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October 2017

The Thinker

You came. You thought. You conquered.

Introduction

You are someone who muses, internally pontificates, cogitates and wonders with all the careful thought of an octopus working out how to slip into a jam jar.

Which all makes this section of the web site ideal for you.

The Thinker's page is a new section in the vinceunlimited universe designed to collate all the relevant stuff off the site for a particular type of reader, in this case the considered, thinking sort.

Right to Reply

If you feel moved enough to add anything, why not drop Vince a vMail and have your say. Just remember to think about your response first.

Rebuilding The Dream

In time this page will be fully populated with all the thought provoking content found within the vinceunlimited site. It has started but there is more to come, so please be patient and check back in due course.

These are the first of the articles originally written and published in October 2003 in the original version of the vinceunlimited web site and represent opinions at the time, based on contemporaneous knowledge. They are reproduced below updated and edited only where necessary.

Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.010 20 Oct 2017
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003



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Animal Parts - Concrete


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Too late to be a boomer, too young to be a millenial

If we have to go to the trouble of opting out then so can the mammals. Unless they fill out a form on the internet

A head so strong. Tough mandible. I am designed to make a kill

I would be happy for a pig to grow a heart for me, then for me to have it transplanted when mine is worn out. And I could enjoy a good bacon sandwich afterwards

No malice in the thinking nor sharpness in the knife

I was the most upset by this. Very upset. Extraordinarily upset. Boundary tantrum upset

Where can you find me? Only at the centre of the universe. That's where

Doesn't include tips on reconfiguring Lara Croft in topless mode

Audio is supplied by two small shrill insects inside somewhere that like to go bleep very loudly at times

As for Apple Macintosh? What's the point? I thought their skins were waterproof

I soon understood that it's not just a case of clicking on a blank bit of the internet and typing away

Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.009 19 Oct 2017
The idea of vinceunlimited web-quotes first appeared in the vinceunlimited web site Version 2.1 in Jul 2005



Creation

Hi. You have arrived at the vinceunlimited Creative page.

The Creative page is a new section in the vinceunlimited universe designed to collate all the relevant stuff off the site for a particular type of reader, in this case you, the creative sort.

This page is in development and not all articles are fully completed, however in time this page will be fully populated with all the ideas, fictional writing and creativity found within the whole of the vinceunlimited site.

As it has only just commenced please be patient but check back regularly.

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.007 17 Oct 2017



Plea For A Bike

When I was a child and through to a teenager I, like most of my peers, had a desire to own a bicycle. It was like a right of passage. Part of life development. It seemed natural and ordinary. It represented growth, freedom and independence. It was after all the status symbol of a generation. A chance to explore wider boundaries and meet new friends.

Bicycles were certainly an expensive thing. In my world at the time it had serious financial implications for parents. As one of three children getting expensive gifts was an extremely rare thing. In those days toys were reserved for special occasions like Birthdays or Christmases and the cost of bikes were probably more than treble that were spent on those days combined.

Plus there was an element of danger. Children, bikes and traffic didn't mix well with the former usually coming off worst.

It was for the above reason my father steadfastly refused to buy his children a bike. And of the three of us I was the most upset by this. Very upset. Extraordinarily upset. Boundary tantrum upset.

I reasoned that bicycle ownership would help me develop. I was a timid child, small compared to most school colleagues, a pacifist in an angry world, scared with insecurities about being considered part of it. I struggled to have close friends at school and was further alienated by being unable to be part of the cycling gangs developing. With no bike I appeared to be a loner. A loser.

It didn't help that my circumstances took me away to a remote school at twelve years old and getting there was a pain. Bus rides, long walks and being miles from friends when socialising was unbearable. It is even probably the reason I never became a rock star.

I argued long and passionately about these points with my dad but he was unrepentant. I pointed out that I, more than other children, would treat riding with respect and care to avoid becoming the jam in a car sandwich. I reasoned that by restricting this activity he was cruel, stunting my development and curtailing any after school activities. I even offered to have nothing else if only I could have a bike. But to no effect. There was no way he'll change his mind.

The duet character of the song, coupled with the chorus elements serve to suggest a West End musical style because that is exactly what it was intended to be. This passionate episode in my life was written to be part of a plan for a musical of my life that I was considering and working on in the 1980s. These lyrics were penned in 1989. The musical has yet to be completed.

The unedited original lyrics are reproduced below and despite their apparent complexity do not yet have any musical accompaniment. I will eventually get around to doing this but will first need to learn how to write music. This was a serious flaw in my plan to write that musical. So, can you help?

If the tune is great and it becomes a success I may buy you a bike. Providing you don't bloody well go on about it all the time.

Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.006 16 Oct 2017



Best of All Angst

These song lyrics were composed by the author in 1990 and represented a feeling of anxiety I often felt whilst living as a teenager in the 1970s.

In those days a common expression was that your childhood and teenage years were the best of your life but if there were any self doubts this sentiment could easily have a negative effect. As written below if this is the best, forget the rest.

Too many young people took a radical approach some even choosing suicide or maybe withdrawal from society or they decided to self harm in the downtime when their peers were not administering this themselves.

I knew of no outlets to discuss these issues, there were no help groups, no targeted TV programming nor any internet forums because foolishly no-one thought of starting up an internet so a young person often felt very alone and vunerable.

The messages received were unhelpful. Boys were told to stand up to their issues and fight back 'like a man' even if they didn't have the ability or attitude to do this. Girls who felt unliked or drab would be told to 'make themselves attractive' to alter their happiness, ergo all a girl needed was a short skirt and pretty face to succeed in the world. As if having a pretty face was merely a life choice.

In composing this song I attempted to recreate and sympathise with these awkward growing years.

The unedited original lyrics are reproduced below and appear somewhat short of some musical accompaniment. On the simple basis is that it isn't there. Perhaps you can assist? You don't have to be a teenager to participate.

Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.005 14 Oct 2017



Launch Debugging

Extract from Version 5 of the vinceunlimited website
Version 5 of the vinceunlimited website

Thanks for taking a look at my re-launched web site. It has taken many hours to get to this stage so your few minutes of viewing are really welcome

It wasn't until I got it all uploaded yesterday that I realised there were a few bugs, as I suppose there often are with projects of this scale.

The main problem encountered was my coding. All links were shown as [typical] /linkname but in the uploading process they were saved as /linkname.htm I quickly got around this problem by renaming them all via my FTP client back to /linkname This got the site up and running. A cheeky fix but it worked.

However, as I am a perfectionist at heart and I wanted ease of use in future uploads I decided to re-code all the pages, all 107 odd desktop and mobile, to suit. I'm not sure what you did today.

Now, I shall start the actual process of updating my files so the site is properly fully populated. Watch this space.

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.002 1 Oct 2017
First Published: Version m5.002 1 Oct 2017



September 2017

vinceunlimited Web-site Version 5 Launched

Original sketch laying out version 3 of the vinceunlimited website
The original sketch laying out version 3 of the vinceunlimited website, now finally achieved at version 5

Dan, dan, delah! Der, der, der, derrh! Tah Da! And however you might spell a drumroll. vinceunlimited.co.uk has roared into stage 5!

And it's a return to the original vinceunlimited concept idea. I have gone back to basics and have elected, once more, to learn how to and then do all the web-coding myself. And appropriately, the latest standard for web coding is HTML 5. So I've had to learn a whole bunch of updated rules.

Plus to do this properly I also had to learn the associated coding for CSS and Javascript. If you are unsure what all this means basically the HTML bit handles the layout and words, the CSS stuff seperates out the colours and styles and the Javascript jibberish allows complex page selection such as the Random Page Selector button actions at the top of the page.

My original vinceunlimited site, forseeingly known as version 1, was catipulted onto the main stage in October 2003. It was hand coded in a contemporaneous version of HTML.

Version 2, appeared on the internet in May 2005 with coding that took my site to the next level with a better layout, a sidebar and dual colours.

I always struggled with getting HTML coding to set and wrap around images and with image links and couldn't find the time and way to code version three which was planned to look like the image above but I was saved all this effort by the introduction of Apple's colouful WYSIWYG iWeb App so this became the basis for actual version 3, in March 2010. Are you paying attention to these dates. A quiz will follow. But Apple had other ideas about keeping this iWeb pet project alive and I had to find another way to maintain my web prescence.

In 2012, July to be a bit more precise, with the development of FaceBook and Twitter, personal web-sites seemed to be going out of fashion. The era of the common blog had really started. And this bandwagon was truly seized upon when I clambered aboard a WordPress site, effectively making this the fourth version of vinceunlimited.co.uk

But WordPress is mostly about piggy-backing on other people's hard worked designs and trying to disguise this plagiarism with a bit of personal customisation. I always found this awkward and unsatisfactory so decided to go back to first principles and code the thing again myself, hence this version 5.

Have I bucked the trend? Am I just showing off? Or am I just avoiding the sheeple? These questions and less will be answered in the next few years.

For the full vinceunlimited story check out the Versions link, under vChoices at the top of this site.

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.001 30 Sep 2017
First Published: Version m5.001 30 Sep 2017



History Of The vinceunlimited Website

Composite screenshots of the vinceunlimited websites versions 1-3

Cast your minds back to 2003. Cars were drawn along by horses, someone was working on the wheel design and nothing was ever any good because nobody had come up with the idea of sliced bread. Probably. However some steam powered computers were starting to be on the desks of ordinary decent folks. And this intrigued me. The content on this magical non-TV was relatively sparse and what was there seemed within my creative abilities and often well below. So, like an early pioneer I decided I wanted to stake my claim in the ever burgeoning wibbly, wobbly web. I was always writing stuff down, coming up with ideas, sketching down jokes and such but wanted an outlet for my creativity. I always fear that my body of work may never get out and would remain forever stagnant, in my drawers. The web seemed the latest place to publish stuff so I undertook to learn how to secure my bit of web-land.

I soon understood that it's not just a case of clicking on a blank bit of the internet and typing away. Plus this was way before a modern world of helpful Apps and YouTube guides. In those days everything was hand coded to order in a strange new programming language called HTML. I had to buy a book [ask your great-grandfather] to learn about this new fangled HTML gobbledygook. I had tried a bit of code writing in the earliest days of computing, a touch of CP/M in the 1980s and a fragment of MS DOS Basic following this so I was already used to seeing such weird combinations of alphabet characters and rarely used symbols lurking on a screen display.

I undertook to code. And code. And code. I was relentless. It was relentlessly boring. But I was on a roll. Then a wrap and finally a Burrito just to sustain myself. I had a vision of what my site would be like. In those days the internet was usually accessed by a dial up modem through your local telephone land-line and it was miserably slow. If you started to download a sexy picture of a woman one morning it would slowly build one line at a time from the top of the picture and by midday you may be able to tell what colour eyes she had. No idea if she was naked. The dial-tone, in the style of Murray Walker, would interrupt itself long before that. So I determined that my site had to rely on written content and not be peppered by irritating images failing to render.


vinceunlimited Version 1

Screenshot of the Home page of vinceunlimited.co.uk version 1
Home page of vinceunlimited.co.uk version 1

Preparation technically began in Jul 2002 when I registered vinceunlimited.co.uk. However, coding began in earnest around August 2003 and by October of that year the site was ready to be published. I had hand-coded 166 pages of wordy musings all interlinked and spattered with hyper-links to other relevant sites.

As can be seen from the accompanying screenshot the site was based on a theme of black text on a silver-grey background with the eponymous title in green. I used underlining for links. It had no graphics.

The four basic navigation sectors remain to this day being the major sub-sections of Ideas, Opinions, Personal and Writing.

During the course of the next two years various version 1 versions and updates were released adding new content, correcting spelling errors and de-bugging any failing links.

Version 1.01 [Yes, I anticipated up to 99 version variants, or at least possibly more than 9] was published in January 2004 and indeed one of the first changes was a versions page, which was helpful for all my stalkers. I modified the Home Page to work on more machines, changed all the poor quality links, an unfortunate side effect of hand coding all the HTML script which ran the pages and surmised that now that I could test the links in a real world situation the number of mis-links would minimise. I invited readers to be my eyes and ears out there (or should I say eyes and thumbs).

Version 1.01 also included new page additions. The major change undoubtably being the publication of the sitcom episode Site for Sore Eyes. A major publication from me taking ages to convert to HTML from the original Sanskrit.

The second version of the first version followed almost as if fate had determined it, in March 2004. Version 1.02 added some sketches plus I released a tantalising start to a full stage-play, along with some extra ideas. After all, I didn't want to loose my reputation as an ideas man. Unless the change was to a ladies man, naturally. No, no. Not a ladyboy. That is entirely different.

You can see, even in these earliest incarnations one thing I wanted to do was get my pre-written content out there. Somewhere. Anywhere.

It was February 2005 before version 1.03 sprouted legs and got going, boasting over 80 pages. However, the big news for me, as the website author, was the fact that I had my first feedback, despite the fact that, at that time, I hadn't yet launched the site on the unsuspecting general public. Up to then most readers probably knew me, or knew someone who did. This prompted me to formally notify Google of my presence. No posters, email shots or TV advertising had yet occurred (as if).

I found it interesting to watch people browse the site. It was designed to be read so a user could logically pass from page to page. Readers, however I discovered, have their own agenda along with their own twisted minds so the hyperlinks were abused and ignored with the inevitable disarray that follows. What was wrong with the homepage? One wouldn't read a book by grabbing at random chapters but internet browsing had made us work in this fashion which was a nightmare for me as a web designer. And it is this disordered chaos that resulted in the first memorable quote about my site. A work colleague, upon being asked what he thought of my site said "...it is rather opinionated..." Admittedly, not the most complimentary of comments but a positive reaction at least. So I enquired further and asked which part of the site he had read. He replied "The opinions section." Ahem.

Pages that were new in v1.03 included My favourite TV and films, Road tests and Quotes.

The final iteration of version 1, Version 1.04, was never formally acknowledged as a separate version as it only pre-published current pages. They were all crafted around March 2004.


vinceunlimited Version 2

Screenshot of the Home page of vinceunlimited.co.uk version 2
Home page of vinceunlimited.co.uk version 2

It took about a year before Version 2, appeared on the internet in May 2005 with coding that took my site to the next level with a better layout, a sidebar, dual colours and a nifty 3D surround effect as shown in the screen capture to the left. It also featured an animated, scrolling copyright notice relentlessly passing across the top of every screen. All this on nearly one hundred pages of wit, intellect and entertainment.

Because of the time taken to recode all the eighty plus pages of the site to the new layout I had not been as productive as I would have liked but did find time to add a major Political Section which could have resided under my Opinions section as it was a major opinion on the political system in Britain. Disillusioned with the encumbant political parties I decided that instead of claiming I could do better I'd offer my own alternative version.

I also added to my Ideas and Opinions sections. Plus more Road Tests including a test on a Bentley Arnarge, no less. And Alphacar, an epic vehicle related poem that takes the reader on a journey through many car types.

Finally I gave a small obituary note for the loss of my previous obtuse links at the foot of each page. They had to go. The concept was just too ahead of it's time [read as: ...no one got it].

Version 2.01 was another tranche of uploads hoiked up to my web host in one go (Why are they always web-hosts? I'd personally like a web-hostess). This July 2005 subset was a mere updating and increasing of pages including a major new addition for this version, the publication of my stage play Perpetually. A long page in web-site land translated to the screen from a 67-page printed version. Yes the whole lot on-line.

Plus a road test on my Honda CX500 and two chapters to my growing autobiography. I let loose on my earliest schooldays and a paragraph or two on my family. It was a big step and I couldn't tread those paths without mentioning people that are alive. I did note that if that might be you note that the blind never read ill of themselves. And wondered, is that a proverb? Which is where my next new feature came in.

I added a brand new page that I called webquotes. So named to distinguish it from my other quotations page.

Finally, I had so many ideas floating around that I posted not one, not two, not even indeed any number totalling four or above, but instead three new ideas, with an assurance that there was many more to come. Some just languishing around lazily on my hard drive just waiting to get electronically heart massaged into life.

During September 2005 version 2.02 added a new page within the Opinions section, plus a road test article on my Kwaker 750. I also added to my autobiography with an anecdote or two about water-skiing, within a section I entitled Action Vince.

As usual more of my zany ideas were included. Four newbies this time, taking the total to fifteen.

Finally, conscious of the changing nature of personal web-site activity, I embarked on a new web-blog. Which, by it's sporadic nature started to affect my neat version numbering system. The purpose of the blog was to float little ideas and opinions that may not justify a whole new page. But one entry did became so absorbing that I decided to transmutate it into a whole page.

It wasn't until June 2006 that Version 2.03 arrived including a ten most hated list along with another list for my top ten artists and a couple more ideas.

Plus a new invention of mine providing neat little thought provoking rhymes and a pitch. Not to mention some quote and blog updates. Which I have now done.

It was another six months before I updated again. Version 2.04 was released in December 2006 and notably included some radio scripts I had previously submitted to the BBC. Plus I fingered my keyboard to spill the beans on a few future concepts within my fiction and TV Shows pages. Along with a few more jokes and quotes.

Finally, I was as proud as pudding to announce that my site had now received actual feedback so my points of view page was born.


vinceunlimited Version 3

Original sketch laying out version 3 of the vinceunlimited website
The original sketch laying out version 3 of the vinceunlimited website

In HTML coding I always struggled with word wrapping, getting the text to set and hug neatly around images. I also struggled with graphic based links and couldn't find the time and way to code version three which was planned to look like the image on the right.

Also, although the concept of HTML coupled with CSS was initially released in 1996 it didn't really appear on my radar and be understood by me until much later. Despite much standard HTML testing it never quite looked like I wanted it to look on a Mac and PC but a potential saviour was waiting on my desktop.

In January 2006 Apple had launched a seemingly perfect tool for me. The introduction of their colourful and simple to use Mac OS iWeb Application appeared to offer a solution. It was generally six or so months between major updates of my web site due to work and mortgage paying requirements. I enjoyed the writing but the coding was a bit arduous. Every page seemed to need an HTML update at each major iteration. But iWeb promised drag and drop images and simple WYSIWYG text updating.

I decided to go with it and embarked on a long process of selecting a layout, then transferring my 120 pages or so of HTML coding back into standard text and then into iWeb, along with adding some carefully selected pictures with graphic touches to suit the site look.

Screenshot of the Home page of vinceunlimited.co.uk version 3
Home page of vinceunlimited.co.uk version 3

iWeb became the basis for version 3 of my web-site but it took until March 2010 until it was ready for publication. Are you paying attention to these dates? A quiz will follow.

One issue was the abandonment of my version variants. iWeb was designed to be a living, breathing application. I could have opted for formal version updates or theme changes but the concept seemed to suit a live update process, leaving the home-page to be a set look and updates added as required to various sections. This would assist in me maintaining a consistent web-site look, which is important to regular readers. However, the downside is that each time a visitor came to the site it would look unaltered, unless they delved deeper into the sub-sections.

Most article updates started in my blog section. It was becoming a trend of personal web-sites. FaceBook, Twitter and WordPress was encouraging the process of regular, daily, even hourly updates. And everyone was moving away from the concept of personal web-sites. Ease of use for the masses meant that peoples' personal web-space was being absorbed into the major players.

I too had embraced these new concepts. Around October 2007 I had joined FaceBook and in January 2009 Twitter. Although I tended to keep my various on-line identities as separate entities.

Various blog entries were added to my iWeb site between the launch date and March 2011, including transcripts from the best of my own Twitter feeds.

In the end Apple had other ideas about keeping this iWeb pet project alive and it's last iteration was in July 2011. It became clear that I had to find another way to maintain my web presence.


vinceunlimited Version 4

Screenshot of the Home page of vinceunlimited.co.uk version 4
Home page of vinceunlimited.co.uk version 4

With the continued growth of FaceBook, Twitter and WordPress personal web-sites appeared to have become a bit passé. The era of the common blog had really taken root. For one thing this solved the issue of static front home pages as the blog style content kept the front page looking fresh. So this bandwagon was truly seized upon when I clambered aboard a WordPress site, in July 2012, effectively making this the fourth version of vinceunlimited.co.uk

Over the next couple of years I persisted with my WordPress site, trying one or two pre-determined layouts as I went. WordPress is mostly about piggy-backing on other people's hard worked designs and I always felt that trying to disguise this plagiarism with a bit of personal customisation awkward and unsatisfactory.

Another nail in this coffin was the increasing charges made for using this service. Admittedly someone has to host a web-site and it is right and correct that this service should be paid for. The provider has to hold your site contents and feed it out to those that request it. I was always a tiny, minor player, considering the traffic that went to some sites so I always opted for the most basic of services and WordPress provided this sort of service free. However, when I wanted to add audio files in August 2014 a use charge was levied. Not based on actual number of downloads but on an assumption I was the BBC. This affected my view of the service.

Additionally, I missed the days where I could feel pride in the fact that I hand-coded my own web-site. Anybody could put out a blog, not many knew how to write the background stuff. Plus converting standard WordPress pages to include additional sections and getting the articles in them to be searchable is really difficult. At least, I never discovered a way.

Furthermore the promise of riding with a pack like WordPress is that one can expect a bit of cross fertilisation to help with getting my thoughts and words out there. Go to the .com page and there are countless adverts showing off the sites' wonderful users' content. But I saw very little evidence of such subtle advertisement and what interest I did received could have just as easily arrived randomly.


vinceunlimited Version 5

Screenshot of the first Home page of vinceunlimited.co.uk version 5
First Home page of vinceunlimited.co.uk version 5

For all of the above reasons I decided to go back to first principles and code the thing again myself, hence this version 5, based on the original concept idea I had for version 3. All hand coded in HTML 5 with external associated CSS stylesheet and JavaScript files.

Innovations in version 5 include a three column layout with blog style front page featuring text wrapped images with each article to have a release date as well as first published information. Also one click access to a mobile view version, clickable photo icons, vSearch, opportunities to advertise with vAdvert plus a 'Type' drop down menu and 'Random Page Generator' links, along with a mini live Twitter feed. Other than all that just the same as always.

So what will the future bring? Well firstly I need to reestablish my web-site presence, flying solo again as vinceunlimited and not via a third party. I need to rebuild the approximately 200 plus pages of site content once more so there is a great library of my stuff and re-establish links where possible. And I need to find space for all the previously written blog articles to nestle, fully searchable by date, title and theme. And I need to get all those brand new blog ideas which are currently festering on my hard drive out into the big old webosphere.

And when all this is done I will no doubt settle back, have a quick ponder then immediately look to version 6, which will be much more Web 2.0 with live floating graphics, interactivity, 4D content and maybe even touch and smell sensitive. All as an implantosite in your brain. Probably.

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.001 30 Sep 2017
First Published: Version m5.001 30 Sep 2017



Send In The Mail

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Your mail client should appear like this. Providing you are emailing from the 90's

This is the page where you can begin to add your contribution to the vinceunlimited experience.

You can comment on any page, idea, opinion, photo or blog. It's your free choice.

To do emailing just click the link below to send a web-comment straight to the heart of the vinceunlimited operation, where a luminary no lesser than Vince himself will assess it's true value and also whether to add your narrative to the great content collection.

Or just send Vince a little message. It's all in you're hands

A word of warning before you click away. To prevent unscrupulous individuals automatically trawling my website for a handy email address to send copious amounts of spam I have been forced, quite against my will you understand, to add a few kisses into the email address link below. So when you select it just delete the kisses from your 'send to' address line and the message will get to me. If however you are an unscrupulous but strangely non-automated spammer and are reading this comment remember that I would like to receive chips with my spam


Left click here to send your comments

Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.001 30 Sep 2017
First Published: Version 5.001 30 Sep 2017



Advertise with vinceunlimited's vAdvert

This is the vAdvert page for the vinceunlimited web-site.

vAdvert is a new concept where you can take the opportunity to advertise on the vinceunlimited web-site, for a remarkably small fee.

A sample advert has been produced and shown below. You will see that it sits on every page of the site. However, reduced rates can be offered for taking just a single page, or section.

Obviously whole site wide advertising will command the most, followed by just the homepage, the blog then sections and finally individual pages.

You can provide your own content or, if you prefer, assistance can be given in producing something to suit your needs or budget.

Contact Vince to discuss the way you can join in the vinceunlimited fun.




Sample Video (No sound). Click ► above to play.

And remember. To advertise with vinceunlimited...It must have a V in it!


To contact vinceunlimited click on the mail icon below.


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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.001 30 Sep 2017
First Published: Version m5.001 30 Sep 2017



October 2003

About Me

Shameless self promotion

Photo of Vince sat
The eponymous subject
The Real Vince Poynter

This page is all about Vince Poynter, the real live person behind the vinceunlimited brand.

On an earlier CV I described myself as 'an active, good humoured and inventive individual, intelligent enough to learn new skills quickly and accurately with an ability to multitask whilst remaining in control. A fastidious and charming, honest worker able to assess priority and work under pressure. Always seeking a challenging and responsible, well-rewarded role'.

Myth or mirth?

I was born in the South of England in the early sixties in a two bedroom flat, with the unusual feature of a balcony on the ground floor. I was the swot at the local junior school so graduated to a boys only (pah) grammar school, all without changing city. I didn't work too hard but left school with a welter of 'O' levels (ask your dad) then decided to opt out of higher and university education.

Without the encouragement to be the vet I had always dreamed about as a child I drifted into an office-based apprenticeship in construction, an industry that kept me in high quality baked beans for the main part of my adult working life. It was never the real me.

As a teenager I grew up too late for the free love sixties and too early for the freedom of the eighties. Too late to be a boomer, too young to be a millenial. But I did discover motorcycling. Off and on since then I have always owned a bike and still consider myself a biker. So rock on.

In my late teens I resigned my job and at one point had spent every penny I had. I even owed my future wife £50 - She won't ever get it back. I'm still married and have been for millions of years. We soon got the four bedroom detached house on a suburban housing estate in a sought after village in a green and pleasant valley about twenty miles from where I was born. All very local. Except going to work daily in London used to take me two hours each way.

I eventually dumped the dusty construction life and now work as a driver for a prestige marque.

I have always enjoyed writing and much content of this site has its roots deep in the last millennium. It just took ages to put it all together and now I'm doing the same all over again as a fifth incarnation. One reason I would love be a full time writer.

An eternal optimist I truly believe I am immortal and unique, despite the aches and pains of being in my fifties. In fact I can be found at the centre of the universe

As for the CV statement - Pretty accurate.

More

If you feel you can stomach the expanded version why not drop your cursor over the button named autobiography. The alternative is much less pleasant - Just staring blankly at this spot below

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.008 18 Oct 2017
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Animal Parts As Spares

A monkey sat on the shoulder of Vince
A monkey transplant

One of the big issues facing mankind today is the moral question of whether we should be allowed to grow animals purely for use as spare parts for humans. Technological advancement is reaching the point where soon we will be able to grow compatible human parts within live animals.

And in 2017 the UK issued plans to make organ donor presumed consent a thing. If we have to go to the trouble of opting out then so can the mammals. Unless they fill out a form on the internet.

Imagine, a man's spare spleen, if you can, grown by a dog. Or a newborn baby's amputated lower arm being re-grown by a monkey. Or an arse transplanted from a horse onto a woman (I'm sure I've seen her already).

The issue centres on whether it is moral to do this. I believe it may be immoral not to do it. I would argue that mankind is no more than a species, albeit a very successful one and one which we are lucky to be a part of. And like all other species humans have developed the best way to survive and prosper. Being able to harvest parts from other species is just another development in the clear superiority of humans. All species use the resources available to them and just as our food farming is a clever extension of this ability so is improving this to include repair of damaged or old body parts. It is a natural extension. Nature.

And who wouldn't choose to live longer, providing the quality of their life through use of renewable, healthier parts was assured.

The only concerns I would personally have is to impose controls on the supply. I couldn't accept that the system was open to be abused by undesirable people. And I'm not scaremongering about a dozen cloned dictators. That just couldn't occur. No, I would worry about persistent drunks using surrogates to grow banks of spare livers. And I would have concerns about stinking smokers using animals to constantly transplant their lungs. Transplanting their brains might be a better idea.

My own view is that I would be happy for a pig to grow a heart for me, then for me to have it transplanted when mine is worn out. And I could enjoy a good bacon sandwich afterwards. Long live technology.

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Version m5.003 6 Oct 2017
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A Musical About Ants

A future musical by Vince, provisionally entitled Ants.

This concept was originally written and published in October 2003 in the original version of the vinceunlimited web site.

In case you are feeling a bit of déjà vu here I conceived the concept about a rebel ant when the cold war started to thaw. Yes that long ago.

The story is an allegory about individualism in a closed equalitarian society. Designed way before the Disney / Pixar Animation team released their feature length cartoon A Bug's Life. And before Dreamworks' Antz as well. The release of these films caused a pause in my tracks.

However, the concept differs from these films so my idea may still have legs. Hopefully, at least six. It's just that I know everyone will say I pinched the theme from others. It kinda shows how concepts must be finalised, the early bird will always get the worm. Or the ant in this case.

Still I'm not defeated yet I need to up the ante. One day I intend to develop it in the format I originally intended it for. As a musical. The songs will all be written, eventually. Some, one, or more are already done. As can be seen below.


Photograph of an ant

SYNOPSIS

Act one

Introduction of the ant individuals (Chorus)

Leafcutter Ant
Weaver Ant
Honeypot Ant
Soldier Ant
Introduction of Anthony, the main male ant

Birth of a new Queen - Anthea (no, not Turner)

Lifestyle shown

Eggs Food
Worker Larvae chorus
Cleaning Mating
Communication

An attack by invading Soldier ants

Life goes on. No grieving.

Anthony explains his mutiny to the colony


Act two

The mutiny (stage set out as a huge Bounty Chocolate bar perhaps?)

Arguments for and against

The fight

The Queen intervenes

Anthony explains his brave new world to Anthea

Anthea falls in love with ideals and Anthony (ahh...)

New system in place

Happy ever after (as usual)




ANT SONGS

Act one
Antsong by the chorus. Upbeat

One In A Million by Anthony. Poignant

I'm The Queen, If You See What I Mean by Anthea. Upbeat

Oh For The Love (of honeydew) by the chorus. Upbeat

Pest In The Nest (Beware, a predator there) by the chorus. Upbeat

Life Goes On by Soldier Ant. Poignant

We Need To Care by Anthony. Poignant

We Can Change by the chorus. Upbeat

Act two
I'm Going For It by Anthony. Upbeat

Colony In Crisis by the chorus. Poignant

Fight For Your Rights by Anthony. Upbeat

I Can't Stand This Noise by Anthea. Upbeat

(Too much to lose) No Time To Lose It by Anthony. Upbeat

I Love This Love Thing. A duet by Anthony and Anthea. Slow

(Like a) Breath Of Fresh Air by all. Upbeat

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Antsong

From the musical by Vince, provisionally entitled Ants

These song lyrics were originally written and published in October 2003 in the original version of the vinceunlimited web site and are intended to be the opening song in a musical about ants.

In case you are feeling a bit of déjà vu here I conceived the concept about a rebel ant when the cold war started to thaw. Yes that long ago.

The story is an allegory about individualism in a closed equalitarian society. Designed way before the Disney / Pixar Animation team released their feature length cartoon A Bug's Life. And before Dreamworks' Antz as well. The release of these films caused a pause in my tracks.

However, the concept differs from these films so my idea may still have legs. Hopefully, at least six. It's just that I know everyone will say I pinched the theme from others. It kinda shows how concepts must be finalised, the early bird will always get the worm. Or the ant in this case.

Still I'm not defeated yet I need to up the ante. One day I intend to develop it in the format I originally intended it for. As a musical. The songs will all be written, eventually. Some, one, or more are already done. As can be seen below.

Click on the 'Ants' button to see more about the musical.

The unedited original lyrics are reproduced below and await some musical accompaniment. Can you assist?


Photograph of an ant

Chorus (chant)
A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.
A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.
We are ants.
We are ants.
A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.
We are ants.
We are ants.
Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants.
Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants.
We are ants.

We are here, we belong.
From the start, all along.
A simple life we all live.
Nothing taken. We all give.

We are cogs in a machine.
Individuals. Rarely seen.
It's one for all and one for all.
No exceptions to the rule.

We all try to help the cause.
We sacrifice without a pause.
If we survive then that's O.K.
Then we all live another day.

We have no time to work it out.
There's finding food and work about.
Helping out we have our slot.
That is all an ant has got.

We are ants.
Yeah, we are ants.

Leafcutter Ant only
I'm Leafcutter. That's my quest.
In the trees. Doing my best.
Bringing back the food to store.
Turning round and fetching more.
Weaver Ant only
I build the home where we all stay.
Supergluing through the day.
Squeezing larvae to get the glue.
I am Weaver through and through.
Chorus
We are ants.
Yeah, we are ants.
Honeypot Ant only
I feed myself until I fill.
So stuffed with food I'm standing still.
Though not for me I'm Honeypot.
When times are lean I give my lot.
Soldier Ant only
A head so strong. Tough mandible.
I am designed to make a kill.
When Soldier ant's about they flee.
But what I crush ain't up to me.
Chorus
We are ants.
Yeah, we are ants.
Music

Chorus

We are glad to be a part,
Of a team with just one heart.
In terms of pride we have one aim,
No matter what we're all the same.

We are ants.
Yeah, we are ants.
We are ants.
Yeah, we are ants.

(to fade)

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.004 10 Oct 2017
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Best

By Vince

Teenage suicide anthem, written in 1990


Vince as a teenager laying out in a back garden by a waste bin

They say that at my age that fantasies are real,
There's no evil in the hating, no feeling in the kill.
They say there is no time that's better in my life.
No malice in the thinking nor sharpness in the knife.

They say that those around me are playing just for fun.
That there's no real tomorrow, no bullets in the gun.
They say I've got it good and life is just a scream,
And all I have to do is just play around and dream.

But I don't see things this way ...

If this is the best, forget the rest.
If this is it all, don't want no more.
If this is the best, forget the rest.
I just don't see any point.
If this is the most life has to give,
If this is the way you have to live.
If this is the best, forget the rest.
I just can't take any more.
The questions that I pose them are always passed straight by.
I ask them if their childhood was also fed by lies.
They say they had it good and happiness was there.
And tell me I'm to live it out without a single care.

But I can't seem to manage ...

If this is the best, forget the rest.
If this is it all, don't want no more.
If this is the best, forget the rest.
I just don't see any point.
If this is the most life has to give,
If this is the way you have to live.
If this is the best, forget the rest.
I just can't take any more.
So I'm left with just one choice. To chance it will improve.
To risk that they are wrong. That I will make it through.
The alternative is radical and frankly I'm not keen.
It must be worse than living in this place with what I've seen.

But I am still not convinced ...

If this is the best, forget the rest.
If this is it all, don't want no more.
If this is the best, forget the rest.
I just don't see any point.
If this is the most life has to give,
If this is the way you have to live.
If this is the best, forget the rest.
I just can't take any more.

If this is the most life wants to show.
If this is the case I want to know.
If this is the time to top it all.
I'm heading for a fall.
If this is the icing on the cake.
If this is all there is to take.
If this is the best, forget the rest.
I just won't take any more.

If this is the best ... forget the rest.

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Version m5.005 14 Oct 2017
Lyrics written in 1990
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
The image depicts the author showing angst in 1977 and was added in Version m5.005 14 Oct 2017



Bike

By Vince

A spurned plea, written in 1989


Vince sat on a Dawes racing bike on a driveway

(Son)
Daddy will you buy me a bike?
Daddy will you buy me a bike?
I'm asking just right.
Will you see the light?
Daddy will you buy me a bike?

Daddy. Go on, buy me a bike
Daddy. Go on, buy me a bike
I'll borrow a bike.
To make you see right.
Daddy. Go on, buy me a bike.
(Chorus)
There is no way he'll change his mind.
The reason's simple. He thinks he's kind.
And yes we know that don't suit you.
Appreciate his point of view.
You'll make him angry if you don't care.
And force the issue. Pressure to bear.
His choice is made. And so is yours.
But you must give up. Abandon cause.
(Father)
Son, I will not buy you a bike?
Son, I will not buy you a bike?
Can shout if you like.
Loudspeaker and mike.
No, I will not buy you a bike?
(Chorus)
There is no way he'll change his mind.
The reason's simple. He thinks he's kind.
And yes we know that don't suit you.
Appreciate his point of view.
You'll make him angry if you don't care.
And force the issue. Pressure to bear.
His choice is made. And so is yours.
But you must give up. Abandon cause.
(Son)
Daddy please, I just want a bike?
Daddy please, I just want a bike?
I'm going on strike.
I'll fight for my rights.
Daddy please, it's only a bike?
(Chorus)
Daddy will not buy you a bike?
Daddy will not buy you a bike?
Can cry all you like.
You won't budge his might.
Daddy will not buy you a bike?
(Father)
Sorry, but I won't buy a bike.
Sorry, but you won't have a bike.
You could fly to great heights.
Push and die in the fight.
But, no way will I buy you a bike.
(Chorus and verses sung simultaneously)
(Son) I won't give up. (Chorus) There is no way he'll change his mind.
(Father) I think you must. (Chorus) The reason's simple. He thinks he's kind.
(Son) It's important. (Chorus) And yes we know that don't suit you.
(Son) A bike or bust. (Chorus) Appreciate his point of view.
(Son) There is no way I'm giving in. (Chorus) You'll make him angry if you don't care.
(Father) You may as well. You will not win. (Chorus) And force the issue. Pressure to bear.
(Son) I know with you the temper's short. (Chorus) His choice is made. And so is yours.
(Son) But I will fight to the highest court. (Chorus) But you must give up. Abandon cause.

(Father) You can fight but I won't break. (Chorus) There is no way he'll change his mind.
(Father) The cause is dead, for heaven's sake. (Chorus) The reason's simple. He thinks he's kind.
(Son) It will not die. I am not through. (Chorus) And yes we know that don't suit you.
(Father) I'm in charge it's not up to you. (Chorus) Appreciate his point of view.
(Son) If you could... (Chorus) You'll make him angry....
(Father) No way I will. (Chorus) ...if you don't care.
(Son) I just want... (Chorus) And force the issue...
(Father) I'm certain still. (Chorus) ...Pressure to bear.
(Son) It's a... (Chorus) His choice...
(Father) When you live on your own. (Chorus) ...is made. And so is yours.
(Father) Then... (Chorus) But you...
(Son) Then I'll run away from home. (Chorus) ...must give up. Abandon cause.

(Silence)

(Chorus - repeats softly without music)

There is no way he'll change his mind.
The reason's simple. He thinks he's kind.
And yes we know that don't suit you.
Appreciate his point of view.
You'll make him angry if you don't care.
And force the issue. Pressure to bear.
His choice is made. And so is yours.
But you must give up. Abandon cause. Abandon cause. Abandon cause.

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Version 5.006 16 Oct 2017
Lyrics written in 1989
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
The image depicts the author on one of the first bikes he owned and was added in Version 5.006 16 Oct 2017



Two Cases - Explanation

The fictional story reproduced below is just the start of a story about two cases.

You may note that it is a bit short. Positively stunted. Incomplete.

In time this story will be developed and you will see how the protagonist deals with the situation.

But I have a load of stuff do do and this may take some time. Unless of course you ask nicely for me to write some more of it.

It's literally up to you.

Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.007 17 Oct 2017


Two Cases

Fiction By Vince

A dark thriller. If you read it at night. Written before Oct 2003

Photograph of a green oval vanity case
Not the sort of case I imagined. Nor indeed the quantity thereof

A man, drowning his sorrows in a café overhears two criminals discussing the delivery of two cases. One contains 'the money', the other a bomb. He has an opportunity to steal the cases but hesitates, considering it too much risk.

Later he sees an on street chase between the police and the two criminals. During which he sees the cases dumped during a shoot out in an alley. When the area is clear and the criminals are taken safely into custody he checks around to see if anyone is about. Nobody around, but there is a street camera. It is damaged so he takes the cases and leaves.

The man is at a loss as to which case is the bomb. He does not tell anyone about his discovery and his anxiety spills into his love life.

Later the police return, see the camera and comment that it was damaged in the shoot out. They get a video image of the man with the two cases.

The criminals, on release, return to the café and in a chance comment the owner describes the man seen eyeing up the cases.

The chase is on.

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Version m5.007 17 Oct 2017
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First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
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The Centre - Explanation

This is the centre page of the vinceunlimited web site.

No, not the one in the middle. Web sites don't quite work that way.

This is just one small part of the section about me which is in the process of being worked on and uploaded.

Note: If you are reading this stateside I'll give a quick translation. It is centre, not center because in Great Britain we didn't all originate via a few Quakers from the West Country, who obviously couldn't spell some words. If in doubt, ask your Mum. And yes, I did write Mum correctly. Mum is not spelt Mom, as you would realise if you listened to the word. Honestly, you can build the Ford Mustang, produce Top Gun and get people into space but the basics. Hopeless.

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Version 5.008 18 Oct 2017


Dead Centre

It's logic Jim. But not as we know it.

Photograph of Lynda pointing out Australia on a large globe
My wife clearly missing where the centre of the universe lies. Clue - It's taking the picture

Where can you find me? Only at the centre of the universe. That's where.

It is a brave statement indeed to make a claim that I can be found at the centre of the universe. Even more foolhardy to state that I can prove it. But I am and I can.

Firstly you need to understand and accept the concept of infinity. It is quite easy this bit. Infinity in terms of distance is a very long way away, then a bit more. Kind of like further than that beer on the coffee table when you are slumped in front of the TV. Even further away than your chances of dating a Hollywood megastar, unless you are another Hollywood megastar of course. Or a film producer. Or a thousand dollar hooker of course. Anyway, you get the picture. Infinity is such a huge number that when applied to distances I wouldn't like to drive it - Not without a comfort stop.

Now, if I were to move forward, as far as possible, to the edge of infinity it would take me...? Let's see, about the same time as it would if I were to move backwards at the same rate to the edge of infinity. I shall call that time X. No, I won't, I'll call it Gerald, other people always call it X.

Anyway, in Gerald, travelling at a constant speed I could reach the edge of infinity from any direction I please. Infinity is the same distance, up, down, front, back or even sideways. Whether you are on a pushbike, in a sidecar or a space shuttle travelling at twenty six times the speed of Gerald.

If this is the case I must surely be right slap-bang in the centre - Of the Universe. Point proved.

Now, all I have to do is prove that I'm also immortal. That one could take some time.

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Version m5.008 18 Oct 2017
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Computers October 2003

A section for the nerds - Details of my hard and soft ware

Computer set up on classic desk showing Packard Bell tower case, Taxan CRT monitor, Canon Bubblejet printer, twin speakers and joystick
Early Computer Setup circa 2003

Click here to go hard - Hard section - My computers, printer etc. Technical details so you can swoon with envy or laugh helplessly at the sheer out-datedness of it all. It was all cutting edge once, now it couldn't cut mustard

Click here to go soft - Soft section - Programmes I use and abuse, for work and play. Well, the licenced ones anyway. Doesn't include tips on reconfiguring Lara Croft in topless mode. Pity

You can work this one out yourself - Web section - No, not a home for arachnids. Details of this site. The software which I used and which design house I employed (you believe that?)

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Version m5.009 19 Oct 2017
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Concrete

By Vince

From an idea by my father, written in 1994


A concrete stairway lit in red

In a decade or two,
Everyone knew,
That there would be no more fossil fuel.

In a decade or three,
Everyone agreed,
There'd be no more wood left from the trees.

In a decade or four,
Everyone saw,
Total destruction from nuclear war.

But no-one 'cept me,
Could ever forsee,
The day we ran out of concrete.

The day we run out of concrete,
Is a day that we should grieve.
No more building up our lifestyle.
No more repairing what we see.
Jobs are lost.
No road repairs.
No shelter for our kids.
The day we run out of concrete,
The day we run out of concrete,
No fabric for society.

Ten years go by,
How right was I.
Concrete's in such short supply.

A decade's passed,
Science at last,
Is hunting for a replacement fast.

The day we run out of concrete,
Is a day that we should grieve.
No more building up our lifestyle.
No more repairing what we see.
Jobs are lost.
No road repairs.
No shelter for our kids.
The day we run out of concrete,
The day we run out of concrete,
No fabric for society.

Another ten on,
Everyone's gone.
No-one listened to the words of my song.

A decade goes.
Nobody knows.
Nobody here to listen to me.
Nobody here to listen to me.
Nobody here to listen to me.
I feel so alone...

I recall,
The day we ran out of concrete,
Was a day that we all grieved.
We couldn't build upon our lifestyle,
Or repair society.
Jobs were lost.
No road repairs.
No shelter for our kids.
The day we ran out of concrete,
The day we ran out of concrete,
A day I hope I never see.

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.010 20 Oct 2017
Lyrics written in 1994
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
The image depicts a concrete staircase, part of the South Bank in London and was added, along with the tag in Version m5.010 20 Oct 2017



Fiction by Vince

Photograph of Vince sat at a PremierInn desk typing on his laptop
The author authoring, probably

Long, long ago, when televisions only came in two colours and being bad was never a good thing I used to make up stories. Actually I didn't, I made that bit up. I didn't actually make up stories as a child. Never did unless obliged to do so during my English studies.

No one who knew me then would have predicted that I would be like I am now. Except that the blond hair and chubby cheeks still remain, of course. But as a teenager and into my adulthood I have always harboured a desire to write. And fiction is the best place to start when you lead a fairly normal life and haven't discovered penicillin or captained your country in tiddlywinks

However, the trouble with fiction is that it takes up too much time. And I've been fannying about with this site in it's various incarnations for too long to develop some of these ideas. If you feel like assisting (read 'sponsoring me') get in touch. So, read on and weep*.

Shortest Story - The shortest story of all. Except shorter ones. And longer ones with most of their pages missing. For more short stories why not link up to the-phone-book.com You never know whose work is featured.

2 Cases - A thriller. Or it will be when it is finished. Not so thrilling in it's present state but you'll get the idea.

Loch Ness - An incomplete story about the discovery of the Loch Ness monster. Commenced after seeing what effects could be achieved with the film Jurassic Park (Yes, that long ago). Sadly abandoned when the film Loch Ness appeared, starring Ted Danson. Must watch that someday.

Vincent - Story about a bike. With a great name. Or am I just biased?

*Its not that the stories are sad. Only the writer, for thinking any of these works is worthy of a Pulitzer or Booker . Or worthy of publication. Or even reading come to that.

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Version m5.007 17 Oct 2017
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
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Future Computer

Crystal ball time

Welcome to the future. Check out my computer specification of the future. My guess [in October 2003] for year 148AV (anno. vincy).

Desktop system

AOF-serve Brooklyn 2020, carbon fibre micro case with AMD (touchy) ZZR series 38.9THz quadbus bio-platform, still running through 56k Dos, on 93Gb TAM (total access memory) and 222Mb standard video RAM boosted with a 4D-VR 12Gb acceleration card giving graphics from a 6789 x 2212 screen utilising 32 million and one colours. They found another one! Hurrah!

Storage is a bio-neural vector imaging carbofile store with immeasurable capacity pseudo-hard drive utilising aluminium organospheres. Unfortunately, still no room for those video files. Outside access is via a 4649M video-modem through we-will-actually-pay-YOU-fifty-eurodollars-serve.com Still connecting at about 33k usually.

Software is Aircon, which is much better than Windows.

Audio is supplied through multi-phase ver. 6.947.34a displayed on a widescreen 73" plasma projector SCD with Dolbyson Pro-logisense sensurround implant mini-speakers with built in giga-woofer (boooooooooooooooooooooooom!).

Watchtop

RolexPro Diamonte with Applechip processor and superlite mini-screen, glued to inside of contact lens. Thought activated inputs. Solar powered, with 11-month backup battery, developed by the Norwegians, unsurprisingly.

Printer

Still got my Canon Bubblejet, although I have now changed the ink cartridge.

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.009 19 Oct 2017
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
Tags and minor editing added in Version m5.009 19 Oct 2017



Computer Hardware October 2003

The hard page of vinceunlimited - Computerspeak, I'm afraid

Welcome to the hard page, part of the computer section within vinceunlimited. Information provided for the purposes of cyberjerks and thieves.


Computer set up on classic desk showing Packard Bell tower case, Taxan CRT monitor, Canon Bubblejet printer, twin speakers and joystick
Early Computer Setup circa 2003

Desktop system

Packard Bell Pulsar 23 tower case (taking up too much room on my desk) with Intel Pentium MMX233Mhz (slow now) running on 64Mb RAM (32Mb SDRAM plus 32Mb SIMM upgrade) and 2Mb standard video RAM boosted with an Orchid Righteous 3DII 12Mb ATI Rage II+ 3d acceleration card. Storage is a (used to be gigantic - but not any more) 4.3Gb hard drive (no room for those video files) and outside access is via a 56k modem through Freeserve (connecting at about 33k usually). I still run Microsoft Windows 95 (not 98, 98SE, 2000, ME or XP I hear you enquire) and display on my 17" Taxan monitor (cost £500 new, now standard fare) with audio supplied through dual speakers and a Yamaha sub-woofer (booooom).


A Novatech laptop opened and showing various opened windows
The Novatech Soprano

Laptop

A custom Novatech Soprano laptop (heavy for a portable, more of a movable) with super fast 3.07GHz Intel Pentium 4 running on 512Mb RAM. Storage is a (gigantic - for now) 60Gb hard drive and the world is accessed via the built in 56k modem through Freeserve (25-44k, why the difference?). I run Microsoft XP Professional and display on the built-in 64Mb 15" TFT LCD. Audio is supplied by two small shrill insects inside somewhere that like to go bleep very loudly at times.

Printer

Canon Bubblejet (say no more).

Check out the system of the future

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Musicals

Vince blowing a trumpet
Vince blowing his own trumpet

This page will be used to demonstrate my skills in writing musicals. Unfortunately I haven't written any yet. Except the beginnings of a musical about ants.

So the best option is to click on the 'Ants' button below.

Or just take a look at the other song lyrics.

Or you could send a vMail to me and beg for this to be the next page that I update.

Would it help if I said sorry?

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Version m5.004 9 Oct 2017
Musicals Page First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
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Computer Software October 2003

The Soft Page of vinceunlimited - The underbelly of my computer

Welcome to the soft page, not that this page is softer than any of the others - flexiscreeens haven't yet hit the streets - unless you know better.

As with the 'hard' page this is designed for all the nerds to discover what I like to use to ease me through the exciting world of computing, software wise.

Willy Gates has my vote as far as usable programmes go. His pricing policy is questionable, as is the constant redevelopment of ideas. I have no problem with him making trillions as his products have revolutionised the way we work together but he could be fairer to legitimate users.

And the policy of constantly re-inventing basic necessities (Yes, I'm talking Windows here) seems a touch greedy. No wonder so many turn to piracy. Why do the class leading products, with their international markets, sold in hundreds of thousands of units sell for the highest prices? Ship 'em out cheaper Billy Boy and we'll all buy legitimately in their millions and so make you even richer. I know you could do with the extra cash.

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Windows XP

The operating systems I use is good old Microsoft Windows 95 on my home desktop and XP on my work laptop. This conveniently hides the OS in the background and I rarely venture into white on black screens these days. The 450mB ramquirement and 10 minutes to start up are a pain.

The big M (no, not McDonalds) also do well on applications. I learnt spreadsheets on Lotus 123 and early on supported this application along with the other excellent programmes they produced, particularly Organiser. The Lotus look is generally superior to Microtosh but the mighty Gates stronghold is more and more eclipsing the user base. In all I don't think this will be a problem as compatibility is paramount in the new technology of computing. Make it work, make it compatible - backwards and forwards and make it cheap. That's all we ask for.

And improve email programmes too. I've not yet used one that isn't total pants.

As for Apple Macintosh? What's the point? I thought their skins were waterproof. On a more serious note though, congratulations must go to Apple for pushing the boundaries of technology design.

Now what about PC software. When will we see true user friendliness in GUI's guys? And I don't necessarily mean a virtual office layout with a point and click 'photo facsimile' of an office desk. That's the real world. We're in an exciting new electronic medium here. Let's use new technology to work in a new world. Lose the Qwerty keyboard and references to files. This is electronic media. Voice inputs, multi-dimensional applications, 3D visuals and neural partition storage is the way to go. If you guys don't come up with the quantum leap then I warn you, I will.

Finally, why do games recreate what we do in life? I agree with top class simulation programmes but let's stretch the imagination and create wonderful new multi-dimensional worlds of true beauty - aurally and visually. Let's not go mad on nasal simulation though. I fear this strand of technology may be abused!

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Song Lyrics

Hi. You are at the vinceunlimited Songs page.

Follow the links in the article below to a world of lyricism. All the featured songs are waiting for musical accompaniment. I have an idea of the tune I'd use but they are all open canvases for you to work on if you wish. Think of it as the bit Bernie Taupin does for Elton John.

If you like what you see but need a specific commission for your own project, take a chance on me. I promise to avoid being derivative.

And remember, I listen to the radio as well so don't go nicking my words.

Please note that this part of the web site is currently under development so for now there are only a couple of links to the songs listed on this page but it is a great taster of what is to come. All the song lyrics are completed so please send a vMail if you want me to publish any of these ahead of schedule. This is assuming I have a schedule.


Best - Only by considering them all will you be able to see if this is the best. A teenage suicide anthem. Nice

Bike - Semi-autobiographical tale of a small boy's longing. No, not a small girl

Concrete - Inspired by my father. A warning against complacency

Disco - Unashamedly low rent. Think Black Lace. But hey, they serve a need.

Imperfect - Anthemic rant

Lynda - Written for a special person. Treat this one with respect

Netsong - Is this a choice we will have to make?

Racecar - Fuelled by my passion for Formula One

Set it Free - Passionate song writing

Think - Complex duet. For two people, naturally. Or a well mixed up schizophrenic

Anti War song - Have you ever heard a pro-war song? Outside of Iraq




Musicals

Here you will find songs designed for musicals. Only here you'll be Lloyd Webber (sorry) and I'll be your Rice.




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Computer Web Page October 2003

The Web Page of vinceunlimited - Home Spun Facts

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Sample HTML coding for version 1.00

You have reached the web page of vinceunlimited. The details of the software used to create and uplift this webpage to the great World Wide Web and onto your screen.

As this is my first effort at designing and producing a web site I decided to keep it simple using a widely available programme which would produce a product that was readable on the majority of the world's computers, using minimum facilities.

From the outset I decided that content was far more important than fancy graphics and fonts although I hope to improve the general look and content in future releases and when more users have faster internet access.

A standard look is vital in creating visual consistency and will aid the reader in remembering the site. And it saves me having to constantly invent styles.

If you like what you see, or can imagine what I could achieve with better facilities and want me to help you design your site - contact me. My services are available.

Website Creation Software

I have used s standard version of Microsoft FrontPage Express, version 2.0 . Although most has been code checked through HTML (ask your son). No other software was used. Does it show?

FTP

I use Smart FTP. Because it can be loaded free for private users. And I'm not loaded.

ISP

I use Freeserve as an Internet Service Provider. Free. So give them a big hand.

Web server - Where this is stored

I use Web-Mania as an Web Server provider. The price is reasonable so they come well recommended.

Website conceived, designed, produced, checked and sent to you, by Vince. So that's me then.

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Writing

Pages and pages of potential plagerism.

Photograph of Vince sat at a PremierInn desk typing on his laptop
The writer writing, probably

Welcome to the writing page of vinceunlimited. I've got so much stuff both finished and in development that this section needs to be sub-divided. I love writing when I get the chance and have posted some of my work from links here. You may ask why.

Firstly, I believe that I have interesting and/or funny things to say so to leave them festering on my hard drive is wasteful.

Secondly, these ideas may inspire others and any acknowledgement in this area would make me feel all warm and good inside.

Finally, I have this hope that someone will recognise a talent and offer me squillions to develop one of my writing ideas.

A word of warning though. Although I am happy for you to be inspired by my work, if you blatantly nick it I will be well pissed. Remember that I have posted these writings on this Website, in many cases years ago, so can prove ownership. If I see, read or hear any of my stuff without prior permission or, at the very least, obsequious acknowledgement I will pursue any rightful claim to any monies made. You have been duly notified.

In time this page will be fully populated with links to the words, stories, narratives, novellos, typing, writing and feature articles. The engraving has only just commenced so please be patient and check back regularly.

Comedy - A strength of mine. That's a laugh. A few developed ideas here and some exciting new concepts there. That's the pitch anyway.

Fiction - No time to fill this section. I've been far too busy doing this web site. However, see the books in me. A few short stories too.

Poems - Frankly, just songs with no chance of finding a musician.

Screenplays - I'd love to do a full film screenplay. These are some ideas I have worked on. Commissions will be considered.

Songs - Most stories can be told in a few words so lyrics are an ideal medium for expression. And they can be written in an afternoon.

vQuotes - Not just lines and lines saying "I must not scrawl on the blah, blah, blah..." Valuable stuff here. If in doubt, ask an ad-man.

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Author: Vince Poynter
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