No, I'm not AWOL...
I've just been busy, what with having a week off work - I've had a lot to catch up on.
I spent a good day or so pricing up and ordering some new kit before Easter and when I returned on Monday there were several huge boxes awaiting me!
The contents included a 27" LCD TV; DVD/VCR Combo; 3 sets of PC components; 17" LCD; 4 Home-cinema projector screens etc... I've cut my hand open several times on the cheap £20 cases that I ordered for the 3 PCs, but it was fun.
Still trying to finish slickhouse.com - the layout is definately there, it's the copy that I'm taking time to write. The weird thing is, I always seem to get ideas when driving home from work at 5pm. Today I thought about changing the side-bar I've got going in the new theme, to simply a list of quick-links to all of the sub-domains - much the same as version 4. It would just make the movement from the main site to the sub-domains a lot quicker, and afterall - slicker.
On a side note, Simon and Rachel's power went on Monday evening. I got a phone call at about 9:30pm asking for a torch. It turns out that they have a pay-as-you-go style electric meter, requiring top-ups every-so-often (I-like-my-hyphens). So a quick trip to the petrol station would solve it - except Simon dropped his wallet on the forecourt at Shell. Thinking he had left it in his room, we returned to his house to collect it. After 10 minutes of panicking, he got back in the car. I mentioned the forecourt and sure enough - it was there, lying waiting for his return. Though Shell don't sell (sea shells) top-ups, but the Co-Op did. With 5 minutes to spare (before it closed) Simon managed to get a top-up card, thus giving him enough electricity to enable him to see so that he could finish building his new bed.
Wow! What a great audience!
Yesterday I decided to 'pop' to the cinema seeing as I've got the week off...
Not knowing which film to see, we checked out all the current listings for the Lincoln ODEON. Ice Age 2 was at the top of my list, but Anneka wasn't entirely convinced, as she didn't find the first entertaining.
So we opted for Inside Man, as I remembered seeing a trailer for it. That, and IMDB gave it a reasonable score.
"It looked like the perfect bank robbery. But you can't judge a crime by its cover."
It was the best bank robbery. Not once did it get boring. I wont spoil anything, but I will say that the plot isn't fully revealed until the final scene or so. It was edited perfectly.
Posted: Thursday 20th April 2006, 06:44pm
Thanks to Jenks who recently sent me the link to this in an e-mail...
It appears to be a parking game, based on their 107. Have a go here and post your best times.
As you can see, I got 9.2 in the above screenshot. I managed 8.1 in this run. It's probably possible to do it even quicker, but I'm content with those scores.
Posted: Friday 14th April 2006, 06:44pm
Thought I'd give you a preview of the new slickhouse.com:
Of course, it wont be named Version 5 this time, in fact it probably wont mention version anywhere. Though what you see above is a snippet of what is the 11th version of version 5 of slickhouse.com. Confusing? Good.
What there will be, is the slickest creation on the web. Hopefully. I've spent nearly 12 hours this week, in my spare time, hand-coding the CSS and XHTML as much as possible, in Dreamweaver. I've pretty much finished the layout, so now I've got to focus on the content - including an array of pictures.
I was originally planning on going the Photoshop/ImageReady slicing route, as I've done with my portfolio, the parody site and a few other creations. But I wanted to get to grips (mince!) with CSS and make the pages as fast as possible to load - allowing the remaining bandwidth to be spent on downloading the pictures. I've even taught myself how to optimise the code!
ETA? Well, hopefully by Easter Sunday.
Posted: Thursday 13th April 2006, 06:44am
My predictions for this series of the Apprentice???
She's fought her way out of the boardroom very easily, on several occasions. And her skills are blatantly obvious in every task.
Maybe I should go to a betting shop and put a tenner down... maybe not. Either way, in a few weeks you'l see whether I'm right or not.
Posted: Wednesday 12th April 2006, 06:44pm