Good riddance

Deleted my few social media accounts and good riddance to the poison.

World War Pink

    

 

 

Adding to my obsession with Egg Scale models (small cute cartoonish style) is this Meng M4A1 Sherman tank. Described as a snap together (or glueless) kit I found I had to use glue too much. It's glueless just like every plastic model kit can be but the parts don't stay put under handling. Plus it's not even trying to approach the engineering the Bandai puts in their truly glueless kits. There is a fair bit of flashing in this one to clean up and some poor placement of sprue runs causing visible whitening of plastic under stress. Since the plastic is moulded in pink plastic and purple rubber tracks some may want to paint anyway. My decal sheet had scratches on the surface (or cracking?) inside its sealed bag that was undamaged. This resulted in several decals splitting on the model immediately, and it took lots of softener to get decals to start to conform to slight surface curve.

Overall it's a cute and quick build. But really lacks quality control and modern production advantages possible. Stick to Bandai and Hasegawa until Meng learn the old corner cutting ways don't work in today's industry.  

 

Brain Injury Awareness month? pfft

Those of us who’ve suffered some form of brain injury are aware 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year until we kill ourselves of our brain injury and its effects. We dont need patronising politicians using our suffering for their own publicity boosting gains. Why not fucking listen to people who suffer their entire lives with visible and invisible symptoms from their disabilities. Support whats required by all these people, show some compassion and understanding and help simplify not add complexity to our lives. Do some actual good for once. These are issues that never heal or go away on their own in time. The pain and discomfort is constant. theres no off switch or 2 weeks holiday from it a year. So when you take away rights and ad further restrictions its NOT help. We have the same regular “problems” all you selfish assholes have as well as a whole pantheon of new ones we never knew existed. You need to support not force change and progress opportunities.

Since you haven’t a clue you need to start by reading the posts on The Brain Fairy website. She is good at properly communicating the real problems so many people are expected to endure. I have to work full time still and can’t qualify for any existing support. Plus my health insurance that i no longer have refused to help and my government refuses to allow me to access my superannuation savings (my own damn money) so i can seek treatment overseas that they won’t allow me to have in my own country. Yes they all have excuses to hide behind, but moral or ethics? Nope none of that, stuff your useless sympathies, they wont help either. The governmental stance is to keep people alive (regardless of suffering or quality of life) and being passed from one area of the health care system to another around and around. Its all about revenue for the government. They can claim taxes and levies from the sufferers as well as each step in the system they all hide behind. We are officially tortured prisoners. Its a captive system we cant escape and are denied (directly or financially) the treatment that can make us productive contributors to society. Sure there will be scammers just wanting free money but everyone is punished as a result. Hypocritical that all politicians retain their freebies and priveleges always even when their scammers and liers are found out. The whole system is broken and corrupt.

The video that started it all...

About time I tried to add some great content links somewhere. Here i hope is Andy “The Brain Damaged Baron” with his awesome video that says well what life is like for people with brain injuries of any type. Want to know some of the struggle I face daily to remain alive? Watch this video and pay attention. Don’t wait for the twist or punchline, its plain, to the point and honest. Deal with it peopleand stop burdening people who are fighting every second of every day without bitching about it. Living with brain injury is a constant chore whether it looks like it or not, its a very real problem unlike you worrying about what colour clothes to wear. The assumptions people make are vastly wrong and little is accurately communicated to convey what its like as there is nothing comparable in a “normal” life. If you think a few minutes of your time to watch something educational is a waste then you deserve to be stricken with some form of brain damage in your life, and odds are good you will.

See: The Brain Damaged Baron

Another great source of well communicated information to help people understand is The Brain Fairy.

See: The Brain Fairy

Source: https://www.facebook.com/andy.nichs/videos...

Royalty?

Working on my family tree it turns out that Queen Victoria was the paternal grandmother of wife of half uncle of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed of wife of stepson of half 1st great aunt of wife of half brother of husband of 2nd cousin 2x removed of ME! Rolls off the tongue right?

Neil or Nintendo DS

Size

DS fits in pocket easily, Neil doesn't

DS: 90
Neil: 10

Weight

At under 10kg the DS is lightweight to carry, at over 10kg Neil isn't.

DS: 90
Neil: 10


Graphics

Neil is considerably higher resolution, plus in 3D without needing extra screens or equipment. Colour rendition is also superb.

DS: 40
Neil: 95


Sound

Neil provides 3D directional soundscapes of highest fidelity including thundering bass, DS is regular stereo but does come with headphone socket.

DS: 40
Neil: 95

Networking

Both devices provided limited networking capabilities though both are wireless out of the box. The DS is limited to early wifi protocols with poor security though Neil is adaptive and can use current networking standards and most protocols.

DS: 30
Neil: 90

Expandability

The DS comes with two expansion slots. While one is used for the game cartridge that leaves only one possible for expansion options (GBA cartridges or custom game controllers for example). Neil on the other hand can expand considerably if required without need for dedicated ports.

DS:  55
Neil: 90 


Ergonomics

Easy and comfortable to hold with one hand though gloss plastic surface can make it slide out of a pocket easily. Operation requires use of two hands however leaving one armed cripples like me unable to enjoy to the fullest. Neil can be operated with one hand is needed and even no handed via built in voice operated capabilities.

DS: 45
Neil: 90


Design

The DS is well designed and compact with needless ugly external protuberances. Third party options in the form of stickers can be used to personalise your DS without voiding warranty or impeding function. Neil is designed on the generally accepted male platform. Build quality is functional with no silly finshes such as teak or carbon fiber. Neil also comes with third party options for personalisation. Both piercings and tattoos though are considered permanent and as such will void warranty. Piercings may inhibit or enhance performance and as such not a DIY personalisation, qualified installers are essential. An infinite array of external coverings are available for the Neil for decoration and protection.

DS: 60
Neil: 90 (-10 for aesthetics)


Performance

The DS performs well for its games, with little to no visual artifacts gameplay is consistently smooth. Neil performs fast at commonly used tasks but performance can be inconsistent with internal and external factors possibly impacting it. A good feature of the Neil is the adaptive learning allows performance to improve on task repetition.

DS: 50
Neil: 80


Cost

The DS was competitively priced at release date (unknown) and is available on the second hand market even cheaper if you look. Neil was cheap to manufacture but ongoing costs to bring it to its current configuration were considerable. Given further ongoing costs are needed to keep Neil operational and no known models are available on the second hand market its hard to compare cost effectiveness. Though on straight dollar costs the Neil seems to many a poor choice but the right owner will find Neil exceptional value for money.

DS: 70
Neil:  0*(see comment)

Battery life

DS peforms for several hours before shutting down requiring a few more hours of dedicated charging before ready again. Neil has a charging downtime cycle though is able to operate at any instant. Performance may suffer if overused and food/bed for recharging unavailable. Operator care is required to not overstress Neil and withhold downtime.

DS: 60
Neil: 80


Practicality

The DS is able to entertain using a wide variety of games which are widely available for the platform. Its battery life may be an issue on long journeys or destinations without electricity. Ditto the Neil. Neil is self mobile so luggage space to stow it is negated.

DS: 50
Neil: 55

Conclusion

A surprising result considering obvious bias towards electronic gadgets. Neils autonomous and learning capabilities really edged him ahead in this comparison.

DS: 680
Neil: 785


Treatment odds longer than rabbit proof fence.

i recently heard from the department of Health (wealth) have refused me being able to access any part of my superannuation so i can get treatment with my own money. So though i wont likely live to retirement age the government will probably keep my super funds to pay for another politicians childs private education. Organised crime in action. That was my absolute final option to chase of my own. Any other option results in being homeless as well as broke. My only chance and a whispy thin one is donations from strangers. And at the rate its been so far its not likely to happen while I’m alive either, certainly doesnt give me much hope to fight on. It seems a trial has finally gotten the go ahead in Australia but I didn’t make it in. Maybe it’ll eventually result in Australian treatments one day, cant hold my breath for it happening in a timely manner. The trials should have happened a decade ago when they were asked for. But again our useless government....     ;(

 

Kudos to Feral Interactive

As a fan of motor racing I enjoy motor racing games too. Though without the use of one arm/hand my options are severely limited. I was keen to see their new release to iphone of grid Autosport however as the screenshots didnt make it clear how the racing controls would work (eg requiring two hands like many developers impose) and the game wasn't available free to try for myself, I sent them an email to clarify control options. To my surprise they actually responded helpfully. And have followed up with some helpful control configuration options too.

Its fantastic service that a support area actually responds and a games company usually never will. To top it off Grid Autosport is the best racing game I've played on Iphone and possibly any platform. Every aspectis great, not just the visuals. The soundscape and racing realism with practice and qualifying sessions for many races really make the race events an immersive experience. Its not an arcade racer lke every other game is (even the most realistic are arcadey in contrast to Grid) and you wont be lapping cars on the second lap, you will have to focus and work at winning. But at least its possible without paying extras for upgrades etc. In fact there is not buying cars or upgrades at all it seems. The game is about YOU the DRIVER. Win races and increase your driver standing and various teams will offer you a seat in their car at various events. This is where you get to drive different cars instead of merely collecting them. Different cars also offer different levels of tuning options to tweak to your driving style. Racing disciplines include touring, endurance, open wheelers and drift as well as others so whatever racing you are into there is likely racing here to please you.

A highly recommended game and developer, its so rare to get good support and Feral have been way beyond what I expected and I wanted to acknowledge that.

Disabilty fatigue is different and in addition to regular fatigue

Everything takes effort. The energy for the whole day is often consumed completely within two hours. Sometimes less, I have sleep apnea as well and the energy it takes to try to get to sleep in the least painful position is itself fatiguing, then there's the muscles spams during sleep, and the narcolepsy my extreme fatigue has developed into too which is dangerous as i can fall asleep sitting or standing at any moment. It's beyond my control and nothing like dozing off in front of the TV so no home remedies that apply to that make any positive difference for me, more likely negative.
See: Neuro Fatigue

Ronja Assmann #41 Porsche project completed

A few days ago I finally fully completed this project.A little background, Ronja is a German racing driver. She has enjoyed success in the Renault Clio Cup category and has progressed to GT3 with the Porsche Carrera Cup in 2017. I noticed her being interviewed in 2016 at the Nurburgring 24hr and was stunned by her enthusiasm as a driver and that has never wavered throughout the racing season. She genuinely loves to race and is proud of her accomplishments to date  but shows no hint of the ego most racing drivers exhibit which makes them often people you don't want to see succeed. Her rarity in a challenging sport where she brings skill and positivity to often dreary races inspired me to try to see if I could find her car as a scale model to add to my collection. I couldn't find one, so I decided to try to make my own instead.

Ronja on the Lausitzring, May 2017   Photo supplied by Ronja.

Ronja on the Lausitzring, May 2017

Photo supplied by Ronja.

This became a challenge to myself to see if I could even make something that was ok and not a mess. Having the use of only one arm and failing eyesight I knew I'd have to try different methods for different aspects of this project. The first race I watched Live of Ronja racing was in May 2017 at the Lausitzring and she was new to the category and car so it had a relatively simple livery on it so this was my target car to add to my collection. It took a lot of time to find a good base model car to start with that was as close to her race spec version as possible. Below is what I found which wasn't terribly different and seemed a realistic challenge for my lack of modelling skills. Several layers of clear cote and the whole car really popped so time to leave it be and paint a track surface for the paint. I couldnt paint my way out of a wet paper bag and its probably too light grey even though its that light in photos that'll be because they werent taken with a polariser filter properly. Still, i kept it as i had a background insert to put behind the car when i put the casing over the car so its in its natural setting.

The following day it was safely packed and on it way hopefully to Ronja. The car came out far better than I thought it would and its something I'm proud of. Ronja has impressed me with her achievements/entusiasm and gratious with her time with fans and so I wanted to give it to her as a show of support. Maybe it'll make her smile when times going rough and I hope she continues to succeed!

BEFORE: The starting base model Porsche I found to use.

I started with seeking out source reference material so I could hopefully see the real car from all angles to identify body differences and sponsorship and livery details I would have to tackle. There are air intakes on my source model that are not on the race car and vice versa. So I got to play with some air-drying modelling clay tofill in the largest holes and reshape the body lines accordingly. Porsches have nice bodies so this was easy and intuitive. It took several days each hole as i wanted the clay to set and see if it cracked or shrunk (it didn't), maybe do a little more if I hadn't used enough and go over with smooth sandpaper to try to get the bodyshape blended in smoothly. Tackling the livery details, I sourced good quality logos as best I could to match the ones on the car. I did a bunch of testing with printing my own as stickers to see how detailed and colourfast they were. Stickers I thought would be easy to place and remove if I messed up. Which i did, being so tiny they were hard to cut from backing sheet and keep flat to place back the often curled and preferred to stick to my finger instead :) So i had to remove and reprint them a few times before I was happy with the results.

Several layers of clear cote and the whole car really popped so time to leave it be and paint a track surface for the paint. I couldnt paint my way out of a wet paper bag and its probably too light grey even though its that light in photos that'll be because they werent taken with a polariser filter properly. Still, i kept it as i had a background insert to put behind the car when i put the casing over the car so its in its natural setting.

The following day it was safely packed and on it way hopefully to Ronja. The car came out far better than I thought it would and its something I'm proud of. Ronja has impressed me with her achievements/entusiasm and gratious with her time with fans and so I wanted to give it to her as a show of support. Maybe it'll make her smile when times going rough and I hope she continues to succeed!

AFTER: Finally all done and reassembled, next day its in the post.

AFTER: Finally all done and reassembled, next day its in the post.

Nearing completion of Ronja's porsche.

For several months I've been slowly working on converting a scale model Porsche into the race liveried version driven in May 2017 by up and coming German driver Ronja Assmann. Very close to completing it and I should be able to post pics before/after soon.