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!

Cobra Kai and Karate Kid

Yesterday I watched the final few episodes of Cobra Kai and boy did the last episode of season two turn into a war zone in the school. I am not sure I’ve ever seen anything else like it.

The character development really draws you in from the start. Johnny who was the bad guy in the first film is really the main character here. You are drawn in and you really do feel for the guy. His problems feel real, but his bad luck comes and goes with some good luck and more bad luck.

As the show went on you get drawn in and feel more involved, there are very few programs on TV which have this. Game of Thrones had you and this does as well.

Another aspect of Cobra Kai is the Romeo and Juliet story, with two different characters falling in love with each other from rival families. And if you watch carefully, there are three different RoJ stories in the show.

Now because of watching that, today I’ve just watched Karate Kid, 1, 2 and 3 on Amazon Prime and realised I’ve actually never seen the third one. I enjoyed the films but on each one I felt there could of been more of a solid ending.

If you’re a fan of the original films and have Netflix I highly recommend watching the show.

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.

Batwoman is boring me!

I’ve been watching the new TV series of Batwoman. I have enjoyed Arrow and the Flash shows, didn’t like Supergirl that much and some of the others.. Well they were not working for me.

I was up to episode ten of season one, but now I’ve decided to give up. It pains me to say it, but I am finding the show really boring. There is only one nemesis for Batwoman, the same old premises of saving Gotham from evil. It’s a dry feeling, the character development, well, not much of a back story really.

In Arrow, the main character of Oliver Queen, there were several dimensions, the darkness, impact of loss, anger. With Batwoman, there is… Batwoman, then Kate Kane with her sweet smile. You see her love interests, a little bit of something else. With Batman there was always mystery. With Batwoman, there is none! This is a gimmicky like cold toast.

The one floor with Arrow was the poor sound quality of the show. Sadly with Batwoman is not only the poor sound quality but the calm of the whole thing. It’s feels action-less, the stupid aspect of applying social media trying to squeeze a picture, all those extra’s trying to take that photo with a mobile phone! Trying to be modern and up to date, everything is too clean, even the dirty places are clean.

I didn’t even mind that she was gay, that didn’t freak me out, but for me there is no good story here, and I am giving up.

Please don’t waste medical masks outside.

I’ve been going for a 5km walk nearly every day since the epidemic. It’s a wide out door space, unpolluted with oxygen producing trees. So why use or waste a mask in this environment. You shouldn’t need to or waste a mask, the traditional medical mask is designed for closed, sterile spaces and to be disposed of once used. Then you have other people without a mask who will pass you, bring up their hands to cover their face away from you. This is also wrong. When walking past someone it should be simple, close your mouth and exhale through your nose until at a safe distance to breathe again. It really shouldn’t be hard to master that practice.