First build in 10 years…

As a Designer the Apple and their computers/displays are my daily used products. Unfortunately, where these configs are great for UI/UX/IxD/Motion/Product design, the fully immersive gaming with high FPS and ultra wide 4k resolution isn’t quite there. The gaming PC build, especially these days, is very challenging venture and might make also some depressing seeing right now. Such is the way of the current PC market in that, while it’s easier than ever to physically build a gaming PC, it’s never been harder to actually find the component parts to do so.

The biggest issue is the graphics card shortage; GPUs are almost impossible to find right now, from the lowliest pixel pusher to the most powerful graphics monster. Whether it’s Covid-19 related supply chain issues, or the resurgence of cryptocurrency mining with GPUs, they’re either all out of stock or only available for many times their MSRP. Similar situation applies also to CPUs and RAM memory sticks.

Fortunately, after spending time on research and “F5” wars together with developing my Python skills and testing possibilities to write stock checker bot, I was able to add to my studio gaming be(a)st. Designed and planned in vivid detail to follow my design aesthetics and my gaming branding. Everything thankfully to great components delivered from NZXT, Inc., Corsair, ASUS and AMD. Game on!

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 3.4 GHz 16-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken Z63

Motherboard: Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-4000 CL16
Storage: Samsung 980 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME SSD
Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 6900 XT 16 GB TUF GAMING

Case: NZXT H510 Elite ATX Case
Power Supply: Asus ROG Thor 1200 W 80+ Platinum
Case Fan: NZXT AER RGB 2 CFM 120 mm, 3x NZXT AER RGB 2 CFM 140 mm

Monitor: Alienware AW3420DW
Keyboard: Alienware AW510K
Mouse: Alienware AW610M


Back at Chehalis

This large, beautiful lake is located in the spectacular Chehalis Valley which is on the north side of the Fraser River across from the town of Chilliwack. Skwellipil Creek Rec Site is under the maintenance of Four Wheel Drive Association of BC [4WDABC]. Organization that I’m proud of member.

The lake and the river share the name with the community of Chehalis, which is the home of the Sts’Ailes people, a Halqemeylem-speaking Coast Salish group. Their name Sts’Ailes is said to mean “beating heart”; the similarly named Chehalis, Washington and Chehalis River in that area have a different meaning in the Chehalis language – “sand”. ~wiki

Yoho – Banff – Jasper Trip

So many places to offroad, and hike! 🌲 All international borders are still closed because of COVID19 so focusing on exploration of areas around Canada. Definitely Rockies are my favourite ones! Visited three beautiful National Parks during that trip, and for sure looking forward to go back there soon.

Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885. Located in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, 110–180 kilometres west of Calgary, Banff encompasses 6,641 square kilometres of mountainous terrain, with many glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. ~wiki

Jasper National Park is extending over 11,000 square kilometres, it’s the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and part of UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.

Yoho National Park is a national park of Canada in British Columbia. It is located within the Rocky Mountains along the western slope of the Continental Divide of the Americas in southeastern British Columbia. ~wiki



Carpenter Lake Offroad

What a weekend! What a trip! The whole gang going off-roading. Nothing better than the weekend in the wilderness. 🌲  Carpenter Lake is the largest of the three reservoirs of the Bridge River Power Project, which is located in the mountains west of Lillooet, British Columbia. The lake is about 185 kilometres north of the province’s major city of Vancouver and is formed by the 1951 diversion of the Bridge River by Terzaghi Dam into Seton Lake via a tunnel through Mission Mountain, which separates the Seton and Bridge drainages. Several ranches and homesteads in the broad serpentine of the upper Bridge River basin were flooded out by the hydro project, which changed the character of the upper valley forever. ~wiki

“Carpenter Lake is about 50 kilometres in length, although its upper reaches beyond the flooded gold mining town of Minto City are usually mudflat due to fluctuations in the level of the reservoir. Its total area approaches 50 square kilometres.”

Inspiration – Pete Devries BLACKOUT

Peter’s footage from last year or a 7-haircut cycle. Whichever came first. Includes footage from A Telus Original Film “Transition” as well as extras…

“One Surfer’s Quest to Represent Canada in the 2020 Olympics. Since it was announced that surfing would officially be in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan a couple years ago, Canadian Noah Cohen has been vocal about his aspirations to represent his country.”

Nate Laverty
Kyler Vos
Nate Laverty

Chromatics “Yes”
Charles Bradley “The World Is Going Up In Flames”
Telus, Storm Surf Shop, Shelter Restaurant

Inspiration – Chasing The Sublime

Why do we put ourselves into the path of discomfort and risk? What drives us to get too cold and too tired, to battle with fear, in the name of adventure? …

“Follow the originators of The Outdoor Swimming Society, ‘swim twins’ Kate Rew and Kari Furre, in this hauntingly beautiful glimpse at the physicality of UK cold water swimming, as two friends set out to chase the sublime.”

Director: Amanda Bluglass
Director of Photography: Danny Cooke
Underwater Photography: Neil Hope & Danny Cooke
Edited, Mixed & Mastered by Michael Clark
Written & Narrated by Kate Rew
Swimmers: Kate Rew and Kari Furre

Official Selections:
DocLands 2019
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival 2019
Four Seasons Film Festival 2019
Judges’ Special Mention: Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2019
BMC Women Adventure Film Festival Competition 2019

Sponsored by The Outdoor Swimming Society in association with Alpkit, with Red Moon Cruises, Akur Capital, Dryrobe and Aquatica Digital ©2018 Amanda Bluglass

Bowen Island

Couple weeks ago I’ve decided to spent some time locally around Vancouver. I’ve chosen island 30min/1h ride from my home. So beautiful place! … Bowen Island is an island municipality that is part of Metro Vancouver, BC, Canada. In addition, Island is included within the jurisdiction of the Islands Trust. Located in Howe Sound, is approximately 6 km wide by 12 km long, with the island at its closest point about 3 km west of the mainland. ~wiki

“Quiet and alluring, a short distance from Vancouver, it’s a welcome escape from the stresses of city life.”



Red Dead Redemption 2 By Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games did it again! A beautiful game in an immersive world. The range of challenges, side missions and other special things to do + brilliant story and memorable characters are making this game amazing. For sure, I need to mention dense open world and beautiful graphics amazingly achieved on just, old hardware of PS4. The game itself starts slow but this only leads to an epic journey. Assuming, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a milestone not only for this gen but for video games in general. [Photos taken by Agata]

“Red Dead Redemption 2 is a Western action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on October 26, 2018, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. The third entry in the Red Dead series, it is a prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption. Set in 1899 in a fictionalized version of the Western United States, the story centers on outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang dealing with the decline of the Wild West whilst attempting to survive against government forces, rival gangs, and other enemies. The story also follows fellow gang member John Marston, protagonist from the first Red Dead Redemption.” ~ Wiki

“Tired of all the broken promises, micro-transactions and child infested battle royale-inspired titles? Red Dead Redemption 2 is definitely for you.”

God Of War By Santa Monica Studio

I’m a big fan of what Sony does for us, making single player experiences count. In the current Battle-Royale gaming world where you can find mostly multiplayer titles, it is important for players like me to experience games where story and adventures of the main protagonist are more important than points and frags … Although, I have never played another God of War game, and I honestly had no interest in playing this part of sequel whatsoever. I have been quite sure that it is going to be hard to start playing another part of the sequel without any knowledge about their past. The only reason I picked this up is word-of-mouth, my better half – Agata who really wanted to experience this story [her photoshoots from the game you can see below] and gameplay presented on teasers showing game similar to some Naughty Dog’s productions and my favorite, top #1 Horizon Zero Dawn by Guerrilla Games.

“God of War is an action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Released on April 20, 2018, for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, it is the eighth installment in the God of War series, the eighth chronologically, and the sequel to 2010’s God of War III. Unlike previous games, which were loosely based on Greek mythology, this game is loosely based on Norse mythology. The main protagonists are Kratos, the former Greek God of War, and his young son Atreus. Following the death of Kratos’ second wife and Atreus’ mother, they journey to fulfill her promise and spread her ashes at the highest peak of the nine realms. Kratos keeps his troubled past a secret from Atreus, who is unaware of his divine nature. Along their journey, they encounter monsters and gods of the Norse world.” ~ Wiki

I spent approximately 50h in game / new game +. God of War is really worth every second spent on missions, quests, and exploration. Looking forward to seeing more adventures of Kratos in near future. E3 2019? 😉

The game has everything a perfect game needs. It has an incredible story based on Norse mythology, good graphics, and post-processed effects, great music, and most importantly of all great gameplay. God of War is yet another stupendous inclusion to the PS4’s already strong library of Sony-published exclusives. Blending incredibly satisfying game feel with a very strong and even heartwarming narrative about parenting and what it means to be there for those you care for, this is one of those rare games that somehow manages to juggle both gameplay and story with ease. The game truly deserves all the hype it has been getting.  I am glad Sony showed everyone again that people still love great story-driven single player games, not microtransaction and lootbox-filled online trash. Good job!

“The visuals, story representation, and ambiance are stunning. The redemption of Kratos are well represented and combat is intuitive and refreshing. Probably the best game for PS4.”

Unravel Two by Coldwood Interactive

Unravel Two is a little bit different to its predecessor. It takes the established puzzle-platformer into a new direction for the sequel. There is enough personality, life, and challenge in this game to deem it a far better improvement over the original. I like this one far more than the first, it has a great charm with levels that are really fun. Coldwood Interactive added co-op play which is what really drew me in and it is so enjoyable especially when I am playing with my wife. Delightful playground for fans of puzzle platformers. It is a pleasure to play. More of titles like that one, please!

“Unlike the first game, Unravel Two is both a single-player and a multiplayer game, though local co-op only. The game centres on two Yarnys, which can be controlled with either one player or two, which must work together in order to solve puzzles and manipulate the world. The game contains a main storyline, set on an island, as well as challenge levels, significantly more difficult levels.” ~ Wiki

“Unravel Two is a puzzle platform video game developed by Swedish studio Coldwood Interactive and published by Electronic Arts under the EA Originals label. It was released on 9 June 2018.”