So yeah, another riveting update on stuff.

It's a while since the raffle, I know, but I haven't made a post about it so screw it. =D I think I have the luck of the Irish, because it's my second successful haul. I knew I wasn't going to top last year's winnings, but I did. @_@

So thankyous time!
Thanks to Zhou Tai Rocks, for the song he auctioned! I'm listening to it loads, the best thing I've ever won in a raffle (In all the two years I've participated! :thick:).

Boontz_Lottie kindly auctioned off a letter, and given that she's in Australia I must give a big thankyou for being so generous! I can't wait to get it. :)

Thanks Magnaillusion CM for the video shoutout!

A few other things I've won but haven't recieved, so thanks to those guys when I do. 8D

For everyone who won a drawing by me, I'm working on it, only I'm so damn busy. 3= Easter break I should get at least one done.

In other news, I finally got online on my PS3, so I can play other peoples' LittleBigPlanet levels. =D Still working on my own, too, it's an awesome fun game! For anyone who cares my PSN is Blackfalcon007.

So that's it, added a few new pictures to my gallery if you care at all. Thanks for reading if you did!



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Ok, so even though nobody will have noticed I have been less active on Neo lately. The awesome news is cos I got a PS3, along with LittleBigPlanet, which is awesome!

But I'd be lying if I said that the PS3 is the only reason for my reduced seeking. No, I've been spending equal time on my sisters' new Wii.

So this one goes out to all Wii gamers. Because I have a confession to make. Secretly I have always looked down on you. I've always thought the Wii was for kids and people desperate to get thin but too lazy to get some real excercise. I'm sorry, but I've always thought you weren't a real gamer.

I was wrong. Man is the Wii fun! I'm loving Wii Sports Resort, it's so entertaining! It's such a great way to relax, and my Mii just makes things more fun. It's actually quite an immersive experience.

So yeah, Wii actually rocks. Who knew?

In other gaming news, I'm having a hard time setting up my PS3 online stuff. I've got the basic settings done, but I can't set up PSN without first getting the System Update. My Online connection is too crap to do it the online way and for some reason Update via Media Storage keeps failing. Anyone have an experience with this type of thing? Please, I really need help here!



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So, last Friday I went to Top Gear Live! =D It was so awesome, really good show! Saw some ridiculously amazing cars, the Batmobile was there! =O That thing is HUGE.

Saw some brilliant Aston Martins (<3) along with lotsa Ferraris, a few Maserattis and lots more! =D I was worried that since we'd got the cheapest tickets possible the show would suck, but there was a really great setup! Not matter where you were you could see the stage perfectly, which was lucky since we were in the back corner of the audience! xD

Anyway, those guys really know how to put on a show! =D I really enjoyed the whole thing, loved Top Gear already but know I love it more! Three genuinely funny guys who somehow manage to incorporate cars into their show, it's a recipe for success! The Stig was unreal, he's an amazing driver, and watching him do a loop-de-loop was just so cool!

So, the show is an all-round win. Lotsa fire, awesome cars, and the lads managed to make a ridiculous amount of jokes about Ireland's encounter with France. They even pitted the teams against each other in car football, which went a lot better then the last match (4-3 Woo!). Really worth a look if it's coming to you, you won't be disappointed.

And there's more than just the show! As I mentioned earlier the motor arena is full of amazing cars on display, and there's loads of stuff to do. There's even a Playstation pitstop where I got to play Assassin's Creed II and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time. Both amazing games visually, and easy and fun to play, too!

So yeah, go and see Top Gear Live. :) If you want some pictures check out my Top Gear Live Album.



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Last Wednesday Ireland were playing France. It was the World Cup Qualifier, guaranteed to send the winner to South Africa. Ireland were already 1-0 down as France had scored an away goal the previous week.

What a match. Ireland were AMAZING! A small-country team with average players, and we were leading France along a merry dance around the pitch. France were struggling in their own half, and the shots were coming like wildfire for Ireland. Only problem was, we couldn't get the ball in the net.

And then, in the 32nd minute: Robbie Keane Scores
Amazing goal. The run Duff made to save that ball from going wide was amazing, this was a team that could keep Ireland out of the World Cup.

Second half was action packed, but no scores. Plenty of shots, though. So we go to extra time. And then, France score.

Okay, watch this:


I have no problem losing to the better team, but this is depressing. The free kick was an offside, but even worse, Henry handballed to get the goal. TWICE!



Such blatent rule-breaking from an inspirational player is disgraceful. But even worse is the fact that the linesman missed the offside and the double handball. I was watching this in a crowded pub and people were nearly in tears. And watching the irish team's reaction was enough to break your heart.



We've appealed for a replay, but FIFA won't have it. It's a damned shame, and Thierry Henry will be remembered forever.





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So, yesterday was mid-blowing! =D

Having made a short video for Youtube during the summer, I won a competition for the most views against 3 other videos made by others. The prize- A free iPod and a day's internship in Google!

Okay, so I'm still waiting for my iPod. >.> And I did have to send 3 emails to remind Google about my prize, so I'll sort that out soon enough. But Google HQ is AMAZING.

We walk into reception. On the wall there is a huge projection of Google Earth on the wall, flying around to random places! Pretty cool. But beside it, a list of random words and phrases scrolling down. Our guide told us it was a live feed of things people are Googling right now. Such spying capabilities! @_@



Upstairs we came across the visitor computers, so I proudly sent a PM saying "I'm on a computer in Google!"



We then had a game of foosball, as there was a table nearby (My team won, obviously). We ran into a few more along the way and asked how many there were. There's one on every floor. xD



The furniture there is amazing; beanbags and comfy chairs EVERYWHERE. Though everyone has a desk there is no obligation to use them. You can take your laptop, sprawl out on a beanbag and work with the building's WiFi. =D

Now, even with this leniency I don't know how anyone gets any work done. There are Games Rooms EVERYWHERE. Each one has a PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Rock Band, hooked up to a huge projector screen. Quite a few have massage-chairs. If that's not enough, there's a webcam in the corner of every one- If you feel like taking a break you can check the feed on your laptop and head off to any one that's free!

Speaking of free, Googlers can LIVE off their work. We were passing one of the numerous "micro-kitchens", and one of the guys asked if we were allowed to eat in the building, intending to have some crisps from his pocket. Our guide was shocked. "You're hungry?" *leads us to micro-kitchen* "Take whatever you want!" Wow. Every one of these beauties is fully stocked with sweets and drinks, all FREE. It's been scientifically proven that every new recruit on the Google team immediately starts gaining weight. xD

And the canteen is amazing! Well, actually, there's too. We went to the one with sushi and pizza, pizza was goood! =D Steered clear of sushi though. Again, everything there is free, I really don't understand why employees bother going home. We passed a hammock during our tour, and our guide said he once slept in Google!



So yeah, it's basically the greatest job ever. Why can't all work be like this?



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So last night I was watching Rude Tube. It's basically about the most popular videos on Youtube, and has a few cheap laughs. But it was actually quite interesting, or at least some of it was.

A very high-ranking video was one about the guy who came home to Australia to find nobody waiting for him. He then launched a campaign in which he stood outside the airport with a sign, "FREE HUGS". He welcomed complete strangers back home, and I thought it was a really nice gesture. The thing is, people followed his lead and did the same, and thus there was more love in the world.

And it made me realise that I want to make a difference. I want to catch people's attention and more importantly, make them
ponder something important. I want to do something cool, and moving.

I'm now trying to think up some awesome publicity stunt. Ideas?



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So yesterday I went shopping. Big whoop. Bought a hoodie, two t-shirts, a bar of chocolate and a drink.

But here's the thing- It was my first solo shopping trip. I've NEVER gone clothes shopping without a parent with me. I'm 16.

I hate shopping. It's hot, boring and my feet always hurt afterwards. Nothing ever fits and clothes today suck. But this time, it wasn't so bad! It was actually sorta fun, and I got what I wanted. Nice cool and cheap stuff, I'm proud of me! =D

So yeah, I've been converted. Shopping rules.

I've also finished reading an awesome book, "Chasing Vermeer" by Blue Balliet. Really worth a look if you like children's books, a great mystery and overall an enjoyable read. Also, there's a message hidden in the illustrations! I'm trying to crack the code, it's fun!




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Completed Lego Batman a few days ago. 20 hours of pure fun. Cue nostalgia.

I've always loved Lego. Still remember the first set I got. My Aunt gave it to my brother and I, it was this awesome space station with a spaceship. That evening Whitefalcon and I sat at the kitchen table, building away happily. Over the years we've continued building and playing with Lego, getting better and more inventive. At 16 though I've stopped buying sets. It was much simpler when I didn't have to use my money. XD

Batman is equally awesome. Used to watch the gay old show with my brother when we were younger. One of my earliest memories is getting up with WF at 7AM, going downstairs, turning on Batman, and sitting behind the couch eating peanut butter with sppons. XD Those were the days, huh?



The game is so fun, simple yet entertaining. It certainly wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I like playing easy games to relax. The game has taught me a lot about Batman and the characters, which I enjoyed. =)

Now I just need to watch The Dark Knight. >.<



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It's all about DS these days. That's right, without a PS3 I have resorted to handheld gaming, and it rocks! =D

One day I come home, and see this external hard-drive sitting besude my computer. I ask Dad "What's this for?"

ONLY THE BEST POINTLESS GIFT EVAR! =D

Turns out this mother*bleep*er has a terrabyte of music and DS games! From S-Club Seven to Metallica, Atomic Kitten to Rammstein, there's almost everything imaginable. The iPod Classic is that much closer to 120GB used. XD

Also, my Dad got R4s. They're cards onto which you can put loads of stuff, including games, obviously. They also have a few other awesome features...


Games on the R4


The R4 iPod application! =D Playing Safety Dance, of course.



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I'm going to use my blog to talk about whatever I feel like, because I have stuff to say. I dunno, just want a place to vent. =)

I'll appreciate it if you read/comment! =D



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So, stuff has been happening, and stuff will be happening soon! Even have a bit of good news!

Digital Graphic Large Piece

This event has come and gone, and we didn't do too bad! Our two awesome entrants were Linkin Park Fan and Sapphire Dragon. Here's what they came up with:

Planet Starscape (SD)
Becoming Mother Nature (LPF)

Here's what the judges said:

quote Fevernova03
Linkin Park Fan

I was pleasantly surprised by your entry. The color, the concept, and the blending are all great. I'm not a huge fan of those overlapping circles, though, and the typography is terrible.

Score: 9.0

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Sapphire Dragon

What hurts you most is the lack of creativity. It looks like a pretty standard tutorial. Also, in the future, try saving as PNG or higher quality JPG so you don't get that ring effect coming from the lens flare.

Score: 6.5
quote aphex
Sapphire Dragon

Space themed works can be interesting. Firelight did a fairly good job at that a while back. Not sure if you were there but he added various effects to his pieces and added a lot more depth then I see in yours. It's simple, and feels incomplete. Simplicity is good, except when there is so little to go by that it becomes boring and therefore lacking. It's great that you ended up doing something that not many people in G&A choose to do but something we have seen from time to time.

I applaud you for doing most of the work without the help of google images. But, I feel you can do a lot more to this that you just chose not to.

5.7/10

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linkin park fan

You really pulled together are brought a pretty ace entry. I was never really been a fan of the colors until I viewed the full version. The colors are nicely blended, even though I think the yellow stands out a bit more then it needs to.

The whole piece has a nice feel that just draws everything together. It has an excellent color scheme and a very well done compilation. You had an interesting concept and pulled it off well.

8.5/10
Harsh judging there, they had their work cut out for them! A big well done to both of you! Congrats to LPF who came second place, and hard luck to SD, who didn't. :_oops: Thanks to LPF we're guaranteed some measure of glory at the end of the games, so no pressure on the rest of the team! No slacking off, though! >=P

Other events have started, including Creative Essay, in which Whitefalcon and SpaceWalker are participating. Both are hard at work, though SW tells me he'll be swamped with work this week. We'll see what happens! Good luck guys!

Also started is Guitar Hero 3- Best of luck ButchSmudge31!!!

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The Neolympic Games have started! Or at least some of the events have.

The Events that have started are:

PokéMon Diamond/Pearl Battle

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Match

Digital Graphics Large Piece

Live Drawing

Participating from Team Caption are Kamikaze (Live Drawing), Sapphire Dragon and Linkin Park Fan (Large Graphic Piece) and GLaDOS portal (Brawl Match).

Best of luck guys! =)

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And it's hit everyone in the face simultaneously, or something like that. I dunno, I confuse myself. =/

Anyway, we know now the teams we're up against-

Ultraviolet Catastrophe

Team NUBS

Random Dudes orez and Nightwing got over MSN, except for LOD-squa who we PMd, also we are awesome and kale sucks (and is our cheerleader) / The Flying Squirrels / The Pantsless Marauders/ The Punching Bikinis AND STRAWBERRY FOOTROT OH GOD
(Yes, that is their name. =| )

The Benjamin Steamboat

The 1831 Team

Team Oceania

Team Cool Lightning Igniting Tigers Clan

And of course us. There are plenty of formidable opponents on each team- djminkus777, Rust, Silver Mirror and Wyvern Knight Zero are all NeoDuelists, (Neoduel is my Event), but luckily they're all on one team so I won't have to face them all! I'm completely new to Neoduelling, so we'll see what happens.

I also see quite a few Graphic Artists out there. Still, they're no match for our two. :)

Favourites to win are the Tigers. Let's give them some competition! >=D

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Sent the application yesterday, so the team is in for the 2008 Neolympic Games! =)

I ran out of time trying to organise people and their events, so I hope i got this right:

Blackfalcon- NeoDuel

Whitefalcon- Poetry & Creative Essay

Sapphire Dragon- Digital Graphic Large Piece

ButchSmudge31- Halo 3 Match & Guitar Hero 3 Match

SpaceWalker- Creative Essay & Poetry

GLaDOS portal- Super Smash Bros. Brawl Match

Linkin Park Fan-Digital Graphic Large Piece

Kamikaze- Live Drawing & Photography

So there we have it. I guess now all we can do is wait! :)



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So, I have managed to start a team for the Neolympic Games, and I'm very proud of it. Hopefully we'll all have great fun, and I'm looking forward to meeting new people.

Our Team has been named Team Caption, in honour of the Ratchet & Clank Caption Thread that most of us have participated in at one time or another (Linkin Park Fan and Kamikaze haven't). Some of us still post there (I run it!) and it's a great laugh.

Our team so far consists of Myself, Whitefalcon, Sapphire Dragon, ButchSmudge31, SpaceWalker, GLaDOS portal, Linkin Park Fan and Kamikaze.

I'm glad the Blogs have been released, as it's perfect to document our team's progress in the Neolympic Games. I will be sending our application tomorrow, and then the fun will really begin! Wish us luck!

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So, last Friday I went to Top Gear Live! =D It was so awesome, really good show! Saw some ridiculously amazing cars, the Batmobile was there! =O That thing is HUGE.

Saw some brilliant Aston Martins (<3) along with lotsa Ferraris, a few Maserattis and lots more! =D I was worried that since we'd got the cheapest tickets possible the show would suck, but there was a really great setup! Not matter where you were you could see the stage perfectly, which was lucky since we were in the back corner of the audience! xD

Anyway, those guys really know how to put on a show! =D I really enjoyed the whole thing, loved Top Gear already but know I love it more! Three genuinely funny guys who somehow manage to incorporate cars into their show, it's a recipe for success! The Stig was unreal, he's an amazing driver, and watching him do a loop-de-loop was just so cool!

So, the show is an all-round win. Lotsa fire, awesome cars, and the lads managed to make a ridiculous amount of jokes about Ireland's encounter with France. They even pitted the teams against each other in car football, which went a lot better then the last match (4-3 Woo!). Really worth a look if it's coming to you, you won't be disappointed.

And there's more than just the show! As I mentioned earlier the motor arena is full of amazing cars on display, and there's loads of stuff to do. There's even a Playstation pitstop where I got to play Assassin's Creed II and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time. Both amazing games visually, and easy and fun to play, too!

So yeah, go and see Top Gear Live. :) If you want some pictures check out my Top Gear Live Album.



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