Apr 03 2010

Valentine’s Day

Category: Anna's VideosChrisM @ 12:03 am

As you may have guessed from the title, these clips were shot on the 14th February. We decided to get a bit of fresh air whilst the weather was warm, and so took a stroll around the back garden (back in Clydach, Wales still) path with Anna. She was a little unsteady on the stony path, but decided she was going to conquer it, and only occasionally needed picking up. The only other thing that seemed to annoy her was the bright sun. We did buy her some sunglasses, however the concept seemed silly to her, and they haven’t yet lasted more than five seconds before she rips them off and throws them down.

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Feb 25 2010

Hmmm, can I answer directly to…

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 5:18 pm

Hmmm, can I answer directly to these? Rugby world cup has England, Wales and Scotland. Where is the American team? ChrisM

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Feb 10 2010

Lowering Standards

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 11:49 pm

This afternoon I have been resizing videos and ripping audio streams from DVDs for Anna. The Wheels On The Bus DVD is definitely a good distraction to have up our sleeves when Anna gets a little bored, tired or in need of temporary distraction. As we don’t have a portable DVD player (and could do without the extra weight anyway), I decided to put whatever I could on our mobile phones. This way, during the plane journeys, overnight stay at the Istanbul hotel, and car journey into Wales (BIG thanks in advance John!) if Anna simply would be settled by games, toys, books or Mummy and Daddy talking, we’ll have something to try. My main phone has been broken for the last seven or eight months, which is a shame as it has the best speakers and screen. However my backup phone (the C550/HTC Hurricane) had enough space left on its memory card (once I had resized and lowered the bitrate on the videos) to fit on both the video and audio-only version. The C500 (HTC Typhoon) and Sony Ericsson K700 (Irina’s old phone, and my old-old backup phone respectively) didn’t have much storage space available, but after lowering the bitrate on the MP3s, they fitted on perfectly. I’m hoping that by duplicating the content across multiple devices, that we will be able to have at least one device with enough battery power left to both play Anna’s favourite songs, and also make and receive phone calls.

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Dec 05 2009

Spent evening w/ Walton. Good …

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 3:04 am

Spent evening w/ Walton. Good food,drink & company.Assel back tomorrow.Then had skype videocall with lucky re. Wales being a country or not.

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Dec 03 2009

Digital, HD And Aliens

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 12:22 am

So, apparently people in the Swansea area of Wales no longer have an analogue terrestrial TV signal! All channels must be viewed via either Freeview boxes (or integrated units in newer sets), satellite boxes (obviously mostly Sky STBs in Britain) or a cable box. Mum and John have a Sky box, a Freeview box, a Freeview recording device and Freeview built into one of their tellies, and of course a modern high gain aerial, however some sort of technical hitch means most of the televisions in the house aren’t currently showing what they should be capable of. If it isn’t sorted by next February/March, I’ll hopefully figure out what has gone wrong for them.
The picture below? Taken from a strip at AbstruseGoose, it shows what any aliens would be watching right now, if they happened to be monitoring our transmissions. Obviously the further away from our planet they are, the ‘older’ the signal would be that they could pick up right now.

TV Watched Across The Universe

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Dec 01 2009

Hitting The Beach With Anna

Category: Anna's Videos,Friends,PersonalChrisM @ 5:30 pm

Skipping forward a little, this camcorder video was shot on the 22nd of March, meaning Anna was now one month and a day old. Seb had come over ( 🙂 ), and we decided to have a walk along Port Talbot beach, so he, I, Irina, Anna and Gwen all piled into the car, and drove down a few junctions on the motorway. It was a pretty good day weather wise, considering it was a) Britain, b) Wales specifically and c) Only March!
Seb found some driftwood to take home (the Mondeo obviously wasn’t full enough yet!) for Mum and John, and we all managed to get some fresh air and I think we even squeezed in a quick fish’n’chips shop visit.

Oh the ‘depends if there are any dogs around’ was a reference to letting Gwen off her lead. She is only a little dog, and wants to make friends with everyone/any dogs. Some dogs get a bit aggressive and she doesn’t defend herself very well.
Also, please excuse the wind on the microphone, didn’t have a sponge to stick on it sadly.

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Oct 13 2009

Thugs Not Doing Well Recently

Category: In The Media,VideosChrisM @ 11:18 pm

Picked on the wrong guy…

Picked on the wrong guy in a dress…

See this article for a bit more background.

Thug found via his Facebook profile – see here

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Jun 29 2009

Singleton Park

Category: Personal,PicturesChrisM @ 10:02 pm

At least I think this was Singleton Park. Anyway, just after New Year, Ira, John, Gwen and I went for a walk in the park, and he took a few shots…

Ira Chris Gwen Singleton Park Swansea Wales

If I have remembered the location correctly, then click the read more link below to see a satellite photo of the area. If I’ve not remembered where we were, then, well, click the link to see a photo of the area we weren’t in at the time 🙂
Continue reading “Singleton Park”

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May 25 2009

Birthday Meal With Dad And Nick

Category: Personal,PicturesChrisM @ 9:19 pm

Again, I think I may have used PockeTwit to provide a quick update at the time (25th April), but here are the proper photos. Dad and Nick came over for a meal to celebrate my 30th birthday. Whilst living in Clydach, any time I drove into Swansea, I’d pass a restaurant that looked interesting. TBH, anywhere that sells New York Italian food is likely to get a thumbs up from me, and whilst not exactly a dinner jacket required sort of establishment, the food was delicious. Anna behaved very well, and the next time we’re back in Wales, I’ll gladly be heading over to Frankie & Benny’s.

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May 08 2009

Complaining To A Pan Handler

Category: In The MediaChrisM @ 5:34 pm

Here in Wales, some people with healthcare jobs will be having a brand new uniform sometime this year! New colour schemes have been devised to make it easier for patients and their visitors to identify who is in charge, who to ask specific questions regarding your malaise, who takes BP and pulse observations, and who passes the those funny bottles to wee into. OK, the BBC did word it a little more correctly over here, but I think that is what it boils down to 🙂

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