Friday, 15 December 2017

Guild Wars - A Memory Revisited

It was April 25th, 2005 when the original (and to my mind, the best) Guild Wars game opened its doors to the virtual world of Tyria to the real world. For me, it couldn't have happened quick enough.

Up until then, my only multi-player gaming experiences had been Unreal Tournament played with my gaming buddy and great friend, Cat - he of 'Tarl & Grudge' fame from past posts relating to the pencil & paper rpg, 'Dragon Warriors'. We would have a blast playing on maps I'd create with the Unreal Editor, then emailed to him, to be installed and played that very same evening. That was back in the day of 56k dial-up. I digress.

I had played on several beta weekends for Guild Wars, each beta was run on the first weekend of each consecutive month before final release.

Beta Weekend, Guild Wars 2005 - Happy times. Copyright 2005-2017 M. Kelly.

Friday, 17 November 2017

World of Warcraft - The Return

Out of sheer frustration and the lack of games available for an iMac computer I found myself installing World of Warcraft, being pleasantly surprised that it could, and would run on a Mac.

*Advisory Note: if anyone should tell you the Mac is a great gaming platform, you are covered by the laws of bullshittery to give them a good, hard slap. Very hard. Obviously they need waking up and bringing back into the real world.*

The last time I had properly logged into the WoW game must be at least 6 years or more?
Back then the server/realm or choice for me and my guildies was Darkmoon Faire. This was classed as a 'role playing' realm, where role play gamers could act out their wildest fantasies and not be mocked for doing so. That last bit didn't exactly hold true; there were some amazingly hilarious, funny, sad (in an embarrassing way) and on occasion, disturbing moments of 'role playing' being acted out - mainly in a locale outside of Stormwind known as Goldshire, or as some of us would refer to it as: 'Cybershire'. The rest I shall leave to your imaginations.

The dreaded Wetlands - Copyright M.Kelly 2017.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Vök - Chilled Beats

Vök is a dream-pop indie/electronica band formed in Reykjavik, Iceland back in 2013. Influence-wise they consider Portishead, Air and Massive Attack to be foremost.

So, for a chilled, laid-back tune, I present to you, 'Waterfall'. Enjoy, as I do  :)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Wednesday is upon us, and as it slowly shuffles its feet, glancing sidelong at us in the vain hope that no one has noticed it's preparing to do a runner and disappear into the night, we welcome the coming end of another working week. Sneaky Wednesday.

Anyway, as is my want, I'm posting to leave you with some more music, but moreover, a link to a site I find incredibly useful, entertaining and often educational. Curious? I can tell by the arch of your brow. Interested? I hope so. It is Stumbleupon, introduced to me a while back by a writer friend of mine, and it's been in my top 10 favourite websites ever since.

Click on HERE to visit the Stumbleupon main page if you wish to know more and become a member - which is free. We like free stuff. Really, we do.

Now for some music. Here is one of my favourite tracks, ' RUN ' by Awolnation - an American alternative rock band I discovered whilst trawling through YouTube. Absolutely love them. Click on the band name to visit their official website.

Enjoy the music video  :)

Monday, 23 October 2017

Training Beats

For any of you folks out there who are looking for something, music-wise, to add to your training beats allow me to direct you to Twenty One Pilots, who are currently are my 'go to' choice of music for beasting myself during a good training session, and the track 'Heavydirtysoul' is one of my favourites.

I hope you enjoy ;o)

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Apple is Rotten

Here is a video for those who are frustrated to the point of screaming at their Apple devices due to their diminishing performance after each so-called 'update'.

This video just confirms my sneaking suspicion of what Apple does in terms of its practice of service to its 'loyal' customer base. So if you are thinking of buying an Apple laptop or computer, or even considering upgrading due to 'ageing issues' of existing equipment, then watch this first.

Honestly, it might just save you high blood pressure, headaches and the gnashing of teeth - oh, and not to mention a huge dent in your wallet/purse.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Passing of Eve

Watching a beloved pet fall ill and go through a painful process of recovery is never a nice thing to experience - even worse when it becomes clear they are not going to pull through and recover.

So it is with great sadness and utter devastation that we said farewell to our darling cat Eve at 1130 hours this morning as the vet administered the injection that put her to sleep.  It was a gut-wrenching decision, but her illness was eating away at her, and as much as we fought for her, and as much as Eve fought her own insurmountable battle to stay with us, her illness won out eventually.

Copyright 2017 - Mark Kelly

Our beautiful Eve had become a former shadow of herself - muscle wasted away, her ability to eat diminished to barely a nibble, the sparkle of mischief and life in her gorgeous eyes reduced to a distant memory. We had the occasional spark of the old Eve once in a while, as we did yesterday afternoon as we all sat in the garden and Eve noticed a butterfly, and for the briefest of moments she was full of rapt attention and stalking, but the butterfly flew away and so did the glimmer of Eve.

People reading this who dislike cats, or have no empathy with pets will think this sentimental garbage, but those of you for whom, like us, regard our pets as our friends, and moreover, as our family, will understand.

Eve was a loving cat, kind of spirit and gentle in nature, always looking for a hand to stroke her face or a pair of arms to be cuddled by. Eve and our dog, Darcy, hit it off from the moment they first met, never a cross word between them, and often would share a bed together.

Copyright 2017 - Mark Kelly

It is said that when cats show affection, it is genuine and because they want to. Eve gave much in the way of affection, and the void left by her passing will be evident for a long time to come.

My wife and I were with Eve to her very last breath, and the memory of how her limp body felt in our hands as we wrapped her in her favourite blanket in preparation for her cremation will stay with us for a very, very long time. Eve's dignity, stoicism, strength of character and constant patience and calm through her entire illness and especially her treatment was, and always will be, a very humbling experience for me.

I believe that when you lose someone, be they family, friend or a beloved animal companion, a small part of you dies with them. That part may be no bigger than a grain of sand, but when taken from your heart and soul you feel that loss as if replaced by something greater and far heavier. That passes with time, and the part of you that went with them is their keepsake, for them to remember you by and take comfort from, and who knows, maybe creates a bond that allows them to visit us from time-to-time?

I hope so.

The music I have attached will always remind me of Eve, as it was only last week I held her over my shoulder, feeling that soft, contented purring as I danced gently with her in our kitchen, as we looked out at her beloved garden together to this very song - bitter-sweet though it is.
We're heartbroken and already miss her terribly.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

My Dream - Z900

The last time I owned a motorcycle was back in the late 80s and the damn thing was stolen, never to be seen again. That day I vowed never to bother with motorbikes again.

Fast foward to the present day and the motorcycle bug has bitten me - HARD. So I'm sharing the official Kawasaki video of the bike I intend to get. Not to everyone's taste, granted, but I just love Kawasaki bikes and the Z900 calls to my biking soul. Hopefully I'll be able to update on this in June  ;)