Literature

Index:

>> iSat LTD.
>> iSat coordinator python program
>> tmjarman website development.
>> VWORKER and freelance experiance.
>> A burrow full of rabbits – a book written and drawn for kids is available on the Kindle.
>> Spawn, a Flash game developed whilst at university.
>> Freelance work at Kinetika.
>> Some early 3DSMax work.
>> Bogus Bunny; a game I developed was nominated for an ‘E4 Grand Master Flash’ Golden Joystick award at BAFTA.


isat image

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

Social Media Consultant at iSat Ltd in Farnborough.

Marketing & Sales department: Consulted & implemented online marketing strategy, website developer, designed written & artistic marketing material, prioritized workloads, managed confidential data/contacts, innovative problem solver, researcher, Web/social developer, Created schematics and assembly guides,  generated leads, created merchandising & purchased  office work.

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

isats-miniature-x-band-vsat_uk

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

*Additionally trained as a temporary accountant & covered for a colleague’s holiday time. (tracked purchase & sales orders in sage)
Examples of my work at iSat: http://www.isatnetworks.blogspot.co.uk/


Above: iSat satellite feed adjustment program GUI written with Python Tkinter.

2green

iSat coordinator python program – © iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

I’ve been enjoying learning Python, it’s a powerful language with a huge number of applications. One of the first full programs I wrote was the Logging program which tracks the position of satellites and records the data in an external file at the desired interval.

At the start of a new minute, the program records coordinates, prints and exports them into a new or existing CSV (Excel) file.

The second full program was iSat’s satellite feed adjustment program. I was part of a small team, and I focused mostly on UI development.

I enjoyed writing the program and came up with many innovative solutions to problems.

Read More about this Python project. 


tmjarman2

Developed www.tmjarman.com(now depreciated) and created a book cover for “The Algorithm”.

Designed the book cover for ‘The Algorithm’ by Tim Jarman.


Freelance virtual worker at vWorker, Blue Arrow, Powerstax & Self employed.

I undertook a series of freelance projects including: Flash based, Image creation, Video editing, Web Development, Game Development, Social Media, Copy, Marketing.


Writer and artist on ‘A Burrow Full Of Rabbits, Creative Bedtime Stories’ available on Amazon for digital download.

A Burrow Full of Rabbits is a creative bedtime story for children and adults alike. Written using the ancient mystical poetic form know as Haiku this short, well illustrated book tells the story of brother and sister rabbit who talk about what it would be like to be a cat. Also features a short introduction to Haiku for adults and all about rabbits for children.


Spawn2

Designer, developer and programmer on ‘Spawn; A ‘Ribbiting’ Adventure’ at London South Bank University 2010

Lead a small team of Game Culture and Sonic Media students to create Spawn. A fun, challenging Flash based platform game. Our hero, a young and daring frog named Spawn has to overcome five levels and a dangerous final boss to save his family from the slag mafia lead by the oversized slug King Plato.  The game featured pre-rendered 3D effects, scenes, and background, a beautiful Soundscape that enhances the immersive environment. Spawn wasn’t just game; it was a state of mind and a calm place the player could visit whenever they wanted. A demo reel for Spawn can be seen here.


imagination-our-nation-300x130

Developed 10 Flash games and apps as part of an ARG for Kinetika 2010.

As part of a small team I developed 10 Flash based games and applications for the ImagiNation ARG Project and took hundreds of photographs of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as well as other content. Technology’s included XML integration in Flash and Facebook connectivity.

Projects sponsored by London 2012. 


Valhalla: a 3D interpretation of the Norse Afterlife.

3D static and level design at  London South Bank University 2007 – 2010.

building-1

fire

3D static and level design at  London South Bank University. (2007 – 2010)

Modeling: Created multiple low-poly characters from scratch; Later imported them into the Unreal engine.

3D Map/Game: Created a large 3D map in Unreal. A video created for the project can be seen here.

I created the music using Logic Pro.

3D films: Created in, then exported from 3DSMax. We Didn’t Start The Fire was a short film that can be viewed here.


Sole developer and programmer on ‘Bogus Bunny’.

Bogus Bunny was a finalist in the E4 Golden Joystick Awards (2009).

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E4 BAFTA Golden Joystick Awards

Index:

>> iSat LTD.
>> iSat coordinator python program
>> tmjarman website development.
>> VWORKER and freelance experiance.
>> A burrow full of rabbits – a book written and drawn for kids is available on the Kindle.
>> Spawn, a Flash game developed whilst at university.
>> Freelance work at Kinetika.
>> Some early 3DSMax work.
>> Bogus Bunny; a game I developed was nominated for an ‘E4 Grand Master Flash’ Golden Joystick award at BAFTA.


isat image

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

Social Media Consultant at iSat Ltd in Farnborough.

Marketing & Sales department: Consulted & implemented online marketing strategy, website developer, designed written & artistic marketing material, prioritized workloads, managed confidential data/contacts, innovative problem solver, researcher, Web/social developer, Created schematics and assembly guides,  generated leads, created merchandising & purchased  office work.

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

isats-miniature-x-band-vsat_uk

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

*Additionally trained as a temporary accountant & covered for a colleague’s holiday time. (tracked purchase & sales orders in sage)
Examples of my work at iSat: http://www.isatnetworks.blogspot.co.uk/


Above: iSat satellite feed adjustment program GUI written with Python Tkinter.

2green

iSat coordinator python program – © iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

I’ve been enjoying learning Python, it’s a powerful language with a huge number of applications. One of the first full programs I wrote was the Logging program which tracks the position of satellites and records the data in an external file at the desired interval.

At the start of a new minute, the program records coordinates, prints and exports them into a new or existing CSV (Excel) file.

The second full program was iSat’s satellite feed adjustment program. I was part of a small team, and I focused mostly on UI development.

I enjoyed writing the program and came up with many innovative solutions to problems.

Read More about this Python project. 


tmjarman2

Developed www.tmjarman.com(now depreciated) and created a book cover for “The Algorithm”.

Designed the book cover for ‘The Algorithm’ by Tim Jarman.


Freelance virtual worker at vWorker, Blue Arrow, Powerstax & Self employed.

I undertook a series of freelance projects including: Flash based, Image creation, Video editing, Web Development, Game Development, Social Media, Copy, Marketing.


Writer and artist on ‘A Burrow Full Of Rabbits, Creative Bedtime Stories’ available on Amazon for digital download.

A Burrow Full of Rabbits is a creative bedtime story for children and adults alike. Written using the ancient mystical poetic form know as Haiku this short, well illustrated book tells the story of brother and sister rabbit who talk about what it would be like to be a cat. Also features a short introduction to Haiku for adults and all about rabbits for children.


Spawn2

Designer, developer and programmer on ‘Spawn; A ‘Ribbiting’ Adventure’ at London South Bank University 2010

Lead a small team of Game Culture and Sonic Media students to create Spawn. A fun, challenging Flash based platform game. Our hero, a young and daring frog named Spawn has to overcome five levels and a dangerous final boss to save his family from the slag mafia lead by the oversized slug King Plato.  The game featured pre-rendered 3D effects, scenes, and background, a beautiful Soundscape that enhances the immersive environment. Spawn wasn’t just game; it was a state of mind and a calm place the player could visit whenever they wanted. A demo reel for Spawn can be seen here.


imagination-our-nation-300x130

Developed 10 Flash games and apps as part of an ARG for Kinetika 2010.

As part of a small team I developed 10 Flash based games and applications for the ImagiNation ARG Project and took hundreds of photographs of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as well as other content. Technology’s included XML integration in Flash and Facebook connectivity.

Projects sponsored by London 2012. 


Valhalla: a 3D interpretation of the Norse Afterlife.

3D static and level design at  London South Bank University 2007 – 2010.

building-1

fire

3D static and level design at  London South Bank University. (2007 – 2010)

Modeling: Created multiple low-poly characters from scratch; Later imported them into the Unreal engine.

3D Map/Game: Created a large 3D map in Unreal. A video created for the project can be seen here.

I created the music using Logic Pro.

3D films: Created in, then exported from 3DSMax. We Didn’t Start The Fire was a short film that can be viewed here.


Sole developer and programmer on ‘Bogus Bunny’.

Bogus Bunny was a finalist in the E4 Golden Joystick Awards (2009).

e4


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London South Bank University

Index:

>> iSat LTD.
>> iSat coordinator python program
>> tmjarman website development.
>> VWORKER and freelance experiance.
>> A burrow full of rabbits – a book written and drawn for kids is available on the Kindle.
>> Spawn, a Flash game developed whilst at university.
>> Freelance work at Kinetika.
>> Some early 3DSMax work.
>> Bogus Bunny; a game I developed was nominated for an ‘E4 Grand Master Flash’ Golden Joystick award at BAFTA.


isat image

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

Social Media Consultant at iSat Ltd in Farnborough.

Marketing & Sales department: Consulted & implemented online marketing strategy, website developer, designed written & artistic marketing material, prioritized workloads, managed confidential data/contacts, innovative problem solver, researcher, Web/social developer, Created schematics and assembly guides,  generated leads, created merchandising & purchased  office work.

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

isats-miniature-x-band-vsat_uk

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

*Additionally trained as a temporary accountant & covered for a colleague’s holiday time. (tracked purchase & sales orders in sage)
Examples of my work at iSat: http://www.isatnetworks.blogspot.co.uk/


Above: iSat satellite feed adjustment program GUI written with Python Tkinter.

2green

iSat coordinator python program – © iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

I’ve been enjoying learning Python, it’s a powerful language with a huge number of applications. One of the first full programs I wrote was the Logging program which tracks the position of satellites and records the data in an external file at the desired interval.

At the start of a new minute, the program records coordinates, prints and exports them into a new or existing CSV (Excel) file.

The second full program was iSat’s satellite feed adjustment program. I was part of a small team, and I focused mostly on UI development.

I enjoyed writing the program and came up with many innovative solutions to problems.

Read More about this Python project. 


tmjarman2

Developed www.tmjarman.com(now depreciated) and created a book cover for “The Algorithm”.

Designed the book cover for ‘The Algorithm’ by Tim Jarman.


Freelance virtual worker at vWorker, Blue Arrow, Powerstax & Self employed.

I undertook a series of freelance projects including: Flash based, Image creation, Video editing, Web Development, Game Development, Social Media, Copy, Marketing.


Writer and artist on ‘A Burrow Full Of Rabbits, Creative Bedtime Stories’ available on Amazon for digital download.

A Burrow Full of Rabbits is a creative bedtime story for children and adults alike. Written using the ancient mystical poetic form know as Haiku this short, well illustrated book tells the story of brother and sister rabbit who talk about what it would be like to be a cat. Also features a short introduction to Haiku for adults and all about rabbits for children.


Spawn2

Designer, developer and programmer on ‘Spawn; A ‘Ribbiting’ Adventure’ at London South Bank University 2010

Lead a small team of Game Culture and Sonic Media students to create Spawn. A fun, challenging Flash based platform game. Our hero, a young and daring frog named Spawn has to overcome five levels and a dangerous final boss to save his family from the slag mafia lead by the oversized slug King Plato.  The game featured pre-rendered 3D effects, scenes, and background, a beautiful Soundscape that enhances the immersive environment. Spawn wasn’t just game; it was a state of mind and a calm place the player could visit whenever they wanted. A demo reel for Spawn can be seen here.


imagination-our-nation-300x130

Developed 10 Flash games and apps as part of an ARG for Kinetika 2010.

As part of a small team I developed 10 Flash based games and applications for the ImagiNation ARG Project and took hundreds of photographs of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as well as other content. Technology’s included XML integration in Flash and Facebook connectivity.

Projects sponsored by London 2012. 


Valhalla: a 3D interpretation of the Norse Afterlife.

3D static and level design at  London South Bank University 2007 – 2010.

building-1

fire

3D static and level design at  London South Bank University. (2007 – 2010)

Modeling: Created multiple low-poly characters from scratch; Later imported them into the Unreal engine.

3D Map/Game: Created a large 3D map in Unreal. A video created for the project can be seen here.

I created the music using Logic Pro.

3D films: Created in, then exported from 3DSMax. We Didn’t Start The Fire was a short film that can be viewed here.


Sole developer and programmer on ‘Bogus Bunny’.

Bogus Bunny was a finalist in the E4 Golden Joystick Awards (2009).

e4


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Microsoft

Index:

>> iSat LTD.
>> iSat coordinator python program
>> tmjarman website development.
>> VWORKER and freelance experiance.
>> A burrow full of rabbits – a book written and drawn for kids is available on the Kindle.
>> Spawn, a Flash game developed whilst at university.
>> Freelance work at Kinetika.
>> Some early 3DSMax work.
>> Bogus Bunny; a game I developed was nominated for an ‘E4 Grand Master Flash’ Golden Joystick award at BAFTA.


isat image

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

Social Media Consultant at iSat Ltd in Farnborough.

Marketing & Sales department: Consulted & implemented online marketing strategy, website developer, designed written & artistic marketing material, prioritized workloads, managed confidential data/contacts, innovative problem solver, researcher, Web/social developer, Created schematics and assembly guides,  generated leads, created merchandising & purchased  office work.

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

isats-miniature-x-band-vsat_uk

© iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

*Additionally trained as a temporary accountant & covered for a colleague’s holiday time. (tracked purchase & sales orders in sage)
Examples of my work at iSat: http://www.isatnetworks.blogspot.co.uk/


Above: iSat satellite feed adjustment program GUI written with Python Tkinter.

2green

iSat coordinator python program – © iSat LTD, created by David W. Beck

I’ve been enjoying learning Python, it’s a powerful language with a huge number of applications. One of the first full programs I wrote was the Logging program which tracks the position of satellites and records the data in an external file at the desired interval.

At the start of a new minute, the program records coordinates, prints and exports them into a new or existing CSV (Excel) file.

The second full program was iSat’s satellite feed adjustment program. I was part of a small team, and I focused mostly on UI development.

I enjoyed writing the program and came up with many innovative solutions to problems.

Read More about this Python project. 


tmjarman2

Developed www.tmjarman.com(now depreciated) and created a book cover for “The Algorithm”.

Designed the book cover for ‘The Algorithm’ by Tim Jarman.


Freelance virtual worker at vWorker, Blue Arrow, Powerstax & Self employed.

I undertook a series of freelance projects including: Flash based, Image creation, Video editing, Web Development, Game Development, Social Media, Copy, Marketing.


Writer and artist on ‘A Burrow Full Of Rabbits, Creative Bedtime Stories’ available on Amazon for digital download.

A Burrow Full of Rabbits is a creative bedtime story for children and adults alike. Written using the ancient mystical poetic form know as Haiku this short, well illustrated book tells the story of brother and sister rabbit who talk about what it would be like to be a cat. Also features a short introduction to Haiku for adults and all about rabbits for children.


Spawn2

Designer, developer and programmer on ‘Spawn; A ‘Ribbiting’ Adventure’ at London South Bank University 2010

Lead a small team of Game Culture and Sonic Media students to create Spawn. A fun, challenging Flash based platform game. Our hero, a young and daring frog named Spawn has to overcome five levels and a dangerous final boss to save his family from the slag mafia lead by the oversized slug King Plato.  The game featured pre-rendered 3D effects, scenes, and background, a beautiful Soundscape that enhances the immersive environment. Spawn wasn’t just game; it was a state of mind and a calm place the player could visit whenever they wanted. A demo reel for Spawn can be seen here.


imagination-our-nation-300x130

Developed 10 Flash games and apps as part of an ARG for Kinetika 2010.

As part of a small team I developed 10 Flash based games and applications for the ImagiNation ARG Project and took hundreds of photographs of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as well as other content. Technology’s included XML integration in Flash and Facebook connectivity.

Projects sponsored by London 2012. 


Valhalla: a 3D interpretation of the Norse Afterlife.

3D static and level design at  London South Bank University 2007 – 2010.

building-1

fire

3D static and level design at  London South Bank University. (2007 – 2010)

Modeling: Created multiple low-poly characters from scratch; Later imported them into the Unreal engine.

3D Map/Game: Created a large 3D map in Unreal. A video created for the project can be seen here.

I created the music using Logic Pro.

3D films: Created in, then exported from 3DSMax. We Didn’t Start The Fire was a short film that can be viewed here.


Sole developer and programmer on ‘Bogus Bunny’.

Bogus Bunny was a finalist in the E4 Golden Joystick Awards (2009).

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Is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs comparable with Rimworld?

How randomness in Rimworld creates a fun and immersive story driven experience.

With almost a million owners, Rimworld could be said to be an indie game done right. The game is quickly approaching version 1.0 – having been in Beta since November 2017. The game is a top-down construction and management simulation set on another planet in a dystopian future. The game features AI storytellers that have variable difficulty levels, these include Cassandra Classic, Phoebe Chillax and Randy Random. The AI’s affect when random events should take place – the nature of these events and the severity, which increases over time. The difficulty also increases or decreases the base mood of the colonists.

After setting up the scenario, planet conditions, choosing your storyteller, difficulty, the colonists and the crash site, the player finds themselves with usually 3 or four colonists who have crash landed on the planet and must survive. The player must then priorities what the colonists should work on, with each colonist having different skills which affects their work skills – so for example a ‘pawn’ (a term used to describe a colonist) may be very good at building which both speeds up construction and reduces the chances construction will fail. Another pawn may be good at creating art, which can be useful in generating income in the later game through trading with other groups on the planet.

The Early Game – Shelter and temperature control

So the early game involves the player viewing the map to see what resources may be there, what land formations may be useful and any possible dangers. The player should find a location where a basic house, or room can be constructed which will give the pawns somewhere to sleep. Additionally on very cold or very warm maps the room can be equipped with heating or cooling (Or both). Both heating and cooling will generally require electricity, though passive coolers may be available if the player has chosen to start with less technology. In the early game the player generally has access to both solar panels and wind turbines which provide intermittent power. This power can be stored in a battery.

Farming

On crash landing the pawns will generally have about a weeks worth of food. The player would be wise to get this food and other materials into a room, or preferably a cold room for perishable food. A cold room can use cooling to lower the temperature to around freezing meaning the food will last forever. The player had two options depending on the map and conditions – they can either gather food from the local area which may be growing naturally, healing herbs and stimulants can also sometimes be gathered too. The second option is to farm. The game by default has a range of food, medical crops and trees which can be planted in a designated area.

Getting more pawns

Colonies can grow in a number of ways. One of these is capturing an enemy during a raid, locking them in a prison and convincing them to join you. Sometimes people also seek sanctuary from their enemies in your colony, but you may need to fight off their enemies. There are also other ways to grow the colony.

Health

The health of the pawns is another basic need. The pawn’s health will slowly deteriorate with age, however accidents like cave-ins or being attacked will also lower health. It is possible to replace organs if an organ is damaged – and if the pawn is addicted to a drug they can become free of the drug but will suffer withdraw. There is a drug called Luciferin which will significantly boost the pawns abilities, however the pawn will die unless a good supply of Luciferin can be maintained. There are methods, such as suspended animation pods, that can be used in the late game if the supply of Luciferin runs out.

Medium Game

This game roughly mirrors Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow which basically relates to human motivation. The theory states the most basic needs must be taken care of first before the higher needs should be taken out. In Rimworld, for example, a colony that specializes in art and neglects food will be unlikely to survive very long.

The physical needs include bedrooms or bunkhouses, some food should be grown and cooked and frozen. This task is ongoing, but once a stable source of food is established other tasks can be undertaken.

Safely is next: So this includes creating weapons to fight off an attacking tribe: these can be in the form of swords, sticks, guns or even automated guns when the materials are available. Additionally building fortifications will give your pawns an advantage in battle.

Safely also includes protection from the elements, so this includes heating and cooling houses as well as making clothing, which also requires fur from animals or cloth from cotton plants. A pawn will require a tailor’s workbench to create clothes.

A player may also need to mine materials such as metals which are used in trade and construction. Silver is used as the game’s currency.

Social needs come next – once the basic colony is working a player should increase the time pawns spend sleeping. This seems to improve their mood and reduce the chance they will be afflicted by a mental breakdown. Leisure time can also be set where pawns will play games such as horseshoe pin, chess, Billiards Table and even TV’s in the later game. Communal areas should be established, such as a dining room. The pawns gain a lot of pleasure from ‘eating at table’.

Beer and ‘smokeleaf‘ production takes work and time – however it’s well worth it as these items can make a pawn happier as well as providing nutrition and mild pain relief in the case of smokeleaf.

Additionally some pawns may pair off and they will probably want to share a double bed. Also if one of the colonists is killed in a raid, for example, this will make the other pawns who knew them very sad. If a large number of colonists die the resulting unhappiness can create a despair spiral which can actually end a colony.

Esteem Needs come next – Once the colony has built up some silver reserves, it is possible to start to build strong trading relations with other tribes. Some traders will come to trade normally with you, but later on you can create trade groups yourself or pay other groups to send a trading party. This is a great way to secure materials such as components for construction or other materials, or animals, which can be bread and provide fur and meat and can be farmed.

Pawns can form a strong bond with an animal, which becomes their pet – pets will however need food. If the pet is a carnivore it may need to hunt for food, or will eat your colony’s food reserves if it is allowed to roam in that area.

So Esteem is primarily generated through letting the pawn work in the area they love. Some skills will generate happiness. The below image shows that for Doc Mining will generate a lot of happiness for this pawn. Doc will also learn mining more quickly. The success of a colony can depend on having pawns utilizing the skills they are best at, however once the colony is stable, allowing colonists to specialize at the tasks they enjoy will improve their overall happiness.

Self-actualization comes last.

Google defines self-actualisation as:

the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.

In RimWorld self-actualization comes from a pawns individual needs being fulfilled. It’s hard to generalize as every pawn will have different needs. The following pawn doesn’t look to be having a very good time. Things like building an impressive looking colony that contains valuable items made from fine materials like gold and jade, an impressive large bedroom, a job they enjoy, good relationships with the other colonists and good health all contribute to happiness. Each individual has a needs tab which lets the player know what the pawn wants to make them happy.

So having played the base game, as well as playing with many mods, RimWorld does leave you with with the story of life. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is just as true in RimWorld as it is in our own, though the pawns in this game and real people have a fundamental difference. Psychological research on happiness suggests our levels of happiness remain largely consistent over the long term. We have a tenancy to take things for granted. Perhaps on a happier note we should take away from this a happier message. A large source of happiness in RimWorld comes from doing a job you enjoy, family and community, Good food and beer! Perhaps we should try to appreciate everything we have and to count our blessings.

Losing weight is hard! I need stranger’s advice!

So I’m fat. I’m really sorry if this offends you. I would love some angry advice from random strangers on how to fix this! Maybe a few memes of fat people falling over would help too!

Let’s go through the list:

  1. Join the gym: Good Idea! I joined over 2 years ago and have been going on average 4 times a week. I’ve gained muscle but have not lost that much fat.
  2. Eat less: Great advice! I’ve stopped eating so much, switched to smaller meals with more fibre and protein, for example swapping cereal for 2 eggs for breakfast. It is ineffective!
  3. Eat a salad: Yep! I normally have a nice healthy salad for lunch with a little vinegar, no effect.
  4. Smoothies! Yep! I have replaced the evening meal with a vegetable-based smoothie.
  5. walk more: Yes, good advice, only I normally walk the dog for around 45 minutes and walk to the shops on a regular basis.
  6. swimming: Yes once a week.
  7. give up coffee: NEVER! is this a joke.

So yes! Any angry advice would be great because I’m running out of ideas. I have tried fasting and HITT and a bunch of other things too.

 

Excerpts from Copper Blood, a book by David Beck.

Copper Blood is going well. I have written another 25000 words and I’m loving writing the story!

The books currently called Copper Blood, its set in a dystopian future and centers around a special 17-year-old called Sam who has spent his whole life in a self-contained boarding school called the Eden Academy. Sam has to sink or swim when he’s forced out of his school by a terrorist attack on the building. Sam explores this strange new world where the gap between the rich and the poor is huge; where global governance has broken down and where a secret war waged in the shadows. Sam also has a secret that could cost him his life.


I’m aiming for about 90,000 to 110,000 words, Here are some early excerpts:

Sam wasn’t sure if he was dreaming… he didn’t even know if he was awake, but he did know something… or someone was at the door. His heart thumped in his chest and his body froze in terror. His eyes were eyes wide with fear as he stared at the door. Did he hear a knock or did he dream it? Images of the cyborgs were still running through his head. Sam remembered the subdued fear Mr Morris had tried to hide and that strange lady he had seen in the corridor, could it be her at the door? Another three loud knocks rang through the door. Sam knew for sure someone was there now.”

Sam turned off the light and laid back on the bed. Sleep didn’t find him as quickly this time after his nightmare. He wondered who the lady in the corridor was who peeked through the crack in her door. He felt sure that she had turned her light off earlier when he and Morris were being escorted home by that androgynous cyborg. A terrifying revelation suddenly dawned on him that made the hairs on his neck stand on end, the light Sam had seen flicker off earlier was his light! He recounted the windows in his mind, his was the third window on the third floor… his room. Someone else; apart from Mr Morris must have a key. Sam wondered if he was safe; would this elusive person return when he was sleeping? He looked over at the steel table behind the door, it was laying on its side and had been bolted down; shotgun shells at its base. Was someone looking for the room’s former occupant?”.

It’s still early days, but I’m starting to care about what happens to these characters.

Thank you for reading. Do you have an idea or a comment? I would love to hear from you on the contact page.

Five years in jail for women who ’emotionally bully’ husbands

Bullies who emotionally abuse partners face up to five years in prison.

Under laws coming into force today, anyone who inflicts psychological cruelty on their other halves can be prosecuted – even if there is no direct physical harm.

For the first time, domestic abusers who stop short of lashing out at their victims will be targeted with a new offence where there is evidence of ‘coercive and controlling behaviour’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3376846/Five-years-jail-men-emotionally-bully-wives-New-law-target-bullies-control-partners-coercive-controlling-behaviour.html#ixzz4VAv33o6E
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Mike Pence Brain Replaced with Crucifix!

Mike Pence Vice president-elect of the United States of America

Mike Pence, Vice president-elect of the United States of America has today announced he will be the first Republican to have his brain entirely replaced with an idol of The Lord©. 

The surgery will be performed by a crack team of priests after doctors declined to operate saying ‘Idolatry is forbidden in the Bible’.

 

The Lead priest stated:

‘The key step in making Brain to Cross transplants (B2C) possible is the ability to connect nerve fibers from the Crucifix to the native spinal cord’

 

Mike Pence is expected to make a full recovery with no decline in cognitive functioning.

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Prior to being appointed ‘Evangelical cheerleader’ by Donald Trump Mr Pence was famous for not understanding what a scientific theory was.

He’s also a favorite of the billionaire Koch brothers who’s business models involve making the earth uninhabitable.

Pence also enjoys removing LGBT rights supporting the rights of business to deny service to people based on their sexuality.

This painting just sold for $46.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York

A Mark Rothko painting sold for $46.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York, an evening in which sfarteveral records were set including one for a work by German artist Sigmar Polke.

The Rothko work “Untitled, (Yellow and Blue),” measuring 2.42 meters by 1.86 meters (about 8 feet by 6.1 feet) and completed in 1954, had been estimated at between $40 million and $60 million.

The painting was once owned by American socialite Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, according toBloomberg.

Rothko was one of the most successful and famous artists in America before he killed himself in 1970, The Guardian notes.

Sotheby’s notes on its website that “few 20th-century masters have inspired greater awe and reverence in their followers than” Rothko.

“Yellow and Blue” was one of the star pieces of this evening of auctions of contemporary works, including one by Roy Lichtenstein titled “The Ring.” Sotheby’s had expected it would go for $50 million, but in the end it sold for $41.69 million.

Another highlight of the sale, “Abstraktes Bild” by Germany’s Gerhard Richter, was auctioned for $28.25 million, just under its presale estimate of $30 million.

None of these three set a record.

But several other artists did set records for sales at auction, including Polke. His painting “Dschungel” (1967) went for $27.13 million, three times the previous price for one of his works, according to Sotheby’s.

Prior to the auction it had been estimated at about $20 million — a hefty sum for an artist Sotheby’s said was virtually unknown until 2011.

A huge painting by Christopher Wool, “Riot,” went for $29.93 million, compared with a presale estimate of $12 million to $18 million — a record for a living American artist.

American Mark Grotjahn, 47, also broke his own record with a work called “Untitled (Into and Behind the Green Eyes of the Tiger Monkey Face).” It went for $6.52 million, twice the upper end of its initial forecast range.

Sotheby’s also sold several works by Andy Warhol, including “Superman,” which went for $14.36 million (estimated at $6 million to $8 million) and “Mao” for $14.4 million. It had been estimated at $13 million to $16 million.

These estimates do not include costs and fees, unlike the final auction prices.

On Monday a Picasso oil painting, “The Women of Algiers (Version 0),” smashed records for sales at auction by going for $179 million.

It was the highest price paid for any work of art sold at auction, Christie’s said.

The auction continues Wednesday in New York with sales of contemporary art at Christie’s, followed Thursday with sales of impressionist and modern art.

 

highpurberley

highpurberley – did you mean hyperbole: an extreme exaggeration used to make a point. It is like the opposite of “understatement.” It is from a Greek word meaning “excess.”

My seven day gym challenge!

As promised here are a few tips for starting at the gym!

  • The most difficult part of joining the gym is…. joining! I had been a bit worried about joining because of minor body issues related to my weight: However, I’ve never felt uncomfortable at the gym and wish I’d of joined one sooner
  • Getting clothing for the gym is simple. I normally wear a sports T-shirt and sports shorts which are very inexpensive from Sports Direct or other sports retailers. I’d go for something cheap, comfortable and stretchy.
  • Personally, I like wearing sandals in the gym but convention dictates trainers are most appropriate. Getting air to your feet helps you stay cool and stops bacteria multiplying as much. Cool feet are healthy feet

Remember everyone joins the gym for similar reasons: To get and maintain fitness levels, to lose or gain weight, to build muscle mass, to get healthier: No matter your weight, age, background, disability or anything else I’ve found the gym is a welcoming environment full of people trying to be their best!

Gym etiquette

  • I’d thought I’d throw in a few more tips: It is polite to use a small sweat towel in the gym just to wipe the equipment. You don’t normally need to use one but I feel happier when I have one. Even a small flannel is useful!
  • If you’d like to use some equipment and someone has been using it for a while you can politely ask how many reps they have left. This is a great way to let them know you’d like to use the equipment.
  • Don’t be afraid to say hi to people, I’ve found everyone has been friendly but some people using headphones may want to be left alone.

Getting a gym power boost!

  • Coffee, before you work out is a great metabolic boost!
  • Protein, like nuts, seeds, meat and dairy can help you form bigger muscles.
  • Even things like rice and beans forms compleat proteins! ~
  • Beans, lentils, and peanuts can be combined with wheat, rice, and corn to form a compleat protein!
  • Carbohydrates and fats are a great fuel and a few carbs help to keep those muscles going!
  • Chocolate milk is a surprisingly good post-workout drink! Avoid low fat options as fat is actually very healthy!
  • Another great source of cheap protein is low-fat mozzarella.

Smoked-Mackerel

Lastly, Omega 3 found in oily fish, flax, some nuts like walnuts, eggs and Hemp seeds has been shown to boost heart, joint and brain function! Mackerel and Cod Liver Oil are great sources.

 

Losing weight

Losing weight isn’t always easy. My dad has been very successful following some simple ideas I wanted to share.

  • Cut out lunch. A fasting period is great for improved health and losing weight.
  • Have eggs for breakfast and avoid toast/bread. The protein will keep you fuller for longer whereas carbohydrate based breakfasts like toast and cereal have a high GI – in short you’ll burn that energy off quickly and be hungry again. I like scrambled eggs!
  • Cut out all refined sugar like cakes and sweets and significantly reduce your carb intake (bread, potatoes, chips, rice, etc)
  • Instead, eat more fats and proteins and fresh fruit and veg. Though fruit has fructose sugars the GI is lower so they’ll keep you fuller for longer.
  • Replace chips and rice with salads and mixed veg. If you go out to a restaurant they are normally happy to change carb rich foods for lower carb ones.
  • Remember carbs raise your blood sugar, insulin is released to lower it, the insulin causes the sugars to be stored as fat and causes many nasty metabolic disorders. Fat does not cause insulin to be released, which is a good thing! 

My dad, by reducing the carbs in his diet, fasting during the day and by going to the gym has lost a lot of weight. Hopefully this method will help you too though everyone is different.  

 


Last Saturday I went to the gym with my dad and we’d both really enjoyed it. I have been going for a few month’s but it was all new for my dad. It was quite fun showing him how the machines worked and I even tried some Yoga and mussel stretches!

I get quite a big benefit from the gym when I go regularly and started to wonder what effect going for seven consecutive days would have.

 

The results are starting to come in and they’re looking great so far. I normally do around 1-2 and a half hours per session and really like to work intensively.

 

My skin feels nicer and tighter (maybe because of the sweating); I feel I’m losing weight; gaining muscle mass; I seem to be much busier in life generally and I also feel much better about myself. It could be my imagination but people seem to be reacting to me more positively. (It’s gotta be the mussels and good posture XD)

 

I think my diet’s also improved. I’m eating less; slightly more protein and I am focusing on foods low in carbs which deliver more energy over time as these are the best for a maintained workout.

 

After a workout, I’ve been drinking a glass of whole milk with a few spoonfuls of 50% protein hemp powder. The taste is great; Omega 3 and 6 are beautifully balanced and I found eating or drinking some protein after a workout boosted my recovery time and is well worth it personally.

 

I started on Saturday but I unfortunately missed Tuesday so I’ve added an extra day on; so there should be an update around Sunday.

The Gym Farnborough

Thanks

 

David.