Buying a second hand aquarium


  • It’s considerably cheaper assuming everything works.


  • It’s a LOT of work to set everything up the way you want.
  • Can get expensive if you don’t check everything properly.

Things to check for:

  • Make sure you can see the tank up and running so you know all the equipment works. Having to find out later you need a new pot filter or lighting and you can quickly exceed the cost of buying everything new in the first place.
  • Check for leakage on filter, tank and tank stand. Standard stands are plywood covered in veneer, a bit of water damage from weekly water changes can over time seep through the veneer and expand the plywood, making the whole stand an accident waiting to happen.
  • Carefully check how the tank is set up so you know what you want to replace and how. This goes for the filter, background, substrate and any decorative pieces that may have been glued in place.

Guardian Cross tip: After the missions

So you’re done with all the missions and submissions of Chapter 1 and you’re waiting for the next chapter in Guardian Cross, what do you do in the mean time? Well you can re-fight all the battles you’ve completed, this will still give you Guardian Points (GP) and award you with random drops of Hunting and Colosseum tickets. To gain the maximum amount of GP look at your map at the first bridge from the left. To the right of it is the Town of Mechadane. Enter it and in the top right corner is the merchant Clark. Every time you defeat him you gain 60GP, which is the maximum at the moment.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Dammit, after trying my best not to read any news on the movie I stumbled across the trailer and now I’m looking forward to seeing it. Seeing as they’ve drawn the book out to 3 movies maybe Jackson will revisit the Lord of the Rings again after this to make it a trilogy per book as well…


Guardian Cross

Guardian Cross is a great new game for iPhone & iPad by Square Enix, well worth checking out for Final Fantasy and card game fans alike.
Quests, player vs player, monster hunting for rare cards, it’s got it all.
Hiroyuki Ito, the creator of the Final Fantasy ATB system, is the lead concept planner for Guardian Cross. Composer Naoshi Mizuta and character designer Akira Oguro round out the all-star development team.

For a limited time, players can receive rare limited edition cards including moogles, mandragoras, Ifrit and other classic monsters from Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV by inviting friends to play Guardian Cross.
If you do decide to check it out (it’s free so hell yeah) enter invitation ID SI57028 when you first start the game and we’ll both get a rare card!


Sign of the times #1

Noticing a steady increase of shops for second hand goods in all parts of the city, from the poorer areas to the main shopping street.


Kavinsky – Roadgame


Cybermen invasion in Heerlen

They have begun invading empty real estate. The shops will be next. Then… global domination!

Cybermen Heerlen


The Hunger Games

Finally got a chance to see the Hunger Games. Wow. What a pointless movie. It’s like the crappy writer of new Dr. Who got together with the people who made the Twilight movies and admitted they ran out of ideas so they decided to make an extremely poor rip-off only very loosely based on Battle Royale and tossed some vague 1984 stuff in there. Without the fun bits of Battle Royale.
It’s set in a sci-fi setting for some weird random reason that doesn’t add anything to the story. There’s a ‘love’ story that really stretches the definition. And a lot of time is wasted on showing how epically awesome the main heroine of the story, Katniss, can handle a bow and arrow only to have her botch up every single shot when the games actually start. Add implausible rescues in the knick of time at every random interval, some very well known actors who look like they too are struggling to get the point of the movie so they can get into their roles and the whole thing just ends up looking and feeling like something that should have gone straight to the bargain video/dvd/blu-ray/new-medium-of-choice bin. Why this was such a huge success is beyond me. Maybe the books are better, but I doubt it.


Gaia Park 2012

We had a fun day out with the kids who are able to appreciate the zoo more now that they’re a little older. Seeing as this was our fourth or so visit to Gaia Park I noticed we didn’t take too many pics of the animals but more of our own little monkeys.
Also a problem at Gaia is that there are quite a few enclosures where you end up staring at the grass and bushes because the animals are nowhere to be seen as the enclosures are that well planted.

Work in progress... home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.