Wednesday, 26 August 2015

National Dog Day: Gaming's Best Dogs

Today is National Dog Day, and so many of us love these cute companions (I own a cat myself, but aim to get a Pug one day!). To celebrate the occasion, join me as I share some of the best dogs in the world of video games.

From the trusty canine companion of Fallout 3, Fable II and Call of Duty: Ghosts, the funky tunes of Parappa the Rapper and KK Slider and more, there are so many dogs that are worth a mention. 

Monday, 17 August 2015

5 Times My Mum Was Cutting Onions When I Was Trying to Watch a Movie

My mum is always cutting onions and preparing dinner when I try to watch certain movies

I dunno why she does it, it's always at the same point too, it's like she does it deliberately

There are some total spoilers in this so be forewarned now 

Lets take a look at some of them now shall we?

#5 - My Girl

So in My Girl Macauley Culkin dies, told you there would be spoilers...

Tomboy Vada is surrounded by death, her mother died during childbirth and her Dad, Dan Ackroyd operates a funeral home but it isn't until a young boy she befriends dies from an attack of the bees that she finally deals with death

He needs his glasses...oh god damn it mum stop preparing dinner

What was my mum preparing?

Sausage and onion hash with eggs


Preparation method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the butter and skinned sausages and cook for a few minutes, stirring to ensure all the meat browns.
  2. Add the onion to the pan.
  3. Grate the potato including the skin and squeeze over the sink to remove any moisture.
  4. Add the potato to the pan.
  5. When the pan ingredients are cooked, crack the eggs into the pan. Serve.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Artificers Almanac Episode 5: RWBY Part 3

In today's episode we look at some wild cards and one of the antagonists!

Sun Wukon

This rapscallion is a laid back member who appears later in the story, he is seen first assisting Blake through some issues she has with her identity then later helps her out in battle.

Sun utilises a collapsible staff with turns into a pair of gun-chucks (yes firearm based nun-chucks) called Ruyi Bang and Jingu Bang.

The Bo staff is made up of the two gun-chucks pointing muzzle to muzzle its locking
mechanism is unknown but would most likely consist of a locking nut attached to the muzzles. It has been shown during the show that while in staff form, it can send out a wave of energy when slammed to the ground, this is common in many Asian novels and stories such as Journey to the West (incidentally where Sun Wukon gets his name).

When the Ruyi Bang and Jingu Bang are detached, they form the gun-chucks where they have a handle similar to a traditional nun-chuck, then at the end of the chain is a lever action shotgun. In this form the guns can be fired while being swung and the momentum of this swinging action is enough to chamber another cartridge. Think Arnie in Terminator 2 spinning the shotgun while on the Harley.
Let’s look at the real life counter parts:

The Bo was a weapon utilised in feudal Japan, and around Asia. It is simply a long staff, usually about 6ft in length made of a hard wood such as red or white oak, they are normally cylindrical but have been found in square, hexagonal and octagonal formats.

The Nunchuck or Nunchaku is a traditional Okinawan weapon that was commonly utilised by
nobles. Now even though the nunchuck was made popular in modern times by Martial Artists such as Bruce Lee, Tony Jaa and Dan Inosanto, they are considered generally ineffective against other melee weapons. The origin of this weapon is unknown however one popular theory is that it was utilised as an agricultural tool to thresh rice or soybeans, also some believe it was derived from a horse bit, however this theory counteracts the idea that it was solely utilised by nobles. Nunchucks have eight parts to them:

  • Ana: the hole on the kontoh of each handle for the himo to pass through—only nunchaku that are connected by himo have an ana.
  • Himo: the rope which connects the two handles of some nunchaku.
  • Kusari: the chain which connects the two handles of some nunchaku.
  • Kontoh: the top of each handle.
  • Jukon-bu: the upper area of the handle.
  • Chukon-bu: the center part of the handle.
  • Kikon-bu: the lower part of the handle.
  • Kontei: the bottom of the hand
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