Tuesday, 7 August 2012

United Statedom of New Sing Africaustranadaland

On a gaming community which I frequent I came across a little conversation about language localisations (Note the lack of "z" indicating British English) in a game. The question was about whether or not the English language was going to be localised for British English removing the annoying lack of the letter "u" from many words ("colour - color", "Vapor - Vapor") and the replacement of "s" with a "z" ("Localisation - Localization", "Realise - Realize"). The conversation deemed that this was not a necessary step for the developers to take as, even though people find it annoying, they still understand what is being said. The question then evolved into what the logo would be to choose this multi-national version of English as your language of choice. I proposed this: as the solution to that problem as it incorporated four of the main English speaking nations in the world:

United Statedom of Austranadaland

This was met with a large number of people agreeing that it would be a fantastic logo for the purpose of English language selection. There were however, a few disgruntled New Zealanders and Irish who were unhappy about the outcome of this flag. So I quickly made this change to it:

United Statedom of New Austranadaland

This seemed to appease the masses for a while. That was, until the South Africans and English speaking Singaporeans came online... I countered their arguments with this final edit to the logo:

United Statedom of New Sing Africaustranadaland.

It was there that my logo creation stopped. Mainly because I couldn't be bothered with it any more, but more that I realised I actually had a dissertation to write. I tell you all of this because I am actually quite proud of what I have achieved. I think, the first one at least, is quite a nice flag. I would be proud if the four nations incorporated were to join together as one large nation for the sole purpose of using this flag as their own. I can dream though can't I.

Alex - http://om-nom-nomnivore.blogspot.com

Poacher's Choice.

For a blog titled "Om-nom-nomnivore" there are very few food related posts on here, so here goes, a wild foray into the world of critical food and drink analysis from a student with no past experience in the field.

Right now I am sitting, at my desk again as a result of copious amounts of work which I am required to slave my way through in order to pass my course. I would say I'm enjoying a nice bottle of ale, but I'm not sure whether I am or not. Lets say it possesses an "interesting" flavour. 

The bottle neck reads "Damson and Liquorice" and, due to my deep seated hate for anything liquorice flavoured I was highly sceptical of trying this beer. The poor thing sat in the fridge until my only other evening drinking options were milk or water... I am however, slightly surprised! I can not taste a single drop of liquorice on the tongue or smell it anywhere in my nasal scent receptors! Instead I pick up more of a liquid fig roll flavour mixed in with a dark, full bodied ruby ale. It's quite nice! But a little sweet for my liking so it's taking me a while to soldier through. The flavour was surprising enough to spur on my little review of the ale, which is more than I can say for the other ales that I have drank throughout my life. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that whenever I take a sip of a fantastic little brew my taste-buds make a little jump in my mouth and I'm too preoccupied with the drinking to spend time typing about it on the internet in a blog that next to nobody reads.

Overall I would recommend the beer to anyone who hasn't quite found their taste in ales and wants a nice easy to drink, sweet tipple to start them off in the world which awaits. A highly interesting flavour where the first sip makes you go "Wow, that's different." 8/10, would drink again. (Though probably more likely on a hot summers day as opposed to a cold wet evening).

In other news, I now own Lycra cycle shorts... As my dad said, "It's all downhill from here."

Alex - http://om-nom-nomnivore.blogspot.com

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Coffee and Carbon

So it's been a long while since I posted anything on here. Quite a lot has happened since my previous post. Maybe one day I shall fill in the gaps between my trip to Hamleys to see Lego Buzz and the current day. My memory is poor but hopefully the photos that I have taken will fill it in for me. Currently though, as the title suggests, I am sitting enjoying a (Hello Kitty) mug of coffee and reading amorphous carbon research notes, while outside the window it is a beautiful, bike worthy, sunny day.
So, perhaps this post will be the first  in the resurrection of that forgotten place where my everyday life is documented.
Not that it is Particularly exciting to anyone besides myself. I just forget my life achievements too easily.

Alex - http://om-nom-nomnivore.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

You know it's a good day when...

...one of the first things that you see in the morning is your girlfriend groping buzz lightyears breastplate.


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

My bedroom so far!

Leaving to go back to Glasgow on Wednesday so I won't be working on the room for some time, here it is as it stands at the moment though.


Saturday, 4 September 2010

Starry night

First night sky attempts, originally uploaded by alex012.

Here is my first attempts at photographing the stars in the night sky, I always wanted to be able to do this but only recently did I realise my dad had a tripod. Although you can see less stars in this one than the other one I have posted below, I think I prefer it because of the warm glow which is provided by the pollution from the street lights on the other sided of the house. I feel like this is the beginning of my long shutter speed experimentation starting.
First night sky attempts


Friday, 3 September 2010

I hate spiders...

window spider, originally uploaded by alex012.
There is a humongous spider outside the living room window so I felt that I should share it with the world...

Today, I are been mostly...

Slicing up bits of wood with a saw.

(title reference from The Fast Show)

Sunday, 29 August 2010

New camera

I recently discovered that I had money saved up in a savings account from past birthdays and Christmases and decided that I needed a D-SLR so I went ahead and researched into starting cameras and decided to purchase this one. So far I am rather happy with it! Here's a few shots from playing the last 2 or 3 days.


Wednesday, 25 August 2010

The new flat

So today, after a little mess, we finally got to sign the lease and move into the new flat. As promised here are photos of the interior. First up we have the kitchen:

Here is the living room. Pay extra attention to the sexy, retro fire place!

Ed's room

And my room

The hall

And finally the bathroom

Now to move everything in...


Monday, 23 August 2010

Wot I 'ave dun...

Ok, so it has been quite a while since I posted anything of any significance on here and I have therefore decided that I am going to tell you about a selection of the things that have been done by myself in the last couple of weeks. 
I have been back in Glasgow recently looking for a new flat to move into which has taken longer than I had anticipated, but I have managed to find one now, YAY! and myself and my flat mate are going to the letting agency tomorrow to sign the lease so I'm sure I'll post pictures of the interior at some point. For now, here is the outside of the flat. It's the one at the very top of the building.

Since being back I have also been walking a hell of a lot, mainly to satiate my thirst for adventure while simultaneously overcoming my pent up boredom which has been bought around by not having people in my immediate vicinity to talk to. Let me just point out now that none of the photos will be of a very good quality since I have been using my phone again and the film prints will be put up as and when they are developed, that is, if any of them are of a decent quality. First up, a photo of Buchanan Street after a fairly large downpour.

Despite all of the rain there have been many awesome sunsets too, and I use the word "awesome" in the true meaning of the word this time and not the modernised meaning which I feel I slightly over use. This one was seen walking up Great Western Road.

Curlers pub is currently in the process of changing it's name and decor to become known to all as "Curlers Rest". I'm guessing in an attempt to draw a larger number of patrons with a wider age range, but that is just speculation.

View from a crossroads outside the flat I am staying in, mainly because I looked out and in my head it looked to me that the traffic light was spewing out clouds. Which rather excited me at the time. Simple things.

This one is a shot of a tower up on Park Circus, I just happened to bend down to tie up a shoe lace here and the trees from this lower angle appeared to make a rather nice frame for the tower. I think I should start walking around with a large slouch now to see what the world looks like through the eyes of a shorter person.

A rather boring photo now, but I was crossing the road at one point, looked left and felt that the angle in which the road markings were moving away from me looked rather good. Though I did have to wait another 5 minutes to be able to cross the road after taking this. Worth it? I'm not so sure.

Lots of cats wandering around the quieter back streets of Glasgow too, this one reminded me of my old cat Frankenstein so I stopped to pet it a lot longer than I did most of the other cats I find. (I have a soft spot for cute animals)

And a view up kelvin way in the sun. Nothing more to be said really.

Since I have been down, my brother Josh was here for a couple of nights so we decided to meet up and he bought with him his lovely lady friend Eilidh, whom I was meeting for the very first time. We went for some food and few drinks. When I say a few drinks I actually mean I ended up getting rather drunk and climbing up a statue of Thomas Carlyle in Kelvingrove Park in the middle of the night. 
We went to a restaurant called Nanakusa which was really quite good(voted best oriental restaurant of 2010 good)! But I'm no critic so that is as far as I am going to go with the review before I embarrass myself. In the pictures we have sushi (obviously), a funny (yet tasty) Japanese biscuit thing of which the name of now escapes me, A large jug of sake which myself and Josh shared and a bottle of Kirin Ichiban beer.

Sitting outside of the restaurant was a rather awe inspiring quad bike which made me think of one solitary word, "WANT"

And walking to a cocktail bar I snapped this picture here, though I can't decide if I prefer it in colour or de-saturated...

A couple of photos of shops which were spotted by my keen eye, both have either a pun totally intended name, or just very fortunately named owners.

A picture that I decided to take of a fan on the bathroom window. Though the reason it was taken now escapes me...

And I have made a fair few things too, for example, I made a mango and peach smoothie (Apologies for the crotch-shot)

A fort...

And I also made mine and Máiréid's pokemon look god-damned awesome(in the modernised sense of the word) 

So until next time, I leave you with one final picture of a corgi and a DOUBLE RAINBOW!!!!!(Click if you don't know the reference)