Month: July 2013

July 27, 2013
July 24, 2013
I keep trying to whittle the boardgame collection down, getting rid of stuff that I don’t play.

For this reason, I was quite pleased to trade Cowboys: The Way of a Gun – a game that looked interesting, but never made the table – for Imperial, a game I have played and enjoyed before, and expect to again.

July 23, 2013
I have been with TalkTalk for some time, but on their business service, rather than their domestic one. This meant I missed the boat a year ago, when they handed out free YouView boxes – I bought mine instead.

But this year, they announced that they were merging accounts, and I became a TalkTalk Plus customer last week. I promptly applied for my free box, and after some conflicting information (which I won’t go into here), it arrived along with a new ADSL router.

July 21, 2013
I’ve got an appointment at my sleep clinic next week, so I thought I’d better download the data from my CPAP machine. Last time I did this was before my desktop got replaced with a Windows 7 64-bit machine, so I was hoping not to have any problems.

The software – DeVilbiss SmartLink – actually installed first time, without difficulties, and started correctly. It then told me I was on an old version (not surprising), and I did I want to upgrade? Of course I did – and that was my mistake.

July 20, 2013
An overcast day today, and so excellent for going out for a bit of a walk. Ferry Meadows called once again, and I extended my regular walk around another one of the lakes. Treated myself to a toastie and a cappuccino in the cafe there, and then went out again, before heading home, via the shops.

My little walks are not any great exertion – I set a fairly good pace, but I also like to enjoy the time outdoors. As a result, I tend to walk for 40-60 minutes, then sit for a while (which can be 10-40 minutes, depending on the heat, the view, and whether I have my Kindle with me), then it’s up and at ’em for another spell.

July 14, 2013
Yesterday I had friends round for boardgaming. It was a good session – some people came and went during the day, but we averaged 9 bodies.

It was a sweltering day; we largely managed to keep cool in the house, but when we broke for lunch in the garden, it left many of us wilting – to the point that my usual freezer drawer of icecreams and lollies ran out.

July 3, 2013
In the past, I have played quite a bit of the game Diplomacy, both face-to-face, by email, and by web. One of the appeals of online games is that you are normally anonymised, which means people don’t bring any baggage to the game about how you stabbed them last time.

It’s been a while since I last played, so when I found someone had written an Android app for it, I was interested. In fact, the guy has written quite a neat and usable interface, backed also by a web interface that can be used on desktop computers and non-Android tablets.