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That’s short for situation report, which is what this post is intending to be as it’s been over a week since my last post, which is well naughty of me. Where am I right now? Well, smack bang in the middle of a bunch of ideas.

I recently bought a capture device for the Xbox – plan is to record some videos and put them on YouTube, as if that were not obvious. I have a few ideas for programming on the Random Fury channel – playing old games with Lewis to see what he thinks of old games, playing co-op games with Jane, playing online with the Furies, playing offline with friends/workmates, just playing by myself, chatting shit. Streaming some stuff to Twitch.tv looks like fun too, not to mention stretching to a camcorder at some point and doing some real-life videos maybe.

Linking all this stuff together and to Facebook looks to be a breeze, and I’m hoping it’ll raise awareness of my artwork, and be a shot in the arm for the forum in the long run, get more users on there. 2014 is our tenth year, if you can believe that, and I would love for Random Fury to be a buzzing hive of activity again by the end of 2014. I’ve got some plans up my sleeve for the tenth anniversary itself, as well as lots of little things throughout the year. Somewhat related to all of this, I’m thinking of going for a more basic approach to the forum – software that makes it easier to post from a phone. phpBB is great, but a bit bloated, overcomplicated, and far too little when browsing it on a phone or tablet.

In other news, I smashed the shit out of my creative block by painting a b’dass Dalek (see here), and Jane and I have just returned to normality after everyone else in the house were on holiday for a week. It was lovely and quiet, and as is tradition, the Xbox went on the big telly in the lounge. The thing is, because I was working my normal shifts, Jane got more use out of the Xbox being downstairs than I did. She loves her Skyrim. Karl and Hannah came over at the beginning of our child-and-relative-free week. We hung out and chatted and caught up and had nice food and drink on the Saturday, then on Sunday we went down to Southsea, had a look round a car-boot sale, played in the arcades, walked the Portsmouth coastline and had some awesome BBQ food.

The arcades were pretty cool, saw loads of old arcade machines. Also, we witnessed how Pac-Man is still controlling the arcade scene even now, with Pac-Man 10p pushers, multiplayer Pac-Man arcade cabinets and Pac-Man air hockey. I resolved to win a toy from one of the UFO catchers/claw machines. At first I was quite taken by the giant plush Pac-Man ghosts (Pac-Man domination again…), then I tried to grab some “Happy Snacks” plushies by Sega, then some smaller Pac-Man plushies, until I finally caught a Petey Piranha from popular videogame series “The Super Mario”. Then on the way home, we checked eBay to see how much it would be to simply buy one of those plushies… It was a lovely couple of days and the weather was a real treat. It’s a shame we don’t live closer, as both Jane and I really enjoy their company.

I read a book entitled 10 Billion by Stephen Emmott, and it was enlightening to say the least.

Ten Billion is a book about us.

It’s a book about you, your children, your parents, your friends. It’s about every one of us. It’s about our failure: failure as individuals, the failure of business, and the failure of our politicians.

It is about an unprecedented planetary emergency.

It’s about the future of us.

I’m not going to review it, I’m just going to wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. Read it, and feel humble.

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