Well, finally after 3 years (even though 2.5 years of it was in hiatus), we managed to release our search engine for self-hypnosis mp3 downloads – hypnosis-hound.com! 🙂 Ok, so its not the prettiest site in the world, but over the coming months it should get a bit of a facelift, and we’ll be adding lots of new hypnosis mp3s to the site too. So if you have a problem, and no one else can help, then maybe you can try… the Hypnosis Hound. 🙂
W00t! I got GameBase databases working on the cab! At last I can have C64, Amiga, ST, Speccy, SNES, you name it, all working on my arcade cab! Get in.
There’ll be a new beta of GameBase soon, for those that want to try it themselves.
I’m looking for a PHP contractor to help us at work for a few months. If anyone knows someone thats (a) any good and (b) available, please let me know. If you recommend someone we end up hiring there’s £50 in it for you. Here’s the ad that’s been posted on most of the online job boards: –
Location: Folkestone, Kent
Duration: 3 months (possibly more)
Whoever we take on will be helping develop new features for our UK Airport Parking price comparison site.
Yep folks, its true. I plan to resurrect this blog. Look out for new blog posts coming your way soon…
I was quite looking forward to the Game Show, but in hindsight I wish we’d gone on one of the days where its only open to ‘business’ and not to the ‘public’. Right from the word go, at Tokyo train station, the train was absolutely packed with Japanese game addicts all going to the show… we were scrunched in like sardines. It got even worse when we got there… once inside the place was absolutely heaving, I kinda expected it to be, but not this bad! You couldn’t move. Even when you wanted to stop and look at a screen of a new game, an official would ‘move you on’… it seemed that unless you were in a queue to play a game, you weren’t allowed to just stand and watch. There were massive queues everywhere, on some games/stands I reckon they must have taken over an hour to get to the front. Crazy stuff. Even so, we managed to curb our mild claustrophobia for an hour or so while we walked around the 2 main exhibition halls. The best bit really was the PS3 stand. They had demos of the new GT game, and a few others, which looked really really cool. There was another game on display called Ace Combat 6 (I think) which had a great trailer playing on a big screen. That looked good too. Quite a few Wii games on display also (another multi-sports game, a baseball game, and a golf game), but most of the hall was dedicated to Nintendo DS games, and, surprisingly, mobile phone gaming! Like I said its a real shame it was so packed. I’d like to have played on some of the games but it was just impossible unless you were willing to stand in a hot and sweaty sardine-like queue for hours on end. Even in the ‘sales’ hall, where you could buy models/dvds/t-shirts and general game memorabilia, the queues were ridiculous. Eventually we had to get out of there, so we headed back towards the station and found a Mexican restaurant where we had a meat and salsa taco each. Had a bit of a browse in what was like the Japanese version of McArthur-Glen retail park, stopped for a blueberry-iced-yoghurt, then went back on what was a considerably less-crowded train to Tokyo.
Now I’m back in the hotel, writing up this blog post, and we’re gonna get ready to go downstairs to the Pizza restaurant for dinner. Bit of a disappointing day really, although it was good to see some of the new games that will be heading over to England in the months to come.
Getting up mega early in the morning, grabbing a cab to the station, then getting the Narita Express train to the airport. Flight’s at 11am, and we get back to Heathrow at 15:30 on the same day (Sunday). Kate and I have agreed that if we can stay awake we’re gonna stop at either Nando’s or Tang’s Imperial in Maidstone for dinner. That’s about the only thing we’ve missed here (apart from Samson and of course all our friends and family)… the food!!!
Had to be out of the room by 11am, so we had breakfast then headed off. The Shinkansen took about 3 hours to get from Kyoto to Tokyo (hmm.. I’ve just realised that if you say Tokyo over and over again you end up saying Kyoto over and over again) and this time we got a really good view of Mount Fuji as we passed it, as the sky was clear and the sun was shining. Its a shame we were on the wrong side of the train to see Mount Fuji properly (we’d have had to wait an hour for the next train if we wanted a seat on the ‘Fuji’ side), but even so we managed to see it ok through the opposite windows.
Once checked in at the hotel we went out to Odaiba again (we enjoyed it lots last time, and wanted to go back there for shopping). There were some great views of the Rainbow Bridge today, much better then the first time we came when it was all overcast. We shopped around a bit for a couple of hours, bought a few things, then went for dinner at the burger place (I had to go back there one last time!)… only this time I forgot to say “well done” so the burger came all pink in the middle and half cooked. D’oh! Oh well, serve me right for wanting another burger! By the time we got back to the hotel I was absolutely shattered, so I uploaded a few photos then got an early night. Tokyo Game Show tomorrow!
1) On trains the ticket inspector bows every time he/she leaves a carriage to go to the next one.
2) Trains lean over when they go round corners.
3) Each train line has a little ‘jingle’ which plays when the train arrives and leaves.
4) When you pay for something in a shop, you put the money in a little tray instead of handing it to the casher. But when they give you your change, they hand it straight to you, notes first, then coins.
5) The 1 yen coin is so light that if you throw it the wind takes it (we found this out when throwing one into a fountain).
6) You can find drink vending machines absolutely everywhere. They all take notes as well as coins.
7) The flap at the bottom (where you get the drink out) goes outwards not inwards.
8 ) There are hundreds of different brands of mineral water.
9) Cold coffee is really popular.
10) You can get Green Tea flavour Haagen Dazs.
11) Every public rubbish bin has multiple compartments for recycling different types of waste.
12) McDonalds sell prawn burgers.
13) Everyone carries an umbrella because it is dual purpose – it keeps the rain off, or shades you from the sun.
14) You can leave your bike, shoes, umbrella etc out in the street and no-one will nick it.
15) Women all get their legs out, i.e. short skirts, high heels etc, but rarely do you see their shoulders or cleavage.
16) Women often wear long socks, especially black ones, some times over the knee ones.
17) Men’s fashion is quite girlie (long styled hair, flowery shirts, tight jeans etc).
18) People smoke, A LOT.
19) Diet drinks are rare.
20) There are very few fat people, but diet pills and supplements are advertised everywhere.
21) In Tokyo, we could count the number of western people we saw on our fingers. There were a lot more in Kyoto.
22) In restaurants, you always pay at a till, never at your table.
23) You never have to tip.
24) In department stores all the restaurants are on the top floor.
25) Many restaurants have examples of the dishes on display outside. They are preserved by some kind of ‘jellifying’ process which makes them look really unappetising.
26) In our hotel we were given the world’s tinest tooth brushes and toothpaste tubes which were about an inch long.
27) Many people walk ‘pigeon toed’. It’s mostly girls and often when they are wearing high-heels.
28) Everyone carries wet flannels around with them, to wipe up their sweat or cool themselves down.
29) Even though it’s really hot and muggy, the fashion is for lots of layers, wooly hats, long socks etc.
30) Lots of signs and menus are headed up in English for each section, but the details are still in Japanese e.g. menus read ‘appetisers’, ‘mains’, ‘drinks’ etc but you can’t tell what any of the options are.
31) Fast food restaurants and train station waiting rooms all have electrical sockets for you the plug in your laptop or anything else you want.
32) On the subway platform, there are marks where the train doors will open, and everyone queues neatly behind the marks, intead of bundling on.
33) You always get free iced water in restaurants even before you have ordered anything.
34) All the mobile-phones are flip type with large screens so they can play games on them.
35) You are not allowed to make calls on train or subway.
36) All pavements, subways, in fact everywhere public, has raised grooves and bumps on the ground to aid blind people.
37) People only have tiny dogs, which are often kept in handbags.
38) The phrase we have heard the most is ‘arigato gozaimasu’ which means thank you very much, but it sounds like ‘gato zaimaaaaaaas’.
39) Everything is advertised or promoted using young pretty girls.
40) Tokyo has been called one of the world’s most expensive cities, but we think it’s still cheaper than London!