Life Reboot: November 2016

This is part of my Life Reboot - to work on some elements i have highlighted in my opening post. This is an update for the month of...

November

This was a fairly tough month as it contains a number of Birthdays (including mine).

  1. Cut out sugar: 5/10 - Because of the Birthdays, i have eaten more cake than i would normally have done. I have managed to keep my take ways VERY low (think i just had 1 small fish and chips for the month). Have eaten a few more biscuits than ideal, but not too much. Therefore, down a point.
  2. Eat Healthier: 6/10 - I have been cooking a lot more - mainly using the Slow Cooker. I probably still have too many quick meals (a wrap with meat/cheese). No change really - could do better.
  3. Exercise More: 6/10 - Worked fairly hard on TKD for a friend who went for the Black Belt. Have been out walking a little more, but with the weather turning my feet are very cold for a long walk. I need to keep up the daily exercise to increase this more than 6.
  4. Watch More: 6/10 - Cut down a little this month, but did watch a movie a week.
  5. Relax More: 4/10 - I had a little time off work to visit a friend. This helped. I have also been reading a lot more as well. Feel pretty good and should be great for next month.
  6. Something Different: 0/10 - Have been rubbish this month. Come on Richard, pull your finger out and get something interesting done.

So there have been improvements and fails. Overall - i need to improve.

Star Trek TNG Rewatch: S01E016 - Too Short a Season

This is a part of my reboot, to watch more TV/Films. As this is the 50th year of Star Trek, and it has been years since i last saw this series, its high time for a re-watch. I will jot down some thoughts as i watch each episode. may not make much sense to people, but these are mainly for personal reference.

Too Short a Season

A much better episode. A vengeful leader on a world specifically requests Admiral Jameson to help with the negotiation to free some hostages. A similar situation occurred 40 odd years before. Jameson is not a well man, and is suffering an incurable disease, and is confined to a wheelchair. However, he has taken a drug that reverses the ageing process. The drug needs to be taken over a 2 year period, but this mission means a lot, so he takes not only his dose, but his wife's as well. Wow, what an idiot - how did he manage to make it to Admiral.

As expected, nothing goes according to plan. His body to suffering a lot, its reversing in age too fast. There is nothing Doctor Crusher can do to save him. Which leads us to the predictable conclusion of the episode - Jameson confronts the vengeful leader and then promptly dies. Leader is satisfied and releases the hostages.

But why go to this length. It was all for revenge. Jameson gave in 40 years previous and gave 'both' sides arms. Yes, it resulted in the hostages being freed, but also tipped the world into a civil war. Pride and Revenge.

A good episode that deserves a 6/10.

Star Trek TNG Rewatch: S01E015 - 11001001

This is a part of my reboot, to watch more TV/Films. As this is the 50th year of Star Trek, and it has been years since i last saw this series, its high time for a re-watch. I will jot down some thoughts as i watch each episode. may not make much sense to people, but these are mainly for personal reference.

11001001

This is not a great episode. Why? I think it was due to the Bynars. They just looked stupid and silly.

So Bynars are beamed to the ship, with a commander looking after them. It appears they are there to make upgrades to the Holodeck - which they do. For some reason, they think it is a good idea to allow Riker into the Holodeck and generate a very realistic woman to entrance him. Not only Riker, but Picard as well.

Why are they doing this - they want to steal the Enterprise. They rig the ship to force everyone to evacuate. Naturally, Riker and Picard are on the Holodeck and miss everything. They finally realise they are being duped and save the day - horray.

Very standard episode and one that i just had to get through. 4/10.

Life Reboot: October 2016

This is part of my Life Reboot - to work on some elements i have highlighted in my opening post. This is an update for the month of...

October

This was the first full month after i made the decision to make a number of changes to my life style. So i would expect a number of improvements in my ratings, but not for it to be perfect, as these things take time. So, lets go straight into it:

  1. Cut out sugar: 6/10 - I have made some great improvements here. I have cut down on using milk a LOT, and have opted for Almond milk instead. This is great for my breakfast, but am struggling for it to fully work in Tea/Coffee. For snacks i have been mainly munching on nuts. Only had a couple of chocolates at the gaming session this month (thanks to Matt and Jo for making a wonderful chilli). I did buy and eat a couple packet of biscuits (Plain Chocolate Hobnobs), so i have not broken that addiction yet.
  2. Eat Healthier: 6/10 - While i started eating a lot more fruit, i was advised by the nurse to stop this and get my 5-a-day from veg instead (less sugars). This i have done and have increased my veg intake again by cooking more in the evenings. I still have more to do, as every now and then i went down the quick route and had a pie with oven chips. I only ate out once this month - which was fish and chips at the local bistro during lunch. Improvement certainly, but still some way to go.
  3. Exercise More: 4/10 I have not been out as much as i would have liked, but have gone to TKD. Will need to do more outside of these sessions. Was planning to get a bike, but that is not good for TKD - so will look at walking every other day for an hour.
  4. Watch More: 7/10 - This is probably the biggest increase. I have watched a number of Star Trek TNG episodes, watched Westworld aired episodes. Have also watched Warcraft and Batman v Superman films. My reading has stayed roughly the same - but that has had an impact on my next area.
  5. Relax More: 1/10 - This has not moved this week. Why? not sure. Generally i have not been in the mood to make or paint any models. Instead, i have generated a couple of decks for the Game of Thrones LCG. Must do MUCH better.
  6. Something Different: 0/10 - I did nothing different this month. Why? well, i have been working weekends instead. Not good i know, but sometimes these things happen.

So there have been improvements and fails. Overall - i need to improve.

I have been working on getting my business off the ground, which has taken some of my free time - Registering with Companies House and getting a business bank account etc. November should be different, so lets see how it will turn out in about 4 weeks time.

Batman v Superman film review

This is a part of my reboot, to watch more TV/Films. I made a commitment that i would buy at least 1 film a month that i have not seen before and watch it. This month was Warcraft, but they had a deal on for BluRays, so i also got

Batman v Superman

This may have been a risky purchase, due to all the negative press this film got when it was announced that Ben Affleck was going to be Batman. I initially thought that this may have been a good casting, as i think he could have done well with the playboy image. As Batman, not too sure. Then the images were released as i was not swayed either way.

I missed this cat the cinema, but a lot of my friends did go and see it - and their verdicts were not great. Never mind, i will wait until it is available to download. In a way i am glad i did, as i think the film really suits the disc/television experience. I think a lot of the hatred for this film was incorrect, and the media and critic reviews sites really wanted this film to fail - why? I have no reason at all. I came to this film with no expectations of a good film, and expecting a total stinker. I am pleased to say that this was not the case.

Before we go any further i want to make it clear that this is no Guardian of Galaxy (loved that film - 10/10), it is also not a Howard the Duck either. Yes, there are problems with the film, mainly to do with the editing of it. I think they tried to cram in too much into a film, and this is my opinion of the Ultimate Edition (about 30 mins extra). I honestly believe it should have been another hour in length, and split across a couple of movies. Some of the beginning of the film needed more explanation, a bigger build up and less chopping around.

I enjoyed the essence of the story. I liked how the animosity between Batman and Superman was being fuelled. Lex Luthor was a good role in this - but i did not enjoy Jesse Eisenburg performance. It came across too pantomime for my tastes. The show down was interesting, but Batman was being a dick - and this rubbed me the wrong way a little.

Anyhow, after the showdown, they become mates and fight against Lex Luthor - who has a super monster of his own. This is the big battle of the film, and Wonder Woman pops along for the fight. I really enjoyed this sub plot to the movie - especially the clips of Flash and Aquaman. Of course, this is all set up for her own franchise and the Justice League - but this was not over powering in this film.

The special effects were good as you would expect this day and age, and the ending was interesting.

As i stated at the beginning, i enjoyed this film, but it has some flaws. I have given it 7/10, but with better editing and pacing at the beginning, i think it could have been an 8/10.