Boys And Their Toys

When Sony launched the PS4 in the UK, in a moment of madness I decided to buy one. A bold move given my previous experience of games consoles was in 1999, when I owned a PlayStation and had an addiction to Tekken 3.

Since owning it I’ve dipped in and out of playing it. I don’t have great patience to learn how to use the various controls and neither for love nor money can I steer a car using the handheld controller.

Lately however I decided I wanted to try some of the driving games that people have been praising so I bought a copy of Need for Speed Rivals as it was on offer in the PlayStation Store.

Try as I might I’m just no good at steering. Anyone watching would be able to tell that I’ve never had a driving lesson and I’ve realised my ‘method’ is just to have maximum acceleration and then continually crash into stationary things.

After 2 or 3 weeks tho I wasn’t getting any better and then I remembered some friends who were very keen on driving simulators, they had a steering wheel and I remember trying it a few times and thinking it was pretty nifty. Might my abilities improve if I had a wheel instead of the controller, I wondered? Read More→

Here I Am, Where I Always Was

i'm exactly where I need to be / how do you know / here i am

Social media is a funny old beast. You can be plugged in to it and lets face it, most of us are, yet somehow manage to be adrift on our own little world most of the time. no? Perhaps it’s just me after all?!

In early 2009, when people I knew were signing up to a site called Twitter I remember wondering out loud, Who would use a site where you could only communicate in under 140 characters?? I certainly didn’t think I’d make much use of it is as I liked blogging and I was pretty sure I’d never adapt to a method which required such brevity. Read More→

Before You Turn Around…

Photo by geraltLooking back is often a good thing but on occasion it can be a good idea to pause and think about whether the past is where you want to be.

That’s not some nugget of wisdom I read on the internet or you know, one of those book things that some people still read. No, it’s a nugget of Omneo wisdom that I mined myself over the holiday period, so the jury is out on whether it’s actually worth listening to but for me it’s something I know I’m going to have to do something about in 2015. Read More→

Detroit’s Dystopian Delights

Desolate DetroitThis year has seen me have not one but two venturing further than the EU holidays. In April I went to Seoul (a blog is coming, along with Christmas) and last month I ventured over to the US for a mini-trip, one of the highlights of which was a few days in Detroit, which I’m sure is no longer home to Robocop.

If you’re not aware, Detroit applied for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2013 which, at the time, was the biggest  municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history by debt, estimated at $18–20 billion. One thing that survives is a burgeoning street art scene and  abandoned properties galore.

For a lot of people that wouldn’t sound like a holiday but for someone like myself, it was glorious. Whole neighbourhoods abandoned, properties stripped of everything and anything that could be worth a dime.

For an idea of the sorts of sights you can find in Detroit, check out Detroiturbex which should satisfy your ruin porn cravings.

Rave About: Burn-Out Rib Challenge at The Red Dog Saloon

A Million Ways to Die in the West scenePeople who know me or even know of me, know I like my food on the spicier side of life.

I’ll admit it wasn’t always the case but once I experienced the pleasant sensation of my mouth burning I was hooked; they say chillies release the same endorphins as sex and chocolate so that may explain everything.

That being the case I didn’t hesitate on Wednesday when asked if I wanted to take part in the Death by Food: Burn-Out Rib Challenge being run by the Red Dog Saloon in association with Universal Pictures recent film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, which stars Seth Macfarlane, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Charlize Theron.

The challenge was quite simple:

  • Three extra-large ribs coated in a hot spicy sauce
  • Three minutes to finish
  • Three minutes burn time

I’ve eaten at the Red Dog a lot so I kinda knew what to expect. I haven’t, as yet, done their hot wing challenge but I’ve eaten more of their ribs than is decent and didn’t think it would be impossible. Was my confidence misplaced?

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