Saturday, December 27, 2008
Generally recently my framed rate has been rather dodgy recently which unfortunately meant I have had to change my interface to low graphic settings. Now my frame rate is around 45-50fps which is nice and quite flowing but the lag and the fact that I have no effects working tends to make things less fun somehow.
I know it is taking awhile for me to get to 80 but my new line has not been installed yet hopefully that will soon be dealt with. I hope. Really I do.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I am happy with the end of the Volume though for awhile there it certainly did have me worrying, all that Sylar/Petrelli stuff feels like I have lost time that I will nbever get back pondering whether or not they were related. Listening to 10th Wonder didn't help though as they constantly compared Peter's, Sylar's and Arthur's abilities.
I will probably touch on this again in a bit but for now I am going to check on the Heroes forums I visit.
In other news my poor YouTube channel has died a death do to a silly incident with e-mail recognition. So all that was has been lost and must be found again. Still it gives me a chance to take it in a new direction and make up some new videos which though will probably not generate a lot of views and/or subscriptions but will mean more to me in the long run.
Hmm this was short wasn't it.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Still I am not giving up but the jobs are indeed getting harder to come by even just for applying for things though that is more of a time of the year problem then necessarily the global economic crisis. I need a job something to bring me back into a more routine way of life at the moment I am just drifting and I can't stay like this much longer.
I still have some hobbies that I get on with, several blogs on a wide array of subjects, writing stories and of course doing the whole forum and discussion thing online mostly Heroes in that case.
Well I am hoping that my Internet problems will be resolved by the new year so that should help in a number of ways and definitely will help to reveal the boredom. It also makes applying for jobs from sites much easier too when you are not worrying about the site crashing halfway through an eight page application.
Girls who are taken should have to wear T-shirts. Perhaps a bit autocratic I know but then maybe we can compromise and they can change their damn facebook details to reflect the fact would definitely lessen truly uncomfortable moments.
No Heroes and other TV reviews this time I am too upset about other things keep checking back though Heroes pauses for the Winter break soon so I will definitely be discussing what I think about the first half of the season.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT HEROES SEASON 3. Not a lot just references to actors who are still about for instance.
Anyway my only worry about Heroes at the moment is Ali Larter's character. Whats going on there exactly? Hmm I feel a headache coming on. I mean they have literally by seemingly saying goodbye to Micha gotten rid of the only thing that made Nikki bearable in the first place. Now there were three? Though we were always told they were twins because that... makes... sense...
Computer problems means I don't know when I will put up my episode reviews but they have been written in pencil in my little notebook so they will be around in due course. Anyway let us hope that things keep on going this swimmingly all season I can't look away :)
Friday, October 3, 2008
Yes it is back and finally. Indeed friends the wait has been too long but now it is back and here in the UK we the chance to see the first two episodes of the series in one night, unlike the Americans though we had to wait 15 minutes and switch channels. Though you could choose to watch the Heroes Unmasked show but in the past at least that show is horrible for explaining away all the fun of watching Heroes so personally I tend to give it a miss.
The episodes were incredible what a way to premiere I just could not look away even for a seond. Add to that all those easter eggs that they dropped in for us fans and the revelations about things that gave me worse headaches then Parkman dealing with the Hatian Sensation. I won't talk about them now as at the moment at least in an effort to keep the blog and the dream alive I'm rewatching the first episode and taking notes where anything particularly memorable takes place.
The return of Heroes also means the return of 10th Wonder. HANDS DOWN (wonder where I picked that up from) my favourite Heroes podcast apparently they are also the guys behind a Smallville one which I have not listened to. I like their insights and how incredibly positive they are about the series which helps a lot if you were like me during the 2nd season. So I encourage you to go there and check them out and their forums too which are pretty cool and are episode specific which goes some way to preventing spoilers in the case of different dates for shows going out.
Anyway thats enough for now I need to go find some cash to buy some popcorn of minstrels for the 2nd viewing. I hope you guys are as excited as I am. Also I am on TV.com here so you can check that out for sporadic reviews of episodes if you are so inclined though I cannot think why.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
It is interesting looking at these sorts of stories being so far away but the way that the UK public and more to the point the UK media looks at things will never cease to amaze me. The main good thing to come from this story though is the fact that the edies (is that how you spell it) and flood defenses have held so that there won't be the same kind of devastating flooding as before.
Sorry for such a short post there may be another later.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I need to find some more alternative news sites to get some information from though I do listen to a Jamaican radio station that also broadcasts online could not find any Antiguan ones that did.
Don't worry should be posting again soon.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I can't be sure but it must have been awhile since my last World of Warcraft post if I have in fact ever done one dedicated solely to WoW. I tried to do this yesterday but I was at work and couldn't transfer my thoughts to my e-mail to expand upon later. It was time for a post though as my 1 year WoW anniversary has come around. I have managed in my year of playing WoW to level a SP all the way to 70 to take part in a Kara raid and to find myself stuck on 374 tailoring for attempts on end =o(
This bank holiday (in the UK) I finally got back into doing some adventuring around Azeroth andn Outland. Highlights included farming thick leather for my 225 leatherworker and running 9 dailies to get more money to spend on netherweave.
Thats all for now folks keep adventuring
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Things such as the Russia – Georgia Situation
The possibility of the end of Free Internet
China, The Olympics and Protests
You know however that this blog is not just about world news I also talk about entertainment mainly in the form of US and Japanese shows. I also talk about books and at the moment the book most in my thoughts has been Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meier so there may be a review or at least a small editorial about it.So keep an eye out for things to come and please let me apologise for the lack of activity recently.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Even your humble blogger has been affected - well sort of. I was unemployed before this really blew and still am now. I tell you now I would very much rather be on the other side. In fact I have been out of work long enough according to the government that I really should take anything thrown at me and to help me on my way they told me to take out a 12 week work placement with an employer. Sounds interesting it gets more interesting when you start looking at all the details.
Apparently it must be local because they will pay your transport, GREAT so if like me you live in a town not renowned for its employment opportunities you are perhaps disadvantaged. If your ideal job role is administrative then my friend you are about to be violated I am afraid.
A gripe I had was I managed to set up a work placement all by myself in a week, a WEEK which would have actually would have improved my CV (which is very nice thank you) but no it would have cost them too much so I get sent to an unnamed department store for "clerical" which turns out to be me doing nothing but manual labour which will prove a great addition to my CV. (Can you get the sarcasm I'm not a great writer yet so I have to drop hints).
Anyway it is good to be back people and I want to hang around this time.
Happy stuff, Burn Notice is back and still smoking EXCELLENT people. Apparently Heroes is doing a Lost as in showing US/UK at basically the same time which I think you will agree is damn impressive especially as it will be on a Terrestrial channel i.e. the kind people in the UK get for free, if you forget that whole TV licence charge you can't get away from.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Yes yes thanks to the magibonfan blog for this information, which seems pretty accurate after checking out the footage. That video is here not sure how long it will be there though. Magibon more than most seem to generate a whole lot of derision and criticism, her videos are weird so I can partly understand some of it but a lot of it is just the same nasty remarks you always get on youtube videos with more than about 5 comments but with her it just goes on and on.
From my initial research, which I may have mentioned before it, seems she was part of an anime based forum community and fell out with them. I have no idea why Magibon has got so big so fast or well I have a couple of ideas, she is as cute as your average anime girl with hmm lets just say a great body so that must help.
Let me tell you what I need more of, MORE DEMOCRACY, that doesn’t mean more pointless votes in almost empty chambers in parliament but more talking to people on the street, MORE real information and less of this SPIN that allows the media to lead the majority of the public around by the nose, immigration anyone there is so much bullshit slung around by both sides of the argument here we might as well be living on a pig farm. Anyway enough of a rant onto the next story.
Do you remember way back when those sailors were picked up because they were supposedly on the wrong side of the waters between Iran and Iraq. Do you recall for awhile there it really looked like things were about to go into full ass kicking gun shooting mode? Well you also recall it didn’t and in the end we had soldiers selling stories which did not go down well and it seemingly ended there. Strangely enough after hearing this on BBC FiveLive for like 2 minutes a search of the BBC news websites reveals nothing but then to be fair that site has never been the easiest to search through for specific stories unless they are the absolute headlines.
A bad joke. If you are the world affairs/political type then you know about Zimbabwe and the election that never was. Unfortunately the UK and aftermath of colonialism means thatthings don’t always run smoothly and even those with noble intentions can be seduced by power. I do not believe that Mugabe was the way he is now when he was first leading an independent and vibrant Zimbabwe and I can even understand that the UK does not want to intervene due to its past connections. However once you set the line by joining up with the American idea of righting wrongs wherever you view them, after all Iraq certainly wasn’t about oil and we sort of proved that it was not about immediate danger from phantom weapons so it must have been about increasing democracy so lets go spread some more democracy now.
Another bad joke and another reason why I ended my love affair with the Olympics. First off why do we have Chinese security types running through the streets of London last time I checked we pay taxes so we can have our own police and what not to take care of things in our own damn country it is an insult to say we could not take care of it ourselves and I believe it helped to make the protests worse than they otherwise might have been. To stand by an allow China with its human rights record to hold the Olympics is just insane, INSANE. We go to Afghanistan and Iraq accuse Iraq of working with Al Qaeda with no proof, yet we all remember the videos of the horror seen at Tiananmen Square if that is not worth a few precision guided American missiles I don’t know what is.
For all those sports stars who want to keep politics out of sport they must have missed the UK based commercials from our last election, which basically said politics is everything. Also look at Apratheid and what the UK did then apparently now that we are hosting the Olympics after them and might lose some money we suddenly don’t mind tyrannical and oppressive regimes. I always thought the UK was a place that had integrity I was wrong.
Damn I am all ranted out and I did not get a chance to talk about Throttling the Internet which Sexy Phil pointed me too. Check his video for details.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
So it has still been unpacking, cleaning and setting things up to make things as comfortable as possible. Even got to watch some TV which was nice but soon my replacement charger will soon be here and the other computer will be back online soon.
Not much else to report here so will talk soon.
Monday, April 7, 2008
I'm back but different. I have moved the operation and myself to new digs in fact as I write this I am starting my first full day here. It has some problems probbaly down to my love of the high life but overall this place is great. As a result of the move over the last few weeks and copious amounts of paperwork and form filling I am a bit behind in my usual consideration entertainment available either by TV and the Net.
Things I am looking forward to:
- Battlestar Galactica
- Naruto Shippuuden
Don't really have anything else that I am aware of to be honest but I will be checking my podcasts and checking various sites to see if there is something that at the moment I am missing. Don't worry though it just means most likely that the next few posts will be about news items as opposed to TV.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Hands down. Hands down. This video sums it up for me shows the best part of YouTube and talks about some of the worst parts of being a YouTuber. I don’t even usually watch FiveAwesomeGirls but I know people who watch it obsessively and I recognised the young lady and clicked because she was on the videos being watched right now animated thingy and I was glad I did.
Hmm I like that name might have to make me a logo for that.
Its OVER ZOMG!
The one show to keep it real and go 23 episodes in this rather messed up TV season, very strange especially when you think the first season was like 10 or 12 episodes and the third season is being reported to be a half season of 10 episodes. It has never failed to keep me entertained for a single episode. I think the acting too has stepped up to the next level where in the past it was a little wooden from time to time which is understandable if you have to play a teenager who doesn’t even know what emotions are.
Died and then came back while the first 2 episodes were strong I was not so sure about episode 4 and it got me back into my old habit of leaving Jericho episodes till the end of the week after watching all the other things I like to look at from around the world. It is getting better though, it is good to see the Mayor back in town.
Leona Lewis Number One in the US who’d have thunk it. I think it is very impressive even if I am not a fan of the show that spawned her success, lets just hope she does better than Robbie did over there.
Monday, March 17, 2008
UK oath of allegiance
(See it at http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/03/11/uk.oath.ap/index.html)
Lord Goldsmith has written up plans for school children to swear allegiance to the queen to promote a sense of British culture. This has been big on Radio Five Live, which is all I listen to radio wise. If Radio Five is a reasonable reflection of the public then the public is not wholly behind the idea. Indeed it seems the most contentious issue is swearing allegiance to the Queen and I tend to agree, the country please and the not the outdated idea of the monarchy. I heard the allegiance for new citizens which mentions democracy and being a loyal subject all in the same paragraph. Also the Scottish Government are going nuts about it so that should prove interesting.
Too much time on my hands means that I am forever having a look around to see what is to be seen on YouTube and these are the channels I think are pretty good.
Making education sexy saw this totally by accident as a result of looking at the next person on the list. You can look at this one of two ways of course I prefer the good way which encourages men and women who have never looked at education before to give it a shot.
The Phillip DeFranco show which in fact is a guy Vlogging about various news stories of the week. This is more than its description my first lead you to believe it is definitely worth taking a look at. This guy is funny and at ease in front of the camera, yes he brings his own views but he does not shove it down our throats.
Anyway that is enough from me might be again away for awhile subject to Internet access at the new place but I won’t be of for too long I couldn’t stand it.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Hey I’m very very happy to see that in all likelihood the WGA strike is over but me probably like most of you are wondering about how much damage has been done to the TV schedules. Living in the UK looking at the way that the US organises it TV scheduling gives me a headache. By the look of things having a quick look at a few news sites tells me Heroes won’t be back (which I knew from spending so much time on TV.com forums) and also it seems Chuck won’t be coming back till the autumn which is a real shame it is the first comedy show that I have deemed worthy in years most new comedies just seem to pass me by. Hmm thinking about it this also means that the Oscars will be ok if you are into your awards ceremonies.
According to Cash Peters the following shows that matter as edited by me are gone as in cancelled.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Absolutely awesome I really hope that Cash has got it wrong in this case and that it will stick around for a season or two I mean the hype alone got most of us prepared to give it some time and I like what I have seen so far. There was like a 2-month teaser campaign in the UK that’s crazy and unheard of in most cases.
The Bionic Woman
I didn’t think I would like this show but I do now maybe it is the British attraction I don’t know but I am sorry to see it go. It is interesting to note that Flash Gordon managed to make it to the end of its run but that is probably down to being on the Sci-Fi channel, it is a shame that networks can be so timid. Flash Gordon was actually pretty intriguing I rate it more fun than forcing myself through Smallville these days more Lana drama than I can manage.
A guilty pleasure but no more apparently this one has called it quits too.
You know what they are still doing that inquest thing, biggest waste of money I can think of at the moment soon to be eclipsed once the national ID scheme goes ahead though. Diana’s death is one of those incidents people either buy the cover story or they won’t simple as that no amount of hearings will change that. It is best we just let it drop of the news radar surely.
Nope not the little bloodsuckers but something else entirely. Apparently hearing loss begins in your twenties so this one security expert guy made a siren that only young people can hear and has successfully marketed as a way of keeping children away. I say children the public would call them ‘scum’, ‘feral youths’ or ‘ne’er do wells’ ok maybe not the last one but I’m feeling a bit old school. I was just surprised that this technology existed I honestly thought it was a joke for awhile.
And that’s the week that was. Goodbye and be safe.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
People are talking about recession not that it affects me my main concern is procuring full time employment which in my view is just a s hard as it always has been. Slightly annoyed too had to turn down some part time work as the people who wanted it done called me the morning of, to somehow get to the place of work which is 40 miles away in around half an hour which was just stupid.
I’m still waiting to here about a job I applied for I will definitely be mailing them on Monday. It is a joke how companies treat people who are just trying to get a job, I was told that I would be informed regardless of the result 2 weeks ago and nothing.
This girl is going to be huge.
That’s enough of the negative, recently I have been just beginning to see past the surface of YouTube. Getting involved as much as I can without ay decent equipment, I have been branching out from the mostly Harry Potter related stuff that I look at to some music artists and the 5awesomegeeks channel.
ZOMG! Shaft is on the TV.
Not with Richard Roundtree at the helm but Samuel L Jackson. I caught it myself awhile ago it is an alright film, very different from the original but hey times have moved on.
Anyway that is enough for now.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Anyway had a Subway sandwich and some Subway cookies. Do they have Subway cookies in America or are they like muffins instead? Hmm that is indeed a question worthy of deep thought.
That is my day my catch up on some American TV later and then this week maybe do an update of the American shows that have been on maybe even talk about that Smallville episode.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Other YouTube news in my opinion these videos/Channels are awesome like Captain Awesome (10 points for those of you who know who I mean).
tokenblackchic Fighting back against the haters
sooz5 A great idea that I hope to post a reply to
jerryhcooke A reply to the above video
Britney in trouble again
In other news Britney has had her father put in temporary control of her affairs which when I thought about it, I was like “WAAAAAAAAAH” that is huge and really bad. I have had dark days but probably not as bad as that and I certainly didn’t have the whole world sitting back and watching me do it. Britney get well soon and prove the haters wrong.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Recently though I am trying to bury the hatchet with some people who I have disagreed with in the past. Hmm, as an experiment I think the results are still somewhat out and the ball is in their corner really, not much else I can do. I’ll keep you posted on whether or not those people accept my overtures of peace.
Hmm what else asked out a hot girl, something I feel you must do in your life you know just to tell your grandkids or just random kids (lol) that you didn’t spend your whole life as a pussy. Unfortunately it didn’t work out in a way that I had planned for. Now you see I thought incorrectly that she would say yes or no. I was wrong she instead decided to let me know in another way that perhaps there were other suitors before me in the queue so to speak. It wasn’t subtle but it did result in my getting the message so back to the old drawing board eh.
That is enough for now bloggers. Invite your friends.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Yes in this blog I will be talking about my minor obsession YouTube. I can’t tell you how many accounts I have went through lol now I have settled on one and now I have to figure out what to put up for my own content.
So far I have two ideas:
Buy an acoustic guitar and try to learn stuff
Get my bass out of storage and brush up on my skills
Buy a Lightsaber FX and make some hilarious videos
Anyway as well trying to get viewed YouTube is also great for watching other people. One of my favourite people has just left YouTube though probably the second person I subscribed to girl who called herself Abbegirl. Blonde hot and funny.
I just checked again and mysteriously all the videos but one, which had been deleted, have now been returned guess there was something up with my subscription page.
Still I can still talk about her because she is cool, and totally gorgeous, I found her channel as a result of looking at stuff from Minouye no idea how I found his videos the first time. Anyway my favourite videos of hers had to be “Midnight Snack” and “Abbe’s Halloween”.
The second channel is Mririan. Big Anime eyes not a lot to say and even when she does speak it is in Japanese. What a strange American girl she is. Still as a YouTuber she is a phenomenon with 15k subscribers, which is a good start, and she is already well ranked in the monthly subscription races. The questions though are still lingering is she another lonelygirl15, the production values seem a little bit lower this time and one could assume she does not have anyone writing a script for her as she barely ever speaks. The speaking in Japanese though bit mysterious; though it is a language like any other I think it is more that we don’t expect a Caucasian teenager to be speaking it.
Anyway she is good looking (or just cute if she is underage) with those big eyes and her love of staring at the screen. So she will continue to attract new subscribers at least until she gets rumbled.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Other than that wow I just got the news on Heath Ledger died, it is certainly not for me to speculate on how or why he died but the press certainly already have. They made it clear that they blamed press intrusions and drugs for his death in some sort of suicide. It is a shame such a young man is gone. I heard good things about his role as Joker now I wonder what happens to that film.
RIP Heath Ledger (1979 - 2008)
Sorry can't really say much after that.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Just a random thing I saw while looking at one of those international stories not to bash Americans because I don’t have a problem with them I love their top TV, Heroes, Dexter, The Unit and things like that, of course I am well aware that they also make a lot of dren too, proportionally perhaps even more than we do here in the UK but I would have to let a government funded research team work that out for me – enquiring minds need to know.
Zoey 101 magazine now for sale in the UK that made me laugh and laugh. “Learn to do your hair just like Zoey” just perhaps try to keep your legs shut eh? I don’t like to judge but the British public certainly does so I thought it was strange that they did not pull the plug on this particular magazine.
Terminator – The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Again thanks to my time machine I have had a look at the first episode of this new series from the Terminator franchise. Lets just try and forget that last film because it really stunk up the place after the brilliance of T2. But onto this show, first things first it has Thomas Dekker in it; you know the gay one from Heroes. Yes his character was meant to be gay but the agent heard about it and nixed the idea (agents no matter what the industry seem to be evil lol).
It also has Summer Glau in it who I immediately recognised as Tess from The 4400 another one of the my favourite American shows, she is my age bit scary and very hard to except as someone who was in High School but hey you got to let the early things go or you will never watch any dramatic TV at all.
I liked it and I look forward to seeing the next few episodes but again with the WGA strike not looking like it will end anytime soon how many episodes is there? And if you did not know the pilot season is nearly open us it gets closer to the likelihood of no new US TV in 2008.
P.S. For those of you who know what dren is award yourself 10 points for your superior choice in quality TV and leave a comment with where the word comes from. You can then decide where the blog goes for its next entry or something whatever you would like.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
In other news Kyle XY is continuing on, which is just kind of odd really a 3-month gap from when the last episode came on. For those of you not in the know Kyle XY tells the story of a mysterious boy who appears to be a teenager but is other than that a blank slate. We see him face the trials and tribulations of being a teenager as well as learning about his mysterious powers and who he really is. It is a great show and was picked up by Trouble here in the UK not sure if it is still on though.
The strike is still with us but at least shows like this remind me why I rather watch US TV at 50% then most of what the UK offers in terms of repeats I mean programming. Still I am eagerly anticipating Torchwood coming on tomorrow especially as James Marsters will be appearing in one episode.
Itunes and Apple – I can’t say I am a huge fan of Apple personally ha an apple news story has just come on BBC News 24 about their new super thin notebook “MacBook Air” anyway I don’t have a problem with Macs never had the chance to use one myself not being much of a design head. Although to be fair dealing with Apple users and their incredibly high opinion of themselves and their strange belief that they are virus proof, it is just that no one can be bothered to try.
My problems tend to be around Itunes and Apple’s pricing policies for those of us unlucky enough to live in the UK. Itunes as a software is annoying I don’t want it but it does not seem to get the point, unfortunately Apple have managed to manoeuvre QuickTime as the film trailer’s industry codec of choice so you install QuickTime and then get Itunes doing its best impression of spyware constantly asking you to install it so it can do god knows what to your existing MP3 collection. No I don’t use an Ipod and while I do subscribe to a number of podcasts I had to persevere with Juice, there is nothing wrong with it but so many podcasters believe that MP3 player means Ipod they tend not to build in any contingencies for non-ipod users to work with which can be a total nightmare and probably means I listen to less podcasts than I might otherwise do.
Anyway that is enough blogging. For now. Mahahahaha.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Now on to the News…
I was a big fan of Marion Jones former women’s Team USA basketballer then came out of nowhere to take the athletics world by storm. Then her husband got caught doping and it all changed she was dirty by association and then years later it was all proven correct she had been taking performance enhancing drugs for years perhaps all through her career it just kind of leaves an athletics fan a bit numb to be honest.
What doesn’t help is the way the UK media report it like a jealous ex trying to stick the knife in, with this sort of holier than thou attitude as if UK athletes have never tested positive for drugs. It sickens me to be honest, even now I can remember a special on the doping regimes in the East back in the 80s they went after the athletes who back then had no idea what they were being systematically given by their governments and the effects it would have in later life.
I can remember Paula Radcliffe protesting at a European Championship I think it was about an athlete who had challenged and somehow got around a positive drug test, she went on and on over various BBC shows and probably others but then when UK athletes tested positive she was strangely quiet then especially strange as she had been on Championship teams with them and again she failed to speak out when Ohurugu missed her drug testing appointments. I could go on but anyone who watches BBC coverage of sport should notice how Nationalistic and verging on Xenophobic it get.
Hmm oh well that’s enough of that.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Sorry for the short rant piece spent most of my time concocting a covering letter that will hopefully get my CV read. I should be a little more free with the time next post I hope. Plus I am making some changes to the blog personalising a bit with things you might find interesting or you might not either way it is nice to make an effort.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Still in my own life I am weighing up whether or not to buy an acoustic guitar. Hmm choices choices.
Monday, January 7, 2008
I saw the Bishop’s statement well a bit of it showed by the mass media and to be honest I found it a bit hard to swallow. It is an interesting situation that the bishop himself is Asian and from the sub continent apparently with a history of attacking Muslims. The Muslim organisation represented on the Stephen Nolan show talked of the Incitement to Religious Hatred law and reporting the Bishop to police but to be honest if Nick Griffin and the BNP can stay on the right side of the law I tend to think that the law is an ass in this case.
We shall see though and the debate should be interesting although of course boundaries will be crossed and the actual debate will be lost amongst everyone’s feelings of diversity being forced upon them or being hounded for just not being white.
“You can’t say what you think” that is a quote from the media coverage surrounding this storage, well it all depends on what you think doesn’t it and also how you say it. The minute however you say that to someone with their strong feelings they feel as if they are being censored which is odd because there is no such thing as free speech and they should have realised that by now. Anyway cutting short the rant here something that was mentioned during the above mentioned radio show is perhaps this idea of Muslim Extremist controlled “NO GO” areas is being mixed up with racial tensions in certain areas. That certainly doesn’t make it right but by confusing the two issues all that will be result is the worsening of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.
When I think of the idea of “NO GO” areas I think is this just because areas that have high Muslim and ethnic minority population as a result of bad social policy and the ghetto-ising (probably not a word) of certain areas in towns and cities with large minority populations back in 70s and 80s. Perhaps that unenlightened idea of just keeping all the immigrants separate left them feeling oh I don’t know somewhat disconnected as well as leaving white people who now live near the areas feeling a bit apprehensive of these people who have been here but separate for decades.
If one tries looking it is amazing what can be seen.
Can’t we all just get along?
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Anyway I found myself thinking about how many fandoms I consider myself a member of. First and foremost I guess is Harry Potter because it seems that fandom is just very good at bringing themselves together through things like online groups, premieres, special podcasts and conventions. It is certainly one of the biggest fandoms around but it is not the only one.
Another fandom I am a fan of is Anime. For you that don’t know what anime is basically it refers to Japanese cartoons. Don’t ask me how you pronounce it I do it my way others do other ways, anyway amines you have likely heard include Dragonball Z Crying Freeman and Death Note. This is probably the fandom that I have been involved with the longest but it is a lot more disparate than the Harry Potter fandom but all over the world you’ll find people who know what Akira is and why it is amazing.
Anyway at the moment I am trying to now build up a list of anime series, which I will be discussing in a future blog.
STOP THE PRESS
Torchwood is back; I just saw an announcement for it on the BBC. It is an awesome show; to me it shows off everything that is wrong with Doctor Who. Which in case you did not know suffers from the problem from having 12 or 14 episodes but actually only about 4 episodes worth of anything remotely interesting to watch at most in a season it is a shame when you have two stars with as much going for them as David Tennant and Freema Agyeman so it is a shame they did nothing with it. Torchwood as well as its more adult theme compared to Doctor Who’s family centred approach allows it to play closer to the core ideals of Science Fiction, dark and grey and futuristic. Anyway I’ll be watching I hope you can too.
I intensely dislike writing about the whole entertainment industry thing as in celebs I love talking about films and TV shows for instance. However it would be remiss for me as a blogger to leave out this whole thing with Britney sent to hospital because she refused to give the kids back. I actually saw some celeb correspondent on TV say that this could be the golden moment, she can now get help for obvious emotional troubles and turn her life around.
Maybe or maybe this whole sick voyeur like stage show will continue on for far longer than anyone like myself would want. Britney is my age freaky stuff all that success so young but then I would not wish what she goes through now on anyone, and there are some people in this world I truly dislike.
Other than that it has been a quiet newsday with earlier news stories continuing like Kenya and the American Elections so that is all we have for today folks.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The News as Shaft sees it.
In the news today things that have peaked my interest.
On Wednesday the 2nd January there was a hacker attack on MuggleNet and since then they have put up a notice and included a review of the year that was. MuggleNet if you didn’t know is the premiere Harry Potter fansite set up by Emerson Spartz in 1999. It is an award-winning site that also launched its own Podcast MuggleCast, which is a current top ten Podcast on Podcast Alley.
Just took me by surprise when I checked it this morning just have a quick look at all things Harry Potter for the last month or so only to see that there had been an attack and that the site won’t be back online in the short term till they find the problem and get it sorted.
Joey Barton released on bail
I just thought it was weird they kept him in over New Years I mean he is famous and less likely to you know hastily leave the country than most. Still they are the legal eagles so they must know what they are doing right? Whether or not he is guilty not so interesting to me and the press will no doubt spin it out endlessly till everyone is sick of it I just think at this point things are a little interesting.
Kid gets £3000 mobile bill
UK story. Hilarious story but obviously not for the family involved. A kid 17 years old if you are interested at all decided to use his mobile as a modem to connect to the Internet. He then apparently managed to rack up a bill of £3000 the report seemed to indicate that it happened in a day but that is somewhat hard to except. To me it just shows once again big business, surely after he went past £200 in a small amount of time alarm bells and notifications should have happened especially as it was seemingly a new contract.
On the other side however it also goes to say something about responsibility. Should a 17 year old have a contract mobile paid for by their mother? Also through the fine art of interview we found out that she also pays for his girlfriend’s but we didn’t get to find out why that was.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The Black Sisters
Only Harry Potter enthusiasts of the higher orders would realise who these wizard rockers are. They are also YouTube film-makers with over 100 videos dedicated to the world of Harry Potter. Their latest video was called confessions and celebrates their first year at YouTube and they come clean about a lot of things. Too hard to explain to non-Potter fans but I still thought it deserved to be included in my sum up of interesting things in media. The video is here
Drinking in the UK
On a radio phone in today they were asking why the British drink as much as they do indeed so much more than the rest of Europe. Most people who called in did seem to be actually taking it seriously and a few different reasons were given. The most popular answer was indeed "living for the weekend" with such justifications as the amount of hours the British public do as to why they tend to drink so hard. Sounds reasonable and would surely point the government in a different direction than constantly putting up the prices of alcohol in its various forms as a form of solution. It must be more than that though but don't ask me what it is. No doubt it will be on some panel show in the near future.
Thats enough for now will add some more when I find more interesting stories to comment on.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
My favourite film of the year - The Brave One
Not sure why just had lots of fun watching it. I guess because by my nature I rarely browse much past the action and martial arts flicks to be fair this one as sooon as I saw the ads on TV was one I had to see and I was impressed by it.
My worst film of the year - Spider-man 3
Stank up the place terribly had no idea what it wanted to do. Lots of pointless weird scenes that I can't understand why they were forced into it.
Favourite Anime of the Year - Naruto Shippuuden
Not sure if it is spelt right there may or may not be too many "P"s in it. Got to love this show and finally after a long wait for its loyal fans it has finished with the filler crap that was driving most of us insane and got back to a kick ass storyline that continues the growth of Naruto and his friends through a time jump of two years and his return to the village determined to find and rescue Sasuke.
That is all for now I might continue on with this later.