Movies I'd like to watch
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | Author: Dav
Greetings,

Its been a slow couple of weeks for me, so I was browsing YouTube and came across 2 movies that caught my attention.

The first, is Gamer.
Now, I just watched RocknRolla the other day, so to me, it seems like Gerard Butler is everywhere these days (mostly because a few weeks ago the movie "P.S. I Love You" also played on the telly).



Seems like a fun twist on movies based on video games. Why don't we make a movie based on a video game used in a movie! Or.... something.

Some fast paced action as per the YouTube link, lots of interesting choices of rifles so it should be good just for the action sequences.

Next up is ZombieLand.

Wait.

ZOMBIELAND!
There, much better.

It has Woody Harrelson, who's usually good in these off beat kind of comedy movies.




One thing I did notice was the break from the norm in that the zombies don't just shuffle around, they POUNCE. Take that you zombies!

Its only apt that I end the post with a classic video from the awesome guys of RvB




Dav out
Slim PlayStation 3 coming soon
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | Author: Dav
Greetings,

The latest news is that the PlayStation 3 will now come out in a slimmer, sexier footprint.

From whats being thrown out on the Interwebs, seems that the new slim PS3 will also be a little cheaper when compared to the older PlayStation 3.



More comparison pictures of the PlayStation 3 slim and a few other game units here.

Though I'd wonder on what they had to toss out to make the unit so much more slimmer then the original PlayStation 3. A quote from one of the websites:

The PS3 Slim is powered by a new 45nm version of the Cell processor, which runs at the same speed as the 60nm processor in the "old" PS3 but is smaller and more energy efficient. According to company reps, power consumption for the Slim has also been cut to two-thirds, "helping to reduce fan noise," which is important.


Something I've seen (mostly with computers) is that a smaller footprint always leads to heat issues or issues with upgrade.

The one feature missing from the Slim is the ability to install another operating system (i.e., Linux)--Sony is doing away with that feature.


Woah, hold up, you cant mod / install Linux or anything else on it? Well that might be a huge issue with it comes to some gamers. I've seen the videos of having Linux on the PlayStation 3, and I must admit, it looks pretty neat. Much like having a different OS on the XBOX 360.

Wonder if I'll get one.

Reference Sites:

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/08/18/playstation-3-now-299-slimmer-version-coming-september-1st/

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10312144-1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_on_the_PlayStation_3

Dav out
Waking Up In Vegas with Katy Perry
Thursday, August 13, 2009 | Author: Dav
Greetings,

Katy Perry confuses me. Her original stuff, IMO, was so-kay. Just OK.

Then she comes out with new stuff, and yeah, some of it is catchy, and if you look back in the blog, I did say somewhere that she sounded like Alanis Morissette. Alanis Nadine Morissette. Not everyone agrees, but yeah, that's the internet for you.

All of a sudden, this song (Waking Up In Vegas YouTube link) seems to be all over the air waves, and I'm smitten. I'm into the song. Its uh, on, like Donkey Kong for me.

The music video is pretty funny and related (I love related music videos, random ones annoy me) and the song's lyrics are funny but still not all that bad.



Bit of an odd choice for the lead male though.

So viva Katy Perry, and here's hoping you wake up in Vegas with someone that looks like her, eh?

Dav out
Semi Pro bow chicka wow wow
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | Author: Dav
Greetings,

The usual funk set in with work and stuff, so I fired up the old movie USB drive (my DVD player lets you plug in a USB drive and plays practically everything - go LG!) and watched Semi Pro.

Before I go on with the general movie review, read this for a reference to 'bow chicka wow wow' if you're not really a RvB fan.

I'll give you a good 10 minutes to wrap your head around that bit of urban knowledge.

Back to Semi Pro (IMDB link here). Its funny that I used the word 'funk' earlier, because this 2008 movie is set way back when the funk was really funk, 1976. Sure, its over the top, but what do you expect when you have Will Ferrell in it? His portrayal of Jackie Moon is pretty crazy, but the entire movie just didn't hit the mark for me.

Gasp! Teh HORROR! A Will Ferrell that didn't quite deliver?

Yes. When you compare Semi Pro against Step Brothers, you'll see what I mean. Semi Pro just seems pretty cliché in which you have a down and out sports team, you bring in a loner who wants to play for all the wrong reasons but cant, and in the end, they all come together to win something.

Sure, there are some Ferrell moments, and yes, this movie is still worth watching, don't get me wrong.



I'd say this movie sits in that grey area that Blades of Glory is in, its good, its funny-ish, but not quite up to the mark.

Just don't say that to Will Ferrell. Have you seen the man? 6' 3½" tall, able to bear hug people to death. Damn, that's not someone I'd want to mess with.

Dav out
Mona Lisa mugged
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | Author: Dav
Greetings,

Ok so I tend to skew the blog title post a little. Sue me. Wait, don't sue me.
I was reading the BBC as I usually do and came across this interesting article.

It seems that a lady (see: Deranged in the dictionary) chucked a mug at the Mona Lisa painting. A direct cut and paste from the BBC article:


Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece was completely unscathed, as the ceramic mug smashed on bullet-proof glass surrounding the painting.


Bullet proof glass, ftw!



I guess it was a smart move putting in the glass, seeing as how this isn't the first time someone's tried to tag the painting.

Is acid etching still considered tagging?

Dav out
My achilles' heel is my Achilles' heel
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | Author: Dav
Greetings,

Original Blog post: [20/07/09]

I've been having issues with my Achilles heel recently. I don't know if its due to the heavy driving that I've been doing (its my right foot / leg) or if I've hurt it in someway.

Only real exercise I get would be walking but that's about it.

Just in case you're wondering, I'm not talking about this:



Its more along the lines of this:



Looking up some physiotherapy I can do at home to make the pain go away. The pain isn't something major, but its there and it tends to wear me down after a while.

Someone needs to do something about all this squishy gooey human bits and replace it with some simple to service medical grade steel.

Dav out

Edit:
I received in total one (1) complaint about the original Achilles photo. Replaced the image with an edited one (sorry, way too lazy to find a program to pixelate it and make it look like a professional job)

Link to original uploaded image here.

This post takes the blog to all sorts of new PC heights!


Dav out... again
Surfer, Dude. Like, dude.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 | Author: Dav
Greetings,

I caught Surfer, Dude (the movie) the other day. It started off fine. I'm one of those people that are ashamed to say that I kind of like Matthew McConaughey. His white teeth does seem a little freaky, even more so in this movie since he's pretty tan and everything.

I am sad to inform you dear reader, NOT TO WATCH this movie. I come across as a doomsayer when I say that. But no, really, this movie was pretty bad. Really bad.

I had no idea what the producer's had in mind when they made the movie. I was half expecting some form of surf-off between McConaughey and his rivals or something cool like that, but there wasn't any. Maybe the producers were worried they might accidentally rip off Surf's Up or something, I don't know.



Half a surfboard out of 5 surfboards for this movie, bro.

Dav out
Union, and not the SQL kind!
Monday, August 03, 2009 | Author: Dav
Greetings,

Another gold nugget from Mossy (Green Molasses Dragon).

Apparently, unions have such a control over things over there in the US of A. When a company wanted to accommodate waterless urinals (I'm shocked there really is such a thing!)to receive some green sticker or another, they were blocked by the Plumber's Union since waterless urinal's would mean less work for the union.

No, really. Plumbers.
Making sure they had work to do.

http://philadelphia.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/stories/2006/04/03/daily32.html



Of course, this discussion came in regards to the blog post I made earlier, Ecorn-No-Micks - :)

More info on how a Waterless Urinal works here --> http://www.zeroflush.com/how_it_works.php.

Dav out.
Tron 2 is coming to town
Monday, August 03, 2009 | Author: Dav
Greetings,

Many of you might not even know of a little movie called Tron. It was way back when computers were new and exciting (1982)and fun!



I'm pretty sure Walt Disney studio's got a little burnt on that one, but Mossy just told me that they are coming out with Tron 2. How awesome is that guys?!

.... Guys? Hello?

:(

Tron 2 trailer link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk8_P9nCUT8


Dav out
Ecorn-no-micks
Monday, August 03, 2009 | Author: Dav
Greetings,

Economics, on a smaller scale.

The President of the United States notices that his brick wall has broken down next to the White House. Being the proactive POTUS (thats Secret Service talk right there) that he is, he calls in 3 contractors. One from Russia, one from China and another from India.

All 3 contractors look at the wall, and the Russian contractor gets out some measuring tape, takes some figures in his notepad, makes a few calls to his suppliers for material costs and says to the Prez, "For you, USD$1000!". So the Prez replies "How did you come to that price?"

The Russian says "Simple. USD$700 for material. USD$100 for labour and USD$200 for me."

The Prez nods, and mentions for the Chinese contractor to give it a go. The Chinese contractor pulls out a tape measure, takes some notes, and right away has an estimate, "USD$700. USD$500 for material, USD$50 for labour, and rest, for me."

Impressed, the Prez now looks at the Indian contractor, and motions for a quote. The Indian contractor looks at the wall, and then at the other 2 contractors and says, "USD$2700."

Shocked at such a high sum, the Prez says "Wow, how did you come up with that? You didn't even measure or check with your suppliers? It's way over the other 2 guy's quotes!"

The Indian contractor beckons the Prez over and whisper's "Simple. USD$1000 for me. USD$1000 for you, and we hire the Chinese guy to do it for us."


[Note: Found it in an email]

Dav out
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