Little Discoveries

When I moved to Bournemouth, I was looking for new adventures and to see different sites, but recently on my fortnight visit to #Barnsley I looked for things to do. I came across #YorkshireWildlifePark located in Doncaster. Believe it or not it’s only 30 miles from where I live and I have never been there in my 30 years of living.

If you haven’t been there go and check it out, I thought it was a zoo but when I was there you realise it’s not actually a Zoo. It’s an amazing place and I got to see some animals that I would never expect to see in Yorkshire… Polar Bears! YES! In Yorkshire!

Have a look at the website: https://yorkshirewildlifepark.com/ It’s well worth the £15 entry fee, in fact I was tempted to buy an annual pass even if that meant I would only probably get to go once more in the year. The animals are so well cared for and in a weird way they actually look happy!

HIGHLIGHTS

Some of the highlights of my trip were: (in no particular order)

  •  Seeing the Polar Bears, Luckily when I got there there were two of them playing with each other in the large river that was in their enclosure. This was a pretty magical site. It got a lot better when further down as I was walking away another one came past and right underneath me. I said to myself there and then this is probably the first and last time I would get this close to a Polar Bear! Such amazing animals, so large and the paws are ridiculously big! 
  • Giraffes’s, 4 of them in the enclosure, I thought the first three that I saw were big but when the 4th one came out it overshadowed the others! So large! 
  • Wallaby – Walking through the Wallaby enclosure, getting up close and personal with them, I noticed a rather large one stood against the fence. (Early reading that baby Wallaby’s stay within the mothers pouch for months and don’t regularly make an appearance) It turned out it was a female who had a baby within the pouch… and guess what.. Yep the baby popped it’s head out for quite some time! Amazing!

It was a great day out and I would highly recommend going to see it if you can get a chance. This post might sound like I have never seen these types of animals before and that I’ve never been to a Zoo, well you would be wrong, I’ve been to quite a few but this one was different, very different and I’m not sure why. Go and give it a visit and see if you think the same!

New beginning

Well after my last post “Stressed I think” I’ve had a lot of time to think about things and how I am going to continue! I’ve realised that it is work that is making me into someone I’m not, I’ve had lots of rants to people about how I would rather be out of work than unhappy but I won’t be doing anything silly like that. That was just because of how wound up I was about the situation and it seems to just be a downward spiral. I’m going to continue doing what I am doing in a hope that I can get the passion back for it and continue to do what I love doing.

I’ve loved every minute of working for the past 9 years and a little blip once in that time is something that is expected, it would be stupid for me to throw it all away for something so stupid. A simple chat could probably sort it all out.

So now that I am feeling better about the situation, a week away from the office and being back home has probably helped, along with lots of cuddles from my dogs too. I think I may have been feeling a little home sick and alone also which didn’t help the situation.

The only way I can explain how I feel is a cloud has been lifted from around me and I can see all the good things in my life whereas before I couldn’t.

I’m hoping that this continues, I have another week away from the office now so hoping that I feel refreshed when I have to go back. I’m also looking at booking a weeks sun holiday where I can completely shut off from everything and just recharge the batteries!

Sorry for the boring posts, this is just something I need to do so I can eventually read back when I am feeling rubbish again to bring me back to reality!

Stressed I think

So I’ve not been on here much lately and there is a good reason for that, I’m having a really hard time at the minute in and out of work. Everything is getting too much for me and I’m finding it really difficult to concentrate, be motivated and basically as I like to say “Gone into Self Destruct Mode”. I seem to be to put it nicely fucking everything up around me slowly and I don’t seem to care who I hurt in the process. I’m slowly turning into someone I don’t like and I’m not sure how to deal with it, some people have told me to go to the doctors but that even sounds like too much hard work. I seem to be wanting to suffer in silence at the minute and no matter what anyone says I’m just not listening, well I am but not taking any action or listening to what they say!

It seems that if I hear something it sends me off when I’m feeling calm into some kind of rage where I just moan, become tense and unhappy again! It’s never happened before.

I’m slowly turning into someone that I don’t know, I don’t like and I don’t want to be!

I’ve recently left work for nearly two weeks, 1 week working from home and 1 week annual leave. I can already see a difference in myself and no longer feeling like I’m someone I’m not! My old self is coming back out and people around me can also see it. I really have no idea what to do in this situation or to rectify it!

My recent hate towards the iPhone

For as long as I can remember I’ve always had troubles, some kind or another with #Apple #iPhones. Whether it be because of my own stupidity from #Jailbreaking, replacing parts myself because it seems so hard to get an appointment at Apple stores. One way or another I always well and truly mess my iPhones up. I’ve had them all except the S versions but ever since the very first iPhone my biggest gripe has always been the battery life! No matter what I do, what I close down, even when everything is turned off (little bit pointless in my opinion) they just seem to drain.

The latest scenario is my iPhone 6, the battery drain was ridiculous. I’ve had it well over a year now and the battery would jump from 100%, to 70% to 50% after just a few hours off charge. This wasn’t ideal for me with me doing on call for work. Sometimes it would show 40% and then 5 minutes later it would completely shut off. Wouldn’t power on or anything. Then when I plugged it in to charge voila it would miraculously be at 45% WTF?

So I decided to make a change, I went out and did what I do best and change phones. I bought out right the #LGG5 and boy what a phone it is! So many great features, battery life is incredible even without turning anything off!

I bought this as a stop gap until the #iPhone7 is released but depending how well I get on with this phone and if it can keep my interest I may not even make the swap! Watch this space!

Do you have iPhone battery issues? If so let me know below! I’m interested to see how other peoples batteries perform!

London Marathon 2016

Well what can I say about the #LondonMarathon, this was my first time ever watching it, I’ve never watched it on TV before and I’d never been to watch it in person. I can only sum it up in one word…AMAZING. I got invited to go watch and not only go and watch I was in seats that you couldn’t even buy. #GrandStand seats at the finish line. It was an opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down so Saturday morning saw me travel to London ready for the #Marathon on Sunday. I wanted to make sure I got there with plenty of time and also so I could see some of the sights.

Nothing could have prepared me for how many people were actually going to be there on Sunday, not only running, but the spectators too. It really was something else, I usually get really annoyed when people stop in the road but somehow this was different. I just enjoyed the moment and especially with Virgin creating the hash tag #OneInAMillion.

I got to see #PrinceHarry giving out medals to the winners, I got to see the world record attempts being broken, just a shame that #EliudKipchoge didn’t beat the fastest time ever for a marathon. I could see the excitement in his face when he realised it was so close.

The only problem I had was that I didn’t know #JemimaSumgong had that terrible fall and still went on to win with such a good time for the women runners.

Overall an amazing day and such good fun to be a part of. My eyes are still seeing people move from watching all the finishes come in! Great fancy dress outfits.

So many people running and all doing it for something close to their hearts. #MillionMemories.

It’s definitely made me want to be part of it next year. That’s if I can get a place!


WINNERS TIMES

Elite female runners

1. Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) 2:22:58
2. Tigist Tufa (Ethiopia) 2:23:03
3. Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:23:39
4. Volha Mazuronak (Belarus) 2:23:54
5. Aselefech Mergia (Ethiopia) 2:23:57
6. Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia) 2:24:09
7. Feyse Tadese (Ethiopia) 2:25:03
8. Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) 2:27:27
9. Mary Keitany (Kenya) 2:28:30
10. Jessica Augusto (Portugal) 2:28:53

Elite male runners

1. Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) 2:03:05
2. Stanley Biwott (Kenya) 2:03:51
3. Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) 2:06:36
4. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (Eritrea) 2:07:46
5. Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:07:52
6. Tilahun Regassa (Ethiopia) 2:09:47
7. Sisay Lemma (Ethiopia) 2:10:45
8. Callum Hawkins (Britain) 2:10:52
9. Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) 2:11:44
10. Ghebrezgiabhier Kibrom (Eritrea) 2:11:56


Get more Settlers in Fallout 4

If you have trouble like me getting more #Settlers into your settlements then just follow the below steps that have helped me!

Food – The more food you have, the more people you can get. Just planting food will not be enough. You need to assign a worker to the food so it can be counted as a resource in your Workshop menu. To assign a worker, go into the workshop menu and click on a settler. This will make it so you are commanding him and can use him where you see fit. You can command them to harvest food, to go guard posts and work at work stations.

Recruitment Radio Beacon – You will need a generator, a power pylon connector and of course, the recruitment beacon. Place the generator anywhere you want and place the power pylon and recruitment beacon near it. Use triangle (Y on xbox) on the pylon to connect the wire to the generator AND therecruitment beacon. The beacon will automatically be on and you can turn it off if you think a settlement is getting to big. (I don’t always use the following sometimes just a beacon and a generator connected with a wire will do the job)

Water – Making sure you have enough water is another key. I try to keep it around 1 per person and normally go a bit overboard so I can stay away for awhile if new settlers come. A water pump doesn’t need to be manned by a settler and is pretty easy to make.

Beds – If you have 17 settlers, you need 17 beds. It is always good to have extra beds so new people can come and join while you are out adventuring. This is what I found the hard way, sometimes you just need to have more of everything to keep them happy.

Defenses – This isn’t 100% needed to get more settlers but it will help keep your settlers alive. Every now and then a camp of yours will be raided and you can go defend it. Placing turrets, traps and guard posts will increase the defense of a settlement and increase the odds of your settlers surviving.

You can assign a settler to work at a guard post to increase defenses with that. You can also give settlers new weapons and ammo to help out when the raiders attack. I would avoid explosives though, they are more likely to blow themselves up with it then use it properly.

I generally forget about the little camps from the #Minutemen missions and concentrate on building up the main ones first. You can always sort the smaller settlements out later on down the line. Currently I am building up the #Castle, #StarlightDriveIn and of course the #Sanctuary

Fallout 4 is back

A couple of weeks ago I posted “Bored of Fallout 4” this was because I got bored, I had destroyed the #Railroad, I destroyed the #Army with a Nuclear weapon. I was only left with the #MinuteMen and to be honest Preston was really getting on my nerves with made the game boring. Going around and keeping the settlements happy.

I decided to give it another go and this resulted in my buying the #SeasonPass which gave me access to the #Automatron, well if you don’t know what this is give it a go! It brings in Robots to the world of #Fallout and allows you to create your own. It makes the game a little more interesting but don’t do what I do and go after the #Mechanist straight way. It will cut the game short and now I am back in the same boat just helping out the settlements.

I’m going to carry on playing it for a while but I have a feeling it may go again very soon unless another add-on is released! 🙂

VPS Server

I’ve recently moved all of my websites from #GoDaddy shared hosting to my own #VPS server. I wanted to run my own installation of #Confluence on a server rather than just keeping it local to my Macbook so I can access from anywhere.

This was a challenging couple of days as I had no idea what I was doing, from setting up #cPanel to configuring my own name servers and backing up / Migrating my data to the new server.

So far I think I have everything working as I expect I just need to decide what to do with some of the domain names I own now.

This is going to be my main blog, but I’m also thinking of starting up some of my other projects that have been and gone because I just didn’t have the time to get them up a running.

More to follow.

Bored of Fallout 4

Well it’s finally hit me, I have got bored of playing #Fallout4. It was all good up until I completely blew up and killed the #RailRoad and the #BrotherhoodOfSteel.

I made the mistake of joining the #Institute, the thought of knowing my son was the leader of the Institute I knew where I had to be. Now all the missions I have are the silly little ones from the #MinuteMen. I made a big mistake by killing the rest of the factions. I REALLY WISH I HADN’T gone down that route.

So now I find myself with rubbish side missions, getting very little XP, doing similar things over and over again, killing raiders, killing goules and having to go back and forth talking to Preston. Not what I call a fun game anymore. I refuse to start again and do the game a different way so I’m now on the hunt for another game to find and play that can get me as addicted as #Fallout4. Any recommendations?

PS4 Remote Play

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This weekend I decided to start playing around with the #PS4 #RemotePlay application that #Sony has just released for Windows and Mac OSX. I was extremely excited to see this being released although it probably does mean my #Vita and #VitaTV are going to be made redundant now!

Download Link: https://remoteplay.dl.playstation.net/remoteplay/lang/en/index.html

Installation on Mac OSX, really easy, simply download from the site above and launch the app. I didn’t have to open any ports on my firewall, nor do any configuration. Simply sign in with your PSN ID and it should go away and find your PlayStation! Simples!

The only grumble in which I have and it’s nothing major is that you need to have your controller connected via USB which can be a bit of a pain in the arse.

I have tried this from my local network and also outside from my friends house and both worked exactly the same without any lag or frame drops. But I guess this also depends on your internet connection at both locations!

Apart from that… WELL DONE #SONY! You have done extremely well with this app!