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Whachu Doin’ This Week… Matt

Whachu Doin’ This Week… Matt


A Creature Of Habit

To those of you who don’t know me very well, I am a creature of habit. While I wouldn’t go as far as to say I have a set in stone schedule or anything, I do follow a certain routine.

My weekdays are generally some combination of work, gym, evenings of TV, writing and gaming, followed by sleep. My weekends then mostly consist of some writing, gaming and then nights out with friends.

But in the last two weeks, my weekday routine has been disturbed, by half an hour. I am actually amazed by how much just a half an hour has thrown my routine almost totally out of sync. But, less half hour less of leisure time, was actually born out of something positive.

A Change Is As Good As A Rest

This half hour less of leisure time, is down to the fact that two weeks ago, I changed job. After five years in Griffith College Dublin, first as an Exams Officer and more recently as Registrations Officer, I decided it was time for a change.

After a month of emailing my CV various places, followed by two interviews, I managed to get myself a new job. As of last Monday, I am the new Academic Coordinator in BIMM Dublin.

I have gone from working in a traditional academic environment, to working in a predominantly creative one. Instead of having traditional lecture halls and classrooms, my new workplace is filled with room after room dedicated to music.

Thus far, this change has been nice. I do feel like a bit of a fish out of water, I do miss my friends from my old job, but unfortunately it was time to move on.

Getting Back In The Gym

Aside from the change in my working life, I recently starting exercising on a regular basis again. I spent most of 2016 exercising in FlyeFit on Georges St (in Dublin) and to be honest I didn’t like it.

FlyeFit is fine if you like going to various fitness classes but I didn’t like their weight rooms. For whatever reason I just didn’t like the atmosphere there.

And two previous occasions I was a member of Raw Condition Gym on Richmond St. Unlike Flyefit, a place marketed as a chain of gyms for everyone, Raw Condition is full of fitness models, powerlifters and bodybuilders. While I left Raw on both occasions in search of a more affordable gym, I seem to always end up going back there.

While some people find being surrounded by people who, at least of the surface, seem to eat, sleep, breath exercise, I rather enjoy it. I go there three to four evenings per week and I work hard whenever I do.

Upon rejoining Raw Condition earlier in the year, they assigned me a personal trainer, who’s training and diet advice have helped me to enjoy physical fitness again.

Now For The Nerd Stuff

Enough of the work and exercise stuff, lets get down to gaming and TV. At the moment I am not really invested in any TV show in particular. I have been dividing my TV time between classic episodes of The Simpsons from seasons six to twelve and re-watching Rick & Morty while I wait for the rest of season 3 to come out.

Other than those, I am watching Better Call Saul weekly and I binge watched the entirety of Master of None season two on Netflix upon it release recently. If you haven’t seen Master of None yet I recommend you check it out.

As a singleton of similar age to Aziz Ansari character in the Netflix comedy, I find it all to real and familiar at times. But that is precisely why it is so good.

From Rapture to Columbia And Back Again

Recently my gaming time has to dedicated to playing the through the Bioshock Collection on PS4. Up until recently, the only game in the trilogy I had played was Bioshock Infinite and it is one of my personal favourite games of all time.

Bioshock and Bioshock 2 however, earn their reputation as quality narrative driven FPS titles. Sadly the Bioshock ‘would you kindly’ twist had long since been spoiled for me but I still enjoyed it.

Bioshock 2, particularly it’s Minerva’s Den DLC was absolutely fantastic and arguably my favourite of the two. Would this be the case if the ‘would you kindly’ twist wasn’t spoiled before hand? Who knows!

At the moment I am replaying Bioshock Infinite and it is every bit as amazing as it was the first time. I am looking forward to playing each of Infinite’s DLC once I finish the main game.

Aside my shooting enemies in dystopian locales, I am also dipping in and out of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and NBA Playground on the Nintendo Switch. While both games can be an exercise in frustration, it is good to have some games you just to play in short bursts.

That’s All Folks

And that dear reader is pretty much all I have to share for now. If you want to check out some more from me, check out the links below.

NBA Playgrounds Review
Screen Savers – Batman v Superman
Replay – Devil May Cry
Must Have It – Love