thread So I got a moto g7 recently
and it's awesome.

I've been playing a couple of fairly straight forward games - Lemmings (pretty good once you get used to the different tactics needed from the original), Heads Off (you're a head propelling yourself along by screaming).

Then I thought I'd google to see what's available, and have just tried PUBG mobile. It's on online third/first person shooter, and it's surprisingly good.

It's making me feel a bit old though - it doesn't come with instructions and there's a boggling array of stuff on the launch screen.

Edit: Just played my second match, I won. I'm rather enjoying this.
permalink I've got chess
I'm not very good at it.

And a word game called Alphabear which is good for old mins. It starts off easy then gets really fucking hard.
permalink I am mostly playing
best quick crosswords and draights at the moment.
permalink I played a hellalot of PUBG on PC a year or so ago
was great fun in 4 player squads, but I found the community rapidly became toxic as it grew in popularity, and quit playing after having to listen to one too many racist arseholes

brilliant game though, incredibly stressful in single player
permalink It's easy to ignore the community on mobile,
I haven't seen or heard any chat in-game.

I'm loving single player, I have a 100% win ratio. I'm looking forward to getting to a more appropriate tier but finding 25 minutes for a match isn't easy.
permalink Having said that
I launched into a game and voice chat was on, and everyone was Arabic.
permalink hadn't realised it was tiered on mobile
on PC I won maybe 5 solo games ever out of hundreds

it's quite easy to get into the top 10, extremely difficult to win unless you play very aggressively and accummulate all the loot

as I say, I preferred squads as then you have 4 pairs of eyes, as opposed to twitching your way through the map alone worried that you're going to get instantly executed by a bush you overlooked (particularly when they had fog in the game, that was way too intense)
permalink though all games will soon be overshadowed
by the wonder of Untitled Goose Game
permalink Haha!
I wasn't expecting that
permalink Ha ha, splendid!
I don't normally play games, but I could probably hack being an awful goose
permalink My tactic so far has been
to bumble around to someone starts shouting at me then kill them. Until it's down to a small area, then sneak around.
permalink And in the
permalink today i watched this video of an anvil floating in mercury

which spurred me to wonder how much mercury costs*.... which led me to an auto-generated website that also proported to sell red mercury... which means i'm probably on some sort of list now

£220 per kg ish
permalink For red mercury?
The Libyans charged me FAR more!


Edit I used to love chanel 4's Dispatches in the mid 90s, it was full of very serious nonsense like red mercury. I suspect its hate it now for the same reason.
permalink isn't red mercury one of those things that doesn't exist? like some sort of plutonium? and birds.
when I was at high school, we had a physics teacher that used to demonstrate something with a massive dish of mercury, like a 20cm pie dish full and he'd be up to his wrists in it. Mental old bastard. I'm pretty sure everyone knew it would kill you, even in the late 80s.

At £220/kg he could probably have retired on it if he'd lived that long.
permalink I'm pretty sure the vapour shouldn't be let loose around
Kids either.

It's a pretty bad for brains
permalink Given the main ore from which we get mercury
is cinnabar (HgS), which is very red in colour, I'd always assumed 'red mercury' was in some way a semi or unrefined ore thereof.

But it would seem not...
permalink I didn't know the term red mercury.
So I think this is what is meant to resonate with the Star Trek reboot's god awful "red matter" nonsense.

permalink On a Trekkie note
Just started watching Discovery last night, and it's surprisingly good. Once you get over the Klingons looking very different
permalink See now,
I hated Discovery. I found it dull as ditchwater, with waffer thin plotting and characterisation, unconvincing dialogue and piss poor acting.

Mind you, I watched an episode of Next Generation the other day, one I used to love, and found it ancient and clunky and boring.
permalink I have a theory
that because the format of most programmes has become so homogenised, it's now harder than it ever was to watch things from even 20 years ago, let alone 50. The pace of classics is so slow compared to now, but I sort of expect that - what I didn't expect was that I find Next Gen, Friends, SATC just dull. And my tolerance for rubbish is really high.