Just as I thought my sleep pattern was getting on some sort of an even keel I went and had a twenty four hour stretch of wakefulness. However, the past nine hours have been out and out geekery!
I am in the process of cleaning up an old Laptop for sale and therefore getting all of the files off it – the only thing I will miss about the laptop is the fact it has a wealth of games available for it (I stick to Apple normally and the games on that are not the best). If you scroll down a few inches, you will see a blog post about my Steam deets – the app I use to get my games. This is what I would miss.
I was whilst I was checking my blog’s links on my mac that I saw, in my Steam profile, that the app is available for mac too! I was over the moon! However, it quickly dawned on me that it is down to what individual platform the games have been released on as to whether I could play them – mac was still out for L. A. Noire.
As ever, I turned to 20 years of messing about with tech and installed Parallels Desktop, then I installed WINDOWS 8.1 on the MAC!!!!!
I could run a platform of Steam that would enable me to play L. A. Noire on my MAC!
Sod that, I could play any Windows programme on my iMac – and it rocks! With the proceeds of the impending sale of the Laptop (a great Acer Aspire) I will replace my feeble iMac hard drive (500GB) with a gaming beast (2TB) and slay all before me!
I am quite excited to tell you that I have purchased an Apple Wireless Keyboard to go with my tablet.
This could make for some pretty intense / extreme blogging situations; up a fell, rafting, in a foreign country – just think of the possibilities!
Right, time to dig out my passport!
After a recommendation by a good friend, Greg, I approached a local gallery to see if I could sell some of my works.
After exchanging a few emails with Wayne, the curator of Rapture Gallery, I trundled over around three pm this afternoon. He was very complimentary and we decided to use the image above. It will be part of a Sci-Fi exhibition held in September. My concept was that of editing a landscape scene to look almost lunar – do you think I have achieved that? Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom.
I have been trying to keep the inherent boredom of not being able to do much with my day at bay. I thought about purchasing an xBox 360 ….. until I saw the price of those things.
After a bit of a sulk, I did what any geek does, I turned to Google. I swiftly found that it is possible to connect an xBox 360 gamer control to the USB port on my Windows 8 laptop – a match made in heaven! I was having a sleepless one (at the moment I am only having one sleepless night every two weeks) so I called into the local supermarket at around 3am and spent my £25 or so on a controller. All that was needed afterwards was the correct drivers and the controller was being read like a natural peripheral.
I purchased a couple of games – L. A. Noir & GTA San Andreas (can you see a theme?) – and set about occupying my dozy day. After an few installation hiccups and reboots the games were playing fine.
My favourite so far is L. A Noir - when |I get anywhere with it I will try and blog about it …
I purchased the games through an app called steam, an app with a very friendly user interface – here is my Steam Profile. Please feel free to add me.
My wife, Mrs. Backhouse, recently took up the challenge of that of Girl Guide Volunteer. She seems to enjoy it.
The troop is based at the Baptist church where Mrs. Backhouse goes to sing every Sunday. It is held once a week and they get up to all sorts of shennaigans. Tonight they had a go at Circus Skills; Poi Manouvering, Tight-Rope Walking, Juggling and there was even a uni-cycle! A right laugh was had by all – mainly Mrs. Backhouse, but she left the Circus Skills men alone long enough for the younger members of the troop to have a go.
Mrs. Backhouse has just returned home and about to tuck in to a Chicken Hotpot, yum. I have some bread baking and the smells in the kitchen are those of domestic bliss – I could not be happier.
Not many of my friends in town know that I am a part time musician ….
Today sees the release of the eighteenth album I have had a musical hand in and has been released. “Inner Frenzy” (released as Download only) will see the light of day on our own label, Artapes. It has an obvious influence from those pioneers at IRCAM in the 1950′s.
I have become increasingly drawn towards Music Concrète and all of the associations therein. Put together from samples on Logic DAW, this is as close to Music Concrète as I can get without flying to Paris.
Well, the nuts and bolts of it is that I need to keep myself in musical instruments – if you have a spare £2.50 you could have your own (digital) version of the album! If not, feel free to listen to it below.
As readers of my Blog may be aware, I have been trying to make it as a photographer. The bread and butter work of this trade is Portrait work – where the camera captures a moment in the life of an individual preserving it for the rest of their days. I thought it would be easy ….. it isn’t.
I was asked by a young friend, Elliot, to help him get some promotional shots for his college work; he is studying Music Production in York and doing a fine job of it from what I can make out. I thought it would be a breeze taking his photos – technically it was. Morally it made me squirm.
I am a man. Elliot is a seventeen year old lad. I insisted he took one of his guardians along with him to allay their fears he would not keep his trousers on. They were very happy with the photographic results, but my depression has flared as a result of the shoot.
See, I was in a self-elected position of power. For half an hour I was asking Elliot to look this way and that. Yes his guardian was there, but I felt a bit of a creep. I did the shoot for free; I needed a model and Elliot obliged. If I was to get paid, I would probably end up in hospital again within a matter of months. The whole role of that of a portrait photographer was suddenly viewed in a seedy light. I felt I was an observer at one of those god awful camera clubs in 1950′s USA and had no way out. For half an hour I was a voyeur; a seedy old man capturing youth’s first flush. I hated it.
In this light, I have elected to no longer offer portrait work to make money. If any of my mates need a photo taken I will happily do it fro free and give them all of the images – sorry, commercial portrait work is not for me.
Maybe I am being prudish? I do not think that the storing of digital images on a hard drive (taken with consent) is a bad thing. Just it is not for me.
I will still work commercially in music photography and in nightclubs (taking photos of the DJs not the punters) but I do not think I could live with my concious if I was a commercial portrait photographer.