This is the website of Neil McDougall, a musician/blogger/podcaster/bookie from Ayrshire.

My thoughts on Star Wars Episode VII

Right, been a while since I wrote a blog, but I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while.  I was thinking about shooting a video about it, but I reckon I can do a better job of getting my thoughts across in written form rather than by babbling into a webcam.  Warning, this article contains spoilers for some Expanded Universe stuff.  Most of the stuff I’m spoiling has been around for years, though, so fuck it.

So, friends, join me, as I prattle on for ages about what I think’s going to happen in the new Star Wars films.

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This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on April 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm, filed under geekery, star wars and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



My Mac Dilemma

Here’s the deal- thanks to the overwhelming success of my ‘Siri Answers The Ultimate Question‘ video on YouTube, and YouTube inviting me into their video monetisation programme, I have managed to squirrel away a few quid.

Subsequently, I’m quite fancying getting a 27″ iMac. The only thing that’s holding me back now is- do I buy now or wait until the forthcoming Ivy Bridge model refresh?

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This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on February 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm, filed under apple, geekery, life, Mac, musings, tech and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



A fun Minecraft seed – Deconstruction!

In the last few months, I’ve dabbled on and off with the excellent PC game Minecraft.  Its world-generation system, which utilises strings of characters known as seeds to create the world in which you play, can throw up some fascinating results.  Type in ‘glacier’ as your seed and you play in a gorgeous mountainous rainforest type setting.  The seed ‘gargamel’ starts you off underground, and, if you’re playing on any difficulty other than Peaceful, you’ll invariably be getting your arse chewed off by zombies right from the get-go because of it.  These ‘interesting’ seeds are highly sought after by the Minecraft community, and I’ve stumbled on another interesting one – ‘Deconstruction’.  Yes, you have to capitalise the ‘D’.  It matters, if you weren’t aware of that before.

So, I stuck ‘Deconstruction’ in as my seed (inspired by the mighty Devin Townsend’s newest album), and I discover the following…

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This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on August 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm, filed under gaming, geekery, minecraft and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Just a wee missive…

If there’s any Mac users out there that read my blog (according to Statpress I get a few hits from Mac users…) feel free to swing over to http://www.macheist.com and snag yourselves a nanoBundle of some nifty apps, headlined by the yet-to-be-unlocked Tales of Monkey island point-n-click adventure game and the Mac-only web design software Rapidweaver.

I’m even using one of the programs from the bundle to write this post- MacJournal.

Oh yeah, the audition went reasonably well. With any luck I should know whether I’m in the band by about this time next week or earlier. Keep ‘em crossed, folks.

This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on March 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm, filed under geekery, life, Mac, music, tech. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



I bet you always wondered…

What kind of D&D Character I’d be….

I Am A: Chaotic Good GnomeBard Ranger

Alignment:
Chaotic Good characters are independent types with a strong belief in the value of goodness. They have little use for governments and other forces of order, and will generally do their own things, without heed to such groups.

Race:
Gnomes are also short, like dwarves, but much skinnier. They have no beards, and are very inclined towards technology, although they have been known to dabble in magic, too. They tend to be fun-loving and fond of jokes and humor. Some gnomes live underground, and some live in cities and villages. They are very tolerant of other races, and are generally well-liked, though occasionally considered frivolous.

Primary Class:
Bards are the entertainers. They sing, dance, and play instruments to make other people happy, and, frequently, make money. They also tend to dabble in magic a bit.

Secondary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.

Deity:
Finder Wyvernspur is the Chaotic Neutral god of the cycle of life and the transformation of art, although he leans heavily towards Good. He is also known as the Nameless Bard. Followers of Finder believe that everything must change in order to grow and thrive. Their preferred weapon is the bastard sword.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

A Gnome? WTF? I knew I was a short-arse, but that’s taking the biscuit.

This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on June 11, 2005 at 10:40 am, filed under geekery, humour and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.