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Wednesday, 15 November 2006

podcast, party and video (game) players

There's only one way to start this blog entry (save to say that it'll probably be a fairly long tedious one, what with the last post being ten days ago.. annoyingly this means that I'll only be able to capture about thirty percent of the anecdotes and links that I've accumulated over the past week and a half) is to announce the long-awaited episode 4 of The North South Divide comedy podcast. You can hear the fruits of 6 months' intermittent labour here:

It's far, far from perfect, but it's twenty-five minutes of gentle humour, so I'm pleased with it. Thanks to Debs, Beth and (as she has asked to be credited!) Florida Goddess for supplying the extra voices... hopefully they'll also be appearing in number 5, which will certainly not take as long to produce. Hopefully...

Christopher's new glassesThe other big news is that Christopher has rather a fine new look - he's been prescribed glasses for a while, since he has an astigmatism in his left eye that needs straightening out. Spectacles these days are much more stylish than they were when I were a lad; no need for big ol' black or tortoise-shell plastic frames any more! He's dealing with them very well, which is something of a relief.

It's definitely birthday season in the family - September's quite a busy month, but what with Tilly, Max, Rob, Debi, Lisa and I having birthdays in November, we'll all be a year older within the next couple of weeks. We were invited to her party, and entertained for the second year in a row by the marvellous Freckles.

Beth was up North over the weekend, at the Christening of Lucy, her most recent surrogate baby, but that didn't stop us having fun - I took the children to what turned out to be a very well-presented exhibition on board games through the ages at Luton Museum.

One of the side benefits to being a parent is legitimate Children's TV watching - a perk that I've not had since I was a student. My current (possibly even 'all time') is Charlie and Lola and an added bonus is that the CBeebies website offering ten on-demand episodes. If you've got ten minutes to spare, why not watch one?

I have recently discovered that my cherished iRiver H320 can - to a certain extent - play videos, too. They need to be in a particular format, but some bright spark has written an extension to the excellent mplayer that can transcode almost any media (including DVDs!) to the XVid format. Perfect, then, for watching a film while traveling (although the screen's a bit small, and the battery life isn't perfect...)

iriverter can be downloaded from iriverter.sourceforge.net

Link of the day/week/November:

  • gp2x.co.uk : I don't think I've ever seen anything like this - it's a Linux-based hand-held games machine, that looks the business, but can play games, MP3s, movies, and all for only £125... does more than a Nintendo DS, and you're not stuck with having to find strange-looking UMDs to play things on it. I think I want one! (although actually, I've got far too much tech gubbins in my pockets already!)

Posted by james at November 15, 2006 8:21 PM

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