Matt -Health & Fitness Day 1 result

So after yesterday in my update post talking about wanting to get active again as I need to get back to losing weight and especially stop putting it on.

I decided I would start to wear my Fitbit Surge again to motivate me to move more, or at least show me how lazy I am being. On top of that I got very hands on in my front yard preparing the area for my soon to be constructed retaining wall. From there was a fair bit of the dug up dirt transferred from the front to the back.

In addition to this I recently downloaded Pokemon Go again to encourage me to get active and walk more (video screen recordings coming soon). So I have already ticked off a number of things on my list from my last post which I’m pretty happy about. Check out my Fitbit stats from yesterday

Now I am super happy with my result but at the same time really annoyed with myself that I couldn’t get my butt of the couch away from the TV for 2 minutes to do another 83 steps to hit my 10k step goal to day I am making sure I hit that goal, I am doing more work in the yard  which will help And will walk up and down the hallway to get whatever I am sure before I get into nighttime TV. If I can’t hit the goal on the weekend I will be struggling as its much easier to do now than it will be come Monday when I am back at work and will need to be spending most of the day working at my desk. At the moment though I am resisting the urge to go binge on a packet of chips or maybe some biscuits, wish me luck.

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Power vs Melbourne round 14

Everyone this was Port third home game in a row and the second and more than likely final Friday night game for the Power in 2018, we will have to wait and see if they get the Friday night game for round 23 which date and times haven’t been realised yet but this will be highly unlikely unless the game against Essendon is pivotal to how the final 8 finish

You will probably notice a different view in the video I decide to sit somewhere different to watch /record the Match from and get a different perspective for you watching our video.

Adelaide based Melbourne game have been waiting to see there team playing well for quite some time and would have been very excited to see there team come into town in finals contention for the first time in along time.

The the final scores for the match were

Port 1.3 (9) 4.6 (30) 8.7 (55) 11.9 (75)
Melbourne 3.5 (23)  4.8 (32) 9.9 (63) 9.11 (65)

Ports first and only goal for the first quarter came at Quarter time from Brad Ebert set shot after the siren, at Quarter time Port only had 10 free kicks to Melbourne’s 16, with Melbourne getting all there free kicks Port fans were not happy as you would expect because they are so passionate. At the end of the game port finished in front for the free kicks having a total of 30 and Melbourne only having 24 free kicks this would be primary due to port starting to play harder and getting in front more.

Port didn’t report any injuries at the end of the game but some of the players did appear to be managed staying of the bench for longer then they normally would have.
Melbourne reported two injuries, the highly creative defensive Neville Jetta rolling his ankle and getting a head knock and  Tom McDonald getting hit in the ribs Tom will have scans on his chest in the coming days. They both played out the game so depending on scans they will more than likely be good to go next week pending passing a late week fitness test.

There were some big name players missing Jack Watts will be playing another week in the SANFL and as a result missed out playing against his old team and I’m pretty sure this would have been tough for him to take as he would have been keen to prove a point to his old team mates that he does still have plenty to offer at AFL level.

A  couple of big names for Melbourne that missed out are Jake Lever who is out for the season with an ACL and a favourite of mine Dom Tyson I feel he is a key player in their midfield to drive the ball out congestion and into their forward line, due to Port strong in and under bodies I would have brought him into the team.

If you watched the match what did you enjoy about the game and were you happy with how the match went

Until next time
Kieran

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Matt – Update

So in an early post I wrote about some goals of mine one of those being to lose some weight and to be brutally honest with myself I have nothing about it really if anything I have gotten worse. I am not big on dieting so that was never really part of the plan just some smarter eating and a lot less late night eating when there is not time left in the day to burn of those consumed calories am going backwards with my weight loss goals at the moment.

My weight has actually increased a few kilograms since injuring my hamstring trying to make a football comeback. Now everytime the hamstring starts to improve I do something to reagravate it delaying any rerun to sport or meaningful exercise. This week I have started taking walks again at lunch time with Damo but I just end up walking to the shop and buying way more for than I need smashing it down and walking back. Last weekend I starting working on my front yard and again over did it with hamstring but it was good to start to see some progress on the yard. The plan there is to get some excercise while doing the work and saving a heap of money by not hiring someone to do the walk for me. On top of that the dirt I dig up is then being moved by the bucketload by hand to the backyard approximately 25-30 metres away and up 5 stairs due to my home being split level.

It is time to up the anti on the hamstring rehab though the weight has got start to come off again I am starting to find myself tired faster and breathing a lot harder doing some of the simplest tasks. Previously my Fitbit Surge was helping to motivate me to hit step or calories burnt targets but I have stopped wearing it due battery issues. It’s either time to deal with battery problems or get a new watch I think.

So from here the goal/plan is

  • A new fitness/smart watch
  • Cut down the after dinner eating
  • Resume regular excercise
  • Reduce meal sizes
  • Hamstring rehab excercises
  • Arrange and exercise group to enable us to keep each other accountable
  • A few new apps/games on the phone which encourage walking and other forms of exercise

A healthier body should then make for a happier more energetic me allowing for me to complete tasks around the home faster more often freeing up more time to spend my girls and also working on this site and building our apps. Depending on which scales I am using and the time of the day I at around 90-93 kgs. I would love to be back down around 75-80 kgs by Christmas so ruffly 2kgs a month which doesn’t seem like much with just some dedication and drive. Let’s see how I go I will keep you updated on the goals/plan .

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Pokemon Apps -our new apps to the Playstore

With the massive world wide following that Pokemon has we decided to jump on board. Myself personally I have never been a real big fan but Kieran is right into Pokemon as are a few other people I know so it seemed like a good niche even if it is saturated to base a few new apps on.

The first of the new apps launched is a Pokemon puzzle/quiz app where you need to rearrange the pieces to reveal the Pokemon and then name which Pokemon it is from the letters provided. The game came out pretty well, the puzzle side of things adds an extra little challenge on top of just needing to name the pictured Pokemon which for many die hard fans should not be to complicated.

The 2nd app has not turned out as well as I had hoped as yet but all the same the decision was made to realease it on the play store. This app is a Pokemon version of the classic Mahjong game with all of the tiles featuring different Pokemon pictures. There are two different sets of Pokemon pictures used throughout the levels you just need to get far enough into the game to get to use the 2nd set of tiles. My mum used to love playing Mahjong so it felt good to have potentially made a game that she would have played even if Pokemon wasn’t her thing.

There a couple more Pokemon games yet to hit the play store which should hopefully go live in the next few days

The first of these being a match 3 game featuring Pokemon characters where you simply need to line up 3 or more of the same character to score. Lining up 2 groups of 3 at once or lines of 4 or 5 help you to score more and earn extra moves to extend your game longer.

The final game in the last stages of testing is a Pokemon word search where you need to fondness the names of the Pokemon hidden amongst the random letters. The game has easy medium and hard options and 4+ different sets of words to choose from.

If you are a Pokemon fan please check these out and leave a Playstore review for them.

If you have a suggestion for a niche that we should base a group of games around please leave it in the comments below.

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World Cup Highlights – Video of the Week

Everyone with the World cup going on at the moment I thought I would do some Highlights of the World cup from Australia’s, Portugal’s and Argentina’s match so far

If you have been watching the world cup how do you think its going and if your country made it are you happy with how they are going or would you like to see them be playing better then what they are playing like. I’m happy with how Australia played against France to keep them scoreless in the first half and defend for a lot of that match it was something I thought that this is a whole new Australian side then we have seen before at the world cup or playing in friendlies.

I reckon that the match should have been a 1-1 draw you could see that the French player dove but I’m just biased because I’m from Australia I would like to hear what other people from other country thought was it a penalty or not.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and go the Socceroos
until next time
Kieran

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Queen Mary – Blast From The Past

Whilst in LA we visited the Queen Mary a former majestic cruise liner and also war time troop carrier, this amazing vessel now sits docked both as a floating hotel and tourist attraction in Long Beach California. On the day we visited Long Beach to see the Queen Mary we caught the train from downtown LA where we staying, I remember this train ride as it had a couple of unique things and 1 being a little scary at first. The train travels through Compton a place in the movies and TV heavily associated with gang violence so when a guy gets on the train and places his hand inside the backpack he was wearing in front of him and yells everyone I honestly had a little panic then suddenly the guy pulls out chocolate bars and starting yelling “candy get your candy $1 candy get your candy $1” he sells a few bars and gets of at the next station and runs to the next carriage of the train.

Queen Mary sailed on her first (maiden) voyage on 27 May 1936 with the outbreak of the World War 2, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of WWII.

After the war, Queen Mary was refitted for passenger use and commenced transatlantic passenger service for which the ship was initially built. After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line due to the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. She sailed out of Southampton for the last time on the 31st October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, USA, where she remains permanently moored.

In the Second World War conversion, the ship’s hull, superstructure and funnels were painted navy grey. As a result of her new colour, and in combination with her great speed, she became known as the “Grey Ghost.” To protect against magnetic mines, a degaussing coil was fitted around the outside of the hull. Inside, stateroom furniture and decoration were removed and replaced with triple-tiered wooden bunks, which were later replaced by standee bunks.

Check out our video from our visit back in 2009

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A Decision To Be Made – Matts Rant

At what point do you speak up, when you see something not being done right, a person making a mistake, a person being dishonest, someone not putting in the effort required and it effects others. No matter if you speak up or not you know there will be fallout consequences will be had no matter wether you choose to speak up or not. How and when do you decide when enough is enough when it’s time to say your piece. Is there also a point when it is to late to speak up that no good will come of it. That when speaking up will do more harm than good.

 

Recently I find myself surrounded with people making consistent mistakes, sometimes the same mistakes over and over again and other times people trying to do to much with something they have no business doing. If this is for career advancement I have no issue with this if it is gone about the right way, the right questions are being asked knowledge is gained before just jumping in but at the moment that does not seem to be the case.

 

So back to the question when is enough, enough for me I try to be nice and put out the error in a relaxed manner just trying to be helpful even doing that the second time after that it’s got to be time to get tough and let them no there errors are effecting others and need to stop.  But that’s what Gen it starts it’s not my fault this person does this that person did that. I don’t know it’s not my job it’s not wrong or they just straight out lie to your face.

Another thing in relation to this type of thing I have a strong suspicion that someone hasn’t been misappropriating funds they were managing for a series of years for there own benefit but I know for sure based on recent events that it is now not possible do I bring it up. Is is worth asking them the question what happened to all the money where did it go. I have very limited proof to support my suspicion and they hold all the cards it is worth now when it can’t happen anymore I get no gain from being right but significant heartache could be caused for many should I be right. Is the right thing to do exposing it really the right thing to do over a few bucks?

 

I guess I”m just raving but I can’t be the only one with these type of problems. Share yours in the comments below

 

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The Ultimate Gaming Setup I Want 1

Everyone I thought I would talk about something I just found looking around on YouTube

It’s something I really like and I’m sure most gamers would love this setup as well if they are gaming every single day or at least gaming 4 times a week on the computer or on a console.You can you see a video of the whole setup here. The video is by Unbox Therapy which you can check out here. www.youtube.com/unboxtherapy

My favourite part of the whole setup would have to be all the RGB lights from the keyboard to the chair. This is a ridiculous setup with how much power it would be using from the Monitors, the lights in the chair and the PC itself. But how many people can say they have a gaming setup like not that many can say they do but if I had a setup like this instead of a PS4 I would have an Xbox one.

Another thing I like on the setup would have to be the fridge and snack cart so you wouldn’t have to get up from playing your game to go get something to eat or go and get a cold beverage. You can just keep playing games for hours instead of getting up when you want something you don’t have to what for a quiet part in the game your playing or you die in a certain game you can just turn your chair around a bit and get that item of food or that cold drink.

If you would like to see what my gaming setup currently looks like at the moment you can do so by clicking this link my-gaming-setup
If you think would like to see my setup change a bit to make it a little different I would like to hear some of the ideas and maybe I might make those changes to my setup. If I do change anything on my setup you will be the first to know.

I would like to hear about what your favourite part in the whole setup is and why that was your favourite part or would you change anything from the setup.

Until next time
Kieran

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Pokemon Quest Kieran’s Review and Pokedex

Everyone with Pokémon quest coming out recently I thought I would talk about how my pokedex is going at the moment

You can see a video of every page of the pokedex and how it is going I thought I would talk to you about how I got those Pokémon in the pokedex and what type of recipe I used to get those certain Pokémon.

You can see a picture of all the Recipe for all the Pokémon and what type of Pokémon you can get down below most of my Pokémon have come from the Mulligan stew recipe you can see that I have a Bulbasaur and that came from the veggie smoothie recipe. The next two Pokémon that I would like to get are Charmander and Squirtle making it that I have all the start from the first Generation.
here is where you can see all the recipes for the Game
Pokemonquestrecipes

At the start of the game you have a choice of five Pokémon to chose which are Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Pikachu and Evvee. The Pokémon I chose to pick was Evvee as my favourite Pokémon out of the first generation is Vaporeon. If you want to play the game it’s free and you can buy additional DLC which helps you in the game. With the DLC you get 4 Pokémon to help with the pokedex, the 4 Pokémon are Snorelax, Lapras, nidoran male and nidoran female. These also come with a special move aswell.

You can see that I have got all the pages filled yet but I’ve got at least a couple on every page I’m thinking of getting the DLC to help me get more Pokémon in my pokedex but I’m not quite sure if its value for money. Let me know what you think about the DLC and if you think that it is worth it, see all of what you get in the DLC here Pokemon-quest DLC

I will keep you updated throughout the rest of the year showing you how my pokedex is going and letting you know if I finally give in and buy the DLC. I am sure if people keep playing this Nintendo will do an update for this and including adding some new generations into the game to keep players playing and increase the push for players to get every single Pokémon that there has been created

Thanks for reading and I really hope you enjoyed reading about my Pokémon Quest Pokedex and how I’m going at this stage.

Until next time
Kieran

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Mates Madness Update

I thought it was about time we shared an update about the site, what we have achieved so far and our plans for the coming months. After almost 3 full months in we are tracking nicely we have just over 70 pieces of content up and are slowly starting to see organic search traffic arrive which is a real positive. We have also recently had an increase in social media generated traffic as a result of your shares and likes so thank you very much for your ongoing support.

Our Youtube channel is also growing and now has 50+ subscribers and counting. Getting quality content on our YouTube channel is a big focus for us over the next month so stayed tuned there.

Semi external to this website we also have 13+ apps in Google Play check them out now and show your support there will a review. For apple users we are not yet on the App Store but it is a goal in the future we just don’t have a time frame on this as it requires a few things that we don’t have in place at the moment.

From an income point of view we are averaging about $5 per month across all platforms in total with the majority coming from the website here and small amounts from our apps. The apps though have shown a solid increase in downloads and are now slowly starting to produce some consistent earning over the past few weeks, I would suggest these numbers are slowly going to continue to increase overtime into a nice passive income as we get more apps up and get better at marketing them.

You may have noticed no weekly wrap posts over the last few weeks and this is due to us making the decision to ends both the weekly and monthly wraps for the time being as we were not seeing significant value from these weekly posts. That being said should people request them or traffic have a decline in the coming weeks this may be revisited.

Other regular posts have taken off quite well and appear to be very popular these posts being Blast from the past and Video of the week. If you would like to nominate your video for video of the week reply to the most recent video of the week post at anytime or hit us up on twitter@matesmadness .

Moving forward we are looking to incorporate product reviews both written and video versions initially using products purchased for the site or to be used in videos. These reviews will be honest feedback either good or bad and at times will contain affiliate links to further improve our income streams. Should you have a product you would like us to review reach out to us to on twitter @matesmadness to discuss.

Primarily the focus over the next month is content covering games/apps posts and our own videos, we are having a big push to get to 500 Youtube subscribers  and your support by subscribing to our channel downloading rating and reviewing our apps and commenting on posts here on Mates Madness is a required to help us to continue to grow. If you have suggestions/requests for content let us know below

Cheers

Matt

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