So it begins – 5 night shifts a week for the next three or four weeks. Last night was the first and I must say it went really well. Apart from the alarm in the morning and a rather intriguing police search taking place on our forecourt, plus a few technical malfunctions too. Hopefully tonight is a little easier. The good thing is I have left not a lot of work to be done tonight as much was done last night. As my manager said that’s the benefit of working more than one night in a row as you can spread the work out and do it better too.
Back at work tonight at 10pm, so will probably be posting tonight. Last night I didn’t manage to as I decided to do some odd jobs instead. For some reason I wasn’t as tired as normal but perhaps that’s because of the 11 hour sleep the night before in preparation for the gruelling weeks ahead. Pub tomorrow evening so I’m happy.
“The reason a lot of people do not recognise opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work” – Thomas A. Edison.
My wishes have finally been answered, but not so much the wishes I would have wanted yet. Now my degree has been finished off I find myself at work trying to raise a good sum of money in preparation for my LLM and LPC course due to start in September. My wishes? More hours – as many may ask as well.
So, today my manager approached and asked if I could do five night shifts a week for the next three or so weeks. Whilst this sounded very difficult to actually contend with I also immediately began thinking of the money side of things – sweet. I’ve managed three night shifts a week so this seemed like it should be a walk in the park for me. We will soon see.
Apart from work then I am finally having the chance to do some of those tasks that have been waiting on the to do list for some time now. My room being one of them. I’m aiming to start that one next week. Apart from that I need to get rid of or sell a few things that are currently collecting dust in my room.
Other cool news: on Monday I decided it was time to expand the number of fish within my fish tank. I went out and purchased a groovy little Hong Kong plec to help keep those glass panels clean! It’s rather cool to watch, I’ll admit. Here he is:
Since whacking day has ended for the Simpsons Tapped out I feel that most of my time has been spent simply purchasing the remaining land expansions and various other buildings and decorations too. The new addition of the yard sale and the very, very few others being available for in game money just really hasn’t added enough. I know this may be a little dry spell which leads up to another huge and exciting update full of brand new content but I have found myself more often than not actually missing those little pet snakes.
What’s left then? Well, as I said I am currently only a little distance away from owning all of the available land space. It’s costly sure, but what else can I spend it on? A Laramie vendor machine and a donut stand? I’ve already got those so now I find the money is being well spent on new streets full of yet more money making houses and decorations set upon the now very costly and newly acquired land plots. My Springfield ‘town’ now consists of 8 separate islands all with their own little scenery and purpose. An island for the power plant, one for the rich, one for the greenery loving individuals and so on. Very soon I will have bought the remaining few land plots and hope, with much doubt, that EA will add on new plots to buy – hoping even more so that one of those purchasable is the shore line!
What are you spending your money on? Is it a ploy for EA to try and entice players who have grown bored and weary into buying those premium items at the high price they are? Do people buy these donuts to further their towns unique appearance or is it through shear loyal purchasing for fans of the Simpsons? For one I won’t be going there, I can assure you.
An initial post on the brand new reveal of the Xbox one and what, so far, it is to bring with it. The live stream is still ongoing so not everything has been revealed just yet but up until now it sure looks amazing. I’ve got two – three links open right now streaming the live reveal and another to check up on what everyone else has to say too. Just like the reveal of the iPhone 5 I am officially in geek mode. Initially it’s clear that the rumoured or set name of Xbox 720 was just a tag name for it until this day arrived. Although with that in mind why has Microsoft chosen to go with Xbox one? With the 360 console one could say that it is all round greatness – hence the 360 number.
What about the looks of it, possibly the best place to begin. The new design and feel to it seems very strange – opting for a more squared style of console as opposed to the later curved, glossy look of the newest Elite console. The control seems a bit different but as always sometimes it’s the smaller details which become very evident and clear as a whole piece, isn’t it?
What’s to show then? We’ve seen new sports games coming to the new Xbox with graphics and gameplay set to stun everyone each time they are put into the disc tray to play. I mean, the little details have now become significant surroundings and the whole gameplay feel appears much more immersive and in depth too. The new Forza 5 looks even better with every little detail on the cars becoming the new standard of graphical scenery within a game. The new Xbox seems to be a move towards a huge overhaul in gameplay for gamers – graphics, effects and overall gaming experience has taken a leap forward into the blurred line of realism and gaming. All thanks to a brand new engine called Ignite. I can’t wait to see much, much more of this either.
Perhaps the most anticipated reveal is the next generation of Call of Duty. A brand new engine has been created especially for it which makes the worlds become much more detailed, concentrated and immersive. The textures on the land and weapons, gunfire, cutscenes and everything else has become too close to real to be able to express in words. The only way to see this is to look at the reveal at this part. the multiplayer looks the best however; dynamic maps are perhaps the biggest surprise which, as they say, alternate the flow of the map as you play on. Even the final reveal of the side by side detailing has amazed many I can assume. Call of Duty Ghosts looks to be the next step up – by a long shot. Personally, I’m tempted to trade my newer Xbox in for this beast.
What are you views on it? I don’t think many people will be able, physically, to find fault or wrongdoing in this new console. How or where would it be? I think it really is the next generation of gaming and will completely transform the way we play. Another more detailed post will be put up soon when more details and a broader analysis has been compiled.