Category Archives: Ramblings

Its My Birthday… Again

In just a few hours its my birthday, I’m assured its time I lied about my age. I’m going with that I’m 3869 years old, and changing my name to Methstevelah, Methuselah’s cooler brother.

Spirytus 96% Polish Vodka

Spirytus 96% Polish Vodka

Last year I bought my self a new Synology NAS Unit, this year I bought myself an Amazon Echo which I mentioned wanting to learn to code in C#. I have found Javascript maybe a better option rather than C#, but I’m still exploring.

I have worked on many JavaScript applications, so I have a basic understanding, as for Node.JS I have no idea, so maybe order a book or two for my birthday. 

I have wrote my first Skill and won a Echo Dot, and working on my second skill which is domainer related and once its more complete I’ll post more about it.

My sister got me the bottle of Polish Rectified Spirytus at 96% Alcohol by Volume, which is my 4th Strongest Alcohol in my bar. 

1, Denatured Alcohol at 100%
2, Spirytus 96%
3, Knockeen Hills Poteen at 90%.
4, Hapsburg Premium Absinthe 89.9%.
5, Balkan Vodka at 88%.

The denatured alcohol was acquired for a science project, such a hassle, its not really drinking, but given its pure alcohol I listed it.

Diet Death

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

I have just ruined my work out today by polishing off a pack of Sainsburys sugar ring doughnuts, but as my friend Saskia says Birthday Cake or Doughnuts in my case have no calories, so my hour on the cross trainer today is still valid 😛

A year on I have actually had the first part of my shoulder surgery, the left shoulder is done and and I’m well into rehab. I’m just starting to warm up my shoulder in the gym with some light machine work. Irony is when I say I’m doing light work, everyone is like should you be lifting that much ? My light seems to be most peoples heavy.

New Skillset

Sadly my new skillset isn’t going off this year as the training courses in both near by colleges who offer the course are full. Upside I’m £6,000 a year better off, which is what the course would cost, plus books and whatever else I would need.

College is bloody expensive.

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.

Arrowverse Binge Watch Order

Arrowverse

Arrowverse

My opinion is about as popular as a smelly fart in a hot yoga studio, this opinion is that the DCEU / DC Comics TV Universe is way better than the Marvel TV Universe, this could be because the TV Universe kind of mingles with the Cinematic Universe but I have massively enjoyed the DC TV Universe more than the Marvel TV Universe.

The big series is the Arrowverse which encompasses 5 different shows, which on various occasions The Flash runs out of the side of The Flash TV show and ends up in the Arrow TV show or on Supergirl. Some of the cross overs like The Flash in to Supergirl, neither The Flash nor Supergirl actually need to be watched to follow the stories but some others you need to follow them. 

Arrowverse Binge Watch Order

I saw an excellent post over on Gizmodo about the About Order to Binge on the Arrowverse. This encompasses The Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine, The Flash, Supergirl, and Arrow, although Constantine isn’t really needed.

 

  • Arrow seasons one and two.
  • Arrow season three, episodes 1-7.
  • Flash season one, episodes 1-8 (episode 8 begins the first Arrowcrossover).
  • Arrow season three, episodes 8-23 (episode 8 concludes it).
  • Flash season one, episodes 9-23.
  • Arrow season four, episodes 1-7.
  • Flash season two, episodes 1-8.
  • Arrow season four, episodes 8-23 (same deal as Arrow s3 and Flash s1).
  • Flash season two, episodes 9-23.
  • Legends of Tomorrow season one.
  • Supergirl season one.

 As the Gizmodo post says this is where it gets complicated and more difficult to follow, the image to the right from Entertainment Weekly looks kind of fun. It also kind of shows the comraderies at play in the Arrowverse along the characters.  

  • Arrow season five, episodes 1-7.
  • Flash season three, episodes 1-7.
  • Legends of Tomorrow season two, episode 1-6.
  • Supergirl season two, episodes 1-8 (ep. 8 verrrrrry technically starts “Invasion”).
  • Flash season three, episode 8 (“Invasion” part two).
  • Arrow season five, episode 8 (“Invasion” part three).
  • Legends of Tomorrow season two, episode 7 (“Invasion” part four).
  • Arrow season five, episodes 9-23.
  • Flash season three, episodes 8-16.
  • Supergirl season two, episodes 8-16.
  • Flash season three, episodes 17-23 (ep. 17 is the Flash/Supergirl musical).
  • Supergirl season two, episodes 17-22 (there’s no ep. 23).
  • Legends of Tomorrow season two, episodes 8-17.

There are a few other shows in the DC TV Universe which aren’t part of the Arrowverse which are well worth watching, such as Lucifer, Preach as well as Vixen Animated Series which is sort of linked to Arrow, and references are made in Arrow by Stephen Amell where he says he had an “Animated Adventure with Vixen earlier this year”. 

 

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.

Reuse Amazon Prime Day 2017 Boxes

I don’t know about every one else but I had a heap of boxes from Amazon, including a somewhat surreal incident where Amazon delivered a Russian Doll inspired series of boxes. I always reused the Amazon Packing Paper, often as note paper, or lining paper for paining / spraying and sometimes even as packing paper again, I just roll it up, rubber band it and its there when I need it. I also reuse the boxes but can’t reuse the packets sadly.  

Amazon Prime Day Packing Paper Rolls

Amazon Prime Day Packing Paper Rolls

This prime day Amazon gave me a Russian Doll Box. The largest Box had 2 x 6ft SyncWire MicroUSB, 100ft / 30m Expanding Hose Pipe, 2 hair conditioner products and 1 slightly smaller box. Inside the slightly smaller box was 1 case of Reflex Nutrition Protein Coffee, Perspi-Guard 50ml, Beard Oil, and other toiletries. Inside the larger of the 2 smaller boxes was 2 more cases of Reflex Nutrition Protein Coffee, in the smallest box was an Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Fire Stick and a few small items. I kind of wish I had taken photo’s of it as it were truly surreal. The Amazon Echo was in separate box on top of the other boxes. 

Amazon Packing Paper

I reuse this stuff for all sorts. Mostly I use it for notes and masking paper. If I’m drawing, painting, spraying or anything like that, I use this to mask off areas. Like I’m going to do some swirl marks on he car, so I purchased some Hycote Clear Lacquer also from Amazon Prime Day. I’ll use the packing paper with low-tac tape to protect area’s around where I’m working.

I also use it when doing messy tasks or when my sisters kids are over being messy. It can just go directly into the Burnable Skip at the Recycling Facility or if not too messy into the Local Authority Paper Recycling bin. 

I have also used it as wrapping paper for posting packages, and reused as packing paper for padding too, going full cycle. 

Amazon Boxes

Amazon Prime Day Packing

Amazon Prime Day Packing

I reuse the smaller A4 Paper size boxes for home storage. The biggest boxes I use for Charity Donations, whenever Amazon send me the large boxes (Approx 20″ x 30″), I have a sort out and fill it with Charity Shop items. 

My purchase of an Amazon Echo means my old small bluetooth speakers are no longer required and only worth £10 on ebay, but I can Gift Aid them to the local Animal Rescue Charity. The FireStick means I can donate my old NowTV box which I paid £20 for with 6 month entertainment pass, but is now only used for BBC iPlayer and 4-On-Demand, that can go to the Charity Shop too. 

Its well worth donating your old items which are often replaced by Amazon orders to Charity, use the Amazon Boxes as the Impetus to have a sort out. Everyone has a cupboard or drawer or something which needs sorting out, the Amazon Box is your proverbial kick in the ass to get around to it. 

Failing that, the Amazon Boxes work well for packing and storing your goods, or shipping gifts to friends and family or back to the seller from other places (as if you shop anywhere else). 

Charity Shop Bound

I am visiting the Charity Shop on Monday with a Pressure Cooker, Now TV box, Bluetooth Speakers, while I was sorting the Pressure Cooker out, I decided to get shut of a load of plates which were bought for a family event but not used in years. This lead to more kitchen sorting out and now I have filled the medium and large Amazon boxes.

After the Charity Shop, its on to the recycling facility to get rid of 3 bags of rubbish, then I have to get to cleaning and touching paint up which all this sorting revealed.  

Now its your turn to make use of those boxes rather than just flatten them and recycle them. 

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.

The Election in My Area

Hazel Grove Result via BBC.

Hazel Grove Result via BBC.

Well the overall result is as I expected in that the Tory Government has just held on, albeit I didn’t think they would need a coalition, I actually thought would be labour who may need to form one. Alas my local area, that Tory [email protected] William Wragg won with quite a significant margin, almost 3o% more than the nearest rival which were the hard campaigning Lisa Smart. 

Liberals did better than I expected given that I firmly believe the nearly a decade they had control of the actual council they have slowly killed the town. This was a town which some years back was talking about applying to become a city, around the time Preston was promoted to City if I remember rightly.

Local Area Election Results Map

Local Area Election Results Map

Now the town has no nightclubs, no nightlife, approx 1 in 5 shops are empty, the once huge celebrated market no longer exists, now its artesian stall and vintage indoor stuff. Surrounding towns Ashton, Gorton, Macclesfield, Hyde and various others have thriving jumbo markets. Stockport once had a market so big that my mum remembers people used to come from miles around on coach trips to shop in Stockport and visit the market. It once was growing so much they were planning to close a car park on Saturdays to put more stalls in, there were even stalls setup on steps they were running out of space. Now you can drive through there on a Saturday afternoon. 

The Mary Portas Pilot Scheme gave the town £100,000 (along with £362,000 more from matched amounts and other sources) and a report on how to improve the town centre which was failing. Lots of that money was spent on Christmas Lights, Arts Centres and Shop fronts while Portas was pushing it towards the market and rejuvinating it. The recommendation to lower parking costs or even scrap them was ignored, as was a plan to lower business rates.  

The loss of any type of night life, the market, deteriorating transport links, high parking costs, putting the town into the death throws as it were all under the LibDems watch.  

The only upside is the area Council is Stockport, that is now under Labour Control, which is within Manchester which is also under Labour Control (just). I don’t think labour have had control of Stockport, least not since I paid any attention. 

Perhaps this could change the area, and get things moving the right way in this little part of the country. 

Images are courtesy of the BBC Website.

 

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.

Theresa May’s Naughtiest Moment

Theresa May Visiting USA

Theresa May Visiting USA 2017

When you say Theresa May you think Toff [email protected], and a recent TV interview pretty much confirms she is a toff [email protected] I try to avoid political posts because well I’m not that interested generally, and my passing interest doesn’t give me much depth or knowledge, way to complicated (I’m trying though). Better to be thought of as a fool rather than open my mouth and remove all doubt. I really don’t know enough to make smart or informed posts about the political state, but I know Tories are [email protected]

My local Tory MP William Wragg, declared that his £74,000 per year MP Pay wasn’t enough for him to buy a house or rent a house so he was forced to move back home with Money, sorry I mean back home with Mummy. The average home price for a semi-detached 4-bed property were £195,000 in the nicer area, and £141,000 in the less nice areas, in the really posh area a semi-detached 3 bed property is £310,000. His MP salary gave him nearly £300,000 of mortgage spending power, so money, damned it, I mean Mummy, could have given him help with a deposit or he could save up for maybe a year or so and have the £310k spending power, so yeah posh [email protected], so hard done by. 

Voting Today

I would say the above pretty much confirms when I go voting later today, I sure as hell won’t be voting for Willaim Wragg and his Tory [email protected] mates, that much I can say.

I have tried learning as much as I can about this election, and while it seems Conservative are most prepared to begin brexit negotiations having been in power and done the prep already to begin negotiations in 11 days time. I just can’t vote for them, that much. 

ITV Interview

In an ITV Interview she had already said she was an only child and enjoyed going to school and learning, reading lots of books and apparently she had friends she used to go visit. Not sure Nanny’s, Butlers and Dogs are classed as friends but whatever, works I guess.

The Transcript of the interview goes like… 

Etchingham: What’s the naughtiest thing you ever did ? 

May: Oh, Goodness me. Well, I suppose… gosh. Do you know, I’m not quite sure. I can’t think what the naughtiest thing… 

If I was more politically minded I could suggest selling public services to your friends, punishing the diabled and elderly, being a tory in general ? 

Etchingham: There must’ve been a moment when… 

May: Well, nobody is ever perfectly behaved, are they ? I mean, you know, there are times when… I have to confess, when me and my friend, sort of, use to run through the fields of wheat, the farmers weren’t too pleased about that.

So the naughtiest thing she ever did was run through a field with the butler/dog/maid/nanny whom she called a friend, what a toff. A member of family said she dresses old fashioned and she doesn’t appear to have ever lived any semblance of a normal life, how can be represent the whole UK? How can you related to her, or expect to have any of your best interests at heart ? 

Donalt Trump

Could you imagine asking Donald Trump the same thing ? It would probably be a 10 playboy bunny gang bang with Pablo Escobar or this one time he did a line off Anna Nicole Smiths Bongos after a 3 day blazing bender. Wait wait, once I slapped Chuck Norris with my Schlong and he hit me so hard I turned orange.

I’m not condoning Trump nor a trump supporter, this is here just for giggles and comedic hyperbole, also it was the first free to use picture I could find of Theresa May and it has Trump in it. 

Image By The White House from Washington, DC – Foreign Leader Visits, Public Domain, 

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.

Shoulder Update May 2017

Man Shoulder Unsplash

Its been a while since I posted about my shoulder so I figured I’d post an update. Its officially been about 6 months since I last had a heavy lifting session in the gym, despite the surgery being about 10 weeks ago. My cardio endurance isn’t bouncing back, mostly I suspect due to the pain inhibiting me during the session. I’ve had significant loss in size, my traps are nearly normal, biceps and triceps shrunk, chest shrinking all the usual stuff which happens with 6 months no lifting, nearly 3 of them post operatively.

My physiotherapist is really impressed with my recovery rate, apparently mostly people by 3 months are just getting basic movement back, but I have a 90% movement, there are some extreme ends of movement I can’t quite do, hand behind my back is still a struggle some days for example. I have however been given the go-ahead to begin some gentle easing back into the gym, which is normally 7-8 months down the line.

There are some issues though, half of this is currently speculation. My fine motor control is shot to shit in my shoulder, my physio says the big muscles are always taking over not letting the smaller muscle work, which has reduced my fine control. My left shoulder blade isn’t moving normally its flaring out. I think this is because my shoulder has been tensed and held tense for stability for so long that the little muscles have been left out.

Complications

There is also significant weakness in the smaller muscles, the big muscles are still strong but over powering the lil ones. This big muscle thing has caused a few sprains at connection points, it seems my infraspinatus and one of the connection points on the top of my scapula are injured which is speculated because the big muscles are taking over.

I have also injured my right forearm, because I’ve been babying my left arm, the increased workload on my right arm has caused an injury not unlike tennis elbow, this is exacerbated by the existing injuries which affected my grip. Once I start using my left arm more and I can rest my right arm a little its suggested this will improve.

Because of the work done on my glenohumeral socket, when my arm moves to the extreme ranges of movement the humorous pushes against the raw exposed bone and/or scar tissue which means randomly movements are painful. This is getting better though. Once I start actually lifting I suspect the humorous pressing into the socket won’t be fun, I just hope the fibrous layer of scar tissue gets thick enough to with stand the pressures. 

The Future

I have to now work on a very basic and light workout plan. Its going to be hell not just stacking the plates out. I’m going to have to start benching with just the bar at 20kg, maybe even lighter, the upside is I can work on perfect form and correct previous mistakes. 

I’ve already planned shoulder work with internal and external rotations, and various rotator cuff exercises. Also been working on more stretching, I’m going to have to really baby the shoulder and work on it slowly. I’m still inhibited a little by the right shoulder being injured but I need to see how my left heals before I sort that one out.

I’m going to add some TRX, Cable Pod and some light machine work in over the next week or so, and see how that pans out. Not sure I’m ready for barbells and dumbbells quite yet. 

I’m also getting up to speed work wise, still have 100s of emails to reply to, because new emails come in daily, I reply to them and older ones get left. I reply to older ones an new ones get left, so no matter what I do its 10 steps forward, 2-3 steps backwards but I’m getting there.

Mans Back image by Unsplash.

A Manchester Based Photographer and Website Developer with interests in Strongman, Fitness and Geekery.
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