Tuesday, November 28, 2006 

Chiptune ringtones.

I finally upgraded my mobile phone from a trusty old Nokia 3330 (single colour screen, monophonic ringtones, no camera, no bluetooth) to a slightly more modern Motorola L6 which boasts colour screen, camera, mp3 player, bluetooth, etc.

Let the customisation begin! I started by uploading a nice full colour Atari logo for the wallpaper and next I needed a new ringtone.

Although the supplied ringtones were pretty good, I needed something a bit different so I dumped a few SNDH chiptunes out of WinJam saving them as WAV's, edited them in SoundForge to make sure they were 'punchy' from the start and did not include a slow, building intro, then cropped them at around the 1 minute mark and added a fade out.

Finally I converted the WAV's to MP3's using good old AudioCatalyst at a lowish bitrate of 112 kbps to save space on the memory of the mobile phone.

Chiptunes selected were:

CPU Eater by 505
Mega Apocalypse (Union Demo) by Mad Max
Mindbomb Main Menu (Quizmaster) by Mad Max
Sanxion Loader by Big Alec (Digidrum version)
Sharpness Buzztone by Jess
Sunburns by Dma-Sc
(Right Click and 'Save Target As...' to download)




BooBee Juice!

Louise found this rather amusingly named drink in our local KwikSave store :)

BooBee Juice.
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BooBee Bumps.

Please note:
The stars in the 'OO' as if they are covering something up?
The base of the drink resembles the areole (come on, use your imagination here).
And the word 'PASTEURISED' (as in milk?)

Coincedance? I think not. lol!

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Never in a month of Tuesdays.

This really confused me today.

I was looking through my FHM desktop calendar for the coming weeks er.. Facts (as you do) and noticed that the next few days are all Tuesdays!

See below.

FHM Calendar Cock-Up.
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ISP Switch - with a happy ending!

I used to pay £20 per month to BT for telephone line rental and call costs. I also used to pay Virgin.net £25 per month for my 8MB broadband, a total of £45 per month.

Shopping around a few weeks ago I noticed a flyer for PIPEX homecall package which is basically, line rental, call costs and 8MB broadband all for only £29.99 per month.

I signed up for it and a few weeks later the switch over happened with no problems at all.

The outcome is this: I am now saving £15 per month and I have a FREE spare ADSL modem with 2 micro filters. :)

And the happy ending?...

I got a cheque the other day from BT for £46 as the account at time of closing was in credit! :-D


Thursday, November 16, 2006 

This really annoys me.....

Getting into my car after it has been to a garage for an MOT and having to:...

1. Remove the plastic from the seat that is obviously put there to stop the seat from getting oily. Why leave it there for my back to get oily?

2. Remove the newspaper from the floor that always seems to have some young girl from Essex exposing her assets for the world and its wife to see.

3. Adjust the seat - fair enough, not everyones legs are the same length as mine.

4. Adjust the temperature and blowers - maybe the the mechanic was cold?

5. Change the radio station back to the one I listen to - Change the bloody radio station! What the hell were they doing? Joyriding my car around town all lunchtime with the windows down blasting this 'hip' radio station out or what ?!?!

I'm fairly certain it's not compulsory to make sure the cars radio can be tuned into 'Galaxy 101' to pass it's MOT.

I can just see it now.... "Your car failed the MOT because we could'nt tune in to our favourite station. It'll cost you [strokes chin, shakes head and sucks in air] .... £100." As every visit to the garage does.

Rant over.

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A man walks into a butchers and says "A Pound of sausages please."
The butcher replies "It's Kilos now."
So the man says "Oh. A Pound of Kilos then please."