The first stop on our Thailand trip was to spend a few days in the capital, Bangkok. When you fly into Thailand you have to pass through it anyway, so it makes sense to stop off there for a while, and particularly at the start of the holiday rather than the end, especially since one of our main aims was to relax. Having done quite a few multi-stop holidays in the past, I’ve learned that doing a city at the end is a mistake if you want to get any lasting benefit from the unwinding you do elsewhere, particularly a city like Bangkok which is one of the more chaotic.

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I love Siam

I’m sorry to say we just got back from a great 2 week holiday in Thailand - sorry because I could have easily stayed there a few more days at least. I’d been before, about 13 years ago, but this was the first trip for my wife, and she thoroughly enjoyed it too. We’ve relaxed, eaten some fantastic (and of course, at times extremely hot, if you head for where the locals eat, which we try to) local food, and generally had a good time.

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Toodle pip

You’ll be relieved to hear that the Interweb will be spared my usual rambling nonsense for a while, as we’re off on holiday. It’s been a bit of a rush to get up to date after being rather ill with the ‘flu just over a week ago, so sorry for the  rather quick postings in the forum these past few days. I’m literally only just shaking the last vestiges of the ‘flu now in fact, which is way longer than I’m used to being under the weather for.

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I hate cutscenes

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I think cutscenes have no place in modern videogames. Yeah, I really do feel that strongly about them. I finally got around to playing the Crysis demo last night. I wanted to jump in and play, but instead I had to sit through a couple of minutes of pre-rendered wankery, followed by an in-engine sequence where I’m presumably strapped to a bench with someone forcibly moving my head around to where the designer wants me to look.

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A logic-free zone

So, the PS3 is starting to do a bit better sales-wise since the price cut it seems, rather unsurprisingly. The price has always been the #1 obstacle after all, and all the Sony posturing about consumers feeling honoured to pay gold dust for such an awesome machine have long been proved the very worst kind of arrogance. Indeed, if you go into the shops these days you’ll find fairly similarly priced deals on 360 and PS3, assuming you ignore the cheapo Core and Live Arcade systems which aren’t really a decent comparison.

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Hardware!

Well, the ‘flu’s after-effects are certainly dragging on and I still feel like I have a nasty cold, but I have at least been able to return to work and start catching up, with the Ogre forums too. One of the other things that’s been on the back burner is that I’ve needed to revamp my ATI test rig, which also doubles up as my wife’s machine when she uses it.

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Well, that sucks

I don’t generally like posting negative, self-indulgent stuff on this blog, particularly multiple times in succession (hence the light sprinkling of comedy to lighten the mood), but I’m also aware that people will want to know why I’m not fielding their questions in the forum just at the moment. So, here’s the excuses. I’ve had what turned out to be one of the nastier bouts of ‘flu I’ve had in a pretty long while; the last time I can remember feeling this crappy was when I developed flu on the way back from Canada in 2004 which led to an apalling 10-hour flight.

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Undeniable talents

I’m still sick as a dog, merely the form of my illness has changed - I’m now onto the ‘coughing until you’re sure you ejected a major organ’ stage.  In my semi-vegetative state I’ve made my way through one and a half books and way too much TV, owing to the fact that my clogged brain can’t cope with anything more demanding. However, it’s not all bad since it led me by pure chance to be watching ‘Dave’ (a TV channel over here - don’t ask why) when something exquisite appeared:

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Urgh, v2

I’ve definitely got the ‘flu rather than just a cold, judging by the uncontrollable shaking and alternating between shivering under 7 layers of blankets and sweating like it’s a hundred degrees. I’ve also had the worst headaches I can remember for a long time, for about 12 hours yesterday, which sucked. At least my throat is better this morning, and I think my fever has broken now (I have vague recollections of thought processes that I know seemed completely reasonable last night but now seem downright nonsense), but I’m definitely in no state to be doing anything today.

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This cheered me up a bit today after feeling thoroughly rubbish all day: Camelot have had to withdraw some scratch cards because some punters are too dumb to understand negative numbers. When told that to win you have to reveal a number (a temperature) lower than one printed on the card, some consumers were outraged that they were told that they hadn’t won when they scratched off a -6 when the number they had to get lower than was -8.

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