Saturday, December 26, 2009

Movie Night: The Golden Compass

Ladys and gentlemen, fans of Aries Antics of all ages May i present to you a modern age classic, The Golden Compass.

Normally i would seek to give a general overview of the plot and the background but since the film more than fills you in on that very very quickly on its own i shall simply say enjoy the cinematic magnificence and then shut my trap.

happy st Stephen's day or Boxing day as you my so be inclined and i hope to see you very very soon!

Link for wide-screen stream:|1261847053

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Daily Blogg: Christmas gift to my fans

Merry Geekmas to all and to all a good night!

This year im bring the gift of the wonderful elseworlds title JLA: Created Equal.
The story is about a Superman having'see hes the last man on earth...well the last fertile man on earth after a massive biological disaster renders anyone with a Y chromosome sterile and soon after dead thus ending humanity as we know it. Fortunately Kal-El's Kryptonian DNA is made of sterner stuff and after knocking up Lois offers his DNA to the women of earth in order to repopulate... i wont spoil the twist and by extension the second story (which i also included) and ending of this tale but just imagine for a moment a world of super human kiddies with similar powers to Supe's himself and just what there teenage years are going to be like.

Now before you hit teh download i should warn you it will be first come first served as due to copyright laws and the fact that i dont want to have my ass sued im only offering up 10 downloads of this .rar for you all to squabble over.

so if you want it download it NOW!

Link: Click here to download file

Merry Christmas folks and look out for the boxing night movie.

Monday, December 21, 2009

How Too: Dreamcatcher giftables

Ok tis that time of year again folks and as you all know im cheap so for me its time to "make the thought count" and give away some freebies to my more ...unusual... friends.

Now im not saying this is a gift for just hippies and native Americans but i am saying that when i say ots the thought that counts in this case it will be more "the effort" that counts.

This is NOT an easy make but it is fairly quick and when decorated with a few feathers and beads (bought from any local craft shop)and a little creativity you can do something really personal for your friends remarkably quickly.

Now i should say, the video itself is of relievedly low quality but if you listen to the instructions it is quite clear what she is talking about and doing.
With a little practice you can probibly knock out one of these in about 40 mins but for your first one i suggest you take an hour and take your time. Apart from that you can (with a little imagination) make something wonderful for yourself or others with minimal effort and financial outlay.

NOW if your feeling especially cheap this year combine a very small version of this project with a few feathers and pop it inside an origami box (see last weeks make) and a little ribbon and you have an all but free but quite expensive looking craft gift to give away, and remember that athough teh smaller dreamcatchers are a little more fiddly to make they are a lot quicker and can be made with very cheap craft thread and due to there small size mistakes in there manufacture can easily be overlooked.

*if it looks terrible or if you screw up call it rustic design
*use local (and most importantly free) materials to make it more authentic
*clean all feathers in boiling water and place in an airing cupboard for 24 hours before use
*light application of a rawhide strip thong to a small catcher can make it an amazing necklace
*chicks dig handy craft, if you want to impress her add this as an extra to your REAL gift

good lock and seasons greetings to you all

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Daily Blogg: Chrimbo week!

So here i am in full festive (look i dont photograph well ok) just to tell you all what will be happening this week on Aries Antics.

How Too:
The season comes alive with a very very special Christmas edition of How too! who know it may even be something that you could make and give away like last years mini fridge.

Movie Night:
Christmas eve wouldn't be the same without a chrimbo movie, be prepared for a seasonally apt film presentation.

Aries Free Fan gift:
Last year i gave you a graphic novel and this year will be no different, so prep your .cbr readers because this year its gonna be a doozey.

SO if you will forgive the somewhat less than angelic looking idiot above I will wish you all seasons greetings and hope you enjoy the festivities!

oh and if you dont know who this is.....i suggest you start reading Green Lantern...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How Too: Box clever

Well its time for my Christmas how to run down and this week its all about packaging.

I always have a hard time when it comes to packaging small gifts such as USB sticks, jewelry, small toys or gadgets etc.
then i came across this wonderful little piece of paper craft. Now i should say that this little project is a tad on the tough side but if you slow down the video a little and follow the stages carefully it can make an amazing gift box for friends and family.
For a somewhat larger box you can use stiff card at A3 size (or larger) and it should be able to contain pretty much any item you wish to put in it but as the size scales you will have to use heaver gauge card in order for it to be stable.

once the Box is complete simply screw up some tissue paper and wrap the ball of paper in a second skin of tissue in order to make a perfect pillow for your gift to sit upon.
Don't forget that you can also experiment with different coloured paper and patterns to really set your gift off then add a small ribon to hold the lid on and just like that you have a truly spectacular home made and very personal gift to put under the tree.

remember the gift counts but when your loved ones see the effort and care you have put into the packaging dont be surprised if they decide to keep the box too.

next week i will be doing a very very special How Too! as well as my annual Christmas gift to my readers, tune in then for more fun and games!

peace folks, and enjoy your holidays

Monday, December 14, 2009

A peons Journey: Dreaming in green

Day 6: Lost to a dream

I will be frank when i say i was far from happy to be venturing into the slumbering feral depths of the Wailing caverns, even less so in finding out that to perform this task i would be forced to group up with random strangers whose intentions seemed only to pillage this place of reflective slumber and feral druidism.
Regardless with the warped heads of the druid order put to rest and the beast within defeated i made my way back to Orgrimmar proud in the knowledge that i had fulfilled my duty to the best of my ability.
As i entered the city i was approached by a guard with a loosely bound letter from the local riding instructor who was apparently having some difficulty with one of his adolescent pups.
Seeing such a magnificent beast for the first time was nothing short of love at first sight but i became instantly aware of the poor creatures turmoil.
The emerald glow in his eyes signified Fel magic contamination somewhat similar to that of the eyes Blood Elfs and our own green skin, i had no choice i had to have him as my mount from that moment on.
Paying the riding instructor and stable master a nominal fee i took possession of the Dire Wolf who i have taken to calling Ash due to the remarkable colouration of his fur, for his first taste of freedom.

He is as swift as the wind and seems to have taken quite a liking to my core hound pup...

...i pray to the spirits of our ancestors that it is simply the pups playful nature and not anything else as cross breeding would be more than a little difficult to deal with especially when you consider both animals are male.

oh not again! ASH NO! BAD WOLF!!!

*yelp of pain*

see..i told you...i'll go get the burn salve...silly pup

Saturday, December 12, 2009

...and thats when I found out all female trolls are double jointed and have almost no real gag reflex, rather fascinating really.

Day 5: A shaman in wolfs clothing

Leaving the confines of the Burning blades sinister clutches I made my final report to the Warchief, With there leaders gone and with no real links to ether the Legion itself or the sinister Shadow council the Buring Blade fell to ruin.
The Warchief seemed well pleased by my actions and granted me a true mark of honour by bestowing on me the Hammer of Orgrimmar and instructing his shaman traiers to teach me the ancient gift of the Frostwolf clan...

...the ability to transform myself into a being of pure spiritual energy and mold it to the clans totem, the eternal Frost wolf.

There are however some issues with being in that form for any length of time that may explain why we Shaman despite our comune with the elements are not particularly welcome in Winterspring...

...wisps are just so much fun to chase!


Daily Blogg: 50k Hits and counting

So you lot Finally did it, you pushed my hit counter over the fifty thousand mark!
part of me is impressed while at the same time horrified that anyone could be so interested in my inane ramblings that you would consider hitting my little blog on a near daily basis.

To all of you I would just like to say a massive thank you for your support and hope you will continue to follow me for another 50k and beyond.

Friday, December 11, 2009

A peons Journey: A pup named Corey

Day 3: Adapted to Adoption

A shaman is asked to do many things that others would deem offensive or even undignified, such as laying out the dead, resurrections, conversing with the sick and the sick of mind.
I had not however prepared myself to fulfil my duty to the Horde in the way my Warchief had requested.
I was asked to steal, lie, and infiltrate my way into the seedy underbelly of a cult known as the Burning Blade. The Demon worshipping filth have secreted themselves in the caverns surrounding and under the city of Orgrimmar in the Rage fire Chasm, it was my job, my duty to find my way into the confidence of these cultists and seek out there leaders...

...and destroy them.

Donning the garb of the cult and acquiring a token of membership of there order was surprisingly easy but portraying myself as a Warlock proved harder. All Warlocks no matter there rank have with them a demonic minion of great power linking there will to that of the Burning Legion, i am a skilled magic user and my gifts lend well to passing as one of them but my lack of familiar would mark me apart quite distinctly.
To better conceal myself I found myself seeking out the famed pet vendor known as Breanni.
After negotiations and validation of my intent and a letter of authentication she sent me her most demonic looking pet a core hound pup known simply as Corey.
The young animal suits his assigned role well and is surprisingly friendly despite his rather vicious appearance and thanks to his acceptance of me as his master I found infiltrating the Burning Blade exceptionally easy.

I have however encountered one rather unfortunate problem that Breanni failed to inform me of...

...Core Hound poop tends to be a tad toxic, and molten, and er...well...i may not be able to return to several Inn's in Orgrimmar due to scorched floorboards & bed linen.

also several scorched and terrified cats, mounts and local guards in the city centre may be my fault...

Daily Blogg: Krick in the Back

As many of you know i am presently "less able" than most due to a long term back injury i sustained in a motorcycle accident a few years back.

Today i stupidly got into a conversation with a friend of mine in the street on the fascinating and wide reaching subject of the Starwars extended universe...

....for three and a half hours....

...standing up...

...and now im suffering in quite a huge way.
I regret nothing as the conversation was riveting, but the moment my pain killers wore off all hell broke loose and it felt like most of it decided to stick its pitchforks into my poor suffering ass on the way past.

So now I lay prone on a sturdy padded plank wishing nothing but the tender care of a hundred thousand demons on the gent that ran his piece of shit car into my back end all those years ago.

oh well i suffer on...

...time for a wow update

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A peons Journey: Trolls and Tribulations

Day 2: Trolls and Tribulations

I have completed my basic training in the arts of my forefathers, i now wield the power of the earth herself. With the elements at my side and an earth totem at my feet I have been tasked to travel to the makeshift home of the Darkspear Trolls a place by the coast in southern Durotar called Sen'jin village.
It seems they are having some trouble with some of there more barbaric cousins to the south and a property dispute with some centaur to the west, it seems it is time for some totemic diplomacy... so far as that if they choose to be undiplomatic I will be forced to insert my totem in there nether regions violently with my hammer.

I cant help but think that some of the villagers may be taking advantage of my good nature, i mean i understand that there having difficulty but asking me to go fishing for them is a bit beyond what i am willing to stoop to...

...pity about all the damn tigers attempting to eat me.

A Peons Journey: New feature

Ok new feature time.

As of today i have left my old server Surafang (EU) behind and set my sights on the sunny shores of Earthen Ring (US) in order to level a shammy and hopefully join the world record breaking guild A.I.E (

A peons Journey is an exercise in Role Play and will almost entirely be in character from the perspective of my Orc Shaman Ariies.
This feature will be erratic at best but i hope you enjoy it. ok here we go...

Day One: A journey begins

I write this journal in hopes that my words will someday free the imaginations of those who follow in my wake down the difficult and dangerous path known as the way of the elements. We shaman must take our cues from the land itself wield that power with wisdom and courage and balance that which is unjust or corrupt with our every deed. I swear by the clan of my fathers i will do so with the dignity it deserves FOR THE HORDE!

...however i have found that wearing leather in the Durodar heat can cause some unfortunate chafing, i shall speak with my elders and see if they have a solution for this most embarrassing problem.

~Ariies of the Frostwolf clan

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Daily Blogg: Pre Crimbo Clean up

First Sunday of the month prior to Christmas means massive clean and tidy up day for me.
Not really that much fun but there comes a time when every nook and cranny must be scrubbed all the tat i have accumulated since spring must be thrown away or given to charity.

fun and games im sure you would agree but every now and then i come across something that i really though i had thrown away/lost/broken etc. and to my surprise is still usable or could be useful to me in some way.

Thus far during my clean up i have found:

* My old ipod nano
* The Driver CD's for my old laptop
* My old wallet (with £5 UK and $20 Canadian in the back of it)
* My Gameboy advance & games
* A pack of 40 AA battery's
* The car adaptor for my Mini Fridge
* 3 generic USB sticks
* 2 USB MP3 players (no idea where they came from)
* about £12 in copper coins and other loose change
* the spare battery & sim card from my old Nokia
* and pens of every colour shape and variety you could think of.

This is not to mention the things i was actually looking for such as old school books and demo discs and media discs from old reviews, a few USB extension cables and some previously lost PSP games and memory stick's.

All in all not a bad clean up and its only mid day. I haven't even begun to clean out my computer parts case and shelfs so who knows what treasures i may yet find.

oh well better get back to it, later folks!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Daily Blogg: Botters beware

Well i guess it had to happen eventually, after all "Aries Antics" has been around for a few years now and we are rapidly approaching the half million views mark so i guess a few bots were bound to pop up.

I have to say that although i notice and kill all of there posts im still not exactly happy with being spammed and as for the shady business of posting new advertising comments on my archives I should warn any potential advertisement spammers that i always keep my iPhone on me and have a real time update set for all posts made despite there source.

With this in mind i have began ISP blocking any spam I locate. I generally choose not to do this due to the rather aggressive and widespread nature of the IP blocker but as many long term readers already know this is not the first time i have been forced into this and should it continue there are "other" methods to deal with viral marketing on private projects such as my own.

...I just hope you have a really good firewall and spam filter...


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Daily Blogg: probably gonna' get sued...

Ok look im not a bad guy and i really REALLY dont want to be raked over the coals but considering you have to still have to pay for your CD key in order to play the whole game i cant see what the difference between downloading the full WoTLK (US) version and downloading the free trial version other than file size...

...seriously though this is for all my comrades over on a "certain" podcast and US guild that for blatantly obvious reasons i wont name here for fear that i would sully there good name and guild reputation.

Rapidshare link:

Zip link:

#1.To use the link provided you WILL have to sign up to the forum
#2. This the FULL World of Warcraft package, you need no additional software.
#3. For the best possible experience with this download and unzip the file and BURN TO A DVD
then delete form your system.

ok last bit...

create an account here:

Use details generated here:

Upgrade your account after 10 days here:

or simply upgrade your account in the account management section.
ok thats it folks of the EU see you in the US realms

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Daily Blogg: Birthdays at Blizz

Happy Birthday Warcraft (15) and WoW (5)

Its genuinely hard for me to admit to this but I have been part of the Warcraft universe in some way or another for almost 12 of its frankly staggering 15 year run.
We have had our ups and downs, expansions have required computer upgrades and installing processes's that rival anything the Spanish inquisition ever came up with but each and every time i feel tired or bored of that universe something new comes out and draws me back in.

Then in November 2004 World of Warcraft hit the USA and people around the world began to beg steal and borrow from there American cousins for a sweet sweet taste of the Warcraft worlds answer to Everquest.
It was a truly incredible experience and although I only got a few short weeks playing on those first few fabled realms on my falsified log in details before my computer decided enough was enough and went to silicone hell to play with the demonic toasters.

it took a full year for me to make my way back to Azeroth, but thanks to the EU launch i was finally able to tailor my account without being forced to search through the US Yellow pages to find a suitable identity. And after a rather painful install process (and first few patches and bug fixes downloaded) "Lensolas" (im a Tolkien fan sue me) the Night elf Hunter took his first few tentative steps into the world of warcraft. It took 4 and a half months to level him up to 60 and every single moment was a blast, Black wing lair, the Molten core and finally the Dragon Onyxia fell to the slings and arrows of this pointy eared purple DPS machine.
Alternate characters sprung froth from his success in the form of My human rogue "Baaldrik" and my dwarfen warrior "Irnbrood" who after much struggling and wasted time also capped out at 60 in some shiny new tier gear.

Then it all went to hell. I had recently joined a pretty hardcore raiding guild and joined there forum community in order to better offer my services as a DPS and Tank to the raiding teams. I joined using a variation of my Log in name and my familiar password so that i wouldn't forget it.
Within only 3 weeks of joining the Rebellion guild official forums i knew something was wrong. I attempted to log into my account to find that i no longer had access. After a significantly panicked phone call with account services and a rapid email check and confirmation i got a new password and was able to log back in.

Every thing i had ever owned, ever gold earned, every epic bartered for, crafted, quested and battled the minions of the underworld for were gone, and i wasn't alone. The entire guild had been hit, the forum had been cracked and our passwords and account details derived from our log in details. The guild was devastated in a way we simply couldn't recover from. At this time Blizz policy concerning hacked accounts was not quite as developed as it is now and we were tolld in no short order that due to the fact that the entire guild had been hit (many of us with temp bans now due to being used as spam bots and gold farmers) the odds of us retrieving our gear from the GM staff and unbanning our accounts was decidedly unlikely. Now with all credit to the staff we did get a good amount of our gear back and even some of our bank possessions back along with the vast majority of our gold but for me (and about 90% of the guild) it was game over time. We let our accounts shut down and withdrew from the game in general.

It was August/September of 2006 before i was convinced to return via a very old friends request and a free trial ticket for a new account. We rerolled on the Alonsus (PVE) server as a Human Paladin known as "Aries" (the chap who previously had the name gifted it to me by deleting an old toon! how freaking cool was that) and in only 3 short months i had leveled him to 60 and was gearing mysellf up for the soon to be released expansion known as the Burning Crusade.
January 2007 came and went with blistering speed and TBC opened up a whole new world for us to play in and thanks to the guidance of the frankly astounding "Resistance" Guild i capped out at 70 as a fully fledged and geared Holy Paladin as one of the guilds main raid healers.
But things happen and people change and after a few months of farming Karazan many of us were getting a little bored, and I had really started only logging in for raid nights due to work commitments knowing fully that simply healing through this same old content had reached its zenith.

Frustrated and annoyed with lack of progress (but still unwilling to give up on the game) i rerolled and switched server yet again. The Surafang server had just been opened and the idea of running AQ with a fresh server appealed somewhat and thus "Malace" the undead Mage came into existence. It was really only a matter of time before i transfered my Paladin over and after a quick name and race change (to a Bloodelf named "Maladin") he capped up to level 80 and thats up pretty much up to date.

its been a hell of a ride and its far from over, so heres to you Blizz happy birthday and many happy returns.

see you in the game.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Daily Blogg: Writing for Blizz? (update)

Oh well it was a nice little dream while i had it...

Looks like it was merely a "permission to publish" email asking me to sign over certain publish rites so that it could go in both the new WoW magizine some time in the future and on the website archive after the initial publishing. So no its not a big break and with so many rites signed over as far as use of intelectual property go's the only recognition i will get is as a website contributer and to see my work published on an officially registered Blizz website.

Links will follow on this Blogg as soon as its published so you can all enjoy my ramblings.

Gotta admit to being a tad miffed at them raising my hopes up like that but meh what can you do.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Daily Blogg: Writing for Blizz?

So this may or may not peak your curiosity but it appears i have solicited some interest in Blizz as far as my writing is concerned.
Im not going to blow my own horn but I am presently waiting for a piece of email regarding a short story i threw together for there mock news paper 'The Gadgetzan Times' that brings the somewhat controversial task of name, class & race change into the lore of the game and could potential open up a massive world to Role Play (RP) gamers in the popular MMORPG World of Warcraft.

Well heres hopeing anyway.
Who knows i may even get some recognition out of this....doubt it though...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Daily Blogg: The monolith has landed

Seven weeks, three days, eleven hours and a quick trip to the local post office and I have FINALLY got my XBOX back...

...well kinda...

I got a shiny new Elite, a black behemoth, a noir nemesis to the PC and PS3 and i gotta tell you, it was worth every damn penny for the upgrade.
So what does this all mean? Well im back on XBL and im playing with my shiny new toy, which in turn mean im neglecting my WoW toons a little for the next couple of days while i attempt to regain & remake some of my now lost XBOX saves while downloading the truly epic amount of downloaded content to the new console (about 16gigs of DLC ) as well as breaking in my shiny new black pad.

So not too interesting i know but thats what im doing.

see you on live folks!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Daily Blogg: Random Poetry time

a little random poetry just because i can...

War on terror?

Whispered voices call shadows from shallow places,
reeking stench of a thousand fettered heaps hum in the wind,
broken voices sing in chorus calling for peace,
deaf ears turn in mumbled silence to a indignant state,

How many times will we be ignored,
our sons and daughters trained for slaughter,
soaked in black gore spewed from an unyielding desert,
sand blasted as they fight for a government that does not care,

Politics and business demand there pound of flesh,
corrupting our world for greed,
gold and favours pass in darkness,
over the mouldering corpses of a dead generation,
as there souls lay twisted in the wreckage of a rich mans wallet.

hope you enjoy my work.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Daily Blogg: Work...still kinda sucks

So im off to do a little freelance work for the Official Xbox magazine's advertising department so that the "real" writers can deal with the Christmas glut of new releases.

no published name (except in microscopic print at the back of the mag)
no real money (about 1/4 of what there paying the in house guys)
but i get to work from home

so its not all bad.

oh well back to work, self motivation sucks too...i could be playing WoW or eating pies dammit

Monday, November 2, 2009

How Too: Be mine Holy Bovine

Meet Maladin a Lv80 "TAUREN" paladin
yep this is a live wow server not a hacked one and YES this is an unedited image shot just moments ago... how can a race incapable of being a paladin (at least until the next expansion) roll this class to Lv80? be honest they cant and er nor can I and this is just a really cool graphical glitch available on the latest release of the WoW client. Heres how you do it

The staff has confirmed it works, though the timing required is very precise. You need to be quick, but being too fast hitting one or the other is just as bad as being too slow. A few of us found that we had to slow down our fingers to do it properly, because "fast" to a hardcore FPS gamer is very different than "fast" to a casual MMO gamer. Click first, hit enter second. Not the other way around.

And there you have be off with you, make yourself a Tauradin or a undead hunter or even a troll druid waaaaay before blizz let you in game.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Daily Blogg: Doctors Doctors everywhere

Doctors Doctors everywhere (everywhen?) and which one shall i be?

In case your really interested im going to be the 8th Doctor (bottom left) as soon as i shave off the old face fuzz and pretty up my hair a little.
The costume for this year is relatively simple as all i have to do is put on a shirt and frock coat with a silk scarf, a pair of black pants with a pair of shiny black shoe's...


full costume (and if looks good maby a pic this year) and reactions later this week!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

How Too: Halloween decorations

its that time of year and its time to get spooktactular!
Nothing says haunted house like spider webs so its time to cover every available surface

Part 1

Part 2

Ok so the videos suck but you get the idea right?

You wil need:

*strand cotton wool
*sticky tape
*black card
*scissors (to cut the card into spider shapes)

and there you go, use your brain here and you can do some amazing things.

Daily Blogg: Reality bites

So ive been a tad busy, you know business card level busy chasing up work in the run up to Christmas. With this in mind and one of my regular (and more vocal members ;p) im making a promise.

As of this day come hell or high water I shall post at least once a week and it shall be something useful/funny/silly or in some way relevant.

Now on with the Blogg!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Movie Night: Hide and Seek

Not a traditional movie by any means but something i hope you enjoy.

Daily Blogg: The female of the species...

ok a very quick look into that strange and elusive creature known as Woman..


It's not difficult to make a woman happy.

A man only needs to be:

1. a friend
2. a companion
3. a lover
4. a brother
5. a father
6. a master
7. a chef
8. an electrician
9. a carpenter
10. a plumber
11. a mechanic
12. a decorator
13. a stylist
14. a sexologist
15. a gynecologist
16. a psychologist
17. a pest exterminator
18. a psychiatrist
19. a healer
20. a good listener
21. an organizer
22. a good father
23. very clean
24. sympathetic
25. athletic
26. warm
27. attentive
28. gallant
29. intelligent
30. funny
31. creative
32. tender
33. strong
34. understanding
35. tolerant
36. prudent
37. ambitious
38. capable
39. courageous
40. determined
41. true
42. dependable
43. passionate
44. compassionate

45. give her compliments regularly
46. love shopping
47. be honest
48. be very rich
49. not stress her out
50. not look at other girls

51. give her lots of attention, but expect little yourself
52. give her lots of time, especially time for herself
53. give her lots of space, never worrying about where she goes

54. Never to forget:
* birthdays
* anniversaries
* arrangements she makes


1. Show up naked
2. Bring food

and most of the time one or the other is good enough

Friday, October 9, 2009

Daily Blogg: Worth1000pictures

Oh ive been busy lately, so if you will forgive my tardyness i'll just get on with the blogg...

...ok i confess AriesAntics has taken a ride on the back burner for a few weeks as i've been working on a new project over at my shiny new freelance site located here on blogger

Basically im fed up with just working through word of mouth so im taking it upon myself (in these difficult finical times) to expand my business range and give myself some well deserved free advertising.
So i've had some business cards printed up (ooh!) got a somewhat professional website started (aaah!) and intend to publish some short storys and poetry there as a way of showcasing my work.

so if you feel like giving it a look you now know where it is.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Daily Blogg: BREWFEST!!

Ah my poor little avatars head must be pounding because for the last few days hes been drinking some of the strongest and most unusual brews in all of Azeroth because its that time of the year again.

Once again the Dwarfs of the world of warcraft drop there usual Scottish brogue for a more German tone and don there lederhosen to enact that most famous of the alcohol based holidays OCTOBERFEST!

so grab your ram pull on your leather short shorts and join us all in a drunken stupor as we celebrate the end of the summer and the beginning of harvest.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Daily Blogg: It be that time of tha yarrrr!

Narr ye t'aint be reading this here Blogg wrong me hearties it be the day where all Ninja best be running away and hiding, tis the world one and only annual "talk like a pirate day"

Why be this here day relevant to this here sea dog? Because it seems that the motley crew of Cap'in DeMeza have made there way to the land of Azeroth in order to plunder Booty Bay and as always where DeMeza go's Ol'ChumBucket 'n' Cap'n Slappy t'aint far behind.

Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy

So get yer parrot and swash yer buckle and make yer way to Booty Bay fer some Rum and Jolly Rodgering


Daily Blogg: ...and thats why

Well Blizz you done it, you made me so sick of being squishy that im going back to my trusty Human Paladin, finishing leveling to 80....and Faction transferring to the Horde.

Oh wait did i tell you that i finally managed to get 7mbps out of BT?


Well i did, for all of 11mins on Wednesday at 01.30am i was so shocked i actuality giggled... I'm a man looking down the barrel of my 30th birthday and i caught myself giggling and clapping like an idiot and STILL not getting my full service yet so damn happy that i have proof of my line capacity that im acting like its Christmas at one in the bloody morning.

oh well, i can now at least demand an off peak service comparable to this (around 6.5-7.0 Mbps) and feel like im not being an unreasonable jerk. Well thats my reasoning anyway despite knowing that im never gonna get it.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Daily Blogg: Well aint that a kick in the teeth...

The battle with BT continues... appears im not exactly winning. For all intents and reasons beyond my control the indian chappys at "British Telecom" have somehow magically come to the conclusion that "up to 8MBps" is the same as saying "tough shit you can only have 4-6MBps and you can keep paying for the 8MBps service and like it!" despite my local service provider has my line speed clocked at a whopping 20MBps and the fact that i can throw quite a sizable stone and hit my local exchange, meaning that my line speed should be in the region of 16-20MBps with little or no line lag.

A complaint has been made, fuck em i want what the hell im paying for.

this deos however mean that until this is resolved im stuck to 4-6MBps Broadband, more than enough to play MMO's and browse comfortably but it still not what i am paying for...

more info as i get it.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Daily Blogg: Too much WoW?

Ok so its that time in the game again, im geared, im at the level cap and im bored out of my tiny mind...

As with all things repetition leads to monotony and after finding out that during my down time my guild Blessed has fallen apart my desire to play has wained somewhat.

so what do i do?

Well as with "wrath" and The burning crusade" before it im left the leveling doldrums until the next expansion hits the shelves. I feel now is the best time to relax, maby play some xbox and take a break from Raiding.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Daily Blogg: cataclysm to hit Azeroth

Yes Blizzcon '09 happened, storeys were told, rumours were routed and panels were bombarded with the myriad miscellaneous query's and questions of the great unwashed.
All in all a good time was had by all.

So whats new then? Well basically there gonna blow up in explode....destroy....mutilate....annihilate.

er yea I was shocked too. but this Cataclysmic event is to allow certain long awaited changes in the World of Warcraft. During these events however two new playable races have emerged from there hidey holes and joined one of the two factions vieing for the now distinctly limited resources of the now shattered world.

The are the Worgen (feral werewolve like creatures with an aptitude for magic) joining the Alliance and the Goblins (greedy little green dudes who run the airships) joining the Horde.

How this will play out im not sure and the exact story line is currently unpublished but rest assured as soon as i get some concrete info ill be posting it here.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Daily Blogg: Do you wanna'?

Oh Felicia Day...I do i truly do.
A little foray into the world of "The Guild" for us to enjoy.

reality meets fantasy head on , who knew it could be this happy to keep us all interested...

...hang on ill get my chain-mail, this looks like fun!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Daily Blogg: Day 20....and counting

Damn you BT, damn you and your stupid "we will escalate your case to...", damn your petty nasal whining, damn your "were doing all we can" and damn your stupid outsourced accents!

20 days with dial up level speed and only now are they "considering" sending out an engineer to the local exchange to "modify my personal access". Lets just say my patients with outsourced idiots who know as much about broadband internet access as i do about sub quantum string theory and its relation to dimensional harmonics...

...sure i know it exists as a subject of curiosity and i know that somebody out there has a relatively good idea how and why it relates to my day to day life, but damned if i can do anything about it so why should i care?

Today is the last day im giving BT to fix my service before i start official complaints through Ofcom (

This far and no further...this is the line in the sand

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Daily Blogg: BT epic level fail

Ok Day 13 here on OMFGWhattheHellBT? watch. The engineer came out, tested my line all was well, all issues

...ok what the hell?

Here is the latest results from "British" Telecom thanks to, as you can see it looks more than a little familiar to my regular readers.
It has been so damn long since i was able to get on line effectively that my goddamn World Of Warcraft account has frozen due to me running out of game time.

As for work, well i am currently forced to download all my work to a PDA and send it to work via my local McDonalds wifi...

yea...i not a happy bunny

so once again i sit upon my rump from 8am to 1pm waiting for a "specialist" engineer to attempt to fix the issue. If this continues i may have to seriously consider changing service provider.

stay tuned for more.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Daily Blogg: The curse strikes again

John Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009)

I post...they croak...what manner of hell hath i wrought?

the critically acclaimed director of National Lampoon's Vacation; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Weird Science; The Breakfast Club; Some Kind of Wonderful; Sixteen Candles; Pretty in Pink; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Uncle Buck; Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. He was the teen movie director of a generation and in my humble opinion a genius of comedic timing and humour.

poor guy, he will be missed.

Daily Blogg: BT home Hell

Ok so here we are again...

...interwebs,you see unbeknown to me BT requires a 10 day "line test" and "run up" before switching on my fancy new 8 mb/s broadband here at the new house.

this is what im currently getting (on a good day off peak) apparently what im supposed to be using for Internet access until my 10 day fuckabout is finished. Yes your reading that correctly thats 0.13mb/s download speed thats 0.43 mb/s SLOWER than dial up internet.

As im sure your aware...this is not going to cut the mustard so today at some stage (as this is day 10) im going to have to have a word with the fine chaps at BT tech support to try and get this resolved.

stay tuned for there answer as soon as i manage to get one.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Daily Blogg: IM BACK!!!

So after two loooooooooong weeks and a myriad of calls to BT a full house move with redecoration, plumbing, plastering, scrubbing and clearing, carpet laying and fixture fitting done and dusted I am finally back online.

Apparently however my reintroduction to the internet seems to have unfortunately killed Amy Whitehouse but i suppose that cant really be helped. for those of you not in the know you may have noticed that every time i go to post a blog entry a celeb if only i could harness this power i would be invincible!

regardless im back, let the famous corpses fly because i aint going nowhere!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Daily Blogg: Moving House

Ok bloggers, i will be AFK for a while because im moving house.

no updates till then as i have no interwebs, sorry about that so ill see you all in a week or so!

peace out

Monday, June 29, 2009

Daily blogg: Billy bites it.....

Ok whoever is writing this "celebrity" hit list for one Mr G Reaper needs to take a goddamn break...

seriously...this is taking the piss. Rest in peace dear Billy your Oxi action grin will be missed...

...Now where can we get another somewhat dishevelled and washed up B lister to promote cleaning products?

Daily Blogg: Just like bus's

Wow....just wow, each time i went to post about a celeb' death this week i get hit by another.
Three of the greats have died this week and to be honest i would love to make some sort of humorous gag or quip but honestly im left standing here with my jaw on the floor wonderin gwos gonna win the corpse lotto next....

...seriously who's next? Obama having icons knocked off? i guess Arnie better learn to duck or he may be next on the reaper's list of "to be terminated"

seriously though i think somebody may have been poisoning the 'evian' supply

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Daily Blogg: The interwebs fight back

So im in Naxx doing my mage thing last week, clearing quarters and pwning in a pyrotechnical fashion and looting purples when suddenly im booted from the server and unable to log in...

...yep the Internet decided "screw you buddy" and took something of a dump all over me.

It took four goddamn days to get a bloke from Tesco internet to be bothered to call and escalate my problem high enough to get an engineering chappy out from BT and another four for him to get to me.

When he finally got out it took him less than half an hour to locate and fix the problem.
A full week wasted, no internet, no wow, raining outside, nothing to do...

...i may have went a little crazy but thats between me and my new best friend Geoff the talking potato.

oh well im back on now...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Daily Blogg: iPhone and iPod meet Blizz head on

Today is the day that all ipod and iphpne users that play wow have been waiting for!
finally after months of waiting the Blizzard/ authenticator application has been released!

Get it here: Apple App Store

Get info on it here: Mobile Authenticator FAQ

Set it up here: setup page

What are you waiting for? whip out your ipod and download this thing NOW! secure warcraft is your for the hefty and ungodly fee of NOTHING! yes you did read that correctly, total protection for your WoW account form keyloggers, hackers and theft is yours for FREE.

now if you will excuse me...i have mobs to maul.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Daily Blogg: ...there is NOTHING gay about this

Just three dudes, in a tub, in an instance, chilling out after a hard days grind... anyway i was discussing alternates to raiding and grinding in terms of getting 5000gold for my epic flying mount...

...this was not it by the way, but im open minded so lets see what develops.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Daily Blogg: Working as Intended™

Ah Blizzard you done it again, Winter Grasp (my new favourite PVP area) has been nerfed and broken. Only six months after its conception the World Of Warcrafts only open world PVP has been shattered beyond repair.

The changes are as follows:

  • Vehicle health and damage output in Strand of the Ancients and Wintergrasp now scale with the item level of the operator's gear. Power scaling is now 1% damage and 1% health per average item level.
  • All Wintergrasp daily quests have been changed to a weekly format. The honor and Stone Keeper's Shards rewarded for completing these quests have been increased to compensate.
  • The bonus honor for winning the battle in Wintergrasp and controlling/destroying towers has been reduced.
So basically is back to Gear Vs Gear rather than skill Vs skill in PVP again....god dammit blizz will you never learn?

Pic unrelated: but very clear glitch...or perhaps Oro is just bear surfing...who knows

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Daily Blogg: Mal Hits 80!

Ohh yes its been a quick one, with less than 15 days played and with some tasty blue gear under my belt and a magic carpet under my feet im feeling pretty damn good about myself.

Regardless PVP combat beacons to get me a little bit of purple bling and some better stats. so i must be off.

peace folks, and FOR THE HORDE!

(screen shot is clearly set up to make me look far more popular in game than i really am, thanks Blessed your all amazing)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Daily Blogg: A message form Anon.

I was standing in the bank today lined up behind one of those godawful tension barriers when i happened across a scrawled note daintily placed just a little ahead on the little platform you would write your bank slips and cheques on and i'll be honest im not sure but i think the internet is leaking out into the real world, judge for yourself...

" Welcome simple mortal to this the last day of your life as you know it.
You may not relalise it now but when your time comes, and it will, and your life flashes before your eyes just take note of this moment and think that at the very least you have a little time to reflect on whats happening as you await your number being called.
Hell may have its punishments but NOTHING can be as dull and repetitive as what human beings like yourself are putting themselves through every single day.

So as you leave this place remember to go out and live your life to its fullest, you only get one ride on the big blue marble so make it count for something.


...well that put me in my place didnt it... somebody get a plumber the tubes are leaking. I mean the internets not like a truck you can just dump something on is it?
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