Posts Tagged ‘IPAD’

On-Line Games and Bad People

April 3, 2013

So I retired from work, that is, retired from sitting at a desk all day staring at computer screens and started to find myself at home, sitting at the computer all day, playing games such as World of Warcraft, Eve-online and others. I got hooked, and found myself playing from first thing till bedtime.
With time on my hands, I was able to invest 10 hours, 14 hours and sometimes 16 hours a day fighting bad guys, planting turnips and pvp’ing my way to oblivion. It’s a strange thought, but I had to tell myself that most of the players were way younger than my sixty odd years.

Many of the other players I interacted with were quite possibly, from the way they used grammar, diction and communicative skills, five years shy of their fifteenth birthday. For  some, the image of a sixty year old player was too much to comprehend and they demonstrated this with vile communications, un-civil manners and stupidity that would earn then them more than a slap if their parents were watching.

I have been a communications technician since I joined the Royal Air Force in 1967, I have built and owned computers since they first became available, and one, a kit called the UK101, had a whopping 1k of memory, one thousand  and twenty four bits, smaller than many cookies in this day and age. Yet other players assumed I was stupid, uneducated, prepubescent and or worse, a target for their own filth and venomous attacks.

I have learned playing on-line games requires a considerably thick skin, the ability to effectively remove yourself socially and the need to ignore anything that interacts with you that you find distasteful. If I had children, I would unplug them and send them outside to play, in the fresh air, with physical, not pixel, toys.
The very best aid to surviving on-line games, is the ability to switch off the ‘game’ and do something else, anything at all, but to tear yourself away from doing whatever it is you are doing at the time.

Some of the things I do, is write blogs, grab the camera and shoot at something, work on the engineering tasks I have in the shed, grab the piano keyboard and wind up the headphone volume, write my php for my text tasks, grab the iPad and sit somewhere nice and chill watching youtube rubbish, even grab the flight simulator and fly my aeroplane across the Rockies to San Luis Obispo.

It does not matter what I do, as long as I severe that connection with rude, childish and ignorant people I found on the web playing games.

The more I stop playing World of Warcraft, Eve-online, Aion, Star Wars et al, the better I feel in myself and the more I enjoy my days.


Summer sunshine finds my garden flowers

April 9, 2011

This weekend is a typical English Summer weekend, for out from nowhere appeared clear blue skies, a gentle breeze and hours upon hours of unending sunshine.

I have taken the chance, to spend a few moments in my greenhouse hide-away to make my first new tech blog. I have a new small camera, and my iPad and a head full of ideas.

The garden is beautiful this time of year with the spring flowers in abundance, sadly, the only ‘fly in the ointment’ is a close neighbour has a radio station playing full blast with electronic screaming, badly rhyming lyrics and a discordant cacophony.

I can hear a Robin nearby declaring his intent to be the noisiest bird on the block and his chirrups, whistles and unabashed song lift me and fill me with a need to start writing.

I have connected the camera memory card to the Apple IPad adapter and plugged same into the slot in the iPad, downloaded the images and have to select one for publication.

Dan de-lion, who’s spectacularly golden head reflects the sunlight vividly among the sea of deep green leaves that form the rest of the plant. Many, including my partner, bless her, feel the humble dandelion to be a weed, an unwelcome invader, and a plant to be removed at all costs. But for me, it is a dazzling celebration of the changing air that tells me winter is past and that apart from wind and rain, the sun has again come to my home. This incredibly powerful plant, simply in it’s design, unchanged for countless millennia, carries so many good things for the pharmacist, for the artist and for those who use the flowers as a year clock, describing each change in season as accurately as any escapement regulated clock on the mantelpiece.



IPad blogging, hindsight and Japan

March 29, 2011

WordPress seems to offer a simple application for daily or topic based blogs. Easy to set up an account, though I did find it easier to use my desk based pc to create the wordpress account.

As I am still waiting for my camera connectivity kit, and The software to manipulate those images on the iPad, but then I hope to be able to add pictures to support the blog.

Typing on the iPad is quite easy, though I am not a touch typist, rather more of a ‘hunt and peck’ typed. The keyboard, built-in, exhibits a tiny ‘click’ as each finger tip stab is registered providing some degree of feedback.

I have been going to the website as it shows, overlaid on google maps, the sheer number of earthquakes in and around northern Japan in the last week. The tectonic plate sub ducting under Japan seems to be generating an earthquake storm and my first thought, was that southern Japan seems to suffer very few earthquakes, so why did they not build their power stations a) in the south and b) Inland from the coast or on the western coasts to negate the effect of a tsunami. Hindsight, a wonderful tool! My previous managers used the tool of ‘hindsight’ as the preferred weapon of choice for needless disciplinarian.

I am starting to feel comfortable using the iPad as a blogging tool, and look forward to getting the adaptor thingy so that I can add pictures on the move.

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