Category Archives: Personal

Fake Hot Wheels!

I brought what I thought was a real pack of Hot Wheels off of eBay, I had no idea that there are fakes of these toys!

Hot WIhhers anyone!

The packaging was pretty squeezy, but I am sure my nephew will love them for his Christmas present.

The noise above

At times I wonder how deaf the couple are above me! They moved in six months ago or so and at times I can’t stand the noise. This little woman with a face like a grandma walks around with this thud, thud, thud, that reminds me of the original robocop films. I really can’t understand how a girl who is only about 5″3′ can make so much noise! I also found out she is deaf in one ear since birth. And there is me, born with the opposite problem. I can hear high-pitch sounds off the chart which most people can’t hear. In my early 20s one night while playing a game on my computer with music on in my bedroom, I heard an old-man shouting for help from the house right the other end of the two gardens, the other side of the block. These gardens are 100 foot long, so that’s over 200 foot away.

The poor old man, had fallen over out back, was lying on the cold ground when me and my dad found him. A lot of people said I saved his life.

So here I am, with my advanced hearing having to cope with people in my immediate vicinity who are deaf and listening to their TV and music. I swear, they took out good sound proofing and put in crap. There is me downstairs in a lovely homey flat, but now I feel I might have to move. I’ve tried to talk to the girl, but she has just been rude back. I am loosing all respect for the couple above me and I am not sure how to deal with it.

So please, if anyone has any good suggestions on how to talk to a person like this please let me know. I’ll try to be diplomatic, but she thinks I am always complaining!

Twitter wants my phone number!

I had one twitter account, I deleted that! Then I resigned up for twitter because I wanted to follow some celebrities I like. For a while it was fine, I didn’t do anything wrong. Hadn’t used twitter in good while, recently when I loaded up on the app on my iPhone I noticed my account was blocked. So I emailed twitter, and after a few attempts and not one human reply from the company my account was unblocked.

After one like I did, I went back on, this time they want to verify me, but how they want to verify who I am just annoys me. They want my mobile number! I get enough phone calls from scammers, so why the hell do I want to give a company with historically bad security my mobile. And why on Earth does a company that has no need for mobile numbers what your mobile number. This is just floored in all aspects in my view. You can verify through email, many other companies do that and don’t ask for a mobile number.

So at the moment I refuse to verify via giving them my phone number, which just means I am still blocked!

In my view Twitter is providing a false log, an invalid block, followed by a verification system to silicate your phone number. I fear they are acting like criminals to silicate your information. Whats next, are they going to sell that information to the highest bidder? Or just get hacked by someone else, so that other criminal can get everyones phone number!

Google Local Guide socks!

A good while back when I first used google maps I noticed a number of things wrong locally so I decided to fix some bad pointing, reported a few businesses which no longer exist and provided a few reviews on some local restaurants. I really don’t know how long it had been or what criteria I completed on the local google guide but I got an email saying I had earned some socks!

At first I thought this was a joke or spam, so I did a web search, surprisingly on google! And I saw that many people have earned their socks. So I went back to the email checked and it looked safe enough. I thought it would ask me to pay for P&P but no it didn’t only my address! So I guess in my view I took a gamble.

Three weeks later…

They arrived!

They said one size, so at first I thought they looked a bit big, but they fit my UK size 7 feet fine. I am rather happy with them, not bad for a little freebie.

In case people are interested they are made of 69% cotton, 29% Polyamide and 2% Elastane. Hopefully they won’t become itchy! I nearly always wear 100% cotton!!

Star Wars Squadrons without the playstation!

I pre-ordered Star Wars Squadrons a while back because I am a big Star Wars fan, however I’ve sent my PS4 to Sony because I’ve been having problems with the machine. Originally my PS4 stopped all-together and didn’t work or load up at all. So I had sent it to be repaired. Now it’s back there and I got a new game here and no machine to play it on!! 😦

There is irony here, somewhere!

Take a knee?

Since the American quarter back took a knee in protest, this symbol has spread around the would as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

I never truly understood why people want to follow this pattern. As in old English and the time of shivery, one takes a knee to show respect, take an honour and to serve. Before royalty one takes a knee to receive an honour such as a knighthood.

To receive in honour.  To serve.

So why are we changing an age old custom to suit a new modern interpretation? The Cambridge English dictionary have added this action, this summary to their dictionary.

Have we changed that much that we are willing to throw out the old meanings? Has modern vocabulary now change? I don’t know about how others interpret this, I am certainly not keen to see such action. I still see, to bow before, or take a knee and interpret that towards “to serve” even it’s with honour.

We want to break the bonds of servitude, treat others how you want to be treated by others. I find the movement for Black Lives Matter hypocritical, as I believe that all lives matter. And I am against taking a knee, we should all stand together as equals and bend to no man.

Handel House & Hendrix flat

George Frideric Handel who was born in German moved and worked in London. You can visit his house at 25 Brook Street, Mayfair. Handel gained fame in the 16th century as being recognised as one of the best musicians of the day.

Although interesting, to me there seems a thinness about the house where Handel lived. The lack of furniture maybe, information around the venue. There were three girls playing music in one room and that was certainly interesting to listen too. I believe there is much room for improvement and as they plan to purchase the rest of the house and fully restore the house it sounds like a place to visit in the future.

I did find Hendrix flat far more interesting, hearing how he use to shop in John Lewis round the corner, there was so much more I could relate to here. Reading how he would order steak, chips, drink Mateus rose wine, now that’s food I could go for myself. There is a lot of his music I love to listen too. I also never realised how much classical music he listened too and had in his collection. I will have to listen to his music again to see if I can hear any influence there. Seeing his bedroom, which was helped put back to how it originally looked like with the help of his old girlfriend.

It was worth a visit just for that.

 

Mobile gaming obsession and addiction

When Nokia first introduce Snake on their mobile phones, lots of people got hooked. As phones got smarter, the games evolve, people habits, have they changed?

I was just playing a little bit of a game called Star Trek Fleet Command started to talk to someone on there in a private message about game addiction. What amazes me is how much people are now invested in a slightly more complex game.

Five years ago a game came out called Star Wars Commander, this follows the same formula as other games like Clash of Clans. You build, create an army, attack other players and defend your base. There is a way to boost yourself forward in the game. All you have to do is spend real life money to acquire those packs to boost your standing.

This is real world money on a small video game on a mobile. It might seem innocent at first to say, spend £5 here for a pack, some players spend £10 a month for a pack. I asked one person, how many people spend money, they took a guess at 1 in 3 to 4 people will spend something.

Then you have the top end players, by the time I decided to quit player Star Wars Commander I knew a good number of usernames spending £1200 a month to stay at the top. That’s £24,000 a year, that’s more than what a lot of people work towards just to feed their family, pay the bills and survive. Not to mention the time needed to play these games, the biggest killer is time. Once you start playing in your free time, it will easily overlap into work time. Family time! Will you be at the dinner table with your family, out in a restaurant and try and sneak in that extra bit of game at the dinner table?

So I eventually quite Star Wars Commander and moved over to Star Wars Heroes, this was a different type of game, but in the end it had those “packs” you can buy, a ranking system, clans. And like the previous game, those players that wanted to stay on top, spending their money, building that gap between the rich and the poor! I didn’t hear it so much there, but I knew a few people that had spent a few £100 on the game. But it was all time consuming again.

I managed to quite gaming on my mobile for at least six months. But by Christmas 2018 I had a bit more free time and this time a new game had come out, Star Trek Fleet Command.

To start with, this felt different, you had missions to do, galaxies to explore, by the time I got into the game a bit more, I found out about the clans, but here they called it “Alliances”! After a while you get to a certain point where in order to progress you need certain materials, where you need to mine on these rocks.

When you realised in order to progress you need to do a lot of mining to get the materials to build all the upgrades… I got up to a point where I managed to quite the game for a whole month. But I ended up returning to what I call Star Trek Farmville!

The same flavour is here also, the top players I have spoken to, had my base raided by them, had a mining node, (floating rock in space!) taken off me by these players. They too are spending a lot of money, one player a woman from Germany has spent over £17,000 on the game just to be on top of everyone else, others have spent a few thousand, one member of the alliance I am in is spending £100 a month on the game.

Like life, there seems to be a balance of the wealthy people, those that spend the money on top, the elite of this social society, then you have those that are time rich, these are the players in the middle, then you have those that don’t spend any money in the game and are time poor.

But if you turn this on its head, those who are time poor and don’t spend the money on a mobile game have the most to gain from real life. They are the people we should all be emulating.

Getting to go out and socialise with people face to face instead of this digital construct that has appeared in our hands over the last ten years. This new world gaming culture has diminished wallets, our time and is taking what we hold dear. And these companies that make these games, they are the digital vampires bleeding us dry. It’s time for people to make a stand against their weaknesses and turn those into their strengths.