Monday, September 23, 2013

More Mesut Ozil goodness

Record Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil is looking like excellent value for his 42.5 million pounds transfer fee – he set up all three goals for Arsenal in yesterday’s 3-1 home win against Stoke City (Ozil's home debut match, no less) which put the Gunners top of the Premier league after 5 games of the new season. Nice!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Space, the final front ear

Here is a very nice blog about could-have-been, should-have-been space missions that never happened: Beyond Apollo

Saturday, September 21, 2013

View Talay 2a Condo, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand

The condominium development named in the title of this post is, according to my wife Su, the best place to rent or buy a condo in the Pattaya area, and I have to say that I agree with her. She should know after all, because she is Thai and lives in the area. Read her unbiased post about it in her blog here:

Condominium advice for Pattaya and Jomtien Beach, Thailand

Friday, September 20, 2013

Apparently we're all aliens

This article is very interesting, especially if you misread the title at first glance: Organisms ‘originated from space’

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New videos added to my YouTube channel

With reference to my YouTube posts in June this year and also July 2010, I have added 24 more new videos into my YouTube channel over the past two days, so there are now just over 300 great videos in my channel in total.

The new videos include trailers, movie clips and featurettes from Pixar's "Monsters University", Disney's "Planes", Illumination's "Despicable Me 2", Disney's "Frozen" and Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World". And if you're interested, there are over 100 free Flash online games based on these and other movies and cartoons in the Dan-Dare.org and FlashyOnlineGames.com websites.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

MarioWebGames.com and SonicWebGames.com

This is a belated follow-up to my post back in April about MarioWebGames.com and SonicWebGames.com, this time featuring some actual games from the two sites that can be played straight from here:

MarioWebGames.com

  Mario's Adventure 2

  Bullet Bill 2


SonicWebGames.com

  Sonic Match-It

  Sonic Chaos Crush (Sonic Breakout)

(See also here)

Monday, September 16, 2013

FlashyOnlineGames.com game recommendations

Expansion of FlashyOnlineGames.com to include more and more high-quality Flash online games continues at a rapid pace. Below is a series of posts in my FlashyOnlineGames.com Blog listing many of the best games now in the site which I thoroughly recommend you to take the time to try out - I promise you will be pleased you did:

Disney Flash online games

Pixar Flash online games

Flash games based on TV cartoon shows

More Flash games based on classic cartoons

Sonic and Mario games

Classic retro computer and arcade games

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wow - Mesut Ozil was a good buy for Arsenal!

With reference to my post earlier this month about Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil: it took the German midfielder just 10 minutes in his Arsenal debut game today (a 3-1 win away to Sunderland) to notch up his first goal-assist for the club when he set up Olivier Giroud for Arsenal's first.

Given that Ozil was also involved in almost everything else Arsenal did going forward, it seems he was indeed a very good buy. Still, it's very early days yet. Fingers crossed he will keep today's form going and going!

The Ig Nobel Prize Awards 2013

This article in Yahoo! UK yesterday made me laugh so much when I first read it, and I'm still getting minor after-giggles an hour later while starting to write about it here!

The Ig Nobel Prize 2013

Wacky Ig Nobel prizes show the funny side of science

The tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel awards were handed to dozens of scientists, including those who confirmed drunk people think they are more attractive and studied the onion enzyme that makes us cry.

The Nobel prize spoof honors achievements "that first make people laugh and then make them think," according to a press release. The Ig Nobels invite real Nobel laureates to confer honors on serious scientists for work that is generally only unintentionally funny.

There is also a peace prize, which this year was jointly awarded to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, for making it illegal to applaud in public, and to the Belarus police "for arresting a one-armed man for applauding."

The safety engineering prize went to late American researcher Gustano Pizzo, who invented a system to trap airplane hijackers, seal them into a package and parachute them into the hands of police.

A team from Britain, the Netherlands and Canada were awarded the probability prize for determining that the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely it is it will soon stand up.

They also discovered that once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon it will lie down again.

The physics prize went to researchers who discovered that some people would be physically capable of running across the surface of a pond -- if those people and that pond were on the moon.

A joint award in biology and astronomy was given to a team from Sweden, Australia, Germany, Australia and the UK, who uncovered the fact that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way.

The study by researchers who confirmed drunk people really do think they are more attractive won the Psychology Prize.

A team from Japan and Germany tackled the age-old question of why onions make us cry and discovered merely that the biochemical process is "even more complicated than scientists previously realized."

The archaeology prize went to a US-Canada team who parboiled a dead shrew, swallowed it without chewing, and then carefully examined their excretions to see which bones dissolve inside the human digestive system.

It was the 23rd edition of the Ig Nobels, awarded at the uber-prestigious Harvard University in Boston.

The prize-winners, who travel to the ceremony at their own expense, were given 60 seconds for an acceptance speech, a time limit enforced by an implacable eight-year-old girl.

The ceremony also included the premiere of a mini-opera called "The Blonsky Device," inspired by the life and work of 1999 Ig Nobel Prize winners George and Charlotte Blonsky.

The couple invented a machine to aid a woman in giving birth by strapping her onto a circular table, which is then rotated at high speed.

(The awards are organised by Improbable Research.)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Building a time machine “is possible” claims Professor Brian Cox

This interesting article appeared in the Yahoo! UK site the other day, although I only just read it. I really like the Professor, he's a very entertaining chap for a boffin!

Time machines similar to Doctor Who’s Tardis are possible, Professor Brian Cox said in a speech at the British Science Festival.

Time machines similar to Dr Who’s Tardis are possible, Professor Brian Cox said in a speech at the British Science Festival.

“Can you build a time machine?” said Professor Cox. “The answer is yes.”

There’s just one, tiny problem, Professor Cox says - if you can build a machine capable of time-travel, you can only travel into the future. You can’t come back.

Professor Cox also suggested that research at the LHC might uncover extra dimensions - thus, perhaps finally explaining how the Tardis is bigger on the inside.

Professor Cox, a Dr Who fan, is to deliver a 60-minute speech on Dr Who to be screened by the BBC on November 23 - tackling questions such as extraterrestrial life, travelling to other dimensions and time travel.

Professor Cox says that time travel is possible, and has already been done - albeit at a very small scale. The technology to accelerate something as big as a police box to near light speed does not yet exist.

Professor Cox says that, armed with such technology, “You can go into the future; you've got almost total freedom of movement in the future.”

To “travel” forward in time, you simply need to accelerate to speeds close to the speed of light, Cox says - as you get close to that speed, time slows down, but only for you, according to Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity.

“If you go fast, your clock runs slow relative to people who are still. As you approach the speed of light, your clock runs so slow you could come back 10,000 years in the future," said Professor Cox.

Cox said previously on Conan O’Brien’s chat show that travel into the past was “impossible”, saying, “You can travel into the future as fast as you like. You can’t travel into the past.”

But in his speech in Birmingham, the physicist went into more detail - suggesting that “wormholes” often used in science fiction as portals through time may not offer a simple way to travel into the past.

“In General Relativity, you can do it in principle. It's to do with building these things called wormholes; shortcuts through space and time. But most physicists doubt it. Hawking came up with the 'chronology protection conjecture' - physics we don't yet understand that means wormholes are not stable.”

Travelling between different dimensions, though, might be easier - a relief for the Doctor, for whom “transdimensional engineering” was a key part of the Tardis.

Cox says, “We look for extra dimensions at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider). You can imagine extra dimensions in space, and that we are living on a sheet of higher dimensional space.”

Whether this explains how the interior of the Tardis is “dimensionally transcendental” - bigger on the inside - will perhaps be revealed in Cox’s speech on the 23rd.

Monday, September 02, 2013

No Suarez for Arsenal, but Ozil seems like a very good buy

Following on from my post in July about Arsenal bidding for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez - which didn't work out - Arsenal did finally spend some serious money on a true superstar, the totally awesome Mesut Ozil, in the final hour of the final day of the summer transfer window. Phew!

Here are a couple of great-to-read newspaper articles regarding the transfer:

The Guardian - Mesut Ozil can breathe new life into Arsenal's Emirates era

The Telegraph - Arsenal and United land Mesut Ozil and Marouane Fellaini late on transfer deadline day

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Pixar online games

My good friend Calvin has been very busy recently working on our joint Flash online game websites. In addition to the rapidly expanding FlashyOnlineGames.com site (which you can read about in one of my posts last month), he has also been adding lots of great new games to the LightningCarsGames.com site.

Here is a list of some of the best of those games for you to try out here:

Cars: Lightning McQueen Desert Dash

Cars: Radiator Springs Racing

Cars: Lightning McQueen Tractor Tipping

Cars: Doc Hudson's Time Trial

Cars: Mater to the Rescue

Cars: Luigi's Casa Della Tires

Cars: Ramone's Coloring Book

Toy Story: Woody's Big Escape

A Bugs Life: A Bugs Land

Monsters Inc,: Monster Melee

Finding Nemo: Crush's Summer Holiday

The Incredibles: Save the Day

Ratatouille: Choppity Chop

WALL-E Pinball

Up: Sky Glider

Don't forget to visit the site to play all the other games!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Happy 5th Wedding Anniversay to my amazing wife Su!

Wow, the time sure has gone fast Su. Lily is now a year old, and Boss will soon be 7. How is that possible? It's been loads of fun, and hopefully will always continue to be. Thank you darling. Love from me. XXXXX

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Arsenal and Luis Suarez transfer saga gets serious

Being a life-long Arsenal fan has never been easy, but it has also never been boring. And it is currently more interesting than ever, now that the club is at last able to compete financially for big-name transfers.

All summer so far Arsenal have been linked with the possible signings of a host of superstars, such as Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and my favourite, Liverpool's Luis Suarez. So far though, no such signings have actually happened (as is normal for Arsenal, unfortunately).

However.....

While looking through the latest Arsenal transfer rumours just now, I spotted this little gem that seems to be from a reliable source, claiming that Arsenal have now lodged a £40 million + £1 bid for Suarez. Incredible! Hope it works!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

More Flashy online games fun!

First launched in July last year, the FlashyOnlineGames.com site has recently been massively updated and expanded to include even more Flash online games and desktop wallpaper backgrounds. Check out these sections to see for yourself just how many awesome games there now are in the site:

Super Mario Bros Games
(including Super Smash Bros. Flash)

Sonic the Hedgehog Games
(including Sonic the Hedgehog: Super Sonic Pinball)

Arcade Classic Games
(including Asteroids)

Disney Games
(including Bolt: Run Bolt, Run)

Pixar Games
(including Toy Story: Operation Alien Rescue)

DreamWorks Games
(including Shrek: Shrek Shreds)

Cartoon Network Games
(including Tom and Jerry: Tom's Trap'o'Matic)

Nickelodeon Games
(including Power Rangers: Red Hot Rescue)

Don't forget to keep coming back to the site regularly, as new games are being added all the time!

(See also here)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Some great careers advice

You couldn't make this up, no-one would believe you..... This just in from Sky News via Yahoo! UK

Earn £48k As A Lap Dancer, Careers Advisers Say

Young entrepreneurs have been offered career advice on how to earn up to £48,000 as a lap dancer, stripper or escort by a Welsh Government-backed scheme.

The "aspirational career opportunities" were featured on the Business Wales website, where those interested in moving into the industry were told they could command an average of £232 an evening - an annual income of between £24,000 and £48,000.

Users interested in setting up escort agencies were advised "the escorts provide companionship to the client when attending events such as a formal dinner or the theatre".

The factsheet went on to explain clients typically included single businessmen and women who hired an escort to "accompany" them to events and holidays.

It said: "Escort agencies usually have several escorts on their books. Agencies charge escorts an 'introduction fee' of between 25% and 55% of what the client pays to the escort."

The guide pointed out it was an offence for an agency to "incite escorts to act as prostitutes" but went on to provide links to websites offering "transsexual post-operation and submissive escorts".

Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, has now launched an investigation into the gaffe.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Disney and Pixar trailers and film clips

I've been putting lots of great Disney and Pixar videos into my YouTube account recently, all collected together into playlists to make it easier for you to watch groups of related ones:

Pixar Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University videos

Disney Wreck-It Ralph videos

Pixar Cars 1, Cars 2 and Disney Planes videos

Despicable Me 1 and 2 videos

DreamWorks Rise of the Guardians videos

I hope you enjoy them! And remember, you can play loads of great free Disney and Pixar games directly in your web browser here:

Dan-Dare.org's Disney and Pixar games site

Friday, May 24, 2013

Response to a UK soldier being hacked to death on a London Street

This is the real reason why I quit England and came to live in Thailand ten years ago: It makes no difference which political party is in power at Westminster, they only care about human rights for immigrants and little about the rights of true English people:

From Wednesday just gone came this utterly shocking story: British soldier hacked to death in suspected Islamist attack

Then yesterday came this not-at-all surprising story: Woolwich: EDL Protests As Mosques Targeted

I suspect there's a lot more of that to come - if you read the comments below the second story, you'll see clearly what I already know but which UK politicians constantly ignore: that true English people are totally sick and tired of the endless uncontrolled immigration into England, and the fact that non-English people get treated much better than English people.

To cap it all off, if you are a true English white person like me and you talk in public in England in such a way as to vociferously criticise this whole immigration/Islam issue, you can actually get into trouble with the law for being racist and/or inciting racial hatred! And yet if non-English people talk in public in a similar way, criticising England and English people in truly hateful ways, nothing is done to them! Seriously, what do "the powers that be" think is going to happen in the end? How stupid are they?

Very stupid, clearly. In 1968 a great English man and a very conscientious politician (probably the last one of those ever!), Enoch Powell, made a very famous speech about the dangers of uncontrolled immigration (click on those two previous links and read what's there if you care about the truth, by the way).

The speech caused great controversy at the time (to put it mildly), but it has since turned out to be so prophetic that it seems dear old Enoch must have borrowed Dr. Who's "Tardis" and taken a peek into his then future (our present).

It would be most wise for those in power in England to, at long, long last, pay urgent attention to what Mr. Powell said all those years ago, and to what almost every single English person is saying today, namely: Stop the uncontrolled immigration into England!!! And get rid of the ridiculous Human Rights Act which only favors those who do not deserve human rights!!!

Failure to do so will, I am afraid, and as Enoch so eloquently and accurately put it, lead to "the River Tiber foaming with much blood."

God Save the Queen!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

English football has gone mad!

Here's an excellent article by Jim White in today's Yahoo.co.uk, which I totally agree with:

At the time of writing, the plans for the Stoke Sentinel’s Tony Pulis 16-page souvenir supplement were still up in the air.

But doubtless the production will be straight forward, without frill or artifice, getting to the point with minimum fuss, a route one publication.

Arsenal fans may disagree, but we’ll miss Pulis. In his tracksuit and cap he was the manager who most resembled a touchline dad, ranting and shouting his way through a Premier League season. In press conferences he always stood up, perhaps to convey a message of urgency and momentum. Either that, or he suffered from some vicious piles.

And now he has gone, the Premier League managerial landscape has altered irrevocably. With Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes also taking their leave from long-held sinecures, Arsene Wenger is now the only manager in the country’s top division who was appointed before 2010. Indeed, all the other 91 clubs in league football have changed their manager since Arsenal last won a trophy, in 2005. What an incredible statistic that is of a business that has lost all faith in stability.

After Wenger, the second longest serving top flight boss is now Alan Pardew, who has been at St James’s Park for 2 years and 157 days. Though if the rumours of his imminent departure swirling around Newcastle turn out to be true, at the start of the season the runner up to Wenger will be Sam Allardyce, who is just about to clock up two seasons at the Boleyn Ground. When the three clubs without managers have found their next man, 12 of our top clubs will be under the control of a boss who has been in situ for less than a year. So much for continuity. So much for longevity. So much for creating a footballing legacy.

Monday, May 20, 2013

In 2015 the first British person will "officially" go into space

I just read this interesting article in Yahoo.co.uk via Sky News today:

The British space industry is being given a boost with confirmation that Britain's first official astronaut is to take part in a mission on the International Space Station in 2015.

Major Tim Peake has undergone 14 months of rigorous training, which has included survival courses and exercises under water and underground.

Now almost three years after graduating as an astronaut, the 41-year-old former major and helicopter pilot in the British Army Air Corps has been selected to fly on a five-month mission on the international space station.

He has been training under water, underground, completed survival courses and now, almost three years after graduating as an astronaut, he has been selected for a five-month mission on the ISS.

Canada's singing spaceman Chris Hadfield has used social media to give incredible insight into life in orbit. His tour ended last week - and Peake's will start in two years' time.

Speaking after his selection for the programme, he said: "I applied to become an astronaut with the European Space Agency because I believe for me it's a unique opportunity in my life to become part of a team that can have such a positive impact on society.

"I believe humankind faces some enormous challenges this century, and the space arena is going to be fundamental in overcoming some of those challenges."

Peake will face his own personal challenges - getting used to life without gravity, and his family.

His living quarters during the mission will be barely the size of a phone box.

Space writer Nick Spall said: "Space can make lots of money. The satellite industry's very successful, but space isn't just about building satellites or building robots to explore the solar system.

"It's also human space flight as well, and all the developed countries, and in particular the emerging developed countries, China, India, are commiting themselves to human space flight, so it's a case of Britain joining in."

Although British-born adventurers like Helen Sharman and Piers Sellers have been into space before, Peake will officially be the first British astronaut.

The others either took American citizenship or their missions were privately funded.


But when his Soyuz rocket blasts off from Kazakhstan he will be focused more on where he is going than where he has come from.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A must-have Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future book

If you're a Dan Dare fan, a comic-book fan or a general sci-fi fan, here is a book that I totally recommend you to get a copy of:

Dan Dare: Spacefleet Operations Manual (Haynes Owner's Workshop Manual)

(The link will take you to an excellent illustrated review of the book in the Mail Online website)

Whether you love Amazon or hate it, as usual they seem to have the best deal on the book, in this case at the Amazon.co.uk site.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mario and Sonic game recommendations

For all you Super Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog fans out there, here are two blog posts highlighting some of the best free online games in the MarioWebGames.com and SonicWebGames.com sites which I a sure you will enjoy playing:

Mario and Sonic game recommendations part 1

Mario and Sonic game recommendations part 2

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Season's Greetings 2012!

Merry Christmas to you, and a Happy New Year for 2013!

If you're a kid on holiday from school and you're bored, check out these sites to play some truly awesome free games:

Play Disney and Pixar games at Dan-Dare.org

Play Super Mario and Sonic games at MarioSonicGames.com

FlashyOnlineGames.com - Play the best free Flash games on the internet, and download free Wallpaper

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Nothing much to report

It's very hard work, but life is continuing to be healthy and happy for myself and my family, and that's really all anyone can ever wish for!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Yahoo!, and thanks for a good laugh!

This article in Yahoo! today is really funny (not the article itself, the user comments that follow it):

The most important food and drink innovations of the last 20 years - Scientists rate the most vital discoveries in the kitchen

The top 20 list was published as follows:

1. Refrigeration
2. Pasteurisation / sterilisation
3. Canning
4. The oven
5. Irrigation
6. Threshing machine/combine harvester
7. Baking
8. Selective breeding / strains
9. Grinding / milling
10. The plough
11. Fermentation
12. The fishing net
13. Crop rotation
14. The pot
15. The knife
16. Eating utensils
17. The cork
18. The barrel
19. The microwave oven
20. Frying

My sincere thanks to splendid wits such as "Emma" who wrote "Lead in says Kitchen innovations. I don't have irrigation, a threshing machine or selective breeding in my kitchen. Every (Yahoo!) article is just boll*cks isn't it." Indeed it is is Emma!

And how about "Jonathan Barrett" and "Smirnofred" who both sensibly point out that surely the can-opener should be number 4 in the list?

Then there's "Ian" who rightly points out that fire probably ought to be on the list, and "Stephen" who is spot on with his observation "I would have thought FOOD would come pretty high up the list".

There are many more very funny examples - click on the link above to read them all for yourself.

A very big thank you to all you fine Yahoo! users for making me laugh so much this morning!

The actual article isn't very well written to be sure, an increasingly common problem with Yahoo!, but no worries - the user comments make it all worthwhile!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Family man

It’s a very special family time for me at the moment – Su and I have been married for 4 years, our daughter Lily was born at the end of June just gone, our son Boss is 6 years old in another 10 days, and my parents are over here in Thailand with us for the first time ever. It is wonderful to be a family man, I am so very happy!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A new and better type of online games site

A brand new free Flash online games site is now live on the web: FlashyOnlineGames.com

It is a very special site, one which will provide a new kind of free online gaming experience for you to enjoy:

Firstly, the site features only the very best, highest quality games. There are no buggy games that will crash at a crucial point during gameplay. All the games are fully tested to ensure they work properly, all the way through. And there are no games which spawn pop-up windows or any other annoying tricks. There are just very good games for you to play.

Secondly, there are no tricks or gimmicks anywhere in the site. There are no click-through pages - when you click on a game link, you go straight to the game page and can play it immediately (once it has loaded). And there are no pop-up or pop-under advert windows anywhere to get in the way of your gaming fun.

FlashyOnlineGames.com has three "sister" sites too, all of which adhere to the same very high standards: LightningCarsGames.com, MarioWebGames.com and SonicWebGames.com.

(See also here)

Monday, July 02, 2012

Su and Lily are both at home now!

A week after she was born, our new baby daughter Lily and my wife Su were both allowed to leave hospital and come home last night. Hooray and thanks be! Here are two photos of Lily:

Lily Anne Inns

Lily Anne Inns

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My wife Su gave birth to our new daughter, Lily, yesterday!

Location: Sri Racha, Chon Buri, Thailand.

Despite Su having to have an emergency cesarean one month ahead of the due date, both Su and Lily Anne Inns are doing fine. Lily is in intensive care for a while just as a precaution because she is one month premature.

Here is the only photo of Lily that I have been able to take so far:

Lily Anne Inns, 1 day old

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New home in Pattaya

After deciding to come and live here in Pattaya in November last year, Su and I rented an apartment for while and started looking for a proper home to live in ready for when our new baby is born.

We bought a three bedroom swimming pool villa in March, about a mile from Na Jomtien beach, and it is finally all furnished and sorted out for us to live in now, about two months before our new baby is due to be born. Phew, that's a relief! :-)

(See here for some photos)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Force online games

I really like Ben 10, it's the best kids TV cartoon series since the good old Hanna-Barbera days back in the 1960s and 70s. The newest series, Ultimate Alien, is even better than the previous Alien Force series. It's really cleverly written stuff, enjoyable for all of us adults-who-never-quite-grow-up as well as actual kids! :-)

If you're a Ben 10 like me, you might enjoy playing these excellent free Flash online games based on the the shows:

  Ben 10: Humungousaur Giant Force

  Ben 10: Cannonbolt Pinball

  Ben 10: Forever Defense

  Ben 10: Power Splash

  Ben 10: Spore Attack

  Ben 10: Critical Impact

  Ben 10: Krakken Attack

  Ben 10: Underworld

Each game also includes some excellent Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien desktop wallpaper pictures for you to use on your computer:

Ben 10 Wallpaper (3 different designs)
Ben 10: Alien Force Wallpaper
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Wallpaper

All the above games and wallpapers can be found in my Free Online Games site, together with hundreds more great games and wallpaper based on cartoons, movies and TV shows!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy 2012 everyone!

Happy New Year from Thailand to you, wherever you are!

It's going to be a very interesting 2012 for me because my wife Su is 3 months pregnant! The provisional due-date is July 25th, which is our 4th Wedding Anniversary. Oh my goodness! :-)

Saturday, December 03, 2011

I now own a Samsung Galaxy S2, and it's awesome!

I bought a brand new Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone last month with a 32GB memory card in it, giving 48GB of total memory, for around £375. I bought it from the Samsung shop in Central Festival Center in Pattaya. It is the best gadget/smartphone/pocket PC/piece of technology that I have ever owned, it really is perfect in every way!

I previously had a Nokia N97 for 2 years, which is by far the worst piece of technology I have ever owned, utter garbage, the complete opposite of the Galaxy s II (see my blog about that here: The Nokia N97 - it's rubbish really).

It was so bad all of the time that I swear I will never buy another Nokia product ever again, no matter what they make in future. Nokia - YOU SUCK!! What a rip-off of over £400 the damned thing was! It cost too much money for me to be able to change it until last month, but now I wish I'd bought an Android phone instead of the N97. Oh well, you live and learn!

If you're looking to get a new smartphone any time soon, go and get a Galaxy S II right now - nothing else, not even the latest iPhone, comes close to being as good for doing everything you want. The Galaxy S II is the best all-in-one mobile phone, pocket PC, mobile web browser, social network manager, HD photo and video camera, portable media player and pocket games console that there is!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Su and I have moved to Pattaya now

We got a bit bored living in the family village near Suphan Buri so we decided to come and live down here for a more interesting life, lol!

Actually, we're staying in Jomtien which is the next town down the coast from Pattaya City, although the two are only separated by a large hill on the beach side and there is no break at all between the two inland. Despite the nearness of the two, Jomtien is much quieter and more family-oriented than it's larger, brasher neighbour. It's the prefect place to live.

Here's a really useful guide to the area if you're ever thinking of coming here for a holiday, which I would thoroughly recommend to be honest, as it's only about an hour and a half from Bangkok by road, and it's great fun:

Pattaya Travel and Tourist Guide

Thursday, October 27, 2011

England holiday photos

Just about the most boring thing in the world sometimes, isn't it - looking at other people's holiday photos, lol. Anyway, yesterday Su created an album in Picasa of photos from our recent one month trip to England, and she's done a pretty good job of it too:

England Trip 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cars 2 gets its UK release today

Just under a month after it was released in America, Pixar's "Cars 2" is released in UK cinemas today. I have seen it already and I thought it was brilliant fun, the perfect family film for this summer.

Writing this post reminded me that I have written blog posts about all the Disney and Pixar cartoon movies released over the past five years, which I have listed here in case you might like to have a little read through them:

Pixar: Toy Story 3

Disney: The Princess and the Frog

Disney: A Christmas Carol

Pixar: Up

Disney: Bolt

Pixar: WALL-E

Pixar: Ratatouille

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pixar's Cars 2 is released in the US today

One of the posters for the 2011 Pixar movie "Cars 2"

Pixar's eagerly awaited new film "Cars 2" goes on general release in the US today. Early reviews of the movie have been somewhat mixed, but what do film critics know about anything, lol! (Only joking!) I'm sure it will be a great film for all the family to enjoy, just like last year's Toy story 3 and the other recent Pixar classics such as UP, WALL-E and Ratatouille.

Fans in the UK will have to wait until July 22nd to see it, but at least that's a bit less of a wait that usual for Pixar's films to cross over the Atlantic Ocean!

To celebrate the release of Cars 2 today here are 12 official Cars Flash online games featuring fan favourites Lightning McQueen, Mater, Doc Hudson, Luigi, Guido, Flo and Ramone that you can play completely for free:

  Cars: McQueen and Mater Tractor Tipping

  Cars: Lightning McQueen's Desert Dash

  Cars: Lightning McQueen Racing Demo

  Cars: Doc Hudson's Time Trial

  Cars: Mater to the Rescue!

  Cars: Mater's Memory Game

  Cars: Luigi and Guido's Tire Rush

  Cars: Luigi's Casa Della Tires

  Cars: Flo's Fuel Game

  Cars: Ramone's Coloring Book

  Cars: Ramone's Painting

  Cars: Interactive Movie Poster

Would you like some more great free Pixar stuff? You can find Cars 2 wallpaper pictures for your computer, plus over 100 more awesome Disney and Pixar games, at my Free Disney and Pixar Online Games site. I hope you like it.

(See also here)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Apparently we're all aliens!

This article in The Independent newspaper is very interesting:

We're all aliens... how humans began life in outer space

Monday, February 28, 2011

Su has joined me on Newgrounds

That means we're both members now, which will be useful for submitting future new Flash games developed for our MarioSonicGames.com site. You can find our Newgrounds profiles here:

Peter Inns's Newgrounds Profile

Sureephon Inns's Newgrounds Profile

All our Mario and Sonic Flash games at Newgrounds

Friday, January 14, 2011

A special year for Mario and Sonic

As I mentioned over in my MarioSonicGames.com blog yesterday, this year is the 30th Anniversary of Mario, and the 20th Anniversary of Sonic.

The first ever Mario game, the original Donkey Kong arcade game, appeared in 1981. Although the hero character of that game was originally known as Jumpman, he quickly became known by his now world famous name instead, and since then Mario has appeared in over 200 different games.

The first ever Sonic the Hedgehog game appeared on June 23, 1991 on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive 16-bit games console, and a few months later on Sega's Master System and Game Gear 8-bit games consoles as well.

Over the years since their creation they have become the two best-known video game characters in the world.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

CG cartoons on YouTube

I have just been watching some great computer animated cartoons in this YouTube channel: CGcartoons4u. There are three cartoons in there from the Blender Foundation which are as good as any of the stuff put out by the major studios. Take a look and see for yourself, as I am pretty sure you will be impressed.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

All the very best for 2011 (or 2554 as the year is here in Thailand)!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Complete Dan Dare story reprints online

If, like me, you enjoy reading classic comic strips, then these free Dan Dare reprints (courtesy of DanDare.org.uk and the Dan Dare Corporation) will be right up your street:

From 1954: Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future in Operation Triceratops

From 1960: Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future in Moon Run

From 1965: Dan Dare in Space Rocks

From 1968: Dan Dare and the Moon-Eaters (also available here)

From 1969: Dan Dare and the World of Thought

From 1970: Funfair of Death (also available here)

From 1982: Return of the Mekon

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tron videos

Here are some very cool videos from the new "Tron Legacy" film that was released a few days ago, plus an even cooler video from the original "Tron" film from 1982 (courtesy of Disney and my Mum's YouTube channel):

Original 1982 Tron Light Cycle Race - movie clip

Tron Legacy Light Cycle Race - concept test (HD)

Tron Legacy - original movie trailer (HD)

Tron Legacy - newest movie trailer (HD)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fantastic Christmas online games

Here are some brilliant free Flash online games for you to play over the Christmas and New Year holidays, featuring the likes of Casper the Friendly Ghost, Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas", Ebenezer Scrooge from Disney's "A Christmas Carol" and many more:

  Casper's Haunted Christmas

  The Nightmare Before Christmas

  A Christmas Carol: Soarin' Star Ride

  A Christmas Carol: Ghostly Adventure

  A Christmas Carol: Rooftop Surfer

  A Christmas Carol: Penny Pincher

  The Polar Express Ticket Chase

  Jingle Ballistics

  Snow Throw

  Snowball

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I've now got a new WordPress blog

I have migrated my Windows Live Spaces blog over to WordPress in view of the fact that Windows Live Spaces is being killed off early next year.

You can find the new blog here:

Yet another blog by Peter Inns

There are some extra pages in the blog in addition to the actual posts, and they are:

About Peter Inns

Free Flash Games

Free Desktop Wallpaper

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Finally got back to Thailand ok!

It's taken three days to get back here to Thailand from England!! Here's why:

I was due to fly out of London Heathrow airport to Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E. with Etihad Airways last Friday night (October 29th), with a flight transfer from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok at midday on Saturday. But just as the plane was going to taxi out onto the runway at Heathrow there was an engine failure which, although it didn't cause any kind of accident, did turn out to be a major problem that couldn't be fixed quickly. So myself and all the other passengers were taken to a nearby hotel to wait for a replacement flight the next day.

On Saturday morning we were told that the plane was now fixed and could take us to Abu Dhabi, but for me that meant I would miss my connecting flight to Bangkok. When I eventually arrived in Abu Dhabi late night on Saturday October 30th I was told I would have to wait until Monday November 1st for my connecting flight, due to there being no free seats until then. It wasn't a major hassle for me though, as the airline put me up in the lovely Radisson Blu hotel on Yas Island for two nights for free, which was very nice indeed.

So, I eventually got to Bangkok on the evening of Monday November 1st, three days after leaving England!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Going back to Thailand today

Time to go home now.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Going back to England tomorrow

It's time to go and see my parents and friends in the UK because it's been a whole year now since I was last there and saw them. I'm going for two weeks and will be back here in Thailand at the end of this month.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Toy Story 3 reaches $1 billion in worldwide box office takings

One of the posters for the 2010 movie "Toy Story 3"

Last Friday saw Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" become only the seventh film ever to reach the $1 billion worldwide box office mark, and it is now currently sixth in the all-time chart having overtaken "Batman: The Dark Knight" in the process.

Given that "Alice in Wonderland" also crossed the $1 billion mark earlier in the year, 2010 has been an amazing year for Disney, and in fact it is the first time that a studio has had two $1 billion movies in the same year.

See my previous post about Toy Story 3 for links to a fantastic collection of free Toy Story online games and wallpaper background pictures (or alternatively see here and here).