Hello and welco…

Hello and welcome to my spontaneous iPad post. I have not blogged in a while, so why not. What have I been up to since my last blog? A couple of things. I can’t actually remember my last post so that’s not a brilliant sign.

I have been writing and producing more music! As usual. I bought myself Logic Pro 9 for Christmas which I love! I had a song played on BBC Radio Stoke as part of BBC Introducing the other week. That was fun! The song is called ‘Star In You’ and features the great vocals of Vikki Reynolds. You can listen here: http://soundcloud.com/mike-carter-music/mike-carter-feat-vikki

Hope you enjoyed that if you listened!

Been playing Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword rather a lot. I decided that I had too many games going on at once, so I am focusing on Zelda now until I complete it. Then I will move on. I’m thinking either Skyrim or Sonic Generations next. Probably Sonic, because Skyrim is a biggie and so is Zelda, so I need some lighter games in between.

Went to McDonald’s earlier, as I do once a week. Tried the new Apple and Blackberry pie, and I was very impressed. The original Apple Pie, which I don’t know if they actually still sell is or was very cinnamony. I like cinnamon, so that’s OK, but this new one tastes a lot fruitier, which I think I prefer

Faecbook. I still have a Facebook profile, but for me, it is wearing a bit thin lately. It’s also quite scary to see how people change in terms of their personalities. Or perhaps you just never saw that side to them until you saw them on a more personal level; i.e. their Facebook statuses. It really makes you think twice about whether you actually know someone. There are quite a few people I have now unsubscribed from because their status updates annoy me, unfortunately. And there are probably people who get bored or annoyed of my computer game statuses! I dont think I shall bother. It just seems like people are only on there to moan, or be ‘funny’ or bitch about others, and like I say, it is wearing a bit thin. One good thing about Facebook is that it can be a good promotional tool for my music. I also think it’s good for sharing photos.

I have a Twitter account, but I don’t really have the motivation to tweet either. At least Twitter is a bit less intense to how Facebook can be, though.

On a lighter note, I’m much looking forward to the iPad 3. I believe it might be released in March and announced here in February. I can’t wait to see the new featurs etc. Oh and in other iDevice related news, I now have an iPhone! I love it. It beats my old phone hands down. And it is the little touches that I really appreciate, like if you are listening to music, you can pull out the earphones and the music pauses and doesn’t blare out what you were listening to to everyone in the vicinity.

I think that will do for now. I will post another blog when I hear more about the iPad 3. Cya!

 

Advertisements

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man

Yummy.

I’m so excited (can’t think of that song without thinking of Crunchies.)

I know I haven’t posted anything in a long while, but I’m feeling quite excited at the moment so I thought I might as well. It’s currently 1:40am and I should be asleep but not very tired yet. Today my first song went live on iTunes. Yay! The song is called Game and you can download it here: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/game-single/id472328962 … and there is also a rough music video that I made for it on my YouTube channel. Have I mentioned my YouTube channel yet? Probably not… Forgive me! It’s YouTube.com/mikecarterofficial. Really need to post more videos but my voice hasn’t been up to recording any lately. Only just got over my cold. Didn’t fancy recording any whilst I sounded like Chuckie Finster.

So yes, please check out my song and if you like it, buy it! 😀 I hope to release an album on there eventually. Game will definitely be on it… So, one track down! I encourage you to check out my http://www.Facebook.com/mikecartermusic page, as that is quite frequently updated and you can listen to some of my songs on there.

If you are reading this blog and would like to find out more about my music, or even to just make friends, please introduce yourself, leave a comment, send me a message, whatever… I do wonder if anybody actually reads this blog so it would be nice to get some interaction going on. Don’t be shy!! And well, if nobody is reading, ah well! I shall still continue to write lol. There’s something quite therapeutic about rambling away in a blog post.

Other exciting news. I’m writing this blog on my iPad, and iOS5, Apple’s latest mobile operating system is released tomorrow. Very excited about that!! I use my iPad a great deal. It’s probably my favourite gadget. It’s a first gen iPad but it’s quite newish as I got it for a reduced price just when the iPad 2 came out. I do like the iPad 2 but it would be rather silly for me to buy one NOW. I shall hang on for the iPad 3, unless for some reason it costs a lot more.. Then I might consider an iPad 2.

Speaking of iPad, I’ve just downloaded the new official Facebook for iPad app, and it seems lovely so far. A long time coming that app is!! I’m sure millions will be pleased. It’s come at a nice time just ready for iOS5. Probably planned…

What else? I’m off work tomorrow so I shall be chilling, well trying to chill whilst waiting impatiently for the estimated 6pm iOS5 release time. (Oh it is so very annoying trying to write iOS5 on here! I hope they make it a quick text when it’s released. It’s like a finger exercise at the moment.)

*Looks around at pitch dark*

I think I shall call it a night, as I am nearly out of blog-writing juice. Hope you found it at least a little bit entertaining to read. Remember to comment! I get the feeling I’m talking to thin air, yet still, I shall ask. Sometimes it feels a bit like trying to contact a UFO. “Is anybody out there?” Quite scared to ask that question if it IS about UFO’s though.

Anyway, this has gone on long enough! Good night!

BIG PC GAME SALE!!

Hello! Ok, so… some of you know that I’m switching from PC to Mac. This has left me with 34 software titles that I can no longer use, and thus are now for sale! They range from old PC classics like Thief: Dark Project, to Guitar Skills software and quite recent PC games like Dragon Age and Tomb Raider Anniversary. Below is a complete list. If you are interested in buying any of them, please contact me at mikegwcarter@hotmail.co.uk

3D Platform

American McGee’s Alice (£6)

Beyond Goood & Evil (£4)

Earthworm Jim 3D (£3)

Shrek 2 (£3)

Sonic Adventure DX: Directors Cut (£3)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (£3)

The Hobbit (£6)

Tomb Raider 1 & 2 Collection (£4)

Tomb Raider Anniversary (£5)

 2D Platform

Sonic Mega Collection (£3)

Simulation

Theme Park World (£3)

Adventure

Broken Sword II (£3)

Broken Sword III (£5)

Ceville (£6)

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (2006) (£4)

Jack Keane (£4)

Myst III Exile (£3)

The Longest Journey (Win 95/98/ME) (£4)

FPS

Far Cry (£3)

Serious Sam II (£3)

Thief: Dark Project (£3)

Thief: Deadly Shadows (£4)

XIII (£3)

Action RPG/Fantasy Adventure

Dragon Age Origins (£5)

Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: Game of The Year Edition (£3)

Dark Messiah (£3)

Kids

Binman (£1)

Finding Nemo (Funclub version) (£1)

Monsters, Inc. Scream Alley (£2)

Racing

Midtown Madness 2 (£3)

Need For Speed Underground (Not in Photo) (£3)

Rayman M (£4)

Other

Teaching You: Guitar Skills (£3)

Hope you see something you like! Thanks! Have a good day. 🙂

My iMac Plan

I’m sure most of you have heard of the iMac. It’s an all-in-one computer, designed by Apple. By this, I mean that it has all of its components inside the monitor, so it’s a great space saving device and it looks truly beautiful.

Beautiful technology comes at a price, however. Here in the UK, we have to pay a LOT more than in the US. Hundreds of dollars more. This doesn’t stop them from being popular and desirable though. An iMac keeps it value extremely well, and they often go for significant sums on eBay, regardless of age.

I keep trying to decide which iMac I should go for. Sometimes, I think I should go for the cheapest base model. Other times, I’m inclined to make a huge investment by purchasing a very futureproof, yet very expensive ‘dream’ version. Perhaps it is the best option, though. It just means saving for a lot longer, but I’m sure I’d think it was worth it in the end.

I’m really excited about the new Mac operating system, OS X Lion, It has lots of new features. It saves your work automatically, and you can go back and access versions if you change your mind about something. The launchpad feature looks cool. It brings iOS to OS X with App folders etc. If you want more detail on this, please check out Apple’s website.

So, in the meantime, I will have to decide what to do. It’s good how Apple are offering a free upgrade to anyone who buys an iMac from June 6th. I’ll keep you posted!

Happy Birthday, Sonic!

Today is Sonic the Hedgehog’s 20th Anniversary! Sonic is special to me because not only is it a fantastic game series, he is one of my first memories. I remember seeing a giant billboard for the first Sonic Sega Megadrive game outside the Normid Supermarket, which has since been demolished! I also have Sonic & Tails bookends on my bookcase, handmade for me by my boyfriend at Christmas.

Excitingly, to celebrate Sonic’s birthday, they are releasing a demo later on today of the new game ‘Sonic Generations’ that is to be released later this year. The demo will only work until July, so make sure you check it out soon if you’re interested. The demo is available on Xbox 360 and
PS3. There will also be a version of the game released for 3DS, of which I have just bought one to play the amazing Zelda remake, but that’s another story. 🙂

My Apple Wireless Keyboard

I’ve just purchased an Apple Wireless Keyboard. It is to replace my Apple Wired Keyboard that no longer works correctly. It was probably my own fault as it was only after cleaning it with damp tissues that some of the keys just stopped working.

It’s true that every cloud has a silver lining. I saw this Apple Wireless Keyboard for sale on Dixons’ website. £47, which is £10 cheaper than the normal price when bought via Apple. It’s great because I can use it with my PC and also with my iPad via bluetooth. I had to buy a bluetooth dongle to get it working with my PC, but it was less than £10 and it’s tiny.

To celebrate the new keyboard, I bought the “Pages” App from the App Store, and I have started to write a novel with it. I know it’s mainly for creating flashy letters and CV’s etc, but you can also start with a blank page.

Connecting the keyboard to the iPad is quite easy. You just turn bluetooth on in the iPad settings, and then switch on your keyboard. It will show the Apple Wireless Keyboard, and you just have to tap it. A message then appears on the iPad’s screen containing a passcode which you just have to type in with the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Done!

To check how to connect with your PC, follow your bluetooth dongles’ instructions, as my software may be different. It was still a simple process for me though. What wasn’t so simple, however, was getting the bluetooth dongle to work in the first place. I use Windows 7 and I had to manually go to the “Vista” folder on the installation disc and run the setup on there to get the correct drivers installed, as the ones you see after clicking the CD icon didn’t work.