Video Game: A Way Out

I was browsing the Apple store app when I saw “A Way Out” trailer which made a good impression.

A Way Out is designed around flashbacks to how Vincent and his next-cell-neighbor Leo ended up in this difficult situation, a revenge-fueled plot until the story catches up to them riding on a plane and the story progresses from there.

Even with a runtime about three times longer than your average theater experience, it flows like a movie, and it somewhat feels like a real movie. You will spend a number of around six hours with your controller down, watching cutscenes.

With the screen often split to aid both players’ freedom to move and explore, you also have time to free walk around in many of those moments.

As the story unfolds, Leo and Vincent each have believable incitements that become clear.


As the plot progresses, the actors’ performances improve, with most of the particularly deadened dialogue delivery contained in the early scenes. Just as we needed to get to know them, it’s as if they had to get to know each other.

Tapping the X button at the same time to bust through a door, or one person splashing around in a pond to chase the fish toward the other player holding a spear, A Way Out is fastened with small cooperative moments outside of just dialogue.

A Way Out is clearly not a walking simulator-style adventure, even though it’s focused on its story sequences. A Way Out is more like a band of largely enjoyable mini-games.

A Way Out focuses essentially on its story and the twisting cooperative game-play with the characters of Leo and Vincent themselves. In those key areas, it largely succeeds.

Leo and Vincent sometimes compete, just like real frenemies would do, which generates some fun as these prison-breaking duo definitely don’t always get along obviously and player-versus-player moments.


Worthy of Time Playing

You’ll likely come out of it realizing that it couldn’t have been done any other way if you go into A Way Out thinking its requisite two-player co-op is a gimmick. Both unvarying and dramatic, and the result is a memorable, variety-packed cinematic adventure as the characters Vincent and Leo’s journey will have you and a friend performing tasks together. The feeling is like what Telltale’s games might’ve progressed into if they’d drifted into game mechanics as an alternative rather than phasing them out.




A Guide On Selecting Lighting For An Entry Way

Entry Light Viewpoint

Having a hard time figuring out the selected entry light you’ve seen in the showroom? You can do a mock-up of the selected light by using a cardboard and shape it with the approximate size and appearance and fasten it to the house where you planned to place it. Position yourself in different areas like from the bottom of the driveway or the middle of the street take a peek of your mockup entry light to be sure it looks right.

CHANDELIER. Chandelier provides a glamorous look to the entryway. Chandelier comes in different styles like colonial candle styles or sleek drums, elegant crystal chandeliers, and cage chandeliers. On selecting a fixture, be sure that it is proportional to the space of the entryway. Unless you want the fixture to serve as a focal point, having smaller entryways will fit a smaller type of chandelier.

PENDANT. This type of style defines a modern space as well as the traditional area. Pendant light adds a glow to entryway while still doodling the eye upward to produce the illusion of a taller space. There are different styles of pendant lights like single, chandelier-like pendants to clusters of smaller pendants. To brighten a long hallway-like entryway use a series of small pendants, or a single, large pendant for a tiny area.

WALL SCONCES. This type of lighting fixtures gives a welcoming glow to the entryway. You can put a single or both scones affix on side of the door or an entryway system. By installing them in the foyer and down the hallway, if you have one leading out of the space, you can also use wall sconces to draw the eye to the rest of the house.  To put into reality your entryway look together, pick from a variety of styles, shapes and radiate their glow on a variety of surfaces as sconces also come with uplighting, downlighting, and multidirectional lighting.

LAMPS. Lamps provide an attractive solution if you have space and you want to add a little extra visual attention. Choose a simple lamp, but to create a sleek but interesting lighting solution, add a custom shade. To figure out the level of warmth or coolness that works best in the room, play with different types of light bulbs.


The Technology of Epoxy Flooring

When we think of technology we normally think of smartphones, computers, and the Internet. Each year, there seems to be a rapid advance in each of these. The rise of new technology can also in the fields of medicine, energy, and even education. But construction is also an area in which technology continues to thrive. In particular, for this post, we will discuss the technology of polished concrete and epoxy.

Most people don’t know how polished flooring gets the shine it has. It looks similar to a car that was just waxed on a fine summer day. The car is so polished that someone can almost see their reflection in the paint. A polished floor has a similar effect.

The key to a good floor polish is called epoxy. Epoxy is a chemical compound which becomes hardened over time. Once the epoxy is on the floor it also has solvent-resistant properties. Every city has a top company that is the best to choose service from. One can find Best Epoxy Flooring New York City, in Chicago, or in Miami. That being said, most flooring companies today have already moved to the newest technology available as an option.

There are a number of technological advancements associated with epoxy flooring. One is that newer epoxy lasts longer than ever. In the past, flooring systems would tend to last anywhere between five to ten years, depending on the usage.

Today’s epoxy is also more versatile than in the past. What this means is that the owner can determine what level of sheen they would like. Also, the owner can choose if they want the floor to mimic the look of marble or tile.

Future advances in technology will allow an owner to choose even more options. Furthermore, future flooring is bound to last even longer. Because of this, epoxy flooring has proven to be a great option for flooring.…

Iphone 7 Review

Is your head spinning yet? Mine certainly is. Every time I put my head down to enjoy the features of the then latest iPhone, a newer, more improved version hits the shelves.
The iPhone 7 has been deemed the best iPhone ever made by most tech geeks, and Apple aficionados. Could these claims actually be true? To determine that, we have to take a 360 -degrees look at the new iPhone 7
Colors Colors, And More Colors Through colors, we express our personality, and broadcast to the world who we are.
From Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, to the PRODUCT RED colored iPhone, a brand new iPhone in which all proceeds help support the fight against HIV/AIDS,
The iPhone 7 comes with a larger assortment of colors to choose from.
Upgrade In Visual Presentation Though unnoticeable to the average eye, those who appreciate quality will be pleased to know that Apple has improved its Retina HD visual displays and now boasts of a 25% increase in screen brightness than the previous iPhones 6 model.

A Brand New Home Button With all the complaints and negative reports about the home buttons of the previous iPhone models, it came as no surprise when Apple announced on making upgrades to the home buttons of the iPhone 7 and 7s. iPhone users can now enjoy Force Touch support as well as the new haptic user interface feedback.
More Storage Space Are selfies taking up all your storage space? Say goodbye to having to delete all your priceless photos just to create memory space. You can now snap away, the storage capacity on the iPhone 7 is now twice its previous version. The basic model is equipped with a a storage of 32G.B worth of storage, the medial, a 128GB, and the alpha of the three comes loaded with 256GB of storage.
New Camera Features That Leave You Speechless
Just when you thought the quality of the iPhone 6s was comparable to that of a professional photographers’, the new iPhone 7 blows the 6s right out of the water.
• Equipped with (OIS) or Optical Image Stabilization
• It’s f/1.8 lens and its aperture absorbs more light and captures a high defined photo.
• Twice as faster and doesn’t take up as much phone energy as before.
• A groundbreaking 12-megapixel sensor
• Dual Quad-LED which helps shoot high resolution photos in the dark • New image signal-processor with twice the throughout of Apple’s earlier ISP
• 7-megapixel anterior camera

New Wireless Feature. For Better, Or For Worse? Contrary to what we are accustomed to, this new iPhone 7 comes installed with brand new W1 chip that advances a new wireless technology. Don’t be alarmed by the new wireless technology, it is fairly simple to use. Let’s say you want to pair your wireless iPhone 7, with a friends wireless iPhone 7, simply place them close to each other, and you’re good to go.

One of the neatest features however, is the new and improved Gorilla Glass that comes standard on the iPhone 7. We have tested it’s durability and I don’t even think the stump grinding machine from my guys over at Florida Tree Experts would make a scratch in this glass. I know of one dude who took a hammer to his iPhone screen, and this guy wasn’t small mind you. He broke his hand. Technology is nuts.

Another use of wireless technology on the new Apple gadget, is the hassle free connection of the new wireless AirPods ear set. The moment you open up the charging compartment for your new AirPods wireless earbuds, you’ll see a dialog box that appears on your iPhone 7, which instantly informs you that you are set to go.
In addition to the wireless AirPods, New Beats headphones with the wireless W1 chip are compatible with the new iPhone 7 & 7s.…

I just picked up an Amazon Fire Stick the other day, and have finally had an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. Here’s the thing, I have a smart TV in my living room that has access to the internet and has its own interface of applications, so there was no benefit to plugging the Fire Stick into that TV. The TV in our bedroom however, is not a smart TV but does have HDMI ports. So up until this past weekend, we’ve been using the Google Chromecast device, which is great because it allows you to stream Netflix and other apps from your phone to the TV. So while the Chromecast is neat, it’s not always convenient. There are often connectivity issues that happen at complete random, which keeps us from being able to watch anything some nights. The other problem, is that it’s tedious to use when you’re tired and ready to throw something on TV before drifting off to sleep. And if you want to switch episodes or shows, it becomes an even bigger problem because sometimes it just gets stuck.

With the Amazon Fire Stick however, you get access to all the apps; Netflix, HBO GO, Showtime Go, Fox Sports Go, and more. And all with the click of a button. No fiddling around with your phone, waiting for it to connect to the television (if you’re lucky). I’ve been able to easily fast forward, rewind, and switch shows or episodes with no issues or problems. The remote that it comes with as well is also a nice touch. It’s a smart remote with Alexa voice command, so not only does it look sexy, but you can tell it what to do as well (No Sexism inteded). I won’t be switching back to the Google Chromecast anytime soon. It was a great idea but Amazon really created a better product with a better idea.…

For the last year I have been commuting to work- five days a week, in peak rush hour traffic, 40 miles each way to and from the office. There have been numerous instances over the last year when the drive was so stressful and cut-throat that I have seriously considered giving up. I have imagined myself pulling over on the side of the major interstate I travel on and just waiting for the traffic to subside and the maniac drivers to return to their homes. Every morning I would type the office address into Apple Maps and hope that on that particular day I would be accurately directed towards the most efficient and least stressful route. Unfortunately three out of ten mornings I would be lead astray by Apple Maps into gridlock traffic, construction zone delays, and sheer stress. After sharing my frustration with a fellow commuter, I was urged to download the Waze app and she promised that it would change my driving experience completely. Simply stated, it has.

The Waze app calculates, with incredible accuracy, the quickest route to your destination. The app gives real time traffic updates by utilizing a social network of drivers who are, “Outsmarting traffic. Together.” Wazers are able to send traffic reports along the way: tag a road hazard, report a hidden patrol car, send an accident alert, among others. When another Wazer subsequently drives passed the point where the alert was sent, they can either like the alert or denote that the alert is inaccurate. You can search an extensive database for your destination by typing in the location or using the voice command feature. The app will allow you to store your home, work, and other favorite addresses. Simply tap home and you’re on your way. Once you have your destination set, Waze will automatically calculate the quickest route and your ETA as well as provide you with alternate routes and their associated ETA’s. During your drive, the app will voice navigate you as well as alert you of upcoming heavy traffic, patrol cars, and vehicles stopped on the side of the road. You can even spot nearby Wazers and the speed they are traveling on the map.

The Waze app, believe it or not, has made driving and commuting more enjoyable. You get points and are incentivized for participating with the application. Having the app has really made me feel like I get to be a part of something bigger, as corny as that might sound. Us Wazers, get to work together as a community to spot driving hazards, speed traps, and accidents and then show our appreciation to one another. If you want a more accurate navigation app that has a lot of interactive features and the most up to date traffic patterns, download Waze app. If you’re afraid of change and like sitting in traffic, don’t. But even my Handyman uses Waze to locate his customers. And if an old school Handyman can use it, so can you.…

There are several schools of thought when it comes to First Person Shooter games. In the realm of my limited friendships, I have found Three opinions pervading above all others. Those opinions are, at opposite sides of the spectrum to say the least. That being said, this can’t be counted as a big data aggregated poling survey since my friend base is not that large and thus can not be projected as a realistic sample size without bias. Nonetheless, I find the difference in opinions interesting.

I have several friends that love First Person Shooter games. Prying my buddy Jake away from Call of Duty is similar to the zoo keepers trying to get the Silverback Gorilla Harambe away from the child at the zoo. Nearly impossible without causing irreparable harm. On the other end of the spectrum lies what I like to call the go getters or doo’rs in life. These go getter friends of mine absolutely hate video games, and feel fairly strongly about it. They do not consider it a good time to sit in their room and play imaginary. This also manifests in to the school of thought that these video games will change your mind and thought process. When a mass shooting occurs or someone is acting strangely the go getters are always the first to lay blame on video games and first person shooter games.

After doing so library research I found that in fact there is a third viewpoint. Cognitive researcher Daphne Bavalier has a great you tube video about how video games can help us learn, focus and even develop multitasking abilities. The Youtube video that I found in Rochester Library is very fascinating. Her arguments are very strong and scientifically based.

So I pose the question, do first person shooter games have the ability to alter the perception and reality of the obsessive gamer? Is this a real thing or is it just an excuse that meatheads use to justify their anti-gaming sentiment? Maybe there is a middle ground outside of my small albeit opinionated friendship circle. Maybe video games can actually be helpful for cognitive development as Daphne Bavalier argues.

Please leave your comments below!…

I was pretty skeptical about an app that said you could transfer money between friends just by linking your debit or credit card, and all for no cost or fees. My first thought, probably like anyone else, is it safe? And why is it free? What is the catch? Well, two weeks and many transactions later, I can tell you with little uncertainty that there is not catch, there is no fee, and it is in fact safe.

All I had to do was download the app from the app store, type in my debit card information, and I was sending and receiving money like a champ. What’s cool too, is that you can see your friends’ transactions on the home page in the app. Like, ‘Charles Schwab paid Daffy Duck for sushi.’

What else is cool, is that I’ve even been able to use it with a few local businesses. I had a sweet guy from Epoxy Fort Lauderdale come out and do some work for me and like the doofus I sometimes am…. I forgot my wallet. Luckily they were able to just accept my payment via Venmo.

In a world where no one has cash anymore, and not everyone carries around a square, apps like Venmo and Cash app are a must have. The biggest question looming is, ‘will it always be free?’ And that’s tough to say, they might just be building up their subscriber base before they start tacking on fees to every transaction, which is what most startups do. If that day comes, I’m sure I will move on. But until then, this app and others like it are a must have in today’s society.…