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It’s been a pretty quiet stretch of time between [livejournal.com profile] dougs and [livejournal.com profile] julia_winolj’s wedding and the present day, so I apologise for the dearth of updates. I’m going to attempt to paint you all a word picture of what’s been happening since my last update, so strap in!

The cinema has played a large role in recent weeks. Films! )

What else have I been up to? Well, my mother and father came over last weekend and did a spot of shopping, very kindly buying me breakfast at Mrs Bridges Tea Room (one of my very favourite places!) before dropping me at [livejournal.com profile] himedark’s place for the watching of Eurovision. [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman was there, alongside the other regulars from that social group. Li very kindly gave me the remnants of her Chinese food, which was ace, before we settled down to watch the crazy Europop. I didn’t think that this year was as good as previous years from the totally mental perspective, but it was still fun (to be fair, the beer and the amaretto probably helped).

I think that’s everything for now, but I’ll keep trying to keep you guys updated on the mundane life of me!
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It’s been a pretty quiet stretch of time between [livejournal.com profile] dougs and [livejournal.com profile] julia_winolj’s wedding and the present day, so I apologise for the dearth of updates. I’m going to attempt to paint you all a word picture of what’s been happening since my last update, so strap in!

The cinema has played a large role in recent weeks. Films! )

What else have I been up to? Well, my mother and father came over last weekend and did a spot of shopping, very kindly buying me breakfast at Mrs Bridges Tea Room (one of my very favourite places!) before dropping me at [livejournal.com profile] himedark’s place for the watching of Eurovision. [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman was there, alongside the other regulars from that social group. Li very kindly gave me the remnants of her Chinese food, which was ace, before we settled down to watch the crazy Europop. I didn’t think that this year was as good as previous years from the totally mental perspective, but it was still fun (to be fair, the beer and the amaretto probably helped).

I think that’s everything for now, but I’ll keep trying to keep you guys updated on the mundane life of me!
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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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So, it's been almost two weeks since my last update to LiveJournal, and that doesn't bode well for the rest of 2010, but let's try to rectify that now.

The night of the last entry saw me go out for drinks with my friend Jim and his girlfriend, whom I had not met before (even though they've been dating for about a year now!). There were a couple of other people there, but both of them had to leave fairly early and quite a few other people couldn't make it, which was a shame. Other than that, my last days in Peterborough passed fairly uneventfully, much to my disappointment, and a date I was supposed to have never got back to me (although such things are always a good way of weeding out the people who don't have the manners to let you know!).

On the university front, well, I went back to Leicester on Wednesday 6th January to hang out with uni people and get some revision done. The revision, I think, went well – I'm hopeful that I got a 2:1 in that module, but we shall see. I don't want to hex it! Had a meeting with the supervisor for my second semester project, which sounds really interesting, because it's about the effects of a star's rotating magnetic field on its protoplanetary disc. Also had an interview (which turned out to be an oral exam in disguise!) about my first semester project, which was interesting but really boring simultaneously. Lectures start again properly on Thursday or Friday next week, so hopefully I can write some of my assignment before that happens (but then again, pigs could fly...).

Gamesoc starts up again on Monday, which is the day I return to Leicester for the Lent term. I'm looking forward to this term, but unfortunately, the rebuilding of the Union is playing havoc with our established calendar of events. This term, I'd like to see the return of both the charity boardgames social and the Geek Quiz, but there's nowhere in the SU that could realistically host either event, which might make things significantly more difficult! I'm sure we'll muddle through.

At the moment, I'm sharing a room with my oldest brother, and all four siblings are in Peterborough together. The youngest of us had an A-level exam, which I don't think he was very confident about, but I'm sure he did well. Dave's going back home tomorrow, I believe, and James leaves on Monday. We have had a good laugh whilst they've both been visiting, and it's always hard saying goodbye to James because I very rarely get to see him and I miss him quite a lot most of the time! Obviously, I'd never let that slip, though...

I don't think there is really anything else to report at the moment. I'm still looking forward to seeing someone when I get back to uni, and I'm currently listening to some music which is something I don't do enough of. I bought The Hangover: Unrated on iTunes today so I want to watch that at some point, but apparently James didn't find it very funny, so I'm not sure I'll be able to do that before getting back to Leicester. I'm also going to treat myself to a new TPB tomorrow afternoon, I think.

I'm sleepy, but I don't want to stop listening to music. Annoyingly, I can't take my headphones out because I'm sharing this room. I'm sure I'll work something out, though, so until next time, ciao!
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I got the idea for this from [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker: Perform a search for films rated 70% and over by over 10,000 voters on IMDb, go through the list and get all the films that you have seen that appear. Then bold the ones you would recommend to a friend, and italicise films you only saw clips from.

My list of the best of the Noughties )

It's worth noting that there are a couple of films in that list, like Ice Age, that were good fun but I wouldn't recommend to a friend or rush to see again. Feel free to yell at me in the comments!
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Long time no blog!

Let's see, what have I been up to? Well, firstly, I visited Bristol with my parents to see the Banksy exhibition currently installed there. We arrived in the city on the Saturday afternoon and had a quick look around the shops and suchlike before going into town earlyish on the Sunday morning to queue for the exhibition. As it turned out, the queue in question was around three hours long so I nipped off to go shopping and bought a shiny new iPhone, getting back just as the queue reached the entrance to the museum and then taking an extreme amount of photos of the exhibition itself (around 150 which I culled to 80, which will eventually make their way to Facebook).

Then, after that weekend, I hopped onto a train from Bristol to Nottingham to go and see Bill Bailey. I was a bit apprehensive after having seen his latest DVD (which has several flaws, not least of which is the fact it just isn't very amusing), but I really enjoyed it, and I was laughing for most of the two and a half hours he was on stage. All in all a damn fine night out!

Then, later that week I saw Ice Age 3. It's a very good sequel, managing to be (in my opinion) better than its two predecessors, and has Simon Pegg in it, which was ace. It also has dinosaurs. On the subject of films, last week I went to see Moon starring Sam Rockwell, which is a brilliant film! You should all go and watch it if you haven't already. Ditto The Hangover but for different reasons altogether.

As I typed this, I was staying in Cambridge with [livejournal.com profile] aeglefinus and his wife, but didn't manage to get to Wi-Fi until today. A Constitution con report is on its way!
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Right then. Firstly, I'll be writing and editing the newsletter at LX... I also plan to be spending some time on [livejournal.com profile] zz9's table in the Dealers' Room and I want to gopher for an hour or two (probably on the Friday or Monday) if I get bored, but here are the seven panels you'll be able to see me on during the convention:

Saturday

14:00: Fanzines 101
"Find out more about the mysteries of fanzines. Some current editors tell you how easy it is to publish within the fannish community." [Guess this means I really do have to write the seventh issue of Procrastinations in time for LX, then...]

17:00: SF, technology and games
"Almost every SF trend, from artificial intelligence to virtual reality, was embraced by the gaming industry first (or at least that's what some gamers like to think). But what has the gaming world really been like over these last few decades? How did it compare to what SF promised us it would be? Which are the noteworthy games in this regard, past and future? And where is the industry really heading to?"

21:00: Adapting comics for the big screen
"What makes a good adaptation of a comic book - faithfulness to the text, or willingness to change it for the screen? Can you film the unfilmable? What makes The Dark Knight so good, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen so bad?" [I'd have several interesting things to say on this subject but given I'm moderating and there are some very loud people on the panel already, I reckon I'm going to spend most of my time desperately trying to maintain a pretence of control on a sinking ship... Ought to be a whole lot of fun!]

Sunday

11:00: Twitter: Ego boosting, or information busting?
"Twitter has recently hit the news and is the latest internet fashion. Is it full of trivia, rubbish and egotistical nonsense, or is it a useful tool for collecting information and communicating? This panel takes a look at how Twitter is developing and it's potential impact on the Internet."

20:00: Couldn't I just waste him with my crossbow?
"What if books were more like games, with no need to take into account pesky things such as plot lines and narrative coherence? What alignment would Gandalf be? How many hit points does one give Sauron? Couldn't Bilbo just jump on Gollum's head? A humoristic look at how famous (and not so famous) works of fiction would have played out."

Monday

11:00: Conventions and breaking them, or lifting up your game!
"Does a role-playing group have to be fun with dice and pizzas, or running around the woods with a plastic sword? Can your game feel more like a literary masterpiece? A comic? A screenplay? Our panel discuss techniques and experiences from their own gaming groups."

12:30 Battlestar Galactica
"The much-praised show has come to an end. Did it live up to the promise of the early seasons, or lose its way in the end? How will it be remembered?" [Note to self: watch last three episodes of BSG before Easter.]

Star Wars

Jan. 15th, 2009 04:00 pm
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I couldn't not reproduce this for people who don't read [livejournal.com profile] stevegreen's LJ. It's brilliant.


Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.

Cinema

Dec. 27th, 2008 12:35 am
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Something I didn't know about cinema is that the films are shown at a different framerate to that of a DVD, meaning that typically, a film is 4% shorter on DVD than it is at the cinema. Not a useful piece of information, and not really something that will encourage people to see films on DVD instead (you're saving five minutes per film for a two hour film, so if you saw a film a week you'd save four hours of time a year), but interesting nonetheless!
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I am currently in Hall i' th' Wood, where [livejournal.com profile] supermouse and [livejournal.com profile] da_pol are looking after me. Mouse just cooked venison sausages, wild boar sausages and pork & black pudding sausages. It was very good. :D We are currently playing Zombies!!! and Mouse has now got a Wii with Zelda and Wii Fit.

Yesterday was good. Mouse met me off the train and took me for yummy fried breakfast (involving beans and tomatoes and black pudding and nom nom nom) before we went to the butcher/greengrocer and bought various bits and bobs for eating. Eventually we moved into Manchester, accompanied by Pol, and went to the Arndale Centre to go to the Apple Store so that I could use the new MacBook and MacBook Pro. Forgot to use the new iPod Nano, but c'est la vie.

After that we went to CEX where a Wii was obtained and Pol left me and Mouse to explore Manchester on our own. We went on a big Ferris Wheel thing before eating at a gorgeous Asian restaurant near the Cathedral called Tampopo, which also has branches in Leeds, London and Bristol. It was very nice! We then went to see a film called Eagle Eye at the IMAX at the Odeon, which was a very good film in Large-O-Vision. I <3 Shia LaBeouf. (Also it is one of the best films I've seen in a while when it comes to strong female characters - there are two Federal agents, and one is male, the other female. There are two fugitives - one is male, the other female. There are two strong players in the US military - one is male, the other female. However, most of the background cast are male and the film still fails the Bechdel test - Mouse and I had a long discussion about this last night. Way better than Dark Knight in terms of patriarchy, though!)

Zombies!!! just finished and I'm off to play Castle Wars. TTFN, chaps!
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I really wish I hadn't watched Meaning of Life...it's two hours of my life I'm never going to get back, and also, I'd rather have remembered the Python team as being funny rather than desperate for laughs from crude and ultimately unfulfilling new material. Ah well, at least I've still got the Flying Circus to watch.

McDonald's

Sep. 18th, 2008 11:51 pm
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Something that slipped my mind in the previous post, but I went to McDonald's today and they're doing Star Wars Happy Meals. I now have a Star Wars Happy Meal toy. It's a little Millennium Falcon, and it's got a computer game in it in which you have to shoot the TIE fighters before they destroy you! I am totally in love with it. And this post serves a dual purpose, because if you lot notice that there are cool toys in McDonald's, I EXPECT TO BE NOTIFIED! I may only have days to complete the set of cool Star Wars toys!
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I reckon that Latvia ought to win, but I am wondering why we gave Greece douze. Although, the girl's really quite cute (more cute every time I have another beer)... also, the UK and Finland were two of the better songs, so I'm confused as to why both countries are languishing in the latter ten... Not that I really give a damn, though! Oooo, we just got six points from San Marino. They should be in the contest every year. Loving the "(they speak Serbian)" on the subtitles on Ceefax.

On the geek front, exams are going OK - electromagnetism was a bit hairy but the three maths exams I've had have been alright. We are currently looking into getting a server for the house next year, which will be cool. I am also reinstalling Windows XP on the desktop PC, and I'm going to go and get a new power supply for it tomorrow, with luck. Also, the Penny Arcade video game, On the Rain-Slick Precipice Episode One, is awesome, and any game that's released on Windows and Mac OS X at the same time deserves mention. Go play the demo!

Finally, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls was excellent for the first hour and then the plot got steadily weirder and weirder as the remaining hour went by. I'd give it another watch, though, it's by no means a bad film, although I gather it's doing very poorly in the cinemas at the moment. ETA: Spoilers in the comments.
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I will just say this - the new continuation of Knight Rider (a TV movie broadcast earlier this year in the USA) is made of awesome and win. :D
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I have constructed a poll with three questions, two of which were inspired by people talking about Iron Man yesterday. I am just curious to know which of the below films people thinks is the best superhero movie - the films listed are the films I can see in the appropriate Wikipedia entry that I feel are most likely to be picked.

The other question is based on a movie. That movie was called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and in the runup to the film itself, a comic called Real Life Comics did five comics to mark the occasion. Those five comics were what got me into webcomics, and Real Life is still my favourite as an almost direct result of that. Now, Greg, the writer and artist, offers prints of any comic strip which are signed and sent out to you for $15, so I'm thinking about getting one after the exams. Help me pick!

[Poll #1184557]

In Bruges

Apr. 23rd, 2008 03:04 am
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If you were going to go and see one film this month, In Bruges would be it. I laughed at the strangest things, and it's a really good film, in a really odd way. And the ending is beautiful. Of course, eight of us went to see it and we were the only ones in the theatre, so we got to yell at the screen at the good bits, which always enhances a film! :)
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I really, really want to see Wanted because of the kickass action sequences in the trailer and I want to see In Bruges because it looks hilarious. I would advise watching the trailers I've linked to for examples of what I mean. They look like they'll be made of win.
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I went to see Step Up 2: The Streets yesterday. I am ashamed to report it's really actually rather good. If you can overlook some weak character building (the 'crew' around which the film is based seem to become very good friends very quickly, and what feels like about two days' worth of training montage is clearly intended to be longer...but it wasn't set up very well) and the fact that it has lots and lots of dance music in it, it's awesome. Some of the dance routines are fantastic and I left grinning. Oh, and the main bloke and the main bloke's brother are hot.

Those who like deep/meaningful films should not apply.

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