Wanting to be a Higher Rank in League

If you play ranked, you want to get higher than you are.  I am the same but stuck down in the Bronze Leagues.  However when I got really annoyed with the game the constant personal attacks when something doesn’t go right, the losing streak I stopped and thought about it, the main question is does the game change if I get to gold or higher?

The answer I came to was no in general, because unlike other games you don’t unlock something better or new content its the same thing.  The only thing that is different is the skill of other players, and in general they are less toxic than the lower leagues but that is due to the fact they aren’t as frustrate about where they are.  I think that is where all the toxicity comes from is people feeling like they need to climb.  Take a deep breath guys, because while in this moment of clarity I realised the game isn’t going to be any different if I was Challenger because I won’t unlock anything special other than bragging rights.

This is what confuses me and what I have found out the less up tight I am about winning and climbing which I still want to do but not really worrying if I lose I have actually won more.  Winning and losing does matter don’t get me wrong that is what keeps us playing League but I guess but it highlights why you shouldn’t vent too much when things go wrong.  And just forget about that lose.

Hercules Movie Review 2014

Hercules was a weird one for me because going into this movie I was expecting the typical demigod movie.  However the truth is, this movie doesn’t give you that.  I don’t want to give too much away because this movie is worth seeing because there is an unexpected twist.

The other thing that is to note, that this movie very slightly challenges the myths of the gods.   It challenges whether everyone has the ability to become a god as we see them?  You saw Hercules as someone who was physically strong as the mythology says but he was mentally flawed and that meant that he wasn’t the completely physically dominate god that we see him as.

The acting was pretty good,  I won’t say it was the best performance by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, however he did do well it was another style for him in some respects.  He was still playing the physical action hero but there was some scenes where he had to add mystery and emotional distress.

Overall I would give this movie 7/10 and it is one of the better movies out at the moment that I have seen.  However saying that now could be misplaced as I haven’t seen the latest Planet of the Apes or Guardians of the Galaxy.

WWE Report 29-0-14

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The Shield’s fist pose” by Miguel Discart from Bruxelles, Belgique – 2014-05-22_22-35-18_ILCE-6000_2343_DxO. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Over the last couple of months I have been watching the Pay Per Views (PPV) and RAW quite regularly and I didn’t think that I knew enough now to comment on the storyline until now.  I think that I am going to do a weekly segment about it, because I am really enjoying it at the moment.

For me the major thing for me is The Authority and The Shield, I am confused by it to be honest.  The typical storyline I have to admit though but the thing that is confusing me is yes The Shield has split but they split because Seth Rollins “Sold Out” but for me that doesn’t mean Dean Ambros can’t help Reigns does it?  I don’t want to give too much away this isn’t what the blog post is for, but of late you’ve seen Reigns in handicap situations why hasn’t Ambros come to his aid?  They both in some respect want to the same thing because Ambros wants to be there to keep Rollins down and Reigns wants the title, so why not combine your power because both would annoy The Authority?

The other big storyline for me this week was the Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella and although wrestling is not known for the best acting, I think this has been very well portrayed for me.  The biggest problem this storyline has it’s not the male division its the diva, for some reason it doesn’t hold the same at the moment.  However seeing the time that the WWE gives to the Divas now it seems to be a lot more than I remember years ago.  I am interested to see how this storyline continues to develop because you just know that Stephanie will have something up her sleeve for Brie nothing is that easy when your dealing with a McMahon.

Those were the stand out points for me this week on RAW.  If you’re a wrestling fan and have some views on what I have said or any of the other story-lines at the moment in WWE why not comment and let me know what you think?

Subscribed to My First Streamer and Why?

So I have always been one of these people who didn’t subscribe to streamers because I made sure I had AD Block disabled while watching their stream.  However when sat there one day last month I decided to subscribed to ImaQTPie (QT) which to anyone that knows me would know is a bit strange because I am a huge Curse fan.

However to be honest I did it because I had a bit of spare cash and because he has always been really friendly to the community and appreciative of his fans.  Not saying other pros aren’t because another example of that is Voyboy.  The reason QT got the sub was because he streams more often at the time I am able to watch, and I have to admit I did it also in the hope that I would get some of my questions answered.  Although I failed to get my questions answered by him directly the chat was helpful at times and to be honest I don’t blame him for not getting to my question just because of the amount of people in his chat.

The question is will I keep the subscription up?  I don’t think so not because QT didn’t answer my questions it just I haven’t got time to watch his stream as much as I would like.  Has it been a positive experience parting with my hard earn cash for a stream?  I would say it is a mixed bag, I feel good about supporting someone who is producing content, but I had hoped to get my questions answered as a sub.  Has it put me off subscribing to anyone else?  No it hasn’t but next time if I do it even though I want to support the Pros like QT I think I might support smaller streamers if I find their stream helpful.

Have you subscribed to anyone’s stream?  If so why?

Blogging to make money can you still do it?

This is a question that years ago I would be very interested in because while I went through University and learnt more about Web Design I was hoping that I could do it as a full-time occupation, however I never really put the work in and now I don’t want.  This blog or any of my others were made for me personally and hoping that I could make money off them, to be honest I’m consolidating them all to this one because blog is now for me not to make money.

I feel that if you want to make money off your blog you need to be consistent and have a subject to make all your content around and to be honest I’ve never been able to do that.  The main reason I am asking this question is because you see many YouTube content producers switch to services like Patron where people can pay them an amount a month for them to keep producing content for you.  The reason for this is because they feel or can no longer get the money they used to be able to get from advertising.  Now I hear you say what does that have to do with Blogging, well for me I would say its the same system even if it is different media.  I think you can still make money off a blog if you do it right and if you are willing to put the time in.  It’s not just the content that you produce its about taking the time to find other blogs on similar subjects, taking the time to read them and comment.

I say that because a prime example my most success article as far as views and money generated was this one about my Chromebook.  Why? Because I posted it in Google Chromebook’s community on Google+ so although its hit or miss doing something like this but you are promoting to people who are already interested.  Now don’t get me wrong when I say it was successful it wouldn’t be enough to live off ever or even pay for this hosting but it just showed that if you were to put the effort in it could still be done.  The problem that most have is everyone has a blog these days, how do you stick out from the crowd and keep those views up?  These are all questions that you have to ask yourself because I don’t have the answers, because I can’t help but feel that it comes down to the individual.  Why I hear you ask?  Well in my opinion only you know your content on who you want to read it.

If I was going to push this blog into a money-making machine, I would probably have to spend only 10% of my time creating content and 90% working out how best to market the content find the right places to promote it.  To try to answer the question can you make money blogging still?  I would say yes but like everything as more people do it, it becomes more and more difficult.

The Purge: Anarchy Review

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The Purge – Anarchy Poster” by May be found at the following website: IMP Awards. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

The Purge was a little disappointing or lacked something so going into this movie I wasn’t expecting much and I was pleasantly surprised by it.  I think the thing that the first one was lacking was it was centred around the one family really from what I can remember, and as a write this I have just realised I should probably re-watch the first one now to do this.

I felt that this one should have been the first in the series because it did a good job of setting up the scene and gave you an understanding of what it was all about.  While just making the movie more exciting, because although the tension was there in the first movie from what I can remember however with the movie set outside, there was a whole new dimension to the threat that was posed to the group you were following.    The other thing that this movie did was hold an untold story which added to the want to see these characters to survive just to find out what their back stories were.

The acting was really quite good, the storyline didn’t let the actors down but considering these were relatively unknown actors and actresses they did really well.  This movie also tries to ask the question would happen if we could get rid of societies weakest and where the richest people control people.

Overall I would recommend people see this movie if they haven’t got anything else to watch, that said though I wouldn’t say it would be a must see.  I give this movie a 7/10 although I can’t really find negatives for this movie I just couldn’t find a reason to give it any-more than a 7.

The Killing Thoughts

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“The Killing 2011 Intertitle” by Screen capture from the premiere episode. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

I have to admit I’ve had a busy day today so this is going to be short and sweet because no matter how busy I’ve been I feel that its important to get a blog post out otherwise I will be letting it slip again.

The Killing is a series that start out in normal production and as Netflix has expanded into doing their own content they have picked it up.  So as an avid Netflix user and receiving an email about it I thought why not give it ago?  I like crime dramas for the most part and my favourite at the moment being close between Sherlock and Castle, but for some reason I just can’t get into this TV series.  I don’t know what it is but I have watched the first two episodes and it just doesn’t appeal to me.

If you look around social media quite a few people are mentioning it and people like it but for me it just feels like its empty.  Sherlock has this air of brilliance about it, Castle has this underlying sinister and light side to it I am struggling to find what The Killing has.  I will probably give it a break and finish watching House of Cards Second season and then give it ago because there has to be some weight to what people think is good.  Now I know that everything isn’t for everyone but I feel like I could be missing something here, and maybe its just the wrong time for me to watch it.

Have you seen The Killing?  Am I missing something and what did you think of it?  As always feel free to leave a comment below.

My Initial Thoughts on the Eve Industry Changes

Today was the first day since the big change that I have actually had time to sit down and have a look at it all.  The window and tools to do the research and manufacturing is a really good improvement in my opinion.  That was one of the hurdles that always put me off going to far into it because I never really knew how far I needed to research a blueprint to make it efficient.  With the new changes, there is a definitive answer and then it is up to you whether you want to spend the time.

The other huge change for me is the fact that now we have unlimited slots, which means you don’t have to queue to get your Blueprints research however you might need to pay a little more depending on the demand.  If I’m honest I haven’t looked too much into this because I have a home base where there is a factory and one system over there is a lab.  To be honest no matter how expensive it gets which I doubt it will anyway I won’t be moving because I like the systems and I have too much to move really.  This is why I am moving away from the Wormhole that I wrote about here because I’m not comfortable really with never really knowing where your going to end up from one day to the next.  The not knowing is what kills me I like to plan a little ahead or know that I am X jumps away from Jita or Dodixie so that if I’m moving things I know how far I need to go.

The downsides to these changes, with making things more accessible to new people it will mean that it will drive the price of things down as in the finished article.  The problem for me is I don’t mine my own minerals, and people might consider what they have mined as free so they make a profit as long as it covers their taxes and fees.  As anything though only time will tell and it will be interesting to see how people adapt and I am just waiting to see how the market pans out to take advantage of the situation.  However for the time being any BPOs I have will be being researched just to try to keep making profit on the items I sell.  Thankfully Astero BPCs from Sisters of Eve loyalty points seem to be highly profitable still that said though they seem to be going down in price.

Acer C720 Two Weeks On

Acer C720

There might be a pattern coming along here but I promise you this will be the last one on my Acer C720 because after a week of usage enough happened to be able to make an informed review of the Chromebook and you can ready it here.  But two weeks on is where it all fell apart literally.

That’s right for some reason my ESC key came off and I was like what the hell it’s just over a week old and my keys are coming off already.  I would like to add I’m not happy on my keys and have been a touch typist since the age of about 8 due to personal circumstances.   That in mind though I managed to get it back on however a dare not press the one corner of the key.  I feel though I could just be unlucky with that respect because all the other keys seems quite solid although.  Although for a few days after I was a bit wary of it happening to others.  I was tempted to send it back as it was still in the time you can send goods back but as the key is sat there nicely and not coming off as long as you stay away from the one corner I’m not going to worry too much.  Also being the ESC it’s not as if your going to be typing using it so you can be careful on how you press it.

The other thing that I noticed when shut down completely and turned back on.  On the log in screen the wireless connects but then when you sign in and are ready to work it disconnects and then reconnects.  I have posted in the Google+ community about it and found that I wasn’t the only one with this gimmick.  I have tried the power-wash feature I have admit.  While lending my Chromebook to my brother some how I ended up with two of my own accounts on it, so don’t know how that happened maybe because I haven’t made the switch to gmail.com from googlemail.com.  However the wrong address had ownership of my Chromebook so I had to power-wash it and I have to say I won’t hesitate to do that again within 10 minutes I was back up and running as if nothing had happened.

One other thing that I’ve had trouble with is notifications, my email and chat mainly.  As my understanding was you got these regardless because your signed into your account on the Chromebook however after testing I seemed to need a custom URL in the notifications settings and the window open.  Not that this is a huge deal because my Android Phone is never far away so can use that for those notifications although having my Chromebook do it would have been nice.

Overall though the Chromebook has fitted in quite nicely into my set up and just by looking around this blog you will see that my productivity has gone up ten fold.  Even with the slight issues I have had with it, I do feel that it is worth every penny, and would recommend it to anyone as a secondary device and even a first depending on the circumstance.