Oh no!

Costa on Division Street in Sheffield has closed down!

When did that happen?

Blood Moons

Am I the only person who gets totally creeped out by Blood Moons in Breath of the Wild?

A Blood Moon rises once again. It’s a shame the reflection on the water is white. Nintendo usually excell at attention to detail too!

From the bright red moon rising with the halo, the creepy flute trill, to the sparks and black blobs rising to the eventual stopping off the game whilst the voice of Zelda tells you “The Blood Moon rises once again… be careful Link”.

The entire mechanic of the game is there for a reason. Because Zelda is now open world (and so much better for it) and the laws of physics now apply to many things such as trees, rocks, barrels and such, as well as mobs being killed really remaining killed – it would be very easy for the game to break itself if too much changed.

The game, therefore, has the Blood Moon mechanic which respawns all mobs, resets the trees and other movable items, and essentially reboots the world (although it leaves the completed shrines and the divine beasts intact).

The Blood Moon normally occurs after about two and three quarter hours of overworld play. Visiting Hino at the Duelling Peaks stable will confirm if tonight’s moon will indeed be a Blood Moon.

It’s also quite amusing to find that under the right conditions you can trigger one at any time; generally if you try doing something the game doesn’t like and the game detects anything in the physics which may break the engine and crash it, it will force a Blood Moon immediately.

I’ve noticed that the latter Blood Moon also puts you on flat ground too (I once had one whilst I was up a tree swinging a metal block at a camp of Bokoblins). I presume this is because your location may be what is breaking the physics?

Broken Astronomy

Amusingly, Zelda gets its moon very wrong. I can’t honesty think of a game yet which gets it right!

Zelda games have always had the moon opposite the sun in the sky, regardless of phase.

When a Blood Moon occurs it’s akin to a Lunar Eclipse on Earth, although the halo is more like the Corona of the sun visible during a solar eclipse.

In reality, only the full moon is opposite the sun in the sky.

The crescent should be about 45 degrees at from the sun, the half moon (dichotomy) 90 degrees away, the gibbous phase 135 degrees away, and the full moon (and Blood Moon) opposite.

The moon phases in BotW however are very random. Even Minecraft always puts the sun and moon opposite each other in the sky.

Cartoons can’t get it right though. How many times have you seen an evening based section of The Simpsons with a morning moon? The crescent is back to front!

Why I wear leather

Following on from one of my online friends, Rock in Rubber I thought I’d do a little about my leather wearing history (nothing about latex yet… But keep following me and we’ll get to that).

All though my childhood I’d always liked the look of leather. My school disco era was a time when the New Romantics were around and I used to see bands like Duran Duran, Aha, Spandau Ballet, Depeche Mode all wearing leather in various guises. I had jackets and coats in the 80’s but always wanted a pair of trousers!

I started work, started earning my own money, but I’d never really known where to buy leather trousers from – for men anyway.

It wasn’t until the mid 90’s when I was at Laser Quest when a guy was in a game with me. He had leather jeans and leather “denim style” jacket on. I couldn’t believe it! I though leather was a thing of the past…

I must have sounded really creepy but I asked him where he got them from. It turned out they were from a local large shopping centre, and the shop was open until 10 o’clock!

I went straight down there, found the shop (Street Leathers) and found the leather trousers in question! I tried them on. The fit was amazing! I bought them there and then… and later realised I’d paid almost £100 over the odds – but I had leather trousers.

I sneaked them into the house (I still lived with my parents at the time) and didn’t wear them out for a few months… They stayed hidden away!

My first outing in them was to an open university summer school. I took them with me and when I was there, on neutral territory, I wore them out to the student union bar one night. They felt amazing and I felt good. I was hooked!

A couple of years later (1998) my life changed very markedly, and leather transitioned itself into my wardrobe on a regular basis.

I’d always liked rock and metal music, hence the name of my site! But I’d only dabbled in my instrument – Bass Guitar. I had spent a couple of years in a pop band (as was the scene at the time), but when that split up in 1998, my musical interests turned elsewhere.

I was also at that time aiming to get my motorbike licence as I had plans to bike to Cornwall for the total solar eclipse in 1999.

Late 1998 came, and I was called out of the blue by the drummer of a rock band. I was auditioned, got the job, and I started gigging not long after. It was an excuse to buy and own more leather!

1999 came. I passed my bike test on a cold January afternoon, and my leather owning and wearing went into overdrive!

My CB600F Hornet. My summer biking gear usually consisted of jeans and a paddock jacket.

My leather jeans transitioned from stage wear, to regular clothes. I was wearing them out and about, and people became used to me in various amounts of leather.

It was shortly after this when I first met my future wife to be… But that’s a whole different story of fights, swords, and archery.

Anyhow, here’s some of the first photos of me in full leather – I had much longer hair back then…

My Honda CB600F Hornet and my usual leathers. They are black and very well waxed as I wore them through the winter biking season.

I still wear leather to this day. There’s something ego boosting for me about wearing it, whether it’s just a basic pair of jeans or a full three piece suit. I also transitioned into latex and PVC but the basic leathers are what still come out on a weekend when I go out shopping, or even on nights out!

Modern day. I’ll often wear leather jeans with an Oxford shirt.

Great photo!

My band was out last weekend playing at a function. The photographer took this. It’s hard to believe I’ve had that bass for 18 years now!

Pure Land

It’s been a couple of years since we last visited Pure Land, but this bank holiday we decided it would make a nice change to return. It’s not too far, or along roads which are subject to massive congestion; plus it’s popular – but not Alton Towers popular.

I got a good opportunity to use the Note 8 camera too.

Pure Land Gallery (click to view)