The Art of Being Engaged In Life!

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Today I wanna talk about a major thing in life. Being engaged in doing work.

Most people walk around derping and are disengaged from the activity they are involved in. It’s so easy to make it into a habit to be unfocused and become disengaged. It’s so easy to lower your standards and not try harder.

So you need to take deep focus engagement very seriously if you wanna reach great goals in life. It’s important to be engaged because it translates into so many other areas of your life. Everything is all connected. Creating 1 strong habit many times lead to more good habits. Everything blends together. Letting a little bit of laziness creep into your life usually spreads fast to other areas of your life. Because in the modern world it’s so easy to just chill and relax and not remain super focused on the activity you are doing.

Life works in a Pyramid and to reach high in life in an area you like then it requires more and more focus the higher up you go. Because there are less at the top so you need to find something you love and have daily passion about and focus with intensity and engaging everyday on it to reach high.

Of course this is way easier when you know more clearly what makes you super excited everyday. And when you have sorted out your goals/dreams and vision statement in life. Because the majority is at the bottom of the Pyramid and it’s so easy to fall down to that level and maybe work for someone else your whole life. Which puts you into a limited position in what you can do in life.

The level of apathy that you get conditioned with everyday is at such an intense level that it will try to hammer you to not take action. People have many different agendas and goals.

If you are passive that serves other people’s interest that wants to make money on passive people consuming content. Be a creator and producer more then you are a consumer.

A good way to live life and take control over it in this phone age is don’t consume if you haven’t produced anything. If you want to consume fine. But at least produce something of value first. Mostly you will realise that you get way more joy out of producing than consuming. 2 people in this world: Takers and Givers. You wanna be on Giver side. Takers are too much value leechers. They train themselves to have to rely on others.

Your produce output should be so high in this abundant universe.

So you want to continue to focus to be against and fight against apathy and passivity. It’s because you are alive you should be active and moving and producing and creating stuff. It’s a way of life! An interesting way to put this and how to guide your life is that you care more than anybody and that you care less than anybody. Most engaged but least attached to an outcome.

There are some traps that could stop your progress and that is decision making fatigue, persona fatigue and self judgement fatigue. These 3 can mess you up a lot.

Decision making fatigue is when you sit and think a lot if you should do a certain task or not. It actually burns a ton of willpower energy. You would be better off just do anything in that moment. Than sit and burn energy on thinking about it. So just do it! You gain energy by doing faster decisions and can get into a momentum by doing it!

Persona fatigue is when you try to be someone that you are not. You won’t get as tired if you are just yourself.

Self judgement fatigue is when we constantly judge ourself instead of keep going. We burn ourself out by trying to do something perfect. When we should just ship the damn product as Seth Godin would say.

We are humans so we cannot make perfect stuff. Life is messy and making progress is messy. Also don’t be attached to how good the end result will be. Don’t panic so much about it because it will just burn energy. Just get the job done within the timeframe that you have.

The most enlightened thing you can do in life is to engage in life. And try to do it at maximum levels. Even down to maybe cleaning a room. While you do something always do it with maximum engaged level and this will require you to live your life so you can have lots of focus to do this task.

The reason why it’s important to detach from outcome is because we all will die one day, things are constantly changing and shifting in the universe. We think we can own something but all we have is just things we borrow for the moment while we are alive. Then it goes away to someone else in another time period. Also detaching makes you feel more free. That it doesn’t really matter that much what you do in life. If you succeed or not. Doesn’t really make any difference in a larger time period of the universe. Most things will be forgotten.

But while you are alive the nicest feeling is to be deeply present inside of an activity. We aren’t designed to be passive humans. We have a human consciousness so we can do things in life with a present awareness. Compared to animals who doesn’t have that ability.

Most of our thoughts we think are our own ones. But most of the time it’s just other peoples stuff they have put inside our heads and now we think it was our original thoughts. We humans are sponges very easily affected by people in our environment. And biological impulses that fires off inside of our brain.

Most of the moments in your life you will not remember. Your mind will only remember a few moments in your life the other things will be a blur. This is why attachment is so pointless in life because most things won’t be remembered anyway. So living in the present moment and be engaged is the thing that always is real and now. And what you want to strive towards. And the present moment you can always reach.

There is a great quote Goethe said in the book Conversations of Goethe by Johann Peter Eckermann about living in the moment and staying present here it is:

And if you think about not doing the 3 fatigues above then you will have an easier time to kick yourself into engaged mode. Of course you can go much deeper into this topic but here was just a few thoughts about this topic. Let me know if you want to hear more about this!

Thanks for reading!

Best Regards,
Adrian

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Final Fantasy 3 Samsung Galaxy S8 Gameplay Review!

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Today I want to review the game Final Fantasy 3 by Square Enix. This game was one of the first I bought for my Nintendo DS Lite in 2007. And now they have made it into an Android game you can download from the Google Play Store!

This game starts off with you being a character falling down into a cave in fantasy world. You instantly get attacked by various monsters and learn you need to fight to gain experience and to survive.

This game has great music already from the beginning. In the first cave you both find chests and secret rocks. You tap on items to activate them. In one chest at the beginning it contained a longsword. Sometimes chest’s contains other things like potion that you can use to heal your character. You use a virtual joystick to move around the character with ease.

The battles against monsters will attack automatic inside the cave when you are walking around. In battle you have 3 options. Attack, Magic and Guard. You can also run away from the battle!

In the right bottom corner you see your health bar. The goblin monsters you will attack at the beginning of the game are fairly easy to win over. When you win you gain Gil & EXP. And sometimes your job level increase!

Up in the top right corner of the screen you have your main menu. In here you can see different menus: Item, Magic, Equipment, Status, Formation, Job, Config, Quicksave, Save. The amount of Gil you have. And your full party. Which can include 3 others so 4 in total. Your starting job is Freelancer and on Level 1. HP and MP you can also see. Which is for health and magic powers.

In the items page you can see how powerful each item is in various categories like Defence and Attack. You can go in and equip your player with new items you find. You can carry a tool in right hand and left hand for attack. For Defence you can have protection items on head, body and arms.

The status page is good when you wanna see how much EXP it takes to level up to the next level. Also it only seems to show when you will level up your player and that the job level it levels up kind of random.

Outside of Attack and Defence you have deeper modes as Magic Defence. And Strength, Agility, Vitality, Intellect and Mind that you can level up!

I like the graphics in this game. How they move the camera when it’s in battle time from a top view to a closer behind the player view. It makes the game feel modern even when it’s older. I also like how there is no in-app purchase options. You can also save the game to the cloud.

You will sometimes meet bosses which will be harder to defeat. One of the first bosses you will meet is a giant turtle. If you lose the game and no save then there is complete game over and you have to restart again.

It will take some time to level up in this game. And a lot of same training. But that’s what makes you appreciate it more. That you have to work hard for progress. And the cloud saving works great on Android.

Your goal in the game is to spread light in the world. The Crystal came to you and told you was the chosen one. And the elders from the city says you are the chosen one too. The Crystal doesn’t want the world to fully become just darkness. You have to seek out other light people to help you on your journey.

The challenges in this game reminds me about life’s real world challenges. With constant training in this game. It’s kind of like real life. Everyday there are new struggles and challenges we have to overcome. Quite inspiring to be honest.

Outside of the cave when you win against the turtle you are back up on land. Where you can find ton’s of worlds and people to explore. And cities with stores where you can buy various items for protection and attack. For example I noticed you can’t use a bow and longsword at the same time. But two longswords are fine.

In the forrest out in the world you will encounter a ton of new monsters. Each time your job level goes up your attacks seems to become stronger. What makes the game fun is sometimes you have to figure out stuff yourself. By hearing clues from the people you talk to. You slowly get guided into the right direction. Sometimes you miss something and have to go back and try to solve it. It’s fun.

You quickly gain the option to expand the party with 2 more people and you need to find a mysterious ring to heal a lot of people that has turned sick. You will be using a flying ship and go on travels in harder caves where you need to train with your party to level them up. Meeting harder monsters.

This is a highly fun game with amazing music and storymode. But it will take a lot of time and energy to really go deep in this and make progress. And the game can be frustrating if you want to do fast progress. Because level up will take a lot of effort inside this game.

Gameplay performance is great on Samsung Galaxy S8, just some minor slow downs but nothing too serious. There are a bunch of other Square Enix Final Fantasy game’s available in the Google Play store as well as the iTunes App store for iPhones and iPads. Many with high quality ratings.

The menus in the game are super easy to understand what they do. Many new games are very confusing in the game system. Not this. And it’s pretty easy to know sort of where you should go in the game. But it at the same time keeps up a nice story mode and gives you many surprises that draws you into the game and want to keep playing.

Here is a link again to the game in the Play Store.

And here is a link for iTunes App Store app.

Thanks for reading!

Best Regards,

Adrian

Earth HD Deluxe Edition Samsung Galaxy S8 Android App Review!

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Today I want to write a review on an Android app called Earth HD Deluxe Edition. It will display the earth on your Android phone! Either on the lock screen of the device or just as a wallpaper. Depending on what phone you have.

When you swipe across the Home screen or Up/Down the Earth will start to spin around and move.

Inside the settings you can tweak many things. For example you can change the camera mode to Linear, Orbit, Fixed or Free.

With Orbit it only goes to the side not Up and Down.

With Fixed the earth still spins but it doesn’t move around more when you swipe your fingers on the screen.

You can also rotate the camera and have it slowly rotate around the earth. And you can select the speed on that option. You can also position the earth at the center if you want or any other custom position. They have added some cool theme’s you can switch between. Classic, Realistic, Future, Post-apocalyptic and Frozen earth!

To be honest I loved the classic the most. And then the Frozen Earth. Post-apocalyptic looked depressing. Realistic is a bit warmer in colors but reminds about classic. But I enjoy the classic more for it’s lighter softer colors. The texture I wish it could be a little bit higher graphics when you have camera distance normal or closer. A “little further” mode looks great. But would be amazing if higher textures was available for the closeups. Maybe in a few years with the Samsung Galaxy S9!

You can also switch the earth’s rotation speed. I think that with slow speed here it looks more realistic and makes you calm and peaceful when looking at. Here is the most amazing part with this app! It allows you to focus on satellites and still have the beautiful earth in the background! So you have two options here. Either Satellite Space Station V or Space Station V-II.

Both are super beautiful but I like the first one the most. It is a little bit smaller! And has cool rings! You can also add a realistic earth position. That will line it up depending on the current date. And you also have the option to add the moon!

If you feel the need to save battery life then you can change the FPS speed of this live wallpaper. FPS limit options are: 5 FPS, 15 FPS, 30 FPS, 60 FPS and Maximum!

Overall I really love this app a great developer with tons of other amazing apps. I checked out their Solar System HD Deluxe Live Wallpaper. Which is a mind-blowing app as well. Especially if you want more planets and Starfields to see and choose from!

Let me know in the comment section down below if you want me to check out another cool app that you know about!

Other apps from same developer are Into the Void, Zombie City Defense, Deep Galaxies HD, Snow HD Deluxe. I’m sure that I am going to check out many of them in the future. Because of the quality put into the apps.

While using this app on Samsung Galaxy S8 you may want to disable Bixby that’s available on home screen if you scroll a lot to the left side. Because that can get annoying. To disable Bixby hold in on an empty area of your home screen and go to the left and in the corner you can turn off the Bixby page.

Something that also is super cool with this app is how the earth is 50% dark so very realistic when you spin it around. If you spin to the dark side then you will be able to see the sun from far away. With it’s amazing sunlight it looks very realistic.

You can also see on the dark side of the earth some places where there is still light going on. As you know with large cities they have lots of lamps so you can see it from space! How magical effect it creates!

If you have the earth enabled to move when you swipe up then it will move when you enter the app drawer on the S8 which has the shortcut of swiping up on the home screen. It’s interesting because even inside the app drawer if you swipe the earth will still move. If you swipe on the lock screen then it doesn’t seem to move.

With the Solar System live wallpaper app from same developer that app was using your gyroscope to move things around while moving the phone. This app does not have that gyroscope support.

How could this app be improved if we play with that idea? Well first I think in it’s themes I see ton’s of potential over there. With adding maybe 30 cool themes in various colors and effects it would be extremely interesting. Because people truly love special premium themes that nobody else is using. Also to be able to maybe have more satellites would be extremely interesting.

Maybe be able to see an Elon Musk Mars spaceship, That would be so epic! Or see astronauts in space working on a space platform! There are many ideas and things you can do here. But I also believe that the live wallpaper is a bit limited by Android OS in what you can do more in depth.

But I am impressed with the latest versions of Android it’s premium speed. When the first iPhone came out in 2007 it was truly amazing and Android was a joke. Android was still a joke 2010 but with dual-core processors by 2011 thing’s started to shift and Android became interesting.

And finally these days to be able to use live wallpapers like this is perfect! Something that Apple gadgets cannot use if they don’t jailbreak.

It becomes clear to me that in the future we will be able to do even more amazing customize options with our phones. To make them truly stand out. This is the power of Android.

Thanks for reading!

Best Regards,

Adrian

Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! iPhone 7 Plus Game Review!

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In this game Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! you play as potatoes that is producing weapons and selling them. When you sell weapons you gain $tarch. You have something that is called a Shop.

First you have in the upper left corner your shop name, $tarch information (Total Salary Payable per Month), Shop fame, Tickets, Shop Capacity and your shop profile where you can see detailed statistics and progress for how you are doing in the game. As well as a $tarch report!

In the left bottom corner you see all your shop potato workers. On the bottom right corner you have the WhetsApp message app that will tell you latest information from your workers and different notice information.

Top right corner you can see the date and time. And some objective information.

In the top middle menu you can pause the game or speed it up.

In the bottom middle you have all the main menus everything from Settings, Inventory, Weapon Chest, Gnitae Region (Where you can shop for items, expand business, sell weapons, train, explore & go on vacation).

You also have some bottom middle buttons you can’t use at the beginning of the game. But they look like they will display various reports for how you are doing.

And at the center of bottom middle on iPhone display you have the big Forge red globe button! Click this button and it will allow you to forge various weapons: Dagger, Bow, Axe. When the potato smiths you have is done forging a new weapon you can name it.

A weapon also has 4 different categories and this also works in that you have different workshops in your shop in these categories and colors. Design: ATK, Craft: SPD, Polish: ACC, Enchant: MAG.

You go to Noob village to sell your first weapons. First selecting the weapon you wanna sell and then the smith that will do the selling. You sell the weapons to different heroes interested in buying.

It can be a little bit hard on the eyes to read the in-game text playing this on a smaller display. Probably best for desktop or tablet experience.

You will need to buy various items to be able to forge your weapons. For example to create a bow weapon you will need to go buy rope and use your $tarch. And you transport one of your smiths to do stuff for you. Like selling items or buying. When the smith come back you assign a place to them inside your shop.

Your potato smith’s will be having difference in how good they are at certain tasks. Like some are better for design, craft, polish or enchant. Try to assign them to the best workshop. For example Laura is best at design. So should be at the design workshop. At least that’s how I think it’s suppose to work!

It does take some time to get into the game to understand it. For example I noticed how the heroes you sell items to are different categories and levels. Some are archers, thiefs, rangers or fighters. So try to learn and look at the objective to get into the game. The game displays helpful objectives what to do and focus on if confused. 

You can also see the mood of your smiths by popups showing their current feelings. It takes a bit of time to really get into this game and appreciate it. There will be a lot of gathering for new Items. A little bit like Minecraft Pocket Edition. But this game is more in a 3D still overview camera and instead of calling it crafting they call it forging weapons. With the power of your potato smiths.

Sometimes random “Choice of Fate” popup questions shows up. With a trick question and if you answer correct you get rewarded.

You will not just level up heroes but your smiths as well. Seems like you can only forge one weapon at a time. I like how this game makes you think deep kind of feels like a chess game. And it’s graphics feels very creative and original. The game will of course become more cool once you starts to unlock new more various weapons. The game is a bit slow in the beginning. But you do have a speed up option.

Sometimes you get invited to certain awards like the “Golden Hammer Awards”. The most magical weapon, fastest weapon and overall best weapon awards. The environment will change in graphics as the time and date pass by. Which is cool. And Sometimes even a Tsunami will come in! That will cause damage to your weapons you have been forging.

When payday comes up at the end of the month you need to make sure you got enough money to pay your potato smiths.

Eventually you can unlock the ability to explore more places. With using tickets you gain during gameplay. First place you can unlock with 1 ticket is Murky Miso Marshes. You can select a smith to go explore that place. And discover new items, enchantments and relics.

You have this crazy manager in the game who come’s to say he owns 99% of your work and want his profits in $tarch. You have to make sure you pay him and then you also need to manage your finances well. Or else you will not be able to pay your smiths. The guild will help you with some free money if you fail to manage finances but only 3 times. Then your shop will be closed down.

After some time you will unlock options to explore new places. Then you can unlock research blueprints. I unlocked pretty fast the option to forge Main Gauche in my shop. A new sword weapon.

There is a bit too much things going on at the same time in this game. I’m sure you can get into it after a few hours but the game has a long learning curve.

One of the more fun parts is when you are exploring a new place and get a ton of useful items fast like sapphire. That you can use to build new rare weapons. You always need at least 1 smith at the workshop available. You can also send your smiths sometimes on vacation if they seem unhappy!

Overall this is a pretty creative game that get’s more fun after a couple of hours of gaming.

Doesn’t feel to spammy with ads or anything. As long as the standard game fee is paid to install the app. Overall I highly recommend to check it out if you wanna pretend to be a potato and forge weapons!

Here is the link again for iPhone app of this game.

A link for iPad!

There is also an Android variant but it crashed for me after purchase. Looks like many have had similar issue.

Thanks for reading!

Best Regards,

Adrian

Nexomon iPhone 7 Plus Game Review!

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So there is a new game out which cost around €3-5 euro. It’s called Nexomon! It kind of reminds about a Pokemon game. You are this character running around and captures different Nexomon animals. You follow a story mode sort of like Final Fantasy. You fight in battles to capture new nexomons. And then you can heal your nexomons using items.

You have to be into journey games to play this because there are many menus of storytelling you can’t skip. You have something they call the Nexopad with a collection of 300 nexomons you can capture and find inside the game. The nexomons at the beginning of the game are usually hiding in the grass. You can see it moving!

The game has very nice cartoon graphics and audio. When you win a battle against another nexomon you gain experience and coins. With this you level up your own nexomons.

As a new player you are being called a tamer and get told it’s dangerous to walk outside town. You can talk with various people on your journey around the game. Sometimes you get rewards from these people like 300 coins. Sometimes they even challenge you to a nexomon battle.

When you are in battle you will loose health and stamina when you get attacked. But you can fill it up again with items in your bag. Like potions and ether. You have 4 different skills you can attack with. When you are new in the game only 3 is available and sometimes 2.

Sometimes when you attack certain nexomons you will *miss*. Because that nexomon has protection against that attack, you will have to use another. And sometimes when you win versus one nexomon they might have another one show up! Because in a battle you can use multiple nexomons if you have. You usually gain more experience the more you win. And coins.

And when you level up your HP, Stamina, Attack, Defence and Speed goes up! Sometimes you will see dramatic scenes in the game like a house damaged. And dramatic story music. Which shows that it’s a quality game trying to make the storyline more engaging.

Sometimes you will be rewarded a NexoBox. In those you will find a rare nexomon. After you open it you can add the nexomon to your party. And it will join you in future battles. You have different houses where you have nexobox storages. In here you can deposit nexomons or withdraw them. You also have nexostores in many cities where you can by nexoproducts. Things as nexotrap, potion, ether, elixir, anti burn, anti poison, anti freeze, anti paralyze, anti bind, anti sleep & anti confusion. You use the coins to buy, coins you gain from winning battles against nexomons.

Sometimes you get to hear secrets or tricks from talking to random people. Like the coolest nexomon is in the eastern cave!

One of the first story modes is you have to go to a bodybuilder called Ivan to find more information about a nexolord. The most powerful tamer of nexomons. You get to learn about champions after you beat Ivan. Which are the inner circle of a nexolord. Ivan was just an overseer.

You have different environments you play this game in sometimes you explore a cave and harder enemies. Then you have to go back and level up your nexomons by going into easier battles to win easier experience and coins. It seems like you can have up to 6 nexomons in your party.

And yes the game has premium shop for in-app purchase but it doesn’t feel as spammy as for example’s EA’s games. First you can buy for real money Diamond currency, NexoTraps, Avatars, Pets & Other Items. You can also open up golden nexobox or standard for diamonds to receive super rare nexomon.

In the nexopad profile you can see your tamer name, play time, coins, diamonds, nexomonds found, support code. You can also see your avatar and change it’s design.

The 3 games this reminds me about is Pokemon GO, Final Fantasy 3 and Lego Rock Raiders. I can see myself play it for long hours. The nice graphics and smooth gameplay on iPhone 7 makes it interesting. The fast talking menu’s are also very enjoyable.

One thing that can be a little bit annoying in a game like this is too many battles and leveling up. It can become very repetitive. And if you are stuck in a cave and need to get out you can have annoying enemies popup in your path.

The game also has some special features like iCloud support for backup data on all devices to play both iPhone, iPod and iPad support! You can get exclusive nexomon iMessage stickers. 8 legendary nexomons. 9 different colorful and vibrant regions. 100% animated monsters for enjoying battles. High quality gaming experience!

The overseers in the game guard cities and various places. They have tamers below them that wanna engage in quick battles. To one time themselves maybe become an overseer.

What happens when your party loses and all your nexomons have a health of zero is it becomes game over. From this menu you can either load checkpoint or load game. While you play the game you have the option to go in and save/load.

Be sure that you level up your nexomons a lot in easy battles first before you go into a dangerous cave or on an adventure. So you are ready for the higher level battles. If not then you might have to restart from far away back in the game. So remember to save and plan your trips for optimal gaming experience.

In harder areas of the game you usually become attacked or meet challenges just by walking on the standard path. But in the more safer area you only get attacked while you are in the grass. And the easier place have mostly one nexomon in battle. So you only have to defeat 1 to win! But in harder areas there can be up to 6 nexomons in one battle!

Whenever you want to capture a new nexomon in battle you click on the red and grey nexotrap at the bottom center of the screen! You have to buy these from the nexostore. If you weaken the enemy a bit first I’m sure it will be easier to capture him and add him into your collection. A quick look at your opponent right side of the screen will display under his health bar if he is a common nexomon or a rare nexomon!

Another link to Nexomon if you wanna check it out for iOS devices!

Overall I really enjoy this game. This is a story game where you get so much value. So even when it’s a paid app with some in-app purchase options it’s highly enjoyable and worth it. Let me know if you find out about any other quality games you want me to check out!

Best Regards,

Adrian