Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Lara Croft Way

Derbyshire is a wonderful place.

Lara Croft Way has just been opened for traffic, having been named back in February following an online vote.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Blood and Guts and Mills and Boon

Has it got to the stage where I can stop apologising for leaving more than a week between updates?


Well then, I am so sorry. In between bouts of tearful hero-worship, emotional trauma and overwork (ok, maybe not overwork) it's been yet another hardcore week over at Well-Rendered Towers and I have really had to fight the temptation to retreat under a duvet with some ice-cream and a Mills & Boon like the wilting flower that I occasionally revert to being when I am not kicking ass in Bayonetta.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

A little reminder about why we are here

Bit of a brief and slightly off-topic post for now because I am working on a few things (which should become apparent soon enough).

Last night I went to go and see Bret Easton Ellis talk at the Southbank Centre. Easton Ellis is the author of many great novels, the most famous of which is probably American Psycho.

After a really interesting interview with The Financial Times' Suzi Feay, there was a question-and-answer session.

I had a burning question, but it took me a while to work up the courage to voice it.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Well-Rendered's 50 Favourite Video Game Characters

Once upon a time, I was a proud subscriber to Empire, the UK's bestselling film magazine. I liked its irreverent house style, imaginative features and reliable reviews.

After a couple of years however, something began to grate. It wasn't the relentless Star Wars coverage. It wasn't even the fact that the pre-release puff pieces for action movies were invariably at odds with the corresponding reviews.


It was the fact that every time an actor was interviewed, the piece would be accompanied by a grainy, high contrast image of him looking intense and mysterious whereas every time an actress was interviewed, she would invariably look like this:

This is actually from Empire's list of sexiest actors and actresses.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Wobbly blogging, spam and yet more demographical questions

Due to the huge volume of Japanese porn bots that try to post comments on Well-Rendered, it's necessary for me to moderate the comments that come through. The ratio of porn links to actual comments is such that when I receive an actual comment, I get all flustered and don't know what to do with myself.

I've been told by Google Blogger for Dummies (yes, there is such a publication) that it's good to reply to all comments (because it makes people feel appreciated and more likely to continue reading yada yada), but I didn't used to reply because people who I'd never met (such as Ewoud and nowihs) said such nice things that I felt a bit embarrassed. 

Oh, and it's always good to hear from the stalwarts who always take the trouble to enter into discussion, raise a point or voice an opinion. Anyone who's ever put anything out to the public - to however small an audience - knows how valuable this kind of support is.

Anyways, Blogger threw a bit of a wobbly this morning, and a really interesting comment from "Hyde University" got lost. Luckily, I recovered it and took a screencap, even though I still can't publish it.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Philip Zimbardo: Why Video Games Cause Teen Pregnancy

Last weekend, I went to a wedding. The bride was American, the groom was British, they had met in Japan and between them they had travelled all over the world, picking up various friends and relations along the way.

During dinner, I was sat at a table with people who hailed (in various senses of the word) from Holland, France and South Africa amongst other places. Conversation had been bouncing merrily around for about an hour when three people at the table who had never been in the same room before realised they had saved each other's lives on numerous occasions.

"Wait, you're not..."


"No way! I'm ElectricGerbil!"

"Oh, wow!"

"Hey, you guys.... I'm MoronicSonic!"

"No WAY!"

I have changed these people's made-up names to protect their made-up identities. Not that I really need to, they're all pretty badass.