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Regeneration.

I started this site back in April of 2012, mainly to keep myself more busy while I was working towards transferring universities, but since the opportunity at Platform arrived in second year of university, I discovered that I rather enjoyed writing.

The site has been through three big designs ever since, and now it’s on the fourth. The ‘Tom Baker’ regeneration I like to see it as.

As far as I’m concerned, this is when I want it to be ‘out there’. The time where I want it to branch out. But not a blog. Ever. It’s a word I hate. This will be a website that is a collection of thoughts, reviews, and the best of Lincoln.

I’ve spent a fair while working out what can stay and what can go. I did move the site to a dedicated hosting service in June, but I left the design as it was.

But the more I visited, the more certain ‘features’ began to irritate me, and I wanted to start afresh.

Every post is front and centre. Cleaner, and no images at the top anymore. Looked cluttered. There’ll be images once you touch ‘Continue’, but not intrusive.

The main links will be at the top, while a search bar at the bottom will be there in time.

What I’ve written since 2012 is staying, but there’s going to be much more, varied content from now on.

Three main categories will be holding the site up from now on.

Games‘. I say ‘games’ as it won’t be strictly about games. We’re in an age where it can mean ‘streaming’, ‘lets plays’, ‘online’, and so much more. It’s going to branch out, and show you a few avenues that you didn’t know much about before.

I also launched ‘Final Bosses’ last week as I wanted to write about retro games again, but in a way I haven’t seen it done anywhere.
There’s also going to be reviews. I’ve got an Xbox One, there’s soon to be a PS4, I’ve figured it’ll be best to see what I can complete, what holds my attention the longest, and what the opinion is on the games of 2015. There

Lincoln. Since i came back from university last year, I realised the more I walked, and ate, and drank the places of Lincoln, that there’s huge potential wherever you go. Not just for students, but anyone. The ‘job’ has also opened my eyes to this, with AgeUK and U3A especially. I look in the local paper, and not only are the independents not deservedly mentioned, I’m still in shock there’s people out there who still use the word ‘gizmos’.

The section will be about places that catch my eye. In the food sense, the coffee sense, and the drink sense. All in one easy to find place at the top. There’s also something being planned which is an extension of this section, hopefully that will be starting by the end of the month.

Tech. Of course. There’s an article appearing in a couple of hours that will show the latest and greatest being used. Opinions, comparisons, or any news i’ve discovered that I think is worth discussing that’s longer than 140 characters on Twitter.

I’ve set myself a goal to do at least three articles a month.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on anything about the site in particular. I get 100 spam comments a week, so to have that as genuine people instead would be really nice to see.

I can be reached by e-mail, or my favourite social media, Twitter.

Turning Points.

A different kind this week.

I don’t reminisce much, I’d rather take each day as it goes and plan ahead for what needs to be done, but the rare time when I do it’s usually about a very prominent time. 2015 isn’t just about when hoverboards are due to arrive on October 21st, but it’s also 10 years to the day since I got the GCSE results.

You know when times like these happen, and you know that you’ve got a real chance to do something different that you’ve been hoping for, for a very long while.
You’ve probably had it in a different way, be it from meeting that one person to change your perspective, or that job you got the call for. But you remember the moment, and you don’t forget the turning point. It’s mainly why you’re where you are now.
I never felt that more than 10 years ago today, and sometimes I do ponder what the present would be like if the time of 2005-2007 never occurred.

I remember the whole day, from when I left to get my results, to working a shift, to going to a results party with friends, being on a total high, culminating with starting the time I’d long been hoping for the following week.
It’s as if it was a fork in the road, and you know that while it’s happening, it’s a time that you have to make the most of, more than usual.

25th August 2005 was one of two major turning points for me in the last 10 years, and not a day goes by when I don’t think about that period and the following year. It’s why there’s a picture of it in my front room, and why it’s in the centre of the frame it’s in. It’s how the other photos came to be in the following years.
I’d do a lot to visit that first year, even for a few hours, and it’s only now that I feel as content, if not more as I did back then.

And so today is a time where I’ll be reminiscing and appreciating what’s happening now, and what there should be to come.
Always take that leap of faith and see where it takes you. If you’re hoping for the result you want, you’ll do what’s necessary to obtain it, not just post a quote on your social network of choice, think those 15 likes will increase the chances and hope for the best.

If I could, I’d also tell my 12 year old self that it’s going to work out.
A hell of a lot of patience will be needed, but eventually it’s going to pay off. You’re going to have a time that you’re going to genuinely enjoy at last.
You’ll finally be with decent people throughout, of who you’ll still be in contact with ten years on. Some you’ll be at their wedding, one you’ll be a godfather to their child, and others you’ll happily see to talk to in passing even when you haven’t even seen them in 4 years. They’ll always be worth the time.
You’ll be laughing each day and not wanting them to end. It will also be a cause and effect which will lead to other things, and into avenues that you didn’t realise you had access to.
But most of all, everything will be fine, and what you’re hoping for each day is going to happen.

And to those who were there at that time ten years ago and didn’t know it: Thank you.

To the next ten years.

Twelve Grand.

That’s all I could think as I was wearing the Apple Watch Edition.

I was in London again for work, and as the meeting finished, it was close by to Regents Street. Me and a colleague thought to visit the Apple Store to see if they had any try-on appointments free.
After a ten minute wait and looking at the new Macbook, there was an opening available, and we were lead upstairs to a corner of the floor which only had one table.
This is where the experience changed from the one I had at Meadowhall.

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11:30 AM.

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Coming across this piece, you’ve probably read many articles and video reviews already of the Apple Watch.

Instead, I want to talk about what hasn’t been mentioned so far, and what my experience of an appointment, and the watch, was like.

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London

I’m writing this as I drink a large coffee and people watching, noticing people I recognise evey so often. Spring seems to have finally appeared in Lincoln,with the sunshine finally bringing warmth as well as light, and that familiar first of many regrets of leaving the flat with a coat and gloves.

I’m in the middle of reading Roger Ebert’s autobiography, ‘Life Itself’ (iBooks link), and reading his experiences about walking around London, and this first day of spring heat brought me back to the same thing I did when I had time free in my first year of University.

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Oculus bought by Facebook for $2 Billion.

Last night, news came through that Facebook bought Oculus, famed for the ‘Oculus Rift’, for $2 Billion.

Breaking that figure down, it would consist of $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock.

Mark Zuckerburg announced the news on his Facebook profile, and in a blog post. His reasons for purchasing the company were:

“Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” said Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.”

Oculus will not be moving to Facebook’s campus in California, rather they will stay where they have been since the beginning, and use the funding to set out prototypes and mass improvements to the final consumer model of the ‘Oculus Rift’ which could be released next year.

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