First off we will be continuing our new regular feature of what one of the SteadyGoers have been working on this week.
What J.D has been working on this week:
As well as the usual stuff, this week I have been touting for business on Linkedin.
Linkedin is a very useful tool if you know how to use it properly, while it can be very user unfriendly and counter intuitive to use, the potential can be far reaching in its scope for expanding the client base of a business. Now I’m no expert on the subject but i’m learning more about it every day. I am attending a day long course later this month which will hopefully expand my arsenal of knowledge on the platform. Something I have been doing is finding out which CMS platform companies are using for their websites and if it’s Umbraco based (which as an agency we specialise) finding relevant employees on Linkedin and reaching out to them via the sales navigator message system. We are hoping this more specific targeting method will result in more responses from people needing the services of a Umbraco specialist digital agency such as SteadyGo.
Last week I entered the exciting world of 3d printing, thus far I’ve only succeeded in printing a small white elephant thing that came with the printer but plans are afoot to print some bits for my car and lots of other interesting things (interesting to me, not you). Here’s a list of things I’m going to print:
A 1/6 scale coconut
14 life size versions of Michael Macintyre’s pancreas
An physical representation of the nations cumulative feeling about Brexit
That bit of my hoover that’s broken
A knife with someone else’s finger prints on it
Everyone needs a little help with their confidence sometimes.
Have you tried…Tequilla?
Frankly, that video I found so funny I didn’t bother with much else blog research this week but I did hear an interesting factoid.
There are more possible moves in chess than there are atoms in the known universe which I found frankly improbable. So I spent a whole 30 seconds researching it and it appears to be true:
Something to do with the ‘Shannon Number’ which puts the number of chess moves at 10 to the power of 120, whereas the number of atoms is something like 10 to the power of 78. Or something. But of course, that’s just the observable universe…
And then finally, I didn’t know this, but after the Twin Towers attack in New York, the construction workers found an 18th Century wooden ship that had been buried under the World Trade Centre (Ground Zero). They think it was sunk either by accident or deliberately in the 18th Century, and then became part of landfill when Manhattan’s shoreline was being extended. Here’s an interesting article about it:
The world cup is here! Which means over the next month I might have to face some Football related questions, and as someone who has zero knowledge of the sport that’s not the best situation to be in. Fortunately this week I stumbled on this World Cup Quote Generator so next time I’m down the pub I’ll be ready to give my opinion on how Switzerland will most likely “go up top in a 4-5-1 formation”.
As someone who frequently dabbles in video games and also has a healthy obsession with all kinda of cyberpunk style fiction such as Bladerunner, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, Cyber City OEDO 808 etc, the first trailer for CyberPunk 2077 which premiered at E3 this year has got me pretty damn excited.
It’s a first person action/roleplaying game based on the paper and pen game from the 80’s (It was called Cyberpunk 2020 then but they can’t call it that anymore because that’s only one and a half years off and the real world looks nothing like Cyberpunk) and it looks amazing. It’s developed by CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio who’s most recent game The Witcher 3 blew everything away and became one of the most highly acclaimed games of all time.
So I am looking forward to living out my Cyberpunk fantasies in a virtual world. Imagine if they added VR to this thing at some point, I think i’d plug in and never leave. I’d be sat in my chair, just a withered old leathery husk.
Anyway, check it out. (And in case your wondering, that is the actual in-game engine running)
In more game news, my girlfriend got me the Fallout board game for my birthday and the two of us decided to have a test run to figure out all the rules and stuff and the verdict is it’s pretty damn good.
It’s based on the 3rd and 4th entries in the video game series of the same name and has you exploring the wastelands of post apocalyptic America getting into all kinds of funny do’s and killing stuff in the name of fun. It plays out pretty much just like the aforementioned games in the series, wandering around, doing missions, killing stuff, leveling up that sort of thing. If you are a fan of the video games or post apocalyptic fiction in general you will probably get a lot out of it.
Verdict – 8 Nuka Cola’s out of 10
This sand pendulum gets more and more mesmerising the more I watch it:
A fungus that looks like an alien and smells like rotting flesh. Charming. For some reason looking at it really freaks me out. They almost look like movie props:
This week, I’m sure you’ve noticed, the World Cup!
Even if you’re not interested in the game of kick ball, and couldn’t tell a pigs bladder from bat, then you really still must watch one of the funniest programmes that does the rounds this time of the quadrennium:
There are some absolute gem moments in there, from the schoolboy who emulates the Sven Goran Eriksson haircut to the homoerotic Blue Peter scene with Peter Shilton.