An evening with Alexa

Okay, I confess: my curiosity got the best of me and I splurged on an Amazon Echo. You know, one of those little black cylinders that talks back. The Echo is basically a sophisticated bluetooth speaker coupled with Amazon’s cloud-based artificial intelligence ‘Alexa’ ready and waiting to answer your queries. Admittedly an Echo isn’t something I needed so […]

The Guest Cat – Takashi Hiraide (2014)

The Guest Cat is another book I fondled in a bookshop not long ago. I didn’t buy it at the time, but the premise intrigued me and I discovered we actually own a copy when I went looking for another short read from those on our poor overburdened shelves. We’re introduced to a mild-mannered husband and […]

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter (2015)

I picked up this book yesterday and so begins the first of hopefully several bookish reviews on this blog. I haven’t read a thing for ages and I have a growing stack of books Lizzie wants me to read, but when I saw this book it just called out to me. I demolished it in […]

Let’s Play: No Man’s Sky (PS4)

Something a little different for you all today.. I recently bought a Playstation 4 with the intention of trying out No Man’s Sky, the recently released space exploration game by Hello Games, a small studio from Guildford and creators of the Joe Danger series. The Unique Selling Point (USP) of the game is that almost […]

#SackNasty — rarasaur

  Sack Nasty is a compilation of poetry about prison. Unlike this blog, the stories told here don’t always fall sunny-side up. They are an outpouring of the uglier edges of prison life. They are about the illusion of dignity, the malleability of justice, and the fluidity (and fluids) of the human condition. These are […]

Wedding Tasks

Getting Things Done

It’s Saturday morning afternoon and i’m sitting here sipping my first coffee of the day and – after the week i’ve just had – feeling somewhat.. dazed? I’ll openly admit I could use a little help when it comes to time management; however this working week has seen me pulled in all directions at once, […]

Jessica Jones

I started watching Netflix Original series Jessica Jones tonight while Lizzie is out visiting a friend. I’ve never heard of the Marvel character before so I had no idea what to expect going in. Netflix’s new trick of showing a preview on the main menu has already worked on me a couple of times. About […]

Pride & Joy: A Wizard of Earthsea

It won’t have escaped your notice that i’m trying to breathe new life into my blog these days. I’m midway through a big clear out and reshuffle; fixing up the old teenage angst and – dare I say it – consigning the drivel to the trash. I’m trying to ensure my posts head in a clearer direction rather than […]

Pervasive Pixels: Fondly remembered games

Crowbarska made one of those list posts on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that got me thinking. The gist of it was to list the ten games that have had the most impact on you. Not necessarily “teh best games evah” or even ten of your favourite games, but those which have struck a […]

Eyes Peeled

The latest addition to my teeny tiny comic collection is Eyes Peeled by Grace Wilson. EP is a 2013-2014 series of observational comics and drawings which span two continents and three cities – Edinburgh, London and Stockholm – with a couple of other exotic excursions in between. To say that this is a comic overflowing […]

Entrapment - An adventure game by Stuart Lilford of Lightbulb Games

Entrapment

The first of my reviews (finally) of the selection of games generously included in the AGS Bake Sale bundle and what an opening it is. Entrapment is a game by Stuart Lilford, aka Tenacious Stu, of Lightbulb Games created using Adventure Game Studio and first prototyped back in January 2011 when he was at University. The finished game sees the main […]