Iceland

I am in Reykjavik this week, so am going to be posting some images. Let me know if you like them.

I’m typing this on my phone as well so I hope you can excuse any autocorrects.

I don’t have any editing software here, so these will all be the raw images. I’ll post an album once I’m back of my favourite post edit. 

Gym Time

My older brother got engaged (relatively) recently, and is due to tie the know next summer. This is just the type of deadline, I decided, that will encourage me to get in shape.

I have ready all the appropriate clichés. 70% diet, 30% exercise. Routine makes it easier. Working out with a group makes it harder to not go. Etc. etc. My current thought is that maybe I should think about paying a personal trainer.

The questions I have though stem from the fact I have never really been a gym bunny, so don’t have a clear idea about the averages for this field. How often do people have a session? What’s the average cost? These are all things I need to know.

Don’t worry though; this site is not going to become a gym page. In fact., I may start writing up any tech I find to be useful.

I have finished installing by bulbs!

In truth it was neither complicated nor time consuming. I literally plugged the hub into my router and screwed in the bulbs. Well… it was a little more complicated than that. My lights are of various fittings so I needed to buy adapters to make the bulbs fit the 3 different types I have around my house.

But they are working

🙂

The way I control them is through my phone (and tablet in a pinch.) There are huge amounts of colours, and as you control each one independently before saving a colour scheme, there is a lot of choice. Almost too much. I could do with some guidance on this. How on earth do I know what will make my Film watching experience the best?

Tomorrow plan is to look at other apps that take some of the creative flexibility away from me.

There are other things I intend to research too. Primarily, I refuse to believe that the only way to control them is through an app. Does this mean that any guest (think girlfriend) will need to install an app if she wants to turn on my lights in the middle of the night? That can’t be right.

I am also going to research whether someone has created a device that sits mid-way along an HDMI cable in order to detect the colour in the image, and broadcast to the lights. Think; between my games console and TV. That would be excellent as I )as well as almost everyone else) don’t have a Philips ambilight TV that the system integrates with.

Does this exist?

Ill keep you all posted.

Wifi light bulbs

For a while I have been hearing about home automation and basically upgrading things that you might consider to be basic with tech.

So what?

Last weeks (during the Amazon sale) I decided that it might be interesting to invest in some Philips hue bulbs.

For those who don’t know about these yet, they are bulbs that fit your sockets just like any other, but connect to your wifi. This allows you to control them. As a collective you can set them to dim different areas or change colour.

An example of why I am interested is if I am watching a film, I can press a button to change which lights dim, and what colour the remaining ones change too.

I will update this as I try to fit them/if I chose to link and more products in. If anyone has any suggestions as to how I can improve on my setup or add to it, let me know in the comments.

Battlefield TV

I have just finished reading an article on Engadget about how we may be seeing a Battlefield TV series in the not too distant future.

Not to be funny, but battlefield has almost no story line. That is not why people like it, and it is certainly not why people play it.

People generally enjoy the battlefield series because it is the thinking mans shooter. High levels of customisation and variety in the gameplay. Huge maps and vehicles.

How would you capture that in a TV show?

I’m not saying it would be a good thing to do, but I’d have thought call of duty would have been a better option if you were looking to base a tv show on a game.
Actually, I take back my “I’m not saying it would be a good thing to do” comment. Who wouldn’t want to see a Captain Price based TV show?