Darts Doubles Practice

Not sure if you all have seen the first Mates Madness weekly wrap post (view it here) but I suck at throwing doubles in darts, which is pretty bad because you need to throw a double to win in either 501 or 301. I can throw 20’s consistently enough to get down in the double throwing position pretty quickly but from there it all falls to pieces.

I have decided that as I normally get down to 2 and end up throwing at double 1 if I cant learn to hit that pretty consistently I will be able to turn my fortunes around and start getting some wins on the board.

Check out my little practice session below.

After losing a couple of games of darts (501) after having a big lead due to not being able to throw a double I decided it was time for some practice. I seem to be pretty good at getting in winning positions just not able to close games out.

As you can see I still have plenty of work to do to be able to consistently hit that double but i am getting there slowly.

Once I get this down I will move back to triple 20.

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Cheers

Matt

Weekly Wrap 8th April 2018

Another week is coming to close and its been a bit of a tough week for the Mates Madness team which is clearly evident by some of the content shared here this week. For me personally it was the last week of work prior to going on annual leave so each day I started to go more and more into holiday mode as a result getting out of bed in the morning got harder and harder. Now finally I have a few days at home then off interstate to Melbourne for a few days for a quick family get away, Whilst I there I will try to share what we get up to with you all. Damo had his own challenges which he has been going through for some time and more than likely some of that stuff will continue for some time but he will get through it. Kieran opened up and shared some of his struggles with losing weight and just how hard day to day life can be, I know much of the inspiration for this post comes from the tough time he and his family have had over the past 4 or so months. Kieran makes a great point in that post about how important it is to ask the people in your life especially your mates ARE YOU OK?

We ended the week with a day out at the footy followed by a few Jacks and Coke then catching up with Damo for a bite to each and talk crap for a while we did take a quick bit of pregame footage from the footy and added to our Youtube channel.

From an income point of view our passive income streams are yet to kick in really with know new apps uploaded to the play store, check out our games currently on the play store here. With only a few new downloads and and know clicks both in app and on this site all income came from impressions and was only 1 cent down from the 17 cents earnt last week. That is ok though we know this is a long term strategy we are not expecting to become overnight millionaires on anything like that. If you do download any of our games though we would love to get some feedback from you by way of a review and comments here on Mates Madness.

Hopefully the next week is a bit more up beat for everyone and I manage to get my old Android phone charging so I am able to take some screen shots of new apps to enable me to get them up on the play store.

Until next time

Matt

Day out at the Footy – Port V Brisbane

Hi All

Yesterday Kieran and I went to the Port v Brisbane game at Adelaide oval, we actually go to most Port games due to holding members general admin tickets. Yesterday’s game was much closer that it should have been Port rocked up looking like the expected to win and a result looked lazy and unwilling to run. Check out the video below for part of the warmup, and the Port pre bounce count down right through to the first score.

AFL rnd 3 Port Power vs Brisbane Lions, pre game warmup bounce count down and first score. You have to love it he atmosphere pre bounce with Port's unique count down to the first bounce the crowd really gets involved

Port had plenty of chances to put Brisbane away especially early but could not kick straight and Brisbane made the most of there opportunities and a one point had 4 goals from 5 inside 50’s. Port finally kicked away in the 3rd but let the Lions back in the last as it looked like the Power players had put the cue in the rack and decided they had, had enough for the day. As a result the game finished within a goal and spend most of the last few minutes down the Brisbane attacking end. Port were lucky to get away with the win.

After the game we headed over the Strathmore for a drink whilst we were there we ran into my old next door neighbour Bob and his family in the pokies so we hung around for abit had a few more drinks and chatted a few drinks later Damo drove into the city to get Kieran and I as Bob had dinner reservations. The 3 of headed out for dinner outside the city in the direction of home – at this point 5 or so Jacks and Coke in I really needed to eat. After dinner we sat around and talked shit for abit and Damo and I went head to head at darts on his phone and I came out the big winner something like 2 games to 5, doubles were so much easier to hit on the phone…

After that we headed home but it was a great day out with Mates something that was one of the reasons we built this site, to encourage both ourselves and others to ensure and help people find away to get out relax and unwind with there mates. Throughout the footy season if we go out before or after a game this year I will try to share our time out with you all, this wont be every game as going out is not cheap but we will try to do something every few games.

Cheers

Matt

Getting out of bed in the morning

Getting out of bed in the morning can be one of the hardest things to do especially mentally, when things are not going your way day to day many people lay there dreading going through it all over again so I thought that I would give some tips for people to work through to see if any of them work for them.

In a large percentage of cases the thing you are dreading is work related so lets focus on that in this post, lets look at getting you out of bed in the morning and off to work.

The first thing is you need to ensure your mind set right, understand why you are going to work, to pay the bills, put a roof over your head, feed yourself and family. As a result try to look at work as a positive there are many people out there that don’t have a job and those simple tasks become much harder. The next thing is remember there are not many people in this world that have a job that good they live to work, most of us work to live. As a result set goals to make sure you reward yourself foe your hard work, set small goals to give yourself regular reward but also set a large goal something to work towards, something to strive for something that when you finally achieve will give you a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. If hitting that goal and giving yourself that reward does not give you that feeling you probably didn’t set the right goal or didn’t make the most out of your reward.

The small goes must also be celebrated because something two years away isn’t great motivation to get up today, small steps.

The next tip is know you create your own destiny, you get out what you put in. Your life is not planned out for you, you decide what happens when it happens or at the least have a very big say in it. So if you want something to happen stop talking about it stop complaining about it not happening and work hard to make it happen. YOU CAN DO IT you just need to push yourself to make sure getting of bed. It all starts with you.

Weekly Wrap

Well another week has come to close pretty much our first full week on the new relaunched Mates Madness, so I thought I we would start providing a bit of a weekly wrap up of what go on.

This week as you have seen we launched some app on the Play Store Match 3 World Edition being the first and in the end 5 more went up. To this point they have note been very successful having a combined total of 8 downloads from the Play Store. From an income point of view we made a little 17 cents with over 1000 impressions and 1 click which is start but still shows we have a long way to go.

Traffic here at Mates Madness has doubled to up to 50 hits per day already which is a great sign, to keep this trend going up we need your support though, please share any content on your socials that you find interesting or that you think someone you know will enjoy.

We have also launched Bidvertiser adds here on Mate Madness as these were only just put in place late in the week we have only generated just over 100 impressions and as a result no income that is showing up at this point. I am not fan at the moment of Bidvertiser due to there reporting but with the site being new and limited traffic we think they are a good starting point but will be working towards Adsense integration.

Around the world of sport the NBL here in Australia came to a close with Melbourne winning the championship beating Adelaide in game 5 check out some stats here on Kieran’s post. I didn’t watch the game so I cant comment on what let Adelaide down or Melbourne did well but the home court advantage over there has really helped Melbourne over Adelaide this year.

While that game was going on Damo came over and we gave my new darts setup its first real workout which was good but I just need to learn to hit those doubles I was in winning positions all 3 games of 501 and only took out the first game after that I could hit a double in probably something like 30+ tries to win. Maybe today I might practice throwing at doubles I mean it cant hurt considering I need to them to win and I hate losing.

So for the weekly wrap that’s pretty much it, moving forward for the week ahead (a short week at work) I am hoping to get up on the play store and 3-5 apps and at least that much content on here for you all to check out.

Cheers

Matt

Family Day Out – Semaphore Kite Festival

Hi All

This weekend my wife and I took our girls down to Semaphore (in Adelaide South Australia) to take a look at the annual kite festival, like normal our eldest feel to sleep about 5 mins into the 25 minute drive down to the beach. This year the celebrations were alot more localised to near the jetty than in past year which was good and bad all at the same time. It was great because you could see all of the kites at once from the jetty but at the same time the jetty was absolutely packed. There was a few people taking there dogs for a walk at the festival which always proves a challenge with both girls be scared as of dogs. They both like them from a far but as soon as they get anywhere near close it complete panic.

On the foreshore there was a small fenced of market area with some stalls, once of which was selling kites and then there was the all of the amusements set up at Semaphore over the summer period still setup again one of those also selling kites. We decided to buy a cheap one to attempt to fly it for the girls. I was able to get the kite in the air for them but we were not able to keep it up for very long but that didn’t matter the girls still had heaps of fun chasing it around.

Check out my footage of the kites on display at the festival, for the first time I have used some video editing software on my phone to merge a couple of small videos together to make a larger one to provide a view from a couple of different angles let me know what you think in the comments below

Semaphore Kite Festival 2018

Cheers

Matt

Australian Ball Tampering and my 2 cents

Hi all

Unless you have been living under a rock you would have heard about the the Australian cricket team and the ball tampering fiasco that occurred during the 3rd test in South Africa. Pre meditated cheated in what is suppose to be a gentlemen’s game is a disgrace but I think the bigger disgrace is how the Australian media has acted.

Cricket Australia has a duty to protect the integrity of the sport in this country but they are a major part of the problem, the have allowed a toxic culture to grow with the game. They have pushed a win at all costs mentality because winning is great for business but when the team has decided to dig deep into that at all costs part they have not stood behind there team, they have thrown them to the wolves. What should be an in house issue has become a media circus. If you compare Cricket Australia to Cricket South Africa who no matter what happens always back there players publicly and probably go to far on occasion with not accepting ICC findings on bans and challenging them. Cricket Australia has done the opposite and said to the public Smith, Warner and Bancroft are on there own and CA is distancing themselves from the players to save the almighty dollar.

In regards to the bans applied by CA they are way to harsh, if you look at them in the context of past incidences of ball tampering in international cricket.  Consider the below

In 2016, footage emerged of Faf du Plessis using a mint to help shine the ball after South Africa’s crushing win over Australia in Hobart.

The ICC charged him with ball tampering. Du Plessis maintained his innocence and even appealed, but the South African skipper had three demerit points on his record.

 

He already had a history of ball tampering. In 2013 Du Plessis was caught rubbing the ball on the zipper of his pants pocket, and umpires awarded a five run penalty against the Proteas.

Smith has been suspended from competition for a year by Cricket Australia.

Du Plessis later pleaded guilty to ball tampering and was fined 50 percent of his match fee.

In 2014, South African paceman Vernon Philander was captured by cameras scratching the ball in a test in Sri Lanka. He was fined 75 percent of his match fee.

And in 2010, stand-in Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi was caught trying to bite and chew the seam of the ball in Perth. He was found guilty of ball tampering and banned from two Twenty20 International matches.

Source : https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/03/29/17/26/steve-smith-dave-warner-cameron-bancroft-cricket-australia-punishments-exceed-recent-penalties

On top of there lost CA salaries for the next 12 months Warner and Smith with lose over 2 million dollars each in IPL contracts this year alone.

On top of the 12 month bans there is no guarantee they will even return to state cricket let alone international cricket in 12 months time. The lost sponsors will not be back, the follow on effects to this will last 2-5 years if not there lifetime. They will forever be labelled cheats and they will have to deal with that

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Vote and share you thoughts in the comments below but I think CA went way over the top based on past ball tamperers. The Australians did that bad of a job the umpires did not even change the ball. The ICC were not even going to suspend Bancroft for 1 game.

Happy Easter

Hi all

Its that time of year where everyone over indulges in chocolate after the Easter Bunny has been to visit, and many of us get 4 much needed days of work. For me the days are more needed than normal as I am feeling a little under the weather with abit of a head cold so 4 days to kick back and relax sound amazing.

At this point we are almost a whole day into the Easter long weekend and I have already been called into work due to a server breakdown which needed to be fixed prior to staff hitting work at 2am tomorrow morning so getting the call now and fixing it today was much better than getting the call in the middle of the night but all the same I would have been much happier if the call had not come at all. From there because we were out and about we all went to visit my dad for Easter the girls were rapt, they got some Easter presents and my dad got to see the girls everyone is happy and one family visit ticked off for the weekend.

I am not sure about you but many of these great breaks from work always seem to come with the obligatory family visits. How do you all feel about these, do you look forward to them, do you feel forced to do them, whilst at them are you just thinking about what you can do with your time once they are finally over. Or are these times with your family still like when you were a child and you look forward to them days or weeks out, the time spent is great and full of fun and enjoyment. I hope you are in the second category its a good place to be, for me my girls love these times so its a little from column A and a little from column B because if they are happy I am happy.

Hopefully in the 3 days remaining there is some time for R&R but I do doubt it, I want to get some work on the backyard done, there are still more family visits to take place and I have a whole heap of apps I would love to sit down and start creating. I mean the sooner they get up on the Play Store the sooner they start making some money.

It would also be great to catch up with Kieran and Damo and throw some darts or shoot some hoops or just have some kind of random fun but we will see how we go about fitting that in, hey maybe they could come and help me with the backyard and get that done a bit faster, I’ll have to figure out the plan for the rest of the weekend and touch base with them to see what there up to.

Anyway I hope you all have a great fun, happy and relaxing Easter

Cheers Matt

Android App 2 – Justice League Slots

Hi All

I want to share with you my new app, I wanted to an app with a theme that I enjoy and as a result I used the Justice League as that theme. Now I am a huge Flash fan so it was great to be able to use that character in an app. I did resist the  urge to make him the jackpot though and instead went with a Justice League leader in Batman which I am sure Kieran will be very happy about.

The game feature the logo’s of some of DC’s greatest superhero’s Batman, Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Green Lantern and Red Tornado. Now I have taken a screen video in a little bit of a slow motion capture to ensure you get a good look a the logo’s.

Justice League Slots Game - Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Red Tornado

At the current time the game is not available on the Play Store but if you want to give it ago you can download it here

 

Let me know what you think of Justice League Slots – please don’t be to hard on the adds that’s how we are paying for this site.

Cheers

Matt

Mates Madness’s First App – Match 3 world edition

Hi all

As you may have seen from my about me post one of my goals is to become an online entrepreneur to enable me to set my own hours and spend more quality time with my family. As part of this  I have been investing a considerable amount of time into app development for both Android and IOS. I have looked into coding an decided that

its going to take way to long for me to get to the standard needed to be able to code my own app so I need to come up with another way. I have looked at paying a coder but that takes money and whole heap of trust neither of which I have heaps of at the moment.

Based on all of these conditions I decided I needed to start small drag and drop type stuff or preexisting templates and I found the latter two days ago with Appsgeyser  so I have decided to give them a shot. They have all the bones there for about 70 different types of apps and you just need to set your colour scheme, upload your own images and create your own google play console account (there is a $25 sign up cost for this).

Appsgeyser so far is super user friendly that hardest thing is finding pictures that fit the size requirements, that being said they do provide you links to sites that offer free images. For there templates they do take 50% of the advertising space in your app which is alot but looking at it glass half full prior to having an app through them you have none and they have less so I guess its a win win.

This afternoon I threw an app together really quickly in about 30mins but once I get the hang of it and have the right size pictures it could easily be done in 10-15mins. Now these apps are basic so dont expect anything fancy but have a look at my first effort which is a match 3 app (Match 3 world edition) so far it is only available on Android.

http://app.appsgeyser.com/6817817/Match%203%20World%20Edition

link to the app in the play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wMatch3WorldEdition_6817817

Now as the apps are basic I dont expect to make full time income from this app but think big picture what if I had 50 or 100 of these apps all making 5-10 dollars a day after being live in the play store for a few months the thought has merits and I will keep you up to date with how I go from an income point of view and the other apps I create using Appsgeyser

Hopefully the overall quality of the apps improves with the more I make because I know this one is far from the greatest thing in the market place but I also know that it is far from the worst

hopefully you download the app Match 3 world edition as I would love some feedback on it and dont forget to share this post on your socials

Cheers

Matt