First thought I had this morning.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “First Light.”

The first thing that popped in my head this morning was “Why am I awake when it’s still dark?…

The second one, I shall keep to myself however!

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We also do Skylanders.

That’s right, we also play Skylanders Trap Team on the good old Xbox One, you can check out our playlist here;

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Too many hobbies, not enough time.

Who else suffers from the same problem?

Do you feel that sometimes working for a living just gets in the way of the fun you can have doing the things you enjoy? But then again, if you don’t work for a living how can you afford to do the things you enjoy?

For me this used to be nice and simple, I enjoy playing video games, so I spend a lot of my time doing so. Then I discovered table top wargames, so then that took over another facet of my spare time and it does consume a lot of it when you consider all the building of the miniatures you use to play the games, painting them, storing them, finding somewhere to play a game, setting it all up and putting it all away when finished… Woah, that is a lot.

I also enjoy watching football, (soccer) admittedly I watch from the comfort of my own home, and then of course there are the T.V. series I enjoy watching…

And now I have the new hobby of my YouTube channel with my son, that takes up a great deal of time, recording the videos, editing the videos, uploading the videos, promoting the videos… OK, that does include playing video games too (but sometimes it’s nice to play the games I want to play the way that I want to play them).

For the last five years the biggest “hobby” we have had is raising our son, obviously that is not a hobby, but it is something we enjoy very much!

Then on top of that there are the other chores that come with being one of those grown up’s, though I do get a very good deal with that as the wife does let me get away with doing less than I should…

I’m sure there are those of you that have a lot more going on in their lives and I must admit I do sound very selfish, but how do we manage to cram all those things we want to do into every minute of our lives?

Please someone, let me know.

Sparky

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The video that led to yesterdays blog post.

This is the video that caused the upset I described in the blog post yesterday.

Sparky

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Waiting

very insightful

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On Wednesday I asked the students in my class to describe what they’d been doing earlier in the day, before our afternoon session began. While they scribbled I wrote alongside them, producing a dull summary of actions and toil—until I came to waiting

There is always waiting. It begins in the still-dark morning when my dog barks at a sound I can’t hear. I wait for R. to get out of bed and take her outside so I can go back to sleep. But really so I can go back to waiting.

If you want to write, there’s no way around waiting. Over waiting the writer has no control. Oh, I’m in charge in the sense that I can follow a routine known to be helpful to the production of words. Keep to a schedule is one common suggestion. But there is mystery in writing. Who can say why…

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Westeros recreat în Minecraft

For all those Minecraft and Game of Thrones fans, this is epic!

Assassin CG

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The Perils of Computer Games.

Good evening all,

So it seems certain computer games can have a very adverse effect on younger children when they get very attached to their characters.

Liam and I were playing on Minecraft yesterday afternoon and recording a video of our gameplay for our YouTube channel, we decided that we would go and explore the Nether, which is like a separate dimension you have to travel to through a portal. We were happily exploring when Liam’s character fell through a hole in the ground and landed in some lava with the obvious effect of it dying. Now normally in games it’s not a big deal as most of the time you can just start over but from the beginning. However, when your character dies in Minecraft you end up dropping all the gear and items you spent so much time gathering and creating, again not normally a problem as you can go back within a certain time limit to gather it all again. The problem this time is that lava destroys gear that lands in it, so Liam’s character lost all it’s gear…

He was a little upset by this at the time and didn’t feel like carrying on with the video, as I’d made him a full set of diamond armour (basically the best armour you can craft) and this was now gone. I must admit, there were no tantrums, he was just a bit saddened by it so we decided to play another game instead.

Now the reason I mention this was it came up again at bed time tonight, he got very upset as mummy was settling him down and started crying about the fact that he had lost the armour, I was downstairs at the time and heard him crying so went to see what the problem was. Now, my wife wasn’t happy at the fact he was upset by this and she felt that maybe he should stop playing, so of course this made things worse. So in the end I had to agree that I would gather up some diamonds in the game and make him a whole new set of armour, and that’s how I ended up spending my night!

Two and a half hours later and I’d managed to mine (that is the name of the game after all) enough diamonds to craft him a full set of armour.

So basically be careful with games such as Minecraft, as children (and adults too no doubt) can become very attached to their characters and everything connected with them, as if they were an actual possession.

I know it taught me a lesson!

Always scout ahead…

Sparky

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