Geared up

The Global Event over the past few days has proved to be the perfect exit from Tom Clancy’s The Division.  I’ve been able to gear up by solo farming and completing daily assignments.  Hat off to the developers for keeping the 2-year game alive and well, I didn’t have enough time to explore the DLC but have been watching my Twitch broadcasters since release.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The chatter is now about The Division 2 which may well be sneak peeked at E3 in June.

I’ve explored New York enough in real life to be totally impressed with the environment.  For now, it’s deleted from my hard drive and I’ve installed the heavily anticipated FarCry 5.

Decent bandwidth needed

Last workout 22-March 2018 – 35 mins

Today is a Good Day

After a horrendous weekend of technical problems, I started my Monday with a simple written statement that I deeply wanted.

Six hours later I found the technical sweet spot for a complete solution.  Now the paradox question to myself is “What if, I didn’t write my affirmation statement in the morning?”  Tangible success is a great thing and I should continue aiming higher.

What do you want for me?

What do I want for myself?

What is stopping me?

Tom Clancy’s The Division – 2 years later

Today is a Good Day

The End is the Beginning

Proverbs 8:1
Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?

With this info filled world of facts, opinions and fake news how do you find wisdom?  Some unexpected sad news meant I’m back on my PS4 and was able to clean up some left-over quests on FallOut 4.

I’ve never actively hunted wisdom but my thirst for knowledge is always there.  Seems I’ve focussed on skill and totally ignored wisdom.

My self-reliance abandoned wisdom a long time ago, the folk I would lean to as being wise have all died and I’m left with an overload of data and options.  The next few days will be crucial and mark the circle of Life in some many ways.

What I do next will be impossible to erase

Burying the survivors

A flight leaves Heathrow at 13:00 on route to Paris, on the way it experiences fatal engine failure and crashes in the Channel. The flight carries 120 passengers 20 in first class.

How many survivors will be buried on the French side and how many in the English side?

 Question the question

It’s interesting to observe how people communicate differently on personal matters depending on the device and method.  There are so many factors that impact the sender’s mental state and tone of the message (personal or work device, signed or unsigned, the speed of transport (instant or slow), public or perceived private.

Formal and personal – hard copy letter.  Shows the sender put in some thought and invested some resources (print, paper, envelope, postage and time costs) before sending and serves as hardcore historical evidence.

Formal and less personal

email unsigned from a personal mobile device

email unsigned from work or business device

Email digitally signed on mobile device

Email from workstation

Email from laptop

Email from browsers

Many end-users actually see this as cold and heartless as “no one” emails about personal stuff anymore.

Informal and very personal

Instant messaging



VOIP phone calls

The method of choice for a vast amount of people. The user tends to speak from the heart whether angry, sad or happy.  Data is sent with no regard of security levels and assumptive privacy.

Consequences can be catastrophic or a euphoric high.

  • I Love you by email = Low euphoria
  • I Love you by Instant messaging = High euphoria
  • I Love you by letter = High euphoria

Choose your method wisely


Shutting down for the Year

2017 was good to me in terms of recovering from my self-created 2015 personal austerity.   I paid attention to lessons learned and didn’t repeat my mistakes.

I found Love and Lost money, I stayed healthy and thrived professionally.

It’s all still very fragile and I’m not where I need to be but…

2018 is all about grinding one foot ahead at a time.  Most of all it’s about working on my true Dreams and Hope first, after all, I can’t make others happy if I’m not happy.


Academia in Vienna
Driving in Florida
Living in London

Avoiding the Fool’s Gold Door for 2018

In the meantime, Horizon Zero Dawn’s DLC  dropped and Star Wars Battlefront II is here next week for most of us.

Be Happy Johnson

My 2018 Top  Game PlayList (New and titles to complete)

Annual software budget $500 | Annual Hardware budget $400

Current Library 
Fall Out 4 - (Level 30 right now)
Alien: Isolation
Life is Strange (Episodes 2-5)
Until Dawn
Tom Clancy's The Division - UN Mission 

Wish List 
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Far Cry 5
Horizon Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Detroit: Become Human
Days Gone
OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead

Gamers, bullied and hacked

This article caught my attention a few weeks ago on UK TV.

According to this report which was sponsored by Habbo, an online vintage pixel-art style virtual community, 38% of gamers have been hacked.

A deeper dive into the data reveals that the source was taken from 2515 young people aged 12-25 in the actual Habbo game.  This tiny sample is a poor representation of the Global gaming industry and to the casual viewer of the article, 38% is a pretty high percentage.

You can download the actual 2017 report here

As usual, the media falls into the easy alarmist viewpoint on gaming reinforcing the stereotype.  There are many sources out there that confirm the average age of gamers to be between 35-38, these and other facts contradict the tardy image gamers are burdened with.

It’s really usual to see a positive article on Gaming in general and Gamers are not generally bothered about their image. Maybe they should be.

Typical gamers have jobs, families and mortgages.