Review – My Friend Pedro

While I was on holiday a few weeks ago, I noticed a game that I was following had finally been released. That game was ‘My Friend Pedro’. My thoughts on the media released on the lead up to launch was that this game looks like an insane, matrix style bullet time chaos, cluster fuck and those initial thoughts hold up pretty well after the play time I have had.

I’ve racked up about 4 hours of in game time. Upon starting you are shown the basics and the controls to let you dive in fast. Throughout the initial levels with each new mechanic/puzzle being introduced you are taught how to interact or overcome said mechanic. This style suits me to a tee where you are hand fed mechanics step by step rather than with some games I often feel overloaded and thrown in at the deep end expected to be a master from the word go. The games controls are pretty simple, I can’t get into the habit of holding W to dodge but I assume I will get used to it in time.

The game lets you live out some of the wildest action movie scenes you can think of, be that racing through the streets on a motor bike, shooting down missiles,kick-flipping a skate board off someones head or slaughtering near endless bad guys while free falling from a skyscraper. Right off the bat the volume is cranked up to 11/10 as you begin to clean up the streets, all with the helpful direction from your yellow banana friend Pedro.

My Friend Pedro is arguably the first ‘big’ title from independent indie developer DeadToast Entertainment being released on Steam, GOG.com, Humble Store, PS4 and Nintendo Switch the game is currently £15.50 and I am really looking forward to what’s next for DeadToast and My Friend Pedro. Be sure to check out my ‘Lets Play’ over on my YouTube Channel.

How Does An Execution Plan Suddenly Change When The Statistics (And Everything Else) Remains The Same ? (In Limbo)

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I’ve slipped this post in as there have been a number of discussions recently on how execution plans have changed while nothing else appears to have changed in the database. How can an execution plan suddenly change when no one has made any changes to the database ?
 
By no changes, it means that there have been no alterations to any segments, no new indexes have been added, no changes associated  bind peeking (indeed, there may not even be any bind variables), no parameters changes, no new patches or upgrades, no new outlines or profiles, no new system stats and perhaps most prevalent of all, no changes to any CBO statistics.
 
The DBA hasn’t touched a thing and yet suddenly, for no apparent reason, execution plans suddenly change and (say) an inappropriate index is suddenly used and causes performance degradation.
 
How can this be possible ?
 
There are…

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The first full day

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Stephen: It’s 5am, after our first full day in Japan. We’re left feeling a bit like Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation at this point, with our body clocks thrown completely out of whack. Sleeping until 2.30pm was probably not our wisest ideas – but the 18 hour journey was pretty gruelling – even for me, who is fairly well accustomed to long haul by now.

We are staying in the famous Shibuya area, and stepping out of the train station to the mass of excited chatter, neon lights, and noise after being on a plane for so long was both a welcome, and overwhelming experience. Despite some serious exhaustion, we wandered out braving the rain and humidity to marvel and take pictures of everything we saw. Now the penchant that Asian tourists seem to have for taking photos of every single minute detail when they travel abroad doesn’t seem…

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There’s Been a Murder!

In a bid to do something creative I made this a T-Shirt, if you fancy it you can pick it up from here for £12 + Shipping. T-shirt will be available for 21 Days and will only be shipped if I meet 10 orders.

 

 

Cheers Paz.

Recording an album

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This past week, we headed up into the beautiful Scottish hills to spend three days (four nights) recording our first (and probably last) ever album. We had planned to put down 9 tracks, but ended up doing 12 – a task which has rightfully been described as ‘fucking mental’.

We did it though; fighting through the actual literal blood, sweat, and booze induced tears to record the various guitars, drums, bass, vocals, and random noises that will make up the release – even managing to throw in our first gig as a full band, supporting Living Body at Glasgow’s Broadcast.

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This picture was not staged.

Everything started out well enough, with excitement at the prospect of having a dedicated, proper studio space to spend time recording in for a few solid days.

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We celebrated with our traditional Goldschlager.

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And even the scenery was beautiful.

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Though the less said about the…

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Scotland, get ready to fight

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Earlier today, we woke up to the terrible realisation that the UK had narrowly voted to leave the European Union. This was an outcome that I ultimately expected, but facing the stark reality of the situation has still left me feeling numb, and in shock. Opening my eyes to see ‘Nigel Farage declares independence day’ and ‘British Pound drops to a 31 year low’ on my phone’s lock screen is something I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to forget; reminiscent of a dystopian nightmare rather than reality.

To make things worse, the dogged, often proud ignorance of those smugly celebrating victory in the immediate aftermath has been staggering. As I write this, I am overlooking the City of Barcelona, and being here only renders the sadness even more palpable, and even harder to believe.

However, this is not a drill. This is the real deal. Like it or not…

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