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After only just under a week of being away from EVE, I’m back. And it’s all thanks to Jon from the VanHemlock podcast. While I was rocking out to some Rage Against the Machine on Guitar Hero III, a message popped up on Xbox Live from someone called Senyek (Jon) offering me a 100 day EVE time card. Of course I graciously accepted and input the code Jon sent afterwards. So, for the next 100 days (at the very least) you’ve got more EVE related posts to look forward to. As opposed to the very minimum amount I would have been posting after I cancelled my account.

In other MMO news, I’ve recently been getting urges to start playing World of Warcraft again after three or so years of having EVE as my only MMO. To somewhat stop my urges for the time being and see if I really wanted to play WoW again, I downloaded the trial version earlier today. And I’m happy to say, i found it incredibly boring. Although, there’s a small part of me that wants to play with my old character to see if it’s as boring with my old spells/items/etc. But unfortunately, I don’t have the money; and even if I did EVE would take priority.

I seem to be in a bit of an MMO frenzy. The moment I was forced to cancel my EVE subscription, I had slight urges to try a whole host of other MMO’s. Age of Conan, for example, I am quite interested in playing but unfortunately they don’t seem to have a trial available and I don’t really feel like forking out around £25 just to try out a game I may not like. I guess that only serves to highlight the need for MMO developers to make a trial version available. Although, that said, AoC is the only one I know of that doesn’t have the ability to make a trial account. Let me know if there are any more, I’m curious as to how many MMO’s don’t make trial versions available.

And finally, once again big thanks to Jon from the VanHemlock podcast for giving me the 100 day EVE time card.

So, that’s all for today. Wow I said MMO a lot, didn’t I? Fly safe, people.

Evening guys and girls. As you may have noticed, a few weeks ago I stopped posting without any prior notice or warning. I made promises to certain people that I would start posting again soon but that never happened and that, I am sorry for.

My original reason for my lack of posts was that I had to move out for a short while because of family problems. After those problems passed, I moved back in and got back to playing EVE to give myself something to blog about. This worked for a bit but eventually my plan fell through and someone in the house managed to go over my ISP’s fair use limit which ended up lowering my connection speed from 3Mb/s to 128Kb/s, which in turn meant that I couldn’t play EVE as I was stuck in Jita. And as we all know, Jita is hell to get out of even with the best connection.
After all this, I somehow (by some stroke of luck) managed to get myself a girlfriend. Which means that I’m now spending less time online and, as a result, having less time to play EVE or write any blog posts. On top of that, I’m going to be moving house on Monday or Tuesday and I won’t be getting an internet connection in the new house for at least two weeks.

But, in spite of all that, I will be trying my absolute best to keep updated and write blog posts from now until Monday/Tuesday and from then, until I get online in the new house.

On a side note, I’m still waiting for people to give me their opinions on whether I should stick with my current blog layout or change to a new one. So, to make it easier for you to make a decision I’ve put two screenshots together, one of the current design and one of the design I may have.

Blog-Design-Comparison

There are two sidebars at the bottom of the layout on the right but they looked a bit messy so I cut them out of the screenshot. The reason I cut them out is that if I were to choose that layout, I would tidy the sidebars up quite a bit so they fit in more with the layout as a whole. Also, by all means if you know of a layout design that I can use (i.e. a design for blogs on wordpress.com) and that will look better than either of these, tell me the name and I’ll take a look.

Until I get my next post up, here’s a funny little animation that came bundled with my new Samsung YP-S5 MP3 Player.

 

As I’m writing this post, I’m sitting in the Science and Trade Institute station in Tasti and patiently waiting while the new Premium client downloads at a somewhat speedy 225 kb/s. I know I say this a lot but I honestly cannot wait to see the new and improved graphics. I’m almost even more excited to see the new Myrmidon. I’ve yet to see a single screenshot of one with improved graphics.

If anyone reading this also looks at my EVE Online screenshots on my Flickr page, I’ll be making a new set for my Trinity screenshots which you’ll be able to find here.

As with all major patch releases, it seems that a few bugs have popped up and Trinity is causing CCP some problems. I just had this message pop up while I was chatting to some of the EVE GFX guys. Hopefully they can get these sorted out soon and we get back to having a relatively bug-free EVE experience.

Hi, were having a wee problem with a node and we need to close it down. The people in the constellations (51ZT-6, AC-RON, D-GU3R, D-YMGR, EL8Z-M, GP-GIU, I-3ODK, I89-EP, Mermaid, Q-IPAA, U7L-MQ, Unicorn) will be disconnected from the server. It will only take 1-2 mins max for these constellations to reload. Please try to be out of harms way within the next 5 mins if you are in 1 of these constellations.

Sharkbait
Eve Online Development Team

On a side note, I had no idea that there were two constellations called Mermaid and Unicorn.

…and you will be sent there upon the slightest sign of deviance.

So, it’s been two weeks since my last entry. I’m sure you’re expecting a very good explanation…
Well, I kind of don’t have one.

In the first week, I got Halo 3. And like CrazyKinux and Winterblink, I managed to get distracted and ended up being unable to focus on anything else. After a few days, I finished the fight and was ready to get back into EVE Online.

I had just started playing EVE again when The Orange Box came out. So, like the majority of gamers out there I bought if off of Steam, downloaded it and got playing. Ever since then I’ve been playing Half life 2, episodes one and two, Portal and a bit of Team Fortress 2. Just Portal alone is worth the £30 I spent on it.

With Halo 3 and The Orange Box already out and other great games coming out soon; It really is a great year to be a gamer. Not so great for our wallets, mind you.
Just a short post for today but seeing as now I will have more time to play EVE, there should be more EVE related entries on their way. If I can’t get any EVE related entries posted, I’ll try and keep you updated on other things.

On a side-note, I’ve now got a Tumblr blog where you’ll be able to find my Jaiku, Twittr, Pownce and Flickr feeds along with the RSS feed for this blog. At the moment it seems like a great place to keep my feeds. Unlike my Feedburner feed, I won’t be adding my Digg activity (for the time being anyway). So if you are subscribed to that feed purely for my Digg activity, stay with Feedburner. For everything else, I recommend you subscribe to my Tumblr feed.