It really is Christmas Eve and this is the last update for the year. Hopefully this post finds you well and I wish you all the best for the rest of the holidays and into 2019.
This is a bumper update too…and may be the last for a while so enjoy.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Single player completed. Chris described it as a Tour de Force and I can’t disagree. A truly believable world that is so rich both graphically and due to the characters and their stories. The game isn’t without it’s issues including some predictable missions and also some repeating gameplay elements…and some not very intelligent enemies in some missions but these are minor niggles. This is the first single player game I’ve completed in years and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Cobra Kai – cheesy as hell, terrible acting, bad writing but some funny moments
The Predator – not the best, just watch the original instead.
- Marmite sprouts? Why retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food – BBC News
Nothing wrong with sprouts – leave them alone.
- Kelvin Court: A Glasgow icon at 80 and a warning for the future | HeraldScotland
Drive past this daily and it still looks magnificent.
- Glasgow Motorway Archive – Film of M8 & Glasgow Inner Ring Road (1974) – YouTube
So much has changed but so much still familiar. The M8 really did rip the heart out of Glasgow.
- Delete All Your Apps
2018 has been quite the year for the big internet companies.
- How I Quit Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon – Motherboard
Doubt I could do this for all of them although thinking of quitting Instagram despite the photo account going well.
- Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla’s Production Hell | WIRED
Grim…but what do we really know about the products we buy and how they are made?
- China: Emergence of a Trade Leviathan
Great visuals on the emergence of China over the last few decades.
- Happy Christmas, Britain – SNL – YouTube
Even the yanks are taking the piss now.
- LEAKED: Footage From Inside No. 10 Downing Street! – YouTube
- Brexit (2019) | Official Trailer | HBO – YouTube
- Frankie Boyle’s review of 2018: ‘Let’s forget Brexit and enjoy our last Christmas with running water’ | Politics | The Guardian
Perfect from Boyle.
- James O’Brien’s Most Talked About Moments Of 2018 – LBC
It has been a busy year for “the man who made radio viral”. And as the Brexit debate intensifies, here are James O’Brien’s best bits.
Depressing really. Brexit has brought out the racists and idiots.
- John Barnes tells BBC Breakfast racism in football ‘not improved’ – YouTube
John Barnes is so good in this short interview. Racism seems to be back in British football – was it ever really away? Just look at the nonsense with the Glasgow teams.
- Not Here to Dance | By Ada Hegerberg
Loved this – forget the idiot presenter and the twerk comment.
- Darkroom 4.0: The MacStories Review – MacStories
Great alternative to Lightroom on the iPad.
- My Must-Have iOS Apps, 2018 Edition – MacStories
A must read list of the best current iOS apps.
- My Must-Have Mac Apps, 2018 Edition – MacStories
And here’s the Mac equivalent – both have some good recomendations.
- What’s the recipe for a Christmas number one? – BBC News
Does it include sausagemeat and pastry?
- 2018 Movie Trailer Mashup – YouTube
So well done – how many have you seen?
- Behold Arguably The Most Spectacular Photo Of NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Ever – The Drive
I had an Airfix model of the Shuttle and it’s Carrier when I was young. So pleased to see the Shuttle in the flesh four years ago in Washington.
- Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap – YouTube
Speaking of NASA, how awesome is this. How fecking brazen are the thiefs?
- Hate To Break It To You, But The Amazing Glitter Bomb Package Video Is Pretty Much Staged
Too good to be true – well done Internet.
Tree’s up – Christmas is here. Almost. Is it only me thats looking forward to a crazy week in politics?
Venom – Load of shite. What a waste of a great cast. Better off just being an animated movie.
Red Dead 2 – 68% through story mode…closing in on the finish and still loving it.
It’s December. Christmas is coming…can finally have a mince pie. If only this Brexit nonsense wasn’t still an issue.
Rewatched Dunkirk in 4k. Stunning. Visuals are strong but it’s the audio – so impacting.
Red Dead Online – mmm. Not convinced by this so far. Feels a bit sluggish to play. Still ploughing through single player and loving it.
Whats worse – Brexit or Black Friday? Both topics dominating the news and my inbox. Enough already.
Battlefield V – more of the same in many ways but the tweaks to how your squad works makes it for me. Stunning to look at too.
Red Dead – Still ploughing through it…still loving it.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Not as good as the original though I loved the sound and visuals.
Turned 45 last week. I have no words.
Early morning trip to Loch Ard today. Didn’t get the pictures I was looking for but did get some nice drone footage. Must make an effort with the video side of things – I’ve got a fair bit of good video now but can’t be arsed editing.
They Shall Not Grow Old – powerful documentary from Peter Jackson. Brought home the hardships faced during WW1. The transition from B&W to colour was astounding.
Week off work ahead as I turn another year older. It’s just a number, right? Picked up a new iPad Pro which so far has been a joy to use. More on that later in the week.
Outlaw King – a poor man’s Game of Thrones. Bit dull although Scotland shone throughout.
The Walking Dead – This season has been a bit of a return to form. This weeks was doing pretty well…but then they dropped the ball. Shame.
Last weeks Apple event was very interesting. Thinking about a new iPad and maybe the larger one…will try it at the store later this week. It was also good to see some Mac updates especially the Mini. Finally!
Next 3 months are the worst. Dark nights arriving at work, dark nights leaving. Makes the lunchtime walks all the more important.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – believe the hype. Taking my time and doing a lot more side missions than I expected to.
A busy and tiring last fortnight. Made the most of the Autumn weather and had a couple of trips out to Perthshire. Both were glorious and really pleased with the camera and drone shots like the one below.
Also enjoying the new Apple Watch although I do have some niggles. Hope to get a post up later this week on the last 4 weeks of use.
Forza Horizon 4 is just fantastic. A blip last week stopped multiplayer working smoothly but it’s a realy fun game with loads to do and enjoy. However, it won’t get much playtime over the coming weeks…
Red Dead Redemption 2 came out Friday and it looks stunning on the Xbox One X. Proper 4k and HDR and so far it looks and plays really well. I’ve only put around 6 hours in and it does get off to a slow start but the game soon starts to unveil more depth and suddenly there is tons to do but all at your own pace.
Good weekend. Tickled a couple of websites, bit of DIY, out with the camera this evening and actually got some sleep unlike most of last week.
Forza Horizon is just fantastic.
Holedown on iOS and Android is well worth playing. One of the best mobile games this year – so addictive.
Doctor Who – looked fantastic tonight. Well done all.
Autumn has landed – from a gorgeous day on Saturday to…well…shitty rain and wind. Glad I got out and about up North yesterday and saw some of the Autumn colours.
Also been using the new Apple Watch for over a week now and really enjoying it. Big upgrade (for me) over the Series 0.
Doctor Who – great first episode. Jodie Whittaker nailed it, the writing and story were pretty good and the reworked music also landed.
Ant-Man and the Wasp – watchable follow up although nothing very original about it.
Forza Horizon 4 – stunning looking game. Set in the UK and really enjoyable first few days with it, even if the streets are too clean.