A Simple Plan…ditch the SmartPhone

“Be careful Straight Trees often have crooked roots”

— Random Fortune Cookie

Doesn’t really matter how we got here but London is dormant, empty and anxious to return to “normal”.  Only there will never ever be a “normal” again.

9 am: I’m at Baker Street tube station and there is no rush hour, I comfortably get a seat.  Gyms are packed with people trying to keep the body and brain active and the façade of returning back to normal is heavy in every conversation.

So how to plan around uncertainty? How to find some confidence?

The Facts

  • Gatherings are very limited
  • All face-to-face services are now chronically slow and prone to cancellation.
  • The “working from home” economy will be here until March 2021…yes another 6 months of this should be expected.
  • Zoom dominates the global market for video conferencing and is totally accepted by all
  • Social media and WhatsApp are the primary methods of news.
  • Cloud architecture is now the primary, on-premise data centres are now the far side of the network
  • Site-to-site VPN to on-premise resources is now not as vital, remote access to VPN to mask your home location is more useful.
  • Being tracked via your mobile phone is a certainty and accepted by most.
Keep thinking

The excuses – How to get away with almost anything right now

  • Waking up at noon every day
  • Walking around the house in your underpants
  • Being late
  • Being slow
  • Not being accountable for anything
  • Not trying
  • Not coming up with new ideas
Don’t just sit there waiting for things to get back to normal………..Do Something

Useful to Meet you

iPods are brilliant standalone music devices that are no longer available, why?

You can no longer manage your Apps from iTunes, why?

We use our mobiles for everything and fundamentally lose the ability and interest in using desktops and laptops.

Been teaming up with newbies often recently on Tom Clancy’s The Division and the clear relationship is refreshing.  It’s useful to meet me.  Carrying folk or power levelling up is great when everyone is honest about their role.  If you’re squishy, stay back and snipe while I mow down all NPCs in sight.

People are seldom that frank in real life and come with fakery when they really just want me to carry them.

Tom Clancy’s The Division – be honest for once

Not ready for exams

With only 30 days to go, I’ve decided to jettison my exam plans.  There is simply too much emotional noise around me and it would be reckless to go in unprepared.

I’m 43 hours into my solo FarCry5 campaign and it’s stood up to all my expectation, the downside is the high level of chatter in the wild about the game which means it’s a challenge to avoid spoilers.  Even running co-op missions with a friend means you need re-do the mission on your own game and actually break-up your flow.

I’m running solo until the end game with the occasional co-op or Arcade.

Far Cry® 5 – Not ready for exams

Not a FarCry from the original

I’ve been playing the FarCry series since 2004 on PC and the latest edition is as faithful as ever.

First 24 hours (no spoilers)

The opening sequence is epic and pulls you into the environment kicking and screaming with brilliant seamless movie action.  No doubt, there will be a few folks who are deeply offended by the theme but they are clearly not the target audience.

My first 2-hours gameplay have been filled with discovery and exploration rather than trying to complete the main story.  I’ve listened to some baseless chatter about the main story being too short but that’s the usual complaint from gamers.

The game mechanics and control system are the same and it’s easy to forget to change the difficulty level normal to hard to get your monies worth.

Far Cry® 5 Making myself at Home


The map looks big enough to entertain me for at least 2-3 months and as usual, I’ll be gunning for a Platinum trophy.

Far Cry® 5 Religion and Guns

First Day on the receiving end of Family Court action

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

Being the Bad guy

With only a few days left before FarCry 5 is unleashed, it’s time to pause and ponder on the merit of being the Bad Guy.  I’ve deliberately not focussed on the FarCry 5 story as not to spoil the first time experience but the image of a Black preacher with a Bible in one hand and a grenade in the other is classic inner conflict that promises excellent gameplay and storyline.

I’m not sure if this is a playable character but if so I’ll jump into this role from Day One.