Around the Web – Some gems Ive found on my travels.

Pyskool - A classic from the Spectrum era. (Screenshot from official page)

Thought I would add a regular article which covers some of my discoveries on the net which have not received a post of their own but deserve a mention.  If you follow @_Goblin on Twitter then you may be aware of most of these, but for those that don’t hang on every tweet I make (I assume nearly everyone bar my family) then you may find something you like.


We’ll start by looking at some gaming.  For those of you that are old enough to remember (and own) a Spectrum 48k, you will probably have come across the game Skooldaze.  For the time its graphics were very good and it was a successful game that spawned a sequel “Back to Skool”.  Now some enthusiastic coder has re-written it with Python/Pygame and released it to the world! The project brought memories back of far more simple computing times (and a tear to the eye!) You can visit the homepage here and download it yourself.

A great addition to your Linux gaming desktop (in a retro way) and is a very good showcase for the power of Pygame.  For those who haven’t considered Python and Pygame, you can check out the Pygame homepage here.

Next up we look at a game which is not un-similar to C&C.  Its an RTS which goes by the name of Bos Wars.  An open source title which describes itself as:

Bos Wars is a futuristic real time strategy game (RTS). In a RTS game, the player has to combat his enemies while developing his war economy. Everything runs in real-time, as opposed to turn-based games where the player always has to wait for his turn. The trick is to balance the effort put into building his economy and building an army to defend and attack the enemies…

Great fun and has very low system requirements.  Get yourself a copy today!  Visit the homepage here:


For those who are after a new desktop wallpaper, you could do worse than check out: theres a diverse range of subject matter and theres bound to be one which suits your tastes.

Since Ive been delving into the world of cloud apps, I discovered this little gem –  Ive personally had a few difficulties converting a 3gp file with my current distro and I have built up a collection of quite a few family vids taken from both a Blackberry and HTC source.  This online app makes your life very easy – upload, choose your output format and then download.  Very simple, works flawlessly and has other utilities on offer including a very handy ringtone creator.  Check it out!


Heres a talented musician who has written a number of tracks.  Tom Smith is sort of country western/comedy/other and he’s very good with “I fought the troll” being my favorite!  Tom and his work can be found here:

F.Julian is best described as producing Jean Micheal Jarre, electronic type music.  His work is excellent and some of his material sounds like it was inspired by the demo scene.  You can find his work here:

An excellent new podcast has been created (and provided the link above) which showcases the most popular music released under a creative commons license. has just produced its first show and its recommended listening.  You can find the homepage here and I also encourage you to visit the IRC chatroom over on (

Thats it for this week.  If you have any suggestions or links, I’d love to hear them either via Twitter or the email below.

Goblin –

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