Saturday, 23 September 2017

A day of chill

Today was a day of chill. We didn't actually get up until gone 12 which hasn't happened for a while. There were a number of things that we had planned to do but these were all suspended in favour of taking it easy. The things can wait for another day....

There was food, there was RuPaul's Drag Race and a whole bucket of relax.

We have a busy day tomorrow so the rest was good!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Working from home, tracking, iPhone 8 Plus and tidying

Well today I decided to work from home as I was expecting a package and Toni was out so there would be novody home to receive it. I didn’t want the hassle of rearranging delivery. I got a text message saying it would arrive between 12:30 and 14:30 with a link to a tracking page. Usually these things just say something like 0700 collected from depot, 0715 out for delivery. This one however told me that I was delivery number 93 and the tracker worked in real time updating with each delivery number as it went along. It was quite interesting to watch.

Slap bang in the middle of my allocated slot I took delivery of my shiny new iPhone 8 Plus. Yes I know I could have waited for the iPhone X but the plus had everything that I needed. I did the unwrapping and charged it up before securing it into its lovely new case. I’m not 100% sure about this case but it can easily be changed if needs be. The wireless charging works perfectly and before long everything was restored and up and running. That’s me one happy bunny.

Work was just mental with things going wrong left, right and centre. It was just one of those days where I never really got to come up for air. It was such a relief when 17:30 came around. Toni was still out and Sam was working late so I had a chance to play with my new phone before deciding I was going to tidy up the bedroom and sort some stuff out.

It was the time for some more RuPaul’s Drag Race to complete my chill out.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Olympic wasteland and Magic Madhouse EXP

After work today Sam and I set out for Stratford to go and visit Magic Madhouse EXP to see if we could pick up some Star Wars Destiny: Empire At Wat booster boxes. We arrived to a wet and miserable Stratford and head to walk quite a way through the Olympic wasteland to get to our destination. It's crazy to think how much money was spent on all of this stuff just for it to be desolate now.

After much frustration and Google Maps failure we got desperate and resorted to Apple Maps to try and get to our destination. Turned out that Apple Maps was our saviour and we got there in the end. We rocked up at Magic Madhouse EXP and asked if they had any Star Wars Destiny: Empire At War booster boxes only to be told that they only sold single packs as they hadn't thought there would be any demand. We were gutted having made a bit of a trek to get there only to think we would have to leave empty handed.

Seeing how dejected we looked the assistant (Gav) told us to hang on a second and he made phone call. Turned out their warehouse was only ten minutes away and the guy there was about to leave for the day but hadn't so Gav asked him to fly by the store bringing two boxes of boosters with him. We were delighted at this act of kindness. We ended up waiting for nearly two hours but had a great time looking around the store and talking to Gav and Tim until our goodies arrived. Very thankful we said our goodbyes and then jumped in an Uber to get home with our spoils.

It was our first visit to Magic Madhouse EXP and we can't rate them highly enough for going that extra mile to make us happy. We'll definitely be making a return trip at some point.

...and while we were waiting for out Uber we saw this marvellous sight:

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Herding geese and banging nails

Every now and then something interesting happens outside The Gherkin. We aren't talking overpriced sculptures here, we are talking real live action events. Today we were treated to an awesome display of herding geese. There was real turf laid down, fences put up and dogs in effect to round up the birds.

That wasn't all though, oh no. They were really pushing the boat out today. We also had a competition to bang in nails to a piece of wood in a race against the accordian player.

I have no idea what it was all in aid of but it was very surreal and mildly amusing. All hail whoever decided that this was the sort of entertainment that we should be putting outside one of London's most prestigious buildings LOL.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Funghi fun, manic Monday, Død Snø 2 and New York Rangers

While walking to the station this morning I noticed some amazing funghi growing on the side of a tree. It looked like somebody had stuffed a bicycle saddle into the bark.

The working day was definitely a manic Monday. Still I guess it beats sitting around with nothing to do LOL.

Toni was out tonight so Sam and I had horror night. We opted for Dead Snow 2. Normally sequels in the nazi zombie genre just get worse bur this one was amazing. So funny and a weird mashup of Norwegian and English. If you liked the first one you'll love the second one!

Sam and I then indulged in a little Samurai Warriors 4 on the PS4 for some over the top craziness.

The evening played out with a little more RuPaul's Drag Race to kill of some time before the first New York Rangers preseason game. The plan wasn't to stay up all night and watch this which was just as well as I was knackered and had to go to bed at some point LOL

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Guardians Day, Capitals webcast and more Magicians

There had been plans to go and do moot stuff today but to a low amount of people wanting to attend we decided to postpone it. Instead we decided to make today Guardians Day. Tara had never seen Guardians Of The Galaxy so we decided to educate her :)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 1 was followed by Vol. 2 so that she didn't miss out on any of the fun. It was a real hardship having to watch both of them again LOL. They are both excellent movies but for Vol. 2 just edges it as the better one plus we have the Adam Warlock tease in the credits.

Sadly the NHL weren't streaming the Flyers v Islanders game in the afternoon so I decided to watch the Edinburgh Capitals v Belfast Giants game instead. It's not quite the same but it was an enjoyable game nonetheless with the Capitals coming back from a 2-5 deficit to lose 5-6 LOL.

There was also some more The Magicians to be watched so we burned our way through to the end of Season 1. It's a series that gets better and better as it goes on with some nice twists and turns with a fantastic finale. Next stop, Season 2........

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Magicians, Gatwick road trip, PS VR and NHL

I had hoped for a long sleep this morning but that wasn't to be but I guess getting up after 9 isn't really a bad thing LOL. Tea and breakfast was followed by a couple of episodes of The Magicians.

At midday Toni and I jumped in the car for a road trip to Gatwick to go and pick up Aaron and his friend Amy from the airport. Despite the M25 being quite busy we made it in plenty of time. Flight was on time so it was a smooth pick up and then back round the M25 to drop Amy off in Deptford and Aaron back in Sidcup. It was still almost five hours so not an insignificant outing LOL.

Sam picked up a PlayStation PS VR set cheap on eBay and we had a little dabble on it. I have to say that the Star Wars Battlefront PS VR mission is absolutely superb. VR is not something I'm that interested in but seeing a VR Star Wars universe is a whole different ball game. Colour me impressed!

The only slight downside of PS VR versus Occulus was that I felt a little seasick afterwards.

Tonight was the first of the NHL preseason games so we decided to indulge as we hadn't watched any ice hockey for quite some time. Vancouver Canucks v LA Kings was the first match in the preseason series. I'm not really a fan of either team as such but boy it was good to have some hockey back!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Crazy day, South Park, Hellboy and more Drag Race

Today was a crazy day. It started well and went at a good pace and then emergencies started popping up left right and centre. Just as I was thinking about going home, boom, it felt like the sky was falling in. Thankfully I managed to get on top of everything by the end but it was nuts.

Much later than planned I headed on home looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend. I started off with the first episode of Season 21 of South Park with the crew taking an irreverent swipe at 'smart home' devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home, Apple's Siri got off light LOL.

Recently I had a good old grumble about the new Hellboy film that is being made without Ron Perlman. I'm pretty sure there has been plenty of negative feedback about this as both Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman have been very public over the years about wanting to do a third film. Sadly this is not happening and I guess in an effort to try and move things on and generate some positive responses we have just been given our first look at Stranger Things actor David Harbor as Hellboy!

He certainly looks the part, it will be interesting to see if he can play the role in a way that is akin to what has gone before.

The rest of the evening wound down with a couple of episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Star Wars updates

Time for a few Star Wars things

Abrams is back in and now we are seeing some changes. The release date of Episode IX has now been bumped from May 2019 to December 2019. This is fine with me as it gets it all back in line with the December release schedule that The Force Awakens and Rogue One shared. I wasn't happy that they wanted to switch to May fro the Han Solo movie onward. It also give JJ Abrams and Chris Terrio some extra time to get their script sorted out!

In disappointing news the novelisation of Episode IX is not due to be released until March 2018 so not in sync with the movie releases for a change. This was disappointing.

Hot rumour at the moment is that we will be getting a new The Last Jedi trailer in October at some point! There are some spoilers out there as to new reveals that we will see due to a leak but I have NOT looked into those as I want to see for myself.

Here's the latest edition of The Star Wars Show:

....and last but by no means least, two more blips!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

WWE Mae Young Classic finals

So tonight we finished off the semi-finals and finals of the Mae Young Classic tournament.

Brilliant is all I have to say. Like the Cruiserweight Tournament that preceded it we got to see top notch talent from around the world compete with lots of unexpected surprises along the way. This tournament was very refreshing in that most of the wrestlers were not what could be described as typical WWE Divas as most of them could actually wrestle properly. 

It's always been a bugbear for me to see the majority of women chosen based on their looks rather than ability to wrestle. I don't want to see a load of barbie dolls doing a pseudo pillow fight, I want to see woman of all shapes and sizes knocking seven bells of shite out of each other.

The Mae Young Classic certainly delivered on that front!

I won't post any spoilers as the final was only this week but it's great entertainment if that's your thing.

Check out the whole tournament on the WWE Network.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

JJ Abrams strikes back

Following the uncertainty of who is going to direct Star Wars Episode IX after Colin Trevorrow was fired from the project, have now cleared things up. It has been revealed that JJ Abrams will be returning to the franchise to direct and co-write the, as yet untitled, sequel to The Last Jedi.

Abrams got a fair bit of flack for sugar coating The Force Awakens and making it too much like A New Hope in places. Despite this I think he did a really good job and I think now that he'll have to follow plot leads from The Last Jedi and with the story group having true focus and direction sorted out he'll be able to turn in a winning finale to the final trilogy. It might all still be (in a galaxy far) far away but it's certainly got me fired up for it.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Fuzzy day, candy sticks and a Star Wars parody

Today was a bit of a fuzzy day. Despite getting a reasonable amount of sleep I felt tired and lethargic when I woke up and it was difficult to find any motivation. To make matters worse I got to the office to find that my lactose free milk had been thrown away from the fridge. The clean out of the fridge is done on a Friday afternoon but I was using my milk AFTER that scheduled event. They are only supposed to ditch things that weren't labelled to keep or that had an expiry date issue. My milk had my name plastered all over it and also had another week to go on it's date. I bought a new carton and will have to monitor the situation going forward. *grumble grumble*.

Just to add insult to injury to my day I then started feeling all emotional for no reason that I could identify. I just felt a bit sad and lost and felt like I could burst into tears at any moment.

The day was made better to find that David had left a packet of candy sticks on my desk. It was like being a kid all over again.

Sugary goodness!

Gotta love the Superman tattoo!

Following the announcement that Star Wars Episode IX has lost it's director Colin Trevorrow the rumour mill has been hot with who the replacement might be. This parody though, is a work of genius!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Kitchen Nightmares and totally chilled

It was a lazy day today. Toni and I chilled out and enjoyed a Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA marathon from the start of Season 1. I do love his shows and this one is great seeing him step in to help people try and save their restaurant businesses. It's people watching at it's finest with so many attitudes and slices of humble pie being eaten.

It's so nice to head towards the end of a weekend feeling thoroughly chilled and relaxed and ready to face the ongoing week.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Black Flag, Mae Young Classic and Guardians 2

Toni was out for a large chunk of the day so I was back in PS4 mode and trying racking up a few more percent on Assassin's Creed Black Flag. I made some progress but not quite as much as I would have liked due to getting stuck fighting a particularly difficult Man Of War.

We cracked out the WWE Network app and caught the first few episodes of the Mae Young Classic show that they are currently running. Similar to the recent Cruiserweight show the Mae Young Classic features 32 female wrestlers from all around the world competing in a tournament to be crowned winner. It was a good strong showing for a new show and it was great to have Jim Ross back doing the announcing alongside Lita. If you like wrestling it's well worth checking out.

We finished the evening off with Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 now that it's arrived on Bluray. Love this film so much.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Indian and RuPaul's Drag Race

I got to leave work a little earlier than usual for the first time in ages which was lovely and a bit of a novelty. Sam was off to the cinema to see IT and Zoe was off to her role playing club so Toni and I treated ourselves to an Indian for dinner.

We burned our way through the last few episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race season 4. I seem to have become somewhat addicted to this show. It's a bit of car crash but does provide some good laughs and certainly doesn't take itself too seriously. I avoided it for ages but am so glad I decided to actually give it a go.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Down in the basement...

We often have emergency fire evacuations at work and the odd test one which involves us having to leave the building. Today though it was an internal evacuation with everybody headed down to the basement.

It's an interesting experience but not very pleasant as the acoustics amplify the general noise of people talking creating a wall of noise. As we have to walk down the emergency stairs for these events I am really happy that we are no longer on the 16th or 26th. The views from the 2nd aren't as good but the evacuation is less painful LOL.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Dolmen Grove Hampshire Moot

I took a half day today so that Toni and I could whizz down to Fareham in Hampshire to attend the Dolmen Grove Hampshire Moot and their monthly meeting for a talk on paranormal investigations.

We made good time and popped into the local Harvester for foods.

It was nice to go out and have some a meal and some time together.

The restaurant had the best toilet sign ever! Top quality!

After the foods we headed to the venue of the Moot for what was an excellent talk on paranormal investigation. John Harvey had some very interesting tales and injected some nice humour into what is quite a serious topic. Very very informative.

It was lovely to go and visit another moot and meet new people and see how things are run elsewhere. A well spent afternoon and evening.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Rough day, Blade Runner and Interview With The Vampire

Today started badly. I woke up feeling really rough having been sick in the night so I was feeling pretty sorry for myself.

I had very little eat first thing and then went and had an extra sleep but that didn't really help too much. I was starving when I woke up so nibbled some mixed nuts but that didn't help much.

Dinner was quite light, a mixture of fish and some veggies but it filled the hole nicely and I didn't feel anywhere near as bad as I had.

Having seen the trailers for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel we decided to crack out the original for a quick refresher. It's amazing how fresh it still looks and has hardly dated since it was first released. Still one of the best sci-fi movies ever!

Next stop was a return to Interview With the Vampire. I've never been a big fan of this film as I always struggle with Cruise as Lestat but last time I watched it I had warmed slightly and tonight I have to confess he might be slowly growing on me (albeit VERY slowly). Just don't suggest he reprise the role for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Dark Tower

We went out for breakfast this morning to Delicio in Eltham and Sam came up with the fantastic idea of going to the cinema as we hadn't been for a while. We decided to go and see The Dark Tower which is based on Stephen King's novels of the same name.

It wasn't a bad film at all. We hadn't read the books so had no preconceived ideas. The ending seemed a little bit rushed but overall it was a good story with some great concepts.

The plot was simple:
The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

Not sure if you should see it if you've read the books but I'd certainly recommend it if you haven't. It's even been done in such a way that they could move into sequel territory should they so desire.  

After the film we went to Bella Italia for a nice meal.

Friday, 1 September 2017

PS4 day

It was nice to have a day on the PS4 today. I always try to spend more time playing games but often find that I am distracted by something else LOL. Today I continued my quest to get as near to completing all the tasks on Assassin's Creed Black Flag.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

....more Star Wars Blips

Here are some more Star Wars Blips for your pleasure:

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Long day, Kuso and Star Wars Blips

Today was a long day. Today was a busy day. Things happened and some plans started to formulate. There will be some busy weeks ahead once we get into September. Deep joy!

Sadly when I got home Toni was the wrong side of a massive headache/migraine and so headed to bed. Sam and I decided to catch with a horror movie and chose Kuso. That was a weird one, a really WEIRD one!

Kuso depicts a series of four surreal vignettes about the mutated survivors of an earthquake that has destroyed Los Angeles. The vignettes are broken up throughout the film by animations, television static, and news reporters reporting on the earthquake. Kuso Received a large number of walkouts at Sundance Festival and was deemed in an article written for Verge as "The grossest movie ever made."  Not sure about the gross bit but's certainly odd.

I won't scare you with a trailer and gross you out. Instead let's lighten the mood with some fun Star Wars short videos that have appeared on Youtube. They certainly acted like a pallet cleanser to my brain LOL.

The Chase

Out Of Reach

One Up


Monday, 21 August 2017

Three day week, busy and Game Of Thrones

It's a three day week for me but sadly Monday still felt like Monday LOL.

It was a busy busy day. The morning was spent troubleshooting client issues and trying to persuade people that we can't go on without proper root cause analysis taking place. As usual this was falling on dear ears!

There was a change of pace in the afternoon but just as busy as the boss and I had to burn through doing Q2 reviews for developers. Technically speaking it is still his responsibility but I am involved as I work much closer with the developers than he does and also because he is hoping to offload it all on to me at some point LOL Once the reviews were done it was back into troubleshooting mode and more scratching my head at the lack of root cause analysis.

When I finally got home it was time for dinner and the latest episode of Game Of Thrones! Oh my! These episodes get better and better. No spoilers, no trailers, just watch it!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Garden of delights, NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III and The Jinx

We managed another sleep in today which was wonderful. The weather was nice so I got up, made coffee and headed into the garden.

It looks s lovely out there. I set about mowing the grass. It's amazing to think that I've mowed the lawn more here in the last five months than I did in five years at the last place LOL.

After I had taken these pictures Toni and I were talking about the work that we need to do in the garden. After we had finished our coffee we decided to throw caution to the wind and crack on. There was pruning, strimming and cutting. We managed to do about two thirds of the garden. We stopped when we realised the waste pile was getting a bit large.

We did a good job though and everything looked really good when we were done.

After our hard work it was time for brunch which consisted of gluten free fish finger sammiches. Food fit for kings and queens!

It's been a while since I've had a rasslin' fix so I caught up with last nights NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III pay per view on the WWE Network. This wasn't a bad event and the results at least made me happy with Sanity defeating Authors Of Pain to win the NXT Tag Team Championship belts, Asuka retained her Women's Championship belt against Ember Moon and Drew McIntyre finally coming up trumps by defeating Bobby Roode win the NXT Championship. Think what you like, it's a guilty pleasure of mine :)

Our next step was six part documentary The Jinx. This was recommended to us by Jade and we were told not to Google it, just watch it. It turned out to be veryinteresting. I won't post much about it on here just in case you fancy the mystery of it all so here's a very brief synopsis. Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon, Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Dinner was provided tonight by the most excellent Ababil Tandoori of New Eltham. We hadn't tried them before so we were taking a chance but it the food was delicious. The offer much more choice than Rishta/Rannah and have a very clear guide on their menu as to which things have wheat in them so it's perfect for Toni.