Well it’s 2014 now and the start of a new year.

I’m hoping this year is a fresh start and putting all the unpleasantness of the last few behind me.

Thought now was a good time to post something (even just a few words and nothing really insightful) to get me on track.

Lately I’ve been mostly just gaming (things like Borlderlands, Planetside etc). The biggest time sink has been Mechwarrior Online.

Other than that though, I’m going to try from now to put any actual news up and we’ll see where this year takes us.

Getting back into Miniatures!

Well, I’m getting back into the hobby of painting miniatures. In large part, this is a result of backing projects on Kickstarter.

Particuarily the following:



Many miniatures are on their way! So I need to get back into the game. I started with a model called Grumlok and Gazbag.


 I’ll be running a “Work in Progress” thread at Dakka Dakka. Check it out at the link below to see my progress in painting this up.


Also, I have finally posted my Vita review over at Posterous. Check it out here:



Update on stuff and things

Well, I just realised the last update I posted was back in November. That may be because shortly after posting that, I was rushed into hospital where I spent the next 2-3 months.

My health had been going slowly downhill for a few months beforehand as well, this was just the final straw that broke the camels back.

I’m still recovering – doing Chemotherapy every fortnight. So it’s probably understandable that I haven’t been getting much writing or photography done. Well that’s my excuse anyway and I have to say it’s a darn good one.

On the plus side, I’ve only got a month or so left of Chemo to go. After that there will be a few weeks of recovery, followed by some more surgery. Then a month or so recovery and hopefully by then I’ll know if I’m going to be permanently better.

So at the moment I’m looking at November – December before I really feel like I’m in the clear and able to start doing things like writing and taking photo’s again. Sure, there is no real reason I can’t be doing all that now, however I’m procrastinating and just playing games etc in my spare time. I’m basically just being lazy and doing what requires the least effort until all this is over.

So in a nutshell, that’s why there hasn’t been any updates recently. Now fingers crossed the next few months goes well and maybe later this year there will be more writing and photo’s available to review.

Writing and Nanowrimo

Well it’s November, and that means usually I’m sitting around for most of the month debating if I’m going to write anything this year, until it’s too late and nothing has been achieved at all.

This year I’m a few days late, but I’m actually going to give it a shot. The impetus for this decision mostly comes because I just finished reading a particularly crappy fantasy novel that I bought on Amazon for 99c.

Now it was self published, and I knew what I was getting into by the price tag etc. However, this book had pretty good reviews attached to it (which is the subject of an entirely different set of worries given its poor quality). No, what was most interesting was the blog post of the author discussing his profits and sales of this and other novels.

He was actually making more money in a year off these sub standard books than I do in my current job. Given this financial motivation, I suddenly find myself more enthused for the whole writing gig I had mostly given up on.

There has always been this impression of insurmountable odds in getting published that has aborted most of my enthusiasm for writing over the years. I’m also easily sidetracked and lazy, which doesn’t exactly help matters at all regardless. So now that self publishing is starting to look like a more viable option, I think I shall give it a shot.

So back to this month. I currently have some google docs setup with my current stories in them. I’ll likely move those over into my archived wordpress blog, or try out some sort of posterous integration. Not sure exactly how, but after this weekend regular writing will start appearing on the web.

So there you have it. A plan exists, now I just have to show the will to follow through. Wish me luck :)

A few new photo’s up now

Scanning is going well. Finally have the settings about where I want. It’s a bit of a shock to see some of these old photo’s at such high resolution. A few I used to think were pretty good when viewed only at the size of a standard print look pretty average scanned in at 3200dpi lol.

These photo’s aren’t slides yet, still processing those. Just some more from the digital archives.

Scanning it in

Well I was productive on Saturday and actually managed to get my scanner working. Took a bit of fiddling under Windows 7, it’s a Minolta Scan Dual 4 which is end of life and unsupported.

The quality of the scans is pretty good though and it can do batch scanning 4 at a time. So I’ll probably try and get into a routine where I do a few batches each morning till I’ve chewed through the pile.

By Friday hopefully I’ll have at least one or two up on the site. So far so good, just need to spend a bit more time on the flute now and I will be meeting both my goals :)

Photo Friday

Well I have brought my camera in to work today. I’ve decided to try and take a photo every Friday and post it up that night. We’ll see how long I can keep it going!

On a related note, I think it’s about time I dig out my film scanner again and see if it’s working. If I get some of my old negatives scanned in and processed it will be the first time anyone has seen any of them.

I’ll also have to find some time for flute practice also. So a busy weekend ahead for me!

Back again with updates!

Well I purchased Adobe Lightroom a few days ago and have started processing a few photo’s.

You can see the new ones at:  http://photo.artinstill.com

I’ll be trying to keep it up this time and get some new photo’s up at least once a week or so. I’ll try and get a link to the Smugmug RSS up on the page as well so that there will be no need to check back, new photo’s can go right to your RSS reader of choice.

I also bought myself a new Flute! Going to take up playing again off and on, we’ll see how that pans out.

Too many games

Mass Effect 2 has been released, which means I really need to get Mass Effect 1 finished. However I still have Batman, Valkyria, Avatar, Borderlands, Dragon Age, Prototype and a myriad of others to finish before I should start playing another game lol.

I think that there really needs to be either cloning or some sort of time dilation thing created stat or the problems are only going to get worse.

Although, that idea where you only work 4 days a week and have 3 day weekends could also help. Chances of that being implemented in Australia = 0.