Wasting time on computer games

In the last blog article I warned you already that I might write something about my computer upgrading stuff. In case you have no interest in such things you better stop reading now as it will be just so boring. Do not fear, I do no expect any likes or comments on this article as it has nothing to do with my normal topics or the general theme of this blog. In case you are still reading this, good luck.

The more RGB the better the performance!

Being around personal computers is something normal for me ever since my early childhood. Back in the day when I was still in kindergarten by big brother was already in university working on his diploma involving all kind of programming and whatnot all.  So he had this super expensive (back in the day) computer and he even had a couple of games he played from time to time. I got my own computer a couple of years after big brother moved out, I think it was in 1994-1995. I was so proud of that machine and it got even 110 MHz. Just to note that I never got into programming unlike my brother. For me everything was about gaming! I never had a console or a Gameboy, it has been always computer gaming. My first games were Lemmings (from 1993), Wing Commander III, Dune II, Command & Conquer, Settlers and many more.

RGB!

As you might see I really loved only the gaming part when it came to computers. Everything developed very quickly in the computer world and by 1999 I had my first 500 MHz Pentium III and already by 2000 Counter Strike, Diablo and Starcraft happened to me  and held me in their firm grip. Around that time we also got our DSL connection (256 kbit/s) so the times of slow ISDN (or even slower back in the middle 1990s) and high costs were over. I frequented LAN Partys and in general everyone in my entire circle of friends was into computer gaming. Of course my grades suffered immensely and I had a though time getting somehow through school. Anyhow the years went on, other games peaked my interest such as Morrowind, Lord of the Rings Online and so forth and I actually graduated with rather good grades from High School.

Graphics!

So fast forward to 2018, I am 31 years old and still love computer gaming. Sure the playing time dropped over the years especially ever since we have two kids and are running our own business. I am the proud owner of a gaming PC which can tackle probably any task or torture you might imagine available. To my current system (or part of it) I got through Ebay where someone sold a new system for half the price. No, I do not want to question now how on earth that person got the hardware/ paid for it as it was all still packed in their original boxes and I even got the original bill with the package stating that everything was just purchased a week prior to me buying it from eBay.

Here you can also see my Ducky Shine 6, Razer Naga and the Noble Chair (part of it)

In case you follow me on social media such as Instagram you might have seen my recent upgrading madness. I got a new graphic card and changed the CPU cooling from air to water/ changing all the case fans at the same time to RGB. I do not have the best over-the-top system you can get but it has actually too much power which I will probably never really need.

My current specs are:

  • I7-4790K OC to 5GHz
  • Maximus VII Hero
  • 32GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3-2400
  • GeForce RTX 2080TI Founder Edition
  • Corsair RM650i PSU
  • Corsair H115i PRO RGB
  • Corsair Carbride Air 540
  • + mutiple SSDs from various brands, two old Samsung HDs for storage, multiple Corsair LL Fans and a terrible mess of cables in the hidden section of the case -> cable management is not my thing

So here you go. I do wonder if anyone actually reached till this last section of this boring blog post! Anyhow this was something I really wanted to write about for some time. Not that I actually planned on what to write or anything like it  (actually wrote everything in 15 min) but it is a topic I am really interested in and my computer is part of my refuge. Oh, and in case someone reached this part of the article and has Steam, feel free to add me “Ananrael”.

Are you into computer gaming?

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Enjoying the colorful autumn

Today we had finally time to enjoy a wonderful autumn day. This year is a strange one as the incredible hot and dry summer has shown already. Also this autumn is a very warm one and I could even wear shorts and t-shirt until a week ago. Now that we have at least today a bit more time we took the kids and our puppy out for a nice walk through the nearby park. Last time I wrote about such walk was back in 2015!

Some of the old houses

The street we live in is an old one full of historical buildings. It is always nice to walk by them as they have such a different feeling to them compared to what has been built here since WWII. Nearly all of them have some interesting story attached to them such as the family who built them or that one even has been moved to its current location by a kilometer over a hundred years ago to make space for a much bigger mansion. Sometimes I envy those people who live in those buildings but then again I remember how much work it takes (and money) to maintain those old houses not to speak about the terrible insulation they often have.

Mushrooms!

Our main goal today was the park just five minutes away from our home. Autumn turns the entire forest to a colorful place from some fairytale. Not only did our children enjoyed running around the park but also our puppy Haruki. Usually I always need a leash for him as he wants to play with everyone we pass by so going to the park was a perfect opportunity to let him run freely around.  He never ran far and was very happy that he had no restriction and perhaps also because he felt that we trust him (more or less, he is a crazy one). Shibas are a bit different and many of them never really experience to run around without a leash as they have their own mind and decide on their own when to listen to their “master”.  For now Haruki still listens to us but we still have over 1 1/2 years till he is more or less grown up and a lot can happen.

Haruki the Shiba

 

It is nice to have sometimes a bit less to do and have more time for the family. The walk was really refreshing and it felt like I had more energy after it. The entire week was a bit wild with lots of work, helping a friend renovating and moving and going crazy with my computer (there might a post about my computer upgrading stuff even though I know that 99% of my readership does not have any interest in such things).

Are you enjoying walks through parks/ forests on sunny autumn days?

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The Family at Legoland Billund

Last week we visited Legoland in Billund, Denmark. The whole trip to Legoland was rather spontaneous as we had no intention at all to go there this year but my wife found suddenly an offer (nearly 50% off)  we just could not resist. Our little Nathan who is a giant Lego fan had no idea at all about visiting Legoland and we kept it a secret till the end. Lego is the most valuable toy brand in the world for the past four years or so when it surpassed Mattel. The brand has its roots in Billund, Denmark,  where it still has its headquarters.

I’d say this is old Hans Christian Andersen

I had tons of Lego in my youth and so did my dear brother (who is 20 years older than me…) so Nathan got already a lot of Lego from my old sets and will receive more in the next years  (old Pirate ships and of course lots of trains). I can’t really say why but I have always loved these toys and still love to “play” with it. For me it is just so fascinating what can be all achieved with these simple plastic bricks. Nathan quickly got a bit bored of Lego Duplo (which is for smaller children) and changed to real Lego when he was 2-3 years old. By now he has built on his own some sets for 8 + years old kids and together with me for 16+ years. The instructions are usually no problem at all for him but few smaller technic bricks can bring some difficulties.

Adventure Land!

Back to our trip to Legoland. As I said before we didn’t tell Nathan at all about this journey to Legoland, he only knew that we would visit some nice place far away. The theme park is roughly 2h away from our hometown by car so it was no problem at all for the kids. Even though we tried our best to keep it a secret from Nathan he eventually found out about it. We managed it really close to the theme park but just 5min away he spotted a road sign with “Legoland” written on it. Though our big surprise was gone it was still lovely to see how happy he was so we went to the check-in at our motel at the Legoland Holiday Village. Needless to say everything is Lego inspired there and our rooms had one of the old Pirate Themes (from the 1990s).

Scary boatride

We had the bad luck that on both days it was raining. Thanks to the rain Nathan got his only souvenir, a Lego rain poncho. Even though it was raining on both days we had fun and even got in between some sunshine to warm up a bit. Each time the rain got too big we went into one of the inside locations such as the Atlantis by Sea Life Aquarium, some cafe or the 4D Cinema. Somehow we managed not to get soaking wet and let the kids have fun. As our visit to Legoland was so close to Halloween they had started to decorate the park a bit. This was not entirely to Nathan’s liking as he got scared a bit by a few things such as some witches or a Mummy sitting on a bench.

Mighty Nathancuty not scared at all

The park is very well maintained and clean. Nothing appeared to be worn out or dirty even though we were there during the off-season, on a Monday and it was raining. So the staff is doing a great job no matter the weather and time of the year. We had such a good time there with the kids that we definitely want to revisit the park again. Not that we go next year or so already but when Nathalie is also old (and tall) enough for some of the rollercoasters. This time she always had to stay behind with one of us and watch Nathan having the time of his life. Thankfully the kids were not too demanding and we were spared the fate of spending money on overpriced Lego in Denmark (+30-40% more compared to Germany!).

Lego Diver

In case you are interested in visiting Legoland in Billund I recommend to stay at least for one night there to visit the park on two days. There is really much to do there, especially with kids so one day won’t be enough. Besides that I suggest also to eat in one of the restaurants in Billund as the ones in the theme park are a bit on the expensive side and really full the entire time.

Have you visited a Legoland before?

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My crazy Chinese Family I married into…

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