Pontypool Dry Slopes

Ventured up to Pontypool dry slopes yesterday. I’ve never been too sure on the dry slopes. As a keen snowboarder and skier I’ve always liked the idea of the dry slope however it’s always been a poorly maintained slope and the experience just isn’t close enough to the real thing. However this time I went up and snowboarded with a friend who was skiing. It was good fun after we’d gotten used to the slope but the problem was again with the maintenance of the slope. I’m sure it’s more fun for skiers because you might be able to pick up a bit of speed doing the “penguin dash” but on a snowboard you could be going down the reasonably steep slope and just stop solid because the material just was too sticky to slide on. This could also be partly due to the fact that the snowboard I rented had massive scratches down it and some deep cuts into the board and looked like it had never been waxed.
Then theres the pommer lift that’s terrible. Placing the button between your legs and pulling a lever to engage the pull on the pole is fine but then your dragged up the hill with a series of jolts in random places and it actually wears you out because the surface beneath is so sketchy and you have to keep control of the board and at the same time and strangely enough, avoid some nutcase dog who is interested in nothing but getting in your way and after you dismount the lift, trying to catch the pole and button in it’s mouth. Strange thing to have at a dry slope I thought.
Turning on the slope was fine if you could get up enough speed to actually do one before stopping in a random part of the slope and there was also a small ramp and rail at the top of the slope of which I managed to hop onto and slowly move across because this ramp and rail are so near the top in a position where a snowboarder would struggle to keep up with a zimmer-equipped elderly person.
All that said though, we did have fun up there and with a few more of us up there it could be absolutely hilarious although if we do go again I think I will have to ski in order to do somethings a bit quicker and get more out of it. The price was alright too, £10 for I think pretty much as long as we wanted and equipment (although that was awful) and we lasted about an hour and a half before discovering how incredibly unfit we are and staggering to the leisure center in dire need of a drink.

So yeah we had a bit of a laugh up there and we will probably go again. It’s just a little rough around the edges that’s all but when your skiing somewhere it never snows and always rains you expect it to be.

Angry Birds

As you may of noticed earlier today I wasn’t exactly in the best of moods, so in a desperate move to avoid boredom I decided to buy myself a new app from the App Store. I ended up buying the latest iteration of Angry Birds which came in the form of a Halloween themed version of the original with new levels and challenges.
I’m not exactly fussed on Halloween, it’s pointless. I’m not going into that though or it will just end up with me ranting some more. I am, however, fussed on Angry Birds. The incredible little game that came from Rovio has been one of the best selling apps on the app store since it launched and this particular version of it was more challenging and more fun than ever before. I’ve completed the first one and just finished this new Halloween edition and whilst frustrating when you can’t  beat a level for a while but the satisfaction of destroying all these annoyingly smug little pigs is great.
Angry Birds is just great and one of the things that has helped it along it’s way too having extremely good sales figures is without a doubt the price. I paid £0.59 which is just about what a pack of crisps costs nowadays and for the amount of fun you get out of it whilst it lasts that really is an incredible price to pay for a game that should last you  a good few days before completing it and a good few months before perfecting every level with 3 stars. I really recommend this game to anyone who owns a device that will run it (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).

Half Term Boredom

It’s been half term for 2 days and I’m already bored out of my mind.

This is partly due to the fact that living in Usk is potentially the least entertaining thing anyone could do. It’s just a boring place to live. Not a lot happens and when it does, it’s either targeted towards the youngest of people or the middle aged wierdo’s who still love to disco.
Another reason I’m so bored is that my absolutely useless fiat punto has decided to fall apart leaving me with no mode of transport other than my feet and that strikes another problem, I’m an atypical British person. I don’t like walking anywhere. I’d rather pay for fuel and use minimal energy pushing pedals and shifting gears to get me where I want to go.

If these 2 days are a sign of things to come of half term and your sad enough to actually be on this website reading what I do, then expect to see another rant about how extremely un-entertained I’ve been for the past week.

Back To Mac Verdict.

Back To Mac event
Back To Mac.

Mac OSX Lion

I’m new to mac in a few ways. Although knowing my way round almost all Mac OSX machines and knowing where to go and what I’m doing with one (which isn’t hard), I’ve actually only owned a macbook pro for a year or so. OSX Snow Leopard was a minor upgrade from leopard and whilst adding a few useful features nothing made me think it was anything great. The reason I bought a macbook pro was pretty much hardware based, the battery life. Software wise the only thing that stopped me buying a windows machine was the fact Snow Leopard started up faster. But now Apple announced Lion and showed a preview of it at the ‘Back To Mac’ event I would be much more likely to buy a mac based on it’s software.
Apple really have managed to put something together that changes the way we use computers and the way we manage windows. Productivity can be improved with this software update and mission control does a great job of combining some of macs best features in to one package.
Full screen apps were something that came as a surprise to me, as a main feature of a new OS it really doesn’t say a lot about what mac OSX was capable of before. It was always something that confused me when buying a mac that most applications just didn’t go into a full screen and that maximise button really didn’t do anything however full screen apps i’m sure will be a welcomed addition to the operating environment by most.
Then we have launchpad and the app store. Something so simple that can make a mac seem a more worthy investment after having already invested in an iPad. Personally i’ve skipped this current iPad as I’m not a fan of the hardware (no camera?) however the app store and launchpad make an iPad seem even less worthy of buying now, i’d now much rather go the extra few hundred and get a macbook air. It’s a much more functional device with a full sized, physical keyboard.

iLife 11′
iLife was a great suite and surprise to me when I started playing with my mac. In particular iPhoto. I’ve never seen a more organised and simple way of looking after the hundreds and hundreds of photos i’ve had and the software variants available on windows have nowhere near the amount of polish iPhoto does. The update has some really great features and I’m sure I will make good use of them when I buy iLife 11′. iMovie and Garageband I never really used. I feel iMovie is a horrible video editing package and garageband just isn’t a piece of software I would ever need to use unless bored out of my mind and had nothing else to do. It sort of reminded me of that sony ericsson ringtone maker on my old T610.

Macbook Air

The 13.3-incher seems like a massive contender in my choice of next laptop. The thinness is incredible, the specs are great for it’s size. The SSD is possibly one of the best features to go along with what made me buy my current MacBook Pro, the incredible battery life. The 11-incher really doesn’t bother me, I really struggled to get along with my old notebooks smaller screen and the 13.3″ screen I use now is still reasonably small. Had the new air not had such a high resolution screen chances are i’d still have my eyes on a 15-inch MacBook Pro again.

So that’s what I think of Apples latest doings.

New Blog

Hi, I’m Tim Ford.

I’ve run several websites and blogs before and they just haven’t all done what I’ve needed them to do. So today i’m starting a brand new blog which will have similar posts to my previous ones however should be maintained and updated more than ever before.