The latest update.

Now “finished” if I want it to be, although there’s potential for more and I think I’m going to do something else in a couple of months.

I’ve had quite a large area tattooed today though and it needs a while to rest.

We Won

I was recently “put in my place” on Facebook by a “true patriot”. The term I would have used is flag wanker. You can pretty much imagine the profile I clicked through to – Union Jack’s, poppies, and a whole barrage of incorrectly used apostrophes.

Below is an example of the typical post I was seeing, obviously without my improvements.

Flag Wanking in the Extreme

Gammonus Extremus told me quite proudly that remainers lost and leavers won.

Except that actually nobody won.

His type probably shouted from the rooftops “NO DEAL LETS GO WTO” as if WTO is an exclusive club we need to be a part of. I suspect he had no concept of what WTO actually means and the magnitude of the tariffs we would be subject to.

Think of it as more of a graveyard of dysfunctional countries with governments so corrupt that nobody wants a trade deal with them. Now I’m aware that lot of evolving nations spend time trading on WTO terms, but nations with any sense try to form trading organisations to improve their buying power and the sensible ones have deals with their immediate neighbours.

So I asked him what he had won. Not we, he. How Brexit had personally made his life better.

He went off on a rant about taking back control of our borders.

I stopped him and said “not US, how has leaving the EU enriched your life?”

Again, he continued to rant about control of our fish; our waters; and all other things flag wankery.

Again I had to say, “That’s US, I mean you, personally, as a subhuman”. (I did say subhuman, but I don’t think he read or comprehended what I actually put).

Again, we’ve taken back control. No tangible benefit.

This was my final response:

“As a service engineer, some of my parts come from within the EU, some are sourced from elsewhere in the world – a country with whom the EU has a good trade deal. I install these parts in pubs. These parts have just gone up in price by 14% – an increase I have had to pass on. Therefore the pubs, and ultimately the breweries face increased costs – and my tiny increase is the tip of the iceberg. The brewery will therefore have to increase the price of beer by around 14%. Yes, even Wetherspoons. “

He blocked me.

That, my friends and followers, demonstrates that the biggest foghorns know Jack shit about anything to do with Brexit or how it will impact their dreary xenophobic lives.

Felicity

It’s not often the old girl gets featured, because unlike the little Tortie idiot, Felicity is just so well behaved and sweet. So here she is looking beautiful as always.

You wouldn’t believe to see her that she’s 16!

I’m in love with Samsung Gear again

I need to stop rush buying. I’m never happy. When I bought my Galaxy Watch it was an impulse buy. I saw it on display, the shop had them in stock, and I walked out with one.

The problem is, looking back, I walked out with the wrong one. They asked me if I’d like the 42mm or the 46mm size; I asked for the 46mm – they said it would take a few days to arrive in but they had the 42mm and like a fool and with no research I bought it.

It looked nice. The smaller size even fitted my wrist rather well – for a big lad I don’t have huge hands or feet and my wrists accordingly are quite slim.

I then spent 18 months regretting it.

Whilst there was nothing ultimately wrong with the device; it ran Tizen, it did everything the Galaxy Watch 46mm did; it wasn’t for me. The tiny battery and my lifestyle meant that at the end of every day I had to charge it. If I didn’t then I wouldn’t get through the next day.

I even bought a Garmin Venu back in September as I was really pissed off with Samsung gear in particular. My Galaxy Watch was really running like a dog and I lost faith in it after about 4 days in a row I was left at 10am with a rather expensive but incredibly useless bracelet with a flat battery.

The less said about Garmin’s platform the better, but let’s just say it’s not the place for me.

Earlier this month on the other hand I had the opportunity to upgrade to a Galaxy Watch 3. I took it, but it was an absolute insistence that I got the larger size; this time 45mm.

Yes it looks a bit bigger on my wrist, and yes it feels heavier to wear, but wow the battery anxiety is gone! I can finally use it as it is meant to be used without worrying that every single screen touch is 2% off the battery.

I also, again, opted for 4G as I can then leave my phone behind in an emergency or if I’m running really tight on space (have you ever tried to fit a Galaxy Note 20 into latex jeans, especially when there’s an event camera ban so it’s moot even carrying it?)

Healing almost complete.

I’ve had no pain now for over a week and the final scabs have fallen off. Now the tattoo just has the milky dead skin layer over it which will take about 2 weeks to totally regenerate but it already looks amazing. It’s so much better than what was there before.

Amazing Sunset

Manual mode. Colours and light levels about what they were when seen visually.

I captured this in manual mode on my Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as automatic mode just wasn’t doing it justice (see below).

I think I got the colours pretty close to what you could actually see visually.

How automatic mode saw the colours. Much too bright. The sky was pushed and it just made the scene look insipid.

Beautiful!

My uncle always used to admire my photography. He said I had an eye for amazing scenes and I’d often go for the obscure view.

This was taken this afternoon using a Galaxy Note 20 ultra

New Tattoo – 4 hours in

My latest tattoo is now taking shape. It’s a cover up job for a rather dodgy stock Celtic band and very poor cross & crucible I got when I didn’t know better.

Please don’t scroll further if you dislike the sight of a little bit of blood or are squeamish.

Before. Bad 90’s tattoos.
Sketched out design.
A good start made. Some outlining, some shading.
Blocking in pretty much all done.
Pretty much there.
It is a long way home. I needed a wee and a coffee. Wetherby services stop.
As far as I got. The paving underneath broke me and I had to call it a day. I’m back in January.
Midna detail.
Wolf Link detail.

I’m really impressed with it so far. The guy who did it is an absolute pro!

December will be magic again.

Even in these hard times we can all be assured that December will be a little change. I’ve noticed everyone is taking extra effort with their decorations this year to try and create a little Christmas spirit. Yes it’s going to be odd with the limited travel and the lack of parties (although I suspect some people will still have them anyway), and no gig on New Year’s Eve is certainly going to be strange.

I’ve really been quite well prepared this year, and in general we are very well prepared for the future. An impeding hard Brexit is not leaving me with an easy feeling as I am absolutely sure there will be trouble ahead if we do. We need a deal with the EU. A bad deal is better than no deal, but try telling that to the fuckwits in Parliament.

But I get into politics, and you don’t come here to read about politics.

My latest geeky purchase is a Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. I’ve upgraded my Galaxy Watch to it.

Note to self : you have tried Android Wear and you’ve tried Garmin and you didn’t like either.  Stick with Samsung.

The latest one is pretty much an iteration of the previous one but with extra features and slightly less weight, although I have had to sideload some of the features as they are not yet approved for use in Europe or the UK, and our regulators are still focused on COVID-19 vaccines (the first of which we already have now).

The first feature I gained is ECG. A very good tool for health monitoring, especially as I near 50. I’m already older than my dad was when he had his heart attack and keeping an eye on the electrical activity in my heart can be a good thing (although it does help if you can read an ECG rather than just relying on the software).

Secondly I gain a blood pressure monitor. Now this is definitely useful, as someone who can’t actually remember the last time I had my blood pressure taken it is a good idea to monitor it.

My readings show it is slightly elevated, but not a concern provided I keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t rise too much. Anything over 140/90 is considered high blood pressure.

However when I’m relaxed it has been as low as 115/73 so I’m not too concerned.

I suppose the thing raising my blood pressure is this…

Yeah I finally got my PVC tie! A friend on Instagram pointed me at them. It’s from a company in the Netherlands called Mr Riegillo. ( https://mr-riegillio.com/ )

I did have to give it a covering of latex polish before I could actually tie it though. It really doesn’t slide, even though PVC looks as smooth as hell it does actually grab against itself.

Anyhow, that’s my little update. Have fun.