Toxic Custard newsletter, Video games

Back to the arcades?

Every so often I'll splash out on a new toy for myself. Last year it was a new camera. The year before was a hifi. The year before (just over two years ago in fact) that was an iPad Mini. Those paying attention will know that I had considered adding a multi-room music setup to the hifi. I ended up buying a couple of Sonos speakers, which have been great. Here's another idea that some may con

Retrospectives, Toxic Custard newsletter, TV, Video games

The Old Bill

I used to love The Bill, way back when it was a cop show with a sense of realism, rather than a full-on soapie. The episodes I enjoyed the most, season 4 (from 1988) are currently airing on the ABC, in the middle of the day (around 3pm, and again the next morning around 5am). I've got my PVR recording them and I'm checking to see if any memorable episodes pop-up that I want to watch again. B

Film, Geek, Toxic Custard newsletter, transport, Video games

Crowdfunded documentaries

I'm aware that my blog has evolved... these days most of the posts are about transport, reflecting my current interests. I wonder if this is a bit dull for those who have been on the old Toxic Custard mailing list, which is the descendant of the humour-based email list I started while at uni. Yet transport posts get by far the largest number of comments. Hmmmm. Here's a post to mix it up a bit.

transport, Video games

PAX Australia – overall a success, but the public transport arrangements let it down

An article in The Age today notes that while there were a few issues, last weekend's inaugural PAX Australia video game festival went well. We went along on the Sunday, and had a good time. We avoided the sessions with long queues, and instead saw an XBox launch event, played some games in the retro area, had some lunch, and looked around the expo hall. Not being hardcore gamers, tha

Consumerism, Video games

There goes my August spending money

Yowzers. It's been 7 years since I bought the house. And it's been four years since I bought the car. At the time I bought the car, the dealer I bought it from had just paid the rego, so it's due every August. This year it's $696.50. Obviously because I bought the car in August, the insurance is also due every August. $369.05 (It can be paid monthly, but this is 15% more expensive.) An

Video games

Flashback to 1984: The Challenge Chamber

One of the lesser-remembered 80s Australian computer games magazines is PC Games. At least, I assume it's lesser-remembered because it doesn't seem to have a Wikipedia entry, although its UK cousin does. PC in those days simply meant personal computer, not necessarily the IBM/Microsoft platform it does today. Australian PC Games ran for, I think, perhaps about two years in the mid-80s, durin

Movember, Video games

Movember: any Modern Warfare/Call Of Duty fans want a limited edition USB drive?

Are these Modern Warfare: Call of Duty 3 "Captain Price" USB drives, sent out as part of Movember, really "limited edition", or are there eleventy-billion of them out there? Although I'd normally subscribe to the view that one can always use another USB drive, I'm wondering... would any of you MWCOD fans pledge a donation to Movember to buy it? It's still wrapped in plastic, and with a l

Film, Melbourne, Photos, transport, Video games

A few pics: Myer, trams, crocs and Star Wars

I don't have a proper blog post for you, so here's a few pictures from the last week or so. If you were looking for Myer's Lonsdale Street store, it's gone -- almost all of it except the facade. (When I was a kid, we often went into the City on a Friday night, had dinner at the Coles cafeteria in Bourke Street, then made our way up through the back of Myer to level 6, where the toy departmen