Day 1871: I have normal legs!

I have been having some issues with my feet recently due to ill-fitting shoes as I’ve worn them out. I spent this morning travelling to a shop that could perform gait analysis to figure out what kind of running shoe would suit me best.

I found out that I don’t have much deviation in the angle my legs are at so I run pretty neutral, and so I found some trainers that felt like the suited and tried them on. I knew I needed to be very particular about all of this, as I know how good great shoes can make running feel.

I think I still need to let my foot heal a little more, but I’ve been spending my gym time in other ways. The revelation that going to the gym doesn’t mean I have to run was enlightening, and I’ve spent my gym time working on other things, like general strength things, and bigger compound exercises which are a lot of fun, and have more practical applications than isolated exercises.

I’m hoping that the shoes fit me well, and that my running habits can continue, as I know each day I don’t run, I feel myself slipping behind my goal, but I’m confident that I can catch up to where I want to be.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1870: Diablo 3 vs Path of Exile (Part 2)

Following on from last week, I feel that I’m neglecting one of the most important differences about these games. The economy of each. Actually, Diablo has very little to write about and the main focus is on Path of Exile, #sorrynotsorry.

While Blizzard tried to monetise Diablo initially with the auction house, the game was revamped, the auction house removed, and the drop system reworked. Many items can be dropped, and the fact that the higher up the difficulty you go, the greater the legendary drop rate increases, so that at the top of the 18 tiers of difficulty, the legendaries are essentially flying at you. This doesn’t really work for a trading system, but it makes the game fun to invest time in, because you know you can get a bunch of different things very quickly. Legendaries and set armours dictate the gameplay, and certain synergies are valuable for position on the leaderboards, but most are relatively easy to obtain within a reasonable amount of hours.

The Path of Exile in game economy relies on person to person trading, drop rates that are rare enough that you will see the rarest item drop once in roughly every 10,000 hours of gameplay. Of course, there are the solo self found and hardcore modes in the game, but these, well the solo self found, don’t have any economy, and the hardcore has a similar, if slightly more expensive economy due to the the risk of death. In Path of Exile the items that have fixed stats and affixes are called Uniques and function like they do in Diablo with one key difference. They don’t dictate a build, very few have builds built around them, and they are drop infrequently at best. While in my time playing Diablo I am pretty certain I’ve had all the Monk unique items, I know there are many Unique items in Path of Exile that I am yet to see. There are even some rare items I’m yet to see.

Uniques do have value, well, some of them do, and in game currency is limited to orbs, their rarity and use dictates the economy and the value of items. Rare items in the game, those rolled well, and with certain modifiers, or a decent base, are more valuable than Uniques in nearly many cases. In the end game, as I’ve mentioned before, there are two warring entities, the Shaper and the Elder, both of which can impart special modifiers onto items, creating them a base for the crafting system, and if they are of high item level they can be very desirable based on the item. This forms a foundation for highly saught after items, and as they’re rare, like very rare, I’m yet to find a decent base item with a high enough item level, and a shaper or elder influence on it, and I’ve played for 400 hours. Maybe a lot of that was inefficient, but rare drops are rare, and I enjoy that about the game.

Item levels are important, as the higher the item level, the higher the tier of modifier that is permissible on the item. For example a life modifier on a low level (level 1 for example) would be Tier 12 or 13, and confer 10-14 life on to the item, however a life modifier on a high level item (level 86 for example) could be Tier 1, and confer 120-129 life on to the item. Thus, a high level item is more desirable than a low level item, as the possibility of rolling that higher tier modifier is higher.

There are two main forms of currency that are frequently traded, Chaos Orbs and Exalted Orbs. Each have their own function, and in the most recent patch we’ve see a significant shift in the economy because of the way they can be used. A Chaos orb has a moderate drop chance, of the time spent playing in end game content, you’d expect to see one every 10-15 minutes I reckon, but an Exalted Orb is typically seen somewhere been 20 to 100 times less. I found my first one before Rachael found her first, then she found 4 in the time it took for me to find my second one.

Chaos Orbs allow you to reroll a rare item, and change the properties of the item. Using these on high level items can get you high tier modifiers, but it could also chose the lower tiers of the modifiers you are after. This then means that you can somewhat craft an item looking for the perks that would benefit you, and they could roll well, and you have a usable item. An Exalted Orb works in a different way. You can have up to 6 modifiers on a rare item, however if you have a slot free, you can add a modifier with an Exalted Orb, and their usefulness cannot be understated, it allows you to add a modifier to an item, and one modifier can make a significant difference to the value of an item. Typically you’d use these on high level, high tier modified weapons to add an additional perk and make a potentially excellent item. Of course, it’s random, so it might not work out how you wanted, but the possibility is there.

There is also crafted modifiers which cost certain amounts of currency. The use of Exalted Orbs because of this crafting has impacted the economy such that the flow of Chaos Orbs is plentiful, and the flow of Exalted Orbs is somewhat restricted. The start of the league 1 Exalted Orb was worth approximately 110 Chaos Orbs, but, with their new use, and their general rarity, the value has gone up massively to approximately 170 Chaos Orbs right now, after hitting a high of 197 Chaos Orbs a few weeks ago.

The Path of Exile economy resets with the season, everything is allowed to have a chance to find it’s place in the new meta, and how useful it is to the current state of the game.This 3 month cycle of season resets allows the economy to reset and keeps it fresh and able to evolve. It also keeps the game interesting, and really enjoyable for me, but I like seeing whats going, and hoping for that valuable drop.

I hope I’ve covered this in enough detail, I kind of jumped around while writing, but I think I’ve covered all I wanted to cover. Thanks for reading!

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

Peace -x-

Day 1869: Disturbed

Last night I had a bad dream. I decided to watch a video before I went to sleep, and it did not do me well. I was pretty disturbed with what I saw, and I’m going to recount it, because I have to get it out of my head. This journal is for me to clear my head. I will not direct you to the video, and if you are easily creeped/grossed/freaked out I’d recommend stopping reading now.

When I was younger I watched the film Perfect Blue, it’s an anime, and it’s rather creepy and strange. I don’t think I fully understood it, and I kind of wanted to watch it again. There was a video that I saw talking about and discussing it, so I thought I’d give it a watch.

The video described how our online presence is an avatar, a perfect picture of ourselves, highly edited, only the best moments selected, and the discussion was fascinating. It really explored the relationship between the person and the avatar and how it all fits together and how Perfect Blue represents the horrific use of social media in the modern day. That’s all great, and the conclusions were outstanding, especially as the film is now 22 years old. It’s mind-blowing how that films message has shifted and can be adapted to everyone now, rather than it’s specific point about celebrities and other famous people and how their lives can be scrutinised.

The disturbing part to me however was the imagery used in one section of the video where the creator was discussing life imitating art, and how one persons project was unearthed. In 1996, while the film was being constructed, a man was obsessed with Bjork, mailed a dangerous package, a sulphuric acid bomb, to her, and was intending to have it detonate in her care, and commit suicide so that the two of them could be together for eternity in the afterlife. While I understood the intention of the story, I was not comfortable and was obviously affected by the use of the footage that was captured by the man on his own, who had sprayed his entire head with acid, and was clearly suffering with horrendous burns. It would have been not long after that clip that he would take his own life, but that short clip of self inflicted harm was incredibly visceral and I was ill-prepared for it.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen anything like it, whether real, or fictitious in anything I watch, so it’s probably going to be sticking around in my head for a few weeks until I’ve worked through it.

While my awake terror ended there, when sleeping I had a very visceral dream in which there was a really serious car crash, and I was helpless to do anything to help. There was a lot of odd things about the dream, and after waking up at 2 am, I had both things, the dream and the video, swirling around my head, and I could not find sleep at all. I eventually dozed off, but did not wake up well. It’s been a tough day, and I guess I worked through a bit of it with one of the most intense workouts I’ve done in a while.

Have an excellent day, thank you for reading. You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1868: Wrestling Wednesday!

“He’s here! He’s here! It’s Walter!”

And that’s how Walter was introduce to NXT UK. It was a mad night at takeover blackpool, and his first two matches were very different. He had a match against Jack Starz which was just a brutal squash match, then had a decent match against Joe Coffey. The second match really showed him as a dangerous wrestler who could perform well against anyone. I hope that they use him well.

Yesterday I watched Sasha Banks vs Bayley from NXT Takeover Brooklyn, and it was a fascinating match. It started off slow, but really picked up and was incredibly engaging. I knew the outcome of the match, but I was still invested in seeing what was happening and was shocked at the end. It was a very well put together match and a delight to watch.

There's a lot going on at the moment, I’m sure there’s a massive story unfolding in Ronda Rousey vs Becky Lynch, but we need time and space to see what’s going on. There’s not enough known as to what’s going on. I’m hoping that in a complete upset, Ruby Riott wins this weekend, but I don’t expect that to happen, however I don’t know how they’re going to twist everything on the road to Wrestlemania.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1867: Making Progress

I’m getting up to nearly 100km now in my annual goal of covering 1,000km by foot throughout the year, and it’s feeling good. Sure, my foot hurts a little today, but all in all it’s going well.

I’ve been looking at my exercise routine and I’m happy with it, I just need to keep myself active and moving, as well as trying things to challenge myself. I don’t feel like I’m at the level I was at last year with running, I reckon my mile time is about 20 seconds slower right now, but I’m hopeful I can get it back to where it was before.

This week has been rather demanding at work, and the last few days were a stark reminder of how much there is that goes on that I needed to input towards as my replacement was ill. It didn’t help that other members of staff were also not present, but it all was rather chaotic.

I’m ending the week with D&D rather than playing tomorrow night, so I’m hopeful that I can get some stuff done. I want to record some more music, and chill out. No other real plans. I have two ideas I really want to work on. I know that the lads will be playing Destiny 2, so I’ll probably play with them for a while too, we absolutely smashed it today, played 9, won 9 in PvP with them. It was absolutely wild.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1866: Music Monday

I’ve been writing a bunch of music recently. It’s the most productive I’ve been in a long time with music. Game of Bands is a prime reason for this, as it forces me to get music written and completed in roughly a week, so that there is time for lyrics to be written and vocals to be recorded.

I’ve found that while recording, different people I work with have different preferences about the music that they’ll put their lyrics and voices to, which limits the scope of the music I’ve written. The song that’ll be out next week had a few restrictions, there wasn’t allowed to be repeating sections, in terms of your typical song, there won’t be a chorus, or verses with the same structure, so it lead me to develop a coherent song that doesn’t rely on using the same sequences throughout. I enjoyed the challenge and came up with a lot of music, but decided to remove certain sections for other songs as they wouldn’t suit the singer that I’ve got for the round.

I already had an idea before I went into this round about what I was going to record, but I ended up abandoning that idea for game of bands and work on it as a personal project, and I’m looking forward to working on that more, but for now my focus is elsewhere. While recording for this round, the sections I’ve removed I kind of put as a homage to one of my favourite songs, but I can use it as a basis for another song entirely.

I’m reinvigorated to record music right now, and get things made and just have a good time. I played so much yesterday that my fingers were hurt enough by lunch time that I couldn’t really play for the remainder of the day, after spending 45 minutes trying to record a solo. I say trying because I was trying to double track it, but I was also just trying to form it into a structure that I liked. I managed to get it into the correct sequence I wanted, but wasn’t able to get it double tracked, which I might try later in the week, but for now I’m happy with how it is. I added a few flourishes that I just couldn’t pick out to replicate so I didn’t want to double up certain parts and not others.

I’ve really started to understand that simplicity is better for vocals to go over, there’s no point putting something complex and extravagant in where it’s going to get lost in the mix, but there is value in multiple layers that contribute to the sound. I think in the last track I had more tracks than I’ve worked with, but each was contributing to the overall sound, but really had a minimal part to play, but the whole was greater than each of the parts by so much that I started understanding how to construct music.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1865: Things!

I spent the morning going through all of my folders, sorting out all of my paperwork, finding my degree transcripts, my bank statements for the last 10 years, my pay slips for the last 15 years, and all the other stuff that has accumulated.

I’m feeling motivated now that the apartment has sold that I can actually get rid of a lot of the paper work that I had sitting around, and I know anything that was important has already been scanned and copied and kept where needed. from 5 folders I have 2 folders left of stuff, and that contains the important stuff, my qualification certificates, and employment details.

It’s refreshing to feel like I’m making progress and I know what needs to be thrown away, what needs to stay. As well as organising stuff yesterday to take over, I’ve further refined what I needed, and it’s all just coming together and I’m feeling good about getting stuff actually done.

I wrote a bunch of music as well, actually I’ll write about that tomorrow, but needless to say, it was a good, productive and creative day.

I started playing a little of Apex Legends, and I’m looking forward to playing more and getting to grips with it. It’s enjoyable and I can sort of understand the hype surrounding it.

The week ahead looks kind of like not much will be going on, it should be relatively quiet, I’m just going to aim to get some running done, and that’s about it.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1864: Busy time!

The last 3 days have been very productive. I did complete on my apartment and sell my car yesterday, as well as close most of the associated accounts. I got my immunisation records in preparation of the medical examination I’ll have in a few weeks, and did some research about what I can do if I’m missing a few. I also got my new driving licence and sent off the old one, it’s illegal to hold two, and so I rectified that accordingly.

Then today I managed to organise a bunch of the boxes of stuff I have so that I can throw stuff away, and give stuff to charity to sell. There are a lot of boxes. I still have a few things to go through, mainly documents, and then can get them scanned in, and chuck them away too.

It’s all feeling pretty good, I feel like a weight has been lifted, but I’m still awaiting more progress on other things. Nothing is final until I’ve gone, so I’m just trying to take everything one day at a time and try to make progress as and when I can. There are many things I have to do, but a lot of them are time sensitive, so I have to wait, even though I know what to do. I know I need 6 passport style photos, but I can’t get them until 2 weeks before I need them, and I don’t know the date I’ll need them. I know I need to get a police certificate, and that it’ll take 10 days to come, but I need to get it within 1 month of the same date I don’t know yet.

I want to try and get everything I own into clear groups of what can stay, what needs to be sold, what needs to be thrown away and what I am going to take with me. I already have a good understanding of the groups, but I need to be putting it into practice sooner and later. The more I do now, the less I have to do in a rush in the future and potentially forget about.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1863: Diablo 3 vs Path of Exile (Part 1)

I like ARPGs, actually I think it’s tied to some other things, but it boils down to a few things. The genre tends to be loot filled games with a sprawling endgame, with multiple different viable builds to play, each with distinct and unique characteristics.

Diablo 3 and Path of Exile are examples of this that I have put many hours into. Currently, each of the games are mid-season and I’m enjoying both. They have some similarities, but there are many vast differences that mean the games feel incredibly different. I want to explore why each one shines in each of it’s areas, and try to figure out which one I like better, and which I would recommend for people to play. I will be talking the versions of the game that are current, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, currently in Season 16, and Path Of Exile: Betrayal, version 3.5.

First up on the points of things to look at is Story. Every game should have a story, even if it’s told environmentally, and it’s vague, but each of these games has an interesting and unique story. Diablo 3s story spans 5 acts, initially 4, then Reaper of Souls came along and added the fifth, and is very interesting, about Diablo finding a body and overtaking the realm. Of course, I’m grossly simplifying, but there’s a lot of twists and turns, and it’s all rather intriguing, and keeps you hooked the first time you play through.

Path of Exile’s story runs 10 acts, previously was 4, but then the Fall of Oriath happened, and another 6 acts were added. I did not play the game prior to the addition of Fall of Oriath, and as such only know the 10 act game. The story is about the player character being Exiled from Oriath and having to find redemption, only to return to Oriath to uncover that Kitava, a god of corruption, has corrupted the city. There are many other things going on, there’s artifacts to find to go through the story, and in a mission in act 2, you make a choice in the quest that will determine your rewards which can affect the rest of the game, from a mechanics point of view, rather than story.

Gameplay between the two is based around the same inputs, mouse and keyboard, isometric like view. Diablo 3 allows you to have 6 skill available at any one time, while Path of Exile allows 8 skills, but, also allows a second weapon set, which is switch able, and can have a different 8 skills assigned. This becomes useful as there is a quick switch, so you can easily switch between a general enemies and movement set up and a boss killing set up within a press of a button.

There are 7 character classes in each game, but they influence each game in dramatically different ways. In Diablo 3, choosing a wizard ties you into using their spells and skills, while choosing a Witch in Path of Exile means only that you start at a certain point on the Passive Skill Tree which is weighted towards spell casting and intelligence.

Both games share Strength, Dexterity and Intelligence as points that can be added, where in Diablo they are important for Skill Damage, in Path of Exile they are used for item and skill requirements as well as increasing Health, Mana and Evasion, among other things.

As we get to this point we can see that mechanically the games start separating, and the remainder of what I write will try to keep them separate but compare where necessary. Those differences and things will be covered over the next few weeks!

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

Peace -x-

Day 1862: Finally!

It’s been a crazy week! Tomorrow my apartment completes and I am also selling my car. It’s going to be a busy day, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve already started putting a bunch of things together, and getting prepared. Most of my accounts are ready to be closed, and addresses moved. It’s been a long time coming, it’s all been going on for 10 and a half months now, so I’m glad to be done with it.

I put out a podcast catching up with where my apartment stuff is at and where my immigration stuff is at, as well as a few other things. You can check it out here! Unfortunately the video didn’t get tweeted out automatically, as that’s a change that youtube made last week, which for me is a bit disappointing, but now that I’ve read some information behind it it makes sense.

I got a hair cut today, I like how it looks now, but I was enjoying the length it was at, even if it looked a bit of a mess near my ears. I’m going to have to find a new hairdressers… That thought has occurred to me a few times, but it’s really dawning on me now.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1861: Wrestling Wednesday!

After last weekends craziness with the Royal Rumble, some interesting thoughts popped out. What match ups look like they could be wonderful having seen a lot of wrestlers facing one another even for a brief time.

Didn’t Lacey Evans just not look very good? And she’s been called up to the main roster. A travesty I know given her shaky start, but never fear, she looked like she hit her stride later in the match, especially when she stood up to Charlotte. I know, I know, I am very down on Charlotte, I just don’t like her, but, seeing the two of them working together, and Charlotte’s ability to carry Lacey means that I hope they get paired together soon, as it’ll benefit a new face, and hopefully get Lacey Evans involved now that she’s around.

At the time it looked like it could have very interesting implications, but Aleister Blacks elimination of Dean Ambrose was excellent. It’s a shame that Dean is going away, but I’d still like to see Aleister Black in that realm. I’d like to see him against someone like Finn Balor, can you imagine The Demon being vanquished by Aleister Black, and then them becoming a mighty tag team where he can evoke The Demon. Just ponder it?

What about Riott Squad vs Kairi Sane, Io Sharai and Dakota Kai? That intrigues me, 3 vs 3, 2 solid teams, could be very entertaining. I don’t have much else to say about it other than, I think it’d be good.

Rhea Ripley has been tearing it up, and despite her tough character, she’s one of the most interesting people to see on the performance center channel, and her speech after winning the NXT UK Womens championship was wonderful. I don’t know if that speech actually exists anywhere, but it was great being in the live audience for it. Anyway, I’d enjoy seeing her against anyone on the main roster, and she’s only 23, and is excellent. A match or series of matches against Bayley or Sasha Banks, or Charlotte, or Becky Lynch… or anyone on the main roster, within reason could be fantastic.

Okay, Seth Rollins vs Lesnar at Wrestlemania will be the match that we’re getting, but what about Johnny Wrestling/Gargano vs Seth Rollins? If they could play the story right it could be one of the best feuds, some of the best matches in a long time, but we are still mid-story with Gargano and Ciampa. Who knows where that will lead?

Andrade vs Mustafa Ali could start any moment, but with Andrade performing incredibly against Rey Mysterio at the moment, this one can wait. Tranquilo I guess I’ll have to be, but in what are some of the best televised matches, and Mustafa Ali’s feud with Samoa Joe, I think there could be some solid matches coming up, and switching these opponents around could be an utter delight.

That being said, Samoa Joe vs anyone he hasn’t feuded with yet. I just feel like he’s not getting the matches we all know he can deliver, but just mix it around, I’m hoping for some good and interesting matches, it doesn’t matter if they’re one offs or not, he’s a great wrestler and can elevate anyone. He’s really someone that can lose repeatedly but not really have any think be knocked off of his persona.

That’s about it for now, have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1860: Tuesday, a good day for Squats

I’ve done some running and some walking, and today I did some barbell back squats for the first time in a long time.

In my ever continuing quest to be the best me I can be, I have been running a lot. My mile time is back down under 6 minutes 30, my 2 km time is under 8 minutes, my 5km time is reliably under 25 minutes, and my 10km time is edging ever closer to the 50 minute mark I’m aiming for.

Once I was done with todays 5km, I decided, as no one was using it, to try and see if I could remember how to squat. I learned a few things. Firstly, start with a low weight to make sure you know the movement. I started with 20kg, which was good, and I felt like I got into a good rhythm. Secondly, slowly ramp up the weight to what you know you can manage. I started at 20 to get the movement going, I’ve been doing jumps with a 15kg sand bag, so I know 20 is going to feel like not a lot for me. I stepped up to 40kg, which I was certain I could handle, I’ve deadlifted it a few times over the past 2 weeks, and it was fine. I then stepped up to 50kg, and I wasn’t expecting to find a stopping point for the day.

As I lifted the 50kg bar off the rack and tried to get myself into motion I noticed that I needed to make sure everything was in the right position, my right foot wasn’t where it was on my earlier squats, so I needed to adjust. I went through the movement and got a few reps done before returning the bar and calling it a day. I’m sure the ramp up to that weight didn’t help my fatigue going in but I am glad I didn’t try to jump to 60kg immediately, as I know that would have ended in disaster. I’m also pretty confident in saying that the 5 km that I started with didn’t positively contribute to the maximum weight I could lift too.

My third point then is to know when to stop, where your limits are, the information I shared the other day about going 70% every day rather than having to take days off after going 100% sprang to mind, and I’m trying to get into that habit, of pushing myself to where I know I can get, and ensuring I don’t overexercise and am left fatigued for days.

Sure I’d like to be able to squat more, but that’ll come in time, so for now I’m just going to work on increasing the amount of reps of 50kg that I can do, and maybe try out a 60kg or so when I’ve done a sensible, not over the top, warm up.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1859: Music Monday!

Aside from releasing a new song yesterday, I have been curious about when Within Temptation went the direction of Pvris and Tonight Alive.

I was listening to the new Within Temptation album, Resist, earlier today and was thoroughly confused. It doesn’t sound like The Silent Force, which is my favourite of their albums. They’ve moved to a more electronic sound and definitely shifted a little from what I remember.

Don’t mistake my thoughts on this album, I like it, but it’s not what I was expecting. I like Pvris and Tonight Alive, but I expected Within Temptation to be massively symphonic, soaringly high, and have some crazy contrast between the music and the lyrics. That unfortunately feels missing, however what is left is a very cohesive collection of tracks that are good songs, if missing a little of what made the band special.

I’m sure their sound has naturally evolved here over their few albums released in between, The Silent Force did come out in 2004 after all, and here we are 15 years later. 22 Years after their debut album was released also, they’re still breaking new ground, and putting out quality music. It’s been a wild ride, and I know that there are certainly some heavier guitar led tracks on Hydra, their previously released album, especially the track with Howard Jones, Dangerous.

The aesthetic of the band has changed too, maybe for the better, maybe not, but it’s certainly not what it was before, with the grandiose dresses and gothic visuals. That appealed to me when I was younger, but I’m rather over the looks of a band, as long as the music entertains, I’m far more hooked.

It’s been a strange revelation. Thanks for reading! You’re all my favourites! Have an excellent day!

Peace -x-

Day 1858: New Song!

I’ve finished a song! Along with 2 people from Game of Bands we came up with this song called Link’s Awakening! Check it out! It’s a clicky link!

I’ve been working on it for the last 2 weeks, and it’s got a few Zelda references in the music, and the lyricist put some lyrics together for it. They suggested the Zelda theme, and I adapted accordingly. I’m happy with how it’s turned out, and I’m looking forward to writing more. The general theme of the round was video games, retro games, and we rose to the challenge.

As for what else is going on, Rachyrock and I started watching the Grand Tour, and the first episode was a lot of fun, I enjoyed it, and then we also watched a few Marble Race videos, which were a lot of fun, you might have seen it pop up recently, no idea why it popped up, but one of the videos went kind of viral and has significantly more views than all their other videos.

It’s been a good relaxing weekend. I’m looking forward to hitting the gym tomorrow morning, and getting this crazy week ahead off to a flying start.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1857: Productive Saturdays are possible?

I spent the day chilling out, I went on a walk with my mum and 3 dogs, and it was fun. They were wild and running all over the place, very energetic.

In the morning I played some Destiny and worked on The Last Word quest, which was cool, I don’t understand any of the complaints about the need to play PvP. It was all relatively straight forward and somewhat easy to do.

I also played a bit more of the Anthem demo, I’m enjoying it, and I like how it plays and the glimpses of the story that I’ve seen. I have been playing with the Interceptor and I think it suits me relatively well, I did the last unlocked thing a few times to see how it works with all the upgrades. It was hard to tell the differences between the difficulties, so I don’t really know what implications that’ll have, I’m sure the higher difficulties will be much more challenging.

I played some guitar and wrote more for the song that I’m working on, and I’m liking how it’s going. I’ll actually start recording it tomorrow, I think it could be an absolutely crazy song, but I don’t know what my team will think of it once we get assigned tomorrow. I also think I finished up the music for the song due in tomorrow, which I have to mix tomorrow, and then it'll be done.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1856: Welcome to February

Like last week I have a journal planned out, now I have two planned out, but incomplete, and I mentioned the one I was going to do earlier in the week, Diablo 3 vs Path of Exile, but today has been rather the insane day, and this week has been rather ridiculous.

While the most recent piece of news I’ll share in a few days I reckon, the other bits I’m hopeful and positive about. My apartment is going to complete on Friday and that’s exciting. It’s been 10 and a half months, so it’s dragged on a bit. I’m glad it’s finally coming to an end. I have the day booked off so I can sort out everything that needs to get done, like closing out all the bills, and ensuring the place is in good condition.

I’ve decided to sell my car to place that will buy it no matter what. I’m not too concerned about it, I just hope I get some money for it, as I know what it has been through and that it’s likely at the end of its life without significant investment. That’ll be happening in the next week.

I have nearly finished a song, and while just playing randomly I’ve come up with many parts to a new piece that I’m going to start recording over the weekend and will use in the next game of bands round. I’m excited.

I hope that this weekend I can get some other things sorted, like finding some cases for my guitars and then doing some organisation of my stuff. I gave one of my co-workers some cymbals for his drum kit today, they’d just been sitting around here for 12 years, doing nothing, so I had no need for them. It was a good time, I even gave him a cowbell.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1855: 2019 Progress Report, January Edition

I set myself 6 goals at the beginning of the year, all relatively vague, except one, but within my control, so I want to keep myself accountable to them, and update what is going on.

I wanted to cover 1,000km by foot, walking or running, and I’ve been working hard at the gym. Unfortunately I was ill for a week and had to take time off work where I couldn’t exercise without fear of exacerbating the situation. I aimed to be covering around 90km per month, but so far I have only covered 55km. Luckily, I have a plan, and I’m doing alright at sticking with it. I am trying to keep my days not exercising a week to a minimum, and doing even only a 15 minute session at the gym if I’m not feeling up to much to keep myself ticking over and running.

I’ve been trying to write more. I certainly feel like I have been, and I’m glad. I hope that it has been showing too, as I’ve been investing more time in putting words down in many different places. I’ve been setting myself little goals, and have been pre-writing a lot of my journal posts so that I can ensure they’re conveying the message I’m going for, rather than confusing the message and ending a post at an illogical point.

I wanted to try and read more. I am not currently achieving this goal. I have been reading a lot of things online, but these are short throwaway pieces, rather than something proper and full. I need to get myself invested in another book and start working through that, but for now, nothing is going on.

I didn’t create much music last year, but this year I’ve already generated a 3 minute song, I’m just waiting for the vocals to be done, and that should be out on Sunday. I’ve signed up for 3 Game of Bands rounds in a row, missed out on the first one as there were too many people left over, but got into the second, which is what I’ve been working on, and then there’s a third one due to start once the current round is over on Sunday. I’m looking forward to the next round, I already have an idea, and I’m excited about making progress on it.

The Nobel Laureates have fascinated me, though I’ve only passed a cursory eye over them recently, I’ve learned a little about the history of the prize and how it came to be. I spent some time looking into the history of Alfred Nobel, and it’s a strange read. I’m hoping to kind of script it into a podcast like form soon, and begin the project that I’ve been delaying for ages. Did you know that some of the early prizes were awarded to people on the committee after they deemed their contributions significant? It was also friends of the people on the committee that were recognised in the early years, until the prize started being properly awarded to significant contributions to the fields of study. This isn’t to say that the prizes were intellectually less valuable, more so that early bias should be considered, and certain notable emissions might have a more profound influence on a subject than a lack of Nobel Prize might dictate.

I am still in my job, I have not transitioned to a new job, but I’ve been working on my resume/CV. I’m still in the UK, so it’s still a while away, and right now I have nothing else to do.

It’s been a crazy month. Hopefully more news soon!

I put out a podcast with Spencer today! We recorded this a while ago, but I don’t think there’s anything time sensitive in it, maybe references to things that are going to happen rather than things that have happened already. You can check it out here!

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

Peace -x-

Day 1854: Wrestling Wednesday!

I was going to focus on the NXT Takeover that happened at the weekend, but instead, the Royal Rumble was really good, so I’m going to talk about that. Takeover was fantastic, but I was not expecting to be so excited about the Royal Rumble. The show was also 5 hours long, and there was an extra 2 hours in the pre-show, which I did not watch.

It was an exhausting amount of stuff to watch, and I didn’t watch all of it. I skipped the Finn Balor vs Brock Lesnar match, and the Daniel Bryan vs AJ Styles match, they were predictable, and didn’t really hold much interest for me. Sure, the endings and what happened surrounding them were different, but I wasn’t going to watch them with the limited time I had.

The womens matches were great, Sasha Banks Vs Ronda Rousey was decent, and Asuka vs Becky Lynch was great, but I was fascinated by the Womens Royal Rumble.

It was brave to start with Lacey Evans who initially looked a little shakey, but Natalya was in there with her, clearly in charge for so long, lasting about 56 minutes (which was nearly the entire length of the Mens Royal Rumble match). I don’t like Charlotte, I say it nearly every week, but I think that her an Lacey Evans could do great things together, but that’s next weeks topic. I am glad that there weren’t any Hall of Famers or Legends that came out really, and that the spotlight was clearly on the current roster and the up and comers from NXT. I got the most excited throughout the whole show when Kairi Sane came out, as I wasn’t expecting her to be there at all. Then that also lead me to excitement when Io Sharai turned up too. Arguably the best showing for someone was when Rhea Ripley turned up and just started smashing people and got a few eliminations, a good showing of the inaugural NXT UK Womens champion. The spots of Kacy Catanzaro and Naomi getting back into the match were great, and really out did what Kofi did later in the night, which is kind of getting absurd now.

I’ve seen people complaining that it ran on too long, and that the first half wasn’t very good, but I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it more than the mens rumble, and Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black showed up for that. The Womens match was just far more unpredictable, and with Lana coming out limping at number 28 and Nia Jax beating her up on the way past, it set the stage for another competitor to join the fray. Becky Lynch came out, to a thunderous response, and sought redemption for her loss against Asuka earlier in the night.

The whole of this section worked really well, and I had a fantastic time. The match was slow, apparently it took on average 2 minutes for each wrestler to come out, rather than the promised 90 seconds, with only the first entrant being even within 5 seconds of the proposed time. This delayed the match resolution by approximately 14 minutes, and I understand that it can be frustrating, but I really liked that it was given the time. I liked all of what was going on, even Alexa Bliss landing the Kneecolepsy on Ember Moon. I didn’t see that coming at all. Madness!

Then there was the Mens Royal Rumble match. It was good! I didn’t really know what to expect, I didn’t know who was going to be in it other than Braun Strowman, and his inclusion didn’t excite me. Opening with the only 'Legend’ of the whole show was a good choice, especially alongside Elias. Having Jeff Jarrett eliminated before any more people got involved as well really set the tone for the match. No more people turned up, members of the NXT roster arrived, and everyone was an active person involved in the current shows. The strangest inclusion to me was Shinsuke Nakamura, but even that wasn’t wildly out of place.

Speaking of NXT, they chose the right people, however, I would have gone crazy if they’d also bought in Ciampa and had DIY start eliminating people left and right for a bit to just clear the ring. I’d rather not admit that I held on hope for far longer than I should have for that, but here we are. Aleister Black was excellent, eliminating someone with a kick was a great choice, and having him look competitive and dangerous when Drew McIntyre was in the ring was a fantastic decision. It was clear none of them were going to win, it wouldn’t make any sense, I felt far more that in the Womens match anyone could win, though it was always going to be Charlotte or someone else would get involved, like Becky. Andrade really shone, as did Samoa Joe who just continues to be the most vicious person on the roster, regardless of his title status.

The end of the Mens Rumble was strange. Nia Jax came out and battered R-Truth, and headed down to the ring to try and win her a Rumble. She’s generally despised right now and she had to just lean into it. She eliminated Mustafa Ali and then took a succession of finishers from Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton to a massive reaction. She was eliminated, and then the eliminations started flying until we were left with only a few people. The fact that there were two men in the ring, and there were 4 left in the match was odd, and something that I hope dies down, I think a few of the rules need to be changed or enforced differently, because people were in and out of the ring all night. Eventually Seth Rollins eliminated Braun Strowman to win, and it was good.

Overall I really enjoyed the whole show, it was long, things felt a bit mismanaged, but it all told a great story, and I had a wonderful time watching it.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1852: Music Monday

No one was expecting it, but Weezers Teal Album came out on Thursday, and it is pretty alright.

An album full of 80s covers and a few other covers, I mainly say that because I know that Paranoid came out in the 60s. It’s fun, some of the covers are muted and toned down in the typical Weezer style, while some of them are amped up versions of the originals. It’s a unique interesting take on all the songs and it’s good.

I listened to the whole thing on Thursday and then listened to it again while I was cooking dinner with my mum. I think as a whole I like a lot of versions of the songs, it’s a shame that 3 of the songs were recently covered by Ninja Sex Party, as I have listened to their versions a lot. I don’t know where I stand on a few songs, such as Billie Jean, I like the original, but I don’t think this cover is particularly great, but it’s still enjoyable.

I don’t have much else to say today. I think I’ve not really enjoyed much else that has stood out to me recently that I haven’t already written about. Reason Define have a new track, but I can’t remember who told me about them, I think it was Ellie, and I want to listen to more of their stuff before I’d recommend it, but I like it.

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

Peace -x-