Thursday, August 27, 2009

An ad with style

While the PS3 TV adverts over here are very so-so, this US one is great:

Any advert that pokes fun at Sony's total inability to keep secrets gets my vote!

Genetic Opera and Splitter

Film watched

Repo: The Genetic Opera

A modern stab at a Rocky Horror style musical that whilst stylish, lacks any charm and humour.


Also yesterday I got my hands on a HDMI splitter. I’m a little odd in that I get very excited about quality cables of any description and the back of my LCD is an absolute labyrinth of cables, made yet more complicated by this splitter. First of all, I managed to get for a bargain price from Amazon (£32.95) considering that other splitters I have seen have cost well over £100+, also it works well.

Now this is a splitter and not a HDMI switch, as such, it takes a single HDMI signal and splits this to two sources. This is most commonly used to split a signal so that it can be shown on 2 screens at the same time, I use mine a little differently.

Although I love my Amp, for some reason the HDMI signal from my PS3 sometime has issues, namely occasionally the screen will go blank or flicker. In addition it didn’t carry a full RGB signal and while I could compensate for this by adjusting the LCD to the correct brightness and contrast levels, it was still a little bit of a fiddle. As such, I have wired things up so that I have 1 HDMI cable which bypasses the amp and goes direct to the LCD and one which goes through the amp and then to the TV. As such, I can view both a perfect HD picture and listen to perfect HD audio at the same time now without any compromises.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Watchmen Directors cut and Sky Blue

Films watched:

Sky Blue

Gorgeous Korean Anime, but unfortunately never drags you into the story sufficiently.


Watchmen: Directors Cut

Doesn’t fix my 2 issues with the theatrical release, but still allows the movie to breath and is definitely the better cut.


Sunday, August 23, 2009


So here is the Avatar trailer...

I'm not sure about this. I have a huge amount of faith in Cameron, but this isn't at all how I imagined Avatar would look.

I have a sneaking suspicion that this may not be the success that a great many are expecting!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Well it's slim... and it's cheaper, by $100 or 100 Euro (so that will likely convert to around a reduction of £10.00 in the good ol' UK.

Anyway, here's a picture...

Lets just hope it can sell a lot more of those buggers for Sony!

Oh and also, LBP is getting a cool update:

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Beatles: Rock Band tracklist

So thanks to Game informer, we now have a list of all the tracks to be included in The Beatles: Rock Band… All that is save one, which for some reason is being held back as a surprise (although lets be frank, how much of a surprise can it be?)

Anyway, here is the list:

I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Feel Fine
Day Tripper
Paperback Writer
Don't Let Me Down

Please Please Me (1963)
I Saw Her Standing There
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Twist and Shout

With the Beatles (1963)
I Wanna Be Your Man

A Hard Day's Night (1964)
A Hard Day's Night
Can't Buy Me Love

Beatles For Sale (1964)
Eight Days a Week

Help! (1965)
Ticket To Ride

Rubber Soul (1965)
Drive My Car
I'm Looking Through You
If I Needed Someone

Revolver (1966)
Yellow Submarine
And Your Bird Can Sing

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Good Morning Good Morning

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
I Am The Walrus
Hello Goodbye

The Beatles (White Album) (1968)
Dear Prudence
Back In the U.S.S.R.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Helter Skelter

Yellow Submarine (1969)
Hey Bulldog

Abbey Road (1969)
Come Together
Octopus's Garden
I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Here Comes the Sun

Let It Be (1970)
Dig a Pony
I Me Mine
I Got a Feeling
Get Back

Love (2006)
Within You Without You/ Tomorrow Never Knows

I’m pleased that a track from Love made it into the mix. A good one at that. Also good to see Helter Skelter and I Want you (She's So Heavy). Anyway, noticeable omissions which I feel should have been included are as follows (not including the DLC which will cover Abbey Road, Rubber Soul and Sgt. Pepper):

Hello Goodbye
Rain (come on now!)
Please Please Me (How could they miss this out)
Roll Over Beethoven
Things We Said Today
Help (arrghhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Darn them.)
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
I’m only Sleeping
Got to Get You Into My Life
Only a Northern Song
Across the Universe

This is of course just a selection which I think would suit the game, there are tons more which I have not included. Of course it’s very possible that some or all of the above will form of future DLC, we’ll have to see.

BTW, I’m placing bets that the last 1 song not yet mentioned is Hey Jude, even if it’s probably not the best song for a Rock Band game.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hansel and Gretel and more Beatles

Film watched
Hansel and Gretel

A Korean horror / dark fantasy film about child abuse and a child’s imagination. Very Twilight Zone movie, but better.


I was also happy to learn today that in addition to Abbey Road being made available as DLC for The Beatles: Rock Band shortly after its release, both Sgt. Pepper and also Rubber Soul will get the DLC treatment (those songs at least that aren’t included in the main game). This is great news, if I were to pick one album that really should be included in the game it would have to be Rubber Soul.

Both While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Hey Bullfrog have also been announced as being in the main game, two of my favourite tracks…

Less than 1 month to go now!

Friday, August 07, 2009

Waterhouse and weight loss

On my very last trip to London for my UK courses, I travelled earlier in the day (the course being the following day) and also took Roz with me.

I took the opportunity to visit the Royal Academy of Art purely so that I had the chance to see the J W Waterhouse exhibition which is currently on display. It is the first time in several decades that so many works by Waterhouse have been brought together in the same place and as such, as an admirer of his work, it was a golden opportunity.

The exhibition was very busy, and I was quite lucky to get a ticket, but it was well worth it. It was fantastic seeing so many of his paintings in the flesh. I was especially pleased that amongst them was also my favourite of his, namely “windflowers”.

Anyway, I thought I’d post a few of the Waterhouse paintings that I saw on this site, as follows:

I also weighed myself the other day and was utterly horrified.

My weight has been slowly creeping up for the last few months, initially partly because of the issues I had with my facial nerves (i.e. I was treating myself to distract myself from the pain), then from travelling to Canada and then to London (multiple times) and as such eating out a lot. However, when I weighed myself the other day I found that I had somehow managed to gain 8lbs in 9 days!

I hardly believe that this is possible!

I must stress that I have not been binge eating, but at the same time I have not been taking it as carefully as I normally would.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I’m now back to a very strict diet.

Looking on the internet, I have found out that many people have found that after having their gallbladder removed that it is incredibly easy to put weight on. This actually makes a lot of sense, after all the gallbladder is there after all to break down fatty foods. As such, lacking a gallbladder means that the fatty foods either pass through you quickly, or else the fat is retained in your system.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Awesome Beards

This is a bit old (but please bear with me - I haven't had time to blog in a while).

One of many examples why Little Big Planet is one of the finest games on the PS3...

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I'm back and films

I’m back.

I’ve finished my study and as such will hopefully have a little more free time, which as a result will mean that I use my blog a bit more.

I plan to (hopefully) blog in some more bite sized portions in order to get something on, but I’ll see how this goes.

Anyway, onto a couple of film mini reviews.

Films watched:
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

One of my favourites in the series has unfortunately been tuned into one of the most humdrum of films.


Pineapple Express

Starts off not too bad, but quickly drags for a comedy. Also lacks a plot or humour. Fail.