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Star Wars Last Jedi was so bad it made me never want to go to the cinema again

A few points helped me come to that conclusion. The plot line was weak enough for me to not care at all about the outcome in the movie. It was all over the place. A lot of show but little substance. Lots of little stories put together that never seemed to go anywhere. And what’s worse is the first movie was awesome! An unhinged bad guy who could freeze laser blasts in the air. Kylo-Ren’s boss is an ominous giant, Ray meeting Luke at the end. What a cliff-hanger! 

But the second movie. The Terror of Kylo-Ren’s boss from the first movie turned out to be this tiny thing with a lame death, Luke Skywalker was a grumpy old man during the whole movie, who’s most important move was to vanish and die. All of the suspense from the first movie just wasted.

Usually when I go to the cinema I would always do my due diligence and read reviews and watch youtube reviews to make sure it was worth my time. All the reviews I read or watched said it was a great movie with the worst point saying that it ‘subverted expectations’ Now I know what that means.

That movie was terrible. Not only was it terrible by itself, but it was a Star Wars movie. How could they do that to a Star Wars movie! A beloved movie franchise. What would make it worse is the final movie had to somehow try to make up for it, making it bad as well.

One thing I will say is that after that movie, I watched the Han Solo movie (on the aeroplane) with exactly zero expectations. And I was actually happy with that movie. It made for a relatively simple adventure and kind-of back story for Han Solo. It wasn’t anything more than it needed to be, and I had fun watching it.

After that movie and the reviews before watching it, I simply can’t trust any new movie any more. It was a waste of my time and money, I felt much worse for watching it. It destroyed my confidence in movie reviews as well as I can no longer trust them to give me an accurate depiction of how a movie will be any more. Especially not blockbuster movies.

App Recommendation


This Shootemup game has been one of the few mobile games I actually completed. It doesn’t hurt that I love Retro Shootemups in arcade and console (Truxton, Whip-Rush, Twin Cobra, Aleste all mainstays when I was younger) but this game makes it super accessible with touch controls that make sense for mobile. You just touch the screen where you want to go, if you release the screen then it slows down the game significantly. This allows you to navigate in real life when needed and get back in to the action immediately.

There are only 10 levels, however a huge amount of replayability. You start with a pea-shooter gun, not even capable of clearing the first level. But over time you can collect currency in the game for shooting down enemies, then use that to upgrade your ship. Each new level requires a certain number of Level stars, achieved for completing different accomplishments in each level. I.e. Shooting down 100% enemies, never being hit, rescuing all people. Later levels require replaying earlier levels at harder difficulty levels to earn enough stars to progress. There is a little sense of grinding as to attain the level stars but you have to concentrate hard to have a perfect run through to get a new star, it doesn’t get boring. Especially for a Free game, there are no pay-walls. There is IAP to quicken upgrade times and for more lives, but you get 10 lives per day. Towards the end, the upgrade times end up taking 6 hours, so sometimes you just have to know when to stop for a while.

Interesting to note that the same game was released on PS4 (as a ‘free’ PSN’ title one month) but it didn’t take nearly as much grinding and no waiting times for upgrades. Even after finishing it on Android I played the whole game through again on PS4. A great game. There is even a sequel on Android as well.

Youtube Channel Recommendation

Go With Less

This is an American husband and wife team who talk about their adventures with FIRE (Financially Independent / Retire Early) They stopped working a little over a year ago and made preparations to travel and live without a job, giving regular updates about their plans and actions. For example, they packed up and sold their house, planning to live in house-minding places in order to have a place to stay and also earn a little accommodation at the same time. Unfortunately because of the Pandemic their plans had to change. However, I found it interesting to find other people who live by the ethics of FIRE and see how their adventure has turned out so far. One thing I can certainly say is that there are no two stories the same, so its interesting to see how they get on. At one point, they were actually talking about taking a holiday to Edinburgh. That would have been great because I’d have been just within an hour’s drive for a meetup

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Personal Development Interviewer Youtube Recommendations

Joe Rogan Podcast, Tom Bilyeu, Russel Brand,,

These are interview channels, generally concerned with personal development. Each person has generally different perspectives but there is frequently an overlap in the interviewees and the conversation content changes between them, that makes it worthwhile watching each one. Examples include Wim Hof and Jordan Peterson.

Over the years I try to keep up with reading, audiobooks and generally try to keep up with what to read or find out about next. The way I use these channels is by watching as many videos as I can in order to get the jist of what messages the interviewees have. Typically these people are speakers or authors. The purpose of their presence on these channels is usually to promote a book or to give their message to the world.

I enjoy the conversational format of these interactions, as opposed to an audiobook from the same person, or a book, or even from one of their own youtube videos speaking directly about their subject.

I realise that some might call this the ‘Millennial mindset’ whereby the accusation is that the mental faculties to keep concentrated enough to be able to do things like read a book don’t exist, or haven’t been developed. This could be down to laziness, enabled by the variety of modern conveniences in life. I remember my English teacher complaining that students these days (the 90s) couldn’t just turn to a chapter number in a book, they needed to be told the page number to go to. I’d guess in previous times books never contained page numbers. In the 2000s I remember the complaint that people could no longer remember phone numbers. The argument being that everyone shifted to using mobile phones where the number was held in the phone address book. You no longer had to type it in every time to call someone. More recently is that people don’t have the ability to recall specific memories any more, as the first response to recall a fact is to search google for it. 

A defense of this seemingly ‘dumbening’ of society might actually be that people are merely changing to the conditions that exist in real life. In fact, it might be said that the requirement these days is to be able to skim through ever-increasing masses of information in order to obtain the specific point of information as quickly as possible. Before, when the information source was one textbook, a public library or opinions of local people who you could meet in real life, such as friends, family or teachers, then it was actually possible to get access to every opinion that was available to you. Now with the internet, that is simply impossible. Every book you read necessarily is time lost you could have spent reading another book.

The required skill now is being able to handle information at different ‘depths’ and then being able to delve down to the right level when required.

With that in mind, these channels give a top-level curated list of authors’ opinions in an ‘interactive’ and engaging way that I can put on at 2x speed in order to get the essence of the opinion of that person. If there are some insights that I need more information on, then I can delve down by watching more of that person’s videos, interviews or book reviews. And if I am still looking for more information even after that, I can then take a ‘deep dive’ by actually reading or listening to the book. That, for me, gives the optimum balance of ‘breadth and depth’ of discovery.

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