Happy New Year!

1 01 2009

It’s 2009! I don’t understand why it is so exciting, but everyone else is posting this kind of thing, so welcome to a fresh start! Feel free to post a comment detailing your New Year’s Resolution (If you have one – I don’t bother), or don’t bother and keep it to yourself. As I say, I don’t have one myself, so I don’t mind whether you want to share or not. Last night me and Harry had our own mini New Year’s Eve party, at about 7:30, which consisted of a handful of Roses, Quality Street and Celebrations and a WKD-style drink each, all gathered around our two-player game of Uno. When he had gone to bed, the rest of us gathered round the TV to first watch Michael McIntyre’s DVD. I think the best joke was about the Man Drawer, the one drawer of the house that the man takes as his own – and chucks all his “manly” possessions into. These include instructions for things you don’t own anymore, old phones, currency from foreign countries that’s not in circulation now and takeaway menus (even though you order exactly the same things every time). It was hilarious! I won’t go into all the details, you can probably find it on YouTube or something if you want to watch it. Or alternatively, you could just buy the DVD.

To conclude, have a good year. Didn’t last year seem to go rather quickly?


Day One

9 11 2008

The first whole day in the USA is very almost over. Today, we had Froot Loops for breakfast then headed out to Animal Kingdom for the rest of the morning, where we climbed Everest twice and I had 1/2 a chicken and a corn muffin for lunch.
Then we came back to the villa and had a swim. We went to a place called Smokey Bones for dinner where I had grilled salmon with a side of corn and onion rings. For pudding, we had nothing.
After dinner we went to a mini golf course where we played 18 holes and fed some baby alligators with bits of hot dog sausage.
Finally we went to Fun Spot to see what was there, where Harry bought a puppet nearly as big as him.

Happy Birthday!

18 10 2008

Today, as you probably guessed, was my birthday. Well, I say this, but it was also Harry’s birthday as well. How’s that for bad planning? Anyway, what did I get other than Spore?

An iPod Touch (which I’m using to type this)
A 1TB external hard drive (which we had to send back as it didn’t work)
$100 (yes, it was American dollars!)
A case for my iPod
3 books
Another £40 to make £105
£20 iTunes voucher

So, it was a good 15th birthday! And to top it off, we went to the Thai Elephant 2 in Peacehaven for an all-you-can-eat dinner!

Check out one of the cards I got!

PS Episode 2 of Mr Cheese’s Stop Motion Show went live today. See you soon!

We’re Back!

29 09 2008

Hi everybody! We’re back from our weekend break. We got back yesterday, but I was too busy preparing English coursework to post. What did we do? I’ll tell you!

We went to Warmwell holiday park, near Weymouth, and stayed in a nice little wooden lodge. We were supposed to have a two bedroom lodge, but luckily we were upgraded to a three bedroom, so I didn’t have to sleep in the same room as Harry. When we arrived on Friday, we wandered round before checking in and dumping our stuff in the lodge.

Harry then got changed ready for his skiing lesson at 2 o’clock. It wasn’t real skiing, mind, it was a dry slope. Anyway, he had a half an hour lesson, during which he spent a lot of time sitting down after falling over. By the end, his trousers were absolutely soaking wet. Afterwards, we went back so Harry could get changed, then we went to the play park and then went mini bowling in the arcade. The bowling cheated – it only counted two out of most of the shots, even when we knocked over about eight! Next, we went to get a ready meal for tea, then we went to watch a very exciting (read: so boring I wanted to run under a bus) pantomime. About six other people attended. That’s how good it was.

On Saturday, we started off by going to the restaurant for breakfast. I had a breakfast bap, that is, a roll with bacon, sausage and egg, and a pot of tea. Afterwards, we drove into Weymouth town centre to buy something for lunch and a book to read. I got Along Came A Spider by James Patterson. After that, we went back to the holiday park and went swimming. There was also a giant chess set there, so I set about teaching Harry the basics. After lunch, I had an hour’s skiing session and Harry had another half an hour. Obviously, I didn’t fall over as much (*cough*) because I’m so much better! We then went to the roller rink, where I learnt to skate properly. In the evening, we stayed in the lodge to watch X-Factor and You’ve Been Framed to spare ourselves from the appalling “entertainment”. We also watched Mock the Week and Live At the Apollo.

Finally, on Sunday, we packed the stuff into the car, drove up and had breakfast. This time I had pancakes with syrup. Then, we went to play Pirate Golf (Arr!) and to the Sealife Centre. The Sealife was the worst part of the weekend – it’s so boring! “Yay, there’s a fish! Oh look, what’s that? Ah, I know. It’s another FISH!” Great fun, I don’t think. When we had finished, we piled into the car and drove down to Poole, where we went real bowling. I scored 124, 126 and 133, but only won the first time! For lunch we had All-You-Can-Eat-Oriental-Buffet, which was quite yummy! Then we had to drive home again.

On the way home, we saw a road sign that pointed to Piddlehinton! What a place to live! Over the weekend, we had seen some very random names, including Affpuddle, Puddletown, Briantspuddle (notice a theme?!) and Bloxworth!

So that was our weekend! I had fun! Do you think it sounded fun?

More iTunes Ranting

11 09 2008

Well, after waiting for three hours for the music to download onto the memory stick (including having to start again because I accidentally press Undo), I plugged it into Harry’s computer, opened it and got the message “The file could not be opened. It may be damaged or corrupted.” Hah! Three hours! For nothing! So I got down to business and transferred the songs over the internet connection straight into his Shared Documents, which I didn’t want to do because I knew it would be slower. After waiting for that, I showed him how to use iTunes 8 and now he’s in bed listening to Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple.

“Boom!” – Steve Jobs, “Let’s Rock” Event

10 09 2008

Well, it may be “Boom!” and everything’s done for good old Steve Jobs (who’s apparently dead), but it’s certainly not for me. Having downloaded iTunes 8 and it working perfectly on my Mac, getting it to work on Harry’s PC was a rather big hassle. First, it wouldn’t install properly. Then, once it did install, everything was pixelated and pink. Finally, having sorted that out, it won’t find my shared library, which is why I’m now downloading my 257 songs onto a memory stick to transfer them over. You see, he used to just use the shared library to listen to my music, but now it won’t work. That’s Windows for you.

I also had a mini Microsoft Office-related trauma involving the mens’ public toilets, a rather large wooden bat and a bar of lead… No, I’m joking. It was actually a lot less exciting than that. My school have just upgraded to Office 2007, and I had to continue a PowerPoint presentation for homework. However, I saved it onto my memory stick, brought it home and… Uh oh. It’s a .pptx file, and I have Office 2004. Whoops! So I hastily downloaded the 2007 to 2004 file converter from Microsoft, and then got on with choosing my Corporate Identity for my ICT course.

We’re Better, Connected.

2 09 2008

Most of today was spent doing not a lot, and watching Octopussy (James Bond) on a poor-quality VHS, but some of it included getting all the computers in the house networked. This basically involved allowing access through the firewall for each computer, choosing a folder to share and finding it on another computer. Me and Harry also had a debate about why he would or wouldn’t need and iPod Shuffle, which is his latest phase: listening to my music in iTunes. Luckily, he’s not getting grubby fingerprints on my Mac – he’s sharing my library within iTunes on his PC. Anyway, the debate ended up with him deciding to ask for one for his birthday, which is exactly 45 days, 5 hours, 10 minutes and 30 seconds away. Unfortunately for me, this is also my birthday… I’ll try and upload a countdown to the sidebar on the blog if you’re interested. Turns out the only way to get a timer is using javascript, which WordPress doesn’t allow.