Unlike the name may suggest, this isn’t about pony cartoons. This is my slightly experimental version of apple flavoured flapjacks. I got the base recipe from the BBC Good Food site and modified it slightly to fit the ingredients I had.

Ingredients

  • 250g oats
  • 125g butter
  • 125g brown sugar
  • 4tbsp golden syrup
  • Approx. 200g apple
  • 1.5tsp cinnamon

Method

Put everything into a mixing bowl, oats first, and mix thoroughly. Bake at 180°c for 20 minutes, or until golden.

A very nice, simple recipe to make. These smelt great and tasted even better, and made good lunch-box snacks for Dark and Neo, and a good breakfast for myself.

golden-bown Apple flapjacks

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As some of you may remember from the IRC chat, a few days ago, I came to a stark and somewhat haunting realisation.

Although it may have been in jest, I compared my actions in Minecraft, to those of Hitler (Let us very quickly put Godwin’s Law to one side for a moment, as a nazi comparison is the entire purpose of this article). I realised that I had been practicing in-game eugenics.  For those of you who don’t know, Wikipedia simply defines Eugenics  as;

Eugenics (/jˈɛnɪks/; from Greek eu, meaning “good/well”, and -genēs, meaning “born”) is the belief and practice of improving the genetic quality of the human population. It is a social philosophy advocating the improvement of human genetic traits through the promotion of higher reproduction of people with desired traits (positive eugenics), and reduced reproduction of people with less-desired or undesired traits (negative eugenics).

Now, Hitler took this social philosophy to the extreme, as was his MO, promoting it to the point where it became his party’s raison d’être. Through exterminating one race of peoples after another, whilst promoting his Arian [SIC, edit, read Aryan] idealism, he would destroy what he deemed to be a weaker gene pool. This would leave only those he believed to be superior to procreate and carry forth their salient genetic information.

There reaches a point where you are slaughtering all the brown sheep in your otherwise white flock as they sully your wool harvest, you really have to look at yourself.

Now, there are a couple of plain differences. For one, I wasn’t dealing with humans. Secondly, my sheep were computer generated.

But here are some kinks. I could have loosed my flock. Set the brown sheep free. I could have just not given the brown sheep wheat. Both of these would have minimised by brown wool collection, and maximised my white output. I didn’t though. No. I killed my brown sheep. I was practicing, negative eugenics.

I analysed my situation, and in seconds produced the most effective short term solution, with no consultation of morality. I understand in a real life situation with real live people this wouldn’t be the case. However, the fact that the moral association didn’t even exist until after-the-fact is a cause for thought. Was it a harmless in game decision? Or was it a symptom of a disembodied nature and desensitised lackadaisical aloofness? Or is it more sinister even than that? In all of us does the ability lay, to create upon a situation an evil the world has seldom seen?

This realisation has had my gaming become somewhat measured. There’s been a little monkey on my back, wearing a brown woollen jumper, for a few days now.  So today, something again grated on my gaming experience

I think it’s safe to say, we probably all hate zombie pigmen. They are annoying, spawncamping, mob-killing, pixel bastards only good for gold farming.

But… there it is, the monkey is screeching in my ear. There are a few tangents here that bugged me, so I’ll talk them out as they occurred to me. Pigmen aren’t aggressive. They are quite happy wondering around in groups, discussing the weather (mostly cloudy with a chance of lava) and ignoring the player. Until assaulted. If you attack one, they attack back. So let’s look at this from their perspective. An unknown an alien entity, attacks from a hitherto unseen world, that they have never visited, and attacks them. They try to defend themselves, valiantly at first, but more and more of them perish to this alien’s superior weaponry and armour. As the last Pigman lies dying, he sees his family’s corpses being stripped of all their gold. Before the alien runs away, jumping up and down and shouting in some exotic tongue about a mystery thing called “nug-gets?”

One could draw, albeit sardonically, a comparison with the European invasions of North America, Africa, and Latino America. I give Latino America special reference because the gold bit is basically history copy pasta. Creepy history copy pasta.

There are, further too, references to Hitler’s Nazi occupied Germany. As well as, of course, the slave trade. Look at the name of this poor native people. “Zombie Pigmen”.  Now look at the other mob names. “Zombie”, “Skeleton”, “Creeper”, “Wither”, et al. Now back to Pigmen. What’s the relevance? All of it. The other mobs have generic horror names. But Pigmen? You may not know this, but the dehumanisation of victimised groups is one of the first stages, of many genocides in human history. I realise these creatures actually are literally pig-men, and are created for the sole purpose of challenge and loot, but Hitler believed the same thing of the Jews. There to be deleted as a test. The Nazi’s even called the Jew’s “pigs”. Dirty. Unclean. Of course, this carried with it extra offence for the kosher Jew. You can see it happening around the world currently. To some extent in Russia, where the altsexual are being targeted in swathes, and dehumanised. Scary times.

So here we are, dehumanising the native peoples of an alien world, and stealing their gold.
Well, my conquistador comrades, that doesn’t quite sit right with me.

Or am I being daft? Making an issue where one doesn’t exist? Am I putting a logic into a game where it needn’t be? Or am I the lone German guard running down the firing range as his cohorts take aim at a Jewish child for sport?

I’m not sure. It’s a mine(craft)field when you look at it like this. And I guess that is exactly why Godwin’s law exists.

I tell you what though. I fucking hate Zombie Pigmen.

Lord Eris.

Since I’ve gotten a little sick of apple for the moment, I decided to go for something different. I found this recipe  on UK TV’s website, and since it sounded so easy, I thought I’d give it a go.

Ingredients

  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp boiling water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 125ml milk
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g soft butter
  • 300g caster sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c. Grease two 8 inch sandwich tins and line the bases.
  2. Measure the cocoa into a bowl, add the boiling water and mix until smooth. Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix until combined. Divide the cake mixture between the prepared tins.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes until well risen and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Mine ended up all in one 8in²x1in square in, and took about 35 minutes to fully cook through.

The bottom of a scrummy chocolate cake

Unfortunately I only have a bad picture of the bottom of the cake, because as I turned it out, the whole bottom stuck to the pan. Let this be a lesson in the correct application of baking parchment – as in, use it. But it was still very nice, not too sweet, and plenty chocolaty enough.

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Hello it’s IAN-ALLCAPS here with a new article.

Today we will be talking about the Minecraft server; building, greifing, and it’s rules, and I cannot forget the radio itself.

Okay then, you guys want to know about the Minecraft server? It is not creative, so only admins can fly and use World Edit. Client Mods are banned unless given permission (which I highly doubt), griefing is also banned, as is killing other players  – also known as PvP – unless both parties are up to it.

The main rule is: Do not be a meany pants! Also, do not share accounts because if you do, and someone you shared with griefs, you will get the blame. Do not openly grief. This includes but is not up to: building overly close to someone else’s house; building into someone else’s stuff; taking that which is not yours; setting fire to or surrounding with fire/covering or surrounding with lava of which is not yours. Do not kill animals that do not belong to you, do not flood that which is not yours, and do not spam chat without a very very good reason. Do ask permission before building, unless the area is completely uninhabited, and do report things such as bullying, griefing, people acting suspicious or stolen goods.

Right guys, time for griefing, and why not to do it. Griefing is, say, ruining someone’s things, like a house or sculpture, by using pretty much anything. It is very bad, and will get you banned if bad enough. You may also get temporarily banned. It is also very annoying; I cannot stress that enough: it is so annoying. Griefing can also be building to close to other peoples stuff.

So then building. You can build anything you like, (as long as it is not to close to someone else’s building, or on top of, or inside) and I do mean anything. When it comes to building, it can be simple or incredibly complex with red-stone. It could be a giant tree or an air ship. You could make a railway, a shop (there is one at spawn), or quests (as made by Dru, NeoThermic and myself).

Finally, the radio station. It’s great, funny and interesting. You can get involved when on IRC, you can request songs when though IRC or Facebook. It cheers you up when without a cup, you let them down when you go to town. So never go, never leave, unless it’s a recording.


The Minecraft server can be accessed via your client on mc.g3-radio.net; We also have a live map at http://mc.g3-radio.net:8123. All !commands, such as !request, are now accessible via the Minecraft IRC bridge Bot.

This article was written by IANOINVIBLE, and edited by Dru.

This weeks the Originals bring you an extremely structured show about the upcoming MMORPG from Zenimax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online or TESO. Recently Lorcian and Crace were lucky enough to play in a closed beta weekend and felt everyone should be informed of what to expect from an online Elder Scrolls game.

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So many things are changing right now. New Year, new station, or something like that. This time we’re announcing the launch of a different stream.

We’ve changed our stream host to be better, stronger, faster and, most importantly, cheaper. It comes with lots of shiny new toys for the managers to play with, better stability for you guys, and will save the station around £15 a month, which we can put towards hookers and beer better services.

If you use the player on the website, you probably won’t notice a difference, however if you use your own player, you’ll need to change the URL you use to http://streamhere2.g3-radio.net:8038/listen.pls. So starting from Monday, make sure you swap your stream URLs to carry on receiving the quality shows you know and love.

It’s time for our semi-annual schedule re-shuffle, where personal situations change, shows come and go and everyone is confused for a couple of weeks. Hopefully this post should make things a bit clearer about who’s going where and what’s changing, especially since we now have a shiny picture to illustrate it.

So the new-look schedule is thus:

New schedule calendar

As you can see, Riorus has moved to Monday, as B-Type has left us due to personal reasons. G3Originals has moved to Tuesday, Potz’s Geekfest has moved to Thursday and Dru is now before Osku on Friday. Headbanging, Tigger and Spannerash, as always, have not changed. If you have any questions let us know, but we hope this will suit both our presenters and yourselves better.

I found this recipe on Channel 4 while I was looking for things to do with my apples I picked from my brother’s garden. It seemd a bit different so I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve modified the ingredients list a bit to reflect how the method sates they should be used.

Ingredients

  • 250ml whole milk
  • 150ml double cream
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • 65g caster sugar
  • 125g coarse, slightly stale white breadcrumbs

For the topping

  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 15g caster sugar
  • 50g bredcrumbs

For the apples

  • 15g unsalted butter
  • A dash of sunflower oil
  • 3 dessert apples (about 400g), peeled, cored and thickly sliced
  • 3 tsp soft brown sugar (or use more caster sugar)

Method

  1. Generously grease a small, ovenproof dish with a little of the butter, and pre-heat oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
  2. Combine the milk and cream in a saucepan, bring to just below simmering point, then remove from the heat.
  3. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and 65g of the caster sugar together in a bowl, then gradually whisk in the hot milk and cream to form a custard.
  4. Stir 75g of the breadcrumbs into the custard and leave to soak for half an hour so the crumbs plump up.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the apples: Heat 15g butter with a trickle of sunflower oil in a frying pan. When foaming, add the apple slices and fry for 5-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until lightly golden. Add the soft brown sugar towards the end, so the apples caramelise a little. Put the apples into the prepared dish.
  6. Spoon the crumb and custard mixture over the apples. Melt the remaining butter and combine it with the remaining breadcrumbs and sugar. Scatter over the pudding.
  7. Bake at for 30 minutes, until golden and just set, but with a bit of wobble left in the middle. Serve hot or cold.

 

Apple Eggy Bready Pudding

 

This is a very involved recipe, and took quite a lot of counter space, and made a lot of washing up, even thought the whole thing only took about 30 minutes to prepare (after measuring). While I’m not sure I would make it again, it came out looking really nice and tasted amazing. Definatly not for those of you on a diet, it still makes a nice winter-warming dish.

Don’t forget to tune in at 4pm on Tuesday 28th January 2014 to listen to it being made.

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