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About Goafer

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    N-Europe Forum Aficionado
  • Birthday 07/06/85

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    Photography, Retro Junk, Cars, Retro Junk Cars, Cycling, Bass Guitar
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    Graphic Designer


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    Master System, Mega Drive, Game Gear, Saturn, Dreamcast, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox, X360
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    Skies of Arcadia
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    Ryo and his comical quest for sailors. "Lets get sweaty!"
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    UK Stumpy
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  1. good stuff thread.

    The podcast I'm in/edit hit 10k total listens. It's not huge, but it's something.
  2. Job woes/wins

    Do you have a dedicated work room/area? I find that helps with keeping things seperate. For me, I have a desk set up. When I'm sat there, I'm "at work". When I'm not, I'm "at home". I do sometimes use the desk for other things, but I'll never work from other areas of my house. Work gets left behind as soon as I step away from that desk. I also stick fairly rigidly to a routine and rarely work out of my contracted hours. A lot of people in my place work through lunches and into the evenings, because it's so convenient to. My job has always been working from home, even before the pandemic, so I made sure to ask what the expectations were regarding working out of hours during my interview. I clearly said up front that I didn't want work eating into my evenings, just because I was still physically "in the office".
  3. Photography.

    Depends what style of photo you plan on taking really. I'd just play with the camera and try different things. Once you've got an idea of what genre of photography you prefer, you'll have a better idea of what you'll need. One thing I'd always recommend is a decent strap. I personally use a Sun Sniper strap, as it's far more comfortable than a neck strap (especially for heavier cameras/lenses), plus it has steel cable in it, preventing would-be theives from just cutting the strap and running off with your camera. It's a bit of a redundant recommendation, as it looks like you're covered for straps, but I'd still recommend it as an upgrade at a later point. Other than that, spare batteries and cards as already mentioned. I personally don't use my tripod, as it doesn't suit my style of photography, but again, it depends what you plan on doing. Landscapes, studio stuff or selfies? You'll want a tripod. Street/event photography (or anything where you need to keep moving)? I wouldn't bother. Monopods are a good compromise between stability and mobility, but I'd only recommend those for heavier cameras or long events where it can be tiring to hold a camera up to your face for long periods of time.
  4. Who said they were putting all their eggs in one basket? Let's be generous and say they have a website, eBay account, phone number, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, that's still a third of their revenue stream gone. For a small businesses, that can be devastating. And that's assuming all those revenue streams are equal. If the majority of their customers came through either Facebook or Instagram, something they can't exactly control, the effect is even worse. And that's also assuming small businesses have the resources to pay for and manage lots of options. Many don't. Any way you look at it, Facebook and Instagram are huge for a lot of businesses, regardless of whether they have other options.
  5. There are plenty of alternatives, but they don't get to pick where their customers are. If Facebook sees a higher rate of success than other options, of course they're going to prioritise it.
  6. I went outside and pushed a hoop down a cobbled road with a stick, whilst some spitfires flew overhead. Just like the good ol' days.
  7. I see what you did there, you big ol' pervert.
  8. I think there is a market for it, especially if games like Goat Simulator or Deadly Premonition are anything to go by. I think they key is why they're so bad. I think you need to be able to laugh at it, rather than get frustrated by it. Or if it is frustrating, it needs to be chaotic/silly enough to still be funny.
  9. House buying is the worst

    One thing that bothers me about flats is leasehold and the fact that you presumably wouldn't own the land that the flat is on. Even if the lease is longer than you'll live, it could still effect the resale value of you ever decided to move again and the lease is significantly shorter than when you bought it. It almost feels like a ticking clock to me. My parents bought their flat and whilst it's a lovely flat (it's not in a block of flats, it's more of a maisonette), it does have a lease. As an only child, I'm set to inherit it, so whilst I'm not anticipating it happening anytime soon, I do worry if it'll end up being an extra thing to worry about when it comes to deciding what to do with it. That said, it's in such a nice area that I may end up moving back in if the area stays nice. Hopefully that's decades away though, so not really something I've thought about in depth.
  10. For me, it depends on the type of game. I play 3 main types: Action/Adventure: About 8 hours RPG: anything up to 100 hours Racing: Doesn't really matter, as I can race the same tracks and collect cars until I get bored.
  11. House buying is the worst

    Our house was a proper dump when we bought it. Our living room had what we effectionately named Catpiss Corner. The house had been vacant for a few months when we got the keys, but Catpiss Corner was so saturated that the carpet was still wet when we took it up. The previous owner had also sealed the attic, presumably to stop the tenant from smoking weed up there, as we found a bong and other items when we finally got it open. Thankfully, there was room in our budget to redecorate every room and we were in no hurry to actually move in. Spent a couple of months doing it up and I think we got it looking good, if I do say so myself.
  12. House buying is the worst

    Yup. Me and my partner were on very low wages at the time. Our house cost £135,000 and the most we could borrow was about £160,000. We've both changed jobs since then and both earn quite a bit more now. Whilst we're not rolling in money, we're pretty comfortable because the mortgage was set up when we were so "poor". We don't live in a bad area either. I'll admit, we did get lucky with our house though. It's a weird pocket of absurdly cheap houses, mainly because they're ex MOD. 3 bedroom house on the edge of the Cotswolds though, so can't complain. Couldn't even get a flat in the nearest town for what we paid.
  13. House buying is the worst

    If I remember right, we were offered about 15% more when we actually spoke to someone. Not sure if that's normal or if we didn't do the online calculator correctly.
  14. bad stuff thread.

    The view from my friend's front door: They've been evacuated from their house and are staying with friends. We could see the smoke from here, several towns over. Crazy stuff.
  15. Photography.

    Any camera with manual controls will give you better photos than a phone. Cameras have got to the point now where any bad reviews are generally just nitpicking. My advice: get any camera that is supported by a wide range of good quality lenses. That will be what you'll want to upgrade in the future and it'll be what makes the most difference. The camera body itself isn't really a big issue and you shouldn't stress too much over it. I would always recommend Canon, Nikon or Sony, as they all have a great lens catalogue, but I'm pretty out if the loop nowadays. That said, lenses don't really age like camera bodies do. A great lens from 30 years ago will still be a great lens today (assuming it's in good condition). TLDR: get any camera with manual controls and learn how to use it, then upgrade lenses if you want to. Skills make good photos, not cameras.