Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me

Posted by  on February 8, 2019

Happy birthday Dear Munky. I’m now 43.

I don’t really celebrate my birthday. Not because I’m shy, or anything like that, I just don’t really do the celebration thing now I’m older. I’m not in for surrounding myself with a bunch of people, cheering me on, while I get another year closer to death. I’ll still have a happy birthday, but it’ll be quietly happy rather than the booze-fueled, party-on birthdays of my youth.

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Tesco Retro Gaming T-Shirts

Posted by  on January 17, 2019

I like retro gaming t-shirts and I like bargains.

This worked out quite well in that aspect. While doing a bit of shopping in Tesco (the one where I got the retro calendar) my other half suggested checking out their t-shirts. Tesco occasionally have some retro gaming t-shirts in, so amongst the tees we went.

We saw a couple of Volkswagen tees, Avengers, Star Wars, tees I already own or have no interest in. I was about to get back to the shopping when I spotted a NES tee and a Space Invaders tee, individually packaged.

Space Invaders 80 T-Shirt (Packaged) NES 85 T-Shirt (Packaged)

The £8 label on the Space Invaders tee was easily visible and I thought it wasn’t a bad price. I then saw that both tees had been reduced to £4, got to love a twofer.

The full t-shirt images can be seen here.

Space Invaders 80 T-Shirt NES 85 T-Shirt

Some XBOX classic dabbling

Posted by  on January 3, 2019

Not what I consider retro…

…but the original XBOX (or XBOX Classic as I often see it now called) is venturing into that limbo area between “current” and “retro”.

I never owned the original XBOX, I simply didn’t have the time to invest in one due to work and family life. I have, however, had an interest in maybe getting one for the emulation side of things. The idea of four player arcade emulation in the form of CoinOPS is something I think I would enjoy.

As it happens…

…my eldest son works for a local charity and a few weeks back an original XBOX was donated to them. It came with a couple of the large controllers, original power supply and a damaged video cable.

The damaged video cable meant that they were unable to properly test the XBOX even though it appeared to receive power and the optical drive ejected as expected. They were ready to bin it so I asked how much they would accept for it “as is”. They said I could have it for £8 and so I did. I reckoned even if the XBOX was scrap I could get my money back on the controllers.

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Happy New Year 2019

Posted by  on January 1, 2019

Best wishes for 2019

This afternoon I popped in to my local Tesco for a few things to see us through the week. My daughter was hounding us to buy a 2019 calendar and so we went to have a look at what they had available.

Picking up a calendar my daughter said “Look at this”. I heard my other half say “We’ve got to have that one”. My daughter held up the calendar and I could see it was a retro movie & TV calendar. It held additional appeal for me because there was a “Reduced to Clear” label on the shelf (I’m a tight arse like that).

2019 Retro Calendar

It’s a nice little calendar although I’m not entirely sure about the Magnum P.I. picture. It looks like an alternate timeline version where Magnum was played by Ned Flanders.

Elseworlds from CW

Posted by  on December 3, 2018

Elseworlds: The CW Supergirl/The Flash/Arrow crossover.

It’s almost time for another CW crossover show, this time entitled “Elseworlds”. I was a little disappointed to see the Legends wouldn’t be involved in this one but I soon perked up when I found out that John Wesley Shipp‘s 1990 Flash incarnation would be appearing.

I’ve posted before about my preference for Shipp’s Flash. Prior to Shipp playing the Scarlet Speedster I wasn’t a Flash fan. Shipp brought the character to life for me so it’s great that he’s back in the suit.
I used to watch the show with my Dad; on Saturday’s if I recall correctly. My Dad passed away in 1995 so I’m a little saddened he’s not around to see the character back on the TV, I know he would’ve liked that.

I came across this trailer earlier today and it gave me chills. Not only do I see Shipp’s Flash complete with crushed velvet suit but what’s that I hear? Yes, ’90s Flash theme.

Philips CDi and a little confusion from the internet

Posted by  on May 21, 2018

I got my hands on a Philips CDi

While browsing a local charity shop a couple of weeks back, amongst the Hi-Fi equipment, something caught my eye. A Philips CDi 210/45.

Philips CDi

A price label was just about visible as I leaned over some TVs to the shelving the CDi was sitting on. I pulled the unit closer and the price label had “£20 -no remote” written on it. I bought it anyway figuring I can get a remote later.

Only vaguely recalling the CDi back in the day I decided to do a little research on the internet. There was a demo model up and running in Heward’s Home Stores I remembered seeing and that there were some really awful Zelda games for it but that was as much as I knew.

This is where the confusion comes in.

Every review I read, every Youtube video I watched, every forum thread I found all spoke of a major irritant with the CDi. Even though there was a controller socket on the front the gamepad didn’t work in there, only the wired remote.

Now, I have no idea what the people on these sites are talking about because I bought both kinds of gamepad on eBay and both work just fine in the front input socket. Unless my Philips CDi is some kind of unique unit there must be a lot of people out there in internet land with broken CDi’s.

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From Vaping to Spectrum to White Lines…

Posted by  on August 25, 2017


If anything ever really offered a true representation of the randomness of my life it’s been these last few weeks.

Vaping …

It all started with a loose 510 connector on my Vaporesso Target Pro. The tank kept getting a wobble on so I stripped the base down to find the 510 connector is a “pop-on” type. I wasn’t going to open it up every other week to pop the connector back on so I decided to order a Fat Daddy v4 510 connector from http://www.modmaker.co.uk/. It arrived pretty quickly. I had to Dremel out the hole on the Vaporesso for it to fit but the final job was worth it.

… to Spectrum 48K …

While my soldering gear was out I decided to do some of those soldering jobs I’d been putting off for a while. My first task was to composite mod my old Spectrum 48K. I took my faithful old Speccy out of storage and, before getting its composite on, I decided to take it for a test run. This presented me with a slight problem… I haven’t owned a cassette deck in 25 years. After finding a couple of games online in TZX format I converted them to MP3 and dropped them on to my iPhone. I know there’s a long list of people having already done this but I can’t help but love the ability of 30 year old technology running in harmony with modern technology.

Spectrum iPhoneA quick game of one of my Dad’s old favourites, Bomb Jack, loaded from my iPhone

… to Spectrum 48K+ …

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Gemini tank by Vaporesso and loose negative post fix

Posted by  on April 12, 2017

My Vaporesso Target Pro and Gemini RTA tank

I’d been happily using my Kangertech Subox mini v2 for a while now. That was until, while dropping a new coil in the RBA deck, I managed to send it skooting along the kitchen worktop and into the washing up bowl full of hot water. I dried it out and it worked OK for a few months but after that it started crapping out on me, intermittently not firing up, etc.
Fortunately my partner bought me a Vaporesso Target Pro for my birthday and I got a Vaporesso Gemini tank to go with it. Being an old skool gaming geek I just loved the retro Quickshot joystick look about it.

It’s been going great for me until last week when, while fitting the new coils, I noticed the negative pin had come loose, moving up and down in the slot. This was having an adverse effect on the resistance of my coils by altering the tension on the coils as the pin moved about. At this point I could either send it back, leaving me without a tank for a week or so, or set about securing the post. I decided to secure the post and it turned out a lot simpler than I thought it would.

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