My Photography Blog

I posted a lot of photos I was very pleased with on Geo’s Art Photography Blog, but I think it is time to merge my two blogs now…

So I deleted my photography blog… all my photographs now I will post on my blog here! :-) That way, I’ll post more often, but just on one blog site.

My Twenty-Thirteen

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

How Was Everyone’s Christmas?

How was everyone’s Christmas? :-)

I must admit, I have not got so excited about Christmas this year as I have done before. But I did have a great time :-)

Not just for the presents either, although I got some great presents (a PS3 and a Phone among other things), but for seeing my family, and for having a relaxed but very enjoyable two days.

Christmas

Christmas morning my Nana and Grandad came round, and we went for a walk round the park with their dogs, which I always enjoy doing :-) We then walked back home, and ate some mince pies and opened some presents.

Then when they had left we started preparing lunch. And no, not the ordinary Christmas Lunch…. an Indian Banquet :D

We made Reshmi Kebabs for our starter, with Bhajees, a Carrot Salad and homemade chutneys.

For main, a Goan Chicken Curry with Dahl, Rice, Flatbreads (and more of the delcious chutneys we had with starter).

And finally, for dessert, Ice Cream made with a real vanilla pod (which was quite special) with a shortbread biscuit.

WOW! :-)

Boxing Day

On Boxing Day we went to our Gran and Grandads, where we had a lovely roast lunch, and then Christmas Pudding (yes, all a little more traditional :D ). I was given a Nokia Lumia 520, which I am now figuring out how to use. I can also use it to connect to the internet (and for free at home).

We also got some great Ps3 games. If you have a Ps3, I would strongly advise Little Big Planet (especially if you like games such as Donkey Kong Country- which I loved), Fifa 14 (GREAT football game!), and Little Big Planet Karting (if you like Mario Kart this is perfect). Haven’t tried all of my games yet :-)

My First Rap: “Trendz”

The Cover (designed by myself) for my new Single, "Trendz".

I haven’t been posting much recently. Thats because I’ve writing and working on a rap tune!

I have liked listening to rap for a long time, and I have written many poems (And after all, rap is poetry). So I decided to write my own rap. Have a listen┬áto it on my blog “Geo-M’s Music Blog” here!

You can also check out my SoundCloud account here.

I hope you enjoy :-)

George

George’s Potato Yoghurt Salad

Potato Salad

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George’s Potato Yoghurt Salad

Ingredients

2 large potatoes (cut into medium sized chunks)

3 tbsps of yoghurt (I used thick goats yoghurt, Greek Yoghurt would be equally as nice, but any will do)

1/2 a tin of chickpeas- rinse so they are not too salty

Small chunk of fresh ginger – finely diced

Handful of coriander, de-stalked and chopped

Handful of sultanas

Squeeze of lemon juice

Sprinkle of seasoning

Method

Cut the potatoes into evenly sized chunks and place in a saucepan. Cover in a kettle of boiling water. Bring to boil. Turn down and boil for a further 10-12 minutes. Then leave to cool.

Place potato in a bowl, and add ginger, coriander, chickpeas, sultanas and lemon juice. Season. Add enough yoghurt just to coat the potatoes. This should be around 3 tbsps, but put in however much you think best.

Enjoy :-)

Longing Spring- A Poem

Here is a poem I wrote earlier for a Literacy writing project. I haven’t written any poems for a while, so it was sort of good to do one again :-)

Longing Spring

The weakened trees are drooping low

On that hill smothered with snow

Those trees that once stood bold and tall

Look as if any moment they could well fall

 

The children that just months ago would laugh and play

Now sit inside, beside their fires, all day

Sipping hot cocoa, warming their hands on the cup

Wishing the weather would brighten up

 

There was Christmas to look forward to, true

But what they really longed to do

Was play with friends of an afternoon, under the sun

‘Til a “dinner time” call came from their mum

 

They were stranded in a desert island in winter’s sea and

Spring’s grassy mainland nowhere to be seen

They wished away the days until the day

They could once more go outside to play

 

And they no longer now felt down and glum

Cos finally, finally, the Spring had come

And all of the boys and girls played happily under the sun

‘Til a “dinner time” call came from their mum

Georges Unit Expansion Mod for Civilization 5

Hi guys, I am just posting to say that I have now finished my Civilization 5 Modification which I have been working on for a long long time! If you play Civ5, then you can download my mod either at http://forums.civfanatics.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=22010 on the CivFanaticsForums (as a Winrar Zip Archive) or can download it on the Steam Workshop- simply search for “George’s Unit Expansion Mod”

Let me tell you now all about my mod:

Requires BNW and Gods and Kings!

Georges Expansion Mod enhances gameplay and adds 9 new Units. All the units are unique, with their own abilitys and promotions and are all designed for different purposes. Most have their own unique unit art defines, and all have their own unique unit flags (the little icon that appears over the Unit’s head) and icons. Hope you enjoy :-)

NEW UNITS __________________________________________________ __

Slave
A civilian unit, able to build improvements faster than the Worker. Cannot be purchased or produced. When an enemy Great Person, worker, settler, missionary, or inquisitor is captured, it will be transformed into a slave (as of course Great people previously disappeared/were killed, making there no advantage to capturing them, plus missionarys etc stayed as the enemy’s religion, which meant that you then simply had to delete them as they were useless).

Javelin Thrower – Unlocked Bronze Working
8 Strength
8 Ranged Strength
2 Range
3 Movement

The Javelin thrower is meant for hit-and-run attacks, as it can move in, throw its javelins, and then move out (as it can move after attacking). It has a bonus vs fortifed units.

Longbowman- Unlocked Machinery (no longer the English UU)
12 Strength
12 Ranged Strength
2 Range
2 Movement

Realistically, the longbowman had less range than the crossbow. It was however, quicker to reload, and so can attack twice.

Sentry – Unlocked Chivalry
16 Strength
1 Movement

The Sentry is weak when outside of its territory, but in friendly territory has a 50% Bonus. The Sentry is designed to guard your cities (one is advisable as they cost 2 extra gold maintenance), and to keep a lookout- it had an extra three sight. The Sentry requires a Castle in the city.

Warhammer – Unlocked Steel
16 Strength
2 Movement

Has a 50% Bonus against Swordman or Longswordsman units (which – if they have Iron – the enemy would be using in battle at the time the Warhammer is available).

Gun Carriage – Unlocked Chemistry
Req 1 Horse Resource
14 Strength
20 Ranged Strength
3 Range
6 Movement

The Gun Carriage is an alternative of the Cannon. It is a mounted unit, not a siege unit (and thus has no bonus vs cities!) It has 6 moves, but its moves end when it enters rough terrain. It doesn’t need to set up to attack.

Sniper – Unlocked Rifling
26 Strength
26 Ranged Strength
2 Range
3 Movement

The Sniper is the upgrade of the Javelin Thrower, and uses the same tactics/is designed for the same reason: Hit-and-run attacks. It has three movement, and can move after attacking.

Self-Propelled Artillery – Unlocked Dynamite
20 Strength
30 Ranged Strength
3 Range
7 Movement

The upgrade of the Gun Carriage, an equivalent to the Artillery. Again, the Self-Propelled Artillery is not a Siege Unit, and has no bonus vs cities.

Crocodile Tank- Unlocked Combined Arms (now England’s UU)
Req 1 Oil Resource
65 Strength
70 Ranged Strength
2 Range
5 Movement

CVR(T) Scimitar- Unlocked Combined Arms
50 Strength
5 Movement

The CVR(T) Scimitar is the only other scouting unit bar the Scout. It has 5 movement (not affected by terrain cost).

UPDATED UNIT UPGRADE PATHS ___________________________________

Chariot Archer – Gun Carriage – Self-Propelled Artillery – Rocket Artillery

Javelin Thrower – Sniper – Machine Gun – Bazooka

Archer – Composite Bowman – Crossbowman – Sniper – Machine Gun – Bazooka

Longbowman – Sniper – Machine Gun – Bazooka

Warhammer – Musketman – Rifleman – Great War Infantry – Infantry- Mech

CVR(T) Scimitar – Modern Armor – Giant Death Robot

How To Unpack A Winrar Zip Archive

Unpacking one of these files is simple. To unpack my mod, simply right click on the package, click extract files, type in where you want the package to be unpacked/sent to. Click OK, and there you have it: the Mod files. Wherever you sent them to, they need to be placed in (Docs:) My Games/Sid Meier’s Civilization 5/MODS to work.

Converse Trainer Sketch + Wow! Sorry Haven’t Posted for Ages

Hey guys :D Wow! Haven’t posted for a very long while.

Well I have been working on a Civ Mod, which adds 6 new military units (including a new scouting unit) and 1 new civilian unit. The mod will hopefully be available for anyone who wants it to download on the Steam workshop. I’ve been working on a novel, which at the moment I have only written about 20 pages on, and hasn’t really even got to the first bit of action. So those I cannot really post until I’ve finished both of them :-)

But, yesterday I felt like doing a little sketch. I decided to draw a converse shoe. I am actually very pleased with how it came out, especially the loopholes and laces. What do you think of it?

Converse Trainer

Why Do You Steal From Nature? – A Poem

I actually wrote this poem here to go with some photos which you can check out here on my Art Photography Blog.

Why Do You Steal From Nature?

Why do you steal from nature?

When nature is perfect!

And one of it beauties

Perhaps, it constantly changes.

Vainly attempt to preserve

Its brilliance

And do you feel better?

Oh do you?

Do you?

Or do you feel

GUILT

And is it still so glorious

When you’ve torn it from its place

On Earth

And its encased

Inside a block of glass

In a cabinet

In a draw

In a cupboard

In a room

In a house

In a street

In a city

In a landscape

Where nature is no longer to be seen.

And don’t you feel it was all in vain

Don’t you wish as you look upon what you’ve done

That you’d left nature alone.

Don’t you see, there’s no life left

Now inside that block of glass.

A species dead because of you.

And oh god, I am one of you…

And think.

If you hadn’t have

Hunted

Slaughtered

Hoarded

Hunted

Slaughtered

It wouldn’t have ended up like this.

Nature wouldn’t be scarred like this.

Species wouldn’t become extinct

Don’t you feel guilt?

LEGO Starship

Here is my newly-built LEGO Star-ship built in the style of a WW2 Battleship:

Star-Ship

Here is the 4 room interior:

Control Room

Control Room

Living Quarters

Living Quarters

Bar (/Restaurant)

Bar

Freezer Room

Freezer Room

Each room, except from the Living Quarters and Control Room which are connected, is separated from the next by a white-brick archway :-)

(Below: A view through the two arches.)

Through The Ship

The ship is paraded by armored troops, but the Ship also has other defenses……..

Laser Turrets

This (above) is the central laser-turret. There is a laser at both the front and back. All turn side to side and up and down flexibly! The other two are visible from the first image.