What we Learnt This Week

 

            Ah! December, my second favorite month of the year, closely behind August, my birth month. Cold winds, straight faces, sad excuses for snow flakes and anticipation for the end of another graceful year makes December easily a fan favorite. Oh! And the celebration of the birth of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. The first week of December was a breeze to me; it went by faster than I could say “Look! That girl is putting on leggings under the misguided conception that they are clothes.” And here are a few things we learnt this week:

1.  There will be a Friday the 13th:

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Except you’ve been living a totally isolated life without a TV or a calendar, you know the implication of this. The date “Friday the thirteenth” is considered a worldwide unlucky day and not that I believe in that stuff, I find it amusing to spook kids into believing that the only way to not experience bad luck on this day is to do my every bidding; that’s fun. Friday the 13th is also a movie franchise where a guy named Jason wears a mask and murders a bunch of marijuana smoking campers. You take your pick.

2.  Manchester United are in transition:

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Presently occupying 9th position in the EPL and finding themselves 13 points behind surprise league leaders Arsenal, it’s perhaps safe to say that a David Moyes led United isn’t going to make it to any point we can call success this season compared to his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson. But maybe we shouldn’t really be comparing Moyes to someone who I think is the greatest manager to ever grace the premiership era besides Jose Mourinho. Sir Alex Ferguson was a genius and trust me, even calling him a genius feels like an understatement sometimes and before Moyes can reach where he reached with this Man United squad, its going to be a while…a long while. So let’s not jump to conclusions and start booing the man who has taken the worst job in football management history since Rafa Benitez took over Inter Milan from Mourinho, but lets calm down and think about this very logically: looking at the squad they have and their spending policies, Man United under any other management besides Fergie are a “slightly above average club” at most and we shouldn’t really expect too much from a newcomer like D.Moyes. That said, fire the Scot and bring in Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

3.    Next Apple phones would have wireless charging, we hope:

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On December 3rd, 2013 Apple Inc. finally won a patent for a wireless near field magnetic resonance power charging system. That’s jargon for wireless charging.  According to Patently Apple, “In one embodiment, the wireless charging environment can include various computing devices along the lines of a desktop computer, a laptop computer, net book computer, tablet computer, etc. In some cases, a wireless power supply will be able to be used to provide power wirelessly to various electronic devices such as and iPhone that includes a portable power supply for mobile operation.” Yeah! Pretty cool eh? You don’t feel so good about rushing into buying that iPhone 5S early now, do you? Seem those of us waiting for the iPhone 6 are going to have the last laugh after all. Anyways, just because Apple has acquired the patent doesn’t mean they are going to implement it. Most of this stuff never really gets made into something but it’s a great way to spice up hype for the next iPhone I must admit.

4.    Siri can’t do math: No, seriously. Ask it “4.23 minus 1.27”. Go on, don’t be scared.

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If you want to be popular, die. Trust me, it worked for Paul Walker. I loved his performance in “Hours” though; that was his best movie I watched.

6. Don’t support what is wrong because the person perpetrating the act is a friend; always stand for what is right, no matter the consequences.

7. I ignorantly continue to live in the denial that Nelson Mandela is not dead; he’s just too awesome to die.

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What we Learnt This week

 

            Finally, November ends and with it, some important events I’d really love to participate in but can’t, because I haven’t got time or money like NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. All the same, the last week of November was a great week and here are a few things we learnt from it:

1.    The Prices of Xbox One and PS 4 are not coming down any time soon

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How do I know this? The answer is simple; those new game consoles are making megabucks right now. With PS 4 and Xbox One selling over a million units within their first respective 24 hrs, I don’t think the first thing on either Sony or Microsoft’s minds is to reduce the price of their respective best selling gaming consoles at the moment. However, good news arrives, well not so good news, according to this article by Nick Statt on CNET, the next best bet is on game bundles, which I assume to be a great bargain if I do say so, myself. You could buy a console and a game to play on it at once? That sounds awesome. Anyways, if you don’t want bundles and you don’t like spending more than the equivalent of $400 in your currency for a game and you’ve been waiting anxiously for a price cut on either of the consoles, get your sorry, frugal, ass to the game store and buy it for what it costs now, because it isn’t getting any cheaper anytime soon.

2.    Where there is no Cristiano Ronaldo, there is a Bale

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Ever since his mega money move from Tottenham Hotspurs to Real Madrid, the current world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale, has been under immense scrutiny; every single person wants to point their finger at him. He kicks a ball wide, he’s a flop, he makes a pass that doesn’t connect, he’s a flop, he jumps for a header but doesn’t get the ball, and he’s a flop. So many accusations for one man who just got to a new club in a new country playing a new style of football, in a new league not more than 3 months ago; its uncanny. And then comes the injury to Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale shows his worth with a superb free kick against Galatasaray in the UCL and a hat trick against Valladolid in La Liga. I for one, remember how Real Madrid play without Ronaldo, its like watching a bunch of chickens kicking a rubber ball around and then managing to score a goal or two and running away to victory, no real entertainment. But in Bale, Real Madrid has the second stand out man they have needed for way too long. Bet his critics are in their niche hiding now that the Welshman has risen to the occasion, but I’ll be expecting them to come at him when he kicks the ball wide in any incoming match.

3.    Pastor Ade Teaches us How to Praise

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In the city of Donetsk, every Sunday the Doxa City Church, Donetsk, holds a church service at Artema 131a behind Stolichniy hotel. This previous Sunday was no different and everything seemed to be going according to plan: Opening prayer, a few songs, TOL, Praise and worship, testimonies, Choir ministration, another round of worship, Main message, announcements, offering, share the grace and go home to continue the sad routine that is the life of a foreign student. Then along comes Pastor Ade from Zaporozhe right before the offering is given and he raises song that changes everything. He doesn’t sing songs by Israel and New Breed, Ron Kenoly, Hillsong or Marvin Sapp but he praises God the way he knows how, the way we know how; in typical Nigerian praise. The people sing, the people dance, its obvious the previous praise session didn’t show any of the congregations’ potentials. The best part of the praise session is that we know the songs and the songs know us too well, then we sing and dance till the atmosphere changes. The offering basket goes round and for the first time in the church, it’s as if people want to give their money away. They place their envelopes in the baskets with smiles on their faces, like it’s not a formality anymore. Thank you Pastor Ade, God bless you richly, may you continue to grow in grace more and more and more.

What We Learnt This Week

Hurray! November is coming to an end…oh! Wait. What’s that? There’s still one entire week to go? Then why does that restaurant across the street already have a “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” sign hanging over its door? Okay, fine. Hurray! The 3rd week of November has come to an end! Happy now? Yes, yes you are. It’s been a great week and here are a few things we (yes, we) have learnt:

  1. PlayStation 4 is an awesome console

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No doubt about it the arrival of the Sony PS 4 has changed the way my week has been going. All of a sudden I have a smile on my face for no apparent reason, all because a new toy has arrived. Am I getting the console? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Am I getting it right now? No, I wouldn’t be caught dead with a PS 4 until next summer. Sony has outdone themselves and their counterparts, Microsoft, with this new impressive piece of hardware with an awesome looking console, impressive graphics (although I wouldn’t expect to be mind-blown like I was with the PS 2 to PS 3 transition), a great controller and best of all its $100 cheaper than its rival, Xbox One. Surely, I think the PS 4 is awesome and I bet a lot of people do too: 1 million units sold in its first 24 hours, that has got to be some sort of record. If you want to read the preview I wrote about the PS 4, you can get it here.

2.Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world and FIFA thinks so too.

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The display the Portuguese maestro has been putting on both in La Liga and on what should be called the world stage has been nothing less of LEGEND…wait for it… DARY, Legendary. With a hat trick against Real Sociedad taking his tally to 16 this season in the Spanish league (PS: Lionel Messi has 8 goals), a late winner for Portugal last week in the play-offs and then another hat trick this week with Portugal, the Real Madrid playmaker is in scintillating form and deserves to be the world’s best footballer of the year. I know I’m right because FIFA agrees with me. They didn’t care how it was going to look, they stretched the time for voting for the FIFA Ballon D’or and allowed voters who had already voted, the chance to change their minds and cast a “better” vote. So yes, voting ends on November 29 and the name is Cristiano Ronaldo not Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and the other guy…what was his name again? F**K I can’t remember. Oh! Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior. Yeah, that’s it. Don’t vote for him too.

3. Originals is the reason we still watch The Vampire Diaries

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Yes, we. I know you didn’t watch it too, but you’ll watch it later. There’s nothing to hate about Originals; it has a black man in control, an outstandingly pretty and powerful teenage witch, a gentleman and a guy with a British accent. Who hates those things? No one! But TVD is killing my vibe with Ketsia, or is it Tasa, amnesia-Stefan, third-wheel Jeremy, Ghost Bonnie, meddling Caroline, Dr. Do-too-little, Traveller Matt, Elena, Kat-Elena, and Elena-from-two-thousand-years-ago and lets not forget Original Stefan: is he a witch, is he a vampire? Oh! He is a witch that drinks blood, that’s convenient. Originals is why we watch TVD and I hope the producers have a plan to spice up what used to be the reason I lived for Fridays with some cutting edge drama like Bonnie coming back to life along with Alaric, that would be awesome.

4. Nobody likes a smart-ass

What more can I say; they’ll hate you for what you’ve got, they’ll hate you for what you haven’t.

5. Instagram has come to Windows Phone

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Finally, it’s been a while since I uploaded a photo to a community that actually appreciates photography, Instagram. Although I am tempted to say we are now catching up with android and iOS, I’m afraid of being struck by lightning immediately after I say it. But, nonetheless as I said on Facebook, “INSTAGRAM”!!!!!!!!!