On Learning To Cook

As far as I’m concerned, everyone should know how to cook for themselves. You don’t need to be able to perfectly gut a fish and grill it to perfection, but knowing the basics, whether something is cooked through, properly defrosting food, safely preparing dishes, doing your best not to burn whatever it is you’re cooking, these are skills you need to look after yourself. You can’t just live off ready meals until the day you die. Alright, I’m not saying that you should avoid ready food completely. A pack of oven chips isn’t a problem, making your own chips is… [Continue Reading]

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On Spelling

I like to think my English is pretty good. For someone who only ever did primary school level English, I get along just fine. I make mistakes occasionally. Everyone does. Most of my written mistakes are ones where I’ve written “in” instead of “on” and things like that, mistakes that aren’t obvious, and that are still words so a spell checker doesn’t catch them. It surprises me though how many people just… don’t bother with good writing practices. Maybe not so much on places like Twitter, where every character counts, but everywhere else where people write in public spaces, there’s… [Continue Reading]

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A Ramble about Cats

There was a story I was told when I was at school, that a Saint Helena brought a shit ton of cats to a small monastery to get rid of the local population of rats and snakes, and that was why there are so many cats in Cyprus. Whether the story is genuinely true or she just let go of a bunch of cats near a church and only added slightly to the Cypriot feline population, I have no idea. But I like cats and I felt this was a good story to start off this ramble. Also apparently, some… [Continue Reading]

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On Enjoying Various Kinds of Music

It’s hard to describe music that I like. On one hand, I’m the old sort of sap who will happily listen to Crowded House for hours and hours on end. On the other hand, I’ll also happily listen to Disturbed for hours and hours on end. I also enjoy somewhat mainstream music like Queens of the Stone Age and Radiohead, both of whom have featured in reviews here on the Daily SPUF. Heck, I also saw Radiohead live, on the day that “2 + 2 = 5” was recorded live for the Com Lag EP.Seriously. If you have Com Lag… [Continue Reading]

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A Nostalgic Ramble – GaiaOnline

I like to think that I discovered the internet in 2007. This was the year that I had my own personal computer with an internet connection and was finally free of parental surveillance. The first thing I did was lurk across a bunch of sites, before joining BZPower under the name Phovos the Raptor. That was the start of my online life. I browsed a lot of sites. I discovered SPUF in 2009 but didn’t join until 2010, when I started playing Team Fortress 2 properly. I discovered a lot of places back then and didn’t join until later. One… [Continue Reading]

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This is the 1700th Article? Really?

Apparently, this is the 1700th article. It bough caught me by surprise and didn’t catch me by surprise. I had planned to write a ton of articles so I could publish this on Halloween, but I kinda didn’t really get a chance to. Would have written like 12 articles or something silly and I was too tired to do that. Really, 1700 isn’t a great number. It’s 300 articles away from the big 2k. But that means that by next year, we’ll have reached 2000 articles, which will be cool. Rather than go on all cutesy like, today we’ll talk… [Continue Reading]

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31 Days of Inktober

Quick Warning – lots of images ahead. Turn off mobile data if you’re using it! The images aren’t that big, but if you’ve got a small amount of data like me (I only have 100MB a month), you’ll want to save it. So I decided to give Inktober a go. One picture a day for the entirety of October. It’s not like I need any more things I need to do, what with my 500 words a day, keeping this site going and all my real life stuff that has to be done in a day. Basically, Inktober is one… [Continue Reading]

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The Horseless Headless Horsemann visits Gorge

The Horseless Headless Horsemann checked the small piece of paper, looked at the heavy doors, then checked it again. Surely this couldn’t have been the place. Ever since he’d taken this Grim Reaper gig as a side job to pay his student loans, the Headless Horsemann had been to a lot of weird places, but this was just some weirdly decorated old castle that had been used as storage before someone had converted into a haunted mansion. But no, apparently this was the right place. With a sigh, the Headless Horsemann knocked on the door. He had a job to… [Continue Reading]

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Halloween on the Plains

“COME ON, FROST! YOU’RE TAKING FOREVER!” Rhino pounded on the front of the white and blue Liset, waiting for its owner to finally open the door and come out. Behind him were Ember and Volt, both being a little more patient than their heavily armoured friend. “I’m not coming!” “WHY NOT?” Rhino whined. “You said you WOULD! Don’t make Ember all upset! She got all dressed up for the Day of the Dead, why can’t you?” Ember shrugged and glanced at Volt. “I’m not sad.” She was wearing a bunch of bone and skeleton-related things, with a bone necklace around… [Continue Reading]

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I Hate Twitch but the Warframe loot is so good…

I hate Twitch. While the concept of having a nice place where video game streamers can do walk throughs of new games, show off their skills and prove their worth in competitive matches, Twitch makes it all a horrible mess of a site. It’s awful. It’s predatory. And there is so much competition that the majority probably don’t even make that much money. The first time I used Twitch, it was for a CS:GO tournament that my brother wanted to watch. The chat was toxic and everything was slow and laggy and awful. I was between adblockers at the time,… [Continue Reading]

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