Friday, 4 December 2009
Independent of religion, belief systems or lucky foodstuffs, it offers a clear simple path to a quiet mind.
www.gettingquiet.com is the place to hear a massive 8 tracks from the full 14 - for free.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
It seems to work very well, a softer picture off the wii than I'm used to for digital images, but no judder, freezing or blocking. Touch wood. (Torchwood).
Isn't the BBC wonderful. Ahh.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Well not quite goodbye. I still have another few CDs to record. But after that I'm handing over the order fulfillment to others. Robots probably.
'Learn Welsh Fast with Cadw Swn' is the slightly rejigged title, of a slightly rejigged course. Older, wiser and a little greener.
The book is out now, the first 3 audio download packs too. The new CDs should start appearing next week, together with a fabulous new website. Audio downloads are a mere £5.95 for a CD's worth, the book a steal at £14.95.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Apart from the above fowl-related question, I wonder if anyone in the Conservative Party has questioned the ability of a Westminster government to deliver on such far-reaching promises now that a significant number of powers have been devolved to the, ahem, regions.
Health and education for instance.
So here's the future; download 5 mp3s a month and listen to unlimited streaming music with no ads, then fill in any gaps in your collection via itunes. (or napster if you prefer)
The war between itunes and music subscription services is now over. Can it really be that everybody won?
Friday, 2 October 2009
This is the first product from Getting Quiet, and surprisingly comes before the actual release of the Getting Quiet course.
More news here as it happens.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Here’s a story I heard from a friend. One of his co-workers was babysitting her grandchild. She dozed off for a few minutes while looking after the baby and when she woke up the child was nowhere to be seen. She was understandably worried. Luckily she found the child in the house by the front door.
Her son (or daughter, I’m not sure) came by to collect the baby and everyone was safe and well.
However, at this point the grandmother began to think ‘what if?’.
She looked at her front door, it was unlocked.
She looked at her garden gate. It was open, and led onto a busy road.
She realized that the child could have crawled out of the house onto the road. She began to panic.
The child was safe, none of the above had happened, but the lady kept asking herself ‘what if?’.
She began hyperventilating, and passed out. She awoke and managed to see her doctor. She is fine and well.
The point, of course, is that the thoughts of ‘what if’ became too much for the grandmother. And yet these thoughts are not even as real as an image projected onto smoke.
Imagine the everyday harm we do ourselves through worry and anxiety over similar but smaller thoughts. Thoughts which are not even as substantial as light on smoke.
We need to take control of our thoughts. We need to get quiet.
Monday, 21 September 2009
After a short flight in what I can only describe as a dodgy shoebox I had one of the most surreal experiences of my life. The hardened parachutists jumped out of the door without so much as a geronimo.
As I perched out of the aircraft looking down I realised that this was without a doubt the stupidest thing I'd ever done, but also one of the most fun too. I'd recommend it.
If you'd like to give some money to cancer charity Tenovus you can still do so by following this link.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
As you might expect from the title of this blog entry, Cadw Swn will be undergoing radical changes between now and next year. I've been working hard on them, and feel that it's only fair to let people know what we're planning.
For a number of reasons we've always been tied to selling the course as a 10-CD unit. That will change.
I'm currently in the studio re-recording sections of the course over some new classical music. No great changes in the stories, but the new music license will allow us to sell CDs individually. I hope that a lot more people will feel able to 'dip their toe' in the water when they only need the course book and one CD.
We'll also make the audio available as downloads. I have no doubt that this is the future of music. It's green, instant, and will allow us to make the recordings available very reasonably worldwide. We're working with a great company to handle the downloads simply and easily, more news on that soon.
Finally, to tie in with these changes, the course will be retitled 'Learn Welsh Fast with Cadw Swn'. This should help with catalogue searches and search engines.
I hope to have the first of the new CDs and downloads available next month, along with the rebranded course book. Then I'll make individual CDs available as and when they're finished.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Friday, 31 July 2009
A new system of quieting the mind will soon be on offer, independent of belief systems and dogma.
Is there a fourth state of consciousness? If there is you should be in it.
Friday, 17 July 2009
Make sure that all windows face outwards.
Never place a toilet in the lounge.
If you often fall out of bed, try positioning your bed next to the wall.
Try to sleep in a horizontal position, with your head facing the opposite direction to your feet.
Monday, 6 July 2009
Dropbox, an online storage space for your digital whathaveyous has a free account with 2gigathings.
Why should I mention this here, you ponder?
A fiendish viral campaign by the boxers means that for every being who opens a new account using this link:
this link to dropbox
I get an extra draw in my online cupboard, so to speak. No money changes hands, you understand. I think that the person who opens the new account gets extra wardrobe space too, but you'll have to check that one out.
The important thing is that it seems to work nicely between my mac and pc. Time will tell if it spells the end of my dotmac account.
Friday, 3 July 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
So, an email to a very well-known website company resulted in an automated response message telling me that my email would not be read and did not appear to be relevant. I obviously didn't include the right keywords for their filter.
Isn't progress wonderful?
Friday, 29 May 2009
some people don't get to feel the sun on their skin today. some people don't get to feel the wind in their hair. some good people.
add your tweet, add your words. find out about and help free Aung San Suu Kyi here.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Ignore the marketing twits, the pr twits and there do seem to be a number of interesting twits written by real people (famous or otherwise). Of course the term is tweets, but you know what I mean.
And of course twitter doesn't tell me that I have no friends. I know that already. www.twitter.com/coljones
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Not amusing, but puzzling, is the AsdaTescoSainsburyMorrison supermarket decision to ban an album cover, deemed 'inappropriate'.
Journal for Plague Lovers has some of the finest music released this year, and an equally fine cover painting by Jenny Saville. No guns, naked bodies, sexism or racism, but a painting of a face which looks to some blood-splattered, to others birthmarked.
A preemptive strike in case a customer actually thinks something about something and god forbid, does something.
Friday, 15 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Monday, 11 May 2009
Not to mention the ghost of John Lennon. My evening nap in front of the tv was interrupted by a badly-spliced voice over a dodgy clip of the great man himself. Laptops for every child may be a worthy cause, but does anyone have the right to put words into a dead man's mouth? He may, if alive, have argued that clean water for all is a bigger priority - we simply don't know. Press play and weep...
Friday, 1 May 2009
The switch in my mind flips from open interest to here-comes-a-sales-pitch.
Imagine my surprise then, to receive a real courtesy call from my garage this week. Was the work carried out, did the wheels fall off later, were you harassed /insulted/attacked by the staff, was the coffee poisoned? etc etc. Not exactly the questions asked, but should I have been poisoned by a skinny latte and fries I would have been able to raise the issue.
Desperate times indeed.
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Remember the millennium bug? Airplanes were going to fall from the sky, lifts were to fail between floors, and washing machines everywhere stick in a permanent spin cycle.
Then there was mad cow disease. Only the veggies would survive. Not to forget Salmonella in our eggs and chickens.
This product will be hot after heating. These nuts may contain nuts. This coffee machine will produce hot coffee. I could go on.
Now we are assured by Welsh PM Rhodri Morgan that the country has enough anti-virals for the SWINE FLU PANDEMIC to cover 50% of the population. "I think everyone can be confident that we are ready for this to get worse, if it does get worse." he said.
That's all right then.
Monday, 20 April 2009
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
1991. One of my last games, it still holds a certain charm. Here in the UK games consoles were closing in, computer games were to become video games, and a corporate mindset was busy infecting the timeslot.
The game was voted one of the Top 100 Games of All Time by Your Sinclair readers you know.
Music by Allister Brimble, graphics by Keith Ross. Ian Gray handled the Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64 programming. The ZX Spectrum, Atari ST and Amiga versions were programmed by myself.
A finished, but unreleased sequel was 'Slightly Spooky'. Don't ask me why.
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
I had been given a considerable sum of money, and something even more valuable - total creative freedom - by young millionaires Richard and David Darling, founders and then owners of Codemasters Software.
Why? Well I'd approached them with an idea for a rockstar management game, but a management game with a spin. This one would be totally irreverent, original, and (ahem) funny. And so it was to be.
Looking back they took considerable risks, legally as well as financially, with a game that was so different from what they - or anyone else for that matter - was producing. Richard and David were great, they found a fine young artist from Liverpool - Chris Graham - who was an excellent caricaturist, and basically let me get on with it.
They even went along with the title I wanted - A Rock Star Ate my Hamster.
Allister Brimble provided a mind-boggling piece of music mix and match for the game and everything was going to plan.
The first version was released for the Easter holidays, everything was set. Expectations were high.
Then Good Friday came, and the game was removed from the shelves. Throughout Britain, by at least two major chain stores. Comprehensively and stupidly.
A couple of jokes were found offensive by a store who sold gun magazines and porn. Another store jumped in nervous reaction. I checked with my local stores, and they confirmed that the game had been pulled. They didn't know when it would be back, but one offered to sell me a copy under the counter. Pah.
We lost Easter and the game peaked at number 2. You can see the offending material here.
Happy days though. And the game is still a cult today. Which leads me on to a decision I recently made. After a self-inflicted absence of around 20 years - give or take - from games writing I've decided to do it again.
Am I excited? Yes. Nervous? No.
Everything's changed of course. Will I be retro? Who knows.
Yes, everything's changed. But actually very little has. I left the industry knowing that a new form of computer entertainment would soon grace our screens. A better, more original entertainment beyond shooting, jumping and sports simulations. For every media throughout history has developed and blossomed into a fantastic field of creativity hasn't it? Comics, films - they all grew far beyond their original form and produced fabulous, breathtaking works.
So take a look at your kids. What games are they - and you - playing?
20 years. I blinked. And absolutely nothing changed.
Monday, 30 March 2009
Last week in my house the world changed. Last week the world in my house changed. What do I do with the space where my CD collection used to be? What do I listen to next?
Ah, but is the bitrate/compression ratio/voiceprint technology of hifi quality, I hear you ask?
Who cares, I reply.
A dream came true that I never even knew I'd dreamt.
Friday, 27 March 2009
Astute readers will notice a timeslot lapse since the previous (movable type) entry. Yes, a few blog entries got mislaid along the way, but to be honest you haven't missed much.
Friday, 6 March 2009
It struck me one morning when I was typing an email that it was easier for me to write using my email program than it was using my word processor.
There was simply less to get in the way.Six months and a few skinny latte with fries later, lightness is born. Wonderfully simple, elegant and light.
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