By day, I'm a University administrator. Around that, I'm a writer, a proofreader and editor, a wordnerd, a petrolhead and a retro-geek, in approximately that order. I enjoy writing articles and reviews, editing and proofing all kinds of written work, reading (biographies, science fiction, travel books and fiction), playing Fishdom, Bejeweled and Solitaire/Klondike (casual games, as my colleague calls them) as well as watching Formula 1 and BTCC. I have been known to overrun the Twitter feed at demoscene parties, when not writing feverishly to pour out all the endless ideas such places give me. I write at Wizzley.com, where I have a slowly growing portfolio of work, and have a handful of lenses on Squidoo.com. You can always read my own blog if you crave more of my world view.
Having been put out of my misery about the bands who would be playing at Silicon Dreams (in which regular readers will know I have an interest…) I was able to concentrate on the rest of the event. A DJ … Read more
Last month I blogged about the upcoming Silicon Dreams and Vintage Computer Festival event scheduled for early July. Today came the eagerly awaited announcement about the musical component of that event. Earlier today, Silicon Dreams’ Facebook and Twitter feeds carried the … Read more
The main compos started with the ASCII and ANSI graphics, where people show off clever pictures made with text graphics. Next up was the executable old skool music entries, which evoke memories of 80s synthpop, Jean-Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield.
*Blocks out the whatever-it-is cheap schlock-cop-TV garbage the still-drunken scroller group are watching and attempts to concentrate on the Pink Floyd-ish melodies floating up from the front of the hall.* The rest of Friday evening was pleasurably occupied by a … Read more
OK, we’re in. E-Werk, Saarbrücken, otherwise known as a music and gathering venue of some repute. Metallica have played here, so I hear. The place is full of nooks and crannies and has loads of character. Machines are now set … Read more
A drive of twelve hours, across five countries, with road signs in at least six languages. A Eurotunnel crossing, a fast food meal and too little tea, but we’re here. The intrepid party including your blogger at large has fetched … Read more
No, no, not that I’m back here and posting again. Something much bigger than that. Gamers, geeks and retrofans who enjoyed the original Vintage Computer Festival GB held in association with the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park in 2010 will … Read more
As the Assembly digital arts and demoscene party in Finland draws to a close, it seems to me that both retro and modern tech is still high in many people’s minds. Long may that continue, even if I chose to … Read more
While some of you were amusing yourselves at Games Britannia, others of the con-going community were making their convoluted way to Olympia for the London Film and Comic Con. No thanks to British Rail’s lack of signage which meant many … Read more
The MKDons’ stadium is once again playing host to the Collectormania gathering over the Jubilee weekend. Would-be autograph hunters are advised to get there early (the parking can be HORRENDOUS!) and acquire virtual queue tickets for all the guests they … Read more