Organising games collection with GCstar

I spent a little while today entering my games collection into GCstar, a great open-source personal collections manager.

Using GCstar is easy. You just start a video game collection and then enter games by typing in their names. It searches a range of websites to find details on the games (including box/case images and screenshots). You can also add a list of borrowers and set it to automagically send reminder emails; neato!

There’s even a cute “game shelf” view with all your games displayed on a virtual shelf. Here’s a screenshot (resized to fit in a blog post):


It’s much better than that Gnumeric spreadsheet I was maintaining by hand…

Conclusion: Highly Recommended… but I wish there was a decent open-source web-based collections manager (that I could run on

Just like the picture

Back in the day, frozen beverage machines were few and far between, and most were in a state of perennial disrepair. One would expect them to contain an obviously non-frozen mixture of syrup and water and for each tap to be adorned with an “temporarily out of order” sign.

Then, out of the blue, McDonald’s decided to make Frozen Coke a standard menu item at all of their stores in Australia. It seems that service stations (the traditional home of frozen beverages) have stopped dragging their feet and started giving this contemporary cuisine the attention it deserves! The bold claims embedded in their serving suggestion images are now supported by reality. Behold!:


And to think that a few years ago I thought that frozen beverages were almost a lost cause…

Back from the snow

So I finally went on that snowboarding trip I’ve been talking about. It actually turned out to be a bit of a family reunion and ski trip as well (pretty different to the last time I visited Thredbo).

I flew into Canberra and stayed with my brother for a few days, and we drove up to Jindabyne together. We met up with Khan in Jindabyne, and he gave us a ride into Thredbo where my sister was staying.

I was a little apprehensive about the snow because it was so late in the season (our third day was the first day of Spring). Also, the guy at the snow supplies store was a little too assuring that the snow was still good… which made we wonder if it wasn’t really.

I borrowed Khan’s snowboard for our first full day in the snow. Just after we bought our lift passes and headed down our first practise run at “Easy Does It” it started raining. And then pouring. So we stayed inside for a while wondering if we’d just wasted our money.

Finally we decided to brave the weather and head up the mountain anyway. There was a break in the rain as we ascended on the ski lift and the sky was pretty clear when we arrived at the top:


Then, on our second run from the top, it snowed. It was windy and the snow felt like cold sand blowing in our faces, but it was snow. And it was awesome. Khan said that it doesn’t often snow at Thredbo and it hardly ever snows that late in the season. So I was happy.

After snowboarding for a day and a half, I tried skiing. It was my first time, but I was able to pick up the basics (it’s much easier than snowboarding). Pointing my toes in and leaning down the mountain felt very weird after snowboarding; much less… elegant.

On the night of our last day on the slopes, we headed down to Jindabyne for Khan’s going away dinner. It was a nice change from eating out (which I’d been doing pretty much everyday on this trip); it felt good to be in a kitchen helping out (even if it was just cutting things up). His friends were warm and friendly, and it was a good night.

On our way back through Jindabyne, my brother, my sister, and I had lunch at a fish and chips shop with deep-fried Mars bars on the menu. I remember Steve telling me about deep-friend Mars bars (and their effect on the average life expectancy of people in Scotland). We ordered one to share. It was actually pretty good. Warm and gooey.


Due to how my flights panned out, I ended up with an extra day in Canberra. Khan, my brother, and I went to a Pitch and Putt course. It’s like golf, but the courses are smaller and you only use an iron and a putter. It’s better than Supa Golf… which is arguably the closest thing we have in Perth.


It was a great trip, but I’m also glad to be back. I feel rather invested in my work at Interzone Games and really wanted to get back into it when I returned.

Update: Although not “pitch and putt” (?), there is a par 3 golf course in WA!

Robotech movie?!

It looks like Tobey Maguire (of Spiderman fame) will produce (and may star in) a film based on 80’s cartoon series Robotech. Yay!


Man I hope it’s better than the Transformers movie. I think that would be a given though; There is a lot more character and depth in the Robotech story… and it doesn’t involve giant robots from outer space… well, not in the same sense… Here’s a blurb from the article:

A sprawling sci-fi epic, “Robotech” takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions. The first invasion concerns a battle with a race of giant warriors who seek to retrieve their flagship’s energy source known as “protoculture,” and the planet’s survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots.

Well that describes the first series. I can’t imagine that they would be planning a one-off movie; they have to be aiming for a trilogy. I just hope they don’t baulk at making another one after making the second movie (which will be crap if based on the second Robotech series…)

I’m sure you can find many more opinions and details on the forums.

Via this post on Slashdot. Image from Wikipedia.

Sick as a horse

So I’ve been pretty sick the last few days. While watching the news tonight, Heidi suggested that I may have Equine Flu. You know, since I’m a stallion and all… OH RIGHT.

This article (Stallion ‘very likely’ to have equine flu) on the ABC website appears to support Heidi’s hypothesis. I reckon it’s just a cold though.

Update: Alternative title for this blog post: “feeling hoarse” -_-‘