Nominated, shocked and excited!

I was nominated for the Creative Blogger Award by fellow friends and bloggers, Eldaeriel and Xannziee which is a great surprise (shock 🙂 ) as I’m very new to getting back into blogging since my first attempt back in the early 2000s.


This award nomination comes with a few rules

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and share a link back to their blog
  2. Post 5 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 15-20 people for this award – Could be tough as only have few fellow blogger friends, but working on it, only three (excluding those nominated me).  I nominate:
  4. Post the rules so everyone will understand what to do – Check √



A very special thank you for the complete shock nominations Eldaeriel and Xannziee.  Very much appreciated although I am a mere baby in the blogging world.

The Nominees are…

I’ve made some great friends over my years of gaming, such as Faithless one of my longest standing friends and newer recent ones from joining the GGGs such as HeadBurrow Antfarm, Eldaeriel, Cmdr Paws, Chrybdis, Arin, KateCold, Ketrikken, Space Dementia and many others.

So my nominations from the list who I have blogs for are:

5 Nonsense Facts 

#1 Few years ago I got fed up with eating manufactured bread and remembered my dad always use to make his own and I loved the smell of fresh bread on a Sunday.  I decided to follow his footsteps but go old style by trying to make Artisan bread and grow my own leaven (yeast).  Took  me 3-7 mth to learn and succeed to point happy with the outcome, favorite was Walnut & Cranberry Sourdough.


#2 Dont like ants much, get everywhere, swarm around from nothing.

#3 Massive sci-fi (space) fan, Babylon 5 for its depth and intertwining story through the series.  I still re-watch all series and see, hear conversations in early episodes reflecting later series story lines and lore which it then later delivers on.  Stargate being another great story telling space sci-fi soap, along with other greats such as Firefly (bring it back please) and Farscape.

#4 I am a passionate “do it right”, config management and automation freak.  Its not just my job but also my core in everything I do.  If something is worth doing well, do it right 🙂

#5 Wife challenged me to ride a horse because I kept saying how easy it was when watching her and my daughter.  Ok its not easy!  First a little trotting, bounce as the horse trots they say… bump.. bump.. my ass hurting. Now a little canter… whats that.. oh… more bumping up n down and not in sync with the horse.. and faster.. bump..bump..bump..  I learnt a lot that day and in particular how much I like horses now too 🙂

First entry, Whats Gkaruk’s World like?

Who am I , why am I here, what’s this blog going to be about?

All questions I ask my self most days and the reason I felt it time to write a blog about my life, work, techie nature and gaming exploits, thoughts and views.

Firstly, you may call me Gkaruk pronounced j-kar-ruk, not the name I was born with but the name which I have become due to my gaming background, online presence and derived from by favorite TV show Babylon 5 character G’Kar, played by Andreas Katsulas.  The UK suffix comes about due to the online name is usually taken so simply adding my location in the world helped solve this problem.

In the day Im here to drive my  passion of doing the right thing, the right way, with a logical approach, this is my sole, my pride of everything I do.  In my work this is called configuration management, in my home life its common sense.  In life of lot of “do the right thing” is misunderstood to be takes to long, your being a blocker.  Sadly, doing something right does usually take longer, but is outweighed by the benefits of low maintenance of whats delivered. Take re-painting a front door, you can just paint over the old paint, job done, doors renewed, looks pretty good.  The downside is its will unlikely it will last more than 5-6 months.  Now, let try the right way.  Sand down the door or strip it back to wood, a coat of undercoat paint, light wet n dry sanding.  Now the first coat of gloss paint, let dry, light sand of high grain sandpaper, wipe off dust and give second coat of gloss.  This will now likely last 24 months or more. Do the right thing, the right way!

Next time I plan to provide some updates on my current gaming library and current game challenges in Elder Scrolls Online and Guild Wars 2…