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Browsing Posts published in August, 2018

Tasting and giving my opinion on an oreo coated doughnut as well as a lemon lime and cucumber sprite that I got at bargain prices I decided to start up a new series called “tasting treats” where I would try out nice nibbles and give my opinions on them as I give them a taste.

Starting off with the oreo doughnut I found myself disappointed that it didn’t have the crispy cookie crumbs coating the doughnut as expected, and the cream filling was so disproportioned compared to the stodgy chocolate flavoured doughnut that the balance didn’t portray the expected flavour or experience of oreo cookies as expected, admittedly I did pay only 11p for both doughnuts at 90% off so there is something to be said that perhaps the short dated nature could have softened the crunch but the fact that there seemed to be none at all suggests that maybe they hadn’t intentionally put crunch into the topping which would have made a big difference to the taste.

This wasn’t the only negative with the doughnut though as the icing on the coating was so thin and lacking that it didn’t feel as much of a premium doughnut as expected and definitely not on level with krispy Kreme doughnuts which have a much better balance, with the doughnuts being lighter and having more of a treat feel with high flavour content, which is what I expected from something like this officially branded oreo but I was highly disappointed to discover differently.

The other bargain I obtained was two 2l bottles of sprite for £1.50, but this was no ordinary sprite, this was lemon lime and CUCUMBER flavoured sprite, yes you heard right cucumber in a carbonated drink. I’ve had cucumber flavoured crisps in a pringles like container before and they were surprisingly alright and again I was pleasantly surprised with the carbonated cucumber flavouring which although being very forthright actually seemed a refreshing taste that worked as a carbonated drink.

I could see why they might have designed a cucumber based sprite having served many pimms cocktails in my time working at a variety of events with alchoholic beverages and these always included usually fresh chopped cucumbers but I can see why having it also inside of the lemonade you might use would be good for depth of flavour progression for cocktails and I would also see how this might make an interesting mixer with other alcoholic beverages as well as being a summer based unique drink to enjoy in the hot weather.

All in all I was pleasantly surprised by the sprite cucumber lemon and lime variety as it did have a strong cucumber taste but after a few sips this fades to the traditional lemon and lime variety which gives an interesting drink on your palate that evolves as you drink it, and would definitely be an interesting weapon to add to your mixer arsenal for any summer events you might have, while the oreo doughnut just proved wholly disappointing, being too stodgy with the chocolate doughnut and a poor balance of flavours lacking the expected crunch of the oreo crumbs on top and just feeling like I would rather have had a fresh standard jam doughnut over it.

YouTube recently changed it’s requirements for partnership so that you needed at least 1000 subs and 4000 hours viewed within the last 12 months to monetise your youtube channel, now there has been some backlash at this from smaller channels however in the past there have been a number of smaller channels that have had their adsense completely blocked for supposed “click fraud” with youtube only allowing a single appeal where they would state as a reply unless you know what the cause of the click fraud is they won’t restore your account, which is terrible for false positives because unless you’re causing the click fraud how would you ever know what the cause was?

This is why having a minimum viewership is going to be good for you, because while you might make some money that helps keep your channel growing or help to grow it during it’s smaller time you’re likely to have a small selection of the same people viewing your video’s and clicking your ads when you’ve got a smaller subscriber base, and youtube will detect this as click fraud thinking only you or people you know would be clicking if there’s a small field of IP addresses generating the revenue, so by having a much broader field it eliminates false positives as you’d have a significant enough viewer base at that point that the IP range would be varied and false positives are far less likely to occur, obviously if youtube had a better appeals process and understood that you would not have control over who watches your video’s and who clicks on them when you’re smaller it would have also worked but that would create more work for youtube and clearly they’re against that.

Of course this can be offputting to using adsense anywhere else as if you’ve previously used it on your website and you know a lot of robots (especially google’s own spider for it’s search engine) traverse your site at three times the rate of actual visitors because they crawl it non stop and ignore don’t return for X time protocols completely. Whether these bots crawling the site trigger adsense to believe bad traffic is another consideration (not knowing whether it was over zealous subscribers, this or by being related to my scumbag sister) so I’m offput from even using adsense anywhere outside of youtube so that when I build up high enough I can actually monetise it and if they trigger a false click fraud claim again when not performing this then youtube itself has serious problems.

One final reason hidden in the depths of the explaination for what determined “click fraud” at the time they closed monetisation on my channel was that if they suspected you to be related to anyone who had been deemed bad for adsense (so having a similar name or just being related to them) would also result in a click fraud closure for your adsense wether you’ve performed clickfraud or not, just being related to or suspected to be related to someone who did would get your account closed, and I would suspect my sister very likely to be a click fraud person because she is a scumbag, she’s performed illegal things in the past, she still does illegal things and she even tried to forge my signature to steal our dads inheritance when he died, of course she still succeeded in stealing it but should really be arrested for criminal fraud in that instance, forging my signature is fraud and I deleted her from my life that day not that we communicated much previously but I had her on facebook as a relative, I gave her birthday and xmas presents but that was about it but after that disgusting behaviour she’s not a relative.

So you’re one of the people who had your adsense closed for click fraud in the 2011-2012 timeframe when google were taking down a lot of adsense accounts including from some medium size channels, well with this new system in place it might be worth putting in a new appeal, I know I had been trying to appeal again when this system came into place and might have resulted from my appeal showing that the only monetisation I had in my account was from America and couldn’t possibly be anything to do with me, and probably was from over zealous subscribers as I had a growing channel in a time when comments sections were encouraging each other to click every advert to support youtubers (and kony 2012) so it was a weird time. However if you’ve had a channel in good standing since then and you’ve never known what the click fraud was it might be worth sending in a new appeal, and then going into your account clicking to change your adsense ID but if you associate it with your channel regardless of if it was the same adsense ID it will restore it back to a state that states pending review until you get enough viewers and subscribers rather than demonetised which gives you a hopeful system for the future, and also backdooring into your adsense account through that link you’re able to see that you’re in a restored adsense account and you could use it in your regular websites if you choose to take that risk, or save it entirely for youtube as I’m choosing to do so.

While you might think this is an unreachable target especially as youtube makes everything on it’s platform more geared towards celebrities rather than smaller content producers I do believe this is more protective for you and you’re more likely to succeed without losing your adsense and hope to monetise your channel as you grow with the new rules, and it’s a target to strive for that perhaps once reached might give enough income to at the very least reduce the number of hours you have to work elsewhere in order to fund your life and gear towards moving into youtube fulltime.

Blackhole is a 2d physics based puzzle platformer with a compelling narrative storyline behind it, the game see’s you “crash” into a blackhole abandoning you the coffee boy with the ships AI to try and find all of your missing crewmates and rebuild the ship so that you can escape the anomaly you find yourself in.

The game promises more than 90 levels across 6 dimensions and over 15 hours of gameplay and that isn’t including the free challenge vault update that essentially added daily challenges with difficult levels into the game. Outside of the levels themselves there are heaps of secrets to discover in the overworld which can be quite challenging themselves.

Each dimension has it’s own theme and it’s own special item that modifies the puzzles in unique ways making the challenges of each of these varied across the game. From EMP pulses to effect lazers and doors to simple wall jump boots allowing you to hop off the walls like Mario.

The physics of the game are some of the best designed I’ve seen in a game of this type, allowing you to start off grasping the simple but once you realise you can use gravity transitions in the level to conserve momentum and fling yourself across to new area’s you can learn whole new ways to progress through the game and perhaps get those selfburns that seemed out of reach earlier in the game. They also do a good job of pacing out the new elements that you come across and scaling up the difficulty so you never feel too overwhelmed with the puzzles, another way they do this well is limiting the number of selfburns required to complete a level and progress through the story so you can finish a level and continue your progress without truly completing the levels and collecting everything whilst leaving a challenge to come back to later when you’ve mastered some of the more complex elements of the game.

Blachole’s story unveils itself as you progress through but if you want to know the true secrets of the anomaly you have to hunt down the black boxes in the overworld which can be in some very difficult to pass puzzles, as though whoever created the anomaly wanted to hide these as you, the AI and the crew all have no memory of what happened and how you got there, and if you haven’t seen the trailer you need to watch it for yourself (well that’s easier said than done, I tried to find the trailer I saw which showed the AI seeming to go a little crazy to link it here but I can’t find it anywhere…)

I am surprised how ridiculously cheap the game is and what a bargain it is for how much gameplay there is and how much enjoyment you’ll get out of it, not only in solving the puzzles but with the storyline and how well the voice acting is done (and you might recognise a celebrity or two in there) and if you’re into movie references and meme’s well there’s plenty in there from tetris to doctor who if you keep your eye out you’ll be able to spot them all, and may involve passing through a hidden wall puzzle or two at times.

This has probably one of the best games I’ve played in the past few years and I’m surprised it didn’t get more recognition and remains so unknown when it is such a well made game within the puzzle platformer genre, the game is so well done, has a great quirky storyline and good voice talent as well as polished well designed puzzles with great physics and a variety of gameplay mechanics throughout a lot of levels and different worlds as well as being a ridiculous bargain price as a result it has earnt itself an indelacio star.

Get blackhole on steam for yourself at https://store.steampowered.com/app/322680/BLACKHOLE/

E-Cigarette’s or “vapes” are portrayed as being more healthy for you than regular cigarettes because there’s no tar and you often hear people describing them as being “just water” which is quite incorrect because the vapourised fluids while becoming steam also contain purer versions of the drugs, while this might remove the risks associated with regular smoking this doesn’t necessarily make them safe as cigarettes and even uranium toothpaste were once deemed safe until years of use show the side effects and these products may have long term downsides, because inhaling steam could be damaging your insides in very different ways that are equally damaging to your long term health.

Since publishing this video some changes have been made to laws where drugs in the UK seem to be progressing towards being illegal at base before being legalised which is a step in the right direction towards safety as “legal highs” in the UK were often slight chemical differences to very dangerous substances, and perhaps more dangerous than their illegal countertypes only chemically changed to make them no longer illegal and unclassified, and this loophole allowed the market to be flooded with dangerous substances for sale on the high street and people believing them to be safe as they were marketed as being legal, and the assumption that being legal meant them to be safe or even safer than dangerous class A drugs they were based upon.

THC and the active substance in weed does seem to be branching towards legalisation in a lot of the world, and there are many products like oils where in small doses can be legal and help certain medical conditions yet the country still refuses to allow legalisation even in terms of prescription medication. I do believe however the vape market is missing a trick that they don’t have vapourised safe levels of illicit substances, of course when the law was on the side of things being legal until deemed illegal this would have been easier, however I do believe that in small enough doses for safe levels weed vapes would be a very popular product with the smell and the effects being pleasant for a lot of people and very lucrative which is why I’m surprised you don’t really see it anywhere, they could even have different flavoured versions of this and make a lot of money very easily off this, even if an intrepid drug dealer decided to corner the market and begin producing this.

I remain sceptical that vapour pens are as safe and clean as they are portrayed, and maybe they’re less hazardous than regular cigarettes and offer an alternative but it’s hard to say, and inhaling large enough levels of steam to create the exhalation that you see often from people who use vapes and even try to make vape shapes with their breath must have some effect on your insides, I can’t imagine having that much steam in your lungs on a regular basis can’t be bad for you.

I have been using these fuleadture headphones and while the sound quality is good, the noise isolation aspect seems to mostly just come out of the fact that it blocks out external noise rather than having any active noise cancelling as they may suggest, this perhaps comes via noise reduction of audio coming from the computer to clear up any distorted audio rather than active noise cancelling of irritating noises around you as it offered little to block out my heavy fan noise on my old computer, which was a primary reason for purchase of a noise cancelling headphone.

I would suggest that these also seem to be designed for a child or someone with a smaller head than me as although they offer resizing the actual ears are pushed in to such a degree no matter how you resize that it puts too much pressure on the headband that it inevitably snaps destroying the headphones, and the material for the band used seems to be 3D printed so it’s a flimsy and weak substance that snaps way too easily. This is probably the main downside as the quality and life of the headphones depends entirely upon whether you have a small head and won’t strain out the headphones headband, the other downside is that if you want to have active noise cancelling you’re better off looking elsewhere, and while these seem a bargain for active noise cancelling this is completely misleading as they seem to have no noise cancelling technologies at all, or at best they probably misunderstood the term.

When these broke within the first few weeks of use I was very disappointed and they did send a replacement product so the 1 year warranty was valid, and I did continue using the broken set to utter destruction, and then the replacement headphones also snapped in the same place within a month also but I’ve only just started using the replacement, and claimed my warranty early before perhaps newer models were released, passing on my feedback about the flaws with the product to the manufacturer.

True active noise cancelling detects the noise around you and emits a counter noise that makes it so that in your ears you don’t hear that noise around you, and I’ve used a few different noise cancelling headphones at shows such as the gadget show, often they have a button on them that activates and deactivates the technology but you can tell distinctly when it’s active, especially if you hold them slightly off your ear, and I can confirm that these headphones do not have any active noise cancelling, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t passive noise cancelling with the thickness of the padding, but this states to have active noise cancelling which is incorrect.

I will state that at time of creating the video and my purchase this was the case, however looking at the amazon page for the most recent version of the product they seem to have resolved the problems that I had with my purchase, the headband is fully coated in what looks like a more durable and flexible material so fitting to different size heads may result in the product not breaking and being more durable which is my major complaint on the quality, so this seems to have been resolved, also despite my purchase claiming to have “active noise cancelling” and lacking it, the product shown on amazon as the latest version of the product in fact has an active noise cancelling button on the product and seem to actually incorporate correct noise cancelling technology so may in fact be what I was expecting previously but didn’t receive in the product I purchased.

I would suggest that feedback I made on my purchase has been taken into account and the products they are creating have resolved the complaints I had with the product, but without being able to test out a more recent version I couldn’t say for sure and I am a little pessimistic on making a purchase with how easily these broke through use with my head size, but by looks alone the product does look a lot more durable and that it now offers true active noise cancellation rather than in line cancellation of noises from the pc calling that active noise cancelling.

Feel free to make up your own mind and check out the latest product below.