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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!
johncoxon: ([Apollo] Lift-Off)
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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This is my Constitution con report. Constitution began with me having to run across Peterborough railway station to catch a train, then find a seat, then copy [livejournal.com profile] aeglefinus' number out of my Mac and then ask a stranger to let me use his phone to text him. Rather surprisingly, it all came together and I made it to the convention in time for the opening ceremony, which was good!

More convention behind the cut )

TV

Jun. 24th, 2009 10:09 pm
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If you can watch Famous, Rich and Homeless without getting sad at the end you aren't human...

Dancing

May. 28th, 2009 12:21 pm
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I have a weakness for this. I'm not talking about the dancing you get in clubs, where people just drunkenly move their hips or their bodies to whichever drum beat is going through the room (although, that is also very good fun, as long as the music's right). I'm talking about street dance groups of the same type as Flawless or Diversity (personally I prefer the latter, because they've got a sense of humour, which you'll see in the video if you click through, but the former are extremely talented!).

I must say that I am guilty of being a bit of an idiot about Britain's Got Talent. Despite having seen some brilliant acts on the American equivalent I still haven't been bothering to watch the British version, and that's evidently a mistake (although to be honest, watching the semi-finals might be the way to go, since I'm not so interested in watching people just be rubbish). Some of the acts in the first semi-final were absolutely brilliant (with the notable exception of Susan Boyle, who is just annoying and rubbish and she got the notes wrong and WHY DOES EVERYONE LIKE HER?!).

I don't think there's much point to this blog entry, just wanted to link people to those videos... I've not been very active on LJ recently partly due to exams but partly because most of the things I want to say fit into 140 characters. Sorry guys!
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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.]

Heroes

Sep. 25th, 2007 02:06 pm
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I just watched the first episode of the second series of Heroes - it was absolutely brilliant, and I can't wait to see more. Where did Peter get that necklace, and who is it that just killed Hiro's father? Also, how dare they kill Mr Sulu? And will there be an Irish hero in the new series (that would rock)? We shall see, I'm sure.#

Expect further squee when the season premiere of NCIS becomes available tomorrow. :)

BSG Again

Aug. 30th, 2007 04:51 am
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My God, that's some well-written shit. Going to bed now for sleep. Sleeep. Sleeeeeep.
johncoxon: (Default)
I should really sue Universal Pictures. BSG is fucking my sleep patterns. Just...one more...

(Should also sue Apple. Just found Kung Fu Fighting on the iTunes Store. And Streets of London, too.)

Frogs & TV

Jul. 14th, 2007 03:00 pm
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Just a general tip to [livejournal.com profile] seph_hazard: Don't watch the video on Facebook entitled 'Early Morning Video Diary #3' because it contains scenes, which, quite frankly, have frogs in. I have just watched two hours of Battlestar Galactica and I'm about to finish it off. omg, her dress. Yum.

Doctor Who

Jun. 9th, 2007 07:54 pm
johncoxon: (Cybermen)
That episode of Doctor Who was scary and clever and funny and just brill in general. And with Captain Jack coming back next episode, I think it's safe to say that the last half of new series three is going to be a scorcher. I must say that I quite enjoyed 42, but the episodes prior to that were, erm, not of the quality I'd have expected from the good Doctor.
johncoxon: (Serenity)
Nathan Fillion (for those who live in caves don't know, Captain Mal Reynolds from Firefly/Serenity) is involved in some sort of modern art project about gods, heroism and heroes done by a bloke called Martin Firrell and with funding from Future Publishing. I just had a shufty and thought it was pretty cool, so I'm sharing it here. Thanks to the Firefly Serenity UK Yahoo! group for bringing it to my attention.
johncoxon: (Britain)
Something that really struck me was this spoiler for last week's episode of Doctor Who )

I will admit that that scene, and the scenes following it, made me cry. I am, at heart, a nationalist, as most of you will be fully aware, and so it really struck a chord. Almost as much as the scene from the first series with Nine describing Britain and their response to Nazi Germany, which made me really cry but cheer at the same time.

This country (the UK) is brilliant. As is written in capital letters over my map of the British Empire, "UNION IS STRENGTH". It's a shame that sometimes this world can seem very disjointed.

NCIS

Jun. 4th, 2007 01:15 pm
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Am I the only one who had their head totally blown by the last episode of NCIS? zomg!!!
johncoxon: (Default)
We have a Freeview box with a DVD rewriter in it. I want to take a programme from the box and move it onto my computer, preferably in .avi format. How do I do this, preferably without any expenditure?

Heroes

May. 23rd, 2007 10:45 pm
johncoxon: (Heroes Umbrella)
For those Heroes fans amongst you, Ethan at Ctrl-Alt-Del is a fan as well, resulting in this comic, this blog entry and this supplementary blog entry. Greg, over at Real Life Comics, is another fan, resulting in this comic.

Oh, and I love my new moodtheme! :D
johncoxon: (Grammar Crisis)
If you did not see the Panorama show about Scientology, you can either watch it by streaming it from the BBC or torrenting it (Panorama S55E18). I recommend trying to see it - it's very interesting. There's also more information about the Scientologists' cult on this LJ entry of mine from last week, in both the entry and comments.

.divx

May. 16th, 2007 11:08 pm
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Any ideas on how to convert a .divx file into a .avi file?
johncoxon: (Eagles Guitars)
Row over Scientology video. "Scientology has fought many battles to keep its secrets off the web, now they are using it to attack [the BBC's] investigation into them." [BBC]

Reading this article has made me aware that perhaps it is a little more scary than just another idiotic celebrity fad - according to the story, BBC1 is showing an episode of Panorama on the subject tomorrow evening at 20:30 that I will be recording.

Papers bemoan UK Eurovision score. "The Sunday Mirror said the 'cheesy quartet' made the UK 'the laughing stock of Europe' at the song contest, won by Marija Serifovic of Serbia." [BBC]

Well, did anybody expect us to get any points? We're not Scandinavian or in Eastern Europe, therefore we don't get any votes from anyone. It's not about the music, it's about political voting.

Eurovision

May. 12th, 2007 11:06 pm
johncoxon: (Britain)
[livejournal.com profile] zarabee: "[Terry Wogan is] an arse. Ethnically offensive comments every three seconds, I swear."

See, Terry Wogan is the only reason I watch the Eurovision. The UK is hated by 99% of Europe, the songs are, in the main, total drivel and the forced sincerity during the voting is enough to make you sick. Terry actually dares to poke fun at the load of shit that is the song contest and does so in a way that has me in stitches. I didn't notice any ethnically offensive comments - I noticed a couple (or fifty comments) which implied that it might be possible that certain nations vote for each other (the scandal!) and the quote about Finland being a part of Scandinavia was hilarious.

So shoot me for being a racist, or whatever, but I like Tel. I'm glad the BBC still let him do it.

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