I wanted to make some points though in response to their introduction of this blog. To clear things up for all readers or browsers. BikesBabesBytes was initially planned to be a pretty general blog on the three biggest things in my life
- Bikes – I love riding my motorcycle. I will ride any chance I get to anywhere for any reason, in any weather. I love travelling on it, exploring on it. However I also keep a blog on a bike related forum so much of that stuff is there.
- Babes – I realise now, that this could introduce some confusion. You won’t find any p0rn pictures, pin up girls, playboy bunnies, penthouse pets etc. Babes in this blog means my three girls – My wife, Miss 5 and Miss 3.
- Bytes – anything to do with computers really, originally this blog was WoW based as I didn’t play much else. I then moved into playing Mechwarrior Online but have branched out from that too. There has already been posts on SW:TOR, XCom, and my Apple Mac and PS3 experiences.
Though initially the blog was pretty much WoW focused, since I’ve retired from WoW and not really found another game I’ve been passionate about, its become a real mix of games and bikes. The name is to warn you that other stuff may crop up now and then, as it does on most people’s blogs. And I like the way it rolls off the tongue.
I’m a married dad, with two young daughters, and a passion for bikes and technology. I also work full time. My first role (dad) very much affects the time I can spend on the other two passions.
I’m very new at this dad stuff, not so new at the bike thing and I’ve been around computers since my first ZX81.
I have been gaming since that ZX81 (when you had to code the games yourself in BASIC) through various systems and computers. Much of my gaming in recent years was World of Warcraft. Most of that time was as a solo casual player so expect a very different perspective from the raiders, PvPers, farmers, pet collectors, and achievement junkies in my WoW comments.
Since I quit WoW I started into MechWarrior Online, as I am a long time fan of BattleTech, but found it hard to devote enough time to it, real life causing trouble again. I’ve dabbled in other games since, but my priority is Dad first.
Prior to WoW & MWO some of the games I played a lot include the MechWarrior series, Ghost Recon1, Wing Commander 1 & 2, Wolfenstein, and F-19 Stealth Fighter.
I currently have a Windows 7 PC, an iMac, an iPad and HP TouchPad (WebOS currently dual boots Android 4.0) to stuff about with.
My riding started properly in about 2002 when I got my learners. After my probationary period I bought a VFR800 which has been my trusty steed until recently. I still have the VFR but a new Triumph Daytona has joined the garage. Most of my riding is commuting, but I am most interested in solo exploring the roads around the place.
This is not my first blog – I’ve had several since about 1996, back before they were called blogs (they were know as Web Diaries) but you will not find all that history on here! This blog will be focused on technology and gaming, I will break it up occasionally with bikes, other computer stuff and my family. If you’re looking for more bike related stuff, try my YouTube channel, under the same BikesBabesBytes name.
ABOUT the PEOPLE.
This is a short list of people who may crop up often in my blog, a cast of characters (who aren’t toons) so to speak. I’m sure there’s a good word, like bibliography, for it, but I can’t think of it.
Mrs - Well that should be clear. My wife. She’s tried WoW, but went back to Words with Friends and other Facebook soon after. I’m impressed as when we met, she couldn’t even open email.
Miss 6 - (going on 15 sometimes I swear!) My eldest daughter. Has grown up around the computers and will happily occupy herself with ABC for kids websites and games, or mucking about in WoW on my toons. I’ve trained her not to destroy everything in my bags …. again.
Miss 4 - My youngest. She is also growing up around the computer and can now do basic stuff like choosing which video to watch on ABC’s iView website!
Navi - Navimie, you may know her from The Daily Frostwolf. We’ve been friends since high school. She got me started in WoW too.
Cymre - Ok, she’s also listed as Cryme as for the longest time I was spelling her name wrong. I blame my glasses. She is also a RL friend that I met through Navi. She got Navi started and you may know her from Bubbles of Mischief.