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Am I too old for this? An hour in Skyrim, part two

Sunday 7th of February 2016

This is my lake, with a boat that did nothing.

I'd previously played an hour of Skyrim to see whether I'm getting too old and too cynical to enjoy gaming anymore. Join me for part two, in which I continue my confused amble through the wilderness, question the hydrology of the game and get repeatedly attacked by nature (you can find part one here).

As predicted, it's been a while since I've found time to continue playing through Skyrim. It's been so long since I started that I've forgotten what I was doing, or even how to play. I fired up my save game from six months ago and found myself standing on a hillside overlooking a river, with no clear objective in sight.

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Why does Gmail hate HTML email developers?

Monday 25th of January 2016

If you're any kind of email developer, you'll be aware that Gmail presents some difficulties when building HTML emails. For example, it strips out style tags and has a tendency to remove inline style attributes as well. It's confusing, not in any way documented, and very frustrating.

I spent an afternoon recently trying to get to the bottom of this, and I believe I've found a few new ways to make Gmail behave. Hopefully this will be of use to someone.

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5 reasons why Star Wars needs a remake

Thursday 7th of January 2016


I recently watched the original Star Wars movie (Episode 4). I hadn't seen it for probably ten years, but I'd watched it enough before then to know it almost line for line. Watching it again was good, but I realised that the joy was mainly driven by nostalgia, propelled by childhood years crammed with Star Wars films, toys, books and games. In the cold light of adult eyes and the backdrop of today's cinema, I realised that the film really hasn't aged well. I think it's time for a remake. Here's why.

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A game for Christmas

Wednesday 23rd of December 2015

It's been pretty quiet here at Custard Towers for a while now, for entirely reasonable reasons. Nonetheless, I'd like to apologise to both my readers and hope that this small offering of a seasonal game makes up for it.

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