Now that I am 30…

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Modern Retro Games

Posted by iwata33 on Thursday 12 August 2010

This is the perfect link for this site, the website Geek System has put together some mock up images of what modern games titles would look like back in the great days of 8 bit and 16 bit consoles, and I must say these look pretty convincing.


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My Brute

Posted by iwata33 on Thursday 16 April 2009

Just signed up to MyBrute online fighting game, check it out at

Happy Bashing


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And I’m back…

Posted by iwata33 on Wednesday 15 April 2009


A white fluffy cloud

A white fluffy cloud

I realise that I haven’t posted anything in over 6 months but I am back and am fully living in the cloud.  I recently bought myself a new netbook and have decided to conduct a little experiment with myself I intend to do as much as I can on the Internet.  This means that I will not be installing any programs on my netbook (not that it has the space anyway) that I can access on line, so below is a list of programs I have been using and next to it as a list of services I am now using on the web.

Microsoft Office – Google Docs –

Outlook Calender – Google Calender –

Outlook to-do list – Remember the Milk –

Adobe Photoshop – Picnik –

Web Browser Bookmarks – Delicious –

Twitter App Twirl – (Not really a web app, but it allows me to get my twitter updates without being looged onto the site)

I will be adding more as the need arises. I am also using Google Gears to save the important information I need locally for the odd occasion when I will not be online.

I also have a number of online Profiles with different sites, some are shown on the very site you are looking at, here is a full list detailing what profiles I have below. – Username: iwata33 – Username: chris haythornthwaite – Username: Chris haythornthwaite – Username: HellsingChris – Username: iwata33 – Username: Hellsingchris

Feel free to follow or befriend me on any of these sites, if you would like to email me directly then you can get me at

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Now that I am 31, err….

Posted by iwata33 on Monday 29 September 2008

Today marks my 31st birthday on this lovely planet we call Earth, and it struck me that this blog is now nearly a year old, and although there are not quite as many posts as I would like to have liked, I am surprised that I have managed to keep this going as long as I have, and hope it will continue.

However I am starting to feel my age, the fact that I am 31 years old, I am engaged to by married next summer and that I work at a sixth form college (ages 16 – 18 years old) all culminate to mean that no longer do I feel like I have more time ahead of me than behind me.  (Even though statistically I could still be in the first third of my life).  When I started working at the college I was 23 years old and the 5 years between me and the oldest of the students didn’t seem to be that big a gap, especially as there is 5 years between myself and my beautiful fiancee (the two facts have never and continue not to have any connection). But now there is a full 12/13 years gap and the differences are starting to show.  My frame of reference for films I grew up with, toys I played with and places we would go for birthdays are all religated to a completely different decade to that of the students.  A week or two ago I asked the students to put their hands up if they had seen ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, too many of them sat prone with a slighlty bemused look on their face.  The thought that the new fresh faces that sit before me on this crisp September day were born in 1991/2, is a very sobering thought, 1992 just doesn’t seem that long ago never mind knocking on 20 years ago.

But the real stop dead and groan ‘Oh No’ moment came when I reliezed that I have become my parents.  I now have this powerful urge to run up to all the students I see who are playing with elastic bands, pens, cotton wool etc and say ‘You will have someone’s eye out with that’.  I’m not sure what the e-version of a big sign is but I can assure you I am doing it now.  What is wrong with me, why have I become so safety consious that I now care deeply about a boy who is picking his nose with his shoe.  Some say it happens when you have kids, well if this is the case then someone, somewhere is not telling me something.  Although they also tell me that pets are a replacement for kids and if this is the case then that might explain a few things.  But just walking from one end of the college to the other I thought about all the things that could happen to me and other people mostly through accidents and I thought ‘Yep, you’re 31 now, you’re responsible, even to the point of being quite obsessive’

As I struggle to supress this new mind controlling sense of responsibility from taking control and making sure that I stay green forever I will leave you with this thought, if you saw someone stretching out, to the point of breaking, an elastic band and aiming it at someone else, what would you think? Interesting, I think I now know how old you are now.

Happy Birthday…Me!


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Posted by iwata33 on Tuesday 22 July 2008

Hi Guys

If you have subscribed to the posts on this site, then I owe you an apology.  I reliese that there has not been a new post in over two months, but you see I am a teacher by trade and the last couple of months have been quite busy.  However never fear I will be putting up some more posts very soon, in the meantime please feel free to leave me any feeback about what you like or don’t like about the site.



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Whatever happened to montage movies?

Posted by iwata33 on Monday 5 May 2008

Yes, whilst still on the old 1980’s film fix, me and my fiancee picked up the three original Karate Kid films quite cheap.  We have been watching them, and it sparked a discussion between us and some friends about 80’s films and in particular montages in 80’s films.  It seemed to us that montages are a particular characteristic of 80’s films more than any other type of film.  In fact when montages appear in modern film it tends to be in films that have some association with those old 80’s movies (Rocky Balboa and Rambo being two recent examples).  Of course this is far too simplistic to be true and after watching Iron Man last night it seems like Superhero movies have taken up the mantel of the montage (Iron Man by the way was brilliant and well worth seeing).

The main function of the montage of course is to show the progression of time and is usually there to show something being built (a la the A-team effect), or as is the case with a lot of films, someone training for some sort of event, hence the karate Kid movies.  Oh and by the way, I was never a great fan of the Karate Kid movies but after watching this old movie again from so long ago, I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t quite as bad as I remember.  In fact now that I am a martial arts teacher myself I can relate to and understand much of the misconceptions the film is trying to dispel.

Anyway if you would like to read further articles on 80’s movies and in particular montage movies then check out the link below for a really good article.  I have also included a clip from you tube that I came across of some favorite bits from 80’s movies and it happens to be a montage, yea.

Happy Training


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I am still alive…

Posted by iwata33 on Wednesday 19 December 2007

Hi Guys and Gals, just a quick post to say I am still alive and I am really sorry about the lack of posts over the last month, I intend to catch right up with some great posts over Christmas and into the next year.  Things have just been hectic busy recently with the teaching thing.  Merry Christmas to everyone out that and have a happy new year.

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New pictures of the cats

Posted by iwata33 on Tuesday 30 October 2007

I have added a picture of my two cats, Toshi and Roxy.  They are about 2 years old and are extremely loving and cuddly.  Check them out in on the images Page

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New About

Posted by iwata33 on Tuesday 23 October 2007

I have edited the about page, so it should hopefully give you a bit more information as to what I am trying to achieve.

Blogged with Flock

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Hello world!

Posted by iwata33 on Monday 22 October 2007

This is the first entry in my new blog, I am new to this and am trying to find my feet slowly.

Eventually I have big plans for this blog and a future website that I am currently working on.  I don’t want to divulge anything at the moment but I am planning to revisit my childhood through this blog, discussing things that I grew up with toys,games and all sorts of paraphinalia.

I hope you find my musings interesting.

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