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The Booshambles Journal, full of news and goings on.

Let the games begin.

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It's urgh me Morio!

I have been so busy that another year has almost passed. Things might change now though because I have a decent sized tablet to do updates from. After over 2 years of daily use my Nexus 7 is going in to retirement, bring on the Nexus 9. I have read some bad reviews to do with build quality and light bleed, but mine seems fine. Its going to take some time to get used to but I really like the wider screen and the front facing speakers.

I have also increased my hours at work, 4 days a week makes the week surprising crowded as i do other things on my days off, i don’t have time to do the usual posts or playing games. I am now finally able to use my holidays so for the next few weeks i get 4 days off in a row, let the games begin!

GTA V on the Xbox One looks incredible and Elite: Dangerous is nearly out of beta. I also got the huge Halo Collection. I felt a bit disappointed with the Xbox One but it’s starting to get some decent games, a huge Mass Effect re-release is on the cards, probably a year away. A new Red Dead game would be amazing.

WordPressed for time.

Fashion: it is the key to our evolution.

Fashion: it is the key to our evolution.

Well that year went fast.

Work got busy and I forgot to update, then I was sorting my garage out in the Spring, sat outside in the Summer and played on the Xbox in the Autumn. However things have happened and the way the old website worked it wasn’t very easy to just post things as it happened. Until now…. CUE MUSIC!

Booshambles has always been a playground, I use it to learn how to make websites then use elements from it to make sites that earn money. WordPress basically killed the local web design industry because people can just set this up for free and do everything themselves. Although web design isn’t my main source of income I still want to do it and get paid so this is the next step. Learning how to configure WordPress to make it look like the old bespoke Booshambles is a great way to do that.

I was suprised how much WordPress and Booshambles were alike, my admin panel was very basic but had most of the functionality. Design wise it’s completely different as I had one page basically showing about 90% of the site, you just clicked links to change what was being shown. Learning where properties for some of the basic design choices has been more difficult than anything really.

Then I spent the next 3 weeks (probably a good 40 hours) republishing all the old posts, scrapbooks and other content. I glanced through some of the posts and left behind old film, tv and game news as there really isn’t any need to keep them. Also a few journal updates which were basically me saying I was going to update are gone too. I had the opportunity to go back through the scrapbook and reupload all the images that I could find at higher res. The Brick Wall being a prime example, I got the scanner out and scanned in every page of the Brick Booklets as well as uploading higher quality scans of all the posters and artcards. The new site has also allowed me to upload content thought lost, I found some old files including audio and animated gifs!

I was still using twitter and have gone through old tweets looking for things worthy of an article then expanding upon it. Mostly it was “Tonights film is” which I have now used to replace reviews, the idea is I will post using my Nexus 7 which film I’m watching tonight. Then when I have time go back and edit the post and add in a score and comments. I watch a lot of films so it’s a great way to quickly build up a mini review section (already got 23!). Plus on repeat viewings I will go back and maybe add in things I have noticed a second time around.

I have had the Quad UK Brick Poster for years and have been meaning to get it properly framed for ages. When Looper came out in the Cinema I went on ebay and snapped up a Quad UK Cinema Poster for that too. Finally 9 months later I found a website that sells reusable poster frames, their actual use is business adverts like the ones you see in banks. They just screw into the walls and you snap the silver bezel around the poster, they also come with a plastic film to place on top. £70 quid in total but the frames are now a permanent feature of the room.

Who the fuck are you Paul Zennon!?

Who the fuck are you Paul Zenon!?

In the past we have had a shout out from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a retweet by Simon Pegg and even had some of the content featured on Director Rian Johnson’s Website. This for me is up there with the best of them. Basically a Facebook friend called Chris Cook has THE Paul Zenon on his friends list, when me and Chris Medcalf were chatting over Xbox I had the slightly drunken idea of joining in the conversation. It went along the lines of “I should say who the fuck are you Paul Zenon”, it was hysterical and you really had to be there but I managed to preserve the chat. We knew from watching him on TV in the 90’s who he was, it was just great fun. I later explained and apologised because I didn’t want him to put a gypsy curse on me.

This update is getting crazy hella big and some of the “news” can wait, it will just end up in the next Journal update.

Oh yeah! I have a website.

Holy Speed Camera Batman!

Holy Speed Camera Batman!

I have no real excuse for not updating, things have happened I could have posted about. Anyway I will just do a mahoosive update and hopefully it will move Bill Clinton off the homepage. Batman, Olympics, Music, Looper, Garden, Nexus.

The Olympics is finally over after 6 years of TWENTY TWELVE adverts, it was worse than the digital switchover. Bring on the end of PPI.

I was going to do a review of Batman Forever or whatever it was called, I can’t remember enough of it to do one, the caption was made for that review and to save an hour of searching for an image I thought I would borrow it. I really enjoyed it but it wasn’t as good as The Dark Knight and the ending pissed me off because it sets it up for an amazing 4th film that will probably never happen now. Twatman. 8/10 though.

I ended up getting a huge music collection for about 60 quid. It’s another 30 or so albums which I just never bought when they came out. An amazon retailer called “Zoverstocks” sells them for 1p plus £1.26 postage so I bought all the Stereophonics back catalog.. catalogue, some Snow Patrol, Kasabian, Jet, Massive Attack, Aqualung, Travis, The Verve, The Killers, Moby and more. Basically all the stuff I used to listen to at college.

As you know I am a huge fan of Brick, I first heard about Looper, Rian Johnsons’ new film a couple of years ago when he setup the Looper Blog and Hopefully this week I will be going to see it. Anyway I have a UK Quad Cinema Poster for Brick, it’s very rare and i snapped it up off Ebay and now I have done the same with Looper. This is also a Quad Cinema Poster and I think it’s the UK one. Both are going to get framed as the Brick one is starting to show its age and needs preserving.

Also over the summer I sorted the front garden out in the same style as the back. It needed 4 bags of slate and I still had the pebbles from last year. It took a couple of months because of the weather but it’s all done now so no more gardening!

I bought a Google Nexus 7 tablet, I waited patiently as nearly all tablets before it were just huge crappy messes with no battery life. I can’t live without it now and use it every day. I got the 16gb version but there is rumors of a 32gb version coming for the same price. I haven’t had a space issue but people who aren’t signed up to Netflix or anything like that might want the space to store tv shows or whatnot. It has also replaced my laptop as a business tool, unless i had to do some serious website work the nexus does everything and i can even hook it up to my phones internet, I invented that technology years ago i called it Waptop but never had the money to do it ah well.

I went back, back to the future!

Now that's what i call a porn film.

Now that’s what i call a porn film.

Digging up old posts, redesigning the scrapbook from the ground up not to mention all the other stuff. Kishi Bashi, Leeds, of Montreal, Yip Deceiver, Kendal Memes.

I would have posted last week, in fact I tweeted that I would. When I came to add my of Monreal scrapbook, I forgot it was broken. So I bit the bullet and obliterated the scrapbook and integrated it into this article thing you are reading now. Basically it means you can search the website for scrapbooks now.

This took a few days to add and tweak all the scrapbooks, I even managed to find Simon Pegg’s tweet so I could date the Shaun of the Dead Rising 2 scrapbook properly.

There were a couple of pictures missing so while i was searching for them i stubled upon the original Booshambles code. I actually had 2 files named, archive2005 and archive2006. So with another few days work i have added nearly all the posts from the original site back in. It’s suprising how small they were but if i remember the way the site was designed a paragraph looked pretty big. I also found the official Booshambles Website birthday, It’s June 10th so mark your diaries. The forum is also coming back just for practice in setting one up really and to see if i can keep it bot free.

On to the actual update. I went to Leeds again, quite the adventure, I read The Body by Stephen King over the whole week off, mainly on the train there and back. Excellent story as i have said before, especially while on a train, 3 hours travel flew by, or should i say trained by ah ha ah.

I went to see of Montreal again and there was an amazing band on before them called Yip Deceiver, which is made up of 2 members of of Montreal. Go grab the EP from iTunes for £2.99. Also Kishi Bashi was there as part of of Montreal. He just released his first album and again it’s excellent, I ordered it from the US for about £8. When it turned up it came with all this stuff:

A Spring tour postcard
A Watermelon Jolly Rancher
Two Kishi Bashi button badges
A Kishi Bashi Sticker
A Joyful Noise Sticker (The Record Label)
The Album

Crazy stuff, which brings me on to Troy setting up Kendal Memes on facebook, i did three and thought i would stick them up here.

That is all.

Thought i would knock one out.

How Skins should have ended.

How Skins should have ended.

Messing around with my camera and listening to lots of music, that’s about it. Snow, looking evil, of Montreal, drawing.

Just a short update really with a fair few pictures. With all this snow we had on Saturday I took a couple of pictures including a very arty one which was just next to the garage, i think the shadow was coming from the tree in next doors garden. Also since i am more beardy than i was i thought i would update my facebook picture. I quickly took this and put my hood up to see what it would look like. Scary stuff and so i thought i would keep it.

Also Troy spotted that of Montreal are touring in the UK again and it’s in Leeds so i can go visit and see the band, avoiding the hell hole city that is Manchester. In anticipation i went ahead and bought the album from polyvinyl records. The best thing about them as a record label is that they give you instant access to a nice 320kbps album download. So i don’t have to wait two weeks for it to turn up from the US before i can listen to it. It’s one of their stranger albums but it’s growing on me although i still think False Priest is better.

I also finally finished Ashes to Ashes and it’s a great tv show if you get the chance watch Life on Mars THEN Ashes to Ashes. Anyway Ashes is set in the 80’s and i have now been listening to the best of The Human League. Especially Mirror Man

It’s just so good.

I used to have a tablet, back in the day a tablet was something you plugged in to your computer and used for drawing. Mine had a serial connection because USB hadn’t been invented, it’s that old. Anyway i thought it would be fun to get another one and do some cartoons again and just generally mess around with it. So i will add some stuff i do to the site even if it is sheyet.

Well that is all for this update, i’m not doing too bad at updating but want to try get a few more rants and raves going on. So maybe something next week….

FUS RO HA PEE NEW YAAAAAAAAR

I was going to update last year, then i...

I was going to update last year, then i…

New Year, New Layout, it’s going to be a busy year. This is just a round up of things that went on while the site was broken. GAME Fest, Skyrim, Christmas, TV and more…

The new layout isn’t finished yet, i still have some work to do down the right hand side and change the menu a bit. The main reason for the change was that I spent some time finding images and doing captions, unless you clicked on them they were not being seen. So nice big captions from now on.

Another reason was I was getting bored looking at the same page all the time, this was my own fault because I never update the bloody site. The site broke because of my shoddy coding, I upgraded the hosting to get more for my money but the newer version of php meant my admin panel I made wouldn’t post anything. Carl to the rescue as usual…

The site didn’t get fixed for 5 months because Gears of War 3 came out then Skyrim, curse that game. I took a week off just to play it playing it on average 8 hours a day, I am almost ashamed. Currently taking some time away from it as work is starting to pile up out of nowhere. More on that later.

So me and Chris went to GAMEfest at the NEC, it involved some stupid o’clock train travel and lots of walking. I blagged a Booshambles dog tag and a Mass Effect 3 Tshirt. Don’t think I would go again though as it only took a few hours to see everything worth seeing. Still an enjoyable day though.

Then I got into some TV shows; The Walking Dead season 2, Misfits, Life on Mars and Dexter to name the ones I can remember. I want to do a little roundup of stuff maybe a monthly pick later in the month.

All that stuff combined with working meant I didn’t get the site fixed until a few weeks ago, then I was too busy with Christmas and cooked the meal from scratch. The timing was perfect and the only thing that went a bit wrong were the Yorkshire puddings, but I think we didnt have the right flour or the oven hot enough.

That brings us up to now and I am suprisingly busy with work, with a couple of big websites on the go I will be hard pushed to get my gaming in. Also the work rota is changing back to recession mode so I will be working Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays again. 3 days off in a row is great for getting website work done/gaming/drinking.

I am off to do some gaming/drinking…

FUS RO DAAH!!!!!

End of Summer Update… Honest

I sense I am about to be Fassbendered

I sense I am about to be Fassbendered

Wow what a summer it has been. I forgot or couldn’t be bothered to update Booshambles for a few months and this is basically a good time to get away with it. Everything i can remember that has happened over summer. Bridesmaids, Ground Force, Birthday, Zombies, Playstation, Hackintosh.

Well i have been genuinely busy these last few months, i finally threw or gave away enough stuff in the shed to knock it down and redo the garden. It was basically some crazy paving from the 80s then a shed, then more paving with a whirly gig in it. Thanks to Ian, a sledge hammer and a pickaxe we got rid of all that and covered it with slate and pebbles.

That was mainly all i did in August except for turning 28. Just went out for a few drinks it was good, despite getting gay porn and Barbara Windsor work out DVDs off Chris it was a painless birthday.

I also went to see Bridesmaids with Troy and we were probably the only blokes in there who weren’t gay or dragged along by their wives or girlfriends. It was surprisingly excellent and i have always liked Kristen Wiig and although it has it’s generic girly moments it’s a very funny film.

There was going to be an update devoted to my hackintosh, which is basically getting a PC to run apple’s operating system. It’s harder than you think but about 4x cheaper than a mac, for about £250 i have a mac with the similar spec to a £1000+ iMac. If you know how to build a PC then you just need to find compatible components, the hardest part was installing the operating system.

Unlike Windows when you install the wrong audio driver it wont boot ever again, so all you can do is format and try again. It is all working now and it was more of an experiment than something i would rely on.

Another experiment of sorts was trying to get a cheap Playstation 1 to play Resident Evil 1,2 and 3 because i never played them before. So for £15 i got a PSOne and another 60 quid or so got me 2 memory cards, Resident Evil 1, 2, and 3, Metal Gear Solid 1 and ReVolt. Which isn’t bad at all considering the age of the games. I missed out that entire console generation as i went to PC so my first console was a SNES in 1992, then it was an Xbox 360 in 2006. Well that is all for now.

That is all until the Christmas as the site is broken and i dont have time to fix it until then.

15 Minute Makeover

Trust me once the airbrushing is done the Sex and the City 3 Poster will be great

Trust me once the airbrushing is done the Sex and the City 3 Poster will be great

Doing this update because i wanted to see if it becomes visible while i am at work. I only have about 15 minutes so as long as i keep typing it should be done in time, so here goes. Tranny Lawson, Easter Poster, Of Montreal, Air Heads.

A bit like the cheating that goes on in 60 Minute Makeover i did all the images before i started this 15, now 14 minute post. No one ever do that for me by the way i would go fucking ape shit if someone changed my room because they wanted a more Mediterranean feel.

Anyway it’s been a month and a few things have happened worth mentioning. Troy wants a Zoku Lolly maker, and i googled it to see if they were going cheap anywhere when i came across this awesome picture.

A “Girl” showing off the fun of said lolly maker. It only took a second to think “that looks like Mat”, so off to fireworks i went to knock up a Tranny Lawson… if you know what i mean.

During the Easter weekend when the weather was still nice i was out with tranny, i mean Mat and Troy for a quiet drink and some pool. On our journey through town i spotted this poster outside the local prayer group room thing. My camera was shit but luckily i found a picture of it on the net. My Easter was Jesus free but i did work every bank holiday over it. I don’t think Jesus gives out time and a half plus a day in lieu, just bad egg jokes it seems.

I can’t remember if i mentioned this a few months ago but i bought some Of Montreal CDs from America. One of them was a preorder so the company wasn’t going to send them all out until the preordered one was released. Anyway a month or so later they turned up, all looking great and i will add a picture in the next update. For some reason they sent over an apple flavored taffy bar, apparently it’s a popular brand and it just reminded me of Wham! bars without the crispy bits in.

With one minute to go i will finish off by saying that i got more updates queued up so they will just appear over the next few weeks like magic.

Off to work now… actually i am already at work and it’s about 4:30 so yeah.

What a month

Nobody was happy when Ron learned the 'Arseus Explodeus' spell

Nobody was happy when Ron learned the ‘Arseus Explodeus’ spell

Been rather busy with work and going out nearly every day i have had off. Leeds, Pub Crawl, Cold Pizza.

First off I have made a few changes to the site. I can now hide articles so updates can be worked on over time then made visible when finished. Also I can change the time something is posted so I never miss a deadline. It’s cheating but no one reads this anyway. Once i have learned how to make articles visible on a certain date the site will update itself as long as i stay ahead of the updates. It’s all to do with timestamps kids.

Sadly this new system was setup after this journal so there is probably a few things that i have missed out, that won’t happen anymore because as soon as something interesting happens i will make a note of it hidden away until later.

Anyway on with the update y’all.

Well after the Of Montreal gig in Manchester i went to with Troy, he began a campaign of pestering me to go see him at Leeds. After a bit of research and good timing i managed to get a ticket to Leeds from Kendal for £14.50 with a change at the dreaded Manchester.

I said this in the Leeds Scrapbook but i don’t have a compact/good digital camera, something the size of a phone would do. All i have is a big chunky professional thing so there is only one picture of me in Leeds and Troy took it and he can’t find his camera, add irony where appropriate. Maybe i didn’t go to Leeds after all.

The week after Leeds we had a Pub Crawl, which was one drink in Ring O Bells, Wheatsheaf, Brewery, Shakespeare, Wetherspoons, Burgandys, Ruskins then Dickie Doodles. No one really managed a drink at Dickies and i was still drunk the next day. If we did it again we wouldn’t bother going to Ring O Bells again, it’s a strange place. It was a good night though and picked up Rory on from Wetherspoons, who i asked if he wanted to be on Booshambles, he said YEAH like it was something awesome. So here you go Rory enjoy. Also in Burgandys Chris wanted a pint of Duvel, i was drunk enough to buy it at over £6 a pint, upon researching the name for this journal i found it was 8.5%.

A few weeks ago the oven broke, and it’s amazing how much i actually use it. If the microwave had gone too i would probably have starved to death. Ended up buying an overpriced dominoes because i ran out of stuff to microwave and really fancied a pizza. Didn’t eat it all and only because we had no oven i kept the left over slices. Never had cold pizza before, just because it never appealed to me like cold gravy or melted ice cream. It was really nice though.

Well that will do i think, it has taken me ages to get this update together because i ran out of caption pictures and doing all this background stuff to the site not had any time as usual.