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Oasis: Frustration

Friday 13th Oct 2006 - Posted By: Ste Riley at 07:19PM

Check out this Oasis: Frustration game apparently its the bands favourite game to play before they go on stage for a gig! I've seen a clip from there up coming Rockumentory 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' and it does show them playing the classic board game Frustration.

Anyway, this Flash one they've knocked up on the Stop The Clocks mini-site is half decent and worth a play.

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Bit Of A Tidy Up

Wednesday 4th Oct 2006 - Posted By: Ste Riley at 09:08PM

I've made a few tiny updates around the site, its about time really, things had begun to get a bit shabby. Anyway its only minor code changes and some aesthetics, so nothing that'll stand out.

I made my first run again yesterday, 2.8 miles, I'm back on the road to recovery now. No pain in the leg so hopefully things will stay like that.

Just received a new book from Amazon too - Playing Poker to Win: A Comprehensive Guide to No-Limit Texas Hold'Em for Beginners and Improvers. Once I've got through this I'll hopefully have a good idea of how to whip the newbies on the poker!

This is probably one of the funniest video's I've seen for a couple of months, suck it down old chap:

http://www.youtube.com/v/w3ttUWeaeTA

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5 Steps To Running Injury

Saturday 30th Sep 2006 - Posted By: Ste Riley at 10:28PM

The usual scenario of progressive injury is:

  1. "Gee, my foot, leg, etc is sore. Couldn't have been the running I did this morning".
  2. "Hmmm, when I'm running it feels kind of tight where it was sore yesterday".
  3. "Wow, that was tight yesterday too, maybe I'll run fewer miles tomorrow".
  4. "Well, it's still sore, I'll go run on it to see if it still hurts".
  5. "Ouch! Better not run on this, it might cause permanent damage"
This seems to be how I've managed to knacker my left leg.

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Top Class Dancing

Saturday 23rd Sep 2006 - Posted By: Ste Riley at 11:16PM

Check out the video below for some serious dancing, this little guy can move better than Justin Timberlake.

http://www.youtube.com/v/gx-NLPH8JeM

Not posted much up for a good while, but I do have some pictures of The Hoff. I went to a Hasslehoff book signing the other week and got a couple of pictures of the King of the Internet.

I managed a 2 mile run today, the longest I've gone since injuring my leg about 7 weeks ago. It's hurting pretty bad now but I think I just need to give it a good stretch. Might attempt to go for another couple of miles tomorrow depending on how it feels in the morning.

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Still Alive

Tuesday 19th Sep 2006 - Posted By: Ste Riley at 06:30PM

I've not wrote anything for a long while but I will do soon! I have my Xbox back now, but my leg is still buggered.

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Typical Luck

Thursday 3rd Aug 2006 - Posted By: Ste Riley at 11:41PM

Well someone did phone back from Microsoft, while I was out running as predicted! I couldnt be bothered phoning again so I'll wait till tomorrow now. It's likely I won't get my Xbox packed off till at least Monday/Tuesday then I might have to wait till around the 14th to get it back! :( It seems there are no new games out this month though so I'm not missing out on much, just a shame I can't hit Moto GP this weekend.

Anyway I went out for a run and my new earphones stuck in my ears wonderfully, so I'm pleased with them so far. Managed to get through a full 5k but my feet almost fell off. Think I've got a slight injury in my left ankle.

One more working day left till the weekend, time for bed me thinks.

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Broken Xbox 360

Thursday 3rd Aug 2006 - Posted By: Ste Riley at 08:05PM

Noooooooo! My Xbox 360 has crashed and is now displaying the 3 red lights of doom on the front. That means its suffered from a hardware failfure. *sniff*

It happened last night when I was trying to download the new Saints Row demo, however it locked up and died on me. After a couple of failed attempts it showed little sign of life. Looks like its going to have to go back to mamma and get fixed.

I've put a call into Microsoft to try and arrange a collection but they was dealing with a load of calls; so someone has taken my number and I'm waiting for them to call me back.

I bet they end up calling when I go out for a run though! I bought a new pair of earphones today that should fit better for running or so I hope. I've gone for a pair of Sennheiser OMX 70 Sport that hook over your hears, fingers crossed they wont pop out my ears like my Sennheiser CX-300's. I'm currently lying 3rd place of 11 runners in my Nike+ 50 mile challenge.

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Serving Hard Time

Sunday 30th Jul 2006 - Posted By: Ste Riley at 01:07AM

Well, here I am, nearly 1am and I am sat in work on a Saturday night, I never thought it would happen but it has. Anyway I'm here tonight to upload a few files online then I have to sit here till up to 10am Sunday morning. I'm going to be keeping a blow-by-blow account here of what happening. I've been out to John's party tonight and I was in no mood for going to work when we rolled into town at half 11. This was never going to be easy though so I've had to bite the bullet and wave goodbye to the remaining party revellers.

11:45pm - Arrive at the CIS building, every entrance has the shutters down. I bang on one, then try the next and notice an intercom on the wall; I give it a press and get security. After him telling me there is no one in the building "no shit" I repeat my name several times and he lets me in.

11:48pm - Get to my desk, the lights are off, I need a piss first so I head for the toilets. All the lights and switches are easy to find on the way. On my return I find clamber around in the dark and finally find the switch for the floor. Let there be light. Walk back to my desk to notice a copy of the Open magazine, people actually drop this rubbish off on your desk after you've gone home. They must have a worse job that me! All I can hear at the moment is the ticking of the clock on the wall and the clicking of the hard-drive... my new friends.

12:00am - Time to fill in my timesheet, I'd forgotten all about it on Friday, filled in John's as well, seems we was in too much of a rush to get to the pub on Friday night.

12:15am - I get the call to say I should publish the files to live. That's all I'm here for, an hour ahead of time, maybe I'll get to go home at 9am, oh the joy.

12:45am - After waiting for the cache to clear I finally raise the call to say I'm done. I've already had a call to see what the hell was going on, in this job; the cache is a complete bastard. Learn to hate it.

1:00am - I'm meant to phone security every hour but I can't be arsed with that, its a bit too short for my liking. It's probably a health and safety issue, but I feel quite healthy at the moment, so I'll wait till 2.

1:05am - Reality is beginning to set in now, at the earliest I might be able to go at 8am, but that?s wishful thinking probably, I'm not sure now what to do. I can hit another Pro Plus to keep me going, I'll be doing 1 every hour now for the next 8. This stuff better be good shit!

1:17am - Just invited 6 people from RunnersWorld to my Nike+ Challenge to run 50 miles. Just checked my goals and I'm already behind since I've not been out running Friday and Saturday because I've been drunk or saving energy for tonight. I'll have to recover my losses over the week. My eyes are feeling pretty heavy already when I close them, could be trouble ahead.

1:25am - The feckin lights just went out on me; they must be on a timer of an hour if you don't move about. Just had security come up as well to remind me to phone him every hour, seems like I won't be able to have any sleep after all!

2:55am - Just finished reading about Micheal Schumachers career, things really are that low. I'm writing this in the dark as the lights have gone off again; I'm going to get sick of turning them back on quite soon. Only another 5 minutes to go till I get the joy of phoning security again to tell them I'm still alive. Might hit the PSP soon for some gaming.

2:59am - Haha, I've just bothered to check if the web sites have actually updated with the changes I made a couple of hours ago. Thank god they have!

3:11am - While sinking deeper into sadness I looked up the CIS Tower entry on Wikipedia and by chance, someone has just removed the Tube of Justice reference this Saturday afternoon. For god's sake, I'm looking at the dam thing now!!! The tube of justice exists... who dares edit that from that page? Whoever it was is stupid enough to believe that there is a nuclear bunker under the tower anyway, unless they know something about -B6. *FURY* Time for another Pro Plus.

3:51am - Just been playing GTA on the PSP for a while, its the same old stuff though and I'm pretty bored with it already, I'm going to see if I can load of LocoRoco and try something a bit new that requires less brain power. Will give my friend in security a call soon and hit another Pro Plus.

4:58am - Nearing the half way point now, the sun is coming up over Manchester now as I look out the window. Time for something to eat, I've got some corn-dog butties with me to snaffle. Might as well eat these and watch the sun come up. Been playing this LocoRoco game on the PSP for the last hour. I've not got a clue what its about, you just control some singing blob that rolls around, its helping passing the time though.

5:26am - Well that?s the food entertainment all gone. 2 corn-dog butties, 1 mini pork pie and an apple. Pretty bored now, it's getting pretty light outside though, I can sit here with the lights off now and see what I'm doing. Had a wonder around the floor for a while but nothing much of interest to report on. I think these Pro Plus are doing the job though don't feel to bad sleep wise.

5:37am - I can see the sun! I've just burnt my eyes out looking at it too much. Taken some photos with my poxy camera, don't know how well they'll turn out. I've resorted to taking photos of my sad looking face in the glow of the sun too. Rocking to the Stevie Wonder video (below) at the moment, make sure to check it out.

6:07am - Starting to feel pretty tired now, done my 6th Pro Plus, I can only have another 2 till I'm OD'ing. Stuck on some tunes now and trying to get some shuteye but my heads pounding a bit now. Yawning quite often as well, this is it; I'll have to fight it all the way now. I can't fall asleep or I'll have Trevor the security guard come prodding me checking I'm alive if I don't give him a call on the hour. I'm on about my 3rd Litre of water now too; think I'm just drinking out of boredom.

7:02am - Well the last hour has been fairly uneventful, I've just phoned Trevor to check in and he said he's going home now so I'll have a new Trevor when I call at 8. Nice and bright now, just listening to MP3's still. Flicked through the dull pages of the internal company magazine for half an hour, nearly put me to sleep, so I've put it away.

7:28am - ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO! It's gone live earlier than expected, I'm free to go, woohoo! Time to get home n get some kip.

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PHP5 Happy & Nike+ Challenge

Tuesday 25th Jul 2006 - Posted By: Ste Riley at 09:54PM

I've finally had the server upgraded to PHP5 so I can get on with some online developments for the site! To kick things off I've built a brand new RSS Feed reader that takes advantage of PHP5's SimpleXML, it works like an absolute dream and coding takes up a lot less brain power.

On the development front, I've been reading Head Rush Ajax at work to finally get my head around this Ajax business once and for all, I've found it quite interesting so far. No doubt I'll be presenting a few experiments with it sooner or later.

The weathers still boiling hot at the moment, I'm loving it. I've clocked up a good 19 miles running in the last 10 days accoring to my Nike+ kit not bad for me! I'm giving it a rest today though since my joints are pretty sore, so I've been sat in listening to some crazy tunes.

If any readers have a Nike+ kit and your interested in doing a challenge against me, I'm setting up a 50 mile distance race to start 31st July, so use the contact me page to register your interest.

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Stevie Wonder On Sesame Street

Friday 21st Jul 2006 - Posted By: Ste Riley at 10:37PM

I just watched this video over at Fazed and loved it, so I thought I'd share it here too. It's an absolute stonker of a live performance of a true classic 'Superstition' on the classic kids show Sesame Street. Watch out for the kid with the crazy dance going for it, it's just a shame Big Bird didn't get in on the act. "Seeeessssame Streeeet, Seeeessssame Streeeet, that's where I will beeee"

http://www.youtube.com/v/dSC29xl6hno

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