I went and bought my own!


Icons, Icons, Icons…


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

No, not the celebrity type, the graphical type! – Yes, the new, highly anticipated iconography book by the very talented Jon Hicks has been released and I was there as soon as the book hit Five Simple Steps ready for ordering!




Tuesday, November 29, 2011

So after probably three years of deciding whether I wanted one or not, I finally got ‘inked’ yesterday!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The new film from Disney • Pixar is looking pretty, pretty sweet.

Google Chrome Text Opacity


Friday, October 28, 2011

Came across a very strange bug today when checking out a website in Google Chrome.

White copy on a black background was not appearing, I could select the text and could also see it in Chrome’s Element Inspector.

I changed the color to ‘yellow’ from ‘#fff’ in the Inspector and suddenly the copy appeared but it was far from yellow, more like a gold colour, it was almost blurred too – it seemed like there was something going on with opacity on the text.

I quickly added ‘opacity: 1;’ to the document but no change, so I thought maybe it was to do with the font; I had got ‘-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;’ enabled, was it that? No, instead I tried ‘text-rendering: auto;’ and BOOM the font was now appearing in the solid yellow colour.

It would seem that this is a bug with Chrome and seems to happen (or at least in my case) when you are using any webkit transitions on the site, it only appeared on random spans, but also appeared on a module which I was flipping with webkit.

Hope this helps others out!