Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Scanners

So last night i watched Scanners, because i haven't for a few years and i recently saw Total Recall again on TV. The connection there is Michael Ironside who plays Richter in Total Recall. In this film he plays a "scanner" called Darryl Revok, now Revok's pretty evil. I think Michael Ironside is best suited for dark, sinister characters, in Total Recall as Richter it was more a parody of an evil henchman but in this, he's the head honcho. He shines a bit more.

Scanners is a David Cronenberg sci-fi classic from 1981. The premise of the story is that there's a number of people in the American population that have the ability of telekinesis and telepathy, only on a much huger scale when they focus their energy. For instance if they focus their energy on a particular body part they can make it explode into a big bulbous puss, or stop a heart beating...which i could've said first, but it's far less interesting to say. The film starts with our hero Cameron Vale(played by Stephen Lack) walking around a shoppin centre picking up food that's bean left on trays, looking dishevlled and being a total bum. A few ladies across the table from him whisper how tragic it is and he finds himself inadvertently scanning one of the ladies. The lady falls to the floor having what looked like a vicious seizure, Cameron is spotted by two goons who tranqualize him and chase him down. Where he's taken to Doctor Ruth (the late Patrick McGoohan) who tells Cameron that he is a scanner and he wants him to help him stop another scanner called Darryl Revok(Ironside)who is finding scanners to form an army against people without the ability. Anybody who refuses, Revok is killing.

This is a pretty cool film, Ironside totally makes it for me, though, he's brilliant and the scene where he gets asked out of an audience at a scanner demonstration event and literally blows up the head of the other guy is brilliant. The way he says "i didn't do anything" is just so nonchalant, like if he was just an ordinary guy he wouldn't care too much that this dude's head blew up.

Go watch!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Part 1: Quantum Leap

When i was a kid, me and my sister used to watch a little show called Quantum Leap, you may have heard of it, cos' it's probably one of the most awesomest shows ever. I think this show and Back To The Future (coming in Part 2) is what sparked my interest in time travel. I think everyone naturally has a fascination with time travel to some degree.

Anwyho, Quantum Leap(1989-1993) follows scientist, Dr.Samuel Beckett (not to be mistaken for the writer and poet of the same name, but man that'd be cool) as he conducts an experiment that goes..."a little caca". Now our dear Doctor Beckett discovered the ability to time travel over at Quantum Leap headquarters, which was being funded by the government, but with no real proof or tests the government drop out of the funding leaving Sam to decide to take matters into his own hands and jump into the quantum accelerator. He awakes in the past, not knowing who or where he is, having amnesia from the travel. Now this is pretty daunting in itself, but then Sam realises that the face he sees in the mirror isn't his own and he starts seeing a strange man that nobody else seems to notice. This man turns out to be Al, a colleague on project Quantum Leap observing Sam from the headquarters in the future to help give him advice, he tells Sam that something went wrong and they can't bring Sam back to the future. Of course Sam doesn't believe any of this and thinks he's just going crazy.

Throughout the series we go on a journey with Sam as he begins to rebuild his memories of who he is, but also we go on a more deep journey with Sam as he tries to help people and change their lives for the better. Every time Sam "leaps" he becomes a person who had some wrongdoing happen to them in the past, so with the help of Al and everyone back in the future, he tries to correct it, ultimately so he can try get back home. Now Sam can't leap beyond his timeline, from the time he was born to the time he leaped in the future but there was one rare incident where he leaped into his own grandfather. Because it was so far in the past, Al had trouble finding him to observe his progress. It's little things like that which really fascinate me about this show. There has also been a rival project set up in the future which has "evil leapers" which is just damn cool, especially because Sam seems to be able to see them "leap" which in itself is one of the best special effects ever.

If you've never seen an episode of Quantum Leap i think you should at least once in your lifetime, as a kid i used to play with calculators and pretend they were Ziggy, that's how into it i was. That's also how big of a nerd i am. But really, the show's been released on DVD the past couple of years and i highly reccomend you buy it, the time travel element is almost secondary to the personal journey Sam goes on, you get very attached to Sam and you can't but hope that every leap Sam will be home.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Future Lee

So a long time ago...literally, i think at least 3 years ago, i was going to post about TV shows and Movies featuring the element of time travel. I never got round to it, probably because back then my pc was a piece of crap and kept crashing before i could post and i know i should've saved it as a draft but i was using a program called Performancing. That program is now called Scribefire, but...it doesn't work nearly as nicely.

Anywho, i'd like to extend my interest to BOOKS also. Because a few months ago i read Night Watch by Terry Pratchett and it's by far my favourite in the watch series. I'm on for Thud! at the moment, but i'm taking it a little slow, ridiculous and utterly sacraligous is the fact that...i wish i was carrying on with Harry Potter right now. I know, i know, i ADORE Pratchett even more so than J.K. But because i've recently read The Chamber Of Secrets i just want to carry on.

So, without further trepidation i give to you...Opium. (Haha not really. Obscure Matt Berry reference there for anyone who knows.) I think i'm going to have to write this in parts, so check back soon for part 1! Think of this as a teaser, not that any of you are reading this anyway but wahey!

Also, speaking of Matt Berry...when is he going to release his third album titled "Witch Hazel" ? I've been listening to Opium like a madman, which you should also be doing. Right now.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Whut?! Pizza hut.

What is this shit? Seriously. Someone tell me, because i can't even begin to comprehend it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Revision3

So being a complete nerd i'm into anything techy and gadgety and anything to do with games and stuff, too. For a while now i've been watching a few internet tv show's over at Revision3's channel on youtube. My two favourite's being Diggnation and the Totally Rad Show.

Now Diggnation is basically two guys sitting on a couch, Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose discussing the news on social site Digg.com. Any new item that gets quite a considerable amount of "diggs" or is just generally cool get's featured on the show. But the thing is the news is secondary to these two guys just chatting and generally having a great chemistry, occasionally they'll drink a beer and i found myself over Christmas watching them with a beer in my hand and feeling like these guys would probably great to hang out at a bar with. I could probably teach them a few things about a good beer, too. I recommend you go check it out.

OK, so the Totally Rad Show is another show that stars Alex Albrecht, along with Jeff Cannata and Dan Trachtenberg (i'm not even looking these guys names up, by the way, i've watched their shows so much i'm almost 100% sure this the correct spelling. I'm testing myself, almost.) The content of TRS consists of game reviews, movie reviews, now and again comic book reviews and again general banter between the three guys, who again have great chemistry. I think Dan is the youngest and sometimes i don't think Alex and Jeff give him enough time to talk, i find myself thinking "aww, Dan...they just shot you the hell down, man." Sometimes he can go off on a tangent and the other two guys laugh at him but i'm thinking, you know, Dan's alright. I hope it doesn't upset him much, he seems like he's having fun anyway. But the the thing that really interests me about this show is the entirely unbiased opinions, being three guys reviewing certain things, be it games or movies they all have their own thoughts on things and that's what you want to see. In fact they reviewed Taken a few weeks back and that totally made me want to watch the film from their three different angles.

There are other things on the Revision3 channel that may be worth your time to have a looksie at. Revision3 also have a website here so you can see what other stuff they're upto. Other shows of note are, Scam School and Tekkzilla.

Adios, amigos!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

We need more old school gaming action.

How awesome would this be if it were an actual game? We need more old school games like this one, i was browsing a website the other day that shown updated graphics for old games like Mario World and A Link To The Past. All HD and stuff, they looked awesome, i wish someone remade them like that, i'd definitely pay and play.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Liam Neeson is a bad ass.

Oh dear god, i've just watched the most epic movie. I may be late with this one as it's been out a while but man, Liam Neeson in Taken is one of the best things i've ever witnessed. He is such a bad ass i can not even begin to comprehend his bad assery. I can only skim the surface of my understanding of it. He is the epitome of awesome, you need to watch this movie NAO. I won't tell you the plot, but just know...people die. lots of people die. But they deserve it.

WATCH IT!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A tidy desk makes all the difference.

So yesterday i cleaned my desk, it'd accumulated quite a bit of crap over the previous year, not that i hadn't cleaned it before yesterday but not really as extensively. There'd always be something in the way of my mouse to the point where i'd get so frustrated with the constant whacking into things that i'd just go and read a book instead.

Here's a picture of my desk. As you can see it's pretty small, PC tower on the left, my Mac monitor, sub woofer, then PC monitor on the right with Mac and External Hard Drive behind it, also Mac keyboard and mouse on the left. Now that's not a lot of stuff, but trust me, it is for this desk. Now here's all the stuff that was on my desk previous to that picture. Now fuck, come on, how the hell was i even browsing the internet with that shit? Let alone sketching aswell, man. Turns out my hands need to be amputated...nah, i'm just kiddin'. But seriously, i need to organise my shit a bit more.

Valentines woe from a single boy.

I don't think i'm the only single guy that gets a little..."oh boo hoo :(" on Valentines. I'm not really too keen on things being shoved in my face that shows me how many people are with somebody, especially today. But the thing is even if i was with somebody, i don't see why i wouldn't be able to be romantic whenever the fuck i wanted. Why do i have to be told to be so on a specific day? As if i hadn't been this whole time?

Today was fun, i got to go see the Leonardo drawings at the gallery with my friend Kerry, i also had to buy some bananas and plums while i was out and only realised as i was going home how suggestive that must've looked. Me just walking around with bananas and plums. On Valentines day. Fuck.
But WOAH Leo's drawings were epic, as i expected them to be, but my god...up close, i'd never seen anything by Leonardo Da Vinci up close before and i think i knew this would probably be only one of the few chances i'd be able to get to. I looked at those drawings in, mostly, a very mechanical sense. I wanted to see his technique, i wanted to see every little line that he did to create a drawing, even if they were only his sketchbook drawings and not full on paintings, i wanted to see the brilliance. And the brilliance was there. I felt that if i somehow looked at those drawings up close, then i'd know exactly where to proceed on my line of sketching. Of course nothing ever works out just like that, does it? The only way i'm going to be happy is with endless bloody dull practice.

Getting back onto the fact i'm single, if you're pretty and you're handing out flyers i'm going to grab them. If i then realise the flyer is links to scientology websites, then i'm going to erase you from my memory. Sorry darlin'.

Seeya

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fleet Foxes

You should get this album. It's not even remotely the best album i've ever listened to, but it's still damn good. Fleet Foxes have a very distinct sound that can't help but make me smile, they sound melodic, but folky. Sometimes their group singing sounds almost like a choir, it brings calm and makes me feel altogether rather peaceful. Watch this. Then decide.

Happy Friday the 13th!

Woah, this one creeped up on me! I had no idea what the date was. Not that i'm superstitious or anything but i'd like to hear from you if any bad shit goes down today, yo. I mean if you have a considerably unlucky day i'd like you to tell me about it, or if you have had extremely unlucky Friday the 13th's in the past, i want to know about 'em.

So far my day is going ok without any major disaster, but it's not over yet, oh no...i can sense the danger.

DA VINCI YO INNIT

I totally forgot to mention in my previous post that 10 drawings by Leonardo Da Friggin' Vinci have totally arrived in Manchester and are going on display THIS SATURDAY in Manchester's Art Gallery. They'll be up on display until May 4th, so anyone in the area you should get your arse down there and have a look, i know i'm going to. It might give me some inspiration

Peace out y'all.

Doodles and shiznit

So i'm thinking i might show you a few doodles, these are just random faces that i make up in my spare time, not anatomically accurate just little speed drawings. I've only shown these to one other person so far and i'm not particularly fond of them, but it'd be good to just put them up here and see my failure every now and again so i can get on the road to improving.


Ok so this guy pretty much has over exagerated features, big chin, big nose, big lips. Now the thing about the lips is that they are in every single little "speed" doodle i do, i just can't get past the lips, it might be because i have particularly fat lips myself (does that make them kissable? I have no idea.) But either way, it's really silly. And oh crap, i can't seem to add another picture to my post for some reason... so i'll just throw this second picture here.

Now that guy, i think i was trying to figure out a way of drawing "myself" as a concept for a story i'm wanting desperately to put to paper when i'm actually good enough to do so, so as you see, he's not that great and i need to just keep going until i'm happy cos' i'm really not happy right now with my shtuffs. Anywho, i'll post some more whenever i think i've made a breakthrough or something.

Toodles!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Simplify Media

Hey guys, yesterday i stumbled upon a little site that allows people to connect to your iTunes library (not download the content, but still listen to your library) it's a pretty neat tool and you can listen in on theirs, too. It adds the user to a shared library on your iTunes side bar, it's free to use and if your buddy wants to send you a song over msn that's going to take 47 years then you can just use this instead!

Simplify Media

Adios, amigos!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Does anyone else find this extremely lolsworthy?



Belgian Tuesdays.

Whilst i was working in Altrincham i became a full on alcoholic...full on. (Not entirely, but i did drink quite a bit) during this time i was introduced to the lovely and exciting world of Belgian Beer thanks to the two pubs near the towns old market. More recently, i decided to show my friend Chris what he's missing out on by finding any pub that happens to sell Belgian beer here in Manchester, although there's not as wide as a selection as the specifically Belgian pubs in Altrincham, there are still a few places where you can get a good beer.

One of my favourite Belgian beers of all time is the St.Feuillien Triple. Although it's moderately low in alcohol percentage considering other Belgian beers at 8.5% it's still far higher than any pansy drink you can find on tap in your local pub...Carling, what the fuck is wrong with you? And why the hell do people think they need to drink that crap? I know you all hate it. Get some nice tasting beer down ya, lad!

Another beer which seems to be quite easy to find in most places here in Manchester is Leffe Blonde, and sometimes it's counterpart Leffe Brun(slightly higher at 9%) the blonde actually in my opinion has a slightly more metallic taste than the Brun (i know that sounds silly and everyone disagree.) Straight away with the Brun, though, you can taste the power!

Also quite abundant in many pubbes is Chimay, coming in 3 lovely flavours. White, Red and Blue. Blue being the strongest at 9% Lovely refreshing tasting beer, but if you've had a few Belgian beers already in the night, the Blue can lay a bit heavy on your stomach. So i'd reccomend the White or Red at that point.

So go out there, find a pub that sells Belgian beer (or find some in your local supermarket) and get boozing! You'll enjoy it, trust me.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Holy Shitfuck Batman!

Oh man oh man oh man,

What the hell am i doing here you may ask? If anyone i once knew even knows i'm here or was once here or what the frak ever (we've been through this before and again, Katy, if you're watching...i think maybe it's been 45 years this time.)

SO yeah, lots of shiznit has happened since my last post, the most prominent thing was that i was made redundant, much like almost everybody else ever in this country. And it's proving to be a real struggle getting back into work, but i'm not giving up hope.

Also i've been drawing a lot more and i'm improving to a point where i'm finally feeling comfortable with my drawings, everything else before this point is all shoddy and crapalicious. It's how it usually goes, though, when i FINALLY get to my ultimate super drawing form (rawwr!) then everything before that will also be crappy. But ooooo, i got some new awesome pens and stuff for quick sketching and i bought a couple of Moleskine's which aren't completely neccessary, they just look pretty. And putty rubbers(quiet, America.) are the gods gift to any wannabe artist, buy some NAO! By the way, speaking of drawing and stuffs you should all visit conceptart.org's forums and look at the sketchbook section, it's really giving me a big boost in getting my arse moving to improve. Someday i will post my sketchbook on that forum...and it will be glorious.

In other news....DOCTOR MADUCKIN' WHO, Y'AAL! Controversial as this may sound, i actually like the look of the new Doc', i think he'll fit it quite nicely...however, i'm gonna miss Tennant like a sonofabitch. i heart that man...i heart that man so hard *sobs*. I was thinking also for the NEXT Doctor (yes i'm already thinking way ahead more than the rest of the country) we should have Derren Brown. C'mon you know that's the most awesomest idea eva.

Peace out yo.