Monday, June 22, 2009

Gone snorkling at Dibba rock

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My New View

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  • Bob Marley - Redemption Song - Classic chill out with meaning
  • Basement Jaxx - Wheres your Head at - probably one of the g=first songs that turned me on to alternative dance music
  • AC/DC Back in Black - Does Rock get any Rockier (not in any way that is enjoyable)
  • Green Day - Deadbeat Holiday - not their best but still a really enjoyable track
  • Chris Cornell - You know my Name - The only rival to Live and Let Die for Best Bond Song
  • Kaiser Chiefs - The Angry Mob - The catchiest of their catchy tunes
  • Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure - Probably the main track I know by them, should really listen to them more.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Worthy Charity

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A couple of my friends are doing the Rickshaw Rally,

please donate to help them


Monday, June 1, 2009

What I'm Watching at the Moment - V

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Feeling a bit Old School, I've delved back to the mid-80s (when I was born) to watch a cult classic.

This is a show that resonates with me quite well, it investigates the theme I like best about good sci-fi. We as others will use a society driven concept to parallel current and past affairs we know (sideways glance at Start Trek) or to predict futures of eutopia/distopia (blade runner, equilibrium, logans run, the list could go on fractally) I prefer sci-fi where the reaction towards the concept is portrayed, quite thoroughly. You could argue that films like Independence Day or Armageddon do this, and they do to a certain extent, however it is, at best, a sub plot to the romantic character arcs or action set pieces. I prefer the examples of the genre that spelonk right into the subject matter. Investigating on a grand scale the reactions to the events by a huge populace (or at least more than 15 or so). Some that would fall under this category are Miracle Mile (not necessarily sci-fi but definitely worth a mention) Deep Impact and V.

I like shows/films that analyse. What would people do if this event happened. Its a theme that has been explored many times and in many interesting ways. However, I think V was one of the few that did this in a reasonably realistic fashion (given the budget and period) by examining instinct and similar past events and echoing (and sometimes quite blatantly stating) back to them.

Still watching and enjoying this show. with fingers crossed the modern day remake will be as enjoyable.

Okay, I watch a lot of TV and films so I thought I might as well write about it.

First off is Day Break.

Starring Taye Diggs (That dude from the film Equilibrium who has his face cut and is the next to last person to kick it) the premise is pretty much a murder mystery/conspiracy that takes place in one day. But this isn't 24. This is so far a little more fantastical. This is groundhog day, without the humour but with suspense. Taye lives the same day over and over (apparently) and is so far using this time to either change the course of the day (to protect his girlfriend and family) and find out who's behind the murder he's being accused of.

Its got a pretty cool supporting cast too, ranging from Skinner from X-Files, Jane from Firefly and The cyborg lover from the latest Terminator film. I'm only 2 episodes in, but its quite enjoyable so far. With characters that of varying dimensions, its the concept that drives so far. The possibilities are many for this. However the characters will need more to keep me compelled to watch the entire 13 episode run (it was cancelled quite early).

If you can watch it, give it a try.