03 May 2014

Wheeled infantry carriers

I have been drawing wheeled infantry carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and armoured personnel carriers. I drew over twenty-six of them last month. They were imaginary ones of a science fictional nature. They were fun to render.

La Liga title

I hope Atletico Madrid lifts the La Liga title. It would be great to see an underdog beat the mighty Real Madrid and Barcelona for the title.

Atletico is in control of their own destiny. If they win all their matches, the title is theirs.

Raffles - February 2013

02 May 2014

The lingering death of Blu-Ray discs

It is hardly surprising. It seems that the Blu-Ray medium the sales of the Blu-Ray discs are dropping. The medium will die a slow death, like many other physical mediums eventually.

It is quite obvious.

The physical store carrying CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays has become a rarity.


Sweetie and I spotted a firefly at the wooded area near the coast a week ago. It was a marvel.

Titanfall first impressions

I tried Titanfall for the first time on Saturday night. I finished the tutorials. Then, I played in one game, managing two kills and a few deaths. It was fast-paced, allowing very little time for thinking. It appears to be a game of manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination. How do I play smart in a game where people are faster and more skilful? I would have to devise strategies. Right now, I know too little of the game system and maps as to be able to make an assessment now.

First impressions, the mecha designs was exciting as were that of the individual pilots. The controls were straight forward but mastering the gameplay would be a challenge.

The combat is fast and furious. Even if one were in a mecha, one could get taken down in seconds. I managed to get in a titan or mecha twice in that one game. My titan was taken down in less than a minute.  Hmm..

I have only seen the one map, which is the training map. I wonder how the rest will be. There are few hiding places in that one map.

All in all, in that short game I played, it was frantic and relentless. It was fun in a certain way.

I am not sure as to how long I would play this.

01 May 2014

John foxx & Louis Gordon - Camera (album track) -audio only-

Battlefield 4

I started on Battlefield 4 on Saturday night. I played one game. It brought back many happy memories of Battlefield 3. I played a few more on Sunday.

I had played the following in the Battlefield series:

I had missed the following:

Some, I had obviously missed because they were console titles, others, I had gotten tired of the concept. I could not play a lot of the Downloadable Content (DLC) in Battlefield 3 as one of the updates had messed up my system and Battlefield 3 became inaccessible. It was a pity as I had paid for the DLCs. I have also paid for all the Battlefield 4 DLCs.

30 April 2014

Of the books read by two artists

I was looking at the Goodreads pages of two local artists to see what they have read. One has read a few while the other has read a considerable number.

My observation of the books and comics that they have read are as follows:

1. The volumes that they have read are mostly visual volumes, consisting of art books, art instruction volumes and comics. There are few novels in their lists.

2. The ratings given are mostly 4 or 5 stars, with very few 3 stars. I guess they fear to offend when it comes to giving their true opinion. It is also possible that they are so heavily invested in the books that they have read that they give them high ratings, but it is unlikely for one of the artist given how many books he has on his list.

3. Comics form a significant amount of the volumes read.

4. Non-fiction volumes, except those for art instruction, seem to be close to non-existent. They either do not read them or they have not listed them. The former seems likely, they are likely to be extremely focused individuals.

Of the books read by two writers

I was looking at the Goodreads pages of two local writers to see what they have read. One of them has 1200 books and comics listed while the other has 800 of them.

My observation of the books and comics that they have read are as follows:

1. The ratings given for most of the volumes they have finished are usually 4 or 5 stars. For the few books that they disdain, they give a 3 out of 5. It appears that the two writers are usually diplomatic, and they probably cannot afford not to be. In my opinion, it will be better not to give ratings in this case, after all, if it were not accurate, why rate it?

2. They have a focus on the work of local and regional writers. I suppose it helps to know the competition and also the state of local writing.

3. A lot of the books they read are contemporary literature and crime fiction.

4. Both of the writers are into comics, the 'serious' kind, however, they would entertain a bit of Batman for some reason. Comics would not be a dalliance for them either given the significant numbers that they have read. Neil Gaiman's work seems to be a major preoccupation for the both of them.

5. I notice a distinct lack of non-fiction in their lists. It is as if the natural world around them do not exist. I guess they are just focused people or perhaps, they do not see a need to list them.

6. I think the two writers have works that straddle into the so-called realm of science fiction but their primary focus is not science fiction. I have not read their works, so, I won't say more here.

EPL Relegation battle 2013-2014

The relegation battle at the bottom of the EPL is as exciting at the contest for the title. There are many teams that can mathematically make the drop at this point. It seems a certainty that Cardiff and Norwich are going down, the question is which team will join those two?

I am not invested in any of the teams and I am alright with any of them going down.

29 April 2014

Objectives in Battlefield 4

I recognise that I can spend far too much time on Battlefield 4 with little in return because of my tenacity in attempting to achieve what I can't do well. It is within the realm of possibility that much time can be wasted.

I shall set realisable objectives in Battlefield 4. I shall also deign not to spend too much time on them.

The first immediate goal would be to visit every single map in the game and every single expansion. In other words, I would experience the virtual world created in.

My next goal would be to look at the single player campaign and see if it were worth venturing into. If not, I would then continue with Operation Metro until I tire of the game. I shall have to limit the number of games played.

Upon finishing those, I would abandon Battlefield 4.

Afternoons in the sun

I miss walks in the Yorkshire Dales. I remember the broad expanse of the dales, the rolling distant hills and the villages I had visited then. Has it been so long since?

As I sit in my office, reminiscing of those endless afternoons, I am mindful of the passage of time, the imperative need to seize the day and not spend too much time online, in a virtual construct of which there can be little of import. Life is how one forges it, defines it and live through it.

Of Chelsea's victory over Liverpool

Chelsea parked two buses. Yes, Chelsea did. If I were the manager of the team playing Liverpool, I would not allow the free-scoring strikers of Liverpool to score, I would not play to their strengths, I would nullify it and play to mine.

What fool would let the other team dictate the game?

Chelsea's triumph has opened up the EPL race and may possibly doom Liverpool of certainty for a first title in twenty-four years.

Promotion battle

With regards to the promotion battle for the English Premier League, the first two positions are confirmed. It would be hilarious if Queens Park Rangers fail to attain the final spot.

Will more money be pumped in? Will the manager be sacked?

I am indifferent as to which team gets promoted. My preference would be for a team that has never been in the Premier League or Division 1 previously.

28 April 2014

I had a wonderful walk by the seaside with Sweetie over the weekend. We had a nice dinner before that as well.

Calling time on Diablo 3

I think I will call time on Diablo 3 and Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. I have had my fun. I can't see myself, in internet and gaming parlance, 'farming' for loot repetitively for the next few months.

It has gotten stale. I will move on to better things.

The Liverpool comedy

For the last twenty-four years, the fans of Liverpool F.C. had an expectant frame of mind, believing that their team were in the running for the league title. In the immediate years after their glorious decade of titles, it was realistic as the core of a good team was there. However, that belief was delusional once a few years had passed and the core of the team had eroded. It was comedic watching the fans proclaim possibly winning the title year after year. 

Twenty-four years after Liverpool F.C. had won, the team finally had a chance of their own making and they blew it. Hilarious! It was self-wrought, possibly no title for Mr Gerrard now.

Mourinho at Chelsea had outwitted Liverpool yet again. This season has been one of the most entertaining in decades, with Liverpool seemingly denied and the obnoxious fans of Manchester United (Manure) baying for blood, resulting in the spectacular sacking of David Moyes.