The 2011 T.W.Brit Christmas List

Yes, it’s this time of year again and strangely, while I dug up the old Christmas logo, I obviously forgot to update the theme with the modern logo style due to the fact I no longer have a working copy of Adobe Creative Suite or better still – Master Suite. This is a shame in itself due to the fact I was to animate the TWBrit logos soon.

This year I’ve been troubled about my wants and wishes… As ever, they’re all crazy, but I thought I would avoid things that require pretence – so membership of Whites Club has been removed. Nevertheless, the taste of all the things I cannot afford grows and lets be honest – is it not that if we refuse to dream, we’ll never make our tomorrow better? This year I will also ply a degree of reasoning with the items on the list. This does not mean there will be logic in that reasoning as in some cases it might come down phrases like “want one” or “me-some” ;-)

Also some things on my list last year I actually got :-) and some things this year maybe left over from last year.

So here it is, the crazy and often regarded insane:

 The 2011 Christmas List

                          

Battenberg Cake

I know, I’ve put it here before, heck Gabsatrucker even made me one once. But Battenberg is a guys cake… It may look pink and yellow, be wayyyy too sweet – but it is the mass production and yet basic engineering concept that makes this baby a geometric marvel that most guys like – me some

Life Time Supply of Coffee

Because last time I did get coffee, but I’m still alive and I’ve run out ;)

A Knighthood:  for services to Britishness, Commonsense and because I’m apparently Legendary :-)

                     

Personalized TWBrit Guitar Picks

Not that I can decide which way to do the artwork as you can see….

                                    

ACDC Wine

:) Toller, Shaker, Blood and Black :)

                                                 

Heavy Duty Footwear = CAT & Dehner

I have no problem with wearing pretty much nothing else than Caterpillar Colorado Boots all the time… Supreme comfort, durability and never a bad smell. I have also been on the look out for a long field boot for ages and without spending thousands, the only one that seems to be tough enough and still to be reasonable are Dehner Boots… the actual benefit of Dehners’ is that while it may look like you’re gonna get your head kicked in by them – it allows me to wade through your sticky, lard like entrails afterwards. This, (if you are unsure) is a good thing! ;-)

Tech…  did you think I had forgotten?? Here they are, the crazy tech items I actually need…

                                 

Dell Alienware M11X, M14X and M17X – yes, all 3

                                  

Then 2 x  XPS 15z with i7 cpu’s

                                                                                                    

Marshall Hand Wired amp and speaker stack.

                                                

Motion Computing J3500

                                                          

A Matrox M9188 16 port Graphic Card with Touch…

                                                                

Adobe Master Edition

I have come to use Adobe software a lot on here and with other work. I used to have the CS2 edition but lost the disc a long time ago. And have been using Trial versions ever since… the trials have expired :( But the reason I love this software is simply the fact you’re limited only by a few things; Imagination! Knowledge of how to use it fully and Cost. Here is the ad vid to the previous version; everything you see here, the detail in the designs, animations and the music was all done with it.

                                                               

Battlefield 3

Because it’s Battlefield 3 and I can’t run Battlefield 2 anymore :( Just for fun, here is the Play Symphony playing the theme music :-)

                                                                                               

Amberley Court

Amberley Court was on last years list… If this house was a few miles east and not on the side of a hill… it would possibly be the best possible house in the world to me. It came up for sale on the Knight Frank website and I have literally spent weeks pawing over the plans and redesigning the Master Bedroom suite, removing the garden and building a huge basement that covers several floors and includes a way out to the pool house and an extensive subterranean garage, not to mention all manner of other things. The general layout is just astounding!! Sadly it was taken off the market… But still, what a house!!

                                                                                              

Free advanced Adobe Training

                                                                    

Private Boeing 787

Yes, yes, I know…. And yes that is a car in the hold. And why? Because it’s the ultimate freedom, and because it’s so wrong and well, I want one :D

But as I did not win the Euro millions Lottery to the tune of £146m ($227,716,200) a few months ago and would have bought a new 737 BBJ (or 2nd hand 777) to whiz myself and my friends about in – I decided to set my fictional goals just that bit higher ;-)

                                                                    

As EVERY year… a Taylor K22ce

 

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As an interlude, I also have a question or two… Person posing as my former neighbour of sorts, who are you and what have you done with my razor-sharp witted, night driving, sledge-hammer owning, house bashing, hard-assed off roading buddy KMA? ;)

It has been a strange year, and I have to say there are several people I miss on the old twitterscape and blogasphere. I guess most don’t know who they are – but from Dave, Annie, Joanne, WKD, Al, and so many others… you’re missed.

Right – back to it…

Again…. The Land Rover 110 CSW… 2.5 TDi and fully equipped if poss ;-)

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The Wacom Cintiq 24HD

Actually, I would use this every day!! Top tool for doing a top job :-)

                                                                   

A Desktop Solution with a 28 or 30 LED primary screen solution with 2 x22 screen and 6 x 7 touch screens. Sadly the NEC/Alienware 48 inch curved screen is no longer available.

Another Guitar : Gibson Les Paul Dark Fire.

This thing just takes guitar tech to a new level :-)

Gibson still make the Dark Fire, but you need to order it via dealer.

                                                    

A Made By Bob hoody in navy blue with white writing, size XXL

                                                      

Still want an Accuracy International .338

Because it rocks and it’s just a whole loada wrong ;-)

                                                                                          

British Airways – Free bump to business class on every flight I take…. And free trip to Toronto before Christmas please (rtn January) ;-)

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                 

Theakston’s Old Peculier by the barrel, not the bottle

Whoever you are, where ever you are…. Please, have a great Christmas, drive safely and be safe. For my friends of other religions – know that the spirit and good will of this time extends to you also.

But NOT if you’re a kiddy fiddling priest!!

UPDATE

Regular readers will be thankful of the following image as I’m now too late to purchase these confectionary gifts for you – and yes, this is for real.., as you can see HERE.  I know Hammy will be exceptionally disappointed ;)

The TWBrit 2010 Christmas list

Yes a possible annual event whereby I post all the things that no one will buy me and are predominantly boys toys :)
So, lets get down to it (in no particular order)

Amberley Court

Battenberg Cake

Tac 15i Crossbow

Land Rover 110 County Station Wagon in full Camel Trophy spec. but in TWBrit decals and colour scheme.

Accuracy International’s .338 with a x24 Schmitt und Bender scope ( I would say an AS50, but they’re not legal in the UK)

Taylor K22ce Guitar made of Hawian Koa

A Dell Adamo XPS

A life time supply of Coffee

 

A guaranteed way of giving up smoking

Motion Computing J3500 Table

A Dentist

An invite to become a member of White’s

Logitech HD pro webcam C910

Oh that’s not Cricket really…

Yer know… since several years ago now and having used Motion Computing tablets, I have sung their relative praises often. It’s not unfounded promotion either… More recently I have been talking about them due to the sheer number of people wasting money on iPads when even lesser tablets than Motion’s are much better.
But the iPad isn’t really a tablet, like Mr Jobs said – it’s a slate and like all good slate, if you drop it, it breaks…
So yesterday I was invited to join an online seminar on the newer Motion Computing J3500, a ruggedized multi-touch, powerful bit of kit that can literally connect anywhere and it’s screen can really be viewed in direct sunlight. I registered for it and was really looking forward to it (not that the offer of a $500 discount had anything to do with it)
So, after whizzing around and getting organised, I sit down to watch the seminar.
I let the whole thing load up and then a window opens requiring me to dial a number to simply get a pass code.
So I scroll through the numbers to find the UK listing and dial…
These are word for word what I heard;
“Welcome to the HSBC bank”
Say what?
So I tried again and double checked the numbers – the same thing…
By now the seminar had started and could not hear the audio etc. So I posted what had happened in the chat window and left..

The web conference system is run by a Cisco thing called Webex, and frankly I’m sure when all is working as it should – it’s great… But when it’s not? it makes the host look very bad indeed.

It’s a sad instance for what I truly believe is the premier computing equipment of today and for the future. Heck they can be 4G wimax wave 2 ready anytime they like, the kit is second to none, so while I’d love to get my hands on a  J3500, and yes – it’s beyond my affordability… I know when to let sleeping dogs be..

Published in: on 29 June, 2010 at 15:33  Comments (1)  
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What an odd few days

So over on the left of the pond, BP is taking a lot of flak as we know from a lot of people. What strikes me as odd about all this is that, well I think I’d like to be contracted to do a job and face no liability what so ever!!
It just seems odd (not that I know the first thing about drilling for oil or what Black & Decker you would need to do it) is that Transocean get contracted to come along with their own equipment and workforce to drill a bloody great hole in the sea bed no less that 1 mile from the rig itself and when it goes wrong – the client gets shot – not the people who did the job…
On top of this, I don’t think there has been a time in history when so much money has been put up by anyone to get it all sorted out.
Oddly this isn’t so far the biggest oil spill in history – that was done by Saddam Hussein in the first gulf war, and having stood on the beaches or the Arabian Gulf, you simply don’t see any sign of it because nature does infact take care of such things.
However, while an awful lot of critics appear to be standing around doing nothing other than complaining rather than getting their sleeves rolled up and helping out, the Obama administration has been doing one hell of a lot of sabre rattling. This part is actually hilarious simply because there is absolutely nothing they can do… After all, they’re still taking revenue from the oil products being sold by BP, so there seems to be a conflict of interest of sorts going on.
On top of all of this the BP CEO has been dragged over the hot coals with everyone demanding reasons, answers and above all else – action on something the likes of which has never happened before…
After this, the CEO rightly hands over control of the entire operation to his man on the ground that is in charge of the operation, makes $20Bn available to residents of the gulf of Mexico and leaves the whole thing to the experts.
The following weekend he goes to support his son in a yacht race and gets damned for it… I’m sorry, a father can’t go and support his son now?
This rhetoric came straight out of the White House who have basically done F**k all about any of this other than take time for photo shoots and mouthing off. An irony when BP could simply just say, stuff it – we’re off!! Or maybe someone might want to send a little Viagra to the Oval office, to help cure things in some way.

Further BS from the White House came this week with regards a Rolling Stone magazine article about General Stanley McChrystal and the war in Afghanistan. You can read it HERE, and frankly – I didn’t see a problem with the article at all.
But alas, the reality is that either we commit every single member of all our armed forces – or we get the hell out of Dodge!!

This week in the UK we had the promised emergency budget from our new government. And quite honestly, I didn’t think it was anywhere as near as harsh as it could have been.
Personally I would prefer a hard 3yrs and get it over with, but that may also have a dire effect on business.
It is what it is, and it isn’t bad at all… Not that you would believe it if you listened to the former govt. who got us into the mess in the first place…
In fact the week before the same party had all it’s new prospective leaders in a TV debate which turned into the biggest direct show of a complete lack of unity, ideas and frankly was a bit like watching headless chickens running about – I stopped watching it was so embarrassing… I think it was the part when they all agreed that govt. should have and the people want them to have more control… doh!!! Hello! Why do you think you’re not in power anymore?!

Other news in a New York Times article and followed up by CBS and others is about the fact that Apple is becoming the worlds most hated company due to their overt control of applications and persistent product updated replacements and lack of user control… Hmmm, wonder where I’ve heard that before…
There isn’t anything wrong with a Mac per se and yes, if you want Mac OS, you can indeed just buy it for your PC, but it’ll only come with drivers for Mac hardware… Ironically, a modern Mac is a PC format but only people with way too much money and lack of intelligence tend to go that route unless of course you need a dedicated hardware for editing applications – then Mac is ok. That is assuming you are okay with people being beaten into working on making Mac products does not effect you’re conscience – especially as their workers have the highest suicide rate and are often disappeared by Chinese police if they fail a metal detector test when leaving work.
The difference in Windows and other OS is that you the user get to play about with everything (hence people whinge when they screw up what they don’t know about).
But there are folks who while successful in previous employment and hired spokes persons for our present govt in IT things that do advocate these products and frankly prove which end of there body there head is really at!! Odd really as the field they were from was web related and nothing at all to do with IT…
PC is still the world business platform, if you want a good laptop – buy a damn Dell and if you want a proper tablet – go to Motion Computing, which is also oddly owned by Dell. But as the CEO says, “We’re not in the business of Disposable tablets” so don’t expect a fully functional Win7 computer tablet that is also ruggedized to be as cheap as the glitzy, but somewhat useless iPad.

Actually, here is a vid by an artist who bought an iPad as a form of digital sketch blook only to find that the moment you rest your hand on the screen as well as the pen – the hand also leaves a mark. The Motion products reconise the difference the moment you the systems Wacom pen on it. The latest versions while expense operate multi touch and ped. The Ls800 is available for around $200 2nd hand on ebay (introduced 4yrs ago).

Published in: on 24 June, 2010 at 10:49  Comments (1)  
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Just so you know… The TWBrit Chistmas list…

There is something here for every pocket and as long as nothing girlie or fish based is offered, TWBrit will happly accept just about anything for Christmas – the reason???

It’s because I’m Cheap!! & yes, this is tongue in cheek

Battenberg Cake

Jim Dunlop Tortex guitar picks (plectrums): Orange .5omm (personlised of course with the TWB logo)

Dentistry: Yes, anything for a ‘GOOD’ (trustworthy) dentist!

Galaxy Chocolate

Accuracy International AW .338

Land Rover 110 CSW + Winch + Tow-Set, built on an XD Chasis

A Knighthood:  for services to Britishness and Commonsense

 

NEC curved monitor

 

Theakstons Old Perculier

Training Course vouchers for Learningtree

Boss BR 1600 (but the 1200 will do)

9 piece drum kit

Taylor K22CE

Milka Chocolate – preferably Naps

To do the Reasonably priced car lap – but then, a days training by Sabine Schmitz would be better

LE1700 Tablet PC

A Tesla (yes, you read that right), well a go in one at least 

 A lifetime supply of  Coffee

 

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