Girlock Holmes explains just why melted cheese came out of a volcano.
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The title of this entry should be Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise, but for some reason I can't write ñ in titles. I've had a similar problem before...
Anyway, this game is very similar to Viva Piñata for the Xbox 360, but in case you're not familiar with that, I'll go over it now. Basically, you're given a garden and you need to attract all different kinds of animals to come and live in it (except, rather than animals, they're actually living Piñatas). There's a nice range of creatures you can have, including hippos, horses and cows, and there are very different things you need to do to attract all of them. Once you have them safely living in your garden, you have to build them a house and persuade them to mate. It's all very fun, and has an addictive 'catch 'em all' feeling to it.
But, while you're doing all of this Piñata catching and breeding, there are obstacles that will make things harder. Every so often, either a sour Piñata or a Ruffian will come along and cause trouble. A sour Piñata is just a bad Piñata really, and it will try and destroy your plants or the creatures living in your garden. Ruffians are worse; they work for a man called Professor Pester, and will destroy anything they come across (even buildings) unless you pay them off.
It's a nice mixture, I feel; while it is a 'life simulation' game, there are still problems for you to face and overcome. The more you progress in the game though, the easier the problems are to overcome and I think that, perhaps, this should be the other way around. I sometimes also feel that the garden is too small, you'll probably get to a point where you have the maximum number of Piñatas you can have, yet still want to have more living there. But still, these are minor problems, and I certainly enjoyed catching all of the brightly coloured Piñatas and creating nice homes for them. Also one thing I really like about the game is the fact that there are references to other Rare games throughout the game, and since I'm a fan of the company, I really appreciate that.
My rating for this game is 9.1/10
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I'm sorry if any of that is too small to see and/or read, but if it is, just click on it and you'll be shown a bigger version. But, yes, what'd you all think of that? That's the return of Girlock Holmes by the way, for anybody that didn't know. If anybody can tell me why a volcano would erupt and melted cheese, rather than lava, would come out, please tell me your answer! You'll find out for real on Friday...
Colin the Cow shows you one of his favourite places.
This is the first of, hopefully, many comics shot 'on location'.
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More comedy from Jingle the Jester.
Until I became a fan of The Beatles in around 2009, I always thought the word beetle (as in, insect) was spelled beatle. Even now, the 'correct' spelling looks strange to me and I guess that says a lot about the language; it is, after all, just nonsense. There is no reason one spelling of a word is right, and another wrong, other than the fact that a dictionary says so. In the past, a spelling which is incorrect today, may well have been one of the more common ones, not that the modern one would have been wrong, they just didn't care. I guess that system had its upsides and its downsides: on the one hand, reading would probably hard if somebody was spelling the word 'what' as 'whaghte' but, on the other, there'd be much less need for proof reading. Also, by the way, wouldn't it be cool to become so famous that your own version of a common word replaced the normal one in the minds of some people?
The universe, if you think about it, is just a big ball of stuff (I think that may be a quote from Doctor Who), the exact same things which make up humans, also make up stars which are billions of miles away. That's atoms I'm talking about, in case it wasn't obvious. Now, atoms are not fixed things, the ones which are currently making you up may have been part of a shed or a porridge oat just a couple of days ago.
Think about that for a second: if humans are just part of all of that, does that not mean that we are merely the universe observing itself? We are made of the exact same stuff as everything else, and one day, within our lifetime, we'll be made of a completely new set of atoms, nothing is constant, the universe is just a shifting mass. People may not even have free will.
Now, how does that reflect on morality? In this universe which has billions of life forms through which to view itself, there are people who do good and people who do evil. Now, I don't believe in evil people, obviously people can do evil, but I don't believe that anybody has done NO good, and an evil person would not do good. But I'd say it's a fact that every good person has done at least one bad deed within their lifetime. But while thinking about this the other day, I came to a strange conclusion: within this big mass which is the universe there are good things which happen and bad things which happen: does that then mean that there is a force for good and a force for evil which causes turmoil between the life in the universe? Everyone being moved by both of them. If so, then there is a scientific means for arguing for moral truth...
Although I realise this argument is very flawed, I'll raise a very big point against myself now: calling things either good or bad, is merely a human construct, it is wrong of me to suggest that from a wholly detached point of view they are anything but things that happen (without good or bad coming into it). But still, people can feel happiness, and so, therefore, a very small part of the universe is happy every single time a person feels joy... and that can't be bad. Right?
Today I'm writing to suggest that you all pay a small visit to this website. It is the site of Oscar Taylor-Kent, a friend of mine, and is, as he says on there, his 'Oscar-hub' which, using its tentacles will push in the direction of some of his work. His work often has quite a sense of humour to it, and you'll find photography work, things linking to video games, music and other interesting things to. I hope you will enjoy looking!
Sometime ago, I believe it may have been February 2008, my friend Elliott Egan threw a little house party and I was invited. I arrived along with my other friend Ben Wood and, at the start of the evening, everything seemed as if it was all going nice and smoothly.
However, there was one snag: I'd forgotten to put on a belt before I left and my jeans were a little bit loose. Now, this wouldn't normally be a problem, a party is, after all, mainly a matter of just sitting down and socialising. But it just so happens that back then, I knew a girl who seemed to have a strange interest in pulling down my trousers whenever she could. Apparently, I secretly liked it... I won't mention her name, because since then she's apologised for doing it and I wouldn't like to embarrass her with this entry.
Anyway, it just so happens that she eventually realised that I was belt-less, I can't remember how, but it was over four years ago, so hopefully I can be forgiven for small gaps in my memory. Anyway, once it was realised that the trouser-yanker was after me, I decided I would hide outside in the garden, but she quickly followed me out there and, since it was dark and a garden I was unfamiliar with, I was quickly cornered.
"Maybe we should go back inside and get back to the party along with everybody else," I suggested.
She didn't give a verbal response, she just looked at me and gave an evil grin.
I took a step back, but she took a lunge forward, grabbing onto my trousers.
"I'd prefer it if you didn't pull them down today," I said. "I mean, aside from the fact that I already don't like it, today it's also very cold outside, so it's even worse than usual."
But, unfortunately, she overcame me and down came my jeans (which, very, very unfortunately, brought down my boxer shorts with them) then, since I was I was holding my trousers, I fell down onto the floor too. Luckily, I was wearing a rather big shirt, so I was able to use that to retain my modesty from all of the people watching the spectacle through the window. The girl ran away and I was left by myself.
I shuffled away and moved to a spot where I didn't think anybody could see me. Then, confident I was safe, I restored my clothes to how they should be. I looked up and saw that a small group of three people had been watching. Oh dear. And there you have it, another unfortunate incident at a crazy party. Every time I go to these parties, a part of me thinks 'why?' Get it? "Party", "Part - y", "Part (of me thinks) y?" couldn't resist tacking that pun onto the end!
This is just a small update to say that I now have a Facebook page for my blog. My stats show that occasionally over a hundred and people visit this blog on a single day, so it would be nice to see who all of you are! Here is a link to it, so please 'like' the page, thanks in advance for doing so! Also, I'd like to thank you all for reading my entries too, it seems like it has been a while since I have done so, yes, a big thank you to everybody who reads this!
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