10 Things I May Have Learnt This Week

I admit it, I may have neglected the blog a little bit recently, I guess the busyness of life squeezed out my ability of coming up with blog ideas.  Heres a random list of things I may or may not have learned during this busy period. (Hopefully the following is a more interesting read then I made it sound)

  1. Fridge freezer shopping is really boring. Unless you live tweet the experience. (Which seemed to really engage people on twitter)
  2. Live Tweeting fridge freezer shopping may lead to an idea for a book of really bad ideas. (Like this blog post?)
  3. Live fridge freezer shopping is an oddly engaging thing on Twitter.
  4. The LO wearing a Sarah hat (from Sarah and Duck) is crazy cute.
  5. Turns out Constantine on Amazon Prime is a decent watch, and anyone who was a fan of Buffy / Angel NEEDS to watch it.
  6. Having a contact lens flap off your eye ball is a really weird sensation.
  7. It is possible to accidentally look spiritual in church.
  8. Giving something away can be such a hassle, it can make you wish you paid for it be taken away.
  9. An innocent request from a toddler doesn’t feel so innocent, when the toddler has a foot on your neck.
  10. This might not be the best idea for a blog post ever.

If live tweeting fridge freezer shopping sounds interesting, dont follow me on Twitter. I’m not likely to do it again for a while.

Trying out the Sony Xperia Z5

This blogging world is a weird beast at times, in that sometimes every now and then, someone asks you to play with a new toy, in exchange for a little bit of feedback. The amount of feedback isn’t always clear, and that’s probably a good thing when it comes to trying out the Sony Xperia Z5, in that this phone has so much stuff going for it, I find myself asking where do I start?

I should start at the beginning with a confession. I have an iPhone. I’ve had an iPhone in some shape or form for years. The Sony Xperia Z5 is very different.

Switching it on for the first time, it felt like I was hit by a fantastic looking storm of many options, and programs asking for my permission for various actions. The storm ran around my head, I put the phone down and went to bed. It felt like a complicated start to a new relationship.

Instead of trying to get my head around it in one sitting, I figured I would take it slow, and gently get to know the Sony Xperia Z5. The headline function that I guess the Z5 has is its awesome camera. It’s the simple things in life that can impress me. The simple thing this phone has is a simple camera button to its side. You can simply grab the phone, hit the camera button, and you’re there. Hit the camera button again, and picture is taken.  (Apple where is this on the iPhone??). It’s fast to focus, and its depth of field is great.

A lovely touch is after a day taking photos, the Movie Creator springs to life, and creates a slideshow of the memories that you’ve captured.

I should make a note about Android, the operating system that runs the Sony Xperia Z5. It’s a powerful beast with many options to tailor how to use your phone, all backed by the world of Google and its app store. This device is fast, the speed particularly shown when switching between apps.

It’s not all great though, I’ve found a few niggles that have bugged me. The screen seems massively sensitive, possibly a non issue – and more then likely a personal issue with it, but the thing feels so damn sensitive. If you’re not careful it’s easy to find yourself on a random option when you’re using the camera. I’ve also found the phone had unlocked itself in my pocket once or twice.

On a more positive note, if you’re someone who is wanting to dip their toe into the world of mobile app development, having an android phone is one way of doing it, without needing to pay for a Mac. It’s straightforward to test apps on android phones, and having this phone has given me a chance to try that out. If anyone would like to help finance me to have a new Android phone – or indeed a Mac, please feel free to get in touch!

In short, the Sony Xperia Z5 is a good looking serious smart phone, which I would be more tempted to use for work, rather than personal use, but it does have enough flexibility and little touches to make me consider turning my head away from Apple.

If only for a moment.

(Phone loaned for review by Three.co.uk)

 

 

#MySundayPhoto – Sleepeasy? 

Last night, a number of amazing people slept rough in the Princesshay Shopping Centre in Exeter, with the aim of increasing awareness of youth homeless, and raising money for YMCA Exeter. I was around for some of it taking photos of the event, and felt very thankful for the warm house I got to come home.

Sadly, to many people dont have that as an option.

Click through to my photography Facebook page, for other photos from the event.

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The Sleepeasy 2016 Twitter Feed

Well tonights the night of Exeter Sleepeasy. Where a large number of Exeter people are gathering to raise money to help fight youth homelessness in Devon. For those who aren’t able to take part, you can follow the Twitter side of things by following the feed below:

(presuming everything works how it should)