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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:57

Yeah, that's usually the way I've found to endear yopurself to a bunch of folks you haven't seen in a while...

It's not like I haven't been busy, or anything, but I've been super... oh who am I kidding?

I've not been my kind of busy in AGES!  The sitting down and writing, getting games designed and developping some proper RPG stuff just simply HASN'T happened.  All those dice have been left unrolled, all the pages of those gorgeous Eclipse Phase books have gone un-dog-eared, there isn't a single post-it note jammed in to a squirrely looking folder of GM notes... or any of the rest of the gubbins that can ensue when I get busy with the good stuff.

Truth is... and it's a little hard to admit... but... I've been... working...

...

Yeah... actual work.

Don't frikkin' LAUGH!  Do you have any idea how annoying this crap is?  Seriously, customers are a pain in the arse.  ANd don't get me started on Area Managers...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 00:09

Judging by this week's Previously... it would appear that all the things I thought were notable by their absence last week are due to be addressed this episode.

From the off, we get to catch up on what's happening with poor old Theon Greyjoy, or Reek as he now appears to be called. Obviously we, the audience, need to be reminded how much of a bastard Iwan Rheon's character is (pun most definitely intended) so we're treated a scene of him hunting some girl through the woods and watch on as he releases the hounds to chew upon this poor unfortunate's face. Then we get an inkling that the director of this particular episode obviously has a wicked sense of humour as we cut from a shot of a rather forlorn looking Theon to a plate full of massive sausages. Nice.

We then get to see a rare scene with Tyrion and Jaime, both characters have come quite a long way since we last saw them drinking together way back in Season 1 so it's nice to see the two of them relaxing for a...

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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:17

Having almost recovered from this year's rather excellent Sci Fi Weekender 5, Brendan, Ady, Spindles and Emma give a rundown of some of the highlights. We also have reactions to The Walking Dead season finalé, Game of Thrones opener, Wrestlemania XXX and more.

This week's musical outro is Hotgirl by Tripod you can find out more about them at their website: http://3pod.com.au/site/

More details for the events mentioned in this week's show are available online:

Rule32Cafe presents Lawgiver: http://www.rule32promotions.co.uk/
Alice on Mars fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/events/384861238323218/
Longitude Punk'd: https://www.facebook.com/events/728079583898459...

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Monday, April 7, 2014 - 23:34

And with a 'Dun Dun, Da Da Dun Dun, Da Da Dun Dun, Da Da Dun Dun' we're back.

A rather long 'Previously...' this time round, going all the way back to poor old Ned Stark's rather extreme migraine treatment back at the tail end of season 1. The reason for taking us back this far seems to be so we can make sense of why Charles Dance is melting down a big sword in order to make two new ones. A brief bit of dialogue between the now clean-shaven Jamie Lanister and his dear old dad reveals it's some kind of awesome steel, the name of which escapes me, but will probably prove to be a plot point later. It seems this season we're going to be seeing a bit more of Jamie's character now he's back home in King's Landing, but not as much of him as was exposed in season 1 since his sister seems to have lost interest in him now he's lost his more dextrous hand.

Daenerys seems to have forgotten that she's supposed to be coming for the Iron Throne and is content sitting playing with...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 23:09

After the almost pitch perfect performances of the preceding movies of Marvel's phase two, surely it's about time for a mis-step? Given that Captain America: The First Avenger was, in my humble opinion, one of the weaker phase one movies. I must admit that I went in to this movie prepared to be severely disappointed. However, I am pleased to report that this was very much not the case.

Given the frenetic pace of the action in the opening sequence, my first impression was that it was going to be a two hour all-out slugfest of a film which, while looking fabulous, would ultimately end up unsatisfying in terms of plot and character development. Imagine my surprise then as the pace of the film suddenly flips to addressing themes such as post traumatic stress, political intrigue and the morality of protection through...

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:25

So, this weekend we all trooped over the treacherous wastelands of Mordor to Pwllheli in North Wales for the fifth Sci Fi Weekender. I had the absolute pleasure of conducting the inteview with the very lovely René Auberjonois on the main stage. 

Unfortunately due to a technical glitch it appears that my admission to The Little Mermaid being one of my favourite films and the ensuing chorus of Les Poissons will remain only in the memory of the attendees. Aside from that, I present you the panel in full. Enjoy.

If you want to hear more of our shows including interviews and appearances from loads of the authors and acts from this year's SFW then check out our archive at https://www.wonkyspanner.com/podcasts/nerdvsworld, subscribe to the feed at https://www.wonkyspanner.com/podcasts/nerdvsworld/rss.xml...

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 09:56

This week, Brendan, Spindles and Ady talk over some of the latest games news including Elder Scrolls Online and The Walking Dead, give a bit of a Lunatics On Mars update, discuss the BBC's decision to move BBC Three to online only, Netflix on Linux and much, much more.

This week's musical outro is the new track, Alive, from The Dirty Youth details of their upcoming tour can be found at http://www.thedirtyyouth.co.uk/live-dates/

For more information about Mars One if, for some weird reason you actually want to be fired off to Mars never to return, you can find out all about that at http://www.mars-one.com/

Details on how to get Netflix working on Linux: https://www.wonkyspanner.com/content/netflix-linux-hell-yes

SteamOS builds...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:29

Okay, so it isn't quite a native solution, but there is now a workaround that allows you to watch Netflix and other Silverlight content on Linux.

Having done this myself this morning, I can confirm it works on Ubuntu 12.04.

So, here it is:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install pipelight-multi

Once you've agreed to everything and completed the installation run:

pipelight-plugin --enable silverlight

Then you should be all ready to go. Fire up your browser and enjoy. I would advise that you also install a user agent switcher on your browser to spoof the fact that you're not on Windows.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 23:13

This week, Brendan, Spindles and Ady are joined by Neil Brittle, Event Co-ordinator and grand high poombah of the Sci Fi Weekender to give us a bit of preview of what to expect at this year's event.

As well as this, we talk over recent TV, film and comic news.

This week's musical interlude comes courtesy of OP21. You can find them at their website http://op21.co.uk/

Competition details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/NerdVWorld/app_213673518823015 please follow the instructions to enter the competition.

As always you can find us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nerdvworld

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 09:49

Following in the footsteps of Jonathan Green I thought I would give a bit of an insight into my general workspace. As I use my office for several things from developing software, through writing to recording music it can have several different configurations. The one I'm going to talk you through is my software developing workspace as that's what I'm supposed to be doing instead of writing a blog post about my workspace, but hey.....

My Desktop

So, here it is. First impressions... Yes, I know it's a massive mess of cables, but it actually could be a hell of a lot worse as a whole mess of the networking and power cables are actually in cable runs behind the unit. But...

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