Today the Sony PlayStation 4 came out in the US, we will have to wait until November the 29th. Next week the Xbox one is being launched, however Microsoft will be launching it in their most popular gaming countries which luckily and unsurprisingly features the UK. So the US, most of Europe and other countries will get the new console on the...
I bought a new phone the other day, it was time as my last one was just bout hanging in there. There was a part of me which was tempted with an iPhone however I ignored the devil on my shoulder (my wife) and opted for a Sony Xperia Z1. I wasn’t 100% sure about sticking with Android devices, but as there is little else out there I thought I...
I have spent most of my time playing GTA V like many others, I have pretty much completed it, barring some of the smaller games, no spoilers here I won’t ruin the ending. So for a change of pace I picked up a copy of FIFA 14, I got some money off as I traded in a number of older issues (they really weren’t worth that much). I kept FIFA 13...
I am currently sat in an ibuprofen haze, after managing to f**k up my back helping a mate out. The wife is playing nurse maid, but not in costume as I requested but she does keep bringing me hot and cold compresses as and when I need them. I haven’t hurt myself like this for a long time, well not when doing work, I have when you know…..
Anyway I now have a large amount of time to reflect on life, because currently it’s too bloody painful to even play Xbox (good god how will I cope). So I am making the most of Sky Anytime and my Netflix account and watching back to back box sets. On Sky the Wire full collection just came on, I missed a number of episodes along the way and the final ever episode so I am having a good catch-up. Netflix is proving useful for the odd movie I haven’t got round to seeing and the odd old classic.
I did have a Love Film account, however I cancelled that a while ago, due to being frustrated with their constant mix ups. I swear it’s like the Data Label they use on the discs was just screwed up. I kept getting different films to the case. However cancelling that means I no longer have access to their instant services and between Sky, Netflix and Lovefilm there is still some shows I can’t get. So I have to go and try and pirate them from the US, ssh….
The auction for which I was lugging furniture to and fro is happening tomorrow, hoping my mate makes a ton of money, so he can compensate me for my injury and thus the fact I can’t play Xbox. A few grand seems suffice!
No, I’m not on cracking form, ha, not a chance! However Leeds are for a change, well they were on cracking form this weekend and god knows how long it will last! Our performance at home hasn’t been too bad, we have won four at home and drawn one out of seven games and we have won two away and drawn once out of seven games. Obviously it could be a lot better, however we are currently sat in 8th place. If we keep going, we will be able to move up the table, something we haven’t done much of in the last few years. In fact this time last season we weren’t in as good form.
After our win today at home against Yeovil Town, our next game is away against Charlton. Our defence was strong today and we kept Yeovil down, despite not having as much of the position. However our shots on target and accuracy saw us take the lead after 48 minutes by Ross McCormack scoring from the six yard line. Then keep that lead throughout the second half with another goal by McCormack after 67 minutes. I can’t say our defence wasn’t challenged by Yeovil, it certainly was however we kept our cool, a clean sheet and our three points.
Charlton could make or break us, currently sat in 17th they need a win. Hopefully we can keep on pushing and we can see a good result next weekend. However for me that’s a long way off as I have quite a busy week.
I’ve had a lazy day today, watching football and playing a bit of Xbox, however tomorrow I promised Id help with the house work and sort out the garden. The recent storms have left some aspects damaged so I need to throw away some stuff from the garden. I also need to tidy the garden room as it has become a bit of a dumping zone.
The wife and I also need to work out what we are doing about our holiday situation, if I am going to be able to see my dad next year and also what we are doing this Christmas with her family. The holiday stuff I don’t mind thinking about, but Christmas with the MIL eugh! No! I also promised I’d give a mate a hand shifting some furniture he wants to sell at action which means hiring a van and filling it up. I’m hoping he makes a lot from it, so I get a nice cut of the money for helping!
Finally Call of Duty is out on Tuesday, its on pre-order so I will be spending time on that, I might have time to let you know what I think on here.
As it is the 31st October and Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, Witching Hour, e.t.c. I thought I might add a playlist to get you in the frightening mood!
Tonight I will be mostly hiding out in our darkened house not answering the door to trick or treaters as I am a tight Yorkshire Man.Read More
Considered a musical genius, like many was tortured, by depression, drug addiction and sexual orientation struggles. None of which I find interrupted my like of his wonderful music. In fact I think although the above overshadowed his career somewhat, it’s always going to be his music he is remembered for.
Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground impacted my youth, I wasn’t always as well rounded as I am now, growing up this music seemed to be the epitome of my personal struggles and it influenced my music tastes for the rest of my life. So I paused yesterday, when I heard news of his death (at 71) and wondered how this music had actually impacted my life.
I would have got my Velvet Underground records out, if it hadn’t been for the fact that the record player is buried under a mountain of books. Instead I opened up my Spotify account and reminisced my youth listening to all the songs which featured in poignant moments of my life. I haven’t listened to them for a good while, in fact I haven’t really listened to music for a long time. So it was really nice, relaxing with a scotch (not my usual choice when listening to this music but then I have changed my ways) and thinking back to all those moments in life where music became a crutch that I needed to get through. I’m just glad, life is no longer like that well not for me anyway.
And yes I am ignoring Leeds, loss on Saturday.Read More
I bought a new phone the other day, it was time as my last one was just bout hanging in there. There was a part of me which was tempted with an iPhone however I ignored the devil on my shoulder (my wife) and opted for a Sony Xperia Z1. I wasn’t 100% sure about sticking with Android devices, but as there is little else out there I thought I would prevail. It was quite pricey though, so I bought some insurance through mobileinsurance.co.uk for it which was pretty affordable.
It’s quite a large handset, (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm) but it does feel surprisingly light and in my man hands pretty easy to use. The screen size is an impressive 5in which is full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display and 1920x1080p. Its main features are the fact it has the world’s best camera and it is waterproof. It comes in three colour black, white and purple, the wife wanted me to get purple (what, do I look gay?) however I opted for black.
Despite the fact I have a DSLR camera, I actually really like the one on my phone, and it is very good. I bought a Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera which has high magnification and 3.6x optical zoom as well as advance sensor technology. It is a pretty fun toy, works well and importantly takes great photos’. I think it will be most useful when I don’t want to be lugging my DSLR around.
I’ve found that it is pretty quick as well, compare to my last phone it works like lightning. The OS is also seamless on it, but that is more to do with the fact that the phone is up to date, I think once a year or so has passed and we have had multiple updates it will slow like my last phone. It comes with a number of entertainment features installed, including 3D motion gaming, a Walkman application, Social Media, Google Wallet and it is PlayStation Certified.
It also comes with a number of inbuilt Google applications, including Chrome which is handy as it’s my preferred browser and what I use on my laptop. I’ve also downloaded a number of apps from Google Play, which was easy and quick.
There aren’t too many bad points I have come across yet with this new phone, I would like a case for it though to protect it, however I am struggling to find any. The market is saturated with iPhone cases and Samsung cases however something decent looking for the Sony Xperia Z1 is pretty hard to come across.
I have spent most of my time playing GTA V like many others, I have pretty much completed it, barring some of the smaller games, no spoilers here I won’t ruin the ending. So for a change of pace I picked up a copy of FIFA 14, I got some money off as I traded in a number of older issues (they really weren’t worth that much). I kept FIFA 13 just to compare gameplay.
For those who are upgrading to the new Xbox One, you probably haven’t got the new FIFA, due to the fact that the Xbox one comes with a copy. As I am unsure yet whether I will be getting a new Xbox I thought I’d get a copy, I can always sell it.
Anyway I have to say this isn’t my favourite FIFA edition. It seems like EA are not improving, yes I know they bring out a new game every year, but it does seem like they are going backwards in terms of quality and control. Unless this game has been designed with the new Xbox in mind, then they have really gone downhill. It’s slow and sluggish, not smooth and consistent that we have had in the past.
It also seems like they have become real sticklers for the rules, more so than actual FA officials in the real game. I found with tackling, ones which should have seen a yellow card sees nothing. It may seem like I’m complaining at that like I do with real games but it just seems ridiculous at the moment. Plus shots seem to too easily blocked for the other team/ they seem to move much better than my players. Perhaps I need to play more and gameplay may improve with ability, but currently it’s bloody frustrating. As the players you build your team from no matter their ability in real life it doesn’t transfer to this game, they are all poor, even Messi.
I generally don’t play online because I am pretty antisocial and generally get kicked from servers a lot. However I tried to hop online and it took bloody ages, was laggy and after a while the connection went. I checked by broad band which was fine, running its pretty fast speeds and the wife had, had no problems so no idea what was wrong there.
It does seem like FIFA struggles to improve each year, until they bring out a patch which is hugely frustrating for those who buy the game when it comes out. It also won’t help them boost sales with plenty of negative reviews for the first few months. Not encouraging any one to buy till they get themselves sorted out.
For those who have not yet got this game, I would wait a while and buy it when it drops in price which I would think it would. Or wait till you upgrade to the Xbox one if you are and get it for free, maybe it might be better on that or they may have fixed some bugs.
So I went out for Sunday dinner yesterday with the Missus as she was too tired to cook. We went up into the Dales and found a nice spot. It was pretty busy and we didn’t get seated to till gone three by which time I was starving! The pub actually did three portion sizes, small, medium and large, naturally I went for the large. Plus starter and pudding, so I was veritably stuffed after. But it was bloody good!
Luckily for me too, the pub we were in had free Wi-Fi so I managed to get my updates on the Leeds game. By time we had sat down for the food we were 4-0 up! Which was bloody brilliant! It put me in a right good mood. We really needed this win and the GD is now improved which is handy as it can mean all the difference if your close to the playoff games. We now have to keep this up for our next game against Huddersfield.
Luckily for us Birmingham had a shocking game, they really did fall apart. Taking a lead early on helped, especially going 2-0 up before half time. This meant we had the confidence going into the second half, sometimes it does cause your opponents to rally though. But luckily for us Birmingham didn’t! For a change we really showed determination and quality which we have been lacking recently, so hopefully it’s here to stay.
We had flow and consistency, push forward constantly which wasn’t too hard to do because Birmingham’s defence broke down a bit and their goal keeper had a shocker. However Birmingham did have a lot of the possession, they struggled with shot and shots on target, however they did have more corners. Both teams had equal fouls, it just seems like we could follow though and they couldn’t.
Anyway as I mentioned before, we need to carry on this good form into our next game. On Saturday we face Huddersfield away, they haven’t been on brilliant form, losing and drawing their last few games. If we can carry on like this next week we are in with a fighting chance. However I am not holding my breath.