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Archiving! Yeah!

Because it’s Sunday and I’m lazy, I’ve decided that instead of writing something new I’m just going to link you to a load of my old stuff instead. I do have a good reason though.

Over the past few months I’ve started to accrue a bit of a following (thanks for that guys!) and I’m happy that my writing offers something to somebody other than myself. Whether it makes you laugh, makes you happy you don’t live in Minnesota or just passes the time…well I’m happy for you whatever the reason.

What has came to my attention, however, is that a lot of my older posts have probably escaped your attention because these were written in early April and they’re probably lost under a sea of new articles, links to Solidus and picture albums. So, to make things a little easier for those of you who are wanting to read about what I said back then, here are the some things to click on that will take you to my earlier stuff.

You know, in case you have a few hours to burn.

Gaming Posts:

How Gaming Can Help You

The Difficulty In Writing Stories For Games

My Love For Mass Effect

The Relationship Between Developers and Gamers

The Joys Of Online Gaming

Non Gaming Posts:

The Importance of Planning

Minnesota In May

The Joys of Travelling

An Xbox Free Summer

One Stormy Night


Everything beyond this point is in the Minnesota category so I’ll stop linking here. And I promise this is the only time I’ll do this. Ever.

This weekend we went to the Deerwood Summer Fest and said our goodbyes to Dacotah, so it’s been a pretty busy, sad and important few days. I’ll bring more on that tomorrow, including pictures of Vanna looking at things. You can’t miss it!




Oh And That’s Not All…

Such was my fascination with talking about my gun shooting experience, I forgot to mention that we saw two baby bald eagles while we were out there! I know! Unfortunately Vanna’s camera ran out of battery (which is why there is only a few pictures of me shooting; if it hadn’t died Vanna intended on getting a few of me firing the pistol and generally just posing) so we weren’t able to capture them in a picture. And I forgot my binoculars (again) so no good close ups for us either.

However the camera charged and ready for the start of the Crow Wing County Fair which begins today. There will be lots of rides, prizes and food that can give you a heart attack. I went last year and had a good time so I’m looking forward to going again sometime this week. I’ll make sure to bring the camera this time too. I’ll bring more news on that later.



The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For…

I was too excited to wait any longer. I adorned my cap, my new shorts and my Anchorman t-shirt and went outside for a quick photoshoot. Remember the warnings I mentioned earlier? If not, it’s too late now (well you could click on that link I suppose). But you’ll be fine. Probably.

Right. Are you ready? Here we go.

Ah yeah. If only I had a devout following of commentators, then we could all quote Anchorman until we covered the entire film. Oh well.

Until that beautiful time happens here is me wearing the hat backwards looking just as cool. Right?…Right?

Trip To The Cities

Tomorrow Vanna and I are going to visit her grandparents and down in St Paul (Minnesota’s capital city). We’ll be gone for ten days and I’m excited to leave. Except my trips to the Minnesota State Fair and the Mall of America last year, I’ve not really spent much time in Minneapolis or St Paul (The Twin Cities) so I’m hoping to explore as much as I can during this next week. We’re hoping to go to some of the museums, such as the science museum or the history of Minnesota museum (sorry I’m too lazy to find their names), as well as Como Zoo. And don’t worry; I’ll take as many pictures as possible for the blog so you don’t miss out on my city adventure.

I’m also looking forward to seeing Vanna’s grandparents (and her Uncle Ben) again. I’ve always gotten on well with them and I know for a fact that her Grandma reads this blog (Hi Lynn!). Usually I only see them when I’m either coming or leaving the country so it’ll be nice to associate them with something other than airports. Although I enjoyed my time down there, I was always troubled by the fact I’d be leaving in a few days. This time I won’t have that worry (still another 5 weeks to go) so it should be a great visit.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ll keep the blog updated as much as I can, but that should be a lot easier as I can connect to the internet in their house. I won’t have to find the nearest library or internet source like I do here.

Right then. I best go home and pack my things. It’s supposedly very hot down there so probably best not to bring my jeans. Let’s just hope we don’t have any repeat of the last few weeks. I can’t be dealing with any more humid weather…

Bye for now





Next Step For Solidus

For the last three months I’ve been a contributor to Solidus, a gaming news site. It’s been really good fun and I’m enjoying the experience. Although we’re pretty small at the moment we get some impressive viewing figures and I’m doing my best to advance the site further.

Currently we publish the odd review, along with the latest news on all the biggest games, consoles etc. This means that during the slow periods (like the month after E3 ), we can find ourselves with little to write about as everybody shuts up and gets to work. So, starting from this weekend just gone, we are now introducing opinion articles to Solidus. To start with it will probably just be myself and Oliver (Loudhawk) collaborating on a certain topic every week or two, but hopefully more Solidus staff will also get involved at some point. Our aim will be for weekends, when news is even slower. our first joint article was published yesterday, and was about the best and worst moments of E3 2012. We couldn’t think of a better start than the biggest gaming convention in the world so we put our own take on what we saw earlier this month.

What else? Well I’m excited. Not only does it give me the chance to write about games from a more personal perspective, which is hard to do when you don’t have an Xbox, it is also a step in the right direction for the site. We’re branching out.

Remember if you have any ideas about what you’d like to see us write about, let me know. So long as I can be sarcastic I’m interested.

Until then, here is the introduction to the article and the link if you want to continue reading.




Now that the dust has completely settled on this year’s E3, we at  Solidus have finally been able to take note on what we’ve found out. And amongst all the interviews, trailers and gameplay footage, there are some clear highs and lows to this years showing. We’ve seen plenty of great things but what grabbed our attention the most? And what made us cringe with embarrassment?

Over the past few days, Loudhawk and Phlegethon have been discussing every single aspect of E3 to decide just that. And here we have our results of the best and worst moments of E3 2012.

Continued here


Lads’ Day In

You’ll find no moaning about the weather today, even though we’ve had thunderstorms again.

Nor will you find any complaints about kittens, even though Anya bit my toe so hard it bled (I stood on her tail accidentally).

None of that going on today. Because today is a day for watching football, playing Xbox and wishing I had an alcoholic drink (preferably Cider but I’d take anything).

Oh yeah. England is playing today. And I’m watching it.

We’re playing against France in our first group game of Euro 2012. We’ll probably lose but I’m supporting the team.

But are you? Even if you are American I’m expecting your support.

Back home people are waving flags or painting their faces in England’s colours. Probably. I’m wearing my Chelsea shirt, so I’m doing my bit.

Anyway I’m going to watch the match. I’ll let you know how it goes.