Day 1907: Heading Back

Today I got myself to the gym! It was a good workout, I cycled a little, did some jumps, slinged around some kettlebells, and then did some squat throws with a medicine ball. It was a lot of fun.

I feel like my foot feels solid enough to get back into going to the gym regularly, though running might be a bit of a stretch at the moment. I’m hoping that I can set myself back into a good routine, although I’m ultimately going to cancel my gym membership imminently, though I’ll still have roughly a month to go on it.

I spent the rest of the day doing things here and there, I made a chilli, and played Path of Exile. I didn’t feel like playing Destiny 2, even though there was a promise of loot. I also spent a while playing guitar, and just had a little jam.

This weekend has been pretty relaxed, this week should be pretty full of progress, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping that I’ll get some good news.

I want to talk about a podcast, but I think I’ll do it on Wednesday as it’s related to wrestling, and this week is kind of a non-active week.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1906: Simplicity

It’s been a simple day. I did some grocery shopping, some games, some watching stuff. It’s been pretty chilled out. I know that the modifiers for the Reckoning tomorrow morning will be good and it’ll be possible to do, so I’m looking forward to giving it all a go then, and maybe getting some things done and progress made in Destiny 2.

There’s not much else to comment on. Pizzas were made here, mine was very tasty, and I had cheddar, mozarella, red onions and green chilli. I like to keep it relatively simple. Of course there was also a great tomato sauce on the base too, and the base was made by my dad.

I don’t know what else there is to really remark on today. Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1905: Learning To Path of Exile, Part 2

Last week I talked about choosing support gems to go along with my Fireball in Path of Exile, now I want to talk about secondary skills, auras and heralds that assist with my build and allow me to reach the higher levels of damage that gives the build synergy.

I talked all about fireball last time, however, there’s a secondary skill I’ll be using to make it all better. I’m using a skill called Magma Orb, which bounces a firey orb along the ground and it damages enemies. It’s an alright spell, does alright damage, but I’m not going to use it for that. I’m going to use it in a different way. There’s a support skill called Arcane Surge, which boosts your damage, cast speed and a few other things after a certain amount of mana spent. There are curse skills, and one in particular, Flammability, is really useful for this build. The Flammability curse makes enemies more susceptible to ignite, which is what was good about fireball, and with Immolation support, ignite enemies take more fire damage. Thus flammability is a great curse to have around. But why am I talking about it now? And why with Magma Orb and Arcane Surge? There’s a support gem available, called Curse on Hit, which makes everything tie together nicely. I throw Magma Orbs, enemies get hit by them, get cursed with Flammability, and I get a damage boost from Arcane Surge, and then use my more powerful, better supported main skill, Fireball, and have a great time doing decent damage.

I do fire damage, as such I need to got more fire damage, there’s an aura called Anger, which adds fire damage to spells, and it’s a great boost, however it reserves 50% of my mana. There is a unique ring called Essence Worm, that gives +2 to aura gems sockets in it, and allows the aura to be used with reserving no mana. That would be massive if I could find one to use, however I have to stick with reserving the mana for the time being as I’m playing the content in the solo self found league, meaning I can only use what I find and craft myself. In the regular trade league this would be easy enough to get, but relying on random drops to get it is challenging, because there is no guarantee it’ll show up. Still, I’m hopeful. Auras also provide bonuses to your party, boosting their damage too. That has limited meaning for me though, as I’ve already mentioned I’m playing Solo Self Found.

There are also abilities called heralds, which act as buffs to your character, and provide skills with unique effects, or higher chance to inflict status ailments. Herald of Ash is the fire damage based effect, which increases fire damage, but also, if an enemy dies, it will then burn the surrounding enemies for a certain amount of damage. This is a permanent ability that’s always on, and reserves 25% mana. As you might be able to tell, I’m pretty mana starved, having only 25% mana actually remaining to use and cast.

As for other things I use, or at least plan to use, I have an Ice Golem, which increases Critical Strike Chance, and give a pretty substantial damage boost when summoned. I also have a decoy totem, which is a totem that taunts enemies and makes it so that the enemies focus on them, and I can run free and position myself. The totem can’t evade hits, and so it’s quite a rotation of trying to keep it moving, using Magma Orb, and actually attacking with Fireball.

Aside from that I still need to set up a Cast When Damage Taken skill, with Immortal Call, which provides temporary immunity to damage and is very useful in a pinch to help with survivability. It’s usually paired with a spell like Cold Snap, which can impair enemies, in Cold Snaps case, chilling the enemies, making them move slower.

I need to be considering my items among other things, so next week I’ll dive into that.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1904: Thinking things

The Happy Room is amusing. It's been a while since I watched On The Spot, and I just thought I'd put on what ever the newest episode on youtube was. It was the opening episode of the Happy Room season, and it looks crazy. I know there's been a whole bunch of things that have gone on in the last few seasons and there's a narrative, but I am completely oblivious to it. 

The Weird Place has been an excellent adventure. I'm having a great time absorbing it, and really trying to understand what's going on. I know I need to invest more time in watching Achievement Hunter and Rooster Teeth Content again. 

I've put a podcast today which is just a small catch up where I talked about Destiny 2, Path of Exile Synthesis and where Immigration stuff is currently at! There's a bunch of stuff that has gone on this week progressing the immigration stuff, but it's also filled with still more waiting. Check it out here!

As for anything else? Well, I've planned out tomorrows journal, and it should be alright. That's about it really. I found out about my notice period at work, and everything is pretty promising at the moment. 

Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 

Peace -x-

Day 1903: Wrestling Wednesday!

We’re coming up to the best time of the year! There’s a lot of good stuff going on right now with the New Japan Cup, and the road to Wrestlemania! While there’s stuff going on, it’s a whole crazy time where I don’t really have much to comment on in depth.

The lead up to Pete Dunne vs Walter is getting more and more intense, and it’s interesting. I have no idea what’s going on!

There’s still some NXT stuff to unfurl before we get to Takeover, and it’s been great recently.

I’m hopeful that there’s a good womens tag team title match, but it’s getting messier and messier by the week.

The Ronda Charlotte Becky match is intriguing, but it’s got a bit too complex and drawn out.

I like what’s going on with Kofi, but last night was just too much dangling carrots on sticks.

I’m hopeful Seth wins over Brock.

Like I said, there’s lots building but nothing really to talk about.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1902: A Smashing Tuesday...

It’s a good day! There is a lot going on, and I spent a bunch of time playing guitar today. I need to work on being able to record loops to play over. I’m generally alright at it, but sometimes I get it that tiny bit wrong and it just doesn’t sound fantastic, as there’s a big gap between the loop start and end.

This week is going alright, work was a good time, and progress is being made with the new office. They were ripping everything out, there’s even 3 walls to come out. I don’t know if the office will be completed by the time I leave.

I spent a bunch of time with the lads smashing out some Destiny 2, slowly climbing up that power, and completing bounties all over the place. We smashed out the reckoning, and had some great gambit prime matches, as well as did some grinding to get the Legend of Acrius, which we’ve all just been sitting on. We all were like, ‘yeah we could get it today…’ then we bloody did it. It was a crazy evening.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1901: Music Monday!

I listened to a bit of Mastodon today, I haven't listened to them in a while. Every time I put them on I realise that I should listen to them more. Given that Metal Hammer had them in the top 10 albums of the year, every year they put an album out, I should have given them more attention.

The Motherload was the track that came up, but it's vastly different to the tracks from Leviathan that I know them for. They definitely invested in a more progressive sound after that album, and kind of toned down the heaviness. I say kind of because it's still heavy, and there are lots of crushing riffs. I hope to listen to more of them throughout the rest of the week.

I am going to try and enjoy Leviathan again, and I'll try and work through their subsequent albums. I remember seeing them soon after Leviathan came out, actually at the first gig I ever went to. Blood and Thunder off of Leviathan is probably my favourite track of theirs and I can vividly remember seeing them play it a few different times that I've seen them.

Anyway, that's it for today! Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1900: 1,000?

It’s been 1,000 days since I started on my website. That’s crazy, nearly at 3 years, but I’m happy with where it’s at. I know there’s no real traffic, but that doesn’t really concern me, there’s a log of what’s been going on for a long time. I just need to figure out what I’m going to do with everything. I’d like to kind of collate everything, and maybe get some information. I wonder what topics I’ve written about the most, and which non-common word I’ve used the most.

Kind of like right now in so many things I don’t know what I’m doing with my corner of the internet, I don’t know what else I’m doing and what’s going on, but I know that I have time coming up.

I have a bunch of ideas, and I have a few I’ve been working on for a while, and while I do write a lot about video games and other things, I have some ideas that are far from that, that are tied into the work I do. That shouldn’t really be a surprise, but I know it’s an aspect that I don’t explore here with my writing at all.

I’m not sure what the week ahead holds, but hopefully there will be some progress in a few things.

Have an excellent week! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1899: What a match...

It’s been a wild Saturday. I watched the England vs Scotland game with my family, as we all got together to celebrate my dads birthday, get a takeaway and enjoy the match. It was a fascinating game, that was one of the best I’ve watched in a long time. My mum and aunt are both Scottish, my dad and uncle are both English, and so the room was divided.

I also spent a decent portion of the day cleaning and organising, and I rearranged my effects pedals, and got the cables in a much more organised collection, rather than a gargantuan mess of tangled wires. I then decided to actually play guitar and everything got disorganised again. But that’s not really the point.

I played a bunch of Path of Exile, surprise surprise, and I’m having a fun time.

The weekend is in full swing and I’m having a great time, out for lunch tomorrow with my family, and it should be a very nice meal.

How is your weekend going? Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1897: Catching Up!

I put out a podcast today with Xcalante! It’s been forever since I caught up with him, and even longer since I recorded a podcast with him. I’m aware of what’s going on mostly because Rachael chats to him at least weekly, so I’m not completely out of the loop. We chatted about video games and Rooster Teeth, and just how the passage of time feels like it’s getting away. You can check it out here!

Tomorrows journal is going to be focused on my fireball build in path of exile, and explaining how I’m currently playing the game and hoping things work. It was definitely a point of discussion in the podcast!

This week has been quite crazy, there have been ups and downs, and I’m not sure where I’m at at the moment. Work has been weird as well. My motivation is all over the place. I kept myself entertained for a decent number of hours today without really getting distracted, so that was good.

I just want to be able to run and exercise again, I’m aware that is not helping me at the moment. I am having a good time playing Destiny 2, and things have been fun, and the grind hasn’t been particularly insurmountable. I’m lagging a little behind where I want to be, but it’s not the end of the world.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1896: Wrestling Wednesday!

This weekend we had was Fastlane! It was a great set up for Wrestlemania. I know that there were a lot of things going on, and there were a lot of matches. I’ve selected a few points I want to discuss from the show, and how I want to see things going forward.

The triple threat tag match was great, it’s good to see teams being used effectively. The Revival won, as expected, but the other teams still put on a solid showing, especially the post match beat down by Aleister Black and Ricochet. I like how they’re being protected, still looking strong and are looking great at what they do.

There were too many post match beat downs though. This match, Miz and Shane McMahon, The Womens Tag Team Title Match, it all felt like too much.

Asuka kept on showing why she’s great, beating Mandy Rose, while Sonya Deville looked on. It was good enough, I liked it, I’m still hoping for more resolution on Asuka and Ember Moon, but hopefully that’s coming soon.

The Man and Charlotte was good, I liked the story, I felt like I knew what was going to happen, the only logical thing that could happen. It felt very intentional, Ronda played the part well, and I liked what went on. I hope that they fully invest in Charlotte being a heel, and keep Becky as popular as possible.

The Shield vs Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre was a good match, wild, all over the place. Everyone had a good showing and I’m glad Roman is back in good health. I hope this all builds over the next month, but it was good knowing that they all reconvened at the right time before Ambrose leaves.

Daniel Bryan vs Kevin Owens vs Mustafa Ali was a good match, it all made sense, and Mustafa Ali really is such a good wrestler. He deserves to be there, he’s having a good time, it’s a shame that he was there to loose, but you had to protect Owens and Bryan shouldn’t be losing momentum going forward into Wrestlemania.

Kofi, like, what are they doing to him? I hope that things turn around, now that there is hope on the horizon. It felt a bit strange having a two man beat down on him for a long time, I just hope that he does well in the gauntlet match next week.

It’s an interesting time leading up to Wrestlemania, I’m excited, what matches are you looking forward to?

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1895: It's late...

I’m not doing well at running. I haven’t been to the gym in a while because my foot has been in pain and it hurts to walk a little. I think it’s to do with my work boots, so I’ve been trying to wear them as little as possible, but it’s taken me far too long to recognise that.

I’ve been playing a lot of games, I’m not finding enough hours in the day to satiate my gaming desires, but I know soon that I’m going to be going crazy.

This week is going alright, I got all my work that I spent today doing deleted. The person who oversees the system thought I was adding them as a test, and deleted them. It was a bit frustrating.

I don’t have much else to say today, there’s lots going on, and I’ve planned out some things for the rest of the week, so I’ve been thinking about what to write there. Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1894: Music Monday!

Over the last week I’ve had an interesting time with music. I’ve been trying to find something to enjoy listening to while getting stuff done. I know there’s one band that is ever reliable for me trying to get stuff done.

That band is Opeth, a band I give far less credit than is due for influencing how my music sounds, and being a band I can listen to at any point. They have such a breadth of sound that I can pick certain albums one day, and wanting something entirely different the next day pick another album and be satiated.

My favourite of their albums is Damnation, the album it’s paired with might be the album of theirs I like the least. They recorded the albums in one session, but realised they had too much, and two very distinct styles, and as such separated the tracks. There are earlier albums that are just as heavy as Deliverance, but there’s something about that album that just doesn’t click with me.

I enjoy nearly every album they’ve put out, from Watershed, to My Arms, Your Hearse. There’s such a diversity in their music, especially as the more recent albums, Pale Communion and Sorceress are relatively clean.

I don’t know what further to pontificate, but I like Opeth.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1893: Chilled Sunday!

I started the day waking up after 7am, which was good, it’s been a while since that’s happened. I also spent some time playing guitar and writing some music, just having a good time jamming. I came up with something, but I’m not certain I can remember it, but I thought it sounded good earlier, I hope it comes back to me.

I played a bunch of Path of Exile, I’ll probably get more into it later in the week, as I’ve been working on a fun fireball build, and it’s getting a point where I am rather comfortable with it, but I’m not sure how it’ll fare later in the game.

Rachael and I spent some time catching up with videos, we watched some planet slow mo, and some Binging with Babish and also caught up on the Bon Appetit videos.

As for what else is going on, well it’s fastlane tonight, so I’ll have some wrestling to write about, the first round of the Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament is done, which I’ll write about in a few weeks, once the whole things has gone through, and I think I know what I want to write about for tomorrow.

I have a returning guest for my podcast this week, and it was a lot of fun to record earlier, and I can’t wait for that to come out as well.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1892: Ruminate

I listened to a podcast today, actually I started listening to a second that I’ll probably talk about in the next week or so, but the one I want to discuss today was Pete Holmes talking to Craig Ferguson.

It’s a fascinating listen, as both grew up as protestants and sort of rebelled against the religion in time, and have come back around of sorts to their spirituality. They talked about so much stuff, and focused a bit on alcoholism, and addiction.

As is usual, it made me think. I don’t want to repeat all of their points about religion, and alcohol, and I know you’ve all heard enough from me about my thoughts on it, but I’d recommend giving it a listen.

There is one point that I wanted to pontificate on, that they were talking about how in a moment they can feel the desire to drink in a time where others are drinking, but they never once now look back on an evening and wished they’d had a drink. There were questions that I’d thought of for application to myself, like do I miss it, but also, do I feel, like, I was ever in that state?

I enjoy that things fall out of my memory as normal, and that I’m not missing anything significant because I was too trashed to remember what went on.

They went on to talk about how they are social at a party where people are drinking, how they have fun, when other people have fun because they’re drinking. I related to that, I understand what they’re saying, that it takes time to understand and enjoy social occasions, and that after giving up you can feel a bit lost in social situations where others are drinking. It takes a while to do it, it still takes me a massive amount of effort to even go out in an evening where people will be drinking, and to have a good time, while not exactly hard when people are also having a good time, you’ve got to be yourself, unmodified to find the enjoyment in what you’re doing.

It gave me some perspective that I think I needed to hear.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1891: Moving Targets

At work today I was asked to migrate the complaints from customers from our current system, to the parent companies system, so that everything can be aligned. Sure, I thought, that’s totally do-able, and so I set to work on the first of the complaints that I needed to add. Actually I needed to start from the beginning of 2018 so there is a bunch of complaints in the system, and they can be traced correctly. So I picked an old complaint, the first of 2018 and began on my task.

It turns out that this is no small task, and is currently not possible. The complaints cannot be submitted without certain information. Of that information, some is sensitive, such as peoples names and email addresses. I’m not certain it complies with GDPR regulations so I thought, I’ll try and do as much as I can, but that wasn’t really possible. I would then needed to have gone to find out what information we have had consent to store and add into these files.

As we have essentially been a private entity, and have out own customer base, rather than the parent companies customers, customer details are not present, and cannot be manually input. All in all the job isn’t do-able until the information has been input. What I thought would be a simple bit of work, quickly expanded and became a crazy large sprawling task that I don’t know if I can actually complete.

That’s part one. Part two of this crazy adventure we call life in this journal today, is that Path of Exile has just had an update. I had no idea what I wanted to do, what build I wanted to play, but I know now there are three build I want to play, and don’t know where to start.

I was thinking at the beginning of the week about playing a Fireball Inquisitor, a Soulrend Trickster and a Storm Brand Hierophant. All of which are casters, and casting just got a big buff. Fireball is interesting in that it’s got a massive buff, and should be a very interesting way to play. Storm Brand is a build I was working on last season and looks to be just as strong. But Soulrend is a new skill and I really wanted to give it a go, and see where it fits.

All week we’ve been drip fed new information about how the skills work and it’s kept me thinking about what different things I want to try. I want to try and hit 24/40 challenges complete this league, and I hope that I can make more progress in the game than I have before. I’m hopeful that at least one of these builds will be able to get me somewhere. I’m looking forward to getting things moving, but I know it’s going to take some work. I’ve even spent a lot of the week using an application to plan out how I’ll use the skill tree and which support gems I want to pick.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1890: Inevitable

It was always going to happen. We lost a game of Gambit Prime. We won 15 straight matches since it was introduced, and we just lost our first game. We were having a mad run, we had our strategy down, but it had to end at some point.

I’m really enjoying the mode, I don’t think I ranted enough about it in my podcast that came out today, which you can find here! It’s been really fun to play with lads and while we aren’t working together there’s so much other stuff to do.

Destiny 2, for me, is in an excellent place right now. What I like right now a lot is that even though people might be just getting into the game, once a player reaches level 50, they can complete some bounties and be able to instantly join in on the end game. It’s unfortunate that there are a few broken things right now, and that a lot of players have got to where they are through the grind to learn how the game works, but as an accessibility tool, in the third season of the year I think it’s an appropriate time. I feel as though if they keep this in as it is it’ll be great, update it after 2 seasons have passed into a year of content. I think that having them present each season would be problematic, and devalue time invested. Understandably it’s still a large time sink to make nearly any progress, but if it was every season that it’s available I would think it’s a problem.

Anyway, Gambit Prime is excellent, it’s a lot more mechanic focused, and there’s a lot of strategy, there’s set items to build around and focus on a role. It’s very well thought out, and so far I am having a good time. I do not expect to jump into it without my group though. I can’t conceive of the idea, as I have no interest in trying to run it with randoms.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1889: Wrestling Wednesday!

Last week in NXT UK, Kassius Ohno took on Walter in what I thought was a great match. So much is made of the chops of Walter that the way the match was structured and paced really gave a good showing to everything else Walter can do well.

I think it was the most important match he’s had so far, and with Kassius Ohno I was sure it’d be a good match. I think that the concept around taking out Walters arm was two fold in how it worked well. He showed that he has a diverse array of moves that don’t rely on his chops, and it also showed that he can sell well against a good opponent who knows what they’re doing with the structure. It also gave people the idea that he’s a tough man, and can withstand a lot before giving up.

I’m glad that he’s being handled well, but I hope that it continues, and the atmosphere surrounding him continues.

In other news, there’s so many things going on, but really, Fastlane is this weekend, it really snuck up on us. Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1888: Pancakes!

It’s pancake day! I made delicious pancakes then made myself feel rather ill by cleaning my plate! It was exquisite.

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I made 2 pancakes, and put chocolate buttons on the bottom layer, then peanut butter, ice cream, golden syrup and more chocolate buttons. It was a good time!

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-