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-

Day 1887: Music Monday!

I’ve been busy!

A new song has been created, written, recorded and put out into the world. This round of Game of Bands I teamed up with Kyogre790 and Specocean to create a song called Slow Wave.

The theme for the round was Dreams, and so I wanted to create the music to be rather ethereal. I focussed on my guitar, and using that, in combination with my pedals to create a big reverb laden track, over which some dense vocals could be placed. I took the approach that less is more and I’d constructed a song that was nearly 5 minutes long, and had a pretty classic song structure.

Then we never got the vocals finished to the new lyrics, so had to use the old ones, which only took up about a minute and 45 seconds. Luckily, I could mess things around, and go back to the original linear, progressive structure I had before. It all came together quite well. I needed to double up the vocals in one part, but I’m happy with how it all came out.

So please, enjoy. Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 1886: Ponderings

I spent a bunch of time playing Path of Exile, and really just nailing things down for what I want to do to start the next league on Friday. I still don’t know what I want to do, but I know I want to be casting something, and it’ll likely be a storm brand build.

I listened to a podcast today that was essentially an interview with the developer of Path of Exile which was 2 and a quarter hours, and they talked all about the design philosophy. It was fascinating to hear about how they combat power creep, how the builds and archetypes should be based up on skills, rather than using the class to dictate the skill used. They were talking about the game, how they think about introducing people to the game, that with peoples first builds they might not make it through the game. That’s totally a thing. I made my way to act 10 on one of my characters but couldn’t get to the end of the game as my character wasn’t able to survive well enough in the area I was in.

I spent time today cooking and trying to catch up with stuff, but I ended up really watching a bunch of compilation videos and lazing around playing games. I even loaded up Sky Factory and did some stuff there.

As for anything else that is going on, well, I don’t know. There’s not much going on in the week ahead that I can really point to, I’ve not signed up for the current round of Game of Bands, it doesn’t interest me, and I’m still just trying to get a good sound out of all my equipment. I’m hoping that the song we’ve been working on comes out well, but so far I don’t have the version of it that is final, so there’s still work to do.

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

Peace -x-

Day 1885: A busy day doing nothing

I didn’t have a plan for today. Unsurprising, as it is Saturday.

I woke up early, earlier than I was hoping for, and faffed around. It took me a while to get moving, but once I was up, I figured out that I’ve been putting off cashing a cheque, and sorting out my drawers.

Once I’d visited the bank, I scoured my drawers, deciding which clothes I no longer need. There’s far fewer clothes that I wanted to rid of than I thought there would be. In general though I have fewer clothes than I thought I had.

I spent the rest of the morning playing Path of Exile, figuring out how I’m going to approach the new league that starts on Friday.

This week ahead should be interesting, with the new Path of Exile league, Synthesis coming out at the end of the week, but on Tuesday the Season of the Joker begins in Destiny 2. This happened last time too. When Betrayal was coming out, Season of the Forge was released within days. It’s a good time, and keeps me busy, but I get burnt out on both at the same time, which is unfortunate.

Rachyrock and I took on 4 bosses in Path of Exile today that we’ve never tried before. We took on 3 of the Breachlords, Tul, Xoph and Esh, then we took on Atziri. These are all bosses that can do serious damage, and there’s a lot of movement. I’m very pleased with how we did on each of them, as we beat them all on our first attempts, even if I died a few times. All in all it’s been a good day in games!

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

Peace -x-