Where's Walton?
If you just want some games you've waited far too long already, and you almost certainly want to skip this bit. If you are interested in where I've been though, read on...

First of all I could tell you the story of how I have been busy walking from Maine To Georgia along the Appalachian Trail (see the pic above Jen & I got for this very purpose), but those of you that know me well (or that can read the subtle clue in the name lazylaces) might not believe that.

Or I could tell you that my disappearance was all part of a huge point'n'click adventure I set up on the site and that I'm really disappointed that no one 'got it' and managed to track me down. Although I'm sure that at least one of you pixel hunted every last piece of the site and you know that I would just be making it up (although thanks to very one who tracked me on FB - I'm only 5 friends short of 100 now!).

Of course the truth, as usual, is far more dull. Maybe I will do that game thing one day though. Anyway... Firstly I got very busy, very quickly, with work. Then I was house sitting, and was still busy at work (but there was a pool, which made things a little easier). Then I had to travel back to the UK on business. Then I was jet-lagged. Then I went on holiday (to Luray, VA and Skyline Drive - where the pic above is really from). And somewhere in there I also experienced the tail end of Hurricane Hanna (a really not very exciting tropical storm when it came thru here - as an Englishman I have seen lots of rain before, which is what it boiled down to) and went to see Burning Spear live. And now, somehow, I'm still busy with work. Ho hum. Juggling every thing that needs to be done, and actually having some free time in between, can be a daunting task, but I'm going to try to get back on some sort of track now.

Anyway. Back to a couple of posts now for those of you itching for games that have managed to read this far.

PS. For those of you that ask all the time about my wedding pics, Jen says hi, and says she will be making me actually get them on-line this week...

Entry 3449, Monday, September 8th 2008, Filed In Diary

New stuff later today once I've finished work. For now I'm going to dodge out of the way of the stampede to post "first".

Entry 3448, Monday, September 8th 2008, Filed In Diary

There's something distinctly weird and nerve racking about taking a driving test after you've already been driving for over 10 years, but that's exactly what I did yesterday as I passed my Maryland State Driving test, to add a Maryland driving license to my UK driving license. So I can now officially drive on both sides of the road. Just not at the same time...

Entry 3444, Thursday, August 7th 2008, Filed In Diary

Back From Vacation
We're back from vacation at the beach over a long 4th of July weekend (celebrating independence from the British!), meaning we've seen our fair share of fireworks, sunshine, bars, stars & stripes. Jen photographed me on the drive home (note how happy I am about it being the end of the vacation) wearing my fetching holiday hat. It's nice to be back, but I think I would rather still be in Seacrets sipping a Rum Runner... I am however still wearing my hat, despite being back at work, which is nice.

Entry 3386, Tuesday, July 8th 2008, Filed In Diary

Hmmm... a personal quandary... England play USA, who do I support? The homeland or the motherland? I'm not really sure what I'm meant to do. It certainly felt strange watching the game, and I'm not sure if I lost or won. A good game, but it weirded me out.

Entry 3324, Wednesday, May 28th 2008, Filed In Diary

EvilSpamMonkey BeGone?Well I think, stress think, my last load of changes have thwarted the EvilSpamMonkeys hacking back into the site, so it looks like it's time to tentatively step out of my spam proof bunker and get posting again... I have one or two things (mild under-exaggeration) that have been submitted to post for y'all.

As well as getting back to posting there are a few site changes that I have planned for this year which I'll discuss on here as I get round to doing them. First up I'm planning on an update to the "Submit A Link" page itself. Everyone is so kind as to post new games and links through this to me so I don't have to do all the new game searching leg work myself (I still do sometimes though), but the page is becoming increasingly abused by those EvilSpamMonkeys who try every avenue to get their generic cheap drugs advertisements out to you all.

Currently for every game/link post I get from genuine Lazylacers I get somewhere between 50 & 100 spam submissions. I have been dealing with this ok, but it's very time consuming, and I'm worried now that genuine submissions are getting lost in the sea of spam (apologies if this has happened to you). So the plan is to add a "prove you are human" test to the submission page (similar to the one you may have encountered when adding comments) which should reduce the problem dramatically since EvilSpamMonkeys seem to get SpamBots to do most of their dirty work for them.

Anyway, that's what I'm up to "behind the scenes", now back to posting with a bit of a catch-up session on the things that haven't been lost in my mass spam deleting sessions....

PS: Thanks for the beers and poems whilst I've been away, you've been keeping Jen & I entertained :)

Entry 3031, Friday, January 25th 2008, Filed In Diary

EvilSpamMonkey AttacksWell after a fantastic wedding (pics soon), honeymoon in Hawaii, Christmas and New Year, things were due to return to normal here on Lazylaces (with a few New Year's resolutions thrown in for good measure), but as you may have seen whilst dropping by we've had more than our fair share of anti-social attacks on the site.

EvilSpamMonkeys have found there way into the posting system (twice now) resulting in lots of posts about cheap generic pharmaceuticals rather than cool new games. Round one of the site changes to stop this only kept them bamboozled for a few days though, and they soon returned, and now a lot more changes have been made to stop them returning again. Please let us know immediately by e-mail (link at the bottom of every page) if you see any evidence that they have returned once more, as we'll need to dig out our best thinking hats to come up with another solution - for now we think we've plugged every gap an EvilSpamMonkey might squeeze though - but you never know, they are tenacious little devils.

On top of that some little hacking idiots thought it would be good idea to divert further time and resources by messing totally with the comments system. Now you'll find that virtually all HTML tags are disabled in comments - this probably won't bother everyone, but if you've ever found them useful in the past, we apologise, but they've become more trouble than they're worth. Regular text comments, hint tags and spoilers still all work though.

Anyway, for now posting is on hold until we're a bit more certain we've defeated any further hacking attempts - there's a good chance that if the ESMs get back in that we'll need to restore the current back-up of the site, losing anything new that has been added, and backing the whole thing up for every new post is just way too time consuming. So for now, we're still on hold, but if we stay EvilSpamMonkey free for a few more days we'll start to post again and hopefully get things back to normal.

Entry 3030, Monday, January 21st 2008, Filed In Diary

Lazy BreakI've unintentionally been on a break whilst doing wedding preparations as we move from high gear to ridiculous gear... and with the wedding on Saturday, followed by the Honeymoon it's going to be some time before I'm back to update LazyLaces. Apologies. Try the "more games" section on the right whilst I'm away, or trawl thru the site archives or see if you can post first in the comments. Thanks for all your support, and kind emails, LL will be back soon, but only after some much needed personal time for Jen & I.

Entry 3029, Wednesday, December 5th 2007, Filed In Diary

Trick Or Treat
For those of you waiting to see if I post pictures of the Lazylaces Christmas Tree this year you're still a bit early, but in the meantime here's a picture of the Lazylaces Halloween Pumpkins from yesterday. Jen carved the one on the left, I carved the one on the right. Since we only had two lots of trick or treaters to share our carving handy craft with (artistically arranged on the doorstep) we're sharing them with all of you instead :) Look out this month for pictures of us carving turkey (perhaps not quite as artistically) for Thanksgiving :)

Entry 2989, Thursday, November 1st 2007, Filed In Diary

After a hectic week of preparations to depart the UK I'm now safe and sound in the US. I'll be back online properly soon to update LL, I still have stuff to do, but I should be back on a normal schedule soon enough. Thanks to everyone who sent their best wishes in :)

Entry 2918, Sunday, September 16th 2007, Filed In Diary

Sorry folks but Lazylaces is on a short break whilst I get everything together for the big move to the US on Friday. Peruse the sites under "more games" on the right hand panel to get your gaming fix whilst I'm away, or try looking through the vaults. I'll see you Stateside shortly...

Entry 2917, Monday, September 10th 2007, Filed In Diary

Point'n'Click Needs You
I have a mountain of photos I should be posting from me visiting Jen in the US, Jen visiting me in the UK, not to mention our official engagement pics from Baltimore, and at some point I will have enough time to sort thru, annotate, and post them, but for now I had to quickly post this ridiculous picture of me from Scott & Serena's wedding earlier this year that makes me chuckle every time I look at it. I have sub-titled it (for additional comedic value) "Point'n'Click Needs You", but feel free to have your own caption competition in the comments :) Click on the pic above for a more horrific larger version.

Entry 2883, Tuesday, August 28th 2007, Filed In Diary

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